COLUMN: Thursday night games are unfair

first_imgStudent-athletes everywhere are expected to shoulder the workload of their academic peers while traveling across the country and  representing their school on the field.It’s amazing that these athletes have the time to finish their homework, let alone study for quizzes, midterms and finals.As we approach Thursday night’s game against the Washington Huskies, I ask: Where is the line between student and athlete?As the Trojans prepare to face the Huskies tonight, it’s safe to assume that the football players will not be attending class. Since the Trojans have practice in the mornings on weekdays, most student-athletes have class in the afternoons and evenings. With a 6 p.m. kickoff, there’s no chance that players will have an opportunity to attend those classes.Luckily for the Trojans, they will have played three weeknight games in a row at home. If they were playing on the road, they would most certainly have to miss at least one or two extra days of class.If you’re a USC student, then many of you know that we are currently in the middle of midterm season. This means there’s a pretty good chance that some players will be forced to miss midterms, an injustice to both the student-athlete and their peers.Recently, UCLA’s head coach Jim Mora brought up the topic of weeknight games. His team will face back-to-back Thursday night games after a bye this week. Mora was not happy with whomever was in charge of UCLA’s schedule.After his team’s loss to Arizona State, Mora went on a rant about how the scheduling was an injustice to his players. “It’s unbelievable we’re calling these kids student-athletes,” Mora said. “Yet we force them to miss six days of school.”Mora has a great point. How can anyone expect a student to keep up with his or her classes if he or she is forced to miss six days of school? Even I can’t imagine what missing three consecutive days of classes would feel like.Most skeptics will point out that student-athletes are at a university to play sports and eventually go pro. However, the reality is that most players will never go professional in their sport, especially  football.There are currently 99 players listed on the Trojans’ roster, according to USCTrojans.com. The chances of all 99 players going professional are slim to none.Though other sports, such as volleyball and soccer, are faced with weeknight games, they are not affected as much as football. This is mainly because their games are usually scheduled for Friday and Sunday nights. Preparation for football is also drastically different than for  other sports. I remember in high school, our football  team would meet at 3 p.m. to start preparing for a 7 p.m. game.Weeknight football games also put pressure on students to skip class in order to go watch the game they paid for. I know I am not alone as the only person who has class during the football game. Luckily, my class is partially online, so the professor assigned us work to have done by Thursday instead of meeting in class. However, I’m sure that other teachers were not so willing to cut class because of a football game.After all, the main point of attending school is for the education, not for football.Weeknight games are a new concept as networks look for ways to increase their revenue. The Trojans didn’t play their first weeknight game until 2006, but they have played on a weeknight every season since. With the creation of the Pac-12 network and subsequent deals with Fox Sports and ESPN, weeknight games are not going anywhere.Similarly to how the NFL is extending its audience by adding Thursday Night Football, ESPN and Fox are hoping to accomplish the same thing with Thursday night college games. Unfortunately, these networks are more concerned with the athlete aspect of the term student-athlete.Until the University decides to step up and defend the student, networks will continue to schedule weeknight games. This means student-athletes are faced with an even harder task of balancing sports and academics.Someone needs to remind these networks and universities that school comes first, not sports.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, July 12, 2016•3:35 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and confined on two Sumner County bench warrants for probation violations.•3:35 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and charged with interference with law enforcement officers.•9:48 a.m. Officers took a report of a public accident in the 400 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers took a report of found credit card in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•2 p.m. Letha I. Saunders, 88, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•4:50 p.m. Felicia D. Tidwell, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 47 mph in a 30 mph zone.•8:35 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary and violation of protection order of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 7th Wellington.•9:24 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of services in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•9:58 p.m. Christopher A. Asbury, 22, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sedgwick County Warrant for criminal possession of a firearm.•10:07 p.m. Gavin R. Cairns, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and defective tag light.•10:23 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and theft in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•11:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1700 block N. A, Wellington.last_img read more

Man identified in fatal Dawson Creek motorcycle accident

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service has released the name of a man who died in a motorcycle accident in Dawson Creek on July 20th.He has been identified as 54 year-0ld Daniel Dutrisac of Timmins, Ontario.Dutrisac was the driver of an eastbound motorcycle that collided with a turning transport truck on the Alaska Highway at 15th Street in Dawson Creek in the early afternoon of July 20. He was taken to Dawson Creek Hospital but died shortly after arriving.- Advertisement -The family has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.The BC Coroners Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate his death.last_img read more

India launches 24×7 toll free tourist infoline

first_imgIndiaDr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation recently launched the 24×7 Toll Free Tourist Infoline in 12 International Languages including Hindi and English, available on the existing Toll Free Number 1800 111 363 or on a short code 1363.This project is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India through M/s. TATA BSS who have been associated with the work after open bidding process.The languages handled by the contact centers include ten International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.A “Live Demo” of this Multilingual Infoline Service in Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Italian languages was also presented on the occasion.The Minister also announced that very soon his Ministry will launch an “Incredible India Mobile App.” to facilitate tourists in a better way.Addressing on the occasion, the Minister said that the launching of this Multilingual Infoline has marked the fulfillment of the promise made to the people by the present Government for according priority for safety and security of tourists.This Infoline service will provide information relating to Travel & Tourism in India to the domestic and International tourists/visitors and to assist the callers with advice on action to be taken during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be alert the concerned authorities.He said that now Tourists travelling in or planning to travel to India can seek help and information for a hassle free experience. He said that the calls made by tourists (both international and domestic) while in India will be free of charge.The international tourists in India and also international callers who speak the aforesaid languages will be directed to the call agents proficient in the respective language.Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism in his address said that the focus will be on IEC i.e. Information, Education and Communication for the Tourists followed by a Helpdesk and then safety and security of the Tourists. The website of Incredible India is also being revived to make it more Tourist friendly.Ministry of Tourism in order to provide information services to the incoming tourists & domestic tourists has setup this Tourist info line. This service will primarily serve those who know very little about India or about travel within India, and those who do not understand Indian systems and often not even English.Shri Srinivas Koppolu, MD & COO of TATA –BSS gave the details of the functioning of Infoline and how will it be very beneficial for Tourists. Dr. Ravi Kant Bhatnagar, Addl. DG (Tourism) dwelt upon the need for such a valuable Infoline and informed about the various aspects of it. Visit IndiaSource = Ministry of Tourism Indialast_img read more