Senate discusses IDEA Center, amendment

first_imgWednesday’s Senate meeting began with Vice President Sibonay Shewit calling to attention the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Gulf Coast in late August.  She encouraged the assembled senators to publicize the Stand With Houston fundraising campaign.“Spread the word,” Shewit said. Next, representatives from the Innovation, De-risk and Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) Center gave a presentation to the senators.  The Center focuses on commercialization and entrepreneurial activities.  It is open to all majors, and there are many opportunities for students. Examples include online submission, working with the Center through year-round paid internships, competing in contests and participating in the events and lectures hosted by the Center. The IDEA Center hopes to have a minor available to all majors soon.Another major part of the meeting was an amendment proposed by Matt Ross, president of Judicial Council, aiming to increase the number of people on the election committee from seven to 11. The amendment was spurred by the fact that five members of the seven person panel must be present to conduct business. Given students’ different schedules, Ross said such a quorum is often difficult to achieve.“There have been problems in the past,” he said.Under the proposed new system, seven members of the eleven person panel would need to be present to conduct business. When the committee is active during election seasons, only seven members would need to respond to notification of an allegation in order to consider it. Senators questioned the necessity of such an amendment, the fairness to the members of the committee and the event of recusal of a committee member.  After a lengthy discussion, senators voted down the amendment.Freshmen Class Council elections will be delayed as there is no election committee.  This issue will be addressed in the near future.The meeting ended with more announcements made from various members of the Senate regarding sustainability, mental health on campus and other initiatives.Tags: Freshmen class elections, IDEA Center, Senatelast_img read more

Standing out in today’s financial services landscape

first_imgCustomers have endless choices. Go to the grocery store or have a meal kit delivered? Take your car or use a ride-hailing service? Go to the movies or stream? This world of options is also affecting how customers manage their money.Managing finances is necessary for every demographic, but it doesn’t mean that customers are one-size-fits-all – each have their own needs and goals. More and more, customers demand ease and simplicity as managing finances takes a great deal of effort and time. Financial institutions need to be agile and ready to adapt as customer behaviors change.In the past, people would choose their financial institutions based on the convenience of the branch location or a family member’s relationship with one. Now we’re in a financial landscape where increased fragmentation is the norm. Consider that 63% of customers now consider fintech options for their financial services, and it shows, with the average household having up to five financial service provider relationships. They may use one institution for making deposits and paying expenses and another for financing a mortgage. So, what drives a customer to use multiple service providers for their financial needs? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pitching change goes awry for UW

first_imgDespite only giving up one run, Wisconsin pitcher Amanda Najdek was pulled in favor of Meghan McIntosh with one out to go and the game tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning yesterday against Notre Dame.It was a controversial call by UW head coach Yvette Healy, as the Irish scored eight runs to win 9-1 after the switch.Nevertheless, Healy says it’s a decision she does not regret.“They were hitting [Najdek] a little bit,” Healy said. “Meghan [McIntosh] was going to give them a little different look. It was working until we got the error, then it fell apart a little bit. It was a pretty good strategy.”As Healy stated, the switch to McIntosh initially proved to be savvy as she got Wisconsin out of a tight jam with runners in scoring position. However, it wouldn’t get any easier for McIntosh and the Badgers. McIntosh allowed eight runners to score in the next two innings.“[McIntosh] has to be able to challenge people more,” Healy said. “She’s throwing around a lot of people and not trusting herself as much. She’s a very talented pitcher, we just have to get her to believe in it, buy into it and challenge hitters.”Consistency has been a problem for McIntosh all season long. In her past three starts, McIntosh has given up a total of 15 runs, which is something even she knows has to improve.“I’m holding onto the ball a little bit too much,” McIntosh said. “I guess it comes down to command. I’m trying to get ahead and hit my spots after that, but when I get behind I really have to leave my pitches over the plate a little bit.”Errors prove costlyIt wasn’t just McIntosh who struggled Tuesday, as the entire defense played a role in the loss. This was none more evident than during the Badgers’ five run fifth inning collapse.Tied at 1-1 with two outs left in the top of the fifth inning, Notre Dame infielder Heather Johnson hit a routine pop fly to shallow right field. As Badger second baseman Whitney Massey ran over to catch the ball, she collided with outfielder Ashley Hanewich. The error let in the leading run and kept the inning alive for the Fighting Irish.“We obviously just misplayed a couple balls,” Healy said. “Those are critical plays. Usually after our errors teams are able to score, and that has been true all year for us. It really hurt after that last out, where the game then kind of blew up.”While there was a slight breeze blowing at Goodman Stadium, it was no excuse, according to Hanewich, who was involved in two of the errors.“The balls were tipped off our gloves, just barely missed,” Hanewich said. “It could have been a mixture of the wind and the sun, but I’m not using that as an excuse. I should have made those plays.”Fielding errors weren’t the only mental mistakes the Badgers made against the Fighting Irish. Although it was able to successfully steal three players, including Jennifer Krueger’s 27th of the season, Wisconsin was caught stealing twice early on.“One of them was a missed sign,” Hanewich said. “We definitely need to fix that as base runners.”The communication between the base runners and the coaches will certainly be a point of emphasis in upcoming practices, but the coaches will by no means be shying away from making the same calls going forward.“Obviously when you get thrown out it hurts,” Healy said. “But, that’s the way we scored our first run, so you have to stay aggressive against teams who are RPI ranked.”The story of the game came down to mental lapses, which made the eight-point defeat a bit misleading. This is something Healy knows the team has to improve upon if it is to reach its full potential.“[The errors] hurt,” Healy said. “We have to work hard in practice tomorrow to figure out how to eliminate those.”After a tough loss, there are many ways a team can handle the situation. For the Badgers, it’s pretty simple.“We just have to get better from here,” McIntosh said. “That’s about it.”last_img read more

