Indianapolis, IN—Oldenburg Academy was a recipient of the 2019 Advanced Placement Award, having more than 27% of students take AP-level courses during the 2018-2019 school year.Pictured from left: Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple, State Senator Jean Leising, Principal Brian McFee and Chief Academic Officer for the Indiana Department of Education Dr. Kenneth Folks
The hosts had twice trailed after goals from Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko either side of a Karim El Ahamdi equaliser in a compelling encounter at Villa Park. However, Bacuna levelled with a fine free-kick after 73 minutes and Weimann added another as Villa, after being outplayed in the first half, turned the game around. Leandro Bacuna and Andreas Weimann struck in the space of two second-half minutes as Aston Villa claimed a stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. Villa had been limited to half-chances with Bacuna twice shooting over from distance and El Ahmadi missing the target from a free-kick. City upped the tempo in the closing minutes of the first half and Villa breathed a sigh of relief as Ciaran Clark turned a wicked cross from Kolarov over his own bar. Toure then seemed to take it upon himself to wrest control of the game, having an effort from a corner cleared off the line by Libor Kozak. The inspirational City midfielder then charged forward, only to have a powerful drive deflected inches wide by Nathan Baker. The Ivorian’s persistence paid off in the final minute of the half as a Nasri corner reached him in front of goal and he diverted in his sixth of the season from eight yards. City were expected to build on that lead and Negredo almost pounced on a poor backpass from Yacouba Sylla but Guzan was quick off his line to clear. City were stunned as Villa equalised on 51 minutes, Bacuna cleverly flicking a pass through for El Ahmadi and the Moroccan firing across Joe Hart. Replays suggested he had been offside but City’s complaints fell on deaf ears. City responded well and went back ahead within five minutes from another corner, this time Dzeko meeting a Nasri cross with a superb glancing header at the near post. Again City should have gone on to take control, and it seemed they would as they controlled possession. But the visitors switched off as Weimann ran at their defence and was brought down by Matija Nastasic outside the area. Bacuna stepped up and brilliantly curled a shot into Hart’s top-left corner. City were still reeling from that when they conceded again two minutes later. Weimann again raced clear, this time from a long punt upfield from Guzan. Hart rushed out to meet the Austrian but a strong touch took the ball past the goalkeeper and another was not needed as the ball rolled into the net, despite Nastasic’s desperate attempts to clear. City pushed forward in hope of salvaging something from another chastening away day, and a slick passing move saw Toure tee up Stevan Jovetic – but the substitute’s first shot was blocked and his follow-up saved. City had a last chance from an injury-time corner but Kolarov headed wide. Such an outcome had seemed unlikely at half-time after City had overrun Villa without really hitting top gear. Even though they did not play with the intensity of last weekend’s compelling win over Manchester United, City were troubled so little by Paul Lambert’s men. The second half proved a different story and City, who had been close to full strength, aside from missing striker Sergio Aguero, suffered another away day nightmare after losing at Cardiff last month. It was also not the ideal preparation for Wednesday’s glamour tie against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. City dominated the first half and created a succession of chances against a side missing the spark of striker Christian Benteke, who missed the game through injury. The first chance came in the opening moments as Aleksandar Kolarov burst down the left but James Milner, against his former club, shot well wide. Dzeko shot at Brad Guzan after being put in by Samir Nasri, who then had a good effort of his own deflected wide from 18 yards after he was released by Toure. Dzeko blazed over after a charge from deep by Fernandinho before Alvaro Negredo was denied the chance to shoot in a goalmouth scramble and Kolarov put wide. Press Association
“I think it’s not impossible that we can challenge for seventh position,” Ki said after his scoring cameo from the bench against Stoke. “Of course, we have some tough games left and it will be difficult. “But we have done very well against big teams this season and we will keep pushing ourselves as hard as we can.” Swansea’s next test is at Arsenal on May 11 before the visit of Manchester City and a trip to Crystal Palace concludes their campaign. Southampton finish with a trip to in-form Leicester, a home game against Aston Villa and visit Manchester City on the final day of the season. “Maybe people think we will let up in the next game against Arsenal because we won on Saturday against opponents just behind us,” Ki said. “But two years ago we won 2-0 up there and we beat them earlier in the season. “So we’ll try to get the double, like we did against Manchester United.” Ki’s injury-time finish was his eighth goal this term and made him the joint-top scorer still at the club, with Wilfried Bony having scored nine times before his January move to Manchester City. “This has been the best season of my career,” said the South Korea international. “I didn’t expect I could score so many goals this season but first off I want to make sure I help the team. “We want to do well in the next two games because they are massive.” Defender Ryan Shawcross insisted Stoke are determined to finish the season on a high, even though what would be the club’s highest Premier League finish of eighth now looks a remote possibility. The Potters dropped to 10th after losing in south Wales and their final three games includes visits from Tottenham and Liverpool and a trip to Burnley. “We have got some difficult games to play but there are still nine points to play for and we need to finish the season strongly,” Shawcross said. “Obviously we were looking at Swansea as a chance to get three points, but that’s not happened, so we’ve just got to focus on our last three games. “We’ve done pretty well and it’s actually been a pretty good season for us as a club. “I am sure the gaffer will have some money to spend in the summer and we will improve the squad and be even better next season.” Southampton’s surprise 2-1 defeat at lowly Sunderland on Saturday opened the door for Swansea to make a late charge for Europe after their 2-0 home victory over Stoke. Swansea are now only four points adrift of Southampton with three games remaining and seventh place could be enough for Europa League football next season if Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has warned Southampton the race for seventh place in the Barclays Premier League and a potential spot in Europe is very much on. Press Association
