Trustees pass sustainability resolutions

first_imgThe USC Board of Trustees recently passed six resolutions aimed at enhancing sustainability on campus, though some students question how effective the broad resolutions will be.On Jan. 27, the Campus Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees passed these resolutions to reinforce USC’s plan to maintain a sustainable campus in terms of environmental degradation, energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction and building construction. Though the resolutions call for improvement in these areas, they do not specify methods or timelines.Matthew Oden, manager of the sustainability program, said the resolutions will help focus the university’s sustainability efforts and set guidelines for future developments on campus.“The university in many ways is already fulfilling these resolutions, but [the resolutions] put the university in a position to be more aggressive in some of the areas and to give a clearer understanding of a policy basis that will implement new ideas and fresh thinking,” Oden said.The resolutions, Oden said, will help USC build on the efforts that are already in place.In accordance with the resolutions, the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which is currently scheduled to open in August of this year, will be the first building at USC to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.  Additionally, USC is encouraging students and faculty to use alternative forms of transportation that will limit emissions and to be mindful of turning off lights and office equipment.Many sustainability experts at USC find the resolutions to be a good beginning to reaching the university’s ultimate goals.“They’re not really that broad based in terms of trying to change, but they’re well-defined goals that USC can meet,” said Lisa Schweitzer, an assistant professor in the School of Policy, Planning and Development.Mark Bernstein, managing director of the USC Energy Institute, agreed USC is headed in the right direction.“These resolutions show great interest to look toward the future of the university. Although they are just big goals, what will work will be the operational plans that are implemented to meet these goals,” he said.Perhaps because the resolutions only establish an outline of the university’s plans, some students question whether they will be effective.Matt Herrick, a freshman majoring in communication, said he is skeptical that the resolutions will be beneficial without strict enforcement.“[The resolutions] sound pretty good, but I just don’t see how [the university] can enforce some of these rules in the dorms … USC should take a direct initiative to target students to make it more personal so people can see the direct effects,” Herrick said.Herrick mentioned placing a limit on showering to restrict water usage as an example to show students the importance of water conservation.Another student, Melinda Amato, a sophomore majoring in sociology, said she agrees with Herrick that there is more USC can do to improve the school’s sustainability.“We haven’t done as much as other universities have in terms of sustainability. I’ve heard of some colleges that allow students to bring Tupperware into the dining halls to not waste as much food,” Amato said.  “We still haven’t really explored the whole realm of options to improve our sustainability.”Mapaul Espina, a junior majoring in computer science, said he thinks the resolutions solidify USC’s commitment to going green.“[These resolutions] are good news as long as the students and faculty play an important role,” Espina said. “To do this, we need to let the everyone know that USC is going green.”Oden noted that these resolutions are not USC’s first steps toward becoming a greener campus.He said that USC already has a waste diversion rate of 54 percent, which Oden said is good given the circumstances.“The diversion rate measures all of the trash that leaves the university and is recycled. The recycling rate is actually really high, but none of the trash that is picked from the trash cans actually ‘leaves’ the university,” Oden said.  “On paper, it might appear that the recycling rate doesn’t look that good, but realistically we are a leader.”Oden said USC also has one of the most advanced water conservation systems in terms of measuring the saturation of the soil. Drip irrigation is used only when and where it is needed. In addition, the majority of the plants and shrubs seen around campus are drought resistant, with the exception of certain ornamental areas, he said.last_img read more

