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first_imgLike human children, young chimps learn many behaviors from their mothers, from which foods to eat to how to use tools to — among the mothers who engage in it — how to perform high-arm grooming. And because young chimps may groom almost exclusively with their mothers until about age 12, Wrangham said it’s little wonder that the style they learn stays with them into adulthood.“Even when they’re adults, even after their mothers are long dead, they still do it the same way their mother did it,” Wrangham said. “This is the first time anyone has realized this, and the pattern is delightfully clear.”While it’s tempting to assign some larger significance to the behavior, Wrangham said studies thus far haven’t been able to show whether high-arm grooming carries any social meaning.“People may say it’s important because they stick to it,” he said. “But the alternative view is that no one in the group cares. There’s never rejection [when a clasper meets a nonclasper] — everyone has tended to think that this is something that would be seen more among individuals that have a strong alliance relationship, but it turns out to not be true.”That finding, Wrangham said, leaves several questions still to be answered, and the hope is that further study may yet yield some insights into the behavior.“Now that we know some families clasp hands as much as 90 percent of the time, and others do it only 10 percent, what happens when you get two individuals high-arm grooming together when one is a clasper and the other is not?” Wrangham said. “What is it that decides which pattern they will use? Is it dominance? Is it the higher-ranking individual? The older one? Or maybe it is the one that initiates?“Our current evidence suggests that neither dominance nor age carries sway. Eventually, I hope we can work out the social significance of this quirky behavior. If we can find a pattern for which individual ‘wins’ when a clasper grooms with a nonclasper, maybe we will get a clue to why individuals do high-arm grooming at all.” Related Think of all the things your mom taught you — sit up straight, close your mouth when you chew, remember to say please and thank you … the list goes on.When it comes to learning how to behave, though, humans aren’t alone in looking to their mothers.A group of researchers led by Richard Wrangham, the Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, has shown, for the first time, that chimpanzees learn certain grooming styles from their mothers — and once learned, they continue to perform the behaviors the same way, long after the deaths of their mothers. The study is described in a paper in Current Biology.“I think what it really shows is how strong the maternal influence is,” Wrangham said. “It’s very charming, really — our oldest-known son was almost 40 years old, still doing what his long-dead mother did.”The scientists studied “high-arm grooming,” a behavior that occurs during the regular grooming sessions chimps engage in throughout the day. As two chimps groom each other, each raises one arm and either clasp hands or cross their arms as they continue to groom. Though brief — sessions average only about 45 seconds — chimps have been observed in this behavior as many as 10 times a day.But while grooming behavior is universal among chimps, high-arm grooming is not. It has been observed in eight chimp populations across Africa, Wrangham said, each of which display differing rates of clasping and non-clasping, but is notably absent in three other well-studied populations. Growing evidence for gender-specific play in humans center_img Female chimps treat sticks as dolls It’s not clear whether any significance should be attached to those differences. At present, researchers have no clear answer as to why chimps engage in high-arm grooming, or what benefits they get from it.“What we wanted to understand was what’s responsible for the variation in palm-to-palm clasping,” Wrangham said. The researchers wondered, “When a young female joins a new group, does she look at what everyone else is doing … and then do what the rest of the group does for the rest of her life?”To find out, Wrangham and colleagues collected the most detailed data ever on how — and how often — chimps in a particular population engaged in high-arm grooming. They quickly realized that nearly all previous theories about the behavior were wrong.“This type of behavior, which seems so trivial in many ways — whether you clasp hands or cross arms — has been suggested as signaling membership in a group,” Wrangham said. “People often see these types of strange behaviors we see in chimps and wonder if it is some sort of group identification sign.“Alternatively, people have suggested that maybe it signals a special type of social relationship if two individuals do it more often with one another. But what we’re showing with this paper is that none of the obvious possibilities figure out,” he continued. “The pattern varies widely within the group, it’s not closely associated with friendship, it doesn’t vary by age or sex, and it does not depend on how long an individual has been in the community.”In fact, he said, the only connection researchers were able to identify was the maternal one. The chimpanzees are copying their mothers, not identifying with the larger community.last_img read more


