COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Community activists critical of policing in Ohio’s largest city say its next chief must come from outside the agency. Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther says Columbus residents have lost faith in Chief Thomas Quinlan and has demoted him. Chenelle Jones is a college dean who served on Ginther’s police reform commission. She said Friday that the new chief must come from outside of the state to stay clear of the agency’s culture of policing. Ginther says he plans a national search to replace Ginther. Other activists say a national search should not end in another internal hire like Quinlan’s.
Walking into an art museum comes with a number of feelings: momentary panic, indecision over which sections to visit and the lurking knowledge that the museum closes in three hours. The tickets at some museums cost 20 dollars and it is time to start cramming in artworks in order to make the trip worth it at all. According to Rachel Heisler, assistant curator of education and academic programs at Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, which unlike other museums people can visit free of charge, the vast amount of options in art museums leads to visitors spending just 15 to 30 seconds looking at individual works of art.“Museums don’t do well in just showing people one work. We [at the Snite] have about 1000 works on view,” Heisler said. “So all this work and energy goes on by the artist, and by the curators and the museum to even get people here looking and then they walk right past it.”In an effort to get art viewers to slow down and really look at the work before them, the Snite is encouraging the campus and South Bend community to spend three hours looking at a single work of art over the course of the semester. The program, called Art180, is in its second year.“This is a way to just kind of slow down and to look and just have that time. As museum educators, we’re trained to look at a work for a long time. The more you look at it, the more stories that come out of it, the more you realize and the more things that you find,” Heisler said. “That gives the work some depth that you didn’t expect after looking at it for just 30 seconds.”While Heisler does not know of any other art museums or schools with programs like Art180, she said the Snite was inspired to start the program by an art history professor at Harvard who had her class do something similar.“It really slowed them down to really think and pay attention. It also removes students from the hustle and bustle of walking around campus or the stresses of being in the classroom or cramming in the library,” Heisler said. “It physically made them go look at that work and be indulged by it for a second.” The Snite wants to provide a similar opportunity for a larger group of people. While Art180 feels like an individual experience, Heisler said, it provides an opportunity for the community to join in its appreciation for art. At the end of one semester last year, the Snite invited participants to come together to discuss their artworks and how they experienced them.“I remember in front of one work we had, I think, an astrophysics major, and then we had a labor and delivery nurse from the community, and then we had one of our staff members, partnered with another faculty or staff member on campus,” Heisler said. “So four different people all were pulled into that one image.” One of the most interesting parts of Art180, Heisler said, is allowing people to delve into an artwork and think more deeply about it than they usually do. Heisler said she likes to take a visual inventory of the elements in a work of art as her first step. She then revisited each individual item on her inventory in separate visits in her Art180 experience.“We had this great work called ‘Love is …’ last semester. This student was looking at it and every time she explored what love is in a different realm,” Heisler said. “So love is friendship and love is family and love is hard and love is work. She actually looked at it through these different themes and realms that she was thinking of.” Heisler said at one point she got stuck with her artwork and turned to listening to music for inspiration.“I listened to a playlist that WVFI made for the work that I was looking at,” she said. “That was a great way to just pull my attention back in and start to think about ‘Hmm, why did they choose this music for this object?’” WFVI, Notre Dame’s student-run radio station, is partnering with the Snite for a second year to create playlists for the artworks in Art180’s featured exhibition, “Looking at the Stars: Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame.” While Art180 participants can choose any work in the collection, Heisler recommends sticking with the one exhibition in order to facilitate better discussion at the end of the semester and take full advantage of artworks that are not always on display.Art180 participants design their own time frame, dividing up their three hours in whatever fashion they choose or simply looking at the work for three hours straight. Heisler recommends a “weekly drop in” to get the richest experience from the program.“I think the biggest thing that we have seen come out of Art180, the most positive reflection, is that people like to step outside of their life for this scheduled time, like it’s their date every week, it’s this task that they enjoy,” Heisler said. Ultimately, Art180 seeks to create a richer experience of art than the typical, allowing participants a moment of reflection and bringing artworks closer to participants’ lives, Heisler said.“We had two students last semester who came in at the same time every Thursday. They spent seven minutes looking at it separately next to each other and then they spent seven minutes talking about it together,” Heisler said. “That repetition was really important to a lot of people, that kind of escaping from Notre Dame life. Once you get into the Snite, it just kind of calms down for a second.”Tags: art180, Snite Museum of Art
