Boyle, McGuire begin term with student senate session

first_imgNewly elected student senators took office Monday evening, creating new executive departments and approving executive cabinet nominees in their first meeting of the year.Monday marked the first day of the 2019-2020 session of Notre Dame’s student government, and incoming student body president, junior Elizabeth Boyle and vice president, sophomore Patrick McGuire officially began their term. McGuire presided over Monday’s senate meeting, outlining the administration’s new initiatives and their vision for the year.Senators approved Boyle and McGuire’s resolution, creating two new standing executive departments: the Department of Sustainability and the Department of Student Empowerment.Currently, the Department of Social Concerns handles sustainability initiatives in the executive cabinet, but after speaking with former directors of the department, Boyle and McGuire determined sustainability needs its own department.“We really noticed a need for creative specialization,” McGuire said. “Focusing two departments — one on social concerns and one on sustainability — [will] give greater focus to two really important areas.”Boyle and McGuire hope the new Department of Student Empowerment will help them better serve student needs, McGuire said. McGuire explained many student needs don’t fit neatly into a single department, and the Department of Student Empowerment “could act as a resource for students and more effectively address some of those intersectional issues.”The new Department of Student Empowerment will supplement the work of the Department of Student Life, which handles individual student concerns and requests. Student Empowerment will oversee issues pertaining to study abroad, arts outreach, student clubs and opportunities and international student experiences.“The goal is not to take from the Department of Student Life manpower but to bolster it,” McGuire said. Specifically, the Department of Student Empowerment will facilitate communication between students and the Club Coordination Council (CCC), which decides how to allocate funding between student clubs.“We’d love to reach out to the broader student body instead of just to existing club officers,” senior Samantha Scaglione, outgoing president of the CCC, said. ”In order to do that, we [need] to work with existing branches of the Student Union with access to that big listserve of all of [the undergraduate students] on campus.” The senate also approved Boyle and McGuire’s nominees for their new administration. Senators confirmed the 2019-2020 chief of staff, Student Union secretary, executive controller and Judicial Council parliamentarian. Senators also confirmed the directors of the departments of Academic Affairs, Athletics Representation, Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Faith and Service, FUEL, Health and Wellbeing, Social Concerns, Student Empowerment, Student Life and Sustainability.However, Boyle and McGuire left four department director positions unfilled: Campus Technology and Integration, Community Outreach and Engagement, Gender Relations and University Policy.Boyle and McGuire’s nominees for these unfilled positions are studying abroad this semester. The undergraduate Judicial Council informed Boyle and McGuire on March 5 that a provision in the Student Union constitution prohibits these students, who will return to campus in the fall, from serving as cabinet directors. This constitutional provision was the subject of a lengthy debate at last week’s senate meeting, the last meeting of the 2018-2019 session. Boyle and McGuire said they will propose an amendment changing this provision in the coming weeks, but they want to give senators time to adjust to their new positions.“We don’t want to force a very important resolution on a brand new senate,” McGuire said to the group. Next week, the CCC will be presenting before the student senate. The CCC’s presentation will continue the discussion about club funding, a defining issue of the outgoing McGavick-Gayheart administration. As the meeting came to a close, McGuire signaled his excitement for the term ahead.“This is going to be the start to a great year,” McGuire said. Tags: 2019-2020 senate, Boyle-McGuire, Notre Dame Student Senate, Senatelast_img read more

Annie Steps Into 21st Century With New Trailer

first_img View Comments The starry contemporary movie remake of Annie has released its first trailer. With Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, we finally get a sneak peak at how the Will Gluck-directed film, produced by Will Smith and Jay Z, has taken several creative turns from the stage show. The re-imagining includes that of Oliver Warbucks’ character as a young mayoral candidate named Benjamin Stacks, played by Jamie Foxx. The rest of the cast features Rose Byrne as Grace, Stacks’ assistant, Bobby Cannavale as a tough political advisor and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Stacks’ lovable bodyguard Nash. Watch the trailer below but, warning: you won’t be able to get “It’s a hard knock life” or “Tomorrow” out of your head for the rest of the day!last_img