first_imgHarvard University Housing (HUH) manages approximately 3,000 apartments, offering a broad choice of locations, unit types, amenities, and sizes to meet the individual budgets and housing needs of eligible Harvard affiliates (full-time graduate students, faculty members, and employees).  Harvard affiliates may apply for Harvard University Housing online at www.huhousing.harvard.edu.  The website also provides information about additional housing options and useful Harvard and community resources for incoming and current affiliates.In accordance with the University’s rent policy, Harvard University Housing charges market rents. To establish the proposed rents for 2019–2020, Dr. Jayendu Patel of Economic, Financial & Statistical Consulting Services performed and endorsed the results of a regression analysis on three years of market rents for more than 12,000 apartments. The data on apartments included in the analysis were obtained from a variety of sources including rentals posted on the HUH Off-Campus Housing website by private-market property owners, information supplied by a real estate appraisal firm, and various non-Harvard rental websites in order to provide comparable private rental market listings for competing apartment complexes in Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville.  The results of this market analysis and of other market research indicate that Harvard University Housing 2019–2020 market rents will increase 1 percent on average across the 3,000-unit portfolio relative to last year’s rents, although within the portfolio rents on some units have been adjusted up or down based on current market conditions.  As always, all revenues generated by Harvard University Housing in excess of operating expenses and debt service are used to fund capital improvements and renewal of the facilities in HUH’s existing residential portfolio.The rents noted in this article have been reviewed and endorsed by the Faculty Advisory Committee on Harvard University Housing* and will take effect for the 2019-2020 leasing season.2019–2020 rents for continuing HUH tenantsCurrent HUH tenants who choose to extend their lease will receive, on average, a 1 percent rent increase, with actual increases ranging from 0 percent to 3 percent.  Heat, hot water, electricity, and gas, where applicable, are included in all Harvard University Housing apartment rents; internet service and air conditioning may also be included where available.Harvard University Housing tenants will receive an email in March 2019 with instructions on how to submit a request to either extend or terminate their current lease. Tenants who would like additional information or help in determining their continuing rental rates for 2019–2020 may call the HUH Leasing Office at 617-495-1459.2019–2020 rents for new HUH tenants effective for the 2019-2020 leasing seasonThe annual market analysis for the 2019–2020 rents resulted in a recommendation that average rents for incoming tenants across the portfolio increase 1 percent relative to the prior year.  Because Harvard’s rent policy is applied on a unit-by-unit basis, market rental rates for some unit types and locations will increase, while others will experience no change or will decrease, based on current market conditions. Heat, hot water, electricity, and gas, where applicable, are included in all Harvard University Housing apartment rents; internet service and air conditioning may also be included, where available.10 Akron St.: studios $1,854–$2,154; one bedroom convertibles $2,334–$2,622.18 Banks St.: one bedrooms $2,250–$2,628; two bedrooms $2,652–$2,862.Beckwith Circle: three bedrooms $2,490–$3,252; four bedrooms $2,832–$3,510.Botanic Gardens: one bedrooms $2,238–$2,370; two bedrooms $2,568–$2,718; three bedrooms $3,060–$3,258.472–474 Broadway: one bedrooms $2,226–$2,292.5 Cowperthwaite St.: studios $1,980–$2,304; one bedrooms $2,328–$2,334; one bedroom convertibles $2,352–$2,580; two bedrooms $2,658–$3,408.27 Everett St.: one bedrooms $2,484–$2,652; three bedrooms $3,318–$3,882.29 Garden St.: studios $1,722–$1,980; one bedroom convertibles $2,178–$2,442; two bedroom efficiencies $2,658–$3,150; two bedrooms $3,018–$3,096; three bedrooms $3,636–$3,936.Harvard @ Trilogy: suite $1,578–$1,728; studios $2,034–$2,220; one bedroom convertibles $2,610–$2,742; two bedroom efficiencies $2,970–$3,174.Haskins Hall: studios $1,902–$1,998; one bedrooms $2,076–$2,322.Holden Green: one bedrooms $1,974–$2,322; two bedrooms $2,214–$2,736; three bedrooms $2,814–$3,300.2 Holyoke St.: one bedrooms $2,268–$2,418.Kirkland Court: one bedrooms $2,028–$2,466; two bedrooms $2,658–$2,946; three bedrooms $3,348–$3,684.8A Mt. Auburn St.: one bedrooms $2,268–$2,442.Peabody Terrace: studios $1,854–$2,460; one bedrooms $2,202–$2,628; two bedrooms $2,496–$2,958; three bedrooms $3,858–$4,206.16 Prescott St.: studios $1,914–$1,962; one bedrooms $2,100–$2,262.18 Prescott St.: studios $1,728–$1,788; one bedrooms $2,130–$2,322.85–95 Prescott St.: studios $1,920–$2,154; one bedrooms $2,160–$2,550; two