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PCCW and Telecom Egypt Ink PEACE Cable Deal

first_imgPCCW Global and Telecom Egypt recently signed a landing party agreement in Beijing.This agreement will enable the Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) cable system to land and cross Egypt, effectively linking Asia, Africa and Europe with a 12,000km ultra-low latency high-speed cable system.The trilateral agreement between Telecom Egypt, PCCW Global and HENGTONG provides for the system to cross Egypt through the new diversified terrestrial routes connecting Zafarana and Abu Talat, where new landing facilities have been constructed.PCCW Global and HENGTONG will cooperate in the PEACE Mediterranean undersea segment of the cable that will then link Egypt to Europe through a landing point in Marseille, France amongst other landing points in the Mediterranean Sea.When complete, the PEACE cable system will provide the shortest and most direct data route from North Asia to Europe.Jordick Wong, senior vice president, Innovation Planning & Procurement, PCCW Global, said, “The PEACE cable system connects the same regions and countries as the legendary Silk Road, and similar to the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, will enhance cooperation and shared economic benefits in the exchange of goods, technology and ideas.”last_img read more

Local Kids Successful At Pitch, Hit, & Run At GABP

first_imgThe Pitch, Hit, & Run Regionals took place at Great American Ballpark on Saturday Morning (6-7).Each kid received a plaque the shape of home plate, very nice large plaque. 3 of the 5 kids from our Ohio Rod Sectional were winners!! All kids represented our area very well, and we are proud of all of them.Results-Ohio Rod Sectional Local kids:Trey Heidlege (Batesville) – 13/14 boys – 1st place – Got to walk on field in pregame ceremonies!! Great Job!!Katelynn Samples (Versailles) – 9/10 girls – 3rd place.Julia Rea (Versailles) – 13/14 girls – 4th place. Ohio Rod Sectional out of town kids:Chloe Ferris (Madison) – 11/12 girls – 1st place!! Got to walk on field in pregame ceremonies!! Great Job!!Keely Hubbard (Floyd’s Knobs) – 7/8 girls – 1st place!! Got to walk on field in pregame ceremonies!! Great Job!! All first place kids will now have their scores compared to all 30 MLB teams who hosted and the top 3 in each age group would get to advance to All-star game.  Details will follow soon.Courtesy of the Area Pitch, Hit, & Run Coordinator Brian Samples.last_img read more

Aurora Walmart set for renovations, service upgrades

first_imgHoosier customers can order Walmart groceries online and pick them up without ever having to unbuckle their seatbelts. The service is free and prices through Walmart Online Grocery are the same as in-store.Walmart currently offers Grocery Pickup at more than 20 locations in Indiana and plans to roll-out almost 30 more new Grocery Pickup locations at Indiana stores in 2018.Walmart Online Grocery Pickup—How it works.  Walmart Pickup Towers Aurora, In. — Walmart has announced plans to spend an estimated $24 million over the next year in Indiana through the remodeling of seven stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.One of the stores included in the plan is in Aurora.The investment is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.Walmart recently reported strong comp sales growth of 2.1% for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2018, indicating customers are responding well to the company’s business strategy. The plan is to continue improving stores and accelerating innovation during the coming year to make shopping faster and easier for Hoosier customers.“Walmart has a tremendous impact in Indiana communities, employing more than 40,000 associates in Indiana locations and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hoosier charities, said Rodney Walker, Regional General Manager for Walmart. “In the next year, Walmart will continue to innovate and improve the shopping experience for Hoosier shoppers, through remodeled stores and bringing game-changing technology to better serve our customers.”2018 Walmart Remodels in IndianaWalmart plans to remodel stores in the following locations this year:2251 E. State Highway 54., Linton2347 Veterans Memorial Parkway., S. Lafayette1750 Indianapolis Rd., Greencastle1920 E. Markland Ave., Kokomo1600 E. Tipton St., Seymour400 W. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg100 Sycamore Estates Dr., Aurora 2018 Walmart In-store and Online Innovations in IndianaWalmart continues to innovate how it serves customers, helping them save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that empowers customers to shop when, where and how they want.In addition to continuing to test new technologies that transform how customers shop, Walmart plans to expand several innovative services that deliver greater convenience and faster services, including: Online Grocery Pickup  Walmart offers Mobile Express Scan & Go in select markets, which allows customers to scan items with their mobile devices while shopping in-store, pay instantly and skip the checkout line. Customers can download the Walmart Scan & Go app from iTunes or the Google Play store.Mobile Express Scan & Go is currently offered at all Indiana Sam’s Clubs and one supercenter in Terre Haute. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities to expand the service to more local customers in the coming year.Walmart Mobile Express Scan & Go video here.center_img Mobile Express Scan & Go Much like a high-tech vending machine, the Walmart Pickup Tower allows customers to pick up their online orders in less than a minute by scanning a barcode sent to their smartphone. To use the tower, customers simply choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the Pickup option at checkout.Pickup Tower service is currently available at three Indiana Walmart stores in Terre Haute, Aurora and Warsaw.  Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities expand the Pickup Tower service to Hoosier customers in the coming year.Walmart Pickup Tower video here.last_img read more