Unal, who has one senior international cap, built a strong reputation in youth football. He scored 24 goals in 25 games for Turkey’s under-16 side and in 2013, at the age of 16, became the youngest goalscorer in the Turkish top flight when he struck against Galatasaray. City later announced Unal’s loan spell with Genk will last for two seasons. Unal, 18, made three appearances during City’s pre-season tour of Australia but will head to Belgium in the hope of playing regular football this season. City announced the news via their website on Friday morning. Press Association Manchester City have sent teenage striker Enes Unal out on loan to Belgian side Genk just weeks after signing the Turkey international from Bursaspor.
IT was all smiles and jubilation for St Angela’s Primary as they successfully defended their title and in the process became back-to-back champions of the Petra/ COURTS Pee-Wee football competition.Playing in yesterday’s final at the Banks DIH Thirst Park ground,the defending champions St Angela’s Primary needled their St. Agnes opponents 1-0 to cart off the title, despite a valiant effort from the opposition who skewed wide of the goal on several occasions.Seon Cato’s 12th minute strike was enough to give his side the goal it needed to take the win.Seon Cato celebrates after scoring the winning goal (Adrian Narine Photo)Speaking after the game, Guyana Football Federation President Wayne Forde stated that the body has successfully hosted another tournament which is in keeping with the federation’s best interest.Also present at the event was title sponsors COURTS through Finance Director Neil Boucher who indicated that the body will be on board in 2017 for the event as they continue to see the benefits of tournaments of this nature.In the third-place play-off, West Ruimveldt needled St. Pius 1-0 through Kenneth Gordon’s 24th minute strike.In the 5-8 play off, Marian Academy beat North Georgetown 6-5 on sudden-death kicks as they were both 1-1 at the end of regulation time with Nicholas Verwey (Marian Academy) cancelling out Shaquan Walters 7th minute strike.Meanwhile, St. Stephens’s beat F.E. Pollard 2-1 on penalty kicks as they settled for 7th and 8th place respectively.Winfer Gardens took ninth after they beat St Margarets 4-0 with strikes from Orlando Dickie (4th, 10th and 30th) as well as Calvin Bowling (23rd) while Stella Maris needled Tucville through Fedel Norville,to be placed 11th and 12th respectively.Meanwhile, South Ruimveldt’s 2 goals through Gordanny George (12th) and Antonio Leitch (40th) accounted for the 13th spot against Redeemer who finished 14th while Mae’s beat St Gabriel’s 1-0 to finish 15th and 16th respectively
— Tokyo organizers say they have no “PlanB” for the Olympics if they need to be postponed again. They say they are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. That date was set last month by the IOC and Japanese officials after the spreading coronavirus pandemic made it clear the Olympics could not be held as scheduled.— The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns had been fighting the virus for more than a month. The native of the Dominican Republic was a fixture at Timberwolves games from the start of her son’s NBA career in 2015. Karl Towns Sr., the father of the two-time All-Star, was also hospitalized with the virus but has since recovered.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other college basketball news:— Florida will have its top scorer back next season. Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators, a huge boost for coach Mike White’s program. Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring, and was second in rebounding. He also led the team in steals with 38, was second in 3-point shooting at 38% and ranked third in assists with 49. He played his best basketball down the stretch, notching five double-doubles in Florida’s final nine games before the coronavirus pandemic canceled most of the postseason.NFL-CHARGERS-PARHAMChargers sign former XFL tight end Donald Parham Jr.COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Donald Parham Jr., who led XFL tight ends in yards and receptions, has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, the team said Tuesday. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-LARSON FIREDLarson fired over slurCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. Hank Steinbrenner dead at 63UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died. The oldest son of George Steinbrenner was 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.Hank Steinbrenner was one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. He had hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees ownership. He didn’t appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years and devoted more time to racing interests.In other baseball news:— Former big league manager Jim Frey has died at age 88. Frey managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 AL pennant and the Chicago Cubs within one win of the 1984 World Series. Frey became friends in high school with future big league Don Zimmer, then spent 14 years in the minor leagues without reaching the majors. His 1980 Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to Philadelphia in a six-game World Series. His Cubs wasted a 2-0 lead against San Diego in the 1984 NLCS. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Richards is fourth player to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency.He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches. His per-game scoring average increased 10 points this season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats earn the SEC regular season title. Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64% and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game.Richards’ announcement comes a day after leading scorer Immanuel Quickley declared for the draft. Guards Ashton Hagans on Sunday and Tyrese Maxey turned pro last week. Larson was in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and had been prepping to test free agency for the first time. Just weeks ago, the 27-year-old was considered the top free agent in NASCAR. Now he is out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder.The unraveling began Sunday night when Larson was competing in one of the iRacing virtual events drivers are playing during the sports stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Larson appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter. During a check of his microphone, he asked his spotter, “You can’t hear me?” That was followed by the N-word. The slur from Larson was directed at his spotter, who is white.He was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Larson, who is half Japanese, was ordered to complete a sensitivity training. But his entire program fell apart as primary sponsors McDonalds and Credit One Bank pulled their funding from Larson. Chevrolet suspended its relationship with him, and all but one commercial partner denounced Larson’s comment and indicated they were ending their relationship.Ganassi says it decided to end its relationship with Larson when “it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.” It called Larson’s comments “offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization.”MLB-NEWS Associated Press The event, due to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26, is the fourth of the five senior majors to lose its scheduled place on the calendar because of the pandemic. R&A official Johnnie Cole-Hamilton says organizers are looking at alternative options to host the tournament “later in the year if at all possible.”Word of the postponement comes a week after the regular British Open was called off for the first time since 1945. It’s been moved to next July so it can still be held at Royal St. George’s.The Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open have been canceled, while the Regions Tradition has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-27 from early May. The Senior Players Championship, scheduled for Firestone Country Club in Ohio from July 9-12, hasn’t been called off yet.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The Tour de France won’t begin as planned because French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled. It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling. Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parham was also the only tight end in the league to have a 100-yard receiving game.Parham spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins during the offseason last year.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Senior Open postponedUNDATED (AP) — The Senior British Open has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, but organizers are still hoping the last senior major of the year can be played in 2020. — The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month. The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable since suspending play on March 12 because of the new coronavirus. The most recent self-quarantine recommendation was supposed to run through Wednesday. The recommendation means team facilities will remain closed to players. There is no timetable of when play might resume and whether the NHL will be able to complete the regular season or start the playoffs, which could stretch into September. There were 189 games remaining when play was suspended.— Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month. MLS says the goal remains to play as many games as possible, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to potentially play an entire season even if there are enough dates available. MLS currently has a training moratorium for players through April 24.— Major League Baseball is moving its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson online because of the delay in the season caused by the new coronavirus. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is launching a virtual learning hub to coincide with tomorrow’s 73rd anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier. CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) and Harold Reynolds are among the former major leaguers reading excerpts from the book by his daughter, Sharon. The MLB Network and MLB.com will feature Robinson-related programming.— There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons. USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus. Past winners included future NL MVPs Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. Bob Horner was the first Golden Spikes winner in 1978.— The University of Cincinnati has eliminated its men’s soccer program as other colleges weigh cutbacks because of budget problems resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. College are grappling with revenue losses from spring sports cancellations, including the NCAA basketball tournament. Eliminating sports is considered a last resort by athletic directors who face difficult choices. Earlier this month, Old Dominion eliminated wrestling as part of its response to the pandemic. Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham expects other schools to face similar choices because of the uncertainty over fall sports, including football. April 14, 2020
