Thousands enjoy “Rudy” on field where it happened

first_imgOn Friday night, thousands of students and community members watched as a “five foot nothing, hundred and nothing” character slipped through a poorly secured gate and into the North Tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium. As he emerged from the tunnel, a wide expanse of green spread before him, anchored by two goalposts. Rows of bleachers ascended to the sky. The diminutive character, dwarfed by the arena that expanded around him, walked awestruck onto the field he was seeing in person for the first time.Previously, this scene was a dramatization that existed only in the film “Rudy.” Yet on Friday night, that changed. Thousands of moviegoers relived the title character’s experience and viewed events from his vantage point as they attended Flick on the Field, a screening of the iconic Notre Dame movie on the stadium’s new video board.For co-directors of student life on the executive cabinet of student government, Caitlin Murphy and Tim O’Connell, the event was a capstone to several months of planning and coordination between the administration and various student groups.“We were approached about the idea by a couple of people our first few weeks,” O’Connell said. “We started to push it up in the next few weeks to vice president for campus events and security Mike Seamon, who immediately brought in higher ups in the administration.”According to Murphy, collaboration was key.“Intense planning started last week,” Murphy said. “Casey St. Aubin with the Division of Student Affairs was integral in planning the event.”Most of the planning was handled by the administration and happened over the summer, Murphy said. He said he and O’Connell both envisioned an event reminiscent of last year’s presidential debate watch on South Quad.In creating the event, Murphy said she wanted to take advantage of the stadium’s new facilities.“The jumbotron is brand new, and we asked, ‘how can we use it to create a spectacular student event?’” Murphy said. “There was also no football game this weekend, so we thought it would be a good event to hype up football to the freshmen.”According to O’Connell, the event provided a bonding opportunity for new students.“The date was targeted for freshmen,” O’Connell said. “We wanted to make sure they had something Notre Dame related to do on their first Friday night here,” O’Connell said.Murphy said Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and stadium ushers were using the event as a dry run for game day security protocol.The field was packed with groups of students, some of whom were seeing “Rudy” for the first time. Others were simply excited to be on the field.“I’ve never seen the movie before, and I feel like you kind of have to,” freshman Charlotte Schmidt said. “It’s even more cool to see it with everyone from the school.”“I think it’s awesome that they’re having this event on the field,” senior Zach Myszka said.For many students, the screening marked their first experience with the renovated stadium.“I really wanted to see the new addition to the field,” freshman Caroline O’Callaghan said. “I felt like it would be cool to sit on the field and watch the movie.”The movie was shown on the very field which takes a center stage throughout the film. O’Connell described the sensation of watching the stadium scenes as “stadium-ception.”With a large turnout, there was an undeniable sense of community amongst the attendees. Sophomore Alice Felker explained that this aspect of the event was what drew her to attend.“It’s a big community builder,” she said. “A lot of the student body came out to celebrate Notre Dame and be on the field.”The film was marked with several instances of cheering from the assembled crowd. During one sequence that featured the “Notre Dame Victory March,” the student body clapped as it would during a football game. During the movie’s final moments, as the on-screen student body began to chant “Rudy! Rudy!” some of its real-life counterparts joined in. But the loudest ovation of the evening came when Rudy, after being rejected from Notre Dame three times, was finally admitted to the University.“When Rudy got his acceptance letter and everyone clapped, that was really special,” Murphy said. “I think we all felt the same way when we got our letters and just bringing that community together was a great moment.”Murphy said it was “very touching” knowing that they had created such a special experience.O’Connell said one of the purposes of this event was to introduce students to the new Duncan Student Center — part of which is due to open in several weeks. Nevertheless, the two said that the event represented the best of Notre Dame.“We’d definitely like to thank all of those who helped us,” O’Connell said. “We’re not going to pretend we did this by ourselves or could do it by ourselves.”Murphy said she echoes those sentiments.“We’re very thankful to everyone who worked the event,” Murphy said. “This really was an event that exemplified the spirit of the Notre Dame community.”Tags: division of student affairs, Flick on the Field, Rudylast_img read more