bedrooms $2,508.Shaler Lane: one bedrooms $2,040–$2,166; two bedrooms $2,472–$2,694.Soldiers Field Park: studios $2,082–$2,496; one bedrooms $2,208–$2,838; two bedrooms $2,634–$3,846; three bedrooms $3,060–$4,350; four bedrooms $4,302.Terry Terrace: studios $1,962–$2,046; one bedrooms $2,136–$2,394; two bedrooms $2,568–$2,604.9–13A Ware St.: studios $1,920–$2,010; one bedrooms $2,148–$2,418; two bedrooms $2,580–$2,598.15 Ware St.: studios $2,178; one bedrooms $2,796; two bedrooms $3,162.19 Ware St.: two bedrooms $3,138–$3,216; three bedrooms $3,258.One Western Ave.: studios $2,016–$2,256; one bedrooms $2,082–$2,454; two bedrooms $2,544–$3,396; three bedrooms $3,612–$3,942.Wood Frame Buildings: studios $1,398–$1,878; one bedrooms $1,998–$2,796; two bedrooms $2,448–$3,804; three bedrooms $2,682–$5,364; four bedrooms $4,206.Written comments on the proposed rents may be sent to the Faculty Advisory Committee on Harvard University Housing, c/o Harvard University Housing, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138.  Comments to the committee may also be sent via email to [email protected]  Any written comments should be submitted by Feb. 8, 2019.The comments received will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee, which includes: Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Howell Jackson, James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design; John Macomber, Gloria A. Dauten Real Estate Fellow, senior lecturer, Harvard Business School; Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Meredith Weenick, vice president for Campus Services (Chair), Office of Vice President for Administration.*The rents for tenants of Harvard University Housing are set at prevailing market rates, in keeping with the University’s affiliated housing rent policy.  This policy was established in 1983 by President Derek Bok based on recommendations from a study led by Archibald Cox and the Committee on Affiliated Housing.  The original faculty committee determined that market rate pricing was the fairest method of allocating apartments and that setting rents for Harvard University Housing below market rate would be a form of financial aid, which should be determined by each individual School, not via the rent setting process. Additionally, the cost of housing should be considered when financial aid is determined.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The rematch between New York State Assemb. Ed Hennessey (D-Shirley) and his Republican predecessor, Dean Murray, whom Hennessey unseated two years ago, remained too close to call a day after Election Day.That tight race was the lone potential upset across 22 state Assembly seats on Long Island, when voters re-elected 13 Republicans to Albany’s lower chamber, where Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) maintains a comfortable majority. Voters also re-elected six Democrats, elected two more to replace a pair of retiring Democratic Assemblymen and returned one independent that caucuses with the majority.“We’re back,” Murray exclaimed to supporters Tuesday night, when he was leading Hennessey by 629 votes, according to unofficial early returns from the Suffolk County Board of Elections. More than 1,200 absentee ballots remain to be counted. Hennessey representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Hennessey, an attorney and former Brookhaven town councilman, also ran on the Working Families Party line. Murray, who runs R&S Advertising Inc., had the Conservative and Independence party lines. Murray first won his seat in a 2010 special election and was re-elected once before being ousted by Hennessey.Assembly GOP campaign workers placed a GPS tracking device on Hennessy’s vehicle in a failed attempt to prove that Hennessey doesn’t actually live in the district and was ineligible to run—a move that instead sparked various legislation to outlaw private citizens using GPS trackers.Of the two Assembly seats where the incumbent didn’t run for re-election, there was one on either side of the county line. In Suffolk, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, the 30-year-old Wyandanch Community Resources Center leader from Wheatley Heights, won the race to replace outgoing Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), who’s retiring after 26 years of representing the western and northern halves of Babylon town. Fifty-seven percent of voters cast their ballots for Jean-Pierre while 33 percent voted for the Republican, Mark Gallo and eight percent voted for the Conservative, James Butler, both of Lindenhurst, according to the unofficial tallies.In the Nassau open Assembly seat race, 36-year-old Todd Kaminsky of Long Beach, a Democrat, won the seat being left vacant by outgoing state Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), who is retiring from the Assembly, where he represented the southwest corner of Nassau for a quarter century. Kaminsky won 54 percent of the vote over his Republican rival, Avi Fertig, who came home with 45 percent, early results show.In the other 19 races across Nassau and Suffolk counties, Assemb. Fred Theile (I-Sag Harbor) won with 60 percent of the vote over Republican rival Heather Collins of Southampton, who earned 32 percent of votes and Conservative challenger Brian DeSea of Sag Harbor, who secured seven percent in the South Fork district.Assemb. Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) comfortably won his second term with 63 percent of votes over his Democratic challenger, Thomas Schiliro of Manorville, who won 36 percent in the North Fork district.Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) was re-elected to his twelfth term representing the northwest corner of Brookhaven town by 57 percent over his Republican rival, Christopher Keegan of Port Jefferson Station, who won 42 percent.Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook) won his third term representing the central-western area of Brookhaven town and northeastern corner of Islip town by a margin of 57 percent over Democratic opponent Deborah Slinkosky of Holbrook, who won 32 percent.Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), who proposed to his girlfriend on stage upon winning his seventh term representing the northwest corner of Islip town—she said yes—trounced his Republican rival and former staffer Victoria Serpa, also of Brentwood, by a margin of 68 to 31 percent.Assemb. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) dominated his Democratic challenger, Deborah Pfeiffer of Bayport, by a margin of 70-to-30 percent to win a second term representing the South Shore of Islip town and East Pachogue.Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James), widely considered one of the most conservative members of the state Legislature, handily won his seventh term representing a district that includes all of the Town of Smithtown and a sliver of northern Islip town. He beat his Democratic opponent, Jason Zove of Commack, 65-to-34 percent.Assemb. Joe Saladino (R-Massapequa) won his sixth full term in office after winning a special election in 2004, this time by a margin of 14,589 votes over his Democratic challenger, Ed Buturla of West Babylon. Saladino represents a U-shaped district that includes Seaford and Massapequa, Jones Beach, plus the southeastern corner of Babylon town and southwestern corner of Islip town.Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington) topped Democratic hopeful Dominick Feeney of Melville 63-to-37 percent for his second term representing the western half of Huntington town.Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Nortport) sailed to his seventh term with 99 percent of the vote after running unopposed to continue representing the eastern half of Huntington town, the northeastern corner of Babylon town and the northwestern corner of Islip town.Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) won 60 percent of the vote over Republican rival Louis Imbroto of Plainview, who came home with 39 percent while Green Party candidate Jeffery Peress secured one percent. Lavine will go on to his sixth term representing a backward C-chaped district that stretches along the coast from Rosyln to Oyster Bay and inland from Woodbury to Westbury.Assemb. Dave McDonough (R-Merrick) easily beat Gaspare Tumminello, a Democratic challenger from North Merrick, by a margin of 68-to-31 percent for his seventh full term after winning a special election in 2002 to represent the southeastern corner of Nassau from Baldwin Harbor to Levittown.Assemb. Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) came just as close with 66 percent of the vote over Mario Ferone, his Democratic opponent from Plainview, who won 33 percent. Montesano goes on to his third full term after winning a special election in 2010 to represent a spaghetti-shaped district that includes Bayville, Syosset, Salisbury, Hicksville and Farmingdale.Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) won her fourth full term representing the northwestern corner of Nassau with 60 percent of votes over Republican rival Douglas Lee of Manhasset, who won 39 percent.Assemb. Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow) beat Democratic challenger Jonathan Clarke of Levittown by a margin of 69-to-30 percent to win his fifth full term representing central Nassau after winning the seat in a special election in 2006.Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), the deputy Assembly speaker, won her 14th full term representing central Nassau after winning a special election in 1988, this time crushing Republican rival Cornelius Smith of Lakeview with 84 percent of the vote over his 15 percent.Assemb. Ed Ra (R-Garden City South) won his third term representing the central Nassau district by a wide margin of 69-to-30 percent over Democratic opponent Gary Port of West Hempstead.Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) won his third term representing a sliver of the southwestern corner of Nassau 63-to-36 percent over Democratic challenger Adam Shapiro of East Rockaway.And freshman Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) won her second term representing the central Nassau district that abuts the city line with 59 percent over Republican rival Gonald Moncoin of Valley Stream, who won 40 percent.last_img read more


