Hogge, Ahlwardt Win R. Charles Snyder Salute features

first_imgBobby Hogge IV banked $5,000 for his IMCA Modified feature win at Southern Oregon Speedeway’s R. Charles Snyder Salute. (Photo by Carole Bryan, Shadows of Light Photography)WHITE CITY, Ore. (Sept. 2.) – Bobby Hogge IV won the 50-lap R. Charles Snyder Salute main event for IMCA Modifieds Sunday at Southern Oregon Speedway.The big win paid the Salinas, Calif., driver, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, $5,000.Hogge led from the start. Darrell Hughes II settled into second on lap 19 and followed Hogge closely during the second half of the race for a $2,500 payday. Bricen James made a nice charge from the back to finish third, followed by Clint Reichenbach and Robby Sawyer.Guy Ahlwardt scored an impressive victory in the 30-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. The win paid the Antioch, Calif., visitor $2,000.Ahlwardt led from the initial green flag. Two-time track champion Jorddon Braaten settled into second on lap eight and ran in close pursuit of the leader all the way to a nice $1,000 payday for second.Daniel Ray finished third ahead of Braxton Possinger and Matt Sanders.last_img read more

EC Trojan Basketball Standout Jack Driggers Signs Collegiately With Saints

first_imgEast Central Trojan Basketball standout Jack Driggers will be continuing his Basketball career at Thomas More majoring in Business.Jack is the son of Jim Driggers and Beverly Vingisaar.last_img

ITS launches USCmobile to give users instant information

first_imgAll the latest USC news and information can now be carried around in a purse or pants pocket.The recently launched USCmobile program allows smartphone users to access USC news and information on a streamlined web browsing program designed specifically for mobile phones.Members of the USC community can visit mobile.usc.edu to view the mobile site and can add the program to a phone’s home screen or bookmark it. USCmobile differs from the regular USC website in that its format is made especially to be read on a smaller screen. Unlike some other mobile applications where someone must scroll up and down to see content, USCmobile is formatted in an easy-to-read layout with simple navigation.“In the coming years, mobile communication is going to be a really important area,” said Kevin Durkin, director of communications for USC’s Information and Technology Services. “We want to optimize access by smartphones so people at USC can reach their target audience. We feel this is a very important first step.”Developers at ITS began working on USCmobile because of the increasing use of smartphones, including iPhones, Droids and BlackBerries, around campus.ITS started working on this program in fall 2009. Initially, the department hoped just to make existing versions of USC web content more accessible, but then decided to create a whole new mobile website instead.The site lets users access the full student directory, USC maps that are searchable by category or building name, and an arts and events calendar. In addition, the Track a Tram feature shows the location of USC trams in real time, and the USC News, USC Reader, USC Twitter and Daily Trojan tabs display the latest and most popular posts.Students were particularly drawn to the Track a Tram capability.“USCmobile is an efficient way to get information fast,” said Ashley Harlow, a sophomore majoring in sociology and social science. “I especially like the Track a Tram feature. It saves me a lot of time.”The website also features a feedback button, which enables USCmobile users to send questions, comments and suggestions to ITS developers.“We want people to tell us what they want to see next or ways to improve what’s already up there,” Durkin said. “If we get feedback, we’ll be able to make it so it’s exactly what students are asking for.”Some USCmobile users have already offered their suggestions on how to enhance the program.“Athletic information, like scores and schedules, could be easier to get to,” said Ariana Case, a freshman majoring in communication.Some students, however, didn’t see much use for the program.“I don’t have a smartphone, but even if I did I don’t think this would be something necessary to use,” said Park Desloge, an undeclared freshman.last_img read more

