Media Center named following major donation

first_imgThe Media Center in Wallis Annenberg Hall will be named the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center following a donation of an undisclosed amount to USC.Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS told the Daily Trojan that the Media Center will change the way student journalists tell their stories –but urged students to remain committed to the basic principles of journalism in the face of such technology.“As much as technology has changed, and the world and how we are receiving our information in is vastly different and will become different, learn the tools of journalism,” Moonves said. “Learn how to tell the story. Learn the who, the what, the where, the when and tell it truthfully, tell it straight ahead, tell it from your point of view, because that never changes.”The newly named 20,000-square-foot Media Center is home to Neon Tommy, Annenberg TV News and Annenberg Radio News.Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, spoke of the Media Center’s importance in shaping a generation of students in rooms that are “connectors, not containers.”“The Annenberg center is an all-school center,” Wilson said. “This is not just a room to make the news. This a room where the next generation of newsmakers are also made.”President C. L. Max Nikias reiterated his appreciation for Wallis Annenberg’s generosity in helping to create the space that now holds the forum and Media Center possible.“For journalists, the search for truth, for the story, is never ending,” he said. “Even as we celebrate today this new center and its cutting edge technology, the values and educational beliefs about the proper training for journalism students remain.”USC alumna Julie Chen, the host of CBS’s “The Talk,” “Big Brother” and CBS Morning News, praised USC at the event and said she wished she could have taken advantage of the Media Center herself.“This school helped grow my skills as a journalist and as a broadcaster, but there was nothing like this Media Center when I was here,” she said.Willow Bay, director of the Annenberg School of Journalism, echoed Chen’s sentiments about the powerful potential of the media center for students.“I’m not sure we realized back then — I certainly didn’t — just how transformative this building and Media Center would be,” she said. “It’s reshaping our culture, changing how we teach and changing how our students learn.”Sami Goldberg, a senior studying communication, said the Media Center is one of the reasons she is excited to be a student at USC.“The Media Center that we have here at USC Annenberg is one of the reasons that this school will continue to be one of the best journalism and communication schools in the country,” she said. “The fact that we have the support of CBS, Les Moonves and Julie Chen speaks to the fact that USC Annenberg offers aspiring journalism and communication students the best opportunity for success.”Moonves reiterated that spirit to the Daily Trojan.“What the Media Center does is give you all the mechanisms for being out there,” he said. “This truly is better than any studio I have seen across the country. It really is extraordinary.”last_img read more

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Women’s golf wins Pac-12 title, men look to follow

first_img“It went really well even though the course was really tough and tricky,” Silverstein said. “We limited bogeys, got a lot of pars and did a really good job playing consistently.” As in the past, the team will rely on Suh to carry them in the postseason.  He is still the world’s top-ranked amateur and in the team’s one tournament without him this season, the squad suffered a rough 10th place finish. For the men to succeed next week, the rest of the team will have to step up their game.   If rankings hold USC in the No. 1 spot, the women will head up to Cle Elum, Wash. and the Tumble Creek Golf Course for regionals in just a couple weeks.   The men will enter the Pac-12 tournament play April 22 and will most likely face stiffer competition than the women. Although the men won the Pac-12 title in 2018, this year they will have to deal with No. 2-ranked Arizona State, who have won their last three tournaments. Overall, the team did not perform terribly, but with both Arizona State and now Stanford heating up as the postseason approaches, USC’s title defense is in danger. Next week, the golf postseason will start for the No. 6-ranked USC men’s squad as they enter the Pac-12 tournament Monday. They hope to achieve the same level of success as the women’s team did this past week at the women’s Pac-12 championship. Sophomore Gabriela Ruffels led the way for the Trojans, finishing at 3 under for the tournament, which was good for a third place finish individually. Ruffels’ outstanding performance through the first two days culminated in a score of 68 on the third day. That score was the second lowest overall in the entire tournament, setting her apart from the rest of the field. Junior Allisen Corpuz, sophomore Jennifer Chang and sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany also finished in the top seven individually. Corpuz, who had one of her best outings of the season at the tournament, will look to continue her success as the postseason progresses at regionals. Four of the women were also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, including Chang, Ruffels, sophomore Amelia Garvey and freshman Malia Nam. Even though the program is already dominating the NCAA, these underclassmen show that the team will only improve. The road to Arkansas and the NCAA championships appears to be very tough for the men’s squad, but it has both the talent and the skills to pull it off. First, however, the Trojans must try to defend their Pac-12 title against a very competitive field next week. “I think all five of us [starters] are really good players, and we prepared the right way so that we could put out a good performance,” Corpuz said. Sophomore Jennifer Chang was named to the All-Pac-12 Team and finished in the top seven at conference championships. “The course at Cle Elum is really hard and tough but suits us well,” Silverstein said. “The conditions will be tough because it will be windier than usual.” Head coach Justin Silverstein was happy with the team’s outing. The Trojans just competed in the Western Intercollegiate tournament, finishing fourth overall in the field behind the aforementioned Cal and first place Stanford.   “Stanford has two of the best four players in the world, which is always huge,” Silverstein said. “And Arizona played really well this past week at the Pac-12 tourney.”   Their outing was definitely not what the team was looking for as a rough second day of play hindered them from hanging onto the third place spot. The women hope to continue their elite play at regionals, where they seek to earn a spot in the NCAA championships, which will be held in May at the University of Arkansas. In the Pac-12 tournament, the No. 1-ranked Women of Troy dominated the competition, winning the conference championship by a resounding 11 strokes over No. 2 Arizona. The Trojans were the only team to finish under par overall and showed the conference why they are the top-ranked team in the nation. The win was the women’s sixth Pac-12 title and the sixth win of the season overall.   As for other dangerous teams, Silverstein will be looking out for Texas, which has been on USC’s tail for the No. 1 spot the whole season along with Florida, Wake Forest and Duke. For No. 1-ranked amateur senior Justin Suh, the tournament was also not his best performance, finishing in seventh after he couldn’t recover from a 74 on the second day of play.  Although sophomore Kaito Onishi and freshman Cameron Henry finished in the top five, Suh ended up in seventh after he couldn’t recover from a 74 on the second day of play. last_img read more

