USG launches low-income benefits initiative

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government launched an initiative on Monday designed to connect low-income and work study-eligible students to two government resources: the CalFresh food stamp program and the Safetynet Wireless phone plan.“For the past year in the advocacy branch, we’ve really tried to focus on food accessibility and affordability,” said USG Director of Community and External Affairs Mai Mizuno. “We’re trying to push for resources that students can register for or apply for [on campus].” Ellen Sloan, an assistant from the Department of Public Social Services, and two navigators from Safetynet Wireless were at Ronald Tutor Campus Center from 2 to 4 p.m. to help register students who qualified for the two programs. Students were required to bring their government-issued ID or green card, verification for their low-income status or income tax ID and social security number to confirm their eligibility. Mizuno worked alongside Alec Vandenberg, USG co-director of student support and advocacy, to bring these resources to students. “We already know [with] different data, such as the virtual food pantry data, and from programs like the late night hot meals that there is a problem with hunger,” Vandenberg said. “We know that [some students] are on food stamps.” CalFresh, California’s food subsidy program, provides U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with monthly benefits available on an Electronic Benefit Transfer card at certain food stores and providers. Sloan helps students input their personal information in a CalFresh online application, and within three days, a DPS official will call to formally confirm their application.For the Safetynet Wireless plan, eligible students can receive discounted or free phone plans, and they are able to receive a cell phone or SIM card upon application at USC, Sloan said.“This [Monday] is a training run,” Vandenberg said. “We really want to make sure this can be a weekly program … if we have the capacity to extend the program to make sure we reach the students we need to reach.”Mizuno and Vandenberg were present during the two-hour registration period to advertise other University and local resources for students, such as USC’s virtual food pantry. Students can visit this virtual pantry three times every semester to receive a $25 Trader Joe’s gift card. There are also three different physical food pantries at the Von KleinSmid Center, the Student Union building and Tutor Campus Center for student use.Yet, around 20 percent of students at a four-year institution still experience food insecurity, according to a 2016 Hunger On Campus report. The initiative hopes to reduce students’ barriers to food and necessary resources, Vandenberg said.“A big thing we’ve been hearing from students or people who apply for these programs is that it is a tedious and long process,” Mizuno said. “So to expedite that [process] for students is something that we’re really proud of doing.”last_img read more

Against Rutgers, Syracuse saw full potential of its ‘1-2 punch’ at the X

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Danny Varello didn’t need Syracuse head coach John Desko to explain it to him. He’s been here long enough to understand why he was taken out of the season-opener. Varello wasn’t winning and Jakob Phaup was. Colgate dominated Syracuse on possessions en route to a 12-9 win, and the Orange simply needed a spark.“Failure is never made in the moment,” Varello said Feb. 12. “I think I’ve been having a better week of practice so far. I think it’s just preparation.”Varello and his supporters insisted he’d bounce back. Even as Phaup posted the seventh-best faceoff percentage in the nation, the Orange still maintain a “1-2 punch” at the X. Games against Virginia and Johns Hopkins challenged that stance, when only a Phaup injury against the Cavaliers prevented the sophomore from taking nearly all the reps. But the one thing SU has always offered to Varello is another chance.No. 12 Syracuse (4-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) returned to its tandem against Rutgers last Saturday and dominated the faceoffs. Syracuse won 27 of its 36 attempts at the X, while offering both of its top faceoff specialists more than 16 attempts. Though Desko insisted he’ll ride the “hot hand,” Phaup seemed to have taken ahold of the spot in the first five weeks of the season. But against a faceoff unit which Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht said is “probably not the strength of our program right now,” Syracuse’s season-long goal to get production from every member of its faceoff unit reached its full potential.“We’ll do what we have to do,” Desko said of the faceoff unit after SU’s 18-14 win over Rutgers. “The guys are both good in their own way.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorMatchups dictate which player represents the Syracuse faceoff unit at the X. Though Phaup has been more efficient, he and Varello have distinct strengths, Desko said. A former high school wrestler, Phaup is well-versed with his footwork and form despite a slower reaction off the whistle.When he first started as a faceoff specialist, he attended Philly Faceoff League and Philly Faceoff Academy camps multiple times a week and, when he got home, he drew a line across a block of turf to practice form in his backyard. Against Rutgers, Phaup maintained the same strategy he’s employed all year. Though the Scarlet Knights unit ranks just 48th in the nation in faceoff percentage, Phaup engaged in 50-50 battles, pivoting and flipping ground balls to the wings.“Faceoffs is definitely a matchups type of thing,” Phaup said earlier this season. “I could be beating somebody that Danny wouldn’t be beating.”But Syracuse saw an opportunity to utilize Varello’s biggest strength: his speed. Varello’s quickness off the whistle is something that Phaup “envies,” Beth Phaup said. After the Orange’s loss to Colgate, Varello said he’s put an emphasis on “exits” out of the X this season. Before Syracuse went on its decisive 8-1 run against the Scarlet Knights, it applied pressure to Rutgers’ defense as Varello snagged the ball repeatedly and pushed forward into the offensive zone.Varello struggled with two-straight faceoff violations in the Orange’s fourth-quarter collapse against Virginia on March 2. He then drew two-straight violations on Rutgers. For the first time all season, Varello consistently beat the opponent and gained a rhythm.Each week in practice, Varello and Phaup line up with Nate Garlow and Nick Martin. Varello said it’s helped him adjust to each of their “idiosyncrasies.” Garlow is a better athlete and Martin is quick to his feet, which gives SU faceoff contributors every possible pregame look. Syracuse has already scouted every faceoff unit it will face this season, Desko said, and will continue its committee approach.“If one of our faceoff guys has a better move against one of the others,” Desko said, “then we’ll adjust.”Down 12-10 at the start of the fourth quarter against Rutgers, Varello won eight-straight faceoffs and Syracuse jumped ahead 15-14. He didn’t jump, he didn’t scream. He just found his place on the sideline and waited for his next chance. The two combined to dominate the faceoff X late, winning 11 of the 12 chances in the final period.For the first time this season with Phaup healthy, there wasn’t uncertainty that it would come, and Syracuse got the production it’s always sought.“It’s hard to get into a rhythm when you’re doing the whole 1-2 punch thing,” Varello said on Feb. 12. “But that’s just the way it goes.”last_img read more

SPSCC Announces Five Finalists For President Post

first_imgSubmitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeOLYMPIA — Following a nationwide search and a community-based selection process, the South Puget Sound Community College Board of Trustees has invited five candidates for the position of college president to the campus for interviews and public forums.The finalists include both in-state and out-of-state candidates. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) presented six candidates to the Board for consideration, one of which withdrew for personal reasons. The PSAC, made up of 21 college staff and community members, selected the finalists from an original pool of 29 candidates.The following are the five finalists:Douglas W. Allen, Ed.D., president of Ridgewater College in Willmar, MinnesotaSandra A. Fowler-Hill, Ed.D., executive vice president of instruction and student services at Everett Community College in Everett, WashingtonLarry Galizio, Ph.D., president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, OregonDavid M. Smith, Ph.D., vice president of instruction and student affairs at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, ColoradoTimothy S. Stokes, Ed.D., executive vice president for academic and student affairs, Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington“The Presidential Search Advisory Committee has done its job well. We thank the members for their involvement,” said Board of Trustees Chair Judy Blinn. “The high-caliber candidates reflect not only the excellence of the committee’s work, but the quality and reputation of the college.  The Board has an important and challenging task ahead in choosing among these highly qualified individuals for the next president of this respected institution.”The Board of Trustees hired the executive search firm National Search and Education Consulting to assist the board in the process of hiring a new college president. The final candidates will be scheduled to tour the campus and community; meet staff, faculty and community members; and interview with the Board of Trustees in early December.  The Board of Trustees will then make a final selection for the presidency of South Puget Sound Community College later in December. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation To Hold Walk For Life

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is holding its first 5K Walk for Life from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Pier Village.The event is solely dedicated to raising awareness and funds for growing the worldwide bone marrow donor registry while honoring the life and legacy of New Jersey resident, Mel Cohen.Gift of Life will use funds raised at the Walk for Life to add new donors to the worldwide bone marrow registry. Each year, 10,000 patients in the United States are affected with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope for a cure is from an unrelated bone marrow, blood stem cell, or umbilical cord blood transplant.Each donation brings Gift of Life one step closer to its vision – a match, anytime, anywhere, for anyone.Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Pier Village, 1 Chelsea Ave. and costs $25 for those who have preregistered, $10 for children; and $30 for those who register during the day of the event, $15 for children.Pre-registration and additional information about the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and Walk for Life are available by visiting read more

Sailing on New Ice

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero RED BANK – While the deep freeze that engulfed the region made life difficult for many, one positive was the return of a great Two River-area tradition: Ice Boating. Monmouth Boating Club’s Ice Boaters took to the Navesink River – after ensuring the ice was at least 4-inches thick – to race across its frozen surface. Ice grips, safety picks and helmets were some of the devices racers used to keep themselves safe while sailing on the ice at high speeds. Many spectators braved the biting wind and freezing temperatures to watch the return of this Two River winter spectacle.last_img read more