Argo Volleyball Starts Season with Two Victories

first_img Share Argo Volleyball Starts Season with Two Victories Aug. 24, 2007Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The “Secret Weapon” helped the Argo volleyball squad win two matches in the Comfort Inn-vitational tournament at the UWF Fieldhouse this evening. Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) recorded 28 kills to lead West Florida to wins over Flagler College and Southern Indiana. Coach Melissa Wolter had said before the tournament that she has several weapons this season, but the `secret weapon’ might be Isabela, since she did not play last season, and not many of the UWF opponents have seen her play recently. Gualberto, along with Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) and Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) recorded 73 kills in the two matches.West Florida defeated Flagler College in the afternoon by a 3-0 score (30-21, 30-27, 30-20), and then avenged a lost to Southern Indiana from last year, by defeating the Screaming Eagles by a 3-0 score (30-26, 30-25, 30-27) in the evening match. Last year the Argos started the first day of their season 0-2, and this year are off to a 2-0 start after one day of play.West Florida appeared in mid-season form with some crisp passing, which helped the Argos out hit the opponents by a significant margin. The Argos recorded 115 kills in the two matches to just 79 combined from Flagler and Southern Indiana. The crisp passing came from Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico), Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil), and Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.), and really set up the big hitters well. Gonzalez, Rapach, Gualberto, and Clark were all playing their first matches as Argos, and are off to a great start. Meanwhile, returner Sarah Harrison (Sr. / Sinton, Texas) may have had the greatest efficiency with 14 kills in only 31 attack attempts.Teamwork was definitely the theme as the Argos keep everyone involved in the offense throughout the matches. Coach Wolter likes to be unpredictable, and it appeared that strategy was part of the game plan as attacks came from all over the court and from different players. The Argos had 7 different players record 3 or more kills against Flagler, while 6 different players had 4 or more kills against Southern Indiana.Setter Madeline Gonzalez recorded 93 Assists in the two matches combined, with only one ball-handling error. Gonzalez and Kimberly Clark both transferred from Hillsborough Community College, and it showed that they had worked together before, as they put together several quick hitters that were successful.Not much time for the Argos to rest, as they resume play tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 25) with a match vs. Wheeling Jesuit at 11:15 AM, and a match with Midwestern State at 3:45 PM in the UWF Fieldhouse. Results from the other matches played today in the Comfort Inn-vitational include the following:Midwestern State 3, West Georgia 2; Wheeling Jesuit 3, Flagler College 2; Southern Indiana 3, West Georgia 2; Midwestern State 3, Wheeling Jesuit 0 Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Luchini’s Coach of the Year honor headlines 1st round of fall sports season awards

