Golf course finishes another great year

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s been another great season of golf at the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.Thank you, Matt Dailey, for all your hard work improving and maintaining the course. A great job was done by your courteous staff and groundskeepers.Here’s to spring 2018 and another season of golf at Schenectady Muni.Sharran A CoppolaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

Taking the rough with the smooth

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Lee Dixon remembers his training ground punch-up with Dennis Bergkamp before Arsenal played Tottenham

first_imgBergkamp has played down his training ground scrap with Dixon (Picture: Getty)Bergkamp has previously played down the incident, claiming the altercation was as a result of a ‘particularly feisty and committed’ training session.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s been suggested that Lee and I had a row at the training ground. This has been blown out of all proportion by the press and the rumour mill,’ Bergkamp explained.‘What actually happened was that we were having a practice match that was particularly feisty and committed. ‘At these times, there are always mistimed and misplaced tackles and, occasionally, tempers bubble over for a little while.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If you read the newspapers or listen to the rumours, it’s being suggested that me and Lee had a huge falling out or that the incident split the whole club down the middle.‘It’s not the case. It was no big deal and soon forgotten, and there’s no problem whatsoever.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transferMORE: Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign him Comment Dixon and Bergkamp had a punch-up while training with the reserves (Picture: Getty)According to Dixon, they had both just recovered from injuries and Arsene Wenger sent them to work with the reserve team in preparation for the Gunners’ upcoming match with Spurs. However, the session – being run by the late Geordie Armstrong – got out of hand after Bergkamp stood on the calf Dixon had just injured and the defender reacted by kicking out and ‘chinning’ the iconic Dutchman.‘He was hard. He was hard to play against as a defender,’ ex-Arsenal right-back Dixon told the Off The Ball podcast.‘I had a fight with him in training. We were both injured and we were playing Tottenham on the Saturday. Me and him got injured the week before. ‘So we’d just come back from injury and Arsene said, “I want you two to train with the reserves because you’re playing Saturday”. It was a Thursday and they were doing a bit more, a bit extra. The first-team had played on the Tuesday and they were having a day off. Advertisement Advertisement Lee Dixon and Dennis Bergkamp came to blows in training ahead of Arsenal’s derby match with Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has revealed details of a furious scrap he once had with Dennis Bergkamp on the training field ahead of the side’s clash with Tottenham.The pair are widely regarded as two of the finest players in Arsenal’s history and shared a dressing room in north London for seven seasons, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups together.Dixon has always listed Bergkamp above Thierry Henry as his greatest ever team-mate and the two of them remain close friends to this day but they came to blows in training towards the back-end of the full-back’s career.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Lee Dixon remembers his training ground punch-up with Dennis Bergkamp before Arsenal played Tottenham Dixon is remembered as one of the finest defenders in Arsenal’s history (Picture: Getty)‘Geordie Armstrong was the manager, bless him, and we were doing an eight-vs-eight and I tackled Dennis, I fell on the ground and as I fell back he didn’t like it because I caught him. He stamped on my calf, put his foot down on my calf and I was on the floor and it just so happened that it was the leg I’d injured the week before.‘So I kicked out at him and he bent down and as he bent down I just went [punching motion] and I chinned him which is never great punching someone when you’re lying on the floor. So I punched him, he’s gone back and laid one on me and I stood up and we’re both like this on the training pitch, throwing haymakers at each other on the Thursday before we played Tottenham.‘Arsene had finished training with the first-team and he was wandering over to see how we both were and he sees his two star players for the Saturday standing there, slugging holes out of each other. ‘Dennis would have it with anyone. That was a good part of his game, that he had a little bit of steel in him.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 12:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