Money issues force SCholars program to fold

first_imgA program that many community college transfers say was vital to their USC experience is now on the chopping block, another victim of the tough economy.For four years, the SCholars Program at USC has helped bring community college transfers to the university and integrate them into USC life. But the program’s funding, which came from a $1 million grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, has run dry.Organizers searched extensively for a solution but found only dead ends. Now, they have announced the end of the SCholars Program.“We have tried just about every angle and unfortunately, because of the economy and other factors, we will not be able to continue as of August 2010,” said Judi Garbuio, associate dean of Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs..The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation gave USC the grant in 2006 to establish the SCholars Program. It was designed to help first-generation and low-income students transfer to a four-year university by providing programs to introduce them to the curriculum, as well as to pay for the additional academic costs of attending USC.USC began looking for another source of funding when it realized money was running out. The program needs between $200,000 and $250,000 per year to run, and the foundation could not renew the grant.“Unfortunately, nobody has an extra $250,000 to give out,” Garbuio said.For students currently in the SCholars Program, the end of the program means the end of their extra help and extra funding.“These students go through financial aid for their tuition for USC, but SCholars helps them do exceptional things,” Garbuio said.Garbuio said the SCholars Program held a number of events for its students, connecting them with faculty and aiding them with their academics.“Our big cornerstone was the immersion week where they come to school two weeks before and go through a Writing 340 boot camp and do programs to acclimate them,” Garbuio said.The SCholars Program also helped its participants by funding some of the extra expenses that might not have been covered by financial aid.“They will not have some of the exceptional funding and programs,” Garbuio said. “Books, grants, attending conferences within their discipline, as well as paying for honors societies that they get accepted to but cannot afford will not be able to be provided through the program.”Another important aspect of the SCholars Program is its work with local community colleges. The program reached out to a number of community colleges in the area to encourage students to consider attending four-year universities and to let students know what opportunities were available to them.Garbuio said the end of the SCholars Program could affect the number of transfer applications USC receives from these community colleges.“We will still have a large number of transfer applications, but we probably wont get as many of these types of students,” Garbuio said.Since its establishment, the SCholars Program has provided opportunities to more than 60 students.“Many of the students credit the program to helping them even come to USC,” said K.C. Mmeje, the SCholars Program director.Mmeje said a number of the SCholars participants are disappointed the program is coming to a close.“Obviously the students want the program to continue, but they understand what we were up against in terms of funding. It’s a tough situation for everyone involved,” Mmeje said.Garbuio said current SCholars participants are working on ways to keep the program alive in spirit.“When we had our meeting about the program ending, they said, ‘You know what, we will take care of ourselves, we are here,’” Garbuio said. “They want to start a student organization to provide the opportunities they had been given to come to USC to other students.”last_img read more

Dworak-Peck Telehealth program brings care into patients’ homes

first_imgReceiving psychotherapy treatment can be challenging for those who don’t have the time or means to go to a physical clinic. The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Telehealth program recognizes this need and tries to subvert the issue — the online clinic uses a “face-to-face” method of video conferencing between patients and psychotherapy services to provide evidence-based clinical interventions.Photo from Dvorak-Peck School of Social Work.Founded six years ago by Dworak-Peck Dean Marilyn Flynn, Telehealth has a multitude of online counselors that partner with each client to develop a care plan, including research-based interventions to help them meet their individual and family goals. These interventions align with Dworak-Peck’s emphasis on practice that yields tangible results, while crossing barriers to entry with healthcare. “There was a resistance or reluctance in some ways to bring that service or to bring the treatment directly in to people’s homes,” said Nadia Islam, Telehealth clinical director. “There were concerns around safety, privacy and so on, and that’s really what we took on as our challenge, because if we couldn’t reach people in their homes, there was still that barrier of needing to get to [them].”Telehealth’s main purpose is to allow clients to get help from the comfort of their own home, specifically for those who may not be able to afford traditional counseling, or patients whose lifestyle or job requires them to move often.“It offers an option for individuals and families who are not able or willing to present in person in a therapist’s office,” Islam said. “There are tons of people who have mental health needs and they could benefit from treatment but they don’t know how to connect those dots because of employment barriers, transportation barriers, mobility issues … Telehealth gives them the option to access behavioral health care in their own homes, provided they have access to technology and a private space.”The program relies on a video conferencing platform designed to follow federal security guidelines. During a regular meeting, the client and counselor connect from different locations via a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Clients also have the option of meeting therapists in person for the first few sessions to get to know them first and become more comfortable. “Once people have met individually in person it makes it so much easier,” said Marleen Wong, executive director of the Telehealth Clinic. “The relationship is started and then they are familiar with how to communicate on the internet.”Telehealth currently has 30 licensed clinical social workers and Master of Social Work interns in California, which are organized into different treatment teams led by a clinical supervisor or faculty member. Wong hopes the program can continue to grow, including its goal to provide service to college student populations. “We’re looking at contracts that could serve other populations for free,” Wong said. “If there were a contact for university services … where there undergraduates wanted to be served, or the whole student body for that matter, they could simply just contact us … and we could connect them right away and get those services started.”last_img read more