first_imgThe document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.The instructions were part of a list called “12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” developed by Gender Spectrum, an organization that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”Other items on the list include asking all students about their preferred pronouns and decorating the classroom with “all genders welcome” door hangers.If teachers still find it “necessary” to mention that genders exist at all, the document states, they must list them as “boy, girl, both or neither.”http://m.nationalreview.com/article/389862/school-told-call-kids-purple-penguins-because-boys-and-girls-not-inclusive National Review 8 October 2014A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.last_img read more


first_imgFourteen primary judges and two alternates are chosen for each Games.The team of international technical officials – or judges – for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been officially announced following its approval by World Archery’s executive board. Making a case for Archery at the Commonwealth Games It is almost the same group that officiated at last year’s Olympic test event. The only change is that Indranil Datta has replaced Lian Wang, who will instead attend the Olympic Games with the Chinese team and officiate at the Paralympics. There are 14 judges plus two alternates on the list. Hannah Brown will act as chair and Robert Erica as deputy, while Vladimir Dominguez takes the role of director of shooting.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Two judges, Karla Cabrera and Sabrina Steffens, will officiate at their second consecutive Olympics. Graham Potts, who was chair of the commission at Rio 2016, is a member of the jury of appeal at Tokyo 2020. A further 14 judges plus two alternates have been named for the upcoming Paralympics. That team will be chaired by Bob Pian, has Katy Lipscomb as deputy and Andrea Bortot as its director of shooting. A full list of technical official assignments for the 2020 Hyundai Archery World Cup season is also available. Read Also:IOC, IPC Intervene in WADA-RUSADA Case in Sports Arbitration TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES – JUDGESHannah Brown, Great Britain – chairRobert Erica, Netherlands – deputyVladimir Dominguez Ambros, Cuba – director of shootingRinga Baltrusaite, LithuaniaKarla Cabrera, PhilippinesFulvio Cantini, ItalyIndranil Datta, IndiaGuillermina Garcia, MexicoDave Martin, South AfricaKaren Pan, Chinese TaipeiSabrina Steffens, GermanyPecilius Tan, SingaporeSchandorff Vang, Faroe IslandsAlex Vecchio, BrazilDavid Catalan, Spain – alternateLaura Lynne Churchill, Canada – alternateTOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES – JUDGESBob Pian, USA – chairKaty Lipscomb, Great Britain – deputyAndrea Bortot, Italy – director of shootingAndrea Aguilar, GuatemalaShahrzad Allahyari, IranRanjan Bhowmik, IndiaCharmaine Ho, South AfricaFrankie Hoong, SingaporeMartino Miani, ItalyFlemming Skjoldborg, DenmarkRubens Terra Neto, BrazilLian Wang, ChinaAlison Hagaman, AustraliaAslihan Unsal, TurkeySaruul Enkhbat, Mongolia – alternateAhmed Koura, Egypt – alternateMore information about judging and a full list of technical official assignments for 2020 can be found online. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more


first_img The Irishman was in outstanding form as he took the chequered flag in both races to register the second double win of his career – the first having come at Monza two years ago. Laverty overhauled pole-sitter and championship leader Tom Sykes in both races to move within 26 points of the championship summit, although it appears he may yet be seeking pastures new in 2014 amid rumours Aprilia are keen on hiring Marco Melandri. Writing on Twitter after the second race, Laverty said: “DOUBLE VICTORY!! So pleased to win both races here in Istanbul to put us back into the title fight. “Strange feeling though to win both races and to be on the lookout for a new job. Anyone out there need a fast employee for 2014?” Certainly there should be no shortage of suitors should Aprilia indeed part company with Laverty, who came through to win by two seconds from Melandri in the first race of the day, with Sykes having to be content with third. In race two, Laverty passed Sykes for the lead on the 12th lap and held on to win by a second from the Kawasaki rider, with the second Aprilia of Sylvain Guintoli in third. Although frustrated not to turn his pole positions into wins, Briton Sykes at least had the consolation of increasing his lead in the riders’ standings to eight points over Guintoli thanks to his podium double. Eugene Laverty scored a double victory in Sunday’s World Superbikes races in Istanbul then immediately indicated that he would be released by his Aprilia team at the end of the season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img The SEC has already cut back on its normal 12-game schedule, hoping the league can complete that a 10-game slate of conference games. Even the games that are played will surely be in stadiums that are empty or let in only a fraction of their normal capacity.The universities will likely crack down on popular tailgating spots such as The Grove.