Annenberg breaks ground on new facility

first_imgJoey Kaufman contributed to this report. USC hosted the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday of the Wallis Annenberg Hall, marking the launch of a $150 million fundraising initiative.Breaking ground · USC administrators and supporters of the new Annenberg building mark the start of construction Thursday of the 88,000-square-foot, five-story Wallis Annenberg Hall. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanThe hall will be located next to the Pertusati Bookstore at the corner of Childs and Watt ways, and is scheduled to open in the fall semester in 2014.A $50 million lead gift for the 88,000-square-foot, five-story building was donated by Wallis Annenberg, chairman of the board of the Annenberg Foundation and the longest serving trustee on USC’s Board of Trustees. The hall will provide innovative technology and facilities to prepare students for an industry that is becoming more reliant on digital media.“All the spaces have been carefully designed to be connectors and not containers, to be inviting and transparent, to encourage those passing by the building to enter the building to experiment to collaborate, to innovate and to learn,” said Dean Ernest Wilson III of the Annenberg  School for Communication and Journalism. “It’s designed to tear down the old media silos of print and broadcasting and web so it presents a converged newsroom that the students will understand. So when they get real jobs in the real world, they will have that unique experience.”The money raised will go toward supporting new projects for the new Annenberg building, including new technology enhancements, scholarships and fellowships. The new building will include a 20,000-square-foot newsroom that will publish student work across multiple platforms, a multistory digital media tower showcasing live student programming and a 360-degree assignment desk that will help facilitate the work of all Annenberg organizations while bringing the work of print, online, web and radio together.USC hopes the new building will continue Wallis Annenberg’s love for journalism and further her feeling of the field’s importance in society.“To share the compelling story of our daily lives, modern journalists must be equipped with all of the technology skills and the ethical principles to do their jobs and to do this well,” President C. L. Max Nikias said during the ceremony. “Wallis Annenberg has long recognized that it is not merely enough to train journalism students how to talk about a particular subject. She understands that they must also be given a deep knowledge of the very latest digital technologies, and that’s why it’s so important for us to have this new building to house our journalism programs and to provide the state of the art laboratories and equipment that will allow them to experiment, learn and succeed.”In a move announced in May, Annenberg laid off nine employees as part of a restructuring effort. The action led to some speculation that the cutbacks were made to save money for the new building. But, the cutbacks were not related to the building project, Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism, told the Daily Trojan. The cuts, instead, were made as part of an attempt for the Annenberg School to “achieve savings in the wake of fiscal headwinds,” she said.The funds for the building project came directly from donations, Overholser said.Students who attended the ground breaking supported the new building, excited it would provide a beneficial experience for everyone, no matter the major.“It will be a great, completely high-tech space for people to come together and create ideas, discuss ideas and facilitate them and watch them come to reality,” said Eric Lavis, a graduate student studying communication management.Jenna Kovalsky, a senior majoring in public relations and international relations, said she felt proud to see the beginning of a building that would focus on bringing students together.“I think this is an exciting time for Annenberg,” Kovalsky said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being innovative so having this new space will be another opportunity for us to bring students together and collaborate and improve the field of journalism and communication.”Faculty members are also looking forward to the improvements the building will have for the classrooms and the Annenberg organizations. They hope features like the converged newsroom will have a positive impact on changing the way student organizations will report and distribute news.“The infrastructure of the school is catching up with the reality on the ground,” said Marc Cooper, associate professor of Annenberg and director of Annenberg Digital News (Neon Tommy). “That new infrastructure is going to be very useful for us and it’s also going to move all of the Annenberg media ahead because it’s going to force us to work more closely with each other, which we have already started to do but this will finalize it.”last_img read more