No price drop, business as usual

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 This as auctioneers reported no cancellations linked to coronavirus concerns so far.“We’ve seen no evidence whatsoever of any buyer at this stage not willing to attend an auction because of coronavirus,” a senior auctioneer confirmed to The Courier-Mail.“I think there’s some optimistic buyers that would like to see this impact prices but it’s not, there are a lot more positive forces at work in Brisbane market than any effect coronavirus could have in the short to medium term and the general consensus is buyers are looking well past any fallout.”Ms Mercorella said confidence was key to the real estate market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“If confidence erodes, it may lead to sellers opting to delay the sale of their property and the number of days properties are on the market extending.”She warned that while it was “business as usual at this time, it’s clear the coronavirus is already affecting other parts of our economy – in particular, tourism”.“This may have some possible medium-term effects on holiday lettings where short-term rentals target long-term tenancies in order to continue producing income,” Ms Mercorella said.“Obviously any increase in available stock on the rental market would mean higher vacancy rates and affected rent levels.” FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER Brisbane has 50 auctions running this Saturday according to realestate.com.au listing information.It’s “business as usual” for real estate agents across Greater Brisbane this weekend with 50 homes set to go under the hammer despite coronavirus-linked cancellations affecting other industries.Listings on realestate.com.au show 50 Brisbane properties were set to be auctioned Saturday, with Real Estate Institute of Australia CEO Antonia Mercorella predicting a potential drop in investor numbers but not a drop in prices.“In the medium-term it’s possible we could see a retreat in investors which may further dampen the volume of transactions,” she said.“It’s unlikely to affect the median house price materially, given Queensland is a strong investment market, has a strong history of economic performance, significant infrastructure projects and steady projected population growth.”last_img read more

Jan De Nul Adds Private 5G to Northwester 2

first_imgnCentric has won a contract by Jan De Nul to deliver a wireless communication system for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium.nCentric will provide a solution with its Mesh technology in combination with private 5G on four of Jan De Nul’s installation vessels during the offshore installation works at the 219MW wind farm.Under the EPCI contract, Jan De Nul is responsible for the design, construction and installation of foundations, as well as the transport and installation of cables and turbines.The Northwester 2 wind farm will comprise 23 MHI Vestas V164-9.5MW turbines, making it the first wind farm to feature this turbine model.Jan De Nul’s jack-up vessel Vole au vent recently installed the first out of the 23 monopile foundations at the project site 48km off the coast of Belgium. Full commissioning is slated for next year.last_img read more

