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Gasser’s triple-double impresses; Badgers prep for Nittany Lions

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first_imgJon Leuer and the Badgers have won three in a row and are settling into Big Ten play. Wisconsin will hit the road Saturday to face PSU.[/media-credit]After a dominant performance Sunday resulted in a blowout win over Northwestern, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was full of praise for his athletes at his Monday press conference, particularly freshman Josh Gasser.Gasser, who appeared to be out of favor with Ryan after playing a diminished role over the course of the last few games, played 30 minutes and contributed 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, marking the first triple-double in UW history. Starting point guard Jordan Taylor nearly had a triple-double Dec. 4 against South Dakota, but fell one assist short.“Players are expected to perform,” Ryan said. “What might be a surprise to some people is that, in athletics, you have a job, a function, so to speak…so Josh has tried to fulfill those responsibilities, and he has never tried to do anything he isn’t capable of because we never ask him to do anything he isn’t capable of.”Beyond Gasser’s individual play, Ryan also stressed the element of teamwork that has allowed the Badgers to win consistently this season. Each game has allowed different players to star in different areas, and Ryan acknowledged this is an essential part to becoming a good team.“[Having all the players share the spotlight] keeps reinforcing how we have been successful here, and how I think success should be measured: By how well the group does,” Ryan said. “People in a team sport play well, so the team does well.”Ryan then added that a key strength for his team this year is everybody on the team knows everyone will have a chance to play a crucial role; at the same time, they understand each of them will also have bad games.“Like the first team I ever coached in junior high, if we can take care of the ball…and take away their shots, it is the same at this level; you still have to do the fundamentals and take care of the fundamentals in order to give your team a chance,” Ryan said.Looking ahead to their next game Thursday against Penn State, the Badgers deal with a team many consider a very dangerous Big Ten team led by star guard Taylor Battle. The Nittany Lions have played four top 25-ranked opponents in their last four games and have won two. PSU lost the other two by a combined total of four points. Furthermore, Wisconsin faces Penn State in Happy Valley, a challenge considering the Nittany Lions have won their last two games at home against No. 19 Michigan State and No. 16 Illinois. Originally not picked to play well in the conference this year, Ryan admitted the Nittany Lions could prove to be a challenge for the Badgers.“I think last year was one of those years where a lot was expected [of Penn State], Ryan said. “Then this year they were picked kind of where we were, and so the pressure is off of them to just do their thing and get some success. …They have saved their best for now in Big Ten play.”last_img read more

Viterbi students finish project repairing thermometer

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first_imgViterbi School of Engineering students will complete the process of repairing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s famous thermometer, which has been stuck at 70 degrees for more than a few decades.Heatwave · The thermometer in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was mostly fixed by undergraduate Viterbi engineering students in November. The students created spare parts and an instruction manual. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanA group of 30 engineering classes proposed a bid for the revitalization with an initial budget of $300. Each class was responsible for one aspect of the project. Meanwhile, professional bids had projected construction costs to be between $5,000 and $10,000.David Cape, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and a member of the Spirit of Troy drum line, spent long days playing on the field of the Coliseum. He witnessed the stagnant thermometer that always read 70 degrees. For more than 30 years, the thermometer in the Coliseum did not move.The thermometer was installed in 1955 on the east end of the Coliseum.Cape and his team members Charlie Palmer, Andrew Ezarik and Ryan Magruder created a prototype under budget at $280. Out of the three final teams, this foursome won and was given $1,000 to, as Cape described, “beef up the system.”The final design was voted and chosen by a group of professors, including Yann Staelens and Charles Radovich, in association with the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission and Los Angeles Coliseum Commission representatives.These improvements included polishing, fixing minor problems, and installing a backup battery that resets to 70 degrees automatically when the power goes out or is turned off.The project was tedious, as team members dedicated lab time and free time to create the best possible solution for the historic venue. The four-member team had a final product ready for the last home football game in November 2012, but still continued to finalize their design by outlining the process of repairing the themometer in the future.The backup battery system was installed in December and the final manual that outlined repair methods was completed two weeks ago. Now, the team focuses on creating spare parts in case of future repairs after their graduation.Cape felt the process offered real world experience like that they would face after graduation.“It felt very much like we were a company,” Cape said. “We were stumbling across trying to make it, do everything within a budget within a ridiculous time.”Ezarik viewed the project as more than a project, but an opportunity for a legacy.“It was cool to leave a mark on the school or leave somewhat of a legacy behind — to be part of a real engineering project, with real client, a tight deadline, and small budget,” Ezarik said.For future generations of Trojans and Coliseum fans alike, the thermometer will stand not just as a measure of the weather, but as a reminder of the work that students with a passion can achieve.“It was eye opening,” Cape said. “This is what I am going to be doing in real life, having a job and dealing with all the little things you have to think about.”last_img read more