Spring Fever

first_imgSpring is upon us. Maybe the official date is still a couple of weeks away, but the blooming daffodils, flirtatious robins, and warm breeze in the air tell me that I’ve survived another long dark winter (not that this was one to complain about). Shedding the gloves and taking advantage of the increasing daylight hours, I find my thoughts drifting ahead to the upcoming race season. What will 2012 bring?Developing a race schedule can be a challenge. Flipping through the race calendars in magazines and online, I realize that the possibilities are endless. How will I ever choose where to focus my dreams and goals? I must find some way to narrow it down.There are many factors to consider – will there be one big goal race or lots of smaller challenges? Do I want to focus on pavement or dirt? Go for endurance or work on my speed? Fortunately, I’m not a multisport athlete like so many of my friends – I don’t have to choose between bi’s and tri’s – biking or running – not to mention kayaks and swimming.How about travel? Do I want to stick with local events or go big and mix it up with West Coast competition? Would it be fun to pick an event and train with a group of friends? Do I want to shoot for PRs at events I’ve already run, or expand my horizons with brand new adventures? And speaking of adventures, maybe an organized event isn’t in the cards this year. How about a solo run across the Smokies or returning to take care of unfinished business in Shenandoah National Park?Then there are the quirky goals: finally get up the courage to run a naked 5k, or maybe attempt another open-water swimming event, this time without experiencing a panic attack in the middle of the lake.Here in the Southeast, we’re blessed with more opportunities for outdoor challenges and adventures than one can squeeze into one season – or one lifetime. We’re only limited by our imagination. What does this spring season hold in store for you? Aim high and dream big!last_img read more