Can You ‘Create’ Chemistry?.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Can You ‘Create’ Chemistry?. by: – July 12, 2011 Share Share By Kelly Rouba, GalTime.comMost of us have probably spent a great deal of time trying to enhance our looks or making sure we say just the right things in an effort to win over that adorable guy who just might be Mr. Right. However, what happens when Mr. Right (you know the type-he’s educated, successfully employed, well groomed, thoughtful, and respectful) does come along, but you just don’t feel any chemistry?Is it worth trying to figure out whether you can make a go of it for the long-run or if you can MAKE chemistry happen?Can You Create an Attraction to Someone?Renowned psychologist and researcher Dr. Robert Epstein, who has expertise in interpersonal relationships and sexuality, believes it is possible for women to develop an attraction towards a man they admire.“Women, in fact, are pretty good at that, maybe because they’ve had to be throughout history. So, women can do that to some extent. (However), men are very bad (at that), extremely bad; they are hopeless,” Epstein says.According to Epstein, women can enable themselves to develop a physical attraction for someone because they are able to base their attraction on characteristics that are not just physical. “It’s probably not going to happen immediately, but over time women can, in fact, fall deeply either in love with or in lust with a man’s sense of humor, a man’s kindness, a man’s money, or a man’s power. For a lot of women, that turns into genuine physical attraction,” Epstein says.For example, Epstein has a friend who isn’t exactly considered to be a stud, yet he ended up marrying a beautiful woman because he was always nice to her. “After quite a while, she developed feelings for him because he was persistent and helpful,” Epstein said. Tweet Share “It’s going to take some time,” he added. “You can’t force (attraction), but I think probably a lot of women have the ability to cultivate it or to grow it.”However ,”if you meet someone and you find that person to be revolting physically, it’s unlikely that that person can do much to suddenly create the perfect chemistry with you.”Serena Wadhwa, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, a Chicago-based clinical therapist who  specializes in stress addictions and relationships, points out that there is also a difference between sexual chemistry and being attracted to someone.“I don’t believe you can ‘make’ yourself sexually want someone; however, you may be able to increase your attraction to someone, depending on what aspects of the person interests you. Your body, which I think is more of what sexual chemistry is about, responds the way it does based on a variety of factors (i.e., genetics, experience, abuse history, etc.). We may be attracted to someone, but this doesn’t imply a sexual chemistry.”Can It Last?When an attraction is developed versus one that is innate, experts say it is still just as possible that it will last over time. “It can last. I’ll give you a very famous example, a wonderful example, of one of the greatest romances of the last century,” Epstein says. “Charlie Chaplain’s fourth and final marriage, when he was in his fifties, was to the daughter of Eugene O’Neill, the famous writer; her name was Oona O’Neill. She was 19 years old when he met her. They each were deeply, deeply smitten with each other and he apparently never looked at another woman the rest of his life.”“It was a real romance, but clearly she was smitten by characteristics other than his physical appearance because he was not youthful and strong at that point. He was rich and had some degree of power, but the main thing that he had was an extraordinary intellect. He was a very, very interesting person.”Outside InfluencesPierre Lehu, who has co-authored a wide range of books from Sex For Dummies to the Top 10 Secrets for Great Sex, believes that in many cases, relationships are ended after a person’s friends or family members weigh-in with judgmental remarks, thereby ruining the attraction.“I think a lot of the problem is peer pressure. I think if two people were on a desert island, it’d be a whole lot different,” Lehu says. Ultimately, relationships shouldn’t revolve around other people’s opinions, Lehu says. “(That) is sad because that’s not what matters. What matters is how you two feel, how two people feel.”Lehu also encourages people to remember than no one is perfect and that all relationships involve compromise. “In fact, if you let love blind your eyes and only look at the pluses, one day your eyes will open and the relationship will be doomed. But if you can see the whole picture from day one, then you’ll never be disappointed and with a little effort, you can create a relationship that will last forever.” Restoring AttractionIn the movie Ash Wednesday, Elizabeth Taylor played a married woman who had gained some weight and began to age. After finding out her husband Mark (played by Henry Fonda) was having an affair with a younger woman, she had a face-lift and got in shape. Sadly, her hopes that Mark would once again find her desirable were dashed because he still saw her in the same light.“Once you are safe and secure within a marriage, most people let themselves go to some extent. Unfortunately, that can destroy the chemistry,” Epstein says.There are also instances when someone does recognize another person as attractive but simply doesn’t feel any chemistry, Epstein adds.In the end, say you can try to let chemistry develop if you are attracted to the person and the time may be well worth the effort.How do you feel…do you think it’s OK to let the attraction build? On the flip side, would you alter your appearance or characteristics to make someone attracted to you or do you think it’s best to wait for “the one” who finds you irresistible just the way you are!? Sharing is caring! 39 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Students share ideas at Innovator Showcase Competition

