In response to recent mass shootings on college campuses in Oregon and Tennessee, USC students and faculty met Wednesday night for a panel discussion on gun violence and campus safety. “Trending Topics: Gun Control,” part of a monthly current events discussion series, was presented by the USC Speakers Committee, USG External Affairs and the Delta Omicron Zeta fraternity, and featured a panel of speakers that included a gun control activist and a trauma surgeon.The event was moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who opened by asking what kinds of gun protections existed on campus — and what students could do to reduce gun violence.Capt. Edgar Palmer, the Administrative Commander for the Department of Public Safety, explained that DPS keeps students safe by taking part in “active shooter” training and working in close partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department. However, Palmer also stressed that safety is equally in the hands of the students, who often put themselves in danger through a lack of awareness. “To stay safe, you have to be aware of your surroundings,” Palmer said. “I am amazed when I come on campus and see the world that students seem to be in. If you’re not aware and you’re not looking around, it makes it far easier for you to be a victim.” In stressing vigilance, Palmer encouraged students to react to the things that they saw by reporting any suspicious activity through various channels, including the blue light emergency phones on campus and the new LiveSafe app. According to Palmer, students are often afraid of embarrassing themselves or wasting DPS officers’ time; however, students should not let this stop them from reporting what they see. “The one thing you don’t report could be the thing that blows into something more significant,” Palmer said. “It’s always better to take a look and have it investigated than to leave it to chance and just hope it turns out not to be bad.” According to Dr. Kelly Greco, Psy.D., a staff psychologist at the USC Engemann Student Health Center, this prerogative extends not only to suspicious activity seen around campus, but to friends or family who may be a danger to themselves or to others. Greco stressed that gun violence includes suicide as well as homicide, and that preventing gun deaths includes helping students who may be considering self-harm.“Whenever someone comes in seeking counseling, we ask them about suicide — but we also rely on other people to give us information,” Greco said. “There’s always discussion, but we’re always needing someone to seek us out if they are concerned.”Seeking help, according to Greco, involves asking someone directly if they’re considering suicide or homicide, as well as looking at whether someone is impaired through alcohol or drug use and may constitute a danger to themselves or other people. Dr. Damon Clark, a leading trauma surgeon at the Keck School of Medicine, explained that the consequences of holding back are dire for all involved. “We [at Keck] have the experience of taking care of a lot of young individuals who are involved in violence,” Clark said. “It’s not like [what] you see on TV. When someone’s injured, it’s very traumatic. Many people forget the impact that it has on not only the person who is injured physically and emotionally, but also on the family and community that surround that person.”Schnur then directed the conversation to focus on the extremely divisive issue of the nation’s gun control laws, which has split the nation evenly between those who support more restrictions on gun ownership and those who wish to preserve gun rights. Suzanne Verge, President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, discussed the difficulty of passing gun control legislation when organizations such as the National Rifle Association send lobbyists to block Congressional action. Verge, who became involved in the fight to increase restrictions on firearms nationwide after a personal family tragedy, described a recent Brady Campaign summit in Washington, D.C., during which she and others involved in the movement listened to the stories of people who had been affected by gun violence. “This is the only thing that’s going to make a difference, story by story,” Verge said. “My brother was killed in 1978, and it’s still so hard to hear other people’s stories.” read more
The two men will weigh in tomorrow ahead of the long-awaited bout in Manchester on Saturday night.The fight was originally scheduled for Thomond Park in September and was then postponed after being moved to the English city.
Former Premier player Conor O’Dwyer believes this kind of approach is particularly important against the stronger counties.Liam Kearns’ side face Cork in the Munster semi-final the weekend after next.Conor says that Tipp need to change it up in order to spring a surprise…
“The way that I play the game, running into walls, stealing, diving, I’m going to get hurt,” Schafer said. “Part of playing the game that way is you’re going to accumulate injuries. It’s inevitable. I’m not going to play 75 percent. That’s just not the person I am.”A knee injury ended Schafer’s 2015 season in May, which is one reason why he’s pitching now. This is a logical stopping point in his career, if there were such a thing.Considering all the time and money teams are investing in injury prevention research for pitchers, becoming a pitcher to avoid injury sounds like a backwards decision.Still, Schafer has a knack for the craft. The Hawkins strikeout might have been the high point in his two innings on Wednesday. His fastball touched 92 mph, his curveball consistently rolled over for strikes and his changeup and slider got a little work, too. More often, though, Schafer looked like a work in progress. He walked two batters and gave up two hits, the edges of the strike zone occasionally looking out of reach.Schafer thinks of pitching as an itch that never quite left his system. He’s willing to start the season at Double-A Tulsa, if that’s what it takes to reach the itch.“In the back of my mind,” he said, “I’ve always thought of myself more of a pitcher.”SportsNet LA reactionOne day after Time Warner Cable announced it would reduce the rate it was charging AT&T/DirecTV to carry SportsNet LA, several people with a vested interest in the Dodgers’ television saga responded.Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, Dodgers president Stan Kasten and several players supported the push to increase coverage of the Dodgers’ regional network.“The distribution dispute involving DirecTV, AT&T, Cox and Verizon has gone on too long,” Manfred said in a statement. “The Dodgers’ massive fan base deserves to be able to watch Dodger games regardless of their choice of provider. The situation is particularly acute given that this is Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully’s final season. Time Warner has made a significant economic move that I hope will be accepted by the providers.”“I am hopeful that we are close to breaking the deadlock and finally doing the right thing for Dodger fans,” Garcetti said in a statement. “If nothing else, let’s do it for Vin Scully.”Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, Joc Pederson and Brandon McCarthy re-tweeted the statement from their Twitter accounts. “Would be nothing better than knowing ALL of our amazing @Dodgers fans could watch us every day,” added catcher A.J. Ellis.Kasten called it “a wonderful gesture” and “a big win for the fans, and, frankly, a big win for the cable and satellite providers.”Time Warner Cable, which holds the distribution rights to SportsNet LA, said it would reduce its fee for the channel by 30 percent in an effort to spur negotiation. TWC is also the only television provider carrying the network in most of Southern California.A spokesperson for the AT&T entertainment group, which includes DirecTV, declined comment. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Courtney Hawkins, a Top 100 prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization and a mountain of a man at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, tried to check his swing with two strikes, but couldn’t hold up. He left the batter’s box shaking his head at that irresistible fastball high and tight. There, in the blink of an eye, was a glimpse at the potential in Jordan Schafer’s left arm. Schafer is, in one sense, like any minor-league player wearing a Dodgers uniform. He’ll have some good moments, some bad, and until the good pound the bad into submission, he’ll be somewhere on the back fields of Camelback Ranch working it out.In another sense, well, why is the Minnesota Twins’ opening day center fielder of a year ago pitching in a Double-A game for the Dodgers at age 29? Schafer grins, maybe realizing for the first time how absurd that sounds.“Everybody has to do what makes them happy personally,” he said. “Hitting has always been something that’s given me great anxiety. It really has stressed me out a lot. I never enjoyed hitting in high school.”Despite Schafer’s anxiety, despite the fact that several major league teams scouted him in high school and liked him more on the mound, he had been an outfielder since the Atlanta Braves drafted him in 2005.Schafer toiled for 10 1/2 seasons with the Braves, Astros and Twins organizations. He logged 528 games in the minors, 463 in the majors, and more times than he’d care to remember on someone’s disabled list.Both of Schafer’s shoulders have been separated. He’s had surgery on his left wrist, fractured his left middle finger, fractured a bone in his right ankle (the result of a foul ball) and fractured his sinus cavity (another foul ball). Mentally and physically, the injuries took their toll. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
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