Fantasy baseball draft: Week one review

first_imgJust like that, the MLB season is already a week underway. We’ve already seen some amazing action, like Giancarlo Stanton’s 484 foot moon shot, Mike Trout’s contract-validating first at bat home run and the fact that Grady Sizemore is still healthy after four long, instant replay-filled games.While the first week is incredibly entertaining for pure fans of the game, it is a headache for fantasy owners trying to decide whether they should drop their slow starting players for what they hope to be the next waiver wire superstar. Even though ESPN fantasy writers like to say that most owners are panicking over their struggling and warn them against doing so, I advocate the opposite approach. Panic on the fringe guys (save Billy Hamilton) and stay patient with the guys you shelled out a lot of money/high draft pick for.All those who are in standard leagues or anywhere close to those settings have many, almost too many, good players on the free agent list because people don’t know them yet (looking at Erasmo Ramírez, Drew Hutchison and James Paxton). Therefore, it’s important to clear room on your team for these high upside guys to occupy your precious roster space rather than an overachieving Mark Buehrle. But aside from Ramírez, Hutchison and Paxton, which other quick starters are necessities to add to your soon-to-be championship squad before anyone else in your league gets smart and adds those players themselves and which will fade into obscurity after a couple weeks?Hitters (Top 3 on ESPN’s Player Rater who are not 100% owned)Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies OF, (51% confidence level)Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsOf all the players on this list, Blackmon is by far the biggest enigma. His six for six performance is special ­– he’s only the 66th player since 1914 to accomplish that feat. With all those sixes, it’s just fate that he’s going to be successful. If you’re less of a believer in that kind of stuff, Blackmon did hit over .300 with Colorado in 250 at bats last year with a .467 slugging percentage. With Blackmon, everything rides on his plate discipline: last year he struck out 49 times to a lowly seven walks, while through one week, it’s still only one-to-one. If he can keep that low, he’ll be the surprise breakout of the year. But if he keeps his ratio like last year, he’ll be another forgotten man.Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs, 2B/OF, (0%)Is he Bona fide or Bonifacio? The people at ESPN started asking just that several years ago because Bonifacio has fooled the fantasy world before, but he shouldn’t again. He went a record setting 11/16 with four stolen bases out of the gate, and was all the rage the first week, but he 0/3 the next day, showing his true colors. While his age wouldn’t be a conversation-ender in terms of rapid improvement, the fact that he’s been in the league seven years (compared to a guy like Blackmon with only three, none of them anywhere close to full length) should kill any hopes of progression and should instead signal a hot streak.Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox, OF, (20%)An unlikely home runs leader after the first real day of baseball, who added another one two days later for good measure, Alejandro De Aza seems like that José Bautista/Edwin Encarnacion/Chris Davis type power prospect who was missing something, put it together and then became a star, right? Wrong. This is a guy who typically steals 20-25 bases and would hit for modest power if he played a full season. But he doesn’t, not because he’s injury prone, but because his manager doesn’t view him as a full-time player. And you know what, neither do I. He hits right-handers decently well, but is platooned out for teammate Dayán Viciedo when a lefty is on the mound. While some guys make a decent career off that, de Aza isn’t someone who will be worth the trouble managing your lineup every day, trying to balance when he’ll be in or out and on top of that won’t even be that reliable when he is playing righties. Leave him on the waiver wire and move on.Honorable mentions:Ángel Pagán, San Francisco Giants OF (90% confidence) – Won’t be a Chris Davis, but will definitely fill out a roster, great or points leaguesCasey McGehee, Miami Marlins 1B (60%) – I think the guy got his groove back playing in the Korean leagues and playing behind a budding superstar in Giancarlo Stanton can’t hurt.Dee Gordon, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2B/SS (75%) – I have my doubts, but they’re in the