Wheel Life: Steve Yocom

first_imgI love getting to make photos for a living, I can’t imagine having to give that up and do something I hate in order to pay for a roof over my head. In this life, we are all going to have some sort of a home, transportation, clothes on our backs, and food on our plates…some just fancier than others. I think it’s what you do every day that matters a whole lot more than what you have.  Another big factor is I don’t ever want to feel stuck. Now I can go anywhere I want, and be right at home. I’m sure it also helps that my other half has a 3 and a half year in the making Pinterest collection on school bus conversions. I do not have it completely finalized yet, but basically, it will be a book documenting what a year living outside could look like, from some of the most beautiful places in the US… to some not so great times. It will be a blend of images / paired with journal entries from the time period to give a raw and honest take on it all. My biggest goal for it is to inspire people to get out and travel more, maybe live a little simpler in trade for a life a bit more full of experience and travel!  Q&A with Steve Yocom I do remember some low times, however. At one point I had friends ride along with me back to back for almost 2 months. After they left, I got to the most beautiful beach in Oregon, and I remember wanting to turn around and scream, “Isn’t this amazing!” I think happiness is always better when shared, but there is also something incredibly powerful about solo travel too. YOCOM: The Year in the Wild project was definitely a best yet. It’s going to be hard to top but I’m definitely planning on trying. This year I’ve gotten a lot more traction with travel work and I’d like to keep heading in that direction too. BRO: What (so far) has been the adventure of your life? YOCOM:  A brewery reached out saying they needed some help with some photos, and in return, they would pay me $2,000. My day job at the time was starting to shift into a not so great situation. It definitely got the wheels spinning. BRO: What were your top things to bring with you to live on the road? He’s about to take on a whole new adventure, but this time, with bigger wheels. Yocom, his girl friend Jordan, and their pups are turning an old school bus into their new home, keeping their dreams big and their footprint small. Photo goals – I’d really like to keep growing. I have dreams of being an ambassador for Sony or getting to go on assignment for Nat Geo one day. For now, I’m just excited about working with the Appalachian Adventure company this year. We guide folks on trips and document them too so folks can have some professional grade memories to hold onto. We are also hoping to host more cleanups, “how to” meetups, and more for 2019. The bus, on the other hand, is going to have pretty much everything a normal home has. I have friends in New York City whose apartments are actually smaller. We may be sacrificing some space compared to most, but I’m a firm believer in minimalism and living a green life so I’m excited about it. YOCOM: The highs consisted of some of the happiest times in my entire life. Sunrise hikes with the pups and coffee, and then it was back to the truck for a big breakfast. I’d edit a bit and catch up on “work” stuff. Then we were off to explore mountains, waterfalls, beaches, the desert or whatever was at our back door that particular day. Doing that in all the places I’ve always dreamed about, and then getting to photograph them, was truly special. BRO: How did you decide to switch from truck life to bus life? Professional photographer Steve Yocom lives a life of passion and adventure across the country. Living by his life motto, “Collect memories not stuff,” and with not much more than his camera and truck, he travels to some of this world’s most beautiful places, creating stunning photos for us to drool over. BRO: What were the highs and lows of truck life? YOCOM: I’m actually really looking forward to it, after a year traveling around in my truck I kind of figure a bus will feel like a palace. I guess one worry is driving that thing. Jordan said I did great but it’s definitely going to take some getting used to driving a 36ft vehicle on these mountain roads! BRO: What was the first photo you took seriously that started you on the path to becoming a photographer? But I think if the difference between going and not going are a few cold showers and a little discomfort, I’d do it again a million times over. BRO: What does the future hold? YOCOM: I tell people photography is easy. It’s just being there at the right time is the hard part. I lived in Haywood