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‘Dome-ish’ season two aims to explore cultural issues

first_imgThe second season of “Dome-ish,” the television program showcasing diversity and identity problems at the University of Notre Dame, will premiere Thursday in the Duncan Student Center. While carrying over the message of the first season, the second run of “Dome-ish” will have a different stylistic and dramatic focus.Senior Erin Williams, one of the producers of “Dome-ish,” said the program will explore a variety of themes related to privilege.“We deal with all issues relating to privilege and inequality. That’s a very general way of saying it,” she said. “But race, gender, poverty, sexuality — more broad than sexual assault, just abuse in general.”Whereas the last season of “Dome-ish” had a more comedic focus with little or no story carryover between episodes, this season will feature a continuing narrative surrounding a set of characters, junior Durrell Jackson, another producer, said.“This year, we decided to take a different stylistic approach,” Jackson said. “One thing is we wanted to make an episodic series. We implemented main characters and a storyline that flows from episode to episode. These are main characters that you’re going to be able to follow. … We changed the face of it, but not the idea of it.”The sketch comedy-focused first season presented some problems, Jackson said. For example, he said the lack of a continued storyline made it difficult for people to get attached to the series.“Getting feedback from people who were watching it, they didn’t feel the need to follow when it was just skits,” he said. “It was just like ‘oh yeah, I should catch this skit this week and not worry about the rest.’ We wanted to develop something where you want to go back and watch that first episode, you want to follow along, you want to see how these characters develop. … We wanted to develop a following that’s just going to carry.”Williams and Jackson said the storylines will consist of “realistic fiction.” He said “Dome-ish” will be different from a program like “Show Some Skin” in that not every story will recount an actual occurrence.Both Williams and Jackson expressed a hope that the episodic series will be more focused.“We’ve kind of narrowed it on the things that we can talk about, but I would like to say we took 100 cars and put them in four lanes, in the tunnel,” Jackson said. “Before, it was like a million cars in the parking lot all trying to get out. We’re able to slowly feed you a lot of things in a tighter format so it’s easier to receive.”Williams said that each issue won’t necessarily become the focal point of every episode.“There may just be one comment that touches on an issue that’s happening on campus,” Williams said.The season will not just focus on problems at Notre Dame. The producers said the programming will also deal with issues happening in the broader world, as well as family and other at-home issues characters are having. The second season of “Dome-ish” is intended for a wider audience than the first.On the whole, Williams and Jackson both said they hope “Dome-ish” will serve as an introduction to sometimes overlooked and ignored cultural problems.“The problem I’ve seen with Notre Dame in trying to bring important issues to the forefront is that we’re always preaching to the choir,” Williams said. “We’re always preaching issues to people who already know and who have already brought them to the mainstream, to the forefront. It’s the majority culture, the dominant culture, that’s sometimes not listening to us. I usually see entertainment as a way of bringing these issues to the forefront and not being so, maybe in other words, aggressive. So, this is our way of introducing issues to the majority culture.”Jackson said he hopes that the changes made to “Dome-ish” will help expand its reach.“On the visual side, I wanted to create a different experience and different type of showing of talent in how creative we can get,” he said. “ … We kind of stepped it up from last year. We’re still amateur, don’t get us wrong. We don’t have all the professional equipment, we don’t have all the professional skills. We’re trying to touch a little bit on that level where it’s not just people on campus that are watching. It’s to where it can reach avenues — the South Bend community, our communities at home — where they watch it and say, ‘Oh that show’s nice!’ … We most definitely feel like that we can showcase this here, but also make it wide enough where we can showcase it everywhere.”The “Dome-ish” premiere will take place in the Duncan Student Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The season will consist of eight episodes and be available on YouTube after their official airing.Tags: Diversity, Dome-ish, privilegelast_img read more