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth’s Louie Luchini was named the Penobscot Valley Conference Coach of the Year for girls’ cross-country Saturday after leading the team to its first state championship in 40 years a week earlier.On Oct. 27, the Eagles topped Yarmouth by three points to win the Class B title at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. The win was the first state title for any Ellsworth team in the sport since Luchini led the boys’ team to the crown as a senior in 1998.Elsewhere, the conference announced its golf, soccer and volleyball selections. Ellsworth athletes were chosen to various teams in all three sports.In golf, the Eagles’ Riley Grindle was named a first-team selection. Mount Desert Island’s Kyle Nicholson and Gabbie James were named Class B Male Golfer of the Year and Class B Female Golfer of the Year, respectively, after leading the Trojans to the PVC title and second place at the Class B championships last month.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Class B soccer, Ellsworth freshman Addi Laslie was named to the girls’ first team along with MDI’s Lelia Weir. The Eagles’ Carter Frank and the Trojans’ Leao Nelson were first-team selections on the boys’ side.On the second team in Class B, Ellsworth’s Sierra Andrews and MDI’s Sydney Kachmar were among the girls’ selections. Nick Duley of the Trojans was named to the boys’ second team.In Class C, George Stevens Academy’s Bess MacArthur and Sumner’s Skylar Soule were first-team selections. GSA’s Julianna Allen and Mallory Charette were second-team choices with Sumner’s Emma Bunch and Bucksport’s Madison Cyr and Mikayla Tripp selected to the third team.Class C also had a number of boys’ players selected with Sumner’s Damon Warren and GSA’s Chris Bennett and Jeremiah Scheff chosen for the first team. Sumner also had two second-team selections in Orlando Herrera and Silas Goldfarb. GSA’s Ricardo Sanchez was a second-team pick, and Bucksport’s Braison Capitano (second team) and Jakob Donnell (third team) were also selected.Hancock County had athletes from a number of schools selected to the All-PVC volleyball squads with Olivia Robidoux of Ellsworth leading the way on the first team. The Eagles’ Olivia Dyer was chosen to the second team along with Lillie Maier of GSA and Blue Howard of Sumner. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

MCC backs Young Windies, Stewart in appeal controversy

first_img(CMC) – UNDER-fire West Indies Under-19s and their embattled captain, Emmanuel Stewart, have found backing from the historic Marylebone Cricket Club, in the controversial ‘obstructing the field’ dismissal of South African opener Jiveshan Pillay, during their ICC Youth World Cup match last Wednesday.The left-handed Pillay picked up the ball and tossed it to wicketkeeper Stewart, following a delivery from pacer Jarion Hoyte, in the 17th over of the South African innings.Stewart immediately appealed and following consultation between the umpires, Pillay was given out under Law 37.4 of the Laws of Cricket.While Stewart’s actions drew strong rebuke from present and former international cricketers, the MCC said the player was well within his rights.“The first thing to say is that the umpires were completely correct in their decision to give Pillay out obstructing the field,” the MCC, considered the guardians of the Laws of the game, said in a statement.“Pillay did not seek, or receive the consent from a fielder and did use his hand to return the ball to the wicket-keeper. He was thus rightly given out on appeal.”The MCC said while the specific law had been questioned, it was there to protect the integrity of the ball for the fielding side.“The reason behind it is that a fielding team will often take enormous care to maintain the condition of the ball – and they are allowed to do so. Any external influence on the ball – including a sweaty glove – could change its condition unfairly,” the statement continued.“Batsmen are therefore, instructed to leave the ball to the fielding side unless given specific consent to pick it up. It may seem harsh, but a scenario in which batsmen could, without any punishment, interfere with the ball would be far more problematic.“Instead, all a batsman needs to remember is not to return the ball to any fielder without consent – as the popular adage goes: batsmen bat, bowlers bowl and let the fielders field.”Following the game which the Young Windies lost by 76 runs, Stewart said on reflection while his appeal had been within the laws, it had breached the spirit of the game.Law 37.4 states: ‘Either batsman is out obstructing the field if, at any time while the ball is in play and, without the consent of a fielder, he/she uses the bat or any part of his/her person to return the ball to any fielder.’Stewart also conceded he should have withdrawn the appeal but the MCC pointed out that the player should not be pilloried for not having done so.“Pillay made a mistake – he acted in a way not permitted under the Laws. He was correctly given out on appeal. While the opposing captain may withdraw the appeal, he should not be criticised for not doing so,” the MCC stressed.“These players are young and are still learning the game. It appears that both Stewart and Pillay learnt valuable lessons on Wednesday – faced with the same situation again, both would probably act differently.”last_img read more

