Panhellenic elects new president

first_imgWith the semester coming to an end, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils are beginning to transfer to new leadership.The Panhellenic Council announced Monday night that Ayushi Gummadi, current vice president of scholarship, will be next year’s president. The 12 positions on the Panhellenic executive board were also officially announced Monday night following applications and interviews that occurred over the past week.“We have a really great board in place and a great foundation upon which we can work,” Gummadi, a junior majoring in business administration, said. “We just need to make sure we are prepared and organized to put the word out about our philanthropies. It’s important to be able to work with not only with the Panhellenic community but the university as a whole.”Applications for positions on the Panhellenic executive board were due Nov. 19, and interviews were held Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 at  the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house. The entire executive board, along with Panhellenic delegates, were present for each interview.“I have full faith that the new board will do a good job in keeping up Row relations,” said Laura Redfern, current president of Panhellenic. “My advice would just be to stay objective, keep an open mind and be nice to each other.”Each Panhellenic chapter presented a slate with their selections for the positions, and current board members voted on the candidates. Candidates who earned the majority vote were contacted by the member of the board currently holding that position.Redfern said she is excited for the new board to uphold Greek traditions such as the Greek Gala and golf tournament while fostering relationships between the houses.“I’d like to see them maybe expand on relationships with the other Greek councils and continue philanthropic events,” Redfern said. “It would also be really good to focus on fun programming for new members too so they can continue to stay friends with people in other houses.”Beth Saul, assistant dean for Student Affairs and Director for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, said she is looking forward to working with the new board.“A group of energetic and committed women … will work together to continue the Panhellenic momentum,” Saul said in an e-mail.Saul said she has high hopes for the upcoming executive board.“Increase the positive gap between the Panhellenic GPA and the all women’s GPA, provide strong support for high standards in the Panhellenic community, keep the momentum and interest in recruitment and joining, plan events that are classy and enhance the image of USC Greeks and the Panhellenic community specifically,” Saul said.IFC elections will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. Twenty-one candidates are running for 14 positions on the executive board, said Eric Ronan, current IFC president. Applicants were interviewed and the current executive board put together a slate that will be voted on by all of the fraternity presidents on Wednesday.Four men are currently running for IFC president, but candidates can still run if not listed on the ballot. Ronan, for example, was not slated for president last year but won the vote of the fraternity presidents and was thus elected to the position.Ronan said the new board will play a role in bolstering IFC’s relationship with the university.“I really hope that the new board can continue to strengthen the relationship that our board has built with the university, specifically Student Affairs and the Department of Public Safety,” Ronan said. “It would be great if the next board can advance us philanthropically through hands-on community service events and increase our academic standard.”As departing IFC President, Ronan had advice for the new president.“My best advice is for him to really take a step back and talk with all of the presidents of all the houses,” Ronan said. “Try to come up with the best sort of direction and always be in contact with the university.”last_img read more

Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

first_img First Published: 16th October, 2019 15:51 IST WE RECOMMEND Associated Press Television News 10 months ago LeBron James reaction to Morey’s tweet draws extreme reactions SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. LeBron James had time to figure out how best to answer the questionsLeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully craft a response to a controversy he had no part in making but one that directly affects his bank account. Instead, James chose to wing it. He blamed the messenger instead of addressing the message. And the LeBron brand may never be the same. He’s still one of the greatest basketball players ever, that hasn’t changed. But in the space of just a few sentences Monday night James may have abdicated his spot as someone who should be listened carefully to when it comes to social issues.No one was asking James to come out in support of protesters in Hong Kong. That was always a bridge too far for a player who makes millions in the lucrative Chinese market. But a player who has always prided himself on speaking out on issues ranging from Trayvon Martin to Colin Kaepernick should have made sure in this instance that he was speaking out the strongest in support of free speech.James wanted to start the NBA seasonJames didn’t, at least when it comes to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and the firestorm Morey set off with his tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters. In his first comments since returning from China, James cast Morey as being “either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” in Hong Kong and not understanding how many people in the NBA could be affected by his tweet. While James mentioned free speech, in his bungled attempt to chastise Morey what people heard was human rights are great. But don’t let them get in the way of the NBA’s China cash cow. The words were clumsy, almost as if James himself was misinformed or not really educated on the situation. Seemingly realizing that James followed them with a pair of tweets that did little other than riling up people even further on social media. He also riled up some protesters in Hong Kong, where on Tuesday some were seen stomping on — and in one case — burning his jersey. Not exactly the way James wanted to start the NBA season. Up until a few days ago, the biggest thing James had to worry about was meshing with new teammate Anthony Davis and finding a way for his Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Golden State Warriors. Now he’s under fire from both sides in a dispute he had no part in making, but one where he will pay a price — and not just in endorsement opportunities in China.No one expects James to be an expert on the dispute in Hong Kong, where protesters are chafing under increased Chinese control. But they should expect him to do what NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did last week in China — acknowledge that everyone doesn’t look at things the same but that everyone has the right to express their opinion and just leave it at that.Those opinions were hard to find across the NBA Those opinions were hard to find across the NBA on Tuesday, a week before the opening of the 2019 season. That was especially true in Houston where Morey has yet to resurface and players like James Harden and Tyson Chandler joined coach Mike D’Antoni in either declining comment or saying basically nothing. Even Steve Kerr, the Warriors coach who has an opinion on most issues of the day and seems to relish sparring with President Donald Trump, is keeping relatively quiet. Kerr demurred last week when asked whether he thought Morey was wrong in sending out the tweet, saying instead that basketball “should be a force for the greater good.”That earned Kerr a tweet from Trump, who said it was “So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China.”Indeed, James is not the only one caught in a heated dispute where the middle ground will be hard — if not impossible — to find. He’s not the only one who stands to lose money — and a lot of it — should the damage to a relationship carefully cultivated over three decades be undone by a Friday night tweet.He’s got a right to market himself in China without getting involved in the country’s internal politics, and that’s fine. Few begrudge James his millions, and few — at least on this side of the world — are particularly interested in what he thinks about the relationship Hong Kong has with China. Words matter, though, and so does the right to voice them. Free speech may be an empty concept in China, but it’s the very bedrock of democracy in the United States. Like a lot of us, James is lucky to live in a country where that right is a given. Hopefully, he’ll be thinking more about that the next time he speaks up. FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 16th October, 2019 15:51 IST Column: Clumsy Words Tarnish The LeBron Brand Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. 10 months ago LeBron James says Morey was ‘poorly informed’ on NBA-China dispute LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more

Amel Tuka won third Place in Slovakia

first_imgAmel Tuka won the third place at the athletics rally at 800 metres in the Shamorine, Slovakia.This was the second race this year for the best Bosnian-Herzegovinian athlete and after the triumph in Zenica with a time of 1: 47.02, he ran slower in Slovakia (1: 47.06).In Shamorina, the first place was taken by Nijel Amos, achieving his best personal result of the year (1: 45.74).(Source: klix)last_img