first_imgMore than 100 students exhibited their entrepreneurial ideas Friday at the 2010 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition.Think tank · Fifty-three teams of students from all majors displayed their work at the Student Innovator Showcase and Competition Friday. – Neha Jain | Daily Trojan The showcase, hosted by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Von KleinSmid Center courtyard. The goal of the event was to give students from across the university, both graduates and undergraduates, the opportunity to present and explain their breakthrough ideas, said Dana Rygwelski, senior marketing coordinator at the Stevens Institute.“The showcase is a great way to demonstrate the creative thinking that takes place here at USC and the research that is done to change our world and the future,” Rygwelski said.The annual Student Innovator Showcase and Competition began in 2007 and has since become a part of Trojan Parents Weekend. All USC students were eligible to submit an application for the showcase. Overall, 87 teams applied, of which 53, consisting of more than 100 students, were chosen to exhibit their ideas.The first-place team, winners of the Most Innovative Award, developed a web-based platform where users can view videos documenting local social problems and work together to generate new methods of approaching these problems. The creators named their platform Sangha, the Sanskrit word for community.Sangha’s co-founders, Jesse Goldberg, Sarayu Ramanan, Zlatan Sehovic and Crystal Cheng, said they began their project in India before expanding it at USC.“It’s really exciting. We worked on the idea for almost six months,” said Goldberg, a graduate student studying business administration. “There’s really big potential.”The second-place team, Dish Dash, won the Most Promising Business Concept Award, a prize funded by the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business.Created by undergraduate students Michael Garrido, Tracy Lawrence, Maggy Wahba and Gary Yao, Dish Dash is an online and mobile student guide to dining discounts. By partnering with restaurants, the creators hope to bridge the gap between restaurants and USC students.Participants said they were pleased with the feedback they received from those who visited the showcase.“It means so much to a business that’s just starting,” said Lawrence, a senior majoring in business administration.The first runner-up, Farhan Baluch, a fifth-year graduate student studying neuroscience, developed a system of using locusts as a biological sensor for high-speed mobile robots called Locus-Bot.The second runner-up, Jona Xiao, a senior majoring in business administration and critical studies, developed the PlayDate Online Dating Game. The game is targeted at  young people, who want to find romance online without using sites such as Match.com. Users participate in a number of games, such as “Would You Rather,” to evaluate their own values and thought process.Other ideas at the showcase included projects from detachable high heels to bicycles that could be transformed into their own locks.“I really want to put this in the market,” said Winnie Lam, a junior majoring in industrial and systems enginnering and creator of the detachable high heel.Lam said the showcase helped her determine who would be the target consumer for her product.According to Rygwelski, the event generated interest from a very diverse student audience. The teams were composed of students from a number of USC’s schools.“The participants are from all corners of the university,” Rygwelski said.Representatives from the USC Stevens Institute, the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC and many field experts judged the event. Each judge spoke with all participants at the showcase to determine which projects would be selected for the 10 finalists.These finalists were then invited to give two-minute pitches of their ideas in front of the panel of judges at Tommy Trojan later that day. From these speeches, judges selected the first-place winner, second-place winner and two runners-up. All four teams won cash prizes and a skateboard.For many students who participated in the showcase, the potential for their ideas will expand because of the exposure.“For the last three years, the three companies that have won have gone on to have business success,” Rygwelski said.Richard Hull, the senior director of New Ventures and Alliances at the USC Stevens Institute and the master of ceremonies, said he believes USC students have the potential to dramatically change the way they live.“USC students think big,” Hull said. “I think innovation is key to society in making an impact in people’s lives. This event is a great way to bring people together.”last_img read more

Neuroscience graduate program held symposium

first_imgThe Neuroscience graduate program held their annual symposium, a day-long event that featured four student speakers and 90 poster presentations from all graduate students in the program at the Radisson hotel at USC on Wednesday.The student speakers addressed USC graduate school faculty and students on topics ranging from steroid abuse, itch treatments and Alzheimer’s disease.The symposium began with various graduate student lectures. Third-year graduate student Kathryn Wallin kicked off the lecture portion of the symposium with her research on the effects of anabolic steroids on the behaviorial and functional structures within the brainWallin’s research included the study of rats to analyze effects of steroid abuse on the human brain. Wallin explained that rats treated with testosterone were more motivated to obtain food rewards than were non-treated rats when faced with the need of increased efforts. Additionally, treated rats were found to have brain damage.Matthew Ellis, a first-year graduate student, presented a summary of his research on the feasibility of monitoring and predicting Alzheimer’s progression. Ellis conducted research by peering through the human eye and observing molecular changes in the retina.Ellis discussed that studying the eye requires additional technology to measure molecular changes.“You can see into the eye with great resolution. However, if you want to see the molecular changes occurring, what we really need are probes that hint as to what might be going on,” Ellis said.The closing lecture featured Dr. Anders Dale, professor of neuroscience and radiology at University of California, San Diego. Dale is recognized by the scientific community for developing imaging techniques to understand disease. He has also developed models of the human brain and is the author of several publications.Dale presented the lecture, which included an explanation of methods for analyzing specific regions along the genome to identify gene loci that would normally be difficult to find.Dale’s method includes the use of regulatory genes to discover genetic clusters associated with polygenic traits. These polygenic traits have led to increased power to predict variants in genetic loci associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The method allows researchers to identify three times the gene loci than would be possible through standard methods.Followed by Dale’s lecture was the presentation of the student of the year award, awarded to David Clewett, a student with multiple publications.All students were required to present their work, so the symposium reflected research at various stages, ranging from under six months to four or five years. Ventura said the event presents only a “snapshot of where students are at with their research,” and students must grapple with both  public speaking fears and having “to balance getting people to understand [their work] and also being specific and very scientific.”The neuroscience department has been hosting symposiums since 2005 to afford students the opportunity to strengthen their science communication abilities, according to Judith Hirsch, associate director of the graduate program. Christopher Ventura, student speaker coordinator, said that students must overcome communication obstacles in explaining very specific research to students of different backgrounds.“Most of them come from very different backgrounds,” Ventura said. “So they kind of have to talk to a general science audience about a very specific project and have everyone understand it.”last_img read more