Confessions of a white male CEO – Part 2

first_imgTwo years ago, I wrote an article with the same title as this one, but with an emphasis on my missed opportunities related to gender diversity and inclusion. In that article, I confessed my missed opportunities to mentor women throughout my leadership career. In full disclosure, I’m proud of the good things that I have done in this area, I just recognize that I could have done more. And, I wrote with the purpose of re-committing myself to better mentoring and diversity efforts within my sphere of influence.And so it is, as I write this second article related to the same broad topic, but this time, more specific to racial and ethnic diversity.On almost any societal topic, it’s easy to see the world through a negative lens without properly accounting for the steps toward progress that have been made. This is true with regard to quality of life, health issues, economics, war and peace, poverty and certainly issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion.Every credit union and credit union organization should be struggling to find the words and the actions to address DEI broadly, but especially now, in this time of intense racial tension, we need to acknowledge that much more progress is needed. And yes, all lives matter and police lives matter, but let’s not use those words to diminish the call for the eradication of systemic or non-systemic, racially-motivated police brutality.We’ve come a very long way toward liberty and justice for all, regardless of gender, skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, financial status, or physical ability. I’m proud that we have indeed become, as President George H.W. Bush famously called for in 1988, “a kinder, gentler nation.” In his inauguration speech, he said, “America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”Every U.S. President, every corporate and religious leader, and indeed every personal leader should strive for that credo, now more than ever. But to say it is never enough. What is needed today is the actions along with the words. It starts with the individual, but it also needs to be a part of every company culture, fostered by a leader who believes in the high moral principles that drive a quest for diversity, equity and inclusion.In the spirit of creating a shortlist of suggestions for addressing both diversity, equality, and inclusion broadly as well as racial injustice specifically, here are five thoughts for creating a culture that commits to change both internally and externally.1. It doesn’t have to start with the CEO, but it requires the CEO’s engagement.I’m not usually one who is at a loss for words, nor do I typically feel slow to act. But in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder on May 25th, 2020 and the ensuing public outcry, I didn’t feel ready to issue a CEO statement. So, in some respects, I was slow to lead out.Instead, I did what many companies did with their teams. I set up a virtual Teams meeting with our 140 employees. On that first call, I saw our employees’ anger, sadness, and frustration with what they perceived as an inadequate response to the racial tension all around us. I was encouraged to listen, especially to our black associates and staff of color.That first meeting moved me in so many ways, but most importantly, I was moved to join this movement within our organization and in the broader communities that we’re a part of.We formed a DEI Impact Team and I selected a leader who established himself as a passionate champion for this team. We had numerous volunteers from which we formed a diverse team. I worked with the team to create a charge and priorities for our company, but importantly, I deferred to them to engage all of our staff and me with both financial and non-financial efforts toward the broader DEI charge. More specifically, we prioritized causes that foster racial justice.The CEO’s involvement can bring unity to the individual efforts of staff. One organization, one voice, one industry in a stand against racism.2. Create a team-driven process for introspection and engagement. This diversity, equity, and inclusion team will be staff-driven. However, it will also include regular forums for our team members and me to be introspective and engaged.And, this is part of my confession as a 62-year old white man, and yes, one who has lived a life of privilege. I can honestly say that I have never felt discrimination in my heart or in my actions. But I realize that because of many lifelong factors that contributed to who I am, I have lacked the passion for using my influence to support and impact the many causes that bring about change.Passion for DEI change should not be impacted by political, religious or geographic factors. But I fear that in my case, all three may have made me less sensitive or less aware of the need for aggressive societal change. I was raised in a small, predominantly white town, heavily influenced by conservative Christian values. In many ways, those values made me a better person, but in other ways, these same forces limited my thinking.However, as I have lived and worked in more diverse and metropolitan cities of Seattle and Detroit for the past 29 years, I have come to realize that some religious beliefs and political policies have been too slow to foster fairness and equality for women, for people of color, and for the LGBTQ+ community. I have come to realize that whether this bias comes from a church, a political leader, or friends having a private conversation, I have an obligation to challenge those views and encourage complete equality and inclusion for all.I also realize that my responsibility is to mentor and coach my senior leaders to drive their journey of introspection and engagement. This can create a cascading effect through the organization that helps galvanize a true team commitment.As a compelling example of this team effort, our DEI Impact Team and entire staff wrote and embraced this statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The MCUL & Affiliates’ Statement of Commitment for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion3. Create a plan for both internal and external change.  While initially our DEI efforts will focus on rallying staff support for funding and participating in movements that foster DEI change, in tandem with these efforts we will obviously look at our internal policies and practices. We will strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring, pay equity, and advancement opportunities as well as in our board composition.Additionally, both the Michigan Credit Union League and CU Solutions Group plan to create and participate in forums for learning and engagement around DEI priorities. Trade associations have a particularly important role to continue conversations and the sharing of DEI best practices. We also hope to inform our employees regarding legislative, regulatory and judicial opportunities or fostering equality for all. While organizationally, we may be limited in taking formal positions on some issues, as employees we can and should engage in these efforts.4. This is a process, not an event. While tremendous progress has been made toward equality for women, on racial/ethnic justice, and on fairness and equality for the LBGTQ+ community, so much more progress is needed on all fronts. And, since we will always have a society that fails to be “kinder and gentler”, change will be slower and less perfect than what we would like.Because of this, we can’t expect real change to occur without a lifelong commitment by individuals and organizations to put processes in place that go beyond a simple policy or statement of support. Change will require individual and collective introspection and commitment to making an impact.5. Shun all rationalization, regardless of what drives it. As part of my confession to being less committed in my past, I referenced being influenced by political views, religious beliefs, and rural vs. metropolitan biases. These are the elephants in the room when we work toward the policies and organizational commitments that will drive change.The reason that politics and religion are such taboo topics, is that it can be very difficult to disagree respectfully and with tolerance. When working toward a complete commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we need to check all biases at the door, regardless of where they come from.Words do matter but at the end of the day, actions matter far more. Nobody should rationalize that supporting the concept of “Black Lives Matter” runs counter to also supporting the amazing sacrifices of men and women in law enforcement.I believe that tremendous opportunity lies ahead for leaders of credit unions and credit union organizations to lead by example on diversity, equity, and inclusion and specifically on support efforts for racial justice.Martin Luther King Jr. said it so beautifully with these words: “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality … I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is  President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The  CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Detailslast_img read more