Sanders named chairman of Health and Aging Panel

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was appointed today to chair the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.‘With more Americans heading into retirement, we need to focus on supporting our seniors and ensuring their quality of life. I look forward to working side by side with Sen. Sanders to protect the benefits that our seniors have worked hard for, from pensions to health care, while also advocating for programs like community health centers and LIHEAP that are vital to families across the country in these tough economic times,’ said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the full Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.Sanders’ panel is responsible for several areas that are among his top priorities, including community health centers, home heating assistance, seniors programs, pensions and dental care.Sanders has been a champion in Congress for community health centers, securing $11 billion in last year’s health care reform law to increase the number of patients served in the next five years by 20 million. That infusion of support came on the heels of another $2 billion that he added in the 2009 stimulus bill.The centers provide affordable primary and dental care as well as low-cost prescription drugs and mental health counseling. In Vermont, Community health Centers now serve over 100,000 Vermonters.The subcommittee’s oversight of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will allow Sanders to continue to fight for the much-needed program. ‘During these very difficult times, seniors on fixed incomes and families with children shouldn’t have to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table,’ Sanders said.Sanders led the effort in Congress to double funding for LIHEAP to $5.1 billion annually since 2008. Unfortunately, President Obama proposed cutting the program in half for next year and House-passed legislation would slash $400 million from the program this year. Vermont’s congressional delegation has pledged to fight such cuts.Sanders’s panel also has jurisdiction over the Older Americans Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. Its programs include ‘meals on wheels,’ congregate meals, and senior center programs.Sanders’ subcommittee is one of three subcommittees of the H.E.L.P. committee.Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011last_img read more

Sweet Revival: Carolina Chocolate Drops Deliver String Band Roots

first_imgFor the Carolina Chocolate Drops there’s a fine line between offering a history lesson and a foot-stomping good time. The Durham, N.C., trio has spent the last five years unearthing the largely unsung traditions of black string band music, and along the way become one of the most dynamic live acts on the continuously exploding youth-charged old-time revival scene. The formula mixes a throwback of past generations—plucking banjos and sawing fiddles—with an underlying progressive edge.“We’re depicted as a very traditional group, but the way that we approach the music is not very strict,” says band member Dom Flemons, who plays guitar, banjo, and a variety of old-fashioned percussion, including jugs and bones. “We add things to bring it forward.”The Carolina Chocolate DropsThe group, which also includes versatile instrumentalists Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering. The event was held at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., by scholars as a one-time symposium and festival to discuss the African roots of the banjo. After realizing a shared love of old-time sounds, the trio was collectively mentored by Joe Thompson, a 91-year-old elder statesman of traditional Carolina Piedmont music, who’s regarded as one of the last original black string band players. With Thompson’s tutoring, the Chocolate Drops soon started bringing pre-Civil War sounds of the rural South to stages across the country.While the group is committed to mining material from the past, they also can’t help but incorporate the influences that come from being in their ‘20s. The band’s latest album, last year’s Genuine Negro Jig, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album, strikes a proper balance between the generation gaps. In addition to longstanding traditional tunes like “Cornbread and Butterbeans” and “Cindy Gal,” the effort also features front porch-style takes on Tom Waits’ “Trampled Rose” and R&B singer Blu Cantrell’s dance club anthem “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” It’s all part of a dual mission to be ambassadors of forgotten sounds and to encourage crowds to get up and move.“We’re presenting a particular form of music, but interpreting it in a way that’s true to our generation,” says Flemons. “All of the history is important, but what’s most important is that the music needs to be hot and swinging. We want people to get up and shake it.” 1 2last_img read more