Looking back: Carol Folt’s legacy

first_imgAt USC, student leaders have expressed frustration at the lack of transparency around the selection process as well as at the minimal representation of students. In an interview with the Daily Trojan last month, Interim President Wanda Austin declined to state the number of finalists considered for the permanent position. Vandenberg said he thought the process should have been more transparent. “While I am encouraged by president-elect Folt’s leadership and moral conviction during her time at UNC, I am skeptical that we will get the systemic change USC needs so long as members of the board and other parts of the administration remain unchanged,” Mizuno, a senior majoring in international relations, philosophy, politics and law, wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Many of us have not forgotten how students and staff were shut out of the presidential search process — that was a decision made by the Board.” While it admitted that there was academic fraud, Folt’s administration argued the investigation went beyond the purview of the NCAA because the classes were not exclusive to athletes since all students could register for them. In an interview last month, Folt said she wants to pick up where Austin left off and keep moving the ball forward in the name of transparency. President-elect Carol Folt left her position as UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor earlier this year after approving the removal of a statue that many students deemed racist. (Photo from Twitter) Two open forums were held at the University Park and Health Sciences Campuses to allow community input for the presidential search. “When I was at UNC, the thing that impressed me the most was that the faculty came together and made 70 reforms,” Folt said. “It wasn’t about eliminating athletics, it was about doing it right so that people could get what they needed and deserved.” No stranger to athletic scandals “She continues to kind of tout the [Silent Sam] story and also mainstream media, when you look at all the articles written about her, [they] credit her and heroize her when it seems there is this entire story that is overlooked about what actually happened,” said Hu, a senior majoring in philosophy. At USC, Folt will walk into an athletics scandal of a similar scale, as the University is embroiled in the college admissions bribery scheme in which coaches and athletic administrators allegedly accepted millions of dollars to admit students under fake athletic profiles. “What struck us about more recent coverage is the extraordinary praise that Folt received in handling issues that didn’t seem to reflect the chronology of events or how her actions were received and interpreted at Chapel Hill,” he said. A need for change Folt added that nomenclature will be one of the main concerns for universities moving forward. UNC graduate student Lindsay Ayling, an organizer of the protests surrounding Silent Sam, said Folt demurred on removing the statue from the beginning, even after North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said the university could take the statue down, citing “risk to public safety” following the Charlottesville white supremacist rally in August 2017. Michelle Brown, a recent UNC graduate and leader in the protest movement, said that in closed door meetings with students, Folt admitted she couldn’t remove Silent Sam without risking her job. Publicly, Folt cited a state law that restricts removal of Confederate and other memorials on public property. “She distinguished herself here to create the illusion of meaningful change while maintaining status quo under the surface,” Smith said. “Who else were options? What even were the guiding values of the search? The search committee said they compiled thousands of students’ and other stakeholders’ comments and values but we don’t really know what the existing framework was for that,” Vandenberg said. “The conversation after she answered that question — it really didn’t go well,” Brown said. “The crowd was pretty upset with her lack of transparency.” Jay Smith, a history professor at UNC who co-authored a book about the scandal, said the reforms Folt instituted were trivial. “You almost can’t be anything but transparent,” she said. “How does it work in a classroom when a faculty says, ‘I can’t answer that?’ It is very, very difficult. That doesn’t mean there are not things we cannot talk about. I spend a lot of time having people understand there are things that might be difficult or protected. But there are some things that require us in being open and transparent.” “It gives incredible economic prosperity to the region, not just the University,” Folt said. “And there are so many wonderful things about it that are important. Yet, we have the same obligation [to investigate]. If we’re gonna do it, we’re gonna do it right. So I’ve learned a lot [from the UNC scandal].” “That is one chance where you can gauge people from all different viewpoints,” Folt said of nomenclature at USC. “It takes thought and concentration. We will try to address that and bring the historians and the community into it.” “When we were presented with the listening sessions, I think that the students