Students write postcards to US Congress

first_imgStudents from Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s professional foreign service and international relations fraternity, lined one side of Trousdale Parkway with postcards on Wednesday, while Trojan Advocates for Political Progress helped students make phone calls on the other side.Delta Phi Epsilon and TAPP hosted an event Wednesday called “Postcards for Representatives,” which encouraged students to contact their representatives regarding political issues.Sloane Martin, a freshman majoring in international relations and a new member of Delta Phi Epsilon, said that the event gives  a unique opportunity to those who believe their voices have been silenced after the election.“In this current political state, a lot of people feel like their voices have been silenced,” Martin said. “It’s really important to give people a platform for them to express how they feel … [and] to remind people that they do have a voice and they do have a say.”Alex Bosch, a freshman majoring in international relations and global economy and a new member of Delta Phi Epsilon, said that because many students’ feelings about the current political climate vary, they chose to leave the postcards blank and allow students to write what they wish.“One of the things we’re trying to do is provide an outlet to get [out] anger, frustration or appreciation for a senator,” Bosch said. “We’re providing free postcards and free postage — write one and we’ll mail it out for you. It’s just another way to get your voice heard past Twitter and Facebook because as we’ve seen, those sources are only so efficient, and so there’s something about a handwritten letter that has even more of an impact.”Alec Vandenberg, a freshman studying public policy who is also the founder of TAPP and a writer for the Daily Trojan, said that the event comes off the heels of a similar event that the club hosted during the anti-Muslim ban rally at Tommy Trojan on Feb. 3.“We were able to distribute 300 leaflets talking about how to contact Congress, so we wanted to do something similar,” Vandenberg said. “Some new issues have come up since last time we did it, so today we are focusing on healthcare and making sure Obamacare isn’t pulled away too quickly and that people are still covered. We’re focusing on different issues such as climate change in regards to keeping America in the Paris Climate Agreement, making sure we maintain investments in sustainable energy and renewable resources and things of that nature.”Vandenberg said he encourages everyone to use their voice to call their representatives.“Everyone call Congress. It’s really important to have your voice heard, it’s really easy, it only takes a few minutes and civic engagement continues despite the results of the election,” Vandenberg said. “We as students have power, and we have a voice.”Delta Phi Epsilon Philanthropy Director Sheriden Smith, a junior studying international relations and Central European studies, said that the fraternity spearheaded the event to spread awareness about political activism.“Since we are a nonpartisan organization and we have no political preference of any kind, this is just a medium in which students can get their voice to be heard because in this political climate we see a lot of people who aren’t exactly liberal, who aren’t exactly conservative, and we see a lot of those people in the middle who don’t know how to express their political feelings,” Smith said.Smith added that they were actually inspired by a similar errors put on by the Women’s March in Los Angeles.“They had a similar campaign to this where it was postcards that you can send to senators,” Smith said. “But our biggest worry with that was that the Women’s March is associated with a left movement and a liberal movement when we are very neutral. So something we wanted to do is provide a blank slate for people to just write how they feel and have the resource to look up their representative and find a way to get in contact with them.”Smith said that the main purpose of Delta Phi Epsilon, which was brought back last semester after a 40-year hiatus, is to serve as a resource especially to students of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.“We restarted the organization in order to have a group of people to talk about what’s going on in our political climate in a professional, organized way and also to develop skills for the workplace,” Smith said. “We hold a lot of events for Dornsife students, specifically those who are interested in international relations, journalism, political science, economics and business. We hold organizational events that are in regards to professional development and talk about what’s going on in political climates at home and abroad.”last_img read more

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Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee discuss Lakers missing playoffs

first_imgLance​ Stephenson​ was driven to tears the Lakers were eliminated from the postseason.The 28-year-old guard told The Athletic in a recent interview he went home and cried following Los Angeles’ loss to the Nets on March 22, which officially ended the team’s playoff hopes. “My goal in the NBA was to make it to the finals,” Stephenson told The Athletic. “I was close with the Pacers. You don’t have that many chances of getting there. I felt like this was the one right here.”Stephenson inked a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Lakers in the offseason. He said a major reason he chose to sign with the team was for the opportunity to play with star LeBron James. Related News James’ streak of eight consecutive finals appearances will be snapped this season. He last missed the playoffs in 2004-05.“He makes it to the playoffs every year,” Stephenson said. “He makes it to the finals. So, I mean my goal was, ‘Oh yeah, I definitely want to be a part of that.’ Help him out and just fight with him.”Veteran center JaVale McGee also joined the Lakers last summer after spending the last two seasons with the Warriors. He’s averaging 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field in 2018-19.“I wanted to make the playoffs again but with a bigger role,” McGee told The Athletic. “We didn’t make the playoffs unfortunately, but I had a bigger role, so I don’t take it as something lost or anything.”Los Angeles began the season with a 20-14 record before James suffered a strained groin Dec. 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered. Luke Walton: I fully expect to be coaching the Lakers again next seasoncenter_img Lakers had to convince LeBron James playing this season wasn’t ‘worth it anymore’ The Lakers also dealt with injuries from key role players throughout 2018-19 and they recently shut down James for the rest of the season.“The injuries we’ve had this year. … That’s crazy,” McGee said. “It’s nothing I’ve seen to where how many people are getting injured. Which forces us to play different lineups and play totally different every other month.”The Lakers will enter their matchup Tuesday against the Thunder with a 35-42 record. They have five regular-season games remaining.last_img read more

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Uganda Cubs dare Tanzania in AFCON Regional qualifiers’ semis

first_img Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifiersPeter Onentopuganda cubs The Uganda Cubs need to win the tournament to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations (Photo by FUFA Media)AFCON U17 Regional QualifiersTanzania vs UgandaNational Stadium-Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFriday, 24-08-2018 @05:00pmDar es Salaam – Having made it out of the groups on Wednesday thanks to a 8-0 win over Djibouti, the Uganda Cubs will be back in action on Friday as they take on hosts-Tanzania in the second semifinal of the AFCON U17 Regional qualifiers.Peter Onen’s Boys did it the hard way, requiring three consecutive victories to progress after losing their maiden bow 1-0 to Ethiopia.For Tanzania, they topped group A and having already qualified for the tournament proper as hosts, they are using the games as preparations for next year’s event.What the coaches are saying:Tanzania coach, Charles Mirambo.“We are not looking for a chance to qualify for AFCON but rather using this tournament to see how far we have gone in terms of preparations.“We want to use the game against Uganda to continue consistence.“The Boys are ready to win and am sure that is what the country is expecting from us.Uganda coach Peter Onen.“The game against Tanzania is a decisive match for us.“They (Tanzania) have already qualified but we also need to come and do what is required to join them.“Tanzania being at home, they have all the support, play very entertaining football and am sure they will make the home crowd very proud.“For us we are not here to make anyone proud in terms of entertainment and i am sure they will please the crowd but we will go with the win.Tanzania will go into the game full of confidence having won the just concluded CECAFA U17 championship in Burundi, four months ago.The ‘Young Taifa Stars’ defeated Somalia to be crowned the regional champions as Uganda finished third after thumping Kenya 4-1 in the losers match.In that same tournament, both sides met in the opener and managed a one all draw with Uganda scoring late through Moses Bakabulinde to earn a point.The other semifinal will see Ethiopia take on Group B runners-up Rwanda at the same venue.With Tanzania already qualified as hosts, the best team amongst the remaining three will qualify for next year’s AFCON tournament.For Uganda, they need to defeat Tanzania and then go on to win the tournament so as to earn a spot in the tournament proper.Comments last_img read more

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