Indonesian cruise crew arrives in Bali from virus-hit Italy, tests negative for COVID-19

first_imgA total of 316 Indonesian crew members of the MSC Splendida cruise ship from Genoa, Italy, have been repatriated to Indonesia from the coronavirus-hit European country and arrived in Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar on Monday.Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry said that the crew members, who returned home on Qatar Airways, had undergone health tests prior to their departure and they had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.”During the whole repatriation process, the government through the Indonesian Embassy in Rome has engaged in intense communication with the crew members to ensure their conditions,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.Bali Manpower Agency head Ida Bagus Ngurah Arda confirmed that the Indonesian crew members had arrived at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Monday evening.They had their body temperatures checked as soon as they arrived at the airport and had their blood samples taken for COVID-19 rapid tests by the airport’s health authorities, he said.”The results came out negative,” Arda said on Monday.The 316 crew members would not be put into medical isolation, but he said they were required to undergo self-quarantine.Bali Airport Authority head Elfi Amir also confirmed that the 316 crew members of the MSC Splendida had undergone medical tests in Genoa and had been cleared to return home before departing for Bali, kompas.com reported.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia steps up measures to anticipate influx of migrant workers returning homeItaly is now the country hardest-hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus in terms of deaths from the disease, with more than a third of global COVID-19 fatalities: 12,428 deaths. The European country recorded 105,792 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.Prior to the crew members’ arrival, Arda said that Bali Governor I Wayan Koster had requested Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to tell Indonesian missions abroad to do health checks, as well as swab tests, on Indonesian migrant workers who were to be repatriated from other countries to ensure they were not infected by the coronavirus.Only those who tested negative and healthy were therefore allowed to return to Indonesia, including to Bali, while those who tested positive or were suspected of having been infected should first be treated in the country where they had worked.Arda said that even though the returning migrant workers had brought health certificates and had not shown any fevers, Balinese authorities would take their blood samples for COVID-19 rapid tests as precautionary measures.”This is our effort to reduce any risk of further COVID-19 spread into Indonesia and Bali,” he said.Bali, which has seen its tourism industry reduced to shambles by the COVID-19 outbreak, has recorded some 25 cases, with two fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon.The Southeast Asian country itself has recorded some 1,677 COVID-19-positive cases across the archipelago, with 157 cases that turned fatal.More Indonesian migrant workers, including crew members of foreign cruise ships, were expected to return home in the coming days as the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it was in the process of repatriating them.”The government, in cooperation with companies in charge of recruiting ship crew members, is set to repatriate other crewmen in the near future,” the ministry said.Topics :last_img read more

Joey Votto

first_imgI might be in a minority, but I am not sure if Joey Votto is still pulling his total weight with the Cincinnati Reds.  No one can argue about his ability to get on base; however, for the last couple of months, it has been through walks and not hits.  (I am not referring to the last 2 weeks when he has been injured.)  He is also not hitting with any power this year.When Votto gets on base, he is so slow that if Hamilton batted behind him, Hamilton would likely run past him without thinking.  One of the Reds’ announcers with Votto on second base said “it may take a double to get him home.”  I don’t know if it is a medicine that Votto supposedly takes, but at times he seems to be totally oblivious of the game on the field.  I think he has been picked off of base more than any Red this year, and he seldom gets more than 2 steps off the base.  I know the Reds are in a bind if they thought about trading him.  He has been with the Reds long enough that he can veto any trade and few teams would be willing to pick up his salary.As I said at the start, this is just my opinion!last_img read more