In my world, I would have been a recruit

first_imgIn middle school, I came home one evening in the midst of a chronic shoe phase, when, for strange, stupid reasons, most adolescent boys become enamored with $150 Nike sneakers.It was wintertime, and an EastBay catalogue had been delivered in that day’s mail, packaged between utility bills and awkward postcards from relatives whose names still escape me.I flashed the catalogue in my mom’s direction, but almost immediately, she continued with her normal routine after casting me a quick glance at me that couldn’t have amounted to more than a spare second.I never got those hightops.You see, the shoes were supposed to make me fast. They were supposed to give me the speed needed to become a coveted three-sport letterman in high school, who all college programs would subsequently drool over.It didn’t work out that way. I’m still scouring for the right pair.National Signing Day proved to be a sobering reminder as to what I missed out on.While I was dozing off in lecture, 17-and 18-year-old high school football players were faxing letters of intent to college programs nationwide; some even making highly publicized and, in some cases, televised announcements of what school they would attend.Again, if I had the shoes, I would have been one of Rivals.com’s prized five-star recruits. Still, everybody else seems to be getting the attention these days.Offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo from Hyattsville, Maryland, received hundreds of Facebook notifications from Alabama and Auburn fans attempting to sway him to sign with their schools of choice. One day, the girl from my English class posted on my wall, wishing me a happy birthday.Last week, Kouandijo also received 2,500 text message in a span of 24 hours — likely from Alabama and Auburn fans, as well. Usually, my mom sends me texts; they often read: “how r u?”Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall recruit according to Rivals, is predicted to be “all-conference multiple times.” I’m still trying to think of anyone who has ever predicted me to be “all-anything.”When once-USC-commit De’Anthony Thomas visited Oregon on a recruiting trip, he spoke with multiple University of Oregon and Nike officials. When I shop at a Foot Locker, I’m lucky if I can find a guy in a referee t-shirt.Georgia running back prospect Isaiah Crowell announced his decision to sign with Georgia live on ESPNU, while holding a bulldog puppy. Of course, I’ve always longed to commit to a college football team (say USC), with the school’s mascot (say Traveler) by my side.And remember, no matter what school any of these players commits to, he’ll be greeted by hundreds of fans and passersby, who say either “Roll Tide,” “Hook ‘em” or “Fight on.” Sometimes, I get a head nod from a freckle-faced engineering kid outside the library.But you know, maybe all the attention isn’t a good thing. Just maybe, the bright lights, constant praise and total disregard for privacy are the culmination of a process that has not only become an over the top, self-promotional celebration for high school players but also, potentially even more damaging, has become an event that brings out the worst in fans.When Thomas spurned USC for Oregon after eight months of being committed to the Trojans, he quickly became the subject of multiple message boards posts suggesting the Los Angeles native was lured north because of Nike’s sphere of influence.  In other words, fans speculated that the Ducks had bought the Crenshaw tailback, and in turn, he had turned his back upon his friends, family, and of course, USC.Thomas offered a simpler explanation at a press conference announcing his signing:“I felt comfortable in Eugene,” he said.For better or for worse, Thomas, much like Kouandijo and others, has become so highly sought-after these days that he has become a mini-celebrity, driving fans to the point of madness.For perspective, Kouandijo is a 17-year-old high school senior, and in the days centering around his decision to pick a university to attend, thousands of people living thousands of miles away sent him messages in an attempt to sway him to a certain school. He’s never met any of them.It’s only fair to wonder whether such attention is particularly healthy to begin with. A majority of the messages received weren’t exactly welcoming either.In the moments after faxing his letter of intent to Alabama on Saturday, hundreds of fans took to Kouandijo’s Facebook wall, to vent their frustration over the offensive lineman’s decision to turn down a scholarship offer from reigning BCS national champion Auburn. One post read “Boys need people to make decisions for them. Men know how to make their own decisions. You, my friend are a boy.” Another put it more plainly: “Go Die.”Maybe it was best that I never got those shoes.“The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article e-mail Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