County for a while, so a large majority of my best work is there. With the ability to stay at locations comfortably, and have more time to truly get to know them I feel like I’d make better art. Along with getting to stick around until the right conditions take place is key too. YOCOM:We will probably stick around here for a bit, we hope to buy some land or find a place that can be our home base so to speak. Once we are finished up with projects here I’d love to try and make a plan with my clients like last time where we set up product shoots all around the country. I had products to photograph and clients could sign up for “x” amount of locations to have pictures of it in for “x” amount of dollars. At one point we would love to spend a summer in Alaska and then maybe a winter down on the Baja of Mexico. I have dreams of hosting photography workshops all around the country along the way too. Most of mine have been local but after taking some students to Havasu Canyon last fall I definitely want to offer trips to some of my other favorite places too.center_img BRO: What are you sacrificing by living out of a vehicle and or transitioning from a truck to a bus? YOCOM: Stay simple. Have only what you need with you or it can be overwhelming at times. I remember sending a giant box back to my friends on my third week. Learn about BLM and national forest rules. Most people don’t realize you can camp for free in many places. Try to make plans and do your research on what to do, but also leave plenty of time to explore. Try a locals’ spot or stay longer if you absolutely love it. And most of all stay conscious of why you are doing it. Maybe it’s to travel,  maybe it’s to save up for a home. Keep your goals written down somewhere you can see them every day and it’ll make that not so great times a little better. BRO: Bus Goals? Life Goals? Photo Goals? BRO: Any concerns about bus life? YOCOM’S TOP GEAR PICKS: Bus goals – We hope to have our bus finished by May, I’ll be posting updates on IG, and more in-depth ones on my website if you want to follow along. We are also bribing helpers with beers and pizza ;P Life goals – I’d like to make some longer trips internationally take place, maybe a Patagonia and back trip in our home on wheels or something one day. I’d also like to become better on the business side of things. Taking pictures comes easy, but the rest of it can be difficult for me at times. YOCOM: BRO: Tell us more about your motto: “Collect memories, not stuff.” YOCOM: Travel is a big chunk of my spending budget, so t’s kind of made me take a second look at everything else and re-prioritize. There are many things in this world trying to make us think we need more stuff. When really I think that most of us have everything we need, I know the trips I go on I’m going to value and remember a whole lot longer than say a fancy new electronic or a closet full of clothes I never wear. YOCOM: “Trucklife” was difficult at times. I couldn’t afford an awning, so there were times I’d have to cook in the rain. In busy areas, it’s sometimes hard to find a place to camp for free. Boiling water to add to your shower tank on a cold day is tough, and sometimes there’s the desire to just be on a couch in a warm house watching Netflix or being able to spread out and stay dry. YOCOM: My biggest are fly fishing, music, mountain biking, cooking, and just spending time with Jordan and the pups. BRO: How does this way of life tie into your photography? Why is it important to you? BRO: Any advice on vehicle life? All photos courtesy of Steve Yocom. For more of his work visit his website here: Yakima Rooftop tent – spacious, comfy and easy to set up Wool layers are an absolute favorite – it stays dry and doesn’t hold body odorA Dometic CFX Cooler – keep all your food/beers cold with minimal energyDual battery system with inverter – keeps all your gear charged and camp needs poweredSony photography gearSierra designs down blankets/bagsUCO lanterns – They have LED and Candle versions I loved using the candles ones for light, felt like I had a mini fireplace. Campchef grill – has a burner for coffee and a griddle for cooking on.Spotify and some good tunes for the road! I will say even though I love Oregon, I almost went mad after getting rained on for 3 solid weeks. When chasing his dreams, Steve Yocom figured out he can catch them with a set of wheels. YOCOM: My girlfriend and I were looking at houses, and it just didn’t feel right. We don’t make a ton of money so we definitely didn’t want to get in over our heads or have to stress about mortgage payments. BRO: Any interests outside of photography? last_img read more

