USG resolution looks to aid scholars fleeing Syria

first_imgChristopher Lo-Records, a graduate student studying public policy, introduced a resolution Tuesday night at the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting calling for USC to join the Syria Consortium of the Institution for International Education. Joining the consortium would entail offering resources and funding to people “fleeing persecution, torture and death.” Lo-Records said that this would be in line with practices of American universities that date back to World War II, when they provided sanctuary to notable scholars such as Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein.Lo-Records argued that this was an “issue of morality” and provided background on the Syrian Civil War.“We are now in the fifth year of the Syrian Civil War, [over] 200,000 people have died this far in this conflict and 4.2 million have been displaced outside of the country,” Lo-Records said.Lo-Records also highlighted that the 4.2 millions refugees were “not a monolith,” but comprised a diverse group of Arab Sunni Muslims, Kurdish Sunni Muslims, Christians of multiple denominations and secularists, such as agnostics and atheists.The Syria Consortium, founded in 2012 by the IIE in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, has brought several universities on board, including Bard College, Boston University, Colorado State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.The resolution presented by Lo-Records was written in September as response to news reports that these universities — inside and outside the United States — were opening their doors to refugee students and scholars from Syria. Lo-Records pointed out that these measures have taken place in previous decades, when the United States took in refugee scholars from Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Iraq.“This resolution has absolutely nothing to with national security or politics,” Lo-Records said. “All students who come to the United States are subject to security checks by the State Department, not by universities.”Lo-Records explained that the security process is a long one, ranging from 18 to 24 months, and has been successful in taking in 750,000 refugees since 9/11, none of whom have been charged with domestic terrorism.Sen. Aaron Rifkind questioned Lo-Records on whether this resolution could be divorced from the current political situation unfolding in the wake of the Paris attacks.“I appreciate that you are trying to remove the politics from this,” Rifkind said, “but The Huffington Post and the New York Times both have headlines right now that relate to this. Don’t you think they are intrinsically tied?”Lo-Records responded that the formulation of this resolution was removed from the political issues that are in the news right now.“The issue that is in the news right now is the conflation of refugees [with] terrorists, and the fundamental issue that launched this was [the consortium] of more than 50 universities in the United States having already done this in the past five years,” Lo-Records said.last_img read more

3 storylines to look out for before No. 6 Syracuse’s matchup with No. 17 Johns Hopkins

first_imgNo. 6 Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated then-No. 4 Virginia 12-11 on Sunday at Klockner Stadium. The Orange dominated through three quarters, allowing five goals to Virginia’s fourth-ranked offense in the first 45 minutes. After Virginia ripped a 6-1 run through the bulk of the fourth quarter to tie the game, freshman midfielder Tucker Dordevic provided the game-winner for SU.On Saturday, the Orange welcomes No. 17 Johns Hopkins (2-2) to the Carrier Dome for faceoff at 1 p.m. The Blue Jays enter the game following a 16-9 win over Princeton. Through four games played, JHU and SU are nearly identical in scoring. Both teams average 10 goals allowed per game and 11.5 and 11.75 goals for, respectively.Here are three storylines to watch for headed into Saturday’s matchup.Learning to fly In years past, Johns Hopkins entered seasons with five or six returners from the offense the season prior, senior midfielder Joel Tinney said. In 2018, that wasn’t the case. Tinney, along with senior attack Shack Stanwick and junior attack Kyle Marr, are the top three scorers returning from last season, with the rest of the Hopkins regular offensive starters leaving for graduation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Jays inexperience was highlighted by a five-goal output at Loyola Maryland in its second game. JHU rebounded with a stronger showing against No. 9 UNC, scoring 11 goals in the loss, and a win last week over Princeton.“It was going to be a challenge at the beginning of the year, making sure that guys kind of worked together and we had good chemistry,” Tinney said. “I think coming out of the gates we’ve had good chemistry and now we just have to piece a couple of the other things we are working on.”Head coach Dave Pietramala said his team was running nine or 10 midfielders early in the season, an uncommon occurrence once the season moves on. The constant line changes help Pietramala and his staff figure out “what goes where” as far as positioning players but limits rhythm among teammates, he said.As the rotation has thinned, the Blue Jays offensive production has increased behind breakout performances from sophomore attack Cole Williams. With Marr and Stanwick already well established as elite attacks, Williams has burst out in the first four games with a team-high eight goals.“You have a big strong physical dodger,” Pietramala said. “And then you’ve got to figure out what he can do for you. Maybe more important, he has to figure out where he fits within in the offense and when is it good for him to go and when is it good for him to move the ball along.”Keeping the pace Syracuse scored first against both Army and Albany before falling stagnant. Against Albany, Syracuse went more than 35 minutes without scoring, and eventually finished the game with three goals, its lowest mark under 20-year head coach John Desko. After scoring first against Army, the Orange offense stalled for nearly 25 minutes between goals. The scoring eventually heated up behind six-third quarter goals and an eventual triple-overtime victory.Against UVA, SU scored first and continued through the rest of the game. Syracuse paced the game, encapsulated by a 4-0 run which began near the end of the second quarter and lasted until the beginning of the fourth, a span of more than 20 minutes.For the first time since its first game of the year against Binghamton, Syracuse won the faceoff battle. It used the added possessions to take its time and not rush like it had in weeks past, Desko said. Syracuse unleashed 43 shots, 27 of which reached cage in large part due to its possession time.Syracuse limited Virginia faceoff specialist Justin Schwenk, who entered the game winning 67 percent of his faceoffs, to eight conversions on 21 attempts. Virginia, known for a fast paced offense run by head coach Lars Tiffany, an Onondaga Nation native, ranked fourth in the country entering the game. UVA scored six of its 11 goals on possessions immediately following faceoff victories.When SU settled in, won its faceoffs, and controlled the ball, it was the better team.Getting long After struggling at the faceoff X against both Albany and Army, Syracuse has found a solution. Against Virginia and top-10 faceoff specialist Schwenk, SU played two long poles on the wings for faceoffs.With Brett Kennedy on one side and Austin Fusco on the other, Syracuse went 16-for-27 on faceoffs. The Orange limited Schwenk to 8-for-21 at the faceoff X.On Saturday, Johns Hopkins enters the Carrier Dome with a top-10 faceoff specialist of its own in Hunter Moreland. Pietramala expects Moreland to get similar treatment to that of Schwenk a week ago.“It’s something that we practice more than a couple times a week,” Pietramala said. “We spend some time working with the wings, in terms of their ability to disengage and get to an open area so we can get them the ball if hunter is getting pressured.”Pietramala added that teams often put two long poles on the wing to take the technique out of the faceoff, making it more of a “muck.” If the small sample size holds true, SU will want that scramble for a ground ball against JHU. Comments Published on March 8, 2018 at 1:42 am Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Emina Hadžiahmetović among the Top 16 in Luxembourg!

first_imgEmina Hadžiahmetović, the best BH table tennis player, was ranked among the Top 16 in a three-day ITTF Table Tennis Tournament in Luxembourg, which was completed on April 18th.Emina took third place last year, but as she said, she just lacked a little sports luck for better ranking.Thanks to her noticeable results, Hadžiahmetović secured a place on the list of 11 BH athletes for whom the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina provided scholarships for potential candidates for the Summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, through the fund “Olympic Solidarity” of the International Olympic Committee.(Source: photo vecernjak)last_img read more