Women’s volleyball moves into second

first_imgSophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin leaps for the kill in the Trojans’ loss to Washington Thursday. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)The No. 13 USC women’s volleyball team moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 over the weekend, answering a loss to No. 25 Washington with a victory over No. 19 Washington State. The Trojans dropped a four-set match to the Huskies on Thursday, but came out on top in four sets against the Cougars Sunday afternoon.The Women of Troy were left without several starters for both matches, including junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin, who were both under concussion protocol.Junior outside hitter Emily Baptista led the team against Washington with 24 kills and 18 digs. The Trojans hit .262 in the loss.The Women of Troy were in a better place by Sunday. Senior libero Victoria Garrick had 24 digs for the Women of Troy. Baptista again led the way with 17 more kills, and credited her teammates for setting her up for success throughout the match. “I’ve got to give it to the passers,” Baptista said after Sunday’s match. “I think our passing was pretty great [and] allowed our setter to move the ball around so the blockers weren’t always on me. I think our defense and passing were really great so that allowed for me to get a lot of kills today.” Sunday’s Trojans looked like an entirely different team than the one that fell to Washington State earlier this season in a five-set road loss in mid-October. The team remembered that match when it faced off against the Cougars for the second time Sunday Baptista said.“We were really motivated this game since the last time we played them was a heartbreaker,” Baptista said. “Even though we’re missing a couple players, we [said] ‘OK, we’re going to play for revenge, we’re going to play for the people that aren’t able to be with us right now.’” Baptista said the victory will be important for the team’s confidence moving forward, considering how short-handed the squad was against the Cougars.“We’re missing a few girls, and all three of them are starters, so I think it gives us a lot of confidence that we can be a very good team — that we can beat ranked teams like Washington State — with girls who don’t normally play,” Baptista said. “That gives us a lot of confidence for [the] rest of the season.”The Trojans took a commanding 2-0 set lead with a pair of 25-18 wins before dropping the third set 25-22, but finished the deal with a fourth-set victory of the same score.“[Winning the first set] is a big deal,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “We’ve been talking about that for a few weeks, about coming out really strong. ‘Announcing ourselves’ has been kind of a phrase we’ve been talking about a lot. We came out swinging.”Crouch echoed Baptista’s sentiments about the importance of the victory, which helped the Trojans’ confidence. USC only has four regular season matches — and only one at the Galen Center — until playoffs begin. “We’re missing half our starting lineup,” Crouch said. “Getting some new experience is great heading into the tournament. And the people that are hurt — it may not be the end of the world for them just to get some rest right now … It’s just a really good team bonding, team culture experience because everyone is getting to play now.” For the most part, the Trojans survived missing a few starters. The Cougars’ late comeback attempt ultimately failed, but the Trojans didn’t waltz to the finish line.“We didn’t overcome [the injuries] very much in the last two sets, but the first two we did a nice job — we passed pretty well,” Crouch said. “The last two sets, that’s where we really missed [the injured players] — when we’re not passing real well, they’re still able to get us kills, and when we started passing off the net in the third and fourth sets [we were] not able to get kills.”The team focused on defense in the  days leading up to the Washington State match. The Trojans proved themselves by holding the Cougars to a .098 hitting percentage, compared to a .193 percentage for USC. The Women of Troy had 12 blocks in the match.  “That ended up being the difference,” Crouch said of the defense. “You don’t have to do a lot of offense if you’re doing that.” The Trojans will head to Arizona this weekend for a Friday match against No. 20 Arizona and a Sunday contest with Arizona State.last_img read more

Cultural Wear for Golf Excites Runsewe

first_img“I will take so many things home from this. Especially with this creation of wears, I must have taken a lot of Nigerians out of joblessness. The way thousands of golfers are warming up to this new line of golf wears is totally unbelievable. For one, this project will empower hundreds of tailors across the nation”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture [NCAC], Otunba Olusegun Runsewe is excited that 400 players will adorn the cultural golf wears on Saturday to wrap up the week-long national cultural festival in Benin.The cultural golf was endorsed by the revered Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare11, a development which makes Runsewe take pride in seeing his work fluttering across Benin, the traditional home of culture.“When your performances is unrivalled”, says Runsewe, “you must have made history. You know his Majesty commands perfect respect. And for him to honor me in this manner means his Eminence endorsing these cultural golf wears which I refer to as my ‘trademark of self-belief’ is simply out of the ordinary. Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture [NCAC], Otunba Olusegun Runsewelast_img read more