Twisting Tragedy: A User’s Guide to Politicizing Boston

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York (Image courtesy of Flickr user hahatango)Immigration: Discuss how the US has become too complacent with Chechens, who do not count as Caucasians even if they originate from someplace called Caucasus. A stricter immigration policy complete with thorough background checks will ensure that no foreigner with a dark complexion and a heavy accent (or parents and/or uncles with heavy accents) can seek refuge in this country where we pay taxes.It’s too bad Suspect # 1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 19, 2013Gun Control: Discuss how strict gun control policy would infringe on the rights of local Bostonians who were locked up in their homes with an armed maniac on the loose. Speak with marked inflection on how background checks and ammunition limits would put “we the people” in jeopardy. Under no circumstances mention that the Tsarnaev brothers found access to semi-automatic weapons that they used to kill and injure police officers. Do not question how they were obtained or if lives might have been saved if stricter gun laws were in place. Do not dare to imagine that anything bad could happen with a nervous civilian with a semi-automatic AR-15 aimed at a door as police officials bang door to door in search of criminals.Marijuana Prohibition: Sinister sounding background music will help convey the message in this special report on the dangers of marijuana consumption. Even the uncle called the brothers “losers,” in no small part because of the known frequent use of “pot” by younger brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Long touted as a “mellow” drug that “chills out” the partaker and has numerous health benefits, issue a “Special Report” on how ganja is the gateway to terrorism drug.Death Penalty:  How will the brothers know that it is morally reprehensible and barbaric to end human life unless we kill them?Legal procedure/due process: celebrate the Miranda loophole known as “The Public Safety Exception” which holds that the arrested are only entitled to rights on Law and Order.Foreign relations: Take the time to inform the people that according to the Czech Ambassador, apparently the Czech Republic is definitely not the same place as Chechnya. Even a little. So they are safe. (For now.)Torture: Go Dick Cheney on the sonofabitch.Religion: They were Muslim! They were Muslim! I’m not celebrating, just THEY WERE MUSLIM, thank God! They were angry, evil jihadists representing about 1/3 of the world population prompting a call for a War on Religions We Don’t Get.  Only further insurmountable debt and death to fight an idea will get these people to understand that we as Americans do not tolerate others who believe that their God is the real one (because ours totally is). In spreading the message that our God is the true God and that we are not a religious country, in the name of the Boston bombings, we will bomb more Muslim countries. God Bless these United States of America.Above all, remind the public that we are a civilized, rational country in no way prone to reactionary politics and/or foreign policy.Feel free to submit your personal favorites from around the Internet in the comments below.last_img read more

What is your “one thing?”

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do a quick Google search for credit unions in your hometown. Notice the signs for businesses as you drive to and from work that offer loans. Quickly you’ll notice that your financial institution is not the only choice for consumers in your marketplace.Differentiation is key. Your bank or credit union must give consumers a reason to choose you over the competition. Otherwise, you risk slipping from a valued brand to just another commodity amongst a cacophony of other unremarkable choices.When working with banks and credit unions on branding plans, one of the key questions we like to ask goes something like this: “What is the one thing that only your financial institution can provide to consumers?” This is also sometimes referred to as a value proposition.When answered honestly, it’s is a difficult and soul-searching exercise. I say “honestly” because too many financial institution executives tend to default to the all-to-easy “it’s our people” or “it’s our service” answers. While you probably do have terrific employees and a great selection of services, guess what? Every other financial services provider in your marketplace is saying the same thing. Friendly employees and product/service selection are no longer valid marketplace differentiators. They cannot support a brand, let alone make it different/valuable enough for consumers to choose you. continue reading »last_img read more

Town of Union to return to weekly-recyclable collecting

first_imgTown of Union officials say they went to a bi-weekly schedule in response to COVID-19. Recyclables will be picked up every Wednesday. They say this overwhelmed workers due to the increase of materials. UNION (WBNG) — The town of Union has announced it will return to weekly-recyclable collecting beginning April 22. The town says this does not affect collection in the villages.last_img