(BBC) – JUSTIN Gaethje produced the best performance of his career to finish Tony Ferguson and win the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 249.The event was held behind closed doors in Jacksonville, Florida, after the global coronavirus pandemic forced several changes to the card and venue.Undisputed champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, was originally set to face Ferguson on 18 April in Brooklyn, but the coronavirus outbreak forced the event to be moved, and the UFC’s attempt to hold the show on tribal land in Lemoore, California, was halted after broadcast partner ESPN and parent company Disney intervened.Eventually, it was moved to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, where it became the first major US sporting event to take place since March.More than 77,000 people have now died with Covid-19 in the United States and there are 1.2 million confirmed cases – both figures the highest in the world.Brazilian middleweight Jacare Souza and his two cornermen tested positive for coronavirus on the eve of the event and were withdrawn.On the night there were strict health and safety protocols in place. The referees, commentators and event staff wore face masks and only one cornerman per fighter was allowed into the cage between rounds.Without the crowd, fighters said they could hear the commentators.Heavyweight Greg Hardy said he was able to take the advice of commentator Daniel Cormier as he beat Yorgan de Castro.“Thank God for not having the crowd,” Hardy said in his post-fight interview. “Shout out to DC. I heard him tell me to check him, so I started trying to check him. Game changer.”Carla Esparza, who beat Michelle Waterson, said she heard Cormier’s criticism of her and changed her strategy during the fight.Fans watching at home commented on how noisy and “terrifying” the punches sounded in an empty arena.While the night saw a host of thrilling fights, all eyes were on the main event between Americans Gaethje and Ferguson, with the winner set to move on to Nurmagomedov later this year.Gaethje, 31, stepped in to face Ferguson at the start of April, and took his chance with a calm, composed display to win the belt and set himself up for a shot at the Russian champion.Gaethje started superbly and settled into his work in the first two rounds, but was dropped by a huge Ferguson uppercut in the final seconds of round two.Undeterred, Gaethje continued to connect with powerful shots as Ferguson maintained his forward pressure and put the former interim champion on wobbly legs with a big punch early in round four.By that point, Gaethje’s solid, accurate punches had started to take their toll on a bloodied and bruised Ferguson, and when a stiff jab forced Ferguson backwards, midway through the fifth and final round, referee Herb Dean stepped in to end the contest.It saw Gaethje awarded the interim lightweight belt, but he waved it away, saying he’s waiting for the “real thing”, as he laid out his wish to take on Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout in his next outing.“Khabib is the best in the world,” he said.“I’ve been working since I was four for challenges like this, and I’m happy to represent the United States of America against Dagestan (Khabib’s home region), or Russia’s best. He’s 28-0, and there’s no other challenge I want right now. I want to fight him.”
Recently, the Shoah Foundation selected 25 teachers to take part in a four-day professional development program in Poland. Staff members from the foundation instructed teachers on how to use the institute’s Visual History Archive, a collection of more than 53,000 audiovisual recounts of experiences during the Holocaust and other genocides.The foundation partnered with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Discovery Education and the World Jewish Congress on the program, called Auschwitz: The Past is Present.The program supported observance of Auschwitz’s liberation anniversary. The “Past is Present” focuses on discovering a generation of teachers and students who will learn to engage in the study and remembrance of the Holocaust.International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the passage of 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, a network of concentration camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during World War II. The camp was the site of the murders of more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, between 1942 and late 1944.On Tuesday, more than 100 survivors and their liberators attended the commemoration.Director Steven Spielberg, who founded the Shoah Foundation in 1994, was also in attendance.Participating teachers were selected to work on the program through a worldwide contest held by Discovery Education and the Shoah Foundation.Fifteen teachers were from the U.S. and 10 were from countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Rwanda. Twelve junior interns were also selected to participate in the program in Poland.In a statement released by USC News, one history and language arts teacher at Turning Point Academy in Emporia, Kansas, addressed how the professional development program in Poland would help in teaching her students about the Holocaust.“Students must understand how hate and intolerance led to near annihilation of an entire ethnic group,” Barbara Fowler, a history and language arts teacher from Kansas who was among the 25 teachers selected to go on the trip, said. “This visit will allow me to guide my students as they seek to understand the perspective of all those involved including victims, perpetrators, collaborators, bystanders and rescuers.”Those participating in the trip to Poland visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, participated in workshops with first-hand testimonies and attended a reception with Holocaust survivors as well as the 70th anniversary commemoration. According to the Shoah Foundation, the trip aimed to enhance both educators’ and students’ understanding of the Holocaust and the significance of preserving Auschwitz.The survivors hope their story will not be forgotten and will be passed on for many generations to come.“Those who lived through the Holocaust have carried the burden of remembering long enough,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith in a statement to USC News. “It’s up to us now, their children and grandchildren, to lift its heavy weight off their shoulders. We are ready to take on the responsibility of ensuring that this tragic chapter of human history is never repeated.”