Saudi Arabia beat Egypt despite Salah strike

first_imgMohamed Salah scored his second goal of the World Cup but Egypt ended their campaign pointless with defeat by Saudi Arabia at Volgograd Arena.The Liverpool forward gave Egypt the lead with a brilliant lob over keeper Yasser Al-Mosailem in the 22nd minute.Egypt’s Essam El Hadary, 45, became the oldest player to feature at a World Cup and saved Fahad Al Muwallad’s penalty.However, he could not stop Salman Al Faraj’s spot-kick and was beaten again by Salem Al Dawsari with seconds left.El Hadary makes history, saves pen… but ends up on losing sideIt was an opening half of record achievements and firsts.Egypt keeper El Hadary became the oldest player to feature in a World Cup match, the team scored their first World Cup from open play since 1934 and the Saudis scored their first goal of the tournament. And it was first blood to Egypt as Salah recorded his second goal of the tournament.The Liverpool forward, mistakenly omitted from the starting XI in the initial tweet from the Egyptian FA, collected a long ball from Abdallah El Said and finished with a lofted effort over the head of keeper Al-Mosailem.Up until then Saudi Arabia had been on top, but had failed to test El Hadary. That changed in the 41st minute when the Asian side were awarded a penalty for Ahmed Fathy’s handball.Al Muwallad took the spot-kick, but his firm strike was brilliantly pushed onto the bar by the veteran.However, in first-half stoppage time Saudi were awarded a second penalty – after a VAR review – when Ali Gabr was deemed to have pulled down Al Muwallad in the area. Al Faraj took over the spot-kick duties and fired his effort to the right of El Hadary in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time.The Saudis should have scored again through Hussain Al-Mogahwi and Mohannad Aseri, but both of their headers were superbly dealt with by the 45-year-old Egypt goalkeeper.However, just when it seemed like El Hadary’s heroics had earned his side their first point of the tournament, Al Dawsari fired in an angled shot for Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup win since 1994.last_img read more

Wellington Crimestoppers offering $500 reward for arrest and conviction of person(s) involved with Country Cafe burglary

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Country Cafe, once known as “The Lunchbox” at 107 W. Harvey, was burglarized over the Labor Day Weekend. Wellington Crimestoppers, through the Wellington Police Department, is offering a $500 reward for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the break-in.On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Wellington Police took a report that between Saturday at 4 p.m. and Tuesday someone forced their way into the business, and removed $1,300 cash and caused $170 worth of damage.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said it appeared the intruder broke into a back window in the ally that was partially left open, and then pried open a cash register and safe, removing cash and then exiting the building for a $1,470 overall loss to owner Tommy Case. Around $100 was taken from the register, and the rest from the safe. There were no office items taken other than the cash.There are currently no suspects.Heath said the police have canvased the are and looked at various surveillance cameras in the downtown area in hopes of finding a lead. Currently they have none.Case told Channel 12 KWCH-TV that he will wait until the end of the week to determine whether he will reopen. The Country Cafe has been open for a year, serving various American food items.If you have a tip of the burglary, call Wellington/Sumner County Crimestoppers at 620-326-3135 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 362 weeks ago Why would he not re-open? A restaurant should have insurance for loss of sales for this sort of thing. Also why was the window left open? Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Robert · 362 weeks ago Maybe insurance will cover some of the costs (after deductables). The overall feeling is one of sadness. It takes guts to open and run a business and it benefits our town —- and then to have someone rob you of your hard-won earnings ………. !!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ann · 362 weeks ago why that much money left?? Report Reply 1 reply · active 361 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 361 weeks ago Hate that any business is robbed. That amount of money I am sure is used to purchase groceries for the week and pay employees so it would be hard to reopen if you have to come up with more money out of pocket. Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Justice Be Served · 361 weeks ago If our judicial system would start taking fingers off for every theft conviction instead of putting the thieves on probation, maybe there would be less robberies?.? Just a thought. Report Reply 1 reply · active 361 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 361 weeks ago is he going to reopen Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Just Sayin · 361 weeks ago I question why they would leave that large a sum of money in their business overnight. Report Reply 1 reply · active 361 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more