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GNPC congratulates Black Stars for defeating Zambia

first_imgThe Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) headline sponsor of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, has commended the team for their 2-1 victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia, to emerge tops in their Group D qualifiers on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium. “We recognize that qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is not an easy task, and therefore appreciate the professionalism, teamwork, dedication and resilience that you have demonstrated so far,” Nana Boakye Asafu- Adjaye, CEO of GNPC stated.Continuing he said: “We at GNPC appreciate your efforts in chalking this important and critical victory and believe that you will continue to be a dependable partner as we both aspire to succeed at the global level.”To the players, the technical team, management, the many supporters unions and teeming Ghanaians who supported from far and near.“We congratulate and salute you and hope that united as one, this partnership will continue as the Black Stars enter the final playoff towards the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which beckons.”Finally, he assured the team of GNPC’s continued support to lift the Stars to the skies where they belong. Ghana is among the ten countries to have sealed their places in Africa’s final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup.last_img read more

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‘One Night’ director talks Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua documentary, working with Mike Tyson, untold Ruiz story

first_imgTo discuss the inner workings of “One Night,” Sporting News spoke with the director of the documentary, Academy Award-winning for her work on ESPN’s 30-for-30 series, Deirdre Fenton.She also discusses working with Tyson and Stallone and shares a story about Ruiz that didn’t make the final cut.(Editor’s note: This interview was edited for clarity and length.)Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearSporting News: When you were asked to lead this documentary, what were your initial thoughts?Deirdre Fenton: Well, I was actually pretty excited. I come from 30-for-30, so I’m used to doing things that took place 30, 40 years ago. It is hard to chase after footage from that time (laughs). It was a blast because it was an embarrassment of riches with different angles from broadcast cameras, the Sky (Sports) broadcast, the Spanish broadcast. I just had so much to work with, and that was new for me. And that was super cool.SN: I would assume that makes your job that much easier?DF: It is because you get more genuine reactions from people. I think one of the benefits of doing something that happened a while ago is people really have a chance to formulate their thoughts on it. With something like this, it is the power of sports. People have that reaction to watching Ruiz win because it’s the story of the underdog pulling through to win, and seeing people have that excitement for Andy was really cool.SN: How many times did you watch the fight to formulate the concept of the documentary?DF: I watched the fight a bunch. But what I also tried to do is watch the interviews with “AJ” and Andy from around the fight because that gave me a really good idea of who they were, and that’s how I wanted to start it. I wanted to let them shine as characters. The majority of the film is the fight and people reacting to what’s happening. At the basis of it, it’s two boxers. Even though “AJ” is the overwhelming favorite, he’s not a villain. He’s a fan favorite. I didn’t want that to come across as such. I wanted people to see he has feelings too and where things went wrong for him.SN: This wasn’t your typical 30-for-30 to where you had all this time to get it done. The turnaround had to be quick, considering the first fight was in June, and the rematch is taking place on Dec. 7. What comes about in formulating the game plan to get a quality documentary combined with finding the right people to tell