Freshman Knight helps Badgers reload

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team has become the type of program that does not rebuild but reloads. For proof of this, look no farther than one of the newest Badgers, Hilary Knight.Knight, a freshman forward from Hanover, N.H., was the conference coaches’ pick for the Preseason WCHA Freshman Player of the Year. One might expect a freshman to be giddy over receiving such a prestigious award so early in her career, but Knight is taking the honor in stride.“I don’t feel any added pressure, and it was definitely not expected,” Knight said.”I’m just going out there every game, taking one game at a time and competing.”Knight steps into the lineup with a pair of rather large shoes to fill. The departure of UW’s all-time points leader Sara Bauer opened up a spot for Knight on one of the Badger forward lines along with juniors Angie Kesely and Erika Lawler.So far, Lawler’s been impressed with her new linemate.“Hilary is a very aggressive player. She is really stepping up as a freshman right now,” Lawler said. “She is getting more comfortable now that we are four games [into the season] and she is definitely a great asset to the team.”Knight’s stats in her first four games as a Badger have been impressive. She has tallied two goals and four assists to date, including two assists in Saturday’s win over Robert Morris. Head coach Mark Johnson also has been pleased with the play of the freshman.“Up front I have liked what Hilary Knight has done up to this point,” he said. “Her group (Knight’s line) right now seems to be pretty good.”As happy as the team has been to have Knight, she sounded equally as happy with the team and the way things have been going this season.“I love my teammates,” Knight said. “They are my family, and they definitely made the transition easy, so it’s been great.”Also helping Knight’s transition to UW has been the fact that she really enjoys living, studying and playing in Madison.“I absolutely love [Madison]. No other place compared,” Knight said. “It’s a lot different [than New Hampshire]. I really like the city life, and there is something going on all the time. It’s exciting.”Knight will get a chance to play in her home state later in the season when the Badgers travel to Durham, N.H. to play a two-game set with New Hampshire.Knight had a stellar prep hockey career at Choate Rosemary Hall, where she played for four seasons. She scored 53 goals and tallied 72 total points her senior year in just 23 games and helped her team become New England champions. She was also named Founders League MVP her last two seasons.Last year, Knight was a member of the U.S. senior national team, making two appearances. She was on the roster for the Four Nations Cup last November and was also the youngest player for the United States at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship. Both teams were lead by Badgers head coach Mark Johnson, and both teams won silver medals.This past summer, Knight represented the United States again in a three-game U-22 series between the United States and Canada. Knight was one of five Badgers on the roster for that series, which provided an early opportunity for her to gel with some of her teammates.It would certainly appear that all those hours of hockey are paying off for Knight. She is tied for the team lead in assists and has been one of the most productive Badgers through the first four games with a plus-minus rating of six.If Knight continues playing aggressively and producing, the Badgers’ pain from the loss of Bauer could be mitigated by the new freshman. One amazing career may have concluded, but another could be just beginning.last_img read more

Long snapper Keller reportedly becomes 23rd verbal commit for Syracuse

first_imgPenn Manor (Pennsylvania) High School long snapper Matt Keller verbally committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon, reported.The 6-foot, 225-pound Keller made his decision after making his official visit to SU this weekend. His only offer was from the Orange, but he was also receiving interest from Louisville and North Carolina.Keller is the only long snapper to commit to the current class and will be one of three on next year’s roster, along with Keith Mitsuuchi and walk-on Nathan Hines.SU now has 23 verbal pledges in its Class of 2015 and three commits in the last two weeks after not receiving one for three months. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on December 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

One change on Tipp team for Munster final

first_imgThrow-in at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Sunday is at 2 o’clock.The build-up to Tipp FM’s live commentary on the match begins at half an hour beforehand with our coverage being brought to you by Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town. Martin Dunne comes in for Jimmy Feehan in the middle of the field.This is side chosen by Liam Kearns for the clash at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney:1.            Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash2.            Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan 3.            Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers4.            Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow5.            Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash6.            Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers7.            Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers8.            Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers9.            George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers10.          Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle 11.          Philip Austin – Borrisokane12.          Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty 13.          Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe14.          Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials15.          Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeenlast_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Cowboys in talks with Dolphins to get DE Robert Quinn

first_imgThe Cowboys have their eyes on a new pass rusher.Miami is trying to deal the two-time Pro Bowl player, but he would have to approve any deal the team makes, according to NFL Network. NFL free agency news: Adrian Peterson returning to Redskins Related News On Tuesday he was spotted in Dallas on his way to visit the Cowboys, who are in need of someone who can rack up sacks. The two teams are in trade talks, according to the report.Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 19, 2019Quinn tallied 6 1/2 sacks for Miami last year and has 69 in his career.center_img He is in the final year of a four-year, $57 million deal he signed with the Rams in 2015. He was traded to the Dolphins in March 2018.The Cowboys are in need of a pass rusher as Randy Gregory and David Irving have been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.Q​uinn, 28, still has the ability to get to the quarterback — he has tallied at least four sacks in each of the last four years. NFL free agency news: Bengals release Vontaze Burfictlast_img read more