MBB : 3 things SU needs to do to win the Big East tournament

first_img Comments 1. Jackson needs to keep up season of dominanceOne year ago, after Syracuse’s quarterfinal Big East tournament loss to Georgetown, Jim Boeheim summarized the difference.‘Well, he’s a key part of our team,’ Boeheim said after that game. ‘I mean, he’s had a great year. And he’s a tremendous player.’Boeheim, of course, was talking about former SU center Arinze Onuaku. Onuaku was the key missing piece in a game that quickly moved from a Syracuse lead to a disappointing exit in the Orange’s first Big East tournament game. After he went down with an injured quadriceps, it all slipped away from Syracuse.And in that game, Onuaku’s absence was made all the more noticeable by the play of the big man who took his spot — Rick Jackson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 33 minutes, Jackson amplified the Orange’s problems down low. He scored just four points and grabbed four rebounds, all the while picking up four fouls. And he added five turnovers to contribute to SU’s offensive frustration.‘Post people did not have good games,’ Boeheim said. ‘We had 10 turnovers in the post. We haven’t done that really all year.’A new year brought a new Jackson. This year, he needs to continue the dominance that symbolizes his season as a whole. Recently, Jackson said he’s more motivated by what happened last season, when he proved — at least for one game — incapable of picking up the slack left by Onuaku’s absence.This year, Jackson stands as the most dominant big man in the Big East. His own coach, Boeheim, professes that. And the other Big East coaches professed it Sunday when they voted him to the All-Big East second team as the only true big man on any of the first, second or third teams. He was also named the conference’s defensive Player of the Year on Monday.The Orange’s most likely quarterfinal matchup is St. John’s, which would mark a rematch from the teams’ game on Jan. 12, which SU won 76-59. Jackson was part of a group of SU’s four veterans — along with Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche — who all scored in double figures.That Jackson is the only big on three All-Big East teams says everything. He provides the Orange something no other team in the conference can keep up with when he’s on.‘We’re trying to go all the way,’ Jackson said Saturday. ‘Whenever you play, you want to go all the way.’For that to happen, it starts and ends with Jackson.— Brett LoGiurato, sports editor, bplogiur@syr.edu 2. SU needs to use ‘home’ of Madison Square Garden to its advantage If there is one combined reason why hopes are high for this Syracuse team heading into the Big East tournament, it is because of these two things. One: The double-bye is SU’s. Two: As always, the tournament will take place in Madison Square Garden.Both points are obvious. But the dynamics of each aspect of the coming week lie a little deeper for this year’s crop of SU players and their tribulations from the past four months. SU needs to focus on squeezing every last drop out of its comfort with the Garden. And it needs to focus on working and playing smart with this extra day off to heal injuries and prep for not only its first opponent but also a possible semifinal date with Pittsburgh and the championship on Saturday.And there is reason for SU fans and the team to have confidence in these two areas. With a slew of extra practice sessions the past two weeks, SU romped to the greatest margin of victory in the Big East’s history.That’s no coincidence. The kinks were ironed out to the point where the Blue Demons were simply forced to give up. The Orange knew and had a counter for every little thing DePaul did. Other Big East teams didn’t fare as well, as DePaul gave Georgetown, Louisville and Villanova fits.With the double-bye, the extra day to rest up and scour tape of three possible rounds of opponents could prove to be everything. This is a hobbled team, and one less day in a grind could mean the difference between a C.J. Fair with a sore ankle and a healthy C.J. Fair who knows the exact tendencies of, say, St. John’s scorer Dwight Hardy.And as for basking in the lights of MSG, twice this year everyone from Brandon Triche to Scoop Jardine to Rick Jackson exceeded expectations on the Garden court, only to speak of their ultimate comfort with the venue after the game.Against Michigan State, SU dominated in the midst of its shaky nonconference play. And SU blitzed a St. John’s team that has since pillaged the Big East’s best at MSG. It was such a perfect situation for SU that Triche referred to MSG as a ‘stage’ on which he and his teammates love to play. SU ran away with a 17-point win against a team in a venue that has become college basketball’s crematory for Top 10 teams (Pittsburgh, Duke, Notre Dame and Connecticut).The roots of comfort are entrenched in these veteran players. And if the Orange does get by SJU, then the Garden will once again become Carrier Dome South in the subsequent rounds.It’s a Carrier Dome South where SU has won eight of its past 10 games, which includes a loss last year that may not have slipped away if not for the quadriceps of Arinze Onuaku.Now it is all about capitalizing on the comfort.