back of my mind with all my positive energy in the front. This guy will get on base, and he will steal even more.Pitchers (Top 3 on ESPN’s Player Rater who are not 100% owned)Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays SP (0% confidence level)Buehrle is the guy known for pitching complete games comes within one out of going the distance. No surprise, he seems like he’s 50 now, so who cares how taxed his arm is. But the long-time White Sox pitcher threw an unBuehrle-like 11 ks in the process, prompting a 33.5% increase in owners across ESPN to add him. He’s not getting any younger. There’s zero room for improvement and in an interview he even said he’s not doing anything differently. He will never eclipse the number of strikeouts he threw in the first start of this season, you can quote me on that.Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants SP (5%)See Mark Buehrle. It’s the same story, except Hudson just threw 7 strikeouts, which is eye-opening only because Hudson throws around three or four per game. So why 5 percent confidence when Buehrle has zero? Hudson just signed to the Giants, so go ahead and take a flier on the ballpark, new pitching coaches or some random factor revitalizing his career. Just don’t waste any money buying that flier. If a friend gets you a flier for your birthday, don’t make it awkward and return it. But it’s definitely useful if it’s free. Otherwise, let it go.James Paxton, Seattle Mariners SP (33%)A highly regarded prospect for a couple years now, Paxton was someone I had an eye on this year, but thought he was a year away from being a major impact pitcher on the mixed league scale. However, after his first start, he’s making the case that he matters now. He has all the stuff a pitcher needs to succeed in this league, but I still think it’s one of those cases where he surprises early and then after watching some tape, hitters will figure him out and he will fall out of relevancy. Still, if you would’ve asked me what my confidence in him before the season started, I would’ve said 5 percent, showing just how much this start improved my season outlook for the kid. Despite the relatively low confidence level, he’s a guy you must add to your team if my honorable mentions aren’t already taken.Honorable Mentions:Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics SP (100% confidence level) – I’m really not sure why this guy isn’t 100 percent owned. He had a very good bounce-back year last year after being out of baseball for a two-year term with a k/9 over 9 and now he plays in the most pitcher friendly ballpark.Michael Pineda, New York Yankees SP (100%) – Elite rookie two years ago. Gets Tommy John. Gets traded. Becomes forgotten. Has a great spring throwing 90-91 MPH. Hits 95 consistently in his first start. This is a lock until he gets hit with an innings cap.Erasmo Ramírez, Seattle Mariners SP (80%) – There was some stat that I read two years ago that made Ramirez a really deep sleeper pick in last year’s draft. He made a couple good starts and then was out for the year. Well he’s back, and had a stellar first start. Buy in.Daniel Scheiner is a sophomore majoring in music industry. His fantasy baseball draft picks run Mondays.last_img read more

Women’s soccer rallies for victory at Arizona State

first_imgMohammad Alsubaie | Daily TrojanThe women’s soccer team concluded its two-game road trip to Arizona on Sunday with a match against Arizona State. After a heart-stopping double-overtime victory over Arizona on Thursday, the No. 6 Women of Troy kept it rolling in Tempe three days later — topping the Sun Devils 2-1 in a come-from-behind victory.Despite the Trojans’ momentum heading into the match, their first-half performance was lackluster at times, and Arizona State capitalized to grab an early lead with a goal in the 10th minute. USC then dug itself into a deeper hole just before halftime when redshirt senior defender Dominique Randle was shown a red card in the 44th minute.Head coach Keidane McAlpine’s squad went into the locker room down both a player and a goal, setting up an uphill battle for USC in the second half — the team had tallied just two shots compared to ASU’s nine.But as they have done many times this season, the Women of Troy regrouped at halftime and came out flying in the second period. They received a boost in the 61st minute, when ASU junior defender Angela Boyle was sent off. The foul evened things up in more ways than one: First, the two teams’ offsetting red cards equalized the number of players on the field for each side, but more importantly, it granted a free kick for freshman forward Tara McKeown.From the top of the 18-yard box, McKeown curved the ball around the wall and into the far bottom corner. The goal tied the score at 1 and was the fourth score of McKeown’s