C. L. Max Nikias has agreed to resign after serving as USC president for eight years. (Katie Chin/Daily Trojan)C. L. Max Nikias has agreed to resign as USC’s president Friday after nearly 500 faculty members, the Academic Senate and members of the USC community called on him to step down. His resignation comes after multiple scandals at the University, including, most recently, sexual misconduct allegations against former health center gynecologist George Tyndall. In a letter to the USC community, Trustee Rick Caruso said the Board of Trustees heard the message that “something is broken and that urgent and profound actions are needed.”“We recognize the need for change and are committed to a stable transition,” he wrote. “Please know that our actions will be swift and thorough, but we ask for your patience as we manage a complex process with due diligence.”No timeline has been set for Nikias’ departure, and a successor has not yet been named. The trustees’ decision was contrary to a statement released earlier this week by Board of Trustees Chairman John Mork. In that statement, the Board said it would continue to support Nikias’ action plan and leadership following the allegations against Tyndall. Tyndall is accused of touching his patients inappropriately during pelvic exams, making inappropriate sexual comments during patient visits, and of exhibiting discriminatory behavior toward Chinese student patients who were unfamiliar with American medical practices. His alleged misconduct dates back to the 1990s, according to the Los Angeles Times.While Tyndall has denied all allegations against him, a University hotline has received over 300 complaints from former patients in the last week.“In hindsight, we should have made this report eight months earlier when he separated from the university,” Nikias wrote in a letter sent last week informing the USC community about the allegations against Tyndall.Several women have also filed lawsuits against Tyndall and the University. In one lawsuit, four plaintiffs will be represented by John Manly, the lead attorney who helped settle a sexual assault case against Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar. Manly, who received his bachelor’s degree from USC in 1986, said he was pleased with Nikias’ resignation, but that it was overdue.“It’s a stain. It’s not only a stain on President Nikias but it’s a stain on our school,” Manly said. “I’ve never been more embarrassed or ashamed to be associated with an institution as I am right now.”Manly also said that around 70 women have contacted his office regarding allegations against Tyndall and called the situation “a tragedy of epic proportions.”The Tyndall accusations were only the most recent in a number of controversies that have taken place in the past eleven months during Nikias’ presidency.Last July, a Los Angeles Times report revealed that former Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito had participated in drug-fueled parties and misconduct while serving as dean. The report also found that Puliafito had been using methamphetamines while seeing patients. His successor, Rohit Varma, filled Puliafito’s vacant deanship despite the University disciplining him following an allegation that he had sexually harassed a colleague. Varma would go on to resign after less than a year as Puliafito’s replacement.“Our leaders must be held to the highest standards. Dr. Varma understands this, and chose to step down,” USC Provost Michael Quick said in a statement after Varma’s resignation.The University also faced sexual misconduct accusations involving professor Erick Guerrero and the University’s vice president of fundraising David Carrera. Carrera left his post and Guerrero was put on leave.Now with the news of Nikias’ departure, Caruso says the University’s new focus will be to offer support, investigate what happened and listen to the community as more information becomes available regarding Tyndall and the University’s handling of the accusations.“Our thoughts are with the families that have been affected by this situation, and our pledge to this community is that we will rebuild our culture to reflect an environment in which safety and transparency are of paramount importance, and to institute systemic change that will prevent this from occurring in the future,” Caruso wrote in the statement.Academic Senate President Paul Rosenbloom echoed Caruso’s sentiments in a statement addressed to USC faculty, emailed to the Daily Trojan.“With this change, we have cause to be optimistic,” Rosenbloom wrote. “We second the request from the Board of Trustees for patience, and we look forward to working together with them to ensure the healing of our students, staff, faculty, parents and alumni, and towards the betterment of the University.” In addition to the Academic Senate’s vote in favor of Nikias stepping down, nearly 500 other faculty members signed a letter earlier this week calling for his resignation.Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee said in a statement to the Daily Trojan that she respects Nikias’ decision to leave his post as president of the University.“This situation has definitely brought to light some of the deeper fissures within the university, and I hope that moving forward, we can work closely with the new administration to ensure that students, their safety, and their well-being are always the top of the priority list, regardless of what’s at stake for the university,” Lee wrote.Prior to Nikias’ resignation, USG and the Graduate Student Government released a joint statement Friday expressing their concerns with allegations against Tyndall, and how the University responded to them. “Why should students find any comfort in the knowledge that University administrators did not act sooner because they ‘didn’t [know]’ about the extent of the abuse for two decades, reflecting either an unwillingness or inability of leadership to thoroughly investigate and identify problems, as well as a deeper cultural problem in which University sexual assault allegations go uninvestigated and students are discouraged from reporting?” the statement asked.Former Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath said that his resignation is “step one for the University.” Sampath created a petition calling for Nikias to step down. Her petition garnered over 4,000 signatures.“I think that what has transpired is a result of students, alumni, faculty and parents all banding together saying that this should never happen again,” Sampath said, referring to the accusations of misconduct against Tyndall. “This is unacceptable leadership. We want a culture of care at USC and in order for that to happen, there needs to be top-down changes.”Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, a student organization that called for the Board of Trustees to evaluate President Nikias’ conduct last week, also said they welcome his resignation. “We hope this solution not only addresses past abuses but also works with the entire USC community, including victims, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Board, to foster a culture and campus characterized by safety, accountability, transparency, and restored trust,” the TAPP executive board said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. Nikias was selected as USC’s 11th president in 2010. Nikias joined the faculty in 1991, served as the dean of the Viterbi School for Engineering from 2001 to 2005, and served as provost under former president Steven Sample from 2005 to 2009. Under Nikias’ leadership, the University saw its admission rate fall to a historic low of 12.9 percent this past year. During his tenure, Nikias led a historic fundraising campaign raising more than $6 billion in less than six and a half years, 18 months ahead of schedule. The campaign has led USC to rank among the top three universities for fundraising, along with Stanford University and Harvard University. Nikias also oversaw major developments at the University, including the construction of USC Village and Wallis Annenberg Hall, and created two new schools at the University: the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the Iovine and Young Academy. In his statement, Caruso said that the Board of Trustees will work to ensure that the USC community can move forward. “We will work with faculty, staff, student leadership, and alumni, and our focus remains on offering support and counseling to those impacted, investigating what happened, and listening to and healing our community,” Caruso said in his statement. Kate Sequeira and Allen Pham contributed to this report.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said Eric Dungey has not gotten a second opinion, “as far as I know,” on an injury that’s held him out of Syracuse’s last two games. Babers said Monday that Dungey was getting a second opinion and that the doctors didn’t know what Dungey’s injury is.Babers wouldn’t comment on Dungey’s availability for next week’s regular-season finale at Pittsburgh saying, “I’m gonna leave it to the medical people.”Dungey was warming up with the team, even participating in throwing drills on Saturday before SU’s (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) 45-14 loss to No. 17 Florida State (8-3, 5-3), but did not dress. He was listed as doubtful on Thursday before the game.Dungey sat out the Orange’s 35-20 loss to North Carolina State after he was hit high and knocked out of the game earlier against Clemson. Babers said Wednesday that Dungey was at practice last week, but he has not yet been cleared to practice by doctors. When asked whether Dungey’s injury might be career-ending, Babers said he’d rather not speculate on the quarterback’s injury.Zack Mahoney has started the Orange’s last two games in Dungey’s place and Babers said he’ll start at Pitt if Dungey can’t go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus