Nearly two weeks ago, Iranian students at USC were celebrating voting in Iran’s presidential election but now they’re protesting, asking themselves the question that seems to be on many Iranians’ mind since the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Where is my vote?” “The result was very disappointing and shocking,” said Hamid Chabok, president of the Iranian Graduate Student Association at USC. “Everybody became very depressed because no one believed it.”The June 12 election showed an impressive turnout from Iranians both inside and outside the country, with approximately 1,500 Los Angeles-based Iranians turning out to vote at the designated polling station at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, said Chabok, a doctoral student studying biomedical engineering who was born and raised in Iran. Members of the IGSA gathered before casting their votes to take pictures and celebrate participating in the elections. “The students who were living outside of Iran were very interested in voting this time because they felt like they needed a change,” said Salman Khaleghi, vice president of IGSA. But less than 24 hours later, Iranian officials announced the re-election of Ahmadinejad by a landslide victory of 63 percent against challenger Hossein Mousavi, who received only 34 percent of votes. Khaleghi said he agrees with thousands of Iranians who have taken to the streets of Tehran and other cities to protest the outcome of the election, saying there is no doubt in his mind that the election was compromised. Though Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has announced his support for Ahmadinejad, Iranians have continued to protest in what has become the largest unrest since the 1979 Revolution. “The implications of this tug of war will depend on which side shows more resilience and perseverance in this battle,” said a USC professor who asked that her name be withheld. “One side says: ‘You have no right to discount my vote.’ The other says: ‘You have no right to question the election results.’” Authorities in Tehran have shut down communication, jamming TV and cell phone signals and restricting Iranians’ access to foreign media broadcasts. “I talked with my family yesterday. I can call, but they cannot,” said Chabok, who said he believes Iranian police forces broke the windows of his family home in Tehran and vandalized his father’s car. “My mom said it’s a very horrible, frightening situation now. She was very worried that they are checking our telephone conversations.” To compensate for the lack of communication within Iran, Iranians living in the United States have begun using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to distribute information about the protests. “Because most of the population is young, even though they banned all the communication lines, these young people have tried to find new ways to communicate with the world,” Chabok said. Many Iranian students at USC have begun touting the phrase “Where is my vote?” on their Facebook profile pictures to spread the word. They have also been participating in local rallies. The most recent protest was held Saturday afternoon outside the Westwood Federal Building. The Facebook invitation had more than 900 confirmed guests and Khaleghi said he expected many USC students and members of IGSA to attend. Los Angeles has the largest population of Iranian-Americans in the United States — 500,000 Iranians live in Los Angeles and Orange counties — and Iranian students are the fourth-largest international population at USC. While students said they realize their protests will not change the outcome of the election, they hope to send a message to countries around the world that the results should not be recognized. “No one in the international community should recognize the results of the election,” said Kaiser, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering who asked that his last name not be used to protect his family in Iran. The European Union has already announced that they will not support Ahmadinejad’s victory but the United States has yet to show the same reaction. President Barack Obama spoke out against the Iranian government Saturday, calling the government’s action against protestors “violent and unjust,” according to the New York Times. “I understand the U.S. government’s concern,” said Kaiser, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Iran. “This would be a tool — an excuse to oppress the people, crack down on demonstrators.” The rallies are also intended to bring moral support to families and friends in Iran. “What they need from the international community is their compassion and support and not recognizing this fraud election and this irresponsible government,” Chabok said.
It had been 265 days since the University of Wisconsin softball team (4-1) played their last game of the 2018 season. But they returned fresh and ready for a new season in the Lonestar Collegiate Classic in Houston, Texas this weekend. Friday morning, the Badgers secured two run-ruling wins against Nebraska-Omaha and Lamar.In game one, the Badgers found themselves down one run early versus Omaha after just one inning. An early deficit only added fuel to the Badger’s fire that was about to take place on offense. Senior Kelly Welsh tied the game in her first at-bat of the season with a single to center-field, capitalizing on a walk drawn by Lauren Foster. Continuing the inning, freshman Ally Miklesh earned her first RBI as a Badger to give UW a 2-1 lead going into the third inning. Seniors Melanie Cross and Welsh led the way at the plate through the game with a combined batting average of over .800. Omaha would not score another run for the rest of the game thanks to the dominant pitching of Haley Hestekin. Taylor Johnson sealed the game for the Badgers with a walk-off single in the bottom of the fifth — enforcing the mercy run rule with — the final score being 9-1. Game two for Wisconsin came against the Cardinals of Lamar. Early Wisconsin domination proved the Badgers superiority early on.Freshman pitcher Maddie Schwartz threw her first career shutout as a Badger in an 8-0 blowout over the Cardinals. Schwartz allowed only two hits and three walks in five innings.Softball: Badgers seeking third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2019After making the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row in 2018, the University of Wisconsin softball team Read…This set the stage for The Badger offense to continue their dominant performance at the plate.The offensive star of game two was Caroline Hedgcock. Hedgcock led the way with three hits and a perfect game at the plate. Three badgers would hit for power. Miklesh, Welsh and Kayla Konwent all hit triples as Cross smashed her first home run of the season over the left field wall in the fourth inning. With bases loaded, Konwent stepped up to the plate to deliver the final blow against the Cardinals, securing the 8-0 victory in five innings. This sent the Badgers into day two of the tournament on a high note.The Badgers would face Omaha again in a redemption match Saturday night. Yet again, the Badgers proved their domination at the plate. Cross, Jordan Little and Konwent all exploded for home runs, accumulating seven runs.Freshman Tyra Turner had her first perfect day at the plate, while Hedgcock earned her first career win as a Badger from the circle. Omaha couldn’t extinguish the fire of the Badger offense as Wisconsin secured their third straight run-rule win with a whopping 15-0 final score.The biggest game of the tournament was saved for last as the Badgers stepped onto the field to take on a sturdy Texas Tech team out of the BIG 12 conference. In 2018, both teams finished with nearly identical records and were ready to settle the score about who was the better team. Softball: Badgers travel to Houston to kick off spring seasonThough the weather says otherwise, the University of Wisconsin softball spring season is upon us. The Badgers will pack up Read…The hot Badger offense stayed active at the plate early on, but could not stop the Red Raiders defensively. Wisconsin found themselves down 4-1 in the third inning. Not giving up hope, Johnson slammed a two-run homer over the right field wall to make it a one-run game. It seemed as if Wisconsin had a chance to fight their way back to the lead, but Texas Tech had a different plan in mind. In the bottom of the fifth, the Red Raiders racked up three more runs and Red Raider pitcher, Erin Edmoundson made sure the Badgers remained scoreless the rest of the way.Badgers drop their first of the season 8-3.Wisconsin rounded out the tournament Sunday with an 8-0 win over Lamar, continuing to show offensive efficiency. The Badgers are back in action this weekend partaking in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh North Carolina. They’ll play their first game against Pittsburgh University Friday at 12:30 p.m.
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