What’s next for Tveit and his Assassins costars after the Chocolate Factory? A West End transfer is not out of the question, and maybe, just maybe, a Broadway bow after that. The Graceland star probably wouldn’t mind. “There have been moments where I’ve just been yearning for New York City,” he says. “London’s a great place to be for a while, but I always say one of the best things about leaving New York is you get to come back.” Aaron Tveit is packing heat for his UK theatrical debut as John Wilkes Booth in Assassins. He’s learning a lot about himself (and American history) while leading the Stephen Sondheim tuner at the Menier Chocolate Factory, but most importantly: “I didn’t even know I could grow a mustache!” That’s right, we’re still talking about Tveit’s facial hair. Still reading, Tveitertots? We’re sure there are plenty of people that will welcome Tveit with open arms upon his US return. Until then, you can catch him on the other side of the pond in the Jamie Lloyd-helmed Assassins through March 7. The role is a leap from the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner’s previous work, even without the beard. “I’ve played a lot of younger men, kind of kids,” Tveit said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “so I was excited at the chance to actually play more of a man.” View Comments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 145 recipients, including Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC), for more than $15.3 million in grants to start or expand businesses in rural communities. Through Recovery Act funding, businesses will be able to access to critical capital that will help with start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. These Recovery Act grants represent the Obama administration s ongoing efforts to ensure strategic investments and increase economic opportunities in rural America, said Vilsack. Small businesses play an important role in building strong communities while providing vital products and services to local residents. This funding will help spur important economic development and strengthen communities in dozens of states around the country.RACDC was created to rebuild downtown Randolph after a series of fires in the early 1990 s decimated the downtown. Today, it supports community development and affordable housing goals in the greater Randolph Area. RACDC plans to use their grant of $65,000 to provide marketing services and technical assistance to two area businesses, LED Dynamics and the Randolph Farm Stand. Energy efficiency and local agriculture are two extremely important and growing sectors in our economy. said Julie Iffland, RACDC s Executive Director. We could not be more pleased with this opportunity to put Recovery Act funds to work helping these local entrepreneurs to innovate and thrive in their respective specialties.LED is a national innovator in LED lighting technology and products, started by two VTC graduates in 2000. The Farm Stand has quickly established itself as an important community institution by connecting producers of high quality local produce with consumers who value local agriculture and high quality food. RACDC will assist the businesses in developing a marketing strategy, including logo development and ad placement. In the case of LED Dynamics, the technical assistance will focus on marketing that promotes the use of their new products by informing potential commercial and industrial users of product availability and the competitive benefits of this relatively new alternative lighting product. In the case of Randolph Farm Stand, the technical assistance will focus on marketing that promotes and sustains their recent business and product expansion.Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the grant agreement. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external).The funding announced today is being provided through USDA Rural Development s Rural Business Enterprise Program (RBEG), which helps finance new and existing businesses as well as employment-related adult education programs. RBEG funds can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. Additional information on Rural Development s Business Programs may be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt/(link is external) or by calling (802)828-6031.President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.More information about USDA s Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery(link is external). More information about the Federal government’s efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov(link is external).Source: RACDC. Montpelier, VT, July 28, 2009
The government is facing scrutiny over its plan to grant inmates early release as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in overcrowded correctional facilities, with some alleging a proposal to free graft convicts is motivated by ulterior political interests.A plan to release inmates, including graft convicts, was first brought up by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly in a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal affairs last week. He said overcrowding in prisons could worsen the spread of COVID-19 and suggested that 50,000 inmates should be released to mitigate contagion.Yasonna, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician, said the 50,000 inmates eligible for early release included some 15,442 drug convicts who had served five to 10 years in prison, 300 graft inmates aged 60 years and above, 1,457 special crime convicts with chronic diseases and 53 foreign prisoners who had served two-thirds of their sentences. To support the plan, Yasonna said the government had considered relaxing a 2012 government regulation that stipulates strict requirements be met when considering granting remissions and parole for those convicted of extraordinary crimes, including corruption.Yasonna’s plan was immediately met with criticism from analysts and antigraft activists, who suspected it would enable prominent figures from political parties now serving time in prison to return to the political stage.The executive director of the Indonesian Political Review (IPR) Ujang Komarudin said these figures were still valuable to their respective parties because of their influence, connections, financial resources and negotiating power.