made it very clear they felt it was a listening session but students were not necessarily heard,” Vandenberg said. “For me, that was very frustrating because it was a facade of representation. It would be a very low commitment to have one or two students advise the search committee.” “She spoke out of both sides of her mouth,” Ayling said. “She always tried to hint that she personally felt it should be removed even when she was acting to make sure that it stayed.” “There is an appetite to get it right,” she said. “To come in the middle of a serious challenge like this, if everyone is in denial, it’s so much harder. Nobody is trying to do that. People really want to be a part of the solution, so it’s a great time to be here.” In October 2017, the NCAA announced it would not sanction UNC because it could not determine if the paper classes constituted an NCAA violation. Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a member of the USC presidential search committee, praised Folt’s handling of the statue in an interview with the Daily Trojan. Cowan said USC needs Folt’s energy to create change in the current climate. “She put her job first,” Brown said. When the Daily Trojan asked Folt about her leadership style, she said transparency is important to her. In an interview with the Daily Trojan after she was announced as the president-elect, Folt said she was at peace with her decision to step down from her position at UNC. The first major scandal that Folt handled at UNC involved academic fraud and athletics, in which athletes took so-called “paper classes” that allowed them to remain academically eligible to participate in sports. “It’s just a remarkable position to take for a university,” Smith said. “If there are outsiders or members of the community who said she did the right thing because she protected athletics, well OK,” Smith said. “In the meantime, our academic reputation took a serious blow.” In Smith’s mind, Folt prioritized the cash flow athletics provided over academics. Brown also described a panel that Folt participated in with black student leaders in which she asked point blank if Silent Sam represents white supremacy (in a speech at the statue’s unveiling in 1913, Julian Carr, a Ku Klux Klan supporter, praised Confederate soldiers and bragged about brutally beating a black woman). There was a period of uncomfortable silence before Folt denied any connection. “She resigned in principle, and that takes a person of great courage in a very complicated environment,” Cowan said. Folt’s history at UNC has not gone unnoticed since she was named president-elect at USC. Rebecca Hu, lead organizer of the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, protested at Folt’s introductory press conference. During a meeting with the Student Labor Advocacy Project at UCLA, Hu and other USC students interacted with student activists from UNC. ‘She put her job first’ “Institutions go through periods of stress which can provide a period of exciting change,” Cowan said. “I think that the problems we’ve had at the University create an opportunity for an energetic and visionary new president to take the University in really strong directions.” “When I felt like I could do it and I had all the data, I decided at that moment that I choose to step down,” Folt said when asked about the timing of her resignation. Mai Mizuno, a candidate for Undergraduate Student Government president in 2018 who spoke at one of these listening sessions, expressed hesitance about Folt’s ability to bring necessary systemic change. But Donald Haggis, who has taught at UNC the last 26 years as a professor of classical archaeology, disagreed. A month after she was named USC’s president-elect, Carol Folt opened up the floor for questions at a reception with student leaders at the Doheny Memorial Library in April. The first one came from Alec Vandenberg, president of Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, who asked about controversial nomenclature on campus — particularly the Von KleinSmid Center, named after the fifth USC President Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid, a supporter of eugenics. To some students and faculty at UNC, Folt’s resignation at Chapel Hill — which coincided with her approving the removal of Silent Sam — was seen as politically expedient. They criticized her reluctance to cooperate and lack of communication with students activists who wanted the statue removed sooner. And they were surprised that the USC search committee found her to be the right choice. The statue was eventually toppled by protestors in late August. The following January, Folt resigned while calling for the statue’s removal. In her response, Folt referred to a committee that had already been assembled to review nomenclature for USC, which Vandenberg found to be noncommittal and vague. He said he asked the question because when Folt was chancellor at UNC, she ordered the removal of Silent Sam, a confederate statue on campus but not after much controversy. Folt, however, said she wants to work together with the community and hear from different voices to make change. “Honestly, accountability, candor,” she said. “If the community wants that, we are already so far ahead.”last_img read more