Ramchand signs on to GMR&SC International Race of Champions

first_imgRAMCHAND Auto Spares is on board with this year’s Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) International Race of ChampionsThe company yesterday handed over its sponsorship through its representative,Yogeshwar Ragbeer to GMR&SC representative,Tina Morris.According to Ragbeer, the company is elated to be a part of the event and added that they are hoping to see more competitors than last year’s edition.Morris in thanking the company for coming on board for the event, said that their sponsorship will go a long way in ensuring that the event is a success.Meanwhile, a 27 race programme was unveiled last week which will encompass racing on both Saturday and Sunday, according to the GMR&SC.The club has confirmed the participation of three professional drift cars from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as, four SR-3 Radicals from Barbados, in addition to the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship(CMRC) competitors that are expectedSaturday, will be treated as just another race day, with adults being charged $1000 per entry and children $500. On Sunday, adults will be charged $2000 and children $1000.Qualification will also be held on Saturday morning from 10:00 with races beginning from 14:00. Scrutineering will take place on Thursday and Friday and before the qualification on Saturday.Meanwhile, the club is organising weekend passes for those patrons desirous of viewing both days of action as well as VIP passes.last_img read more

Johnson powers Marlins past Brewers

first_imgMilwaukee Brewers starter Dave Bush was struck on the arm by a line drive off the bat of Florida\’s Hanley Ramirez in the first inning Thursday of the team\’s 4-3 loss.[/media-credit]MIAMI (AP) — Winning a game with his arm was nothing unusual for Josh Johnson. Hitting a big home run was.Johnson hit a three-run shot for his first career homer and pitched into the eighth inning Thursday night, leading the Florida Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.“I kind of ran into a ball and got pretty lucky,” Johnson said. “But I’ll take it.”John Baker had an RBI single in a four-run fourth for the Marlins, who took three of four from the Brewers. Milwaukee dropped into a first-place tie with St. Louis atop the NL Central.Johnson (5-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked one, struck out eight and hit a batter with a pitch in earning his first home victory since April 12.He connected off Dave Bush (3-2) in the fourth to give Florida a 4-1 lead.“I saw (center fielder Mike) Cameron running and I said, ‘Please, drop … do something,’” Johnson said. “As soon as I saw him get to the fence I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’”Johnson earned a curtain call from the crowd of 11,623 but needed to be pushed out of the dugout by his teammates.“Pretty much everyone in the dugout was laughing or smiling, one of the two,” he said.Jorge Cantu led off the inning with a double into the left-field corner. He held at second when Jeremy Hermida reached on an infield single to shortstop. After Cantu went to third on Dan Uggla’s flyout to deep center, Baker lined a run-scoring single to center to tie it 1-all.After an out, Johnson hit a pitch over the wall in straightaway center. His homer was the first by a Marlins pitcher since Dontrelle Willis connected against Atlanta on Aug. 29, 2007.“It wasn’t a cheap one. He hit it to one of the deepest parts of the ballpark,” Bush said.Johnson gave way to Dan Meyer with two outs and a runner on first in the eighth. Meyer promptly gave up Prince Fielder’s 13th home run, a two-run drive that cut Florida’s lead to 4-3.“I don’t know what (Meyer) was thinking. He threw a fastball and I got it,” Fielder said.Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities. The game took 2 hours, 25 minutes.Bush gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.Fielder’s run-scoring triple gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Fielder finished with three hits.J.J. Hardy opened the fourth with a bloop single and advanced to second on Ryan Braun’s groundout. Fielder then hit a liner to right, and Hermida charged but failed to make the catch. The ball rolled past him, allowing Fielder to reach third.Notes:@ The Marlins placed RHP Anibal Sanchez (right shoulder discomfort) on the 15-day disabled list. Earlier, Florida designated RHP Hayden Penn for assignment and recalled RHP Tim Wood from Triple-A New Orleans. The team also recalled RHP Rick VandenHurk from a rehab assignment and optioned him to New Orleans. … The Brewers moved RHP David Riske (elbow surgery) from the 15- to the 60-day DL. … Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman is the first pitcher 40 or older to begin a season with at least 16 consecutive scoreless innings since the Angels’ Art Fowler threw 17 straight in 1963. … The four-game series drew 45,975, an average of 11,494.last_img read more

The road to the national title goes through Arizona

first_imgUSC swimming and diving will face Arizona and ASU in back-to-back dual meets this weekend, starting with the Wildcats on Friday.Arizona was shell-shocked after an upset last season when the Trojans beat the 2008 NCAA Champions 164-136 on the women’s side and 152-91 on the men’s.Fired up · USC swimming coach Dave Salo said defending champion Arizona will serve as a measuring stick for the up-and-coming Trojans. -Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanBut this year, USC is no longer the underdog and Arizona, one of the top three teams in the country, is well aware of what is coming.“If we are going to challenge for a team NCAA title in the next few years, we have to be able to compete against the very best like Arizona,” USC coach Dave Salo said.Sibling rivalry will be pushed to the limit when USC’s freshman distance star Haley Anderson takes on her older sister, Wildcat sophomore Alyssa Anderson, who was ranked in the top 10 in two individual events at the NCAA Championships last season.USC’s Anderson is no rookie, coming in second at the World Championship Trials this summer.The men’s team feels confident in its sprint events after Arizona’s mistake-ridden 50-freestyle last weekend against Wisconsin, when freshman Nick Popov and junior Craig Jordens both false-started. Jordens failed to realize his mistake until completing the entire 50 meters.Sophomore Jeff Daniels and junior transfer Emmett Walling will be the Trojans to watch in this event.“We’re ready to give the Wildcats a serious run for their money,” said men’s sophomore captain Patrick White said. “The freshmen are going to get a chance to feel what it’s like to truly earn a victory.”The women’s 200 butterfly might be the nail-biting event of the day, with the Trojans dishing up four of the best flyers in the country: All-American sophomore Tanya Krisman, All-American junior transfer Lyndsay DePaul, All-American sophomore Katinka Hosszu and freshman Yumi So.“It’s going to be a great meet — very competitive with close finishes,” said women’s senior captain Krissy Forelli. “We’ve been preparing for this meet from the moment we won last year.”Following a stellar performance at the Trojan Diving Invitational, the diving team looks to continue its success this weekend. Sophomores Victoria Ishimatsu and Harrison Jones swept all their events at the invitational and are showing no signs of slowing down.On Saturday, the Trojans will travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the Sun Devils, a once-strong team that has endured unsettling changes after their men’s team was temporarily terminated due to budget cuts in 2008.“ASU is rebuilding their program and will no doubt be under-manned this year,” Salo said.The key to beating ASU will be staying focused after a tough day of competition against Arizona. The team will be traveling on a flight the same day they face the Wildcats, so remaining mentally alert and tough will be vital to both days of competition.“Everyone knows the task at hand and I have a feeling we’re going to have some breakthrough performances,” Forelli said. “I’m excited and can feel the energy throughout the team.”For the men’s team, there will be many Trojan debuts, this being the team’s first official dual meet of the season. Freshmen to watch will be top US recruit Alex Lendrum in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and Clement Lefert, who will compete in the butterfly events as well as cover for sophomore Richard Charlesworth, who will not swim because of eligibility reasons.“The freshmen have raced a lot of [the men’s team] before in meets over the summer,” said James Martin, the men’s senior captain. “They might have some jitters at first but if we can build some momentum off the first relay the freshmen will fall into line and they will be awesome.”The Trojans will be hoping to add to their list of NCAA Championship A and B cuts this weekend. Hosszu, DePaul, So, Krisman and freshman Jessica Schmitt have already scored NCAA consideration times for the women’s team, and Lefert and junior Dillon Connolly have scored B cuts for the men’s team so far this season.last_img read more

Q&A with editor from the Stanford Daily

first_imgDT: USC’s offensive line isn’t nearly as big as Stanford’s, but it has shown improvement over the past couple weeks. Do you think Stanford can afford to hold off on blitzes and depend on their defensive line to pressure Cody Kessler into mistakes?SD: Stanford’s defensive line got a huge boost last week when senior defensive end Henry Anderson returned from an injury suffered in Week 3 against Army, and it definitely showed against Oregon, even with Ben Gardner out for the rest of the season. Anderson, Josh Mauro and David Parry are a formidable force up front and even though the depth on the line is a lot shakier than it was at the beginning of the season, all three of them have been making huge plays every game and have consistently brought pressure on quarterbacks. I definitely think that the defensive line can get enough push and we’ve been seeing that in the last few weeks. I really think that this Stanford front seven is one of the best this school has ever seen and that it can get good pressure against any line in the country. Daily Trojan sports editor Will Laws interviewed Do Hyoung-Park, the sports editor of the Stanford Daily, earlier this week to give USC fans a better feel for the Cardinal ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. DT: Some thought that the Stanford offense would take a dip this year after the graduation of tailback Stepfan Taylor — but the Cardinal haven’t missed a beat, and have unearthed another gem in Tyler Gaffney. Taylor absolutely ripped USC last year for 213 total yards and two touchdowns. How does Gaffney compare to his predecessor?SD: Most of us at Stanford thought that the running game — and by extension, the offense — would take a big hit with the graduation of Taylor, too. But Gaffney emerged early as a power back that had the vision and raw physical drive that could give the Card that production again and forced Shaw’s hand to make him the clear number one — after a year off for baseball, no less. I don’t think he’s quite on Taylor’s level — after all, you can’t simply replace a school’s all-time leading rusher and expect there not to be a dip in production — but Gaff has been an absolute workhorse this year. His ability to run downhill and smash for yards after contact has paid off in a huge way for the run game. It also helps that he runs behind Stanford’s monster offensive line. DT: For the second straight year, Stanford wrecked Oregon’s hopes for a national championship and now control their own destiny in the race for the Rose Bowl. What’s the mood on campus like right now after last week’s big win? Are the Cardinal faithful taking USC seriously as a potential challenger?SD: The thing about Stanford is that there’s a significant portion of the campus that is relatively ambivalent about football, so everyday life and mood hasn’t been affected too much. Within the football-aware crowd, though, it seems like everybody is reasonably confident and hopeful for the rest of the season.That being said, though, a lot of people here are worried about the USC game. The last four Stanford-USC matchups showed that regardless of the differing levels of success of both teams in any given year, the games themselves have been tense nail-biters. None of those games disappointed in terms of matchup value and challenge in any way. Everybody knows that and everybody knows the extent and significance of the rivalry between the two teams, and so I think one would be hard-pressed to find a fan expecting anything less than a close, gritty matchup at the Coliseum on Stanford’s campus. It’s definitely a trap game after the huge Oregon win and a full Coliseum after College GameDay egging on a resurgent USC team that still has Rose Bowl hopes will definitely be a big challenge.center_img Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan DT: In the end, how do you see Saturday’s showdown shaking out?SD: I think that it’ll be a physical, defensive game dictated by the battle in the trenches as each team tries to establish a running game. I mentioned earlier that a lot of people are really worried about the matchup, but I do think that Stanford’s going to take a lot of confidence into the Coliseum after the Oregon win and I expect Hogan to be able to find receivers open for some big plays in the passing game, especially if it can get a running game going. I think it’ll be relatively close, but I’ll take the Cardinal.Prediction: 21-10 Stanfordlast_img read more