Long Island St. Patrick’s Day 2013 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York St. Patrick’s Day may be two weeks away, but Irish eyes will be smiling all month long during parades and other events before and after the March 17 holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year.Here are the latest in the ever-growing list of Paddy’s Day festivities across Long Island this month.PARADESMarch 31 p.m., The Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, & Queens – 63rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade. http://irishamericansoc.com/site/March 912 p.m., Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013. Main Street. www.whbstpats.com/12 p.m., 5th Annual Am O’ Gansett St. Particks Day Parade. www.amagansettchamber.org/upcoming-events/2 p.m., The Annual Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Saxon Avenue and travels west on Main Street to St. Patrick’s Church. www.stpatricksparadebsbw.com/March 1011:30 a.m., The 21st Annual Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Snedecor Avenue in Bayport, and runs along Montauk Highway, ending at Blue PointAvenue in Blue Point.2 p.m., The 79th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts at the Huntington Train Station along New York Avenue, to west Main Street, and ending atSaint Patrick’s Church. http://huntingtonhibernian.com/St.phpMarch 161 p.m., St. James St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Lake Avenue from Woodlawn to Railroad Avenue.March 1711:30 a.m., Montauk’s 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Edgemere Road and ends on Main Street12 p.m., The 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Harrison Avenue in Miller Place and ending at Broadway in RockyPoint.12:30 p.m., The 18th Annual Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Route 112 Main Street and ends on West Avenue.1 p.m., The 25th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade.March 2312 p.m., Rockville Centre 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.OTHER EVENTSMarch 67:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Celtic Celebration Concert. Montauk Library 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk.March 86:30 p.m., Irish Rock concert at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. www.muls.com/wantagh/?events=st-patricks-week7:30 p.m., Irish History through Music. Huntington Library, 338 Main St. Huntington. http://thehuntingtonlibrary.org/8 p.m., The Saw Doctors. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. www.paramountny.com/shows/March 912-5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage.8 p.m., BLACK 47. Boulton Center, 37 West Main St. Bay Shore. http://boultoncenter.org/CalendarItem.aspx?eventId=705March 1011 a.m.-5 p.m., Irish Experience Festival, Physical Education Building Hofstra University, Hempstead.March 12:4:30 p.m., Decorate A House For St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Workshop. 100 Jericho Turnpike Westbury.March 166 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, Polish Hall 214 Marcy Avenue Riverhead.8 p.m., Celtic Nights. Staller Center, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. http://stallercenter.com/1213/season.html#celtic-nights8 p.m., St. Patty’s Weekend Irish Comedy Showcase, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. www.paramountny.com/shows/March 16 & 17: St. Paddy’s Shenanigans. McFadden’s, 210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre www.mcfaddensrvc.com/events-details.php?id=2189St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 15 East Main Street, Smithtown. www.nappertandysirishpub.com/smithtown/smithtown.htmlMarch 1712:30 p.m., Lepre-Con 2013. The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main Street, Farmingdale and 60 E. Main St. Bay Shore, www.leprecon.com/4 p.m. The Celtic Tenors, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach,March 233 p.m. & 8 p.m., Celtic Woman. The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. www.tillescenter.org/event.cfm?id=830last_img read more

Chur bro, these are the hottest Kiwis up for grabs

first_imgSonny Bill Williams of the Blues NRL team made a name for himself during a stint in Sydney. Picture: Instagram. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Stunning views across the home. Source: Realestate.com.au Luxurious and spacious. Source: Realestate.com.au FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Being able to lock up and go is one of the best things about getting a duplex. Source: Realestate.com.auAgent Drue Matich of Telos Group has it listed as being “a short stroll to the community gardens, heated indoor pool or the beautiful Orewa beach”.“A single car garage with internal access, means no more dashing to the car when the unexpected Auckland rain hits, and giving you storage for the bikes or golf clubs.”Low maintenance, with a heated pool, gym, sauna, five hole putting green and communal gardens in the complex, this could be ideal for travellers — one minute chilling by the pool, “nek minute” off on another adventure with no worries. Dan Carter who was a star player for the All Blacks in the last decade took Kiwi speak to Japan where he played last year. Picture: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images. Property taxes hit record levels Lucy Lawless took the accent to Hollywood as Xena Warrior Princess. They’ve topped South African, Irish, Italian and even Australian, which made up the rest of the top five.If you’re keen on a stint in the Land of the Long White Cloud, grab your jandals (flip-flops/thongs/slippers) and check out some of the most stunning properties listed on realestate.com.au right now. The home is designed like a tropical sanctuary. Source: Realestate.com.au“This house is unlike anything on the market,” was how it was described. “Choose from-overlooking the beautiful beach of Orewa and beyond, or enjoy your own tropical sanctuary with numerous entertaining spaces and a built-in spa pool-all surrounded by exquisite landscaping. You will really feel exotic.”Among its other charms are a cozy media room, separate laundry, double garage with internal access and a tool shed. Luxury Duplex The most “skux” (cool, trendy, hot) of them all has got to be this off-the-plan penthouse in the heart of the unofficial capital Auckland.But you will need some seriously deep pockets to land this one — it’s listed at a mean $23.7m, or about $25m Kiwi dollars.Spread over 556sq m when complete, the four bedroom sky home is expected to be “one of the most desirable addresses in Auckland”, according to a listing by Sotheby’s international realty — New Zealand. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 If that giant price tag has you saying “yeah nah”, a stunning escape that’s not too far north of Auckland might be just the thing. Priced around $1.51m (NZ$1.6m), the four bedroom, two bathroom house is 298sq m and sitting on a large 1,012sq m block of land. Located in Old North Road 28, Orewa, the property has all the makings of a great escape with “sea views, privacy and location”, according to agent Drue Matich of Telos Group. When completed, this is expected to be “one of the most desirable addresses in Auckland”. Source: Realestate.com.au“The true centrepiece of the penthouse, is the stunning courtyard — accessible from all areas of this exclusive residence,” it said. The kitchen is bespoke and style is international luxury. “Imbued with an ambience and mood usually found in the grandest of penthouses in London and New York, this sky garden penthouse will truly lift the spirits of not only those who live here but also those that are fortunate enough to visit this very special place.” Orewa Escape Sky Garden Penthouse has a courtyard open to the elements and accessible from most rooms. Source: Realestate.com.auMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Actor Temuera Morrison, who got his break via the cult film Once Were Warriors in the mid-90s, managed to get the Kiwi twang into Star Wars as Jango Fett. Dan Carter representing New Zealand via the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium, London, in 2015. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.The Kiwi accent has just been named the sexiest in the world, so if immersion in the land of ‘fush and chups’ and the All Blacks floats your boat, here are some of choicest places to ‘crash’.According to news.com.au, a poll by Big Travel 7 saw the Kiwi accent emerge as the sexiest in the world, described by the survey as “outrageously charming”. Think Sonny Bill Williams (veteran rugby league star), Lucy Lawless (Xena Warrior Princess), actor Sam Neill, Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars, Once were Warriors), musical group Katchafire and rugby players Dan Carter and Quade Cooper. Located on Old North Road 28, Orewa, Auckland, this home is listed at $1.51m. Source: Realestate.com.au If going further north along the coast sounds too much like the wops (too far from city), a Plantation Terrace could be the go, with a two bed, two bath duplex on the market for just over $1m (NZ$1.085m). Being an apartment means you can lock up and go off with no worries, with this one 128sq m big and on a freehold title. This duplex at Plantation Terrace 14 in Auckland is listed at just over $1m. Source: Realestate.com.au Breathtaking views from the penthouse. Source: Realestate.com.au Property beats the gym any day Worst of downturn could be over Sky Garden Penthouselast_img read more