Valorant Agent list: Abilities, ultimates and more of each character

first_imgIf some of these characters seem familiar, you’re not the only one who thinks it. While the gameplay takes cues from Overwatch and Counterstrike, some of these characters also likely draw inspiration from games like Rainbow Six: Siege in the way their abilities are used.So, if you’re a veteran of some of these first-person shooter games, then chances are some of these characters might seem and play familiar to you — very familiar.MORE: Everything you need to know about ‘Valorant’Here’s what you need to know about all the known characters so far in this game, last updated for Act 2 (Aug. 4 update): Valorant classesAs with a lot of different FPS games, there are four different classes in “Valorant:” Duelist, Initiator, Sentinel and Controllers.Duelists are the ones who push forward into conflicts with the enemy team. Think of them as attackers.Initiators focus on gathering intel and help the team push.Sentinels are defenders, usually playing the back line of a team.Controllers are good at blocking off sight lines and generally offer support to the team.Valorant character abilitiesEach character in “Valorant” has four abilities: one main ability that comes with the Agent, the ultimate maneuver which is charged up over time and two more abilities that you can purchase during the pre-round buy period.A decent amount of these abilities are meant to slow and obscure the enemy team from advancing. A lot of them are also area of effect (AOE) attacks, which damage or affect opponents within a selected radius.As with “Overwatch,” an Agent’s ultimate ability will be charged over time and can be accelerated upon subduing opponents. You can also pick up orbs throughout the map which will aid the charging of the ultimate. Here’s what you need to know about each Agent and their special abilities.MORE: How to get a ‘Valorant’ beta keyValorant Agent listBrimstoneSky Smoke: You can select one or multiple points on a map that drops a smoke grenade that obscures vision.Orbital Strike (ultimate): Select an area on the map and a laser damages all inside the blast radius.Stim Beacon (optional): An AOE combat stim which increases fire rate. Both teammates and enemies alike can use this.Incendiary (optional): A grenade launcher that fires off an incendiary round.RazePaint Shells: Throws a cluster grenade. Explodes and deals damage.Showstopper (ultimate): Uses a rocket launcher that deals damage over a large area.Boom Bot (optional): Walks across the floor and later explodes, dealing damage to enemies.Blast Pack (optional): Throws like Semtex grenades or C4. Can be triggered.CypherSpycam: Throws a camera down that can signal where opponents are.Neural Theft (ultimate): Throws down a device on dead opponents that can show where the enemy team is.Trapwire (optional): A tripwire that slows enemies and reveals their location — invisible to enemy eyes.Cyber Cage (optional): Drops an AOE screen that slows opponents, obscures vision and is signaled by an audio cue.​JettTailwind: Dash in the direction you’re moving.Bladestorm (ultimate): Get several knives that you can throw at opponents — recharges as you get kills.Cloudburst (optional): Throw a projectile that will throw a vision-blocking cloud.Updraft (optional): You can float up to otherwise-unreachable heights and float around.OmenDark Cover: Fires down an orb that obscures vision; can be deployed in “phaser” mode or normal mode.From the Shadows (ultimate): Can teleport to any point on the map. Can be interrupted by the enemy team, and can be canceled mid-teleport.Shrouded Step (optional): Can teleport to a marked location.Paranoia (optional): Fires a throwable that can go through walls and blind opponents.Breach​Fault line: Chargeable attack that can stun players within the zone of effect.Rolling Thunder (ultimate): Fires an AOE attack that stuns opponents and knocks them in the air, but doesn’t damage them.Aftershock (optional): Fires a charge through the wall, but takes a moment to charge.Flashpoint (optional): Fires a blinding charge through walls, but takes a moment to charge.ViperToxic Screen: Fire out a wall of poison smoke.Viper’s Pit (ultimate): Creates a large expanding sphere of poison around you.Snake Bite (optional): Fires down a pool of poison that damages opponents.Poison Cloud (optional): Throws down a cloud of poison gas that can be activated later.PhoenixHot hands: Creates a fire zone that damages enemies.Run it Back (ultimate): Places a marker on the ground that you can teleport back to.Blaze (optional): Creates a flame wall that deals damage and obscures vision.Curveball (optional): Essentially a controllable flash grenade. It blinds both enemies and teammates.SageHealing Orb: Fire this at an ally to heal them. Not instant, but heals over time.Resurrection (ultimate): Can resurrect teammates.Barrier Orb (optional): Places a solid wall.Slow Orb (optional): AOE ability that slows opponents.SovaRecon Bolt: Fires a tracking arrow that reveals player locations within a certain area.Hunter’s Fury (ultimate): Fires three shots that can pierce walls and damages opponents.Owl Drone (optional): Flies a recon drone and can shoot enemies with a fire arrow.Shock Bolt (optional): Hits enemies with a shock arrow that can bounce off of walls.ReynaDismiss: Devours a nearby soul orb to become intangible. If her ultimate is active, she can also become invisible.Empress (ultimate): Increases fire rate, equip speed, reload speed and adds infinite soul-harvesting abilitiesLeer (optional): A throwable that causes “nearsight” on opponents, limiting their view.Devour (optional): Can devour a soul orb, healing herself. Also can overheal, but is time sensitive.KilljoyTurret: Fires at enemies within its 180-degree cone of vision.Lockdown (Ultimate): Places down a trap that detains all enemies for eight seconds. Slows enemies who are caught within the ability.Alarmbot (optional): A bot that damages an opponent when it enters its AOE, and leaves opponents open for double damage.Nanoswarm (option): Throw a grenade that does a lot of damage within a relatively large AOE. Agents, take your marks.With Valorant hitting computers this summer, the game launched with 11 playable characters (called “Agents”) from which to choose. But keep in mind: The team over at Riot Games is working to expand the game effectively and ASAP, meaning that more agents are coming to the fold soon. The most recent Agent to hit the game is Killjoy, added into Act 2 of Valorant’s lifespan.last_img read more

Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge

first_img Tags: GolfSixes 2 Aug 2019 Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge Friendships, family and fun were the common themes as the inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge was hailed a success.Staged at Woburn ahead of the AIG Women’s British Open, the short format event was organised by The R&A in partnership with England Golf and proved to be popular for all involved.Played on the Marquess’ Course – where defending champion and R&A ambassador Georgia Hall and a world-class field competed – the GolfSixes Challenge saw 48 players tee it up, forming eight teams and representing 22 golf facilities.The Sixes format – an initiative created by The R&A supported Golf Foundation – helped to foster friendships and fun within a family atmosphere, while the day also involved a lunch and prizegiving.The winning team featured Paul and Dominic Hoskin (from Benton Hall), Adrian and Edward Stephenson (Leighton Buzzard) and Ray Ripsher (Bush Hill Park) and Fiona Llewellyn (Woburn). Fiona stepped in for Ray’s wife, who was unable to play, while six players from Woburn finished in 2nd place.The GolfSixes Challenge gives participants the opportunity to enjoy playing a world class venue on the eve of a major championship and mirrors The R&A 9 Hole Challenge, which was again held on the eve of The Open at Royal Portrush last month.Both The R&A GolfSixes Challenge and The R&A 9 Hole Challenge are central to the organisation’s wider drive to promote shorter forms of golf as ideal ways to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively.Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A, said, “The GolfSixes Challenge played at Woburn was The R&A’s first venture using this format and we were delighted with the success of the event. It is a great addition to AIG Women’s British Open week and we received very positive feedback from all the players. The inaugural event gives us something to build on when staging it again at Royal Troon in 2020.”GolfSixes continues to grow in popularity, notably given its success in encouraging more young people into the sport. For example, GolfSixes Leagues reached 102 golf clubs in 2018 and will be enjoyed by more than 200 this year, with the Leagues proving highly popular with club management, PGA professionals, parents and children.GolfSixes has also been a popular addition to the European Tour schedule, with Ladies European Tour players also involved.last_img read more

It’s only August, but different vibe in Leafville as Training Camp ends

first_imgSaturday the coaching staff continued to evaluate the players before first round of cuts was made Sunday morning.The camp concluded Sunday evening.“We spent a lot of time finding the kind of players that we want to have here,” DiBella explained.“Players who can play the brand of hockey we want here . . . many who have been hand picked,” DiBella adds.The training camp determines the 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two or three netminders Nelson takes into the exhibition season, which opens August 31 against Castlegar Rebels.DiBella is optimistic that a handful of the players selected will be locals.“There’s always a few surprises filtering down from Junior A and there may be a few from the roster moving up from this level to Junior A but we’ve done our homework by talking to teams some of our players are going to camps with,” DiBella said.“We pretty much know what their status is and are pretty confident with out depth chart and how we plan to move forward.”One thing that is for certain, the Leafs don’t plan on wasting a whole lot of money transferring players on and off the roster, as was the policy last season.The roster posted on the bulletin board Sunday as training camp breaks won’t deviate much from the one Leafs take into playoffs come February.“It’s early. It looks good. It’s tough to say what the team is going to be like but I think we’re going to come out of the gates fine this year and have a really strong start to our season,” Chernenkoff said.DiBella said there would be a skeleton crew of players practicing for the next few weeks while others attend Junior A training camps.Chernenkoff is one of those players going to try his luck in the Silver City attending the camp of the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m going to Trail to try my luck there,” he said. “But if I end up back in Nelson, I’m going to battle it out and be the happiest kid on the team.”Ooooh. After last season, it’s too bad its only August.How many sleeps are left before the season starts?Too many for Leaf fans. The month on the calendar says August.Not really hockey weather as temperatures ranged in the low 30s C on the weekend.But that didn’t stop the Nelson Leafs from being the first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise out of the blocks as the Green and White kicked off the season with its 2016 training camp at the NDCC Arena.While most everyone was thinking about cooling off from the late blast of summer, approximately 40 players battled for a spot on the new-look Leafs.“I think the camp is going very well,” returning Leaf defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff said following the morning ice session Sunday.Chernenkoff, who played 36 games for Nelson last season where the Crescent Valley native score five times and added 10 assists, will be counted on to help bolster a blueline that was a minus-35 last season.“We’ve got a great group of guys all competing for spots,” Chernenkoff said.“The tempo is high . . . which is good. So I think it’s going to be a great start to our season.”Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella and General Manager Sean Dooley logged more miles than Greyhound during the off-season to recruit the right players to restore the Leafs to the glory years of the past.Starting the camp two weeks before most teams was another way to change up a franchise that has struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs the past couple of seasons.“I’m really pleased the players we have here,” DiBella said.“They’ve come in shape, and they’re committed . . . showing us what they can do to make this hockey team.”The camp opened Friday with on-ice sessions as well as games and off-ice meetings.last_img read more

Chooks-to-Go falls to Petrochimi, faces Blatche-led China in QF

first_imgLATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Warren unfurled 12 of his 30 points in the killer second quarter, while Sajjad Mashayekhi got 15 markers, six rebounds, and five dimes.Behnam Yakhchali also chimed in 12 markers, six boards, and three assists, while national team veteran Arsalan Kazemi contributed nine markers and 18 rebounds in the resounding win.The Scores:PETROCHIMI 87 – Warren 30, Mashayekhi 15, Yakhchali 12, Kazemi 9, Davarpanah 8, Niktash 5, Zakeri 4, Mirzaeitalarposhti 2, Sahakian 2, Bahramzad 0.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 66 – Austin 20, Ravena 20, Torres 9, Jero. Teng 5, Revilla 4, Manuel 3, Jeri. Teng 3, Vosotros 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Quarters: 16-14, 43-29, 61-45, 87-66.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Star ousts NLEX, enters semis MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Isaiah Austin. Photo from Fiba.comWith its Iranian foes imposing their height advantage, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas fell to Petrochimi, 87-66, Tuesday in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.The Philippines dropped to 2-2 at third place in Group A, putting them in a collision course against Andray Blatche and his Chinese ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the quarterfinals on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Isaiah Austin paced Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks, while Ravena got 20 markers, five boards, and three assists in the defeat.Norbert Torres added nine points and four rebounds for the Filipinos, who failed to sustain their hot shooting from their game against Mono Vampire last Sunday and only drilled four of their 19 shots from three this time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChooks-to-Go lost hold of the game in the second quarter when Willie Warren anchored Petrochimi’s 27-point outburst to grab a 43-29 halftime lead that ballooned to as high as 21, 57-36, with 3:57 left in the third frame.Austin and Ravena kept the fight going for Chooks, cutting the deficit to as low as 10, 66-56, with 6:54 remaining in the game, but the Iranians answered with a 14-0 blast to regain the 24-point advantage, 80-56 with 3:36 remaining capped off by a pair of free throws from Saeid Davarpanah. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more