“As a simple example, they can exert their influence when controversial bills are set to be deliberated by the House,” Ujang told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “So, is the plan really focused on halting the spread of the disease? I think not. I sense there is a strong political agenda.” According to data from antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), many political figures stand to benefit from the early release plan, including former Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto and former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Suryadharma Ali.Other potential names include former Riau governor Rusli Zainal of Golkar and former Papua governor Barnabas Suebu, who was also a former NasDem Party member.Ujang also accused the government of misusing its power to accommodate the interests of other political parties allied with the PDI-P, noting that the ruling party was supported by six of the nine parties in the House.“Bear in mind that the law minister is a member of the ruling party. As a politician, he will likely follow the party line,” he said.Donal Fariz of the ICW said the plan was another sign that political powers within Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration had been looking to undermine the country’s anticorruption campaign ever since Jokowi’s began his second term in October.Last year, Jokowi’s administration was condemned for allowing a contentious amendment to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law to pass. It contains long-disputed articles that observers and antigraft activists said would defang the KPK, currently the most powerful corruption-fighting body in the country.“Looking at the government’s past moves, it’s evident that COVID-19 is merely a justification for the ruling powers to allow early release [of graft convicts],” Donal said.PDI-P lawmaker Heri Herman denied the accusations, saying that Yasonna’s plan was a manifestation of the government’s “humane” approach to the pandemic.“We believe the government should put humanity first in times of crisis; That’s why we support the idea [of releasing inmates],” Heri told the Post.“During his recent [virtual] meeting with the lawmakers, the minister made clear that inmates would be required to have fulfilled two-thirds of their sentences and be above 60 years of age. So, it’s not just about graft convicts,” he said.Taufik Basari, a NasDem lawmaker, concurred with Heri, saying that the government needed to step up its effort to contain the virus. “I believe the plan [of releasing convicts] is aimed only at saving lives, as we are now in a state of emergency.”The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), however, has voiced opposition to the plan, with party spokesperson Ahmad Fathul Bari arguing that corruption was an extraordinary crime, which often resulted in intolerable state losses.The PKS, he said, suspected there was an ulterior motive behind the plan. “In a nutshell, we oppose the idea of releasing graft convicts, even if it’s based on humanitarian considerations.”Jokowi, however, was quick to clarify the government’s stance on Monday, saying it had no intention to release graft convicts, who are categorized as special crime inmates. He said the government’s plan would only include inmates incarcerated for general criminal offenses.“I want to say that we have never talked about graft prisoners in our meetings,” the President said in a Cabinet meeting on Monday.– Marchio Irfan Gorbiano contributed to this story Topics :
MORE PROPERTY STORIES The home has a modern, open-plan kitchen and dining area. Photo: SuppliedUpon its completion, Zephyr Industries director Brayden Larkin said the original 1920s Queenslander home had being given a new life with no expense spared.Features include a 3000-bottle temperature controlled wine cellar with wine tasting room, anelevator, cinema, two pools, and a roof top terrace with private six-seater spa. The impressive 3000-bottle wine cellar. Photo: Supplied This house at 15 Towers St, Ascot, has sold without the free Lamborghini. Photo: Supplied.A luxury house that won a national “Best Renovation” award last year has sold for $5.2 million – minus the flashy green Lamborghini and free wine.Called Belvedere, the Zephyr Industries-built 900sq m residence at 15 Towers Street in Ascot is believed to have sold to a local buyer, with the price only recently revealed in land titles data. Grand renovation for 100-year-old Queenslander $2 billion development for the Bundaberg region Climber sells home, honours memory of ‘soulmate’ lost in tragedy This property at 15 Towers St, Ascot, has sold. Photo: SuppliedWhen it was first offered to the market, it was listed for a whopping $8.8 million and was being offered for sale with a new bright green Lamborghini Huracan LP 580 and free vino. The home was initially offered to the market for a whopping $8.8m. Photo: SuppliedBut property data shows the glitzy residence was on the market for 423 days, having being listed with three different agencies before finally being sold by Ray White New Farm agent Matt Lancashire in about four months. The view from the home at 15 Towers St, Ascot. Photo: SuppliedMr Lancashire refused to comment on the sale in any capacity.As for the four-storey masterpiece house, it comes with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a seven-car garage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIconic riverfront estate in Brisbane02:10
International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NHL’s Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship.The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945. Associated Press It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup. The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___ Brooklyn’s most recent game was March 10 in Los Angeles. All Nets players were then tested, and the team said one player showed symptoms and the other three were asymptomatic.___France’s national institute of sport is helping with the needs of caregivers and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.The Paris-based INSEP will lodge nursing staff coming far from their homes to assist medical teams in the city.INSEP and other sporting establishments in France will also receive sick people who are no longer in serious condition but need their health monitored in an effort to free up hospital beds. The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund. Bordeaux says 18 nursing staff from its region will now be able to reach heavily-impacted Mulhouse and offer backup to tired medical teams who have been “strongly affected” in their efforts to cope.___Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free.The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them.Marks said during a conference call Wednesday that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing. April 1, 2020 It is the first top-flight team to announce such a measure by its coach.Bournemouth said Howe’s pay cut was “significant,” without disclosing exact figures. Key members of his backroom staff as well as club chief executive Neill Blake will also have their salaries reduced.Bournemouth says it has also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be furloughed “to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period.”___Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London. ___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations. UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game.Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.” The team announced the update Wednesday but did not specify if the people affected were players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team’s March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the novel coronavirus have recovered.___The Critérium du Dauphiné cycling race, one of the key warm-ups for the Tour de France, has been postponed.The race had been scheduled for May 31-June 7 in southeastern France. The Latest: NHL’s Senators have 4 more positive virus tests Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.”Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium. Those who have signed up for the Boston Athletic Association 5K the Saturday before the marathon can also get a refund.More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the world’s most prestigious 26.2-mile run, which had been scheduled for April 18. It costs $205 for Americans and $255 for international residents.___French soccer club Bordeaux is making its team bus available so voluntary caregivers can reach hospitals in another city.The eastern city of Mulhouse is eight hours from southwestern Bordeaux, which is near the Atlantic coast, but difficult to reach because of greatly restricted train travel. The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___ Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization said it still hopes to reschedule the event for later in the year.ASO also owns the Tour de France, which is scheduled to start on June 27 from Nice. No decision has been made on whether to postpone or reschedule the Tour.___The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers say anyone who was entered in the 124th edition of the race this month can still run on the rescheduled date, Sept. 14. But if they can’t make it, they can have their money back. INSEP will receive about 100 people from homeless shelters.Also, 69 rooms at INSEP are at the disposal of France Horizon, which helps families, homeless people, migrants, refugees and people who are isolated.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says “the only way through this crisis is to stay united.”___Premier League club Bournemouth says manager Eddie Howe has taken a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
GREG DIXON/Herald photoThe top-ranked and undefeated Wisconsin women’s hockey team will host St. Cloud State this weekend in WCHA action. The Badgers have been nearly perfect so far this season, and a pair of wins over a formidable Huskies squad would cap off a very successful first half of the season.St. Cloud comes to the Kohl Center as surprising owners of third place in the WCHA. This series provides the Huskies with an opportunity to prove they are as good as their record indicates.The Huskies come into the series with 9-5-2 record and are currently enjoying a five-game winning streak that includes convincing wins over Ohio State, Minnesota State-Mankato and Bemidji State. A sweep over defending national champion Minnesota- Duluth in October put St. Cloud on the map as contenders this year.UW head coach Mark Johnson expects the Huskies to come after Wisconsin with relentless intensity. Johnson noted because St. Cloud sees this series as an opportunity to legitimatize their program, and because the No.1 Badgers inevitably receive everyone’s best efforts because of their top-ranking, it will be a battle.“As with most teams that play against us these days, they are going to give us their best,” Johnson said. “So, I anticipate that they will come out and play with some energy and some excitement and try to knock us off. ”The pressures of being No. 1 are nothing new to the Badgers, as they have maintained the top spot since early October. As evidenced by the Badgers’ current 18-game winning streak, Johnson remains positive that his team can handle the spotlight.“I think the players know whoever we play is going to be all fired up,” he said. “They are going to play their best hockey against us. We just have to meet them as far as intensity goes.”The Huskies, who are notorious for their up-tempo style and suffocating forechecks, are just the type of team that can knock off his top-ranked Badgers if they are complacent, according to Johnson.“[Saint Cloud] tries to play a real high-tempo game, and create a lot of turnovers. They attack, and have a good power-play,” he said. “They are capable of knocking off anybody in the country. They beat [Minnesota]-Duluth earlier this year twice, so if you’re going to play against them and be successful, you’re going have to play good hockey. ”Senior captain Erica Lawler, who has played three years worth of close games against the Huskies, noted that whether St. Cloud is in first place in the WCHA or last place, they always compete.“St. Cloud is always strong. They always put up a good fight. They are always solid,” Lawler said. “It is definitely not a weekend to take lightly. It’s just a matter of going to the rink, and doing your best.”Unlike the extremely deep Badgers, the Huskies rely heavily on their top line for offensive production. That line, consisting of Megan McCarthy, Caitlin Hogan and Holly Roberts is one of the most productive groups in the WCHA. The trio has accounted for an astounding 40.7 percent of the Huskies’ offensive production.“They are a very offensive hockey team, they are much stronger offensively than defensively,” Lawler said. “They have a few very good forwards. Roberts is someone you always keep an eye on, as is as McCarthy and probably Hogan.”Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Badgers not only the lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing a miniscule 0.94 goals a game, but they also are tops in scoring offense with an average of 5.17 goals per contest.
