Jacob Blake paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police

first_imgJacob Blake, the unarmed Black man who was shot 7 times in the back by Wisconsin police, is paralyzed from the waist down, Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times.The incident took place on Sunday in Kenosha, and the shooting of Blake was captured on video and has since gone viral which has sparked new protests over racial injustice in several cities.The family’s attorney is calling for the officer who opened fire to be arrested and others involved to lose their jobs.President Donald Trump has called for federal law enforcement and National Guard troops to make their way to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of violent protests, to “restore LAW and ORDER!”Trump says federal law enforcement, National Guard on way to site of violent protests in Wisconsinlast_img

One With USC Rossier connects instructors with students

first_imgTutoring is now on-demand thanks to a program through the Rossier School of Education.Founded in February 2015, One With USC Rossier connects tutors from USC with parents and students, beginning in kindergarten, who are looking for academic help.The program is an online marketplace. USC students, graduates and faculty members can all offer their tutoring services. Each tutor must take a course on tutoring pedagogy, as well as pass an assessment by a tutoring expert. The tutors have the option to conduct their lessons using an online platform, which allows them to use various features such as virtual whiteboarding, document sharing and video conferencing. The platform also gives tutors the ability to create an individualized lesson for each student, although it can be customized for small group lessons as well.Tutors can set their own hours and rates. Twenty percent of the proceeds go back to Rossier for scholarships and other funding.Kristen Shultz Thompson, program administrator of the office of professional development programs at the USC Rossier, said she believes anyone who understands how learning and instruction work can be a good teacher, and she encourages people who might be interested in becoming tutors to try it.“Even if you don’t think you have the experience to be a tutor, you probably do, especially if you know how to work with and listen to people,” Thompson said.Molly Phelan, director of operations, Adam Kliegman, product lead, and Yiwen Looi, head of marketing and growth at Noodle Partners said they agreed.“We believe everyone in the USC community has something to teach, and there are many people in the USC community and beyond who would love to learn from them,” Phelan, Kliegman and Looi said in a joint email to the Daily Trojan.One with USC Rossier partners with Noodle Partners, a New York-based ed-tech startup. Noodle Partners was founded by John Katzman, founder and former CEO of The Princeton Review and 2U. The company’s goal is to help colleges and universities improve learning, raise revenues and lower costs by bringing together technology and tech-enabled service organizations. Katzman sits on the board for Rossier, and USC became one of the first schools he introduced to Noodle Partners.“It’s a true partnership,” Thompson said.Noodle partners provided the online platform and the marketing piece, while Rossier provided training for the tutors.Before partnering with Noodle Partners, USC Rossier had not worked with many tech-heavy companies.“It’s an entirely new partnership. It made us reframe the way we approach learning,” Thompson said.The first tutors were the Masters of Arts and Teaching students. Now, Rossier’s primary role is providing the training for tutors. The course teaches tutors about different features of learning and instruction. Thompson said many tutors have reported that Rossier’s training program has helped them to frame their sessions.Benjamin Gross, one of Rossier’s tutors, recently graduated from USC with a Ph.D. in physics. After graduating, a friend told him about the tutoring program and he decided to become a tutor.“One with USC Rossier carries a good name. A lot of people will trust it because it’s USC. I like the name recognition and the program’s network a lot,” Gross said.Thompson said that because the program is over the internet, it is easier connect with tutors.“What’s great about this program is that it can be completely online. If you’re looking for tutoring in Mandarin, you can be working with a native speaker in China who has been trained and can work with you one-on-one,” Thompson said.Phelan, Kliegman and Looi said another benefit to the program is the variety; students can reach out to as many tutors as they would like to before deciding on one who is a good fit for their specific needs, and they can search for the tutors by geography, price point, subject or skill.Currently, the program has 93 tutors, but Phelan, Kliegman and Looi said it has been a challenge to meet demand.“Clients have a wide array of requests and we hate to turn away clients whose requests we can’t fulfill. The only way to guarantee that a great match is made in a timely way is to rapidly increase the number of tutors on the site,” the email said.Thompson said that because USC offers so many tutoring options, it has been difficult to spread the word about why people should use the One with USC Rossier platform.“There’s this idea of on-demand tutoring. You can be a tutor or you can receive tutoring right now. That’s what makes us different,” Thompson said.Gross said he thinks one-on-one tutoring is going to be an enormous industry moving forward.“There’s a lot of frustration with the old style of education. Smart kids get bored and check out and the less-advanced kids get left behind,” Gross said. “Parents who have the resources are starting to realize it’s better to hire tutors.”Thompson said her main goal is for the tutors to be well-trained.“My goal is to make the tutors the most qualified they can be, so that if you go onto the platform, you know you’re getting a high-quality tutor,” Thompson said.Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the One with Rossier program. It is the One with USC Rossier program. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