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 28

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMany responsible for global warmingJames Hansen testified about global warming to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources back in 1988.We should have tried addressing this a long time ago.Similar to many problems (including healthcare), many people are responsible for our problems rather than a few.We should focus on the many who are responsible rather than the few.Colin YunickCharltonConflict issues are  a legitimate concernScotia Mayor Tom Gifford’s Oct. 21 (“Ethical concerns were way overblown”) letter — regarding Kurt Semon’s letter questioning of Glenville Town Board candidate Andrew Kohout’s possible conflict of interest with being the Village DPW superintendent — missed the point on ethics. He then added an unnecessary low blow about Kurt’s profession as a teacher.  The closing remark was irrelevant and unprofessional.As a fellow veteran, I can attest to Mr. Semon’s integrity both as a civic-minded citizen who freely volunteers his time as a town Planning and Zoning Commission member, and with other community organizations and projects.Kurt’s bearing is always professional, thoughtful, fair and even-handed. He’s also a good Social Studies teacher who brings a unique perspective to the subject from his experiences. I cannot attest either way to the qualifications of the candidate, but in the end, the voters will decide.Qualifications never outweigh ethics. Many highly qualified and good people can’t hold public offices because of ethical concerns. We have more than enough unchecked conflicts of interest on the federal and state levels and certainly don’t need it on the local level. If recusals need to be pre-planned for a candidate, he may not be the right fit to serve the town.Kurt BedoreBurnt Hills Sad to see family store closeMy sisters and I were sad to learn that Plaine and Son is closing its brick-and-mortar store after so many years in business.Our father, Hy Plaine, along with his brothers Lou and Joe, opened the original Plane Boys in 1945. The three brothers were all veterans of World War II. That first store was on lower State Street, adjacent to the historic Stockade area. Over the years, Plane Boys expanded to three locations, two in Schenectady and one in Colonie, and sold bicycles and automotive supplies to generations of families in the Tri-City area. We wish our cousin Les lots of success in his new venture.Martha Plaine, Ottawa, CanadaPhyllis Plaine, ElmiraLynn Plaine, Avon, Conn. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Lisa Weber visits the Niskayuna Senior Center frequently and makes it a point to ask us for our interests and concerns. She is highly qualified to be the Niskayuna supervisor, having been active on the town board since 2016. Lisa Weber is committed to expanding and improving the senior programs.Supervisor Yasmine Syed does not visit the Niskayuna Senior Center and has made no attempt to get to know our seniors. We feel neglected by Supervisor Syed. Therefore, I encourage all seniors to vote for Lisa Weber and the qualified candidates running with her.Mary WhiteNiskayunaPeggy King best for county LegislatureI have been involved with the political careers of Karen Johnson and Peggy King since their inception. From being the first and second women to serve on the Schenectady City Council to both representing District 1 on the Schenectady County Legislature, they have been an inspiration.I knew Karen and her many qualities well and am confident that in this time in our county’s history that Margaret “Peggy” King is the ideal individual to carry on Karen’s legacy. Having been a member of the Schenectady County Legislature for 16 years, I have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be an effective legislator.Please vote for Peggy King in the upcoming election for Schenectady County Legislature in District 1.  B. Donald AckermanSchenectadycenter_img Motorcyclists were delivering presentsIn response to Clifford Meacham’s Oct. 23 letter (“Why shut down road for motorcycles”) sir, those noisy, smelly motorcycles were indeed on a noble cause.Each of those riders was carrying at least one new, unwrapped Christmas toy for a child. Many of those riders were also carrying cash to be donated. I’m sorry you saw nothing in the newspaper about the event. It was, however, talked about in radio and news stations prior to the event.I was not able to ride in it this year, sir, but I am proud to be part of the noisy, smelly riders.Tammy LawyerCentral BridgeReconsider library magazine policyPublic libraries have always been a friend to the community and provided services that enrich our lives. They have always reached out to the public to encourage children and adults to read and open up a world of knowledge that awaits them through books and magazines.Over the years, our local libraries have made reading material accessible to all. One way they have done this is to set aside outdated magazines that can be picked up by volunteers and provided to patients in local hospitals and nursing homes.I was saddened to hear that the Schenectady County Public Library is no longer willing or able to continue this valuable service.Their new policy is to have organizations obtain a library card to check out magazines and then return these magazines to the library. This solution is not practical. When patients are discharged, they often have help packing up their rooms, including magazines on their nightstands. Some of these patients are in isolation and borrow magazines that cannot be returned. Many patients do not have access to iPads for downloading magazines and other materials. It is disheartening that our most vulnerable population does not have access to reading material  that will help make their day just a little bit better. It is my hope that SCPL will reconsider this policy.Constance ClarkeNiskayunaJaquith will serve town with honorI have had the privilege of serving with Rosemarie Perez-Jaquith on the Niskayuna Board of Education for many years, including under her leadership as president.She has a proven track record and I have seen how well she manages complicated issues, forges consensus and works hard to understand all sides. She cares deeply and has dedicated herself to serving our community, from her legal training to her work with the Legislature and her volunteer service, including leading the Board of Education. Our board is a diverse group in many ways, and she always manages to appreciate and understand everybody’s perspectives. She is willing to listen, but does not hesitate to act when it is time to make a decision. She is a great example of the American Dream, will serve us with honor, and is exactly the kind of person I hope my children will emulate. I strongly support her candidacy and will be vigorously filling in the circle next to her name when I go to vote.Howard R. SchlossbergNiskayuna Weber cares about Niskayuna seniorslast_img read more