As part of an initiation to increase research and development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to expand interdisciplinary opportunities across different schools, faculty and students have launched the USC STEM Consortium.Science · Michael Kassner, director of the Office of Naval Research (Discovery & Invention) spoke at the USC STEM Consortium kick-off. – Engie Salama | Daily TrojanThe consortium, an initiative headed by faculty at the USC Rossier School of Education and Viterbi School of Engineering to expand STEM research and education from pre-kindergarten through employment, kicked off Monday“Our goal is to improve the workforce in STEM in the [United States],” said Gisele Ragusa, co-organizer of the STEM Education Pipeline Consortium and USC professor of education and engineering. “The way to do that we have to start with K-12 and continue in U.S. education.”John Brooks Slaughter, professor of engineering and education, said the new consortium will directly affect USC students by providing them with more research opportunities.“It should provide more opportunities to benefit undergraduate and graduate research,” Slaughter said. “Our goal is to demonstrate to faculty members and researchers the benefits of emerging opportunities.”The consortium is comprised of USC faculty members involved with research in multiple disciplines, including history, cinematic arts and medicine.The kick-off event focused on interdisciplinary opportunities in STEM fields, and ways to improve education in STEM subjects and in critical thinking in those fields.Representatives from companies, such as Boeing and Toyota, discussed certain programs corporations fund at universities. Representatives from federally funded research programs presented on sources of federal funds.Peter Rivera, a program officer at the California Community Foundation, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group, discussed the process and evaluation of proposals.“It was a good opportunity to see what [reviewers] see,” Rivera said. “We’ll definitely keep up-to-date with what’s going on with the consortium.”The kick-off is intended as a starting point for many future projects, Ragusa said.“In the university, it will enable students across the college to work together,” Ragusa said. “And we will have our neighbors work with us to inform the future of science education.”Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, a junior majoring in international relations, said an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary studies is pertinent to the success of USC students.“When I first came to USC, I remember President [C. L. Max] Nikias saying that we were free to find the ‘Renaissance scholar,’ and interdisciplinary studies is necessary for any liberal arts school to make more well-rounded students,” Velazquez-Arenas said.The consortium has received funding from the USC Research Collaboration Fund, which provides funding for interdisciplinary research, and USC’s Provost Office. The funding is intended to last for three years.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary on Tuesday, April 17.Crimes against propertyAt 2:44 p.m., two students reported a phone and a pair of sunglasses missing outside of the USC area.At 12:50 p.m., retail unit officers monitoring surveillance cameras in the Pertusati University Bookstore observed a suspect remove a backpack from a rack and place it over his shoulder. The officers detained the suspect when he exited the store without paying for the item and DPS officers were requested. Officers responded and took custody of the suspect. He was arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 5:50 p.m., DPS officers responded to the Belle D. Vivian YWCA Building at the request of a counselor who reported that a student was in need of an escort to a medical center for psychiatric evaluation. The officers transported the student to the facility and released her into the care of staff on the premises.At 4:00 p.m., DPS officers responded to a non-USC male who was reported to be suffering a stroke. A Rapid Response team was at the scene examining the male when the officers arrived at Keck Hospital of USC and he was subsequently transported within the facility for medical treatment.At 2:34 p.m., a staff member reported that a roll-up gate at the Exposition Boulevard parking structure lowered and struck her vehicle as she was passing under it, damaging the front of her vehicle.At 12:00 a.m., DPS officers and LAFD Unit #15 responded to a first-floor fire alarm that was accidentally activated by a student leaning against a pull station in the School of Cinematic Arts. No smoke or fire was found. LAFD reset the alarm and cleared the building for re-entryAt 12:00 a.m., DPS officers and LAFD Unit #15 responded to a first-floor fire alarm activation at La Sorbonne Apartments due to unknown cause. No smoke or fire was found. LAFD reset the alarm and cleared the building for re-entry.