USC gears up for Utah’s sack-happy defense

first_imgUSC looks to stay atop the Pac-12 South and move up from its new No. 20 ranking when the squad heads to the mountains and clashes with the Utah Utes, who are only ranked one slot higher than the Trojans at No. 19.Rush hour · Redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen leads the Pac-12 with 909 rushing yards this season. The Tallahassee, Florida, native will be going up against the No. 2 rush defense in the Pac-12 at Utah. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanInjury ReportThough there were many Trojans who weren’t up to full speed at Tuesday’s practice, all the players are expected to be game-ready by Saturday.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard, who suffered a knee scare during the Colorado game but was back in just a few plays later to make a touchdown-saving play, was limited to the exercise bike Tuesday.Senior safety Gerald Bowman was also limited to the exercise bike. Redshirt junior wide receiver George Farmer participated in practice. Redshirt junior fullback Soma Vainuku’s hamstring injury kept him out of practice.Showdown in the SouthThe Trojans will travel to Utah on Saturday to mix it up with the No. 19 ranked Utah Utes. Utah is tied for third in the Pac-12 South, where five of the six teams are ranked in the AP Poll. The Trojans still sit atop the division at 4-1 and 5-2 overall, but it is clear that Utah is a must-win.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian did not want to underestimate Utah, but also did not want to overemphasize this game over others the Trojans have played, despite it being a clash between two ranked teams in the same division.“We have to treat it just like the other ones,” he said. “It’s a valuable one and we need to understand the environment we are heading into.”Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen says the team is focused heading into the new week and expecting Utah to come after them.“USC is always going to have a target on their back,” Allen said. “[Utah’s] home, and it’s going to be a tough game.”Utah has been alternating between two quarterbacks all season, but on Tuesday Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham announced that Travis Wilson will start against the Trojans. Wilson has thrown for 833 yards and seven touchdowns this season.The Utah defense has long been thought of as the biggest challenge the Trojans will face this season, as they currently lead the Pac-12 in sacks.Sarkisian cited two specific aspects of the game the offensive line could potentially struggle with: an all-around talented opponent and the crowd noise from a hostile environment.“The best way to prepare is to go out and execute at a high level,” Sarkisian said. “We need to be prepared for the physicality [of Utah].”It’s History NowRedshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler made history Saturday when he threw seven touchdown passes, the most ever by a USC quarterback in a single game (one more than former Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley threw four times). Because of his performance, Kessler also brought home the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award.“I would love to do that every week,” Kessler said. “It’s all preparation, and I’m going into each game trying to play my best.”Kessler drew considerable praise from Sarkisian, who sees Kessler as a fantastic teammate and leader who demonstrates a workmanlike attitude at practice every day.“There’s still stuff I could improve on,” Kessler said. “I approach every game as a new game and prepare the same way I prepare for every game.”last_img read more

Bingo documentary gets BBC upgrade

first_imgShare Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles tweet StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 The BBC has added its Northern Ireland’s ‘True North – Big Night at the Bingo’ episode to its ‘Our Lives’ social documentary series available on the iPlayer platform for all UK audiences.First broadcast in January on BBC’s Northern Ireland network, Big Night at the Bingo follows the patrons and employees of West Belfast’s ‘Westway Bingo Hall’ on its busiest night of the year, as prize money is boosted into four figures.The documentary showcases the unique rituals and jargon of Westway players, alongside the lifelong friendships that have been developed at Belfast’s oldest bingo hall.“While the world outside is a place of tough working lives and demanding family commitments, inside the Westway all is calm as numbers are drawn at random for a captive audience. We meet the regular players who come back day after day in hope of that elusive win,” said the BBC. ‘Big Night at the Bingo’ originally formed part of the BBC’s ‘True North’ series, a regional broadcast directive allowing up and coming filmmakers to document Northern Irish communities ‘through a modern lens’.Securing further coverage for Big Night at the Bingo, the BBC has commissioned the episode to feature on its ‘Our Lives’ iPlayer series showcasing the best UK social documentaries, which uncover the diverse traits, hardships and complexities which underscore UK society. Submitlast_img read more