Clippers forward Blake Griffin tough as ever on the court

first_imgBlake Griffin of the Clippers has shown no reluctance to get in the paint after missing 15 consecutive games with a staph infection in his right elbow. He might even be going in there more since his return a week ago Sunday. His rebound numbers attest to that as he was averaging 9.5 in the four games he had played before Sunday’s 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans; he was averaging 7.7 on the season.Indeed, it appears there was no way Griffin was going to take anything easy once he got back in the fold. On Friday, he went hard to the ground on his back after being fouled by Washington’s Nene with 5:39 left in the third quarter while going hard to the basket. Nene was called for a flagrant 1 foul. Less than a minute earlier, Paul Pierce had committed a flagrant 1 foul on Griffin. Griffin had no reaction either time, and he explained why.“I don’t think any of them were malicious,” Griffin said. “That’s just kind of a read. When you don’t think anything is meant to be done in a harmful way, there’s no need to react. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul has his teammates’ back, and has been offering him emotional support.“It’s tough,” Paul said. “Jamal is a huge part of this team. We need him. But guys have been stepping up. I tell Jamal all the time that we’re going to need him more in the postseason than we do right now.“He is doing everything he can to get back on the court.”Coach Doc Rivers admitted after Friday’s victory over the Washington Wizards that there is a chance Crawford might not return. Prior to tipoff Sunday, Rivers said, “Jamal told me he’s feeling better, it just doesn’t seem like he is.”Rivers conceded that Crawford’s injury is worse than the team initially thought.“Probably,” he said. “I think (head trainer) J.P. (Jasen Powell) was concerned pretty much right away, but I think even he’s been caught off guard; not off guard, he probably thinks it’s worse than we thought.”Crawford, who turned 35 Friday, is shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 34.5 percent (115 of 345) from 3-point range. For his career, he’s shooting 41.1 percent overall and 35 percent from beyond the arc.But any time one is assessing Crawford’s percentages, the difficulty of many of his shots is higher than most.Crawford showed up in the locker room pregame Sunday and was not limping as much as he was a few days earlier.UpcomingThe Clippers (46-25) now embark on a three-game road trip that will feature stops Wednesday at New York, Friday at Philadelphia and Sunday at Boston. When they come back, they will host Golden State on March 31.center_img “They are a physical group, but we are, too. So you just have to take hits and then keep going and show that you can take hits.” Griffin only had five rebounds Sunday to go with his 23 points, but he’s still averaging 8.6 rebounds since his return. His career average is 9.8.Paul supports CrawfordOne has to wonder how the Clippers’ chances in the postseason will be affected if they are without a healthy Jamal Crawford, who Sunday missed his 10th consecutive game with a right calf injury.Crawford averages 16.4 points off the bench and though his shooting-percentage numbers are down just a bit, there can be no mistaking that he remains a very clutch player, the kind who can miss his first four shots and make his next six.last_img read more

Bazdarevic announced the List of Players for Matches against the Ireland

first_imgOn the list of players that head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic announced today, there are no major changes compared to the last two qualifier matches, so all the players are available, except Muhamed Besic who is suspended and cannot play the first match of play-off. The only new name is Rade Krunic.At today’s press conference, Bazdarevic announced the list of players for the upcoming play-off matches for the European Championship in France 2016, which our team is playing against the national football team of Ireland.The following 28 players are on the list: Asmir Begovic, Ibrahim Sehic, Jasmin Buric, Mensur Mujdza, Toni Sunjic, Ermin Bicakcic, Emir Spahic, Sead Kolasinac, Edin Cocalic, Muhamed Besic, Marin Anicic, Tino Sven Susic, Rade Krunic, Ervin Zukanovic, Miralem Pjanic, Srdjan Grahovac, Anel Hadzic, Ognjen Vranjes, Senad Lulic, Sejad Salihovic, Edin Visca, Ermin Zec, Haris Medunjanin, Izet Hajrovic, Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic, Armin Hodzic and Milan Djuric.The first play-off match is scheduled on the 13th of November in Zenica, while the rematch will be played three days later in Dublin.Bazdarevic gave thanks to all those who followed the team in previous qualifier matches.The coach added that our players should not be deceived by the fact that Ireland is playing with a big number of injured players.“We know that as a nation, they are full of desire and persistence, and it will not be easy for us. They have alternatives for injured players so I don’t pay attention on that,” stated Bazdarevic.He reminded that they did a good job during the qualifications and that the players did everything he asked.“They showed character and willingness and now we are in the position to determine our own destiny. We want to finish the job in the best way possible. We want to go on the European Championship,” said Bazdarevic.(Source: read more