Inpex inks 20-year extension for Abadi LNG project

first_imgJapan’s Inpex Corporation, with its joint venture partner Shell, has signed an amendment and extension to the Masela block production sharing contract (PSC) as well as an extension for the Abadi LNG project. Amendment signing ceremony; Image: InpexInpex said last week that the amendment, signed through its Inpex Masela subsidiary, had included a seven-year additional time allocation and a 20-year extension for the Abadi LNG project with Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas.The amendment was signed in Jakarta in the presence of Ignasius Jonan, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia.Inpex added that the signing had marked the execution of a formal agreement on the PSC terms previously agreed and announced as part of the approval of the Abadi LNG project’s revised plan of development by Indonesia’s government.Abadi LNG project is the first large-scale integrated LNG development project operated by Inpex in Indonesia.“The Abadi gas field features excellent reservoir productivity and contains significant resource volumes, raising expectations of efficient development and stable LNG production operations over the long-term,” the company stated.Inpex also said that it would continue to work with its partner Shell to deliver an onshore LNG project as it prepares to start the front-end engineering design (FEED). Once completed the project is expected to produce approximately 9.5 million tons of LNG per year.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Batesville Middle School Basketball Results

first_imgBatesville 7th fell to 4-1 on the year after a 41-31 loss to Connersville.Devin Scripture, Lane Oesterling, and Devin Scripture all scored 7 points to lead the team. Luke Belter led the team with 4 rebounds while Tyler Myers had 2 steals.BMS will be in action Tuesday night at home vs North Decatur.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville 8th grade lost to a good Connersville team last night 53-39.1Q – 11-5; 2Q – 26-19; 3Q – 37-31.Isaac Barker led the team with 15 points. Jayden Beal had 8. Sam Wade and Lane Westerfeld had 5 each.  BMS had (5) 3-pointers and were 2-8 on free throws with 16 turnovers.Silcott had 23 for Connersville followed by Seeley with 12 and Smith with 10 points.  They had (3) 3-pointers and were 6-12 on free throws with 9 turnovers.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more

Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina speaks at USC

first_imgFormer Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is vying for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) U.S. Senate seat, held a roundtable discussion with students from USC and several other California universities Wednesday, stressing her dedication to creating jobs and lowering the federal deficit. The event was also met with a small protest from members of USC College Democrats.Campaign · Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina spoke to students Wednesday in Doheny Library. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Fiorina, who is running against former California Congressman Tom Campbell and California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the Republican primary, recently launched 17 campaign coalitions, including Students for Carly, the group that sponsored Wednesday’s event.At the roundtable, Fiorina criticized Sen. Boxer’s record, calling her a “uniquely failed senator” and emphasized the high unemployment rate in California.“What’s going on in California demonstrates that we can kill the American Dream,” she said.California, Fiorina said, used to be a place for innovation, but it is now plagued by unemployment and a large deficit.Though Fiorina lacks political experience, she argued that her background prepares her for Washington the same as a background in politics.“Our founding fathers intended this to be a citizen government,” Fiorina said. “I am a citizen who understands how jobs are created.”Fiorina said she would focus on allowing small businesses to grow.“I come from a very different point of view than Barbara Boxer or President Obama,” she said. “I think they believe that government is the answer. I don’t think it is. The way you create jobs is not through government. The way you create jobs is to make it easier for those people who actually create the jobs — innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses.”She also voiced her support for strict limits on federal spending, saying she would move to force government agencies to reduce spending by 5 percent.Addressing health care reform, Fiorina only said that there are many other issues to be discussed before such a sweeping reform bill should be considered.Fiorina said she has focused on the employment issue because of the impact it could have on young voters.“Young people are very influential, but also a lot of the problems we’re trying to solve are going to impact young people the most if we don’t solve them,” she said.Students at the event responded well to Fiorina’s points.“It was thought-provoking,” said Rob McCarty, a sophomore majoring in business administration who said he has not decided whom he is voting for yet. “I especially liked her firm stance with the Wall Street banks, even though it may not be as copacetic with other conservatives. I felt that she has the ambition, she has the charisma to be able to bring about some sort of change.”Dylan Steinman, a sophomore majoring in economics and political science who describes himself as a swing voter, said he is now planning to vote for Fiorina.“I really am confident in her,” he said. “I think that she’s pretty bipartisan. I think that she’s really trying to get something done and that she won’t necessarily just vote along party lines.”Alexa Ekman and Lauren Korbatov, co-chairs of the newly founded USC Students for Carly, said they were excited by the turnout and the response from students.“So far the excitement has been really overwhelming because students see how the economic issues are going to affect them,” Korbatov said.Ekman said the group will continue to recruit members and “to shine a light on exactly what she said today and Barbara Boxer’s failed record and inefficiency, just to prove to Californians and students that we need a new candidate in D.C.”Students on the other side of the aisle are less sold on Fiorina’s promises, however.“She’s a failed CEO who was fired at HP for being mean and incompetent,” said Bob Mulholland, senior adviser to the California Democratic Party, who helped USC College Democrats organize the protest. “Now she’s acting as if she’s God’s gift to California.”Though the protest only attracted six people, Micah Scheindlin, a junior majoring in American studies and the political director for USC College Democrats, said he was pleased with the result, given that they had little notice of the event. He said the group wanted to provide an opposing view point in light of Fiorina’s appearance.“Carly Fiorina is not a good candidate for California — that’s how we feel, that’s how the state party feels, and we wanted to make our voices heard,” he said.last_img read more

