USC’s SCholars program facing a hazy future

first_imgSenior Stephanie Garcia is the first in her family to attend college. She began at Los Angeles Community College, and transferred to USC in her sophomore year with the help of the SCholars program — a program that helps first-generation and low-income students transfer to four-year universities.Since coming to USC, Garcia has been actively involved with the SCholars program, even bringing her younger sister to events with her. She hopes the events will eventually inspire her sister to attend a four-year school.SCholarly · Juana Escobar, a junior majoring in communication, transferred from Los Angeles City College through the SCholars program. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanBut unless the program manages to quickly raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, Garcia’s sister might not have the same opportunity.“If I wouldn’t have known and been a part of the SCholars, I would’ve still been struggling,” Garcia said. “They helped with a lot of the challenges we face as transfer students, but also as a lot of first-generation college students. A lot of us did have a hard time transferring, academically and socially, and they’ve definitely been there to help bridge that gap.”The SCholars program was established at USC in 2006, spurred by a grant of almost $1 million. But the money, given by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, was a one-time grant. Now that the funds from the grant have run out, the program’s future is in jeopardy.The program takes about $200,000-$250,000 per year to run, according to Judi Garbuio, associate dean of the Academic Recognition and Scholars Program. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, in the midst of financial difficulty, has said it will not renew the grant, so the SCholars program is looking for an alternative source of funding.“We’re working on it, trying to seek funds from other foundations, and we’ve also been engaged in fundraising from private parties willing to support the cause,” said K.C. Mmeje, the SCholars program director. “We’re trying to get the university to see that what we’re doing is important enough for them to provide support to sustain the program, but we’re not seeing that right now.”Because the program has been funded entirely by sources outside of USC so far, it is looking to other external sources first. Garbuio said asking USC for funding would be a last resort, because they are aware of the many other programs aiming to get money from the university. She was not optimistic about other sources of funding, either.“It’s a very tough time to be fundraising,” Garbuio said. “Different individuals have suffered with the economy, so they’re not as likely to donate to foundations, which are in turn not as likely to give out grants.”Like Garcia, Roland Zapata, a junior majoring in psychology and a member of the SCholars program, said the program has been a defining part of his educational experience and hopes that it finds a way to stay afloat.“It’s a transition program, essentially, it’s a baby-step thing, perfect for someone like me,” Zapata said. “I was asking all these weird questions and I was getting answers.”The SCholars program offers students counseling resources and group events to help them succeed socially and academically.“Without it, who knows if I would’ve even ended up here,” Zapata said. “People say that as a joke, ‘Who knows where I’d be,’ but really. Even once I got here, it’s been a big jump from community college … Even if I had gotten here without it, without that support to fall back on, I would’ve been like, ‘OK, I’m dropping this, I’m out.’”Cheryl Armstrong, director of the University Transfer Center at Los Angeles City College, said the program is important to students and believes that it should be a priority for it to continue to function.“If I had a pot of money set aside, this would be a priority in terms of making sure this program continues,” she said. “Students who go through this specific program tend to apply to select universities, tend to enroll and complete the work and go on to graduate school. It provides the transition information that students need who might not have succeeded otherwise.”The grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation extends through August 2010, so students currently in community colleges entering USC next year will still go through the SCholar program’s summer immersion session.The immersion program, however, will put more emphasis on pointing out resources on campus they can turn to in case the SCholars office is available next fall.Still, Garbuio said she believes in the program.“I’m still hopeful,” she said. “I really believe it’s a fantastic program, and that we’ll figure out a way to keep it going.”last_img read more