the story?DF: Bringing (Sylvester) Stallone in as an EP was really a gamechanger. He came on, I think, in September. He’s amazing. He’s the best at telling these boxing stories. But then he was able to help us get Tyson, Strahan, Holyfield and Dolph. You can’t take your eyes off of Mike Tyson in this. He’s just so funny, engaging. The challenge was we only got those interviews about two-and-half, three weeks ago. The challenge is that restructuring around those pivotal interviews.SN: Watching the documentary, Mike Tyson really stood out more than anybody else. What was it like working with him?DF: First of all, he likes to have salted peanuts and blueberries on hand. He even asked if he could take the peanuts with him when he was done. I was like, ‘Sure, champ. They’re all yours.’ Tyson doesn’t do a lot of interviews. I think the difference maker for this was Slyvester Stallone. He would tell him to use his hands and be animated. That’s where Sly helped not make the project, but make that interview specifically. I think people underestimate how smart he is. When you do an interview with him, he’s talking about quotes from the Bible, for some reason, telling us about the history of syphilis. He’s an incredibly smart guy.SN: Do you think the documentary would have had that little extra punch without Mike Tyson?DF: I don’t think so. But I think you could say that about a couple of the interviews. The thing about Tyson is that you can’t take your eyes off of him. Every time he comes in, he’s in soundbites that are perfectly suited for this type of format.SN: In terms of formatting, how do you know that you are good and it’s done precisely the way you want it to be?DF: I think when you first start reading the reviews (laughs). I think when you are in my position, and you’re living and breathing this, you kind of start of feeling like you’re a little too close to it. I trust the reaction of people I trust like my colleagues at DAZN because you are obsessing about clipping someone’s sound bite, you get a little lost.SN: How much of the final editing process involved you and Sylvester Stallone?DF: Would you believe he actually called my cell phone and gave me notes for 30 minutes last week? We engaged him because he’s one of the best storytellers in boxing. No one can do it better. You never know what you’re going to get from celebrity EPs. What we got from him is someone who was completely engaged throughout the entire process. He gave notes. He provided feedback. Ultimately, both of those things helped make it better. He’s a great teammate to have. “One Night,” the documentary analyzing the June 1 heavyweight title clash between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua, debuted Thursday night on DAZN.The documentary, which has Sylvester Stallone as its executive producer, shows Ruiz pulling off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he dethroned Joshua to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world. The documentary also has interviews with the likes of former undisputed heavyweight champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and James “Buster” Douglas along with former NFL star Michael Strahan and actor and Stallone rival in “Rocky IV”, Dolph Lundgren. SN: Now that’s it completed, and you have had time to think about it, what’s the one thing you wish would have been on there that didn’t end up making the final cut?DF: We were very limited because it is so close to the fight and the fact Ruiz came out of nowhere, and no one had really heard of him, I went down to Guadalajara and visited Ruiz’s camp. Some of the stories I heard from there really didn’t fit what we were doing — just hearing how close Ruiz was to quitting before the first “AJ” fight and the (Joseph) Parker fight (only loss of his career in December 2016). He was really close to giving up and doing something else. I wish there was a way to include some of that in the film, and we couldn’t figure it out.last_img read more

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Draymond Green reignites feud with Charles Barkley: ‘He should stop before I take his job’

first_imgIn the latest round of the seemingly endless war of words between Draymond Green and Charles Barkley, the Warriors forward is throwing haymakers.Speaking with reporters Friday, Green was asked about recent criticism from the “NBA on TNT” analyst, and he proceeded to unload a number of verbal jabs. MORE: Stephen Curry reminds NBA of his unique magnetism”Barkley should stop before I go take his job, though,” Green said. “Because I can do that well, too. He already ain’t make enough money, so he needs that job. He should stop talking to me. I like to — [I have] a tendency to end people. He should stop before I take his job.”Draymond Green on the recent TNT criticism: “(Charles) Barkley should stop before I take his job. Because I can do that well, too…He also can’t talk basketball with me either. Not smart enough, not qualified. No rings, can’t sit at this table.” pic.twitter.com/AmGw6jZidE— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 6, 2020Oh, and it didn’t stop there. Green added that Barkley isn’t “smart enough” to talk hoops on his level and threw out the classic “ringzzz” argument that dominates so much of the NBA conversation.”If he keeps talking, I’ll take [his job] soon. Sooner than he thinks,” Green said. “He probably should be quiet. He also can’t talk basketball with me, either. Not smart enough, not qualified. No rings, can’t sit at this table.” Green and Barkley previously sparred in 2018 after Barkley said he wanted to punch Green in the face. Green dismissed Barkley’s comments at the time, and Barkley later apologized. They publicly buried the hatchet on the “NBA on TNT” set with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal serving as mediators — at least it appeared that way.Barkley rekindled the beef this season as the Warriors tumbled down the Western Conference standings following the departure of Kevin Durant and injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Back in January, Barkley took a shot at Green for averaging a “triple-single,” and Green responded with talk of Wendy’s sandwiches and, of course, championship rings.Draymond was ready to clapback at Chuck 👀🍿 pic.twitter.com/s86wbp2SQ0— ESPN (@espn) January 22, 2020Expect Barkley to address these latest insults before the Warriors play the Clippers on Tuesday night (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT).last_img read more

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Thursday August 29th Local Sports

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit two homers and drove in four runs, Mitch Garver also connected and the slugging Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 for their fourth straight win. It was the 13th multihomer game of Schoop’s career and fifth this year. He has 21 home runs on the season to become the seventh Minnesota player with at least 20, tying a major league record. IOWA CITY — Months of work comes to an end as the college football season is set to begin. The 20th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes host Miami of Ohio under the lights on Saturday. Senior Levi Paulsen gets a start at guard along with his twin brother Landon.Paulsen says as a senior the ride to the stadium will carry added emotion.Junior running back Toren Young says there has been added focus in the film room to help boost the ground game.Young is part of a deep stable of running backs.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 6:30, with the pre-game show starting at 4:30 on KGLO. You can also listen to “Hawk Talk” tonight on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 7 o’clock. AMES — Iowa State enters the season nationally ranked for the first time since 1978 and the 21st ranked Cyclones host Northern Iowa. Senior linebacker Marcel Spears says the opener always has a number of question marks.Spears says the key is to be assignment sound.Senior receiver Deshaunte Jones says they have gone back in time with their film study.Jones says it is key to control emotion in the opener.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday BOONE — The high school football season opens in Iowa with nearly 170 games tonight and tomorrow night, and parents, students and other fans are being reminded to behave responsibly. Chris Cuellar, a spokesman for the Iowa High School Athletic Association, says there’s a high turnover rate for athletic directors, coaches and especially for game officials like referees.The Boone-based association is issuing guidelines for fans who are heading to the athletic events, with the first rule being: Act your age.The second guideline reminds parents not to live their lives vicariously through their kids.There are about 80-thousand boys taking part in Iowa high school sports every year and some parents put a great amount of pressure on their sons to win a college scholarship. Cuellar reminds, that’s not what participating in a school sport is supposed to be about.The main message he offers to sports fans is — be respectful and considerate. IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Michigan transfer receiver Oliver Martin has been cleared to play this season for Iowa, starting with Saturday’s opener against Miami (Ohio).The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes said Wednesday that Martin has been approved for immediate eligibility by the NCAA and the Big Ten.Martin, a graduate of Iowa City West High, caught 11 passes for the Wolverines in 2018. But a change at offensive coordinator and a desire to return home led Martin to transfer to Iowa this summer.Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said this week Martin would play if he was ruled eligible for this weekend’s game.last_img read more