Man Utd set to break bank, sacrifice two players for Messi swoop

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art Manchester United are willing to offer £110million and “one or two players” should Lionel Messi decide to leave Barcelona this summer. Reports claim Messi’s relationship with Barca is under strain this season, after a seemingly unsuccessful defence of the La Liga title. Indeed, Messi took issue with Eric Abidal in February after the sporting director’s criticism of players’ commitment under former boss Luis Enrique. What’s more, public criticism of Antoione Griezmann has reportedly frustrated the forward further. As such, Messi has reportedly decided to call off contract talks with Barca, with his current deal expiring next summer. According to Argentina-based Varsky Sports, United are willing to make a serious bid for the 33-year-old. The Red Devils are reportedly considering offering €120million and one or two players. However, the report does not make clear which stars United could offload. Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt, the source says, and they would also offer one or two stars in a deal. However, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has banished claims that Messi could cut ties with Barca.center_img He told Movistar (via BBC Sport): “We are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us he wants to stay. “And so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.” Messi has enjoyed another impressive season in front of goal, scoring 24 goals and assisting 27 others. Overall, he has netted 630 times in 725 Barca appearances. read also:Here’s why Messi could complete a stunning switch to Inter Milan Elsewhere, reports in the past several months have claimed United are keen on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. The 20-year-old England international recently finished his most productive season to date, scoring 20 times and notching 20 further assists. United are reportedly only willing to pay a maximum of £50million for Sancho. Dortmund, however, are holding out for £100million despite a sharp fall in revenues due to the pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Florida’s University System Fights Lawsuit Seeking Refunds

first_imgThe State University System of Florida is asking a Leon County circuit judge to throw out a potential class-action lawsuit in which students are asking for partial refunds of fees they paid for the spring semester.Their lawsuit, which was filed in May, results from the public universities shutting down their campuses and shifting to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue that they should receive partial refunds of expenses including activities fees, athletics fees and transportation fees.However, in a motion to dismiss the case which was filed last week, attorneys for the university system’s Board of Governors argued that the system’s fee structure is established in state law.“Importantly, nowhere in the fees rubric established by the Legislature is there any provision that sets out a prorated refund of fees if an enrolled student contends they have not used a particular service or engaged in a particular activity because they are not physically on campus,” the motion says.The Board is currently considering approval of the State University System of Florida Blueprint for Reopening Campuses. Tune in to listen live via or visit our website for more information.— Board of Governors (@FLBOG) May 28, 2020 It continues, “Student fees are used for the benefit of all students throughout a particular institution. In addition to being totally unworkable, it would defeat the statutory framework … if students could select which fees they want to pay based on which facilities, activities or services they may or may not use during their enrollment at a university.”The lawsuit is one of several cases filed here and in other states seeking refunds for students.The named plaintiffs in this case are University of Florida graduate student Anthony Rojas, Florida Atlantic University undergraduate Amanda Heine and Florida Atlantic graduate student Jordan Sperling.“FBOG’s (the Florida Board of Governors’) decision to transition to online classes and to request or encourage students to leave campus were responsible decisions to make, but it is unfair and unlawful for FBOG to retain fees and to pass the losses on to the students and their families,” the lawsuit adds.last_img read more