Justice for all: First Indian draftee shows NBA has ‘life changing’ role

first_imgBWB has evolved from its original premise in 2001 to help 14-year-old youngsters affected by the Balkan Wars to holding four camps on four continents for 17-year-old boys and girl.It culminates in the top players from each going to a three-day camp in the USA during the NBA All Star weekend, where they are put through their paces by NBA and WNBA players and looked over by coaches.Justice says he is proud that opening-night NBA rosters boasted 27 players who had gone through the BWB program, including two who will appear in London on Thursday — the Wizards’ Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky and Frenchman Frank Ntilikina of the Knicks.Of Chedlet, Justice says his moment will come.“Hopefully next year he will be good enough for the BWB Americas camp,” he said.“We have a coach for him now because the federation wants to groom him for the national team.”Chedlet may not yet be ready yet, but Justice is certain of one thing that should stand him in good stead.“He is a man now.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Team Lakay aspiring for Manny Pacquiao’s longevity Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Justice says he will never forget Chedlet’s reaction, having been selected to come to New York for more training, when he took him to an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors.“He began to cry when we entered the arena,” said Justice.“Then when we are sitting in the front row and he saw Steph Curry (NBA icon and three time champion with Golden State), he began to shake.“I mean for him it was a special moment, being from where he was from. He has gone in two months from no one knowing who he is to sitting in the Barclays Center.“He has been transformed by the game.”‘He is a man now Justice admits Chedlet is far from the finished product with years of hard training and coaching to come if he is to make it.“He is a good shot blocker, a great rebounder, but he has had no coaching,” said Justice.“Right now he is a college prospect. He needs to go to college, and we can help him with that.”Justice can see the Haitian youngster eventually becoming good enough to attend a Basketball Without Borders camp (BWB). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Justice, who features in the Netflix documentary ‘One in a Billion’ which charts Singh’s remarkable journey from a remote Punjab village to the Mavericks, says it is the human aspect that makes him enjoy his job.“I am a heart guy,” he told AFP ahead of the NBA game in London on Thursday between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“To see lives change through sport are the most powerful moments.“They are what I live for. It is not about basketball. It is these kids and their journeys. “To teach them how to grow as individuals is the biggest thing.”Justice, a former player, says it is moving to be able to use basketball to give something to youngsters who have had nothing.One such case that especially moved the American is a 16-year-old Haitian named Chedlet (only one name used).“As you know Haiti is a rough place, but we ran a junior NBA programme there in four locations to select top players and bring them to an elite programme,” he said.“Up in a mountainous region of northern Haiti where we had previously done nothing, we discovered a seven foot boy who had no coach, no court, nothing, but he had natural raw athletic talent.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments This photo taken on August 7, 2015 shows Indian basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara (C), who is on the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, meeting fans at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy in Ludhiana. The 7-foot-2-inch (2.18m) Bhamara, 19, became the first India-born player in the NBA when he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in June 2015. AFP PHOTO (Photo by STR / AFP)Troy Justice played a leading role in Satnam Singh becoming the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, telling AFP it is such “life changing” events that make his job so rewarding.Justice, the NBA’s Associate Vice President, International Basketball Operations, came across Singh, who joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2015 — although he is currently in the Canadian League with St John’s Edge — when he was based in India for the organization.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sinoe County Caucus to Sue Dev. Supt

first_imgThe 5-man Sinoe County Caucus in the National Legislature has said it will prosecute the county’s former Development Superintendent, Sneh Johnson, for corruption.The Caucus has at the same time pardoned Superintendent Romeo Quiah, who was also tangled in the alleged corruption web.The Caucus said the decision to take to court the former Development Superintendent is owing to his “defiance, insubordination, and disrespect to the Caucus and the people of the county.”A senior member of the caucus, Senator, J. Milton Teahjay, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday from Greenville, Sinoe County, via mobile phone that Sneh Johnson had absconded with or misapplied 350 bags of cement and 10 hand pumps, among other items that were given to the county for development by the Ministry of Public Works.“We are prosecuting Sneh Johnson and we will make sure he is punished for corruption,” Senator Teahjay said, adding that “this is what we have agreed upon under the chairmanship of Representative Jeremiah W. N. Macaulay.”“What kind of man is he, who thinks he is untouchable? Because of his defiance, insubordination and disrespect to the people of the county, we will carry him to court.”Mr. Johnson was Assistant Development Superintendent from December 2014 to May 2016.The Senator stated that the Caucus’s decision was reached after holding consultations with the people of the county, and was announced during the induction of the new County Administration.Those who were inducted over the weekend are Superintendent Prosper K. Brown; Othello D. Nagbe, Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs and Administration; and Moses Tuwleh, Assistant Superintendent for Development.The induction of Mr. Brown over the weekend brings to four the number of superintendents that have served Sinoe since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration began in 2006.In a related development, Senator Teahjay has said that the Caucus has “forgiven” former Superintendent Romeo Quiah for dishonesty. Mr. Quiah previously expressed “deep regret and remorse” prior to the Caucus’s decision to forgive him.According to an investigation, the former superintendent was reportedly responsible for the massive looting at the Executive Lodge of 17 air conditioners and the scrapping of the yellow grader and the 966 front loaders among others. Those items were reportedly valued at over US$120,000.“We have forgiven Mr. Quiah…he has shown remorse, and you should know that only remorse leads to a real apology and change,” Senator Teahjay said.It may be recalled that in 2014, Mr. Quiah’s confirmation at the National Legislature following his appointment as superintendent was confronted with hurdles as Senators chose to postpone the hearing based on a past audit report from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) in which the administration under which Quiah served as Assistant Superintendent for Development did not account for more than US$800K.Many believe that the way in which the Caucus “forgave” Mr. Quiah is to appease the Sarpo ethnic tribe amid growing tension between the Sapo and Kru ethnic groups leading to the 2017 elections.In 2014, because of the election, the ethnic tension built up and resulted to threats, insults and friction among and between the county’s Legislators and local authorities.The reactivation of the Kru 48 sections and the Sarpo six sections worsened the conflict.However, the quick formation of the Sinoe Peace Council, now headed by Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, was able to defuse the emerging ethnic clash. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two more major roads in Dawson Creek could fail: Mayor

first_imgUPDATE: The Dangerous Goods Route has been reopened at the intersection with Highway 2/8th Street.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The road carrying BC Highway 2 over Dawson Creek could fail if floodwaters continue to rise.Mayor Dale Bumstead says that the culverts that contain the creek bearing the city’s name underneath 8th Street, which is concurrent with the highway, are completely blocked by debris, which has dammed the creek. According to Bumstead, waters have overtopped the road near the Dawson Creek mall and have washed out the sidewalks along the East side of the road. Bumstead says that if the rains continue to fall, the city could lose all of 8th Street, which is one of the arterial routes that connect both sides of the city.- Advertisement -The floodwaters have also washed out the culverts at 15th Street, as well as at the Snake Pit Road east of town near the airport. Bumstead says that city crews believe that 17th Street may have also been washed out, although he added that the road is too far under water to determine with any certainty. He added that the 10th Street Bridge is currently standing, although it is current;y inundated by water.Currently, the only road connecting the North and South sides of the city is the Dangerous Goods Route west of the city, although Bumstead says that the southern part of the road near its intersection with 8th Street is currently impassable. A pilot truck is currently directing single-lane alternating traffic along the detour. More than 40 people have been evacuated from their homes, and are being taken care of at the Dawson Creek Fire Department.Bumstead says that he has a meeting planned this morning with city officials, as well as representatives from the provincial government to assess the situation and determine whether the city will declare a local State of Emergency.Advertisement 20160616_063147_1-HDR Flooding in Dawson Creek - photo courtesy of Craig Hartel. Flooding in Dawson Creek – photo courtesy of Craig Hartel. Flooding in Dawson Creek/Photo: Craig Hartel Flooding in Dawson Creek/Photo: Craig Hartel Photos from Dawson Creek - Facebook Photos from Dawson Creek – Facebook The dangerous goods route in Dawson Creek Wednesday night - Twitter user fsjchic The dangerous goods route in Dawson Creek Wednesday night – Twitter user fsjchic Flooding in Dawson Creek - photo courtesy of Craig Hartel. Flooding in Dawson Creek – photo courtesy of Craig Hartel. A map of road closures provided by the City of Dawson Creek. A map of road closures provided by the City of Dawson Creek. Note the reopening of Finnegan’s Corner is not included.last_img read more

Feasting All Night Long

first_imgIt’s the time for fasting, but also for feasting, and not just for devout Muslims observing the 30-day roza. For foodies all over India, Ramzan is the time to soak in the Eid spirit and what better place than the historic walled city of the national capital New Delhi with the majestic Jama Masjid looming in the backdrop.Come dusk and the winding lanes of the Jama Masjid area come alive with the sights and sounds — and smells — of celebrations. Of chicken tikkas sizzling, mutton kebabs roasting over blazing fires, giant woks of puris and massive cauldrons of curries, biryanis, steaming milk, etc.The crowds gather at iftar and continue until dawn, when the sehri meal is eaten.While iftar marks the end of the meal at nightfall, sehri is the early morning meal before the dawn of another fasting day.As important as it is to not let a morsel of food or a drop of liquid pass through one’s lips during Ramzan, it is equally important to have a nutritious and healthy diet before and after the fast.The fast is traditionally broken with a small meal of dates, fruits and pakodas. And sehri usually constitutes specialties like khajla (round bread), pheni (spiral crusty cakes) and sheermaal (sweet buns, usually served with butter and jam), providing the required energy without wreaking havoc on the digestive system.Khajla and pheni are made in pure ghee and soaked in milk overnight. Sugar is added at the time of consumption. Some people like to add dry fruits.“People usually go to bed after eating the sehri; so the meal should be light and digestable, but at the same time energetic,” Javed Ali, a shopowner selling khajla in one of the many bylanes near Jama Masjid, said.Between the two meals, is when the real feasting happens.According to Ali, several non-Muslim customers from across the city throng to his shop every year. And the milling crowds in the lanes are evidence.Markets around Jama Masjid, decked up and bustling with crowds, are open all night. The excitement is palpable as you enter one of the many lanes leading to the 17th century historic mosque, decorated in yellow lights. Hundreds of shops and eating joints line the narrow lanes, beckoning people from the neighborhood and beyond.Post-iftar, the markets and streets are abuzz with people out for shopping and dinner and some others to meet friends over a Banarasi paan.Nearby, popular eateries like Karim’s and Al-Jawahar restaurant do brisk business as families throng to them for dinner, while youngsters and those on shoestring budgets, head to kiosks outside these restaurants, grilling all types of meats.Mutton seekh kebabs, shammi kebabs, chicken tikkas and fried chicken are usually served with rumali rotis and a generous dollop of mint chutney, chopped onions and chaat masala. A meal for two at any of the dozen kiosks costs around Rs.150 ($3).For those with a sweet tooth, the area offers abundant shops and kiosks selling rabri faluda, kulfi, jalebi, phirni and badam milk.Apart from gorging on the succulent kebabs and spicy curries, shopping is another highlight during this period.After all, this is also the time to stock up on new clothes.Women throng the several clothes, footwear and cosmetics shops in Chitli Kabar, Matia Mahal, Ballimaran Market and Meena Bazaar for Lucknowi Chikan suits, fancy sandals and imported cosmetics. The men hunt for kurta pyjama, salwar kameez, skull caps and sandals.“Everyone wants to look their best on Eid. So, it’s an arduous job of finding that perfect attire or a sandal that stands out,” 21-year-old Delhi University student Saira Parveen said.She hunted in several shops for an hour before she found the perfect mascara to match her turquoise blue suit. “This is how I reward myself after I have done my duty towards my religion,” she said. Related Itemslast_img read more