Students react to new safety plan

first_imgSeveral students said they believe new safety measures announced Tuesday by USC President C. L. Max Nikias are improvements to on-campus safety.The new policies come after four victims sustained gunshot wounds on Oct. 31 in an on-campus shooting. The incident occurred after a suspect, not affiliated with the university, got in an argument with Geno Hall, a former Crenshaw High football star, at a Halloween party promoted by LA Hype in association with the Black Student Assembly.The new security policies include banning outside event promoters and requiring university identification to enter campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The university also plans to increase surveillance and the number of security guards on the perimeter of campus.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said student groups were consulted and briefed before the changes were announced.Several student leaders said the new changes are likely to enhance on-campus security. Mikey Geragos, Undergraduate Student Government President, said banning promoters should give student groups more oversight of their events.“I think we are all in agreement of having party promoters on campus was probably not a good idea,” Geragos said. “When you get party promoters involved … there is always the risk they could advertise to people who they shouldn’t advertise to and you don’t have control of what’s being put out there.”Molly Russell, a senior majoring in public relations, said she supports the policy for checking IDs to enter campus at night, but is not convinced that banning promoters will solve any safety issues on campus.“The ID thing is huge. I think it’s a logical step that should have been taken years ago. This area is not very safe, and that’s always going to be a challenge,” Russell said. “But I don’t think the promoter thing will really help. USC is supposed to be integrated with the community, so I think it’s weird to go back on that by not allowing them to hold events.”According to Geragos, events will still be open to individuals in the community, but USC will be checking IDs at the door.“We wanted to make sure there was a good way to monitor [events] without excluding those guests,” Geragos said.The university expects all new policies to be fully implemented by Jan. 14, 2013 — the first day of the spring semester.Arya Roshanian, a sophomore majoring in vocal arts, doubts that the Dept. of Public Safety will be able to enforce the new safety measures during times when there is a high volume of students on campus.“I’m not sure how it’s going to work with crowds,” Roshanian said. “During finals week, so many people go to campus at night to study and everything. How will they handle it when a big hoard of people is trying to get on campus?”Nikias also said that the university will increase the amount of DPS officers stationed on campus and at campus and residence hall entrances. The banning of outside event promoters will extend to the Row.Student Affairs consulted the Inter-Fraternity Council before announcing the changes. IFC President Michael Madden noted that the ban on promoters does not apply to party planners.Madden said some fraternities have already started checking student IDs at the door -— a policy IFC hopes to make mandatory for all fraternities.“That’s an idea that has been discussed and will probably be implemented next spring,” Madden said. “We are still in the process of working out the logistics of it.”Some students, such as Sheun Alli, a junior majoring in business administration, said that staying safe is mainly up to the individual.“People just need to be careful,” Sheun said. “The school can do whatever they want, but we’re still in South Central.”last_img read more

Tyson Bomberry emerging as star on Syracuse’s defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 28, 2017 at 11:12 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Tyson Bomberry struggled to earn playing time his freshman year because the depth chart, with two seniors and breakout star Nick Mellen, was hard to climb. Bomberry took a hit from the deep Syracuse backline and struggled to earn minutes.Bomberry had previously played on the U-19 Iroquois National lacrosse team and had been named a high school Under Armour All-American in 2015. Syracuse was a different story.Despite being a sophomore and logging four appearances as a freshman, Bomberry has played like a seasoned veteran in No. 10 Syracuse’s (2-1) season-opening month. His success is a product of the box lacrosse he played regularly in Canada. There, with his cousin and now-teammate Brendan Bomberry, he developed his skills and consistency.Box lacrosse is essentially indoor lacrosse, played in a hockey rink on concrete or turf. The game brings more physicality because of reduced space. Players must be fast with pickups and passes because opponents always lurk nearby. Box necessitates quickness and hones stick skills, ball control and ability to push transition.“I have to play with a short stick in the summer,” Bomberry said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt first glance, Bomberry does not look like the type of player to push transition. His 6-foot, 219-pound frame indicates strength over speed. Yet he’s proven capable of getting out to run, which diversifies his game of a defensive stalwart down low.“He can play the body, which makes guys think twice about coming down the middle,” Firman said. “He’s unreal.”In Syracuse’s 10-9 comeback victory over then-No. 12 Albany, long-stick midfielder Austin Fusco picked up a groundball and looked up the field. He fired a 40-yard pass to Brendan Bomberry. Tyson, running near midfield, saw Brendan had just one man to beat. He told one of his teammates to stay back and bolted toward the goal.Brendan saw the 2-on-1 and, shortly, his cutting cousin. Tyson had enough time to corral the ball and put it in the back of the net to pull Syracuse within one.“I looked at the box and they were changing so we had an odd-man opportunity if I went with him,” Bomberry said. “I told Brendan we were going to push it, and we pushed it.”Syracuse’s defense has struggled and still seeks a reliable third option on the backline.  With just one start between the starting defense entering the year, late slides and communication problems have flared up. Bomberry has picked up the slack.Against Albany, Bomberry led the defense with two ground balls. He added a team-leading two caused turnovers. In the following game, a 14-13 loss to Army, Bomberry racked up five ground balls and two caused turnovers.Even with Bomberry’s production and a Top 10 ranking for Syracuse, the inexperienced defense is 30th of all 70 NCAA Division I lacrosse teams in goals allowed.That’s why Bomberry’s multi-faceted skillset has been crucial. His quick feet and stick skills lead to easy groundballs and knocking passes out of the air to start the counter. His physical presence around the goal forces opponents to look for other ways to attack, like running around the cage and firing, which worked a few times for the Black Knights.“We’ve even used him in practices on the wings during faceoffs because he’s such a good ground ball guy,” Desko said. “When he comes up with it, he’s such a threat offensively. If the other team picks it up, we have one of our strengths out there defensively, so we’ve used him in a lot of different situations.”Against Virginia on Sunday, Bomberry will be called upon like he has in the close Albany and Army games. But this time will be different.UVA ranks fourth in the NCAA in scoring, pouring in 16 goals per game. Offense is Virginia’s strong suit and the Cavaliers already have three players with 10-plus goals in four games. Syracuse doesn’t have one.With the defense still in flux and Desko searching for a steady third defender, Bomberry faces a major challenge in just his fourth start. But that shouldn’t be a problem for a player Desko compliments without a qualifier.“Each game he gets better and better,” Brendan said. “He’s one step ahead of them.” Commentslast_img read more

Lagos Aglow for FIFA Executive Football Summit

first_imgThere will also be the presidents of the football associations of Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Turks and Caicos Islands, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania, San Marino, Sweden and host country Nigeria.The Summit will begin at 9am and last till 5.30pm, followed by a post-summit press conference and afterwards, dinner for the delegates.Only two other cities in Africa – Nouakchott in Mauritania and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – are in the mix of the 12 cities worldwide hosting the FIFA Executive Football Summits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The City of Excellence, Lagos, is in positive media blitz again as the FIFA Executive Football Summit holds today at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.The summit, one of only 12 being staged across the universe between November 2017 and March 2018, is part of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision of “bringing FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA.” It comes less than 24 hours after the inaugural edition of the AITEO-NFF Football Awards that shook the same facility to its foundation last night.FIFA sources confirmed that apart from FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura who all arrived in Lagos yesterday, FIFA Council members Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Sonia Bien Aime from Turks and Caicos Islands are also in town to be part of the summit.last_img read more