Florida man buys $140,000 Porsche with check printed from home computer

first_imgOnce the jeweler discovered the check was fake, he reported it.Deputies said, upon Kelley’s arrest, he told them he didn’t get the cashier’s checks from his bank but printed them out from his home computer.Kelley now faces charges of grand theft and uttering a false banknote. Detectives said the next day, Kelley presented a check for $61,521 to a jeweler in Miramar Beach when he tried to buy three Rolex watches. However, the jeweler kept the watches until they could determine if the check would cash. A Florida man is facing charges after he used a fake check to buy himself a luxurious car, police say.The Walton County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 42-year-old Casey William Kelley, this past Thursday. Kelley bought a Porsche 911 Turbo from a dealership in Destin using a fake check written for $139,203.05 on July 27. The vehicle was later reported stolen to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

USC cruises, punches ticket to title game

first_imgIt wasn’t supposed to be this easy.The USC women’s basketball team rolled into the championship game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament by recording its fourth straight double-digit win, a 63-36 victory over Illinois State.Leading the way · Senior guard Jacki Gemelos, pictured here against Oregon, led the Women of Troy with 15 points and seven rebounds in USC’s 63-36 rout of Illinois State. With the win, USC is in the WNIT title game for the first time in the program’s history. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “We’re not surprised,” said senior guard Jacki Gemelos. “It was going to click at some point, and for us it clicked in the tournament.”After escaping the first round of the WNIT with a three-point win over UC Santa Barbara, the Women of Troy (25-12) have been nearly untouchable. Against the Redbirds, USC corrected the only problem — slow starts — that plagued the team in earlier rounds.“We were excited to play in front of such a big crowd,” said junior guard Ashley Corral. “We had to come out strong and kind of shut them up in a sense.”Illinois State (24-12), which went undefeated at home this season, dug an early hole by missing its first 11 shots of the game.USC, meanwhile, jumped out to a quick start behind hot shooting from Gemelos.Midway through the first half, the Women of Troy held a 16-1 lead, the crowd was silent and the rout was on. Illinois State only drew within single digits twice after that for a total of 21 seconds, and never seriously challenged USC’s march to the WNIT championship.“Everything is clicking right now for everybody, as a team and as individuals,” Gemelos said. “Winning is contagious. It gives us a swagger coming into each game.”Gemelos led the Women of Troy with 11 points in the first half. Corral continued her torrid outside shooting by knocking down 2-of-3 three-point attempts in the half. Entering the game, Corral had connected on 17-of-22 three-pointers in the tournament.“When Ashley’s hot, she’s hot,” Gemelos said. “You know the ball’s going in as soon as it comes off her hand.”Illinois State finally got on track offensively midway through the first half, connecting on five straight outside shots to momentarily draw within single digits.But USC weathered the run and took a 30-22 lead into the break.“We knew they were going to come at us,” Corral said.  “We had to take the punch and accept it.”The second half was more of the same, with the Redbirds unable to find any kind of rhythm.Illinois State missed eight of its first nine shots to open the half, allowing the Women of Troy to extend their lead to 43-24 with 13 minutes remaining.USC’s defense took care of the rest, never letting Illinois State draw closer than 17 points the rest of the way, and holding the Redbirds to less than 20 percent shooting in the second half.   The Women of Troy led by as many as 27 points in the commanding performance. For the game, the Redbirds made just 16 of their 60 field goal attempts.  USC connected on 24 of its 52 attempts.Gemelos led USC with 15 points and seven rebounds. Corral added 14 points off the bench, and junior guard Briana Gilbreath chipped in 11 points and three steals for the Women of Troy.No Illinois State player scored in double figures.“We’re on a great roll,” Corral said.  “We’re winning by a lot.”Next up is a road game against Toledo University for the WNIT championship.The Rockets cruised into the championship game with a 20-point drubbing of their own, taking down Charlotte 83-60.“I don’t know much about [the Rockets] yet, but clearly they are doing something right,” Corral said.”Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more