career in Cardinal and Gold.USC struck again just 12 minutes later to complete the turnaround — this time from open play. Threatening deep in the ASU defensive zone, the Women of Troy strung together four key passes to steal the lead. Sophomore midfielder Ashleigh Plumptre played an arcing cross off the head of senior midfielder Nicole Molen. Junior forward Hailey Hite was in position to receive Molen’s flick on, and Hite delivered a pass to redshirt senior Amanda Rooney. Rooney finished the play with a magnificentone-touch shot, placed just below the crossbar to grant USC a 2-1 lead.Time expired before the Sun Devils could answer, as redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins and the Trojan defense held firm in the final moments. Collins tallied eight saves on the day, doubling her previous career high. The win improved USC’s overall record to 10-1-1 and raised its conference mark to 4-0-1.The game against Arizona State marked the Trojans’ fifth come-from-behind victory this season, meaning that half of their wins have been in comeback fashion. While USC’s ability to bounce back from a lax first half has been impressive, the team will have to play with its second-half intensity throughout the entire match if it wants to be competitive with top-tier programs, and the Women of Troy have yet to play a team ranked in the current top 25 this season.Nevertheless, with a 10-1-1 record, USC are in the midst of its best start to a season since 2008 (12-1-1). The Women of Troy’s next test comes Friday, when they will return to McAlister Field to host Colorado.last_img read more

Trout sees another high-and-tight heater from SF reliever

first_img  Angels star Mike Trout flinched after yet another high-and-tight fastball from San Francisco reliever Shaun Anderson, prompting a warning from the plate umpire Thursday night in the Giants’ 10-5 win over Los Angeles.Two days earlier in Anaheim, Trout was upset when Anderson twice threw near his head in the ninth inning. After that game, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he was giving Anderson, a 25-year-old with control issues, some needed work after not pitching for a while.This time, the three-time AL MVP turned his head after another heater sailed up and in. Angels manager Joe Maddon loudly cursed and complained before emerging from the dugout to continue — after this week’s previous episode, Maddon said of Anderson: “That’s just a young man that’s not ready to be here, that’s all that is.”A few people in the Giants barked back as Maddon came onto the field and the umpires conferred in the infield, prompting the warning from plate ump Lance Barrett.Once play resumed, Trout tripled off the fence in left field.Wilmer Flores homered and drove in four runs and Brandon Crawford hit his 100th career home run.Kevin Gausman (1-1) struck out eight and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings to win.José Suarez allowed five runs, five hits and retired only four batters.PADRES 8, RANGERS 7, 10 INNINGS Eric Hosmer hit a historic shot that made San Diego the first team in major league history to launch grand slams in four straight games, and the Padres got an unearned run in the 10th inning.The Padres swept the four-game, home-and-home series, with a slam in each one.Earlier this week, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Wil Myers slammed the Rangers.The Padres’ slams in three straight games had been the most in the big leagues since 2006 and the most in the NL the Cleveland Spiders did it in 1895 against the Boston Beaneaters.With the score tied at 7 in the 10th and Myers on second, rookie Jake Cronenworth singled to center and fielder Scott Heineman bobbled the ball, allowing Myers to score.Pierce Johnson (2-1) got the win and Luis Garcia (0-1) the loss.CARDINALS 5, REDS 4 Kolten Wong hit an RBI single and St. Louis returned to Busch Stadium with a rousing rally, scoring three runs in the ninth inning.The Cardinals played their first home game since July 26. They were idle for 17 days after 10 players tested positive for the virus.Yadier Molina drove in three runs, including an RBI single in the ninth. The nine-time All-Star catcher made his first appearance since being sidelined by COVID-19 earlier this month.Seth Elledge (1-0) picked up his first major league win with a scoreless ninth. The Cardinals rallied against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias (1-2).INDIANS 2, PIRATES 0 Unbeaten Shane Bieber racked up 11 more strikeouts and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep and extended its winning streak to a season-high six games.Bieber (5-0) allowed six hits and walked none in six innings, throwing 99 pitches. He has struck out a major league-best 65 in 40 2/3 innings, an average of 14.4 per nine innings.Pittsburgh