Budget Agreement Should Put Authorization Bill Back on Track

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first_imgThe bipartisan budget deal, by raising the discretionary spending caps for both defense and non-defense programs, should provide the fix needed for President Obama to sign a fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.Obama’s primary objection to the defense measure he vetoed last week stemmed from its reliance on the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account which allowed the Pentagon to skirt the caps without providing equivalent budget relief for non-defense programs. On Tuesday the White House applauded the budget agreement, signaling that its concerns over the funding framework employed in the authorization bill likely were now moot.The only question left is what path the authorization bill will take to becoming law. Democrats could support an override or lawmakers could revise the measure to reflect the new agreement, reported CQ. The authorization bill already includes language allowing a portion of the $38 billion allocated to the OCO account to be shifted to the department’s base budget if a deal were reached to lift the caps.Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he wasn’t sure how the chamber’s Nov. 5 override would turn out now that the primary reason for Obama’s veto appears to have been addressed.“It’s a little ironic to me that the president who vetoes the bill based on OCO to meet base requirements agrees to a deal where there is $8 billion of OCO to meet base requirements,” Thornberry said. Some of the boost in defense spending under the deal would come from an extra $8 billion included in the OCO account for defense. Another $8 billion added to that account would be allocated to foreign affairs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Local ProImmigration Activists March In Houston Criticizing Senator Cornyn And Democrats

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first_img Share Photo via PixabayHouston dreamers and nationwide have marched and rallied since 2017, when President Donald Trump announced that he was putting an end to DACA, the executive program that protects them from deportation.With the increasing possibility that Congress will pass a bipartisan budget bill that does not include a solution for the expiring DACA program this week, immigration activists were ready to march in Houston on Thursday asking for protection for the ‘dreamers’ and criticizing both U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and the Democratic Party.The ‘dreamers’ are young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as minors by their parents. United We Dream (UWD), the nation’s largest ‘dreamer’ group, had planned a march  scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at 1900 Kane Street towards City Hall.Besides UWD, representatives from the Texas chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), Mi Familia Vota and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were also scheduled to march, as well as Texas Democratic State Senator Sylvia Garcia (District 6), according to Óscar Hernández, lead field organizer for UWD in Houston.Hernández said the goal of the march is to continue pressuring lawmakers regardless of what happens in Congress this week.“I don’t want anyone in our communities to feel like we’re venting,” noted the activist referring to the probability that a bill will pass without any guarantees of protection from deportation for the ‘dreamers.’Hernández stressed they are focusing on Senator Cornyn  because he has a lot of seniority in the U.S. Senate and a powerful position. The Texas senior senator is the GOP whip.“He has a lot of power, he has a huge platform,” the activist commented, while adding that, like other Republicans who have “claimed to be moderate” or claimed to care about DACA, Cornyn has said he cares about ‘dreamers’. “Yet,” Hernández added “they use us for talking points in that sense, and then do the complete opposite and try to pass things that hurt our community or get in the way of things that can actually benefit our community.”“So, we’re tired of their lies and we’re tired of false promises when what they’ve shown again and again is that they’re willing to hurt and separate families,” stressed the activist.But Cornyn is not the only one being criticized.Hernández noted that Democrats haven’t done “enough.” “We do feel that the Democrats could have done more to protect the community and that have made promises that they have not been keeping up.”Senator Garcia  said she wanted to march with the ‘dreamers’ because, given the possibility Congress will pass a budget bill without immigration provisions, “it’s important more now than ever that we stand with the ‘dreamers’ and we stand for a clean DREAM Act and protect our DACA kids.” A clean DREAM Act is a bill that would include a path to citizenship for the ‘dreamers’ but with no border wall attached. “I’ve always been standing with them and today is no different, it’s just another action to ask Congress and the President to come to terms with this issue and move us forward,” Garcia added.As for what can happen in the next few weeks, with DACA expiring in March, Hernández said that “it’s very hard to predict where politics are going” and added that “things shift too frequently and it makes it very difficult to tell in a month from now how we’re gonna move forward,” although he assured the ‘dreamers’ would continue to “fight” and “push”, contacting Congress and the White House.Cornyn’s office indicated in an email that the senator has repeatedly said he wants to help the ‘dreamers’ to stop being at risk of deportation and has referred to an immigration framework recently released by the White House that proposes legalizing 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, including the chance to become American citizens.“We are a country that believes that children shouldn’t have to pay a penalty because of their parents’ conduct, and so President Trump has generously offered 1.8 million of these young immigrants an opportunity to a pathway to full participation in American society,” the email noted, quoting a statement Cornyn made in Washington, D.C. this week.Democrats and even some pro-‘dreamers’ organizations reject the proposal because it includes building a border wall.Besides the march in Houston, UWD had planned other “actions” across Texas to take place on Thursday, including marches and vigils in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Laredo, New Braunfels and Tyler.last_img read more