“The Grove, the weather, the tailgating, the feel of a big Saturday morning game day,” Tannehill said. “I can’t imagine Oxford without it.”Even in a larger city such as Columbus, the loss of a Buckeyes season is a huge blow to a sports bar such as the Varsity Club, which opened in 1959 about two blocks from Ohio Stadium.On a football Saturday, the place is overrun with crowds that spill out the door before the game, during the game and long into the night. August 12, 2020 The sting is especially painful at historically Black colleges and universities such as North Carolina A&T, where one of the highlights of football season — really, the entire year — is a week-long homecoming celebration that draws tens of thousands to Greensboro. “It’s been an insular community for so long, by necessity,” said Earl Hilton, the athletic director at North Carolina A&T. “These are places of retreat, places of sanctuary, places of protection. There’s a feeling that we are in a safe place where we can celebrate and enjoy and appreciate each other in ways that are genuine and authentic.”Not this year. There’s no football, no homecoming, no chance to watch the school’s famed band perform one of its dazzling halftime shows.“The leaves change, it gets a little cooler, and it’s just what you do on a Saturday afternoon,” mused Hilton, sadness clear in his voice. “I’m at a loss for words to describe what it’s going to be like.”For a country already in the midst of a devastating economic downturn, the loss of college football will have a crushing impact on bars, restaurants and other businesses that rely on football fans. Rites of fall: Losing college football stings across America From Ann Arbor to Los Angeles to Oxford, that most American of pursuits — college football — has either given up hope of getting in a traditional season or is flinging what amounts to a Hail Mary pass in a desperate attempt to hang on in the age of Covid-19. Even if some schools manage to take the field in the next month or so, it will be a different looking game.Chances are, Saturdays will never be quite the same again. “Our lives are changing forever right before our eyes,” Arizona offensive lineman Donovan Laie said.While every aspect of society has been jarred by a worldwide pandemic that has claimed more than 160,000 American lives, the potential loss of college football feels like another collective punch to the national psyche. AP Sports Writers Mitch Stacy in Columbus and David Brandt and John Marshall in Phoenix contributed to this report.___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 and find his work at https://apnews.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMichigan’s Big House will be sitting empty when the leaves start to change this fall.Southern Cal’s famed white horse, Traveler, won’t be galloping triumphantly after a Trojans touchdown.No one at Ole Miss knows for sure if partying fans will be belting out a well-lubricated “Hotty Toddy” in The Grove.center_img Ohio State fan Jason Streeter finds it difficult to grasp the concept of a fall without football.“Devastation,” said Streeter, sounding as though a tornado had just swept through town. “It’s just a way of life in Columbus, honestly. It really is. You look forward to those fall Saturdays on the banks of the Olentangy.”He talked longingly of traditions that are unique to his school, such as the band’s famed script spelling of “Ohio” during its halftime shows in the center of a nearly 103,000-seat stadium known as “The Horseshoe” — capped ff by a lone member high-stepping across the field to “Dot The I.”“It’s a part of life here, it really is,” Streeter said.Further down the college football food chain, smaller leagues have pulled the plug on their seasons as well. For all the ills of big-time college athletics, it might the closest thing to a national religion.“Since the virus hit, we’ve all lost a sense of our normal lives,” said Charles Reagan Wilson, professor emeritus at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi — better known to college football fans as Ole Miss.“College football could be the balm for our spirit because it’s such a part of our familiar autumn life,” he added. “I think to not have it would up the ante on that sense of abnormality we’re all living through.”That reality has already arrived for fans in two of the country’s most prominent conferences. On Tuesday, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 both called off their attempts to play this fall, saying they might try to play in the spring if the virus subsides.The remaining Power Five conferences — the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Big 12 — are pressing on with their attempts to kick off the season next month, though all are quick to acknowledge that the virus could force the to cancel. Associated Press “Those are eight massive days a year for us,” said R.J. Oberle, a manager at the Varsity Club. “We really thrive on those events.”If it wasn’t apparent before, it surely is now.Life is not returning to normal anytime soon.Not without college football. ___ That is especially true of college towns like Oxford, Mississippi and Clemson, South Carolina and State College, Pennsylvania.