has lost 14 of 16 games. Trevor Williams (1-4) was lifted after throwing 90 pitches in four innings.ASTROS 10, ROCKIES 8 Abraham Toro homered in the second of two five-run innings by the Astros and Houston won its eighth in a row.Jose Altuve had two hits, including a two-run double that fueled a five-run second inning, when the Astros batted around against German Marquez (2-4).Ryan McMahon hit two homers for Colorado, which has lost seven of eight, including all four games of a home-and-home set against Houston.Brooks Raley (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for the victory and Ryan Pressly gave up an RBI groundout en route to his third save.ATHLETICS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1Matt Chapman homered twice and Matt Olson also connected to help Sean Manaea finally earn his first victory of 2020 for Oakland.Chapman hit a solo drive in the first and a two-run shot in the eighth. Olson added a two-run homer in the fourth for the AL-best A’s (18-8).Manaea (1-2), who lost the AL wild-card game last fall, won in his sixth start.Arizona lefty Alex Young (1-1) was done after four innings.DODGERS 6, MARINERS 1 Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 11 in seven strong innings and Cody Bellinger homered for the second straight game to lead Los Angeles.Kershaw (3-1) moved past Don Drysdale and into second place on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list. He now has 2,493 and trails only Don Sutton (2,696) in franchise history.Yusei Kikuchi (0-2) returned to the Seattle rotation after being scratched from his last start due to neck spasms.TWINS 7, BREWERS 1 José Berríos pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings and Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer for Minnesota.Ryan Jeffers drove in a run with a single in his first major league at-bat, going 2 for 3 with a hit by pitch and catching Berríos (2-3).Justin Smoak homered for Milwaukee. Brandon Woodruff (1-2) pitched into the sixth inning.RAYS 10, YANKEES 5 The Tampa Bay Rays completed their first sweep at Yankee Stadium in six years and took over first place in the AL East, getting a three-run homer from Mike Zunino.Tampa Bay beat the Yankees for the sixth time in seven meetings in the abbreviated 10-game season series.Zunino homered off Luis Avilán in the sixth inning.Manuel Margot started the five-run inning with a single off Adam Ottavino (2-2).Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer in the fifth off reliever Diego Castillo (2-0). Luke Voit hit his 10th homer two batters into the game move into a tie for the AL lead with Mike Trout.WHITE SOX 9, TIGERS 0Lucas Giolito matched his career high of 13 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, hot-hitting Tim Anderson stroked his fourth home run of the series and Chicago completed its first four-game sweep of the Tigers in 15 years.Giolito (2-2) allowed three hits and one walk as the White Sox won their fifth straight.Detroit dropped its ninth in a row. Spencer Turnbull (2-2) walked three batters in a tough 37-pitch first inning.RED SOX 7, ORIOLES 1BALTIMORE (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi allowed five hits over seven innings, Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland homered and Boston handed Baltimore its fifth straight loss.Coming off a poor performance against the Yankees, Eovaldi (2-2) was dominant in his longest outing since Aug. 4, 2018. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.Asher Wojciechowski (1-3) took the loss.BLUE JAYS 3, PHILLIES 2, 1ST GAMEBLUE JAYS 9, PHILLIES 8, 2ND GAME Rowdy Tellez homered and hit a go-ahead single in a seven-run sixth inning and Toronto swept a doubleheader from Philadelphia.The Blue Jays rallied after giving up seven runs in the top of the first inning and won its fifth in a row.Anthony Kay (2-0) got the victory. A.J. Cole recorded his first save, getting Roman Quinn to strike out after allowing an RBI single to J.T. Realmuto. Héctor Neris (1-1) took the loss.In the first of the seven-inning games, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. chopped a single over a drawn-in infield in the seventh.Jordan Romano (2-1) worked the seventh to earn the win. Bryce Harper homered and McCutchen added an RBI single for Philadelphia. Deolis Guerra (1-3) took the loss. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 12:56 IST Trout Sees Another High-and-tight Heater From SF Reliever  Angels star Mike Trout flinched after yet another high-and-tight fastball from San Francisco reliever Shaun Anderson, prompting a warning from the plate umpire Thursday night in the Giants’ 10-5 win over Los Angeles. COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 21st August, 2020 12:56 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more