Larry Ellison donates $200 million to USC for cancer research

first_imgLarry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corporation and USC’s 2016 commencement speaker, has donated $200 million to the University in order to fund a cancer research center in West Los Angeles, the University announced on Wednesday.The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC will be led by David Agus, a professor of engineering and medicine at USC and the current director of the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and USC Westside Cancer Center.“It is an honor and a privilege to team up with Larry Ellison in the fight against cancer,” Agus told USC News. “Larry understands the need for transformation in cancer care. His gift will enable us to change our very approach on cancer research, treatment and prevention.”Ellison, who in 2015 was named the world’s second richest man in the tech industry by Forbes, announced the donation at the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine’s Rebels with a Cause fundraising gala.“The new institute will invite mathematicians, physicists and other scientists to collaborate with cancer researchers from the traditional disciplines of medicine and biology,” Ellison said, according to USC News. “We believe the interdisciplinary approach will yield up new insights currently hidden in existing patient data.”Ellison had previously planned a similar $115 million donation to Harvard University in 2006 for cancer research, but reneged on the gift due to concerns about how the money would be handled after the University’s then-president stepped down, according to the Los Angeles Times.Ellison’s gift matches the largest single donation ever given to the school. In 2011, David and Dana Dornsife donated $200 million to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, now known as the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. More recently, the University announced in March that it had raised $5 billion of a $6 billion fundraising campaign that was launched in 2011.According to the Los Angeles Times, Ellison and Agus are already well acquainted, and Ellison has been discussing this donation with President C.L. Max Nikias for the past 15 months.“This investment by Larry Ellison in USC is as inspirational as it is momentous, and it will serve as a dynamic force for change in how we approach cancer treatment and prevention,” Nikias told USC News. “It is a concrete endorsement of USC’s vision to invest in the promise and potential of new technologies, and to support a bold push forward in how we achieve wellness.”last_img read more

No. 2 Trojans head south for nonconference stretch

first_imgAfter a disappointing 5-2 loss at No. 4 UCLA on Tuesday, USC’s No. 2 men’s tennis team hopes to bounce back today at the University of San Diego.Wild one · Senior captain Ray Sarmiento earned a qualifying wild card berth to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAgainst the Bruins, USC (8-2) won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead, but lost four straight singles matches to concede the match.The team hopes to have better luck against USD today and in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. this weekend.“We want to get back on court and play,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “We’ve got to be able to stand up for ourselves.”The Toreros (3-3), who are ranked No. 62 in the nation, will also be looking to get back on the right track after suffering a narrow 4-3 defeat at the hands of No. 33 South Carolina last Sunday.Clarke Spinosa is USD’s only ranked player in singles, sitting at No. 61 in the nation. Meanwhile, USC will bring four ranked players into the matchup: senior captain Ray Sarmiento (No. 6) and juniors Yannick Hanfmann (No. 10), Jonny Wang (No. 43) and Roberto Quiroz (No. 80).Spinosa leads the way for the Toreros in doubles as well. He and doubles partner Filip Vittek are ranked No. 30 in the nation together, while USC’s Sarmiento and Hanfmann sit at No. 12.Around this time last year, USC took it to the Toreros in San Diego. The Trojans dialed up a 6-1 victory at USD. USC faced off against USD again later in the season, where the Trojans took down the Toreros 4-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. USD earned its sole point in the match when Spinosa upset Sarmiento by a score of 0-6, 6-1, 6-1.The Trojans hope to extend their winning streak against USD today, and a win over the Toreros would be especially sweet considering the connection between the two schools: USD head coach Brett Masi.Masi served as the Trojans’ assistant coach from 2005-2009, when he helped the team win its first of four consecutive national championships.“He’s probably one of the closest people to me in my life, and I love him,” Smith said of Masi. “He’s like a brother. [I] just want to kick his butt, bad.”Following the match against USD, the Trojans will compete at the historic Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The tournament second-longest running tournament in the United States, starting in 1890.This tournament is open to people of all ages, not just college tennis players, and doesn’t count toward the Trojans’ wins and losses. This, and the fact that just a few steps away from the courts is the pristine beach and beautiful Pacific Ocean, creates a laid-back atmosphere — a welcome break from the normal stress of being the most successful team in the history of college tennis.“I think the tournament relaxes us, which makes us last longer in the regular season,” Wang said.Though the atmosphere might be low-pressure, the tournament still represents an opportunity to scout some Pac-12 teams, as players representing UCLA, Stanford and Cal, among other schools, will be competing.The Trojans might even get a chance for a rematch with some Bruins at some point in the tournament. Last year, USC’s then-sophomore Eric Johnson and then-freshman Max de Vroome advanced to the finals of the tournament, where they faced UCLA’s Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov. The Trojan duo was playing together for the first time all season, but put up a fight against the talented Bruin pair, eventually falling 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6.Sarmiento, the Trojans’ top player, will not compete in the tournament, as he received a qualifying wild card spot at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Despite his absence, the Trojans are looking for a win today and for a deep run in the tournament.The forecast calls for rain all weekend, but the Trojans are determined to make the best of the situation and enjoy the break from the stress of competition.Today’s match against the Toreros begins at 2 p.m., and the doubles tournament runs today through Sunday.last_img read more