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Saints outlast Vikes to book spot in BCIHL Championship

first_imgIt wasn’t supposed to be so tough, but playoff hockey is prone to unpredictable outcomes.But when push came to shove, the defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League fought of a pesky University of Victoria Vikes to capture the best-of-three series Sunday night in Castlegar with a 3-1 victory.“He [Vikes goaltender Scott Legault] had a good series for sure and we had to work a little harder to get those goals,” Saints forward Jamie Vlanich said after Sunday’s victory.“That’s what we did and ultimately we were successful.”Selkirk, three-time defending league champion, won the regular season title finishing 14 points ahead of fourth seed UVic.The opening series was supposed to be a formality, but Legault had other ideas.During the three games, Selkirk College shooters peppered Legault with 115 shots. Ultimately the Saints staved off the upset but it was far from easy.In the series opener on Friday night, a large and supportive crowd watched Saints forward Tylor Branzen score the first goal just over five minutes into the game.The Vikes came roaring back late in the period with two goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead. Ryan Edwards tied the game with a beautiful end-to-end rush early in the second period, but Vikes forward Linden Horswill quickly got one back.Branzen’s second goal of the game late in the middle period sent the teams into the dressing room tied at 3-3, despite the outshooting the Vikes 24-12 in the first 40 minutes. Just over eight minutes into the final period, rookie forward Dane Feeney scored on the powerplay for the eventual game winner and the Saints opened the series with a 4-3 win.Saturday, Vlanich scored a pair of goals to pace the Saints to a 2-1 lead late into the third period. With time running out on their season, the Vikes pulled their goalie with two minutes left and Jack Palmer picked up a loose puck to beat Selkirk College starter James Prigione with a minute remaining.Less than two minutes into the first overtime, the former Nelson Leafs contingent of Horswill-Willans combined to steal the victory in overtime as Horswill redirected a shot from his KIJHL teammate.In Sunday’s do-or-die contest, the Saints came out determined and threw 20 shots on Legault in the opening period.Vlanich was the only Saints player to solve the Vikes goaltender when he scored his third goal of the series while Selkirk College was shorthanded.After a scoreless second period, Saints’ forward Ryon Sookro scored on a rebound to pad the lead midway through the third period. But an Aaron Ens goal with eight minutes left in the period cranked up the intensity level.Prigione shut the door and Dallas Calvin scored into the empty net to seal the 3-1 victory and send the pesky Vikes packing.“It was exciting, I wanted to make an impact,” said Sookro, who returned to the line-up and registered the game-winner on Sunday after being sidelined with a hairline fracture in his wrist three weeks ago.“Their goaltender played well and when that happens it’s tough, but you just have to keep getting shots and it will work out in the end.”The Saints will meet the Trinity Western University Spartans in the best-of-three league championship series starting Friday night in Castlegar. The third-seed Spartans upset the Simon Fraser University Clan in the other semi-final to earn a shot at the coveted provincial title.If the Saints are to claim their fourth straight BCIHL crown, they will need their best weekend of the season against a tough Spartans team.“You want to win and in order to win you have sacrifice yourself,” said Edwards, who had a team-leading five points against the Vikes.“You have to play faster and harder… that’s what we did this weekend and that’s what we will do against Trinity Western.”All three games will be played at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. Both Friday and Saturday night’s games start at 7 p.m. If necessary, Sunday’s game will begin at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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House to Ratify US$ 27m Loan Deal

first_imgThe House of Representatives has mandated three relevant Committees to review a US$27.3m finance contract between the Government of Liberia and European Investment Bank for the renovation of the Roberts International Airport’s (RIA) runway.Members of the House reached the decision during the 11th day sitting of the 4th Session on Tuesday following the submission of the agreement for ratification by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In the President’s communication, she informed the Lawmakers that the ratification of the Loan Agreement will address the urgent need to recondition the runway, which is in a poor state.President Sirleaf estimated the total cost for the modernization and rehabilitation project of the entire airport facility at US$ 60,300,000.00 (sixty million three hundred thousand US dollars).She further informed Lawmakers that the government has concluded arrangements for the project to be financed with US$20 million from the Saudi Fund for Development; US$10 million from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa; US$ 3million from the Government of Liberia; and US$ 27.3 million credit from the European Investment Bank.Rehabilitation of the airport’s runway will include improvement to the pavement drainage system, construction of Runway End Safety Areas (REAS) and replacement of the runway lighting, President Sirleaf stated.According to the Chief Executive, the project also includes the provision of assorted items of operational and safety-related airport equipment which include fire tenders, ambulances, firefighting equipment, forklifts, high loaders, conveyer belt loaders, passenger stairs and passenger buses.Following the reading and debate, a motion from Hon. Alex Grant of Electoral District 3, Grand Gedeh County, to turn the instrument over to the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance; Judiciary and Contract and Monopoly to review and advise Plenary in two weeks, was unanimously agreed upon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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