“I was talking to a restaurant owner here in Oxford who said 50 percent of his yearly profit comes from college football season,” said Wilson, the Ole Miss professor. “Even if people are able to come back next year, it won’t be the same. Some of the restaurants they loved won’t be here. Some of the clothing stores, some of the bars, they won’t be here.”Oxford has a a tax base of about 25,000 residents, and the population grows closer to 60,000 when classes are in session. But on a big football weekend, the town can be swamped by nearly 200,000 people. Those people spend money, lots of money. About a third of Oxford’s operating budget comes from sales taxes.“We count on those six to seven weekends a year,” Mayor Robyn Tannehill said. “There are businesses in this town that can weather a slow winter or spring because because they know football’s coming.”last_img read more


first_imgFeelin’ blue · Panelists discuss the first democratic primary debate following a live viewing Tuesday evening in Wallis Annenberg Hall. From left to right: Alec White, former president of the USC College Democrats; Cindy Montañez, former California Assemblywoman; Yasmeen Serhan, Daily Trojan managing editor and Tony Strickland, former California State Senator. – Tal Volk | Daily TrojanStudents and faculty gathered Tuesday evening in the Wallis Annenberg Hall to watch the first Democratic presidential debate.The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Political Student Assembly, and the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.After the debate, Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, moderated a panel discussion featuring former California Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez of the 39th District, former California State Senator Tony Strickland of the 19th District, former president of USC College Democrats Alec White, and the Daily Trojan managing editor Yasmeen Serhan.Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanThe Democratic debate, which was hosted by CNN, featured the following candidates: Hillary Clinton, frontrunner and former secretary of state; Bernie Sanders, junior Senator from Vermont; Martin O’Malley, former Maryland governor; Jim Webb, former Virginia Senator; and Governor Lincoln Chafee, former Rhode Island senator.CNN’s Anderson Cooper moderated the debate along with Juan Carlos Lopez and Dana Bash, the latter of whom also moderated the second Republican primary debate.Benjamin Dunn | Daily Trojan“It’s good to see so many people here today,” said Montañez to the gathered crowd prior to the debate. “Democrats, Republicans, Independents, whatever your political party may be, it’s just great that you’re interested in finding out the different issues that all presidential candidates are talking about.”Alexandra Schwartz, a sophomore majoring in communication, said she believes the democratic frontrunner can serve as commander in chief.“I believe Hillary is very qualified to become president,” she said.Rini Sampath, Undergraduate Student Government president, said she was pleased with the turnout and enjoyed hearing the different candidates speak.“I personally was interested to see the different debate styles and how the candidates addressed their policies,” Sampath said. “I had a feeling that Bernie was going to have a very upfront, straightforward debate style. So I was really excited about seeing it all unfold this evening.”Sampath added that she was impressed by Sanders, Clinton and O’Malley’s performance during the debate.Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanOne marked difference between this debate and the second GOP debate was the lack of personal insults and verbal zings.After the debate, the panel analyzed the performance of the candidates and answered questions from the audience.“Quite frankly, I think Sanders won,” Strickland said. “I believe Clinton seemed angry and defensive.”Accepting his potential bias, Strickland added that he did not think Clinton was believable. “What hurt Mitt Romney four years ago is going to hurt Hillary Clinton,” he said.Moving away from the focus on Sanders and Clinton, White stressed that nothing is set in stone regarding the election.“Chafee, Webb and O’Malley were attacking Clinton in a ‘take down the frontrunner’ strategy,” he said. “Look at what happened with Rick Santorum. He was polling 1 percent — then he almost won Iowa.”Serhan addressed Clinton’s “hug your opponent” strategy. “I think she doesn’t want to completely discredit Sanders because there’s a reason people support him. He’s voicing a lot of concerns and grievances that a lot of young Americans have.”The panel ended on a humorous note.“Chafee was probably calling his Uber ride by the time the debate was winding down,” Serhan joked.last_img read more