Hawks handle Storm to clinch Cyclone Taylor Cup

first_imgHowever, after Dylan Heppler scored his second of the period to tie the game at 2-2, the Hawks scored four consecutive times en route to the BC Junior B Hockey League title.Blake Sidoni, Karten Jang, Bradley Ross and Nolan Percival also scored for Beaver Valley.Pearce Messer and Carter Hikichi replied for the Storm, winners of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Tallon Kramer was in goal for the Hawks, which outshot the Island squad 34-28.Beaver Valley defeated the Storm 6-0 to open the four-team tournament that sees winners of the KIJHL, VIJHL and Pacific Junior Hockey League clash for the BC Junior B title.Hawks lost to Aldergrove Friday before clinching a spot in the final with a win over KIJHL rival Creston Valley Thunder Cats.In the Bronze medal contest, Creston Valley Thunder Cats defeated Aldergrove Kodiaks 3-0. The Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored five unanswered goals to dump the Campbell River Storm 6-2 in the final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday in Creston.Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley, which last won the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 2014, now represents BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Manitoba.This is the third BC Championship for the Beaver Valley franchise and the second straight Cyclone Taylor Cup for the KIJHL. In 2016, 100 Mile House won the title.Campbell River twice took one goal leads in a wide open first period that saw five lead changes.last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers take third in home tournament

first_imgThe KOC Flyers opened the scoring in the final seconds of the first period as Teagan McMullen found the back of the net for the team to lead 1-0 after 20 minutes. St. Albert tied the game with 8:10 left in the second, but late in the period the Flyers scored again with 2:07 remaining.Fort St. John increased its lead to two with an early marker just 31 seconds into the third, and added another just 37 seconds later to take a 4-1 lead. St. Albert answered four minutes after that to close the gap to two but that was as close as they got. Scoring in order for the Flyers were Teagan McMullen, Andrew Travis, McMullen again, and Adam Bowie. Assists went to Tanner Sandberg, and Kolton Leslie.- Advertisement -The team will resume regular season play with a game on the road in Peace River on Friday night.last_img read more

Trackers fall to Peace River

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers were back at it in Dawson Creek on Sunday as they welcomed the Peace River Royals. With the teams battling for position in the Bear Slashing Division it was the Royals coming out on top with a 3-1 win.Peace River got things started late in the first as they took a 1-0 lead. In the second they’d add to the lead early as they went up by two just 1:10 into the period.The Trackers cut the deficit in half with a goal just after the mid way point of the frame, but they’d get no closer as the Royals got their third goal of the game before the period’s conclusion.- Advertisement -The lone goal for the Trackers was scored by Jeridyn Loewen.N.E. B.C. has five games left on their regular season schedule. Three of those will come this weekend as they embark on a three game road triplast_img read more

Better chemistry propels Ginebra to next level, says Brownlee

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “Last (Governors’ Cup), we got a lot of time and it was great. There’s a lot of chemistry in the team and this conference, we definitely built and took it to another level,” he said. “It’s no different from the last time I was here. We just want to play the same way, use the fundamentals that coach Tim (Cone) is teaching us, and we just go out there and play hard and hopefully, get a championship.“Though only in his second tour of duty for the Gin Kings, Brownlee has already etched his name among the list of great Ginebra reinforcements.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seedAfter all, his booming three in Game 6 of the 2016 Governors’ Cup ended years of heartbreak for the franchise as it finally lifted a title that has been eluding them for eight long years.Brownlee is looking to follow it up this conference with another championship, and hopefully, more in the conferences to come.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee had a lot to do with the Gin Kings’ ascent to the top of the rankings, averaging 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.9 steals so far.READ: With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe capped off his superb showing this in the elimination round with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in Ginebra’s 94-80 win on Friday to help his team finish its schedule with a 9-2 record.The 6-foot-7 forward, though, believes that chemistry has a lot to do with the great run Ginebra has trotted out this season. “I love to be here. I love Ginebra. I think I’m pretty sure they love me too. I hope to continue this relationship for a while, for a long time,” he said, as the Gin Kings now gear up for the playoffs against either Alaska or Phoenix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Justin Brownlee, Ginebra finishing number one in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup is just the first step.“It feels great, but were not satisfied. It’s a great accomplishment to finish the eliminations as the top seed, especially with a twice-to-beat advantage, so we just want to come in there, play strong. But we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

a month ago​Champions League final was world’s biggest annual sporting event on social media

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Champions League final was world’s biggest annual sporting event on social mediaby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis year’s all-English UEFA Champions League final has broken a record of over 1 billion social media interactions, cementing its place as the world’s biggest annual sporting event, reports and comparable data showed that the final of the world’s premier football club competition outperformed all other major events in 2019 by more than 30%, while according to the video optimisation and online video analytics company Conviva, “the UEFA Champions League final is now the biggest sports event ever on Instagram stories from a single account” with 177 million impressions. The stand-out figure of 1.09 billion social media interactions includes all engagements (likes, shares and comments) and video views, 110% up from the final a year ago. Interactions were tracked across all of UEFA’s social accounts as well as the official accounts of the participating teams, players and various media organisations around the world. Almost half – 486 million – of the interactions were generated from UEFA’s social media platforms, with the remaining 604 million coming from other sources. “For years, the UEFA Champions League final has been the biggest one-day sporting event in terms of the media coverage it gets, and the results from the Madrid final corroborate that this is also true on social media,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.The UEFA Champions League competition itself – from group stage to semi-finals (1 September 2018 to 9 June 2019) – drew over 6.5 billion interactions originating from UEFA’s own social media channels, including 3 billion cross-platform video views. last_img read more