first_imgSyracuse legend Floyd Little said his grandson will wear No. 44 if he plays football for the Orange.“He’s preparing to wear the number,” Little said. “I knew that the number would at least be coming back for Blaze, so it’s temporarily retired. So the only thing I know is my grandson is going to be wearing that number. He can’t wear it if it’s retired.”In an interview Monday with The Daily Orange, Little said he feels the No. 44 is a tradition — it’s part of the school’s zip code and its phone systems. The jersey was retired into the rafters nearly 10 years ago, on Nov. 12, 2005 during an on-field pregame ceremony attended by several former football players who wore No. 44.In May, there was renewed discussion about the status of the jersey after a press conference was held and it was announced “the No. 44 is back.” However days later, the university said the status of the number hadn’t changed.Little said he personally thinks that the university wanted to retire the numbers of players such as Larry Csonka and Donovan McNabb, but said he feels it maybe couldn’t retire those until it retired No. 44.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLittle said his grandson, Blaze, is 10 or 11 years old now. Little said he gave his grandson the helmet and jersey he received during the ceremony held on Nov. 12, 2005.He added that his grandson is practicing everyday and has seen all of Little’s film from his time with the Denver Broncos. Little said he thinks his grandson might be playing “with three fingers in the dirt,” — referencing how he could be a lineman — but added that Blaze told him he’s getting ready.“He can’t wear 44 with three fingers in the dirt,” Little said with a laugh. Comments Published on September 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm Contact Brett: [email protected] | @Brett_Samuels27center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_img Published on March 1, 2019 at 12:32 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Coming off two top-5 losses, Syracuse (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) gets a respite Saturday when it travels to perennial ACC bottom-dweller Wake Forest (11-16, 4-11). The Demon Deacons snuck by Miami on Tuesday night, 76-75, and have won two of their last three games. Here’s what to know about WFU before Saturday’s noon tip-off. All-time series: Syracuse leads 7-1Last time they played: The Orange played WFU thrice last season: A loss in Winston-Salem, a win in the Carrier Dome and a win in the ACC Tournament. In that opening round of the postseason, SU won 73-64. Marek Dolezaj had his highest-scoring game of the season, dropping 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. He was joined by Tyus Battle, Oshae Brissett, Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu in double figures. The only WFU returner who scored double-digits that day was Brandon Childress, who had 11 points. The then-sophomore added four assists and four steals. Wake Forest was led by Bryant Crawford’s 22 points, but he’s since graduated and currently plays professionally in Israel. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Wake Forest report: Childress returns as WFU’s leading scorer this season, and the Winston-Salem native is putting up 15 points per game for his hometown college. A 6-foot guard, Childress also contributes 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He’s knocked down 38.3 percent of his 3-pointers, the top mark on one of the country’s worst shooting teams from deep.The Demon Deacons frontcourt is keyed by two players from France: 6-foot-8 Jaylen Hoard and the 7-foot Olivier Sarr. Hoard is second on WFU in scoring (13.8 points per game) and leads his team in rebounding at 8.0 per game. While he’ll shoot 3s, Hoard’s only made 20.8 percent of his shots from deep. Sarr is the best rim protector Wake Forest has, blocking one shot per game.Beyond that, Chaundee Brown and Sharone Wright, Jr. pose the biggest scoring threats for Wake Forest, both as slashing guards who get to the rim. The Demon Deacons are coached by Danny Manning, who was National Player of the Year at Kansas in the ‘80s before being a No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick.How Syracuse beats Wake Forest: Protect the defensive glass. While the Demon Deacons don’t shine in many areas, they are prolific offensive rebounders. They grab 34.1 percent of offensive boards, 31st in the country, per KenPom. And Syracuse is one of the 50-worst teams at allowing offensive rebounds, struggling to consistently box out of its 2-3 zone. Wake Forest shouldn’t pose a shooting threat at most spots on the floor beyond the arc so before the shot goes up, SU will need to limit Childress. He’s the most susceptible to catching fire from deep and keeping WFU in the game. If the Orange can force other players to shoot, it’d take an usual shooting performance from the Demon Deacons to emerge on top. Stat to know: 23.7 percent — The portion of Wake Forest’s points that come at the foul line, eighth-most in the countryKenPom.com odds: KenPom gives Syracuse a 77 percent chance to win, by a projected score of 72-64.Player to watch: Brandon Childress, guard, No. 0Childress rarely leaves the floor for Wake Forest. He’s overlooked by WFU associate head coach Randolph Childress, his father, and they’re the highest-scoring father-son duo in ACC history. He’s playing in his hometown of Winston-Salem. There’s a lot of fun narratives for Childress but the most important for Saturday’s game is this: He’s the Demon Deacons best 3-point shooter. For them to have a chance, he’ll need to get hot. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more