— Tony Olivero, development editor, aolivero@syr.edu3. Defense that fueled recent winning streak needs to continueUnprompted by a particular question, Brandon Triche made a point of singling out Syracuse’s defense in what was the biggest difference for the Orange during its recent winning streak.Following SU’s win over Georgetown on Feb. 26, Triche and a few of his teammates said a collective improvement on the defensive end is what will push the team further in postseason play.‘Our defense has been getting better and better throughout the season,’ Triche said. ‘We’re still not exactly where we want it to be, but we’re getting there. We’re really seeing the progress.’Syracuse enters the Big East tournament with the third-best scoring defense in the league, allowing only 62.6 points per game. It also has the best field-goal percentage defense in the Big East at just more than 39.1 percent and is first in blocked shots per game (6.7) and second in steals per game (8.7).Those numbers are due in large part to that improvement Triche spoke of. The strides were made, and during Syracuse’s current five-game winning streak, the Orange has cranked up the defense.In four of the five wins, it held its opponents to 65 points or less. Overall, SU limited opponents to just 61.2 points per game on 38 percent shooting. The Orange also forced 8.6 steals and blocked 7.4 shots per game during that span.In turn, the players haven’t shied away from talking about the defense after nearly every win. Some say the intensity has picked up. Others see their teammates making stops and know they have to do the same to find playing time.‘Everything we do starts with our defense,’ junior forward Kris Joseph said. ‘We can make runs when we’re communicating and making stops with our defense. That has been the key for us.’Players see the difference good defense makes and apply maximum effort on that end of the floor. During Saturday’s win over DePaul, senior forward Rick Jackson streaked across the lane and blocked a shot roughly 10 feet away from where he was originally standing. That’s the difference between the Orange’s slump and its current winning streak.With efforts like Jackson’s, SU enters postseason play as arguably the hottest team in the Big East thanks to its defense. No team in the league enters the tournament on a longer winning streak.And at the most critical stage of the season — postseason play — it’s imperative Syracuse continues wreaking havoc on its opponents defensively if it wants to make a deep run. As Joseph said, that’s where it all starts.‘When we play defense like we know we can, we’re a tough team to beat,’ Joseph said after Syracuse defeated Villanova on Feb. 21. ‘We just have to be consistent with it, and we know we’ll be fine.’— Andrew L. John, Staff Writer, aljohn@syr.edu Published on March 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse tries to repeat magic on special teams, get 2nd win ever against No. 10 Mercyhurst

first_imgOn Nov. 8, 2014, Syracuse beat Mercyhurst for the first time in 31 tries.Forward Melissa Piacentini scored the go-ahead goal on a power play and the Orange killed three penalties, including one down the stretch, to secure the 4-1 win. After the game, defender Nicole Renault said the penalty kill won the game for the team and that special teams were crucial.SU (6-10-7, 4-2-3 College Hockey America) will look to repeat its strong special teams performance when it travels to No. 9 Mercyhurst (16-4-2, 7-3) for a pair of games Friday and Saturday, both at 3 p.m.Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said the game would come down to goaltending and special teams. Meryhurst forward Emily Janiga and Piacentini are tied for third nationally in power-play goals with six while the Lakers are second in the nation in penalty kill percentage.“When you get a power play, you have to execute and get pucks on net, make them retreat and really play with some confidence,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “On the (penalty kill), … we’ve got to be determined, we’ve got to block shots and make goods reads and just make good decisions.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring power plays, Flanagan said the key will be to outnumber Mercyhurst around the net. Since many goals are scored on rebounds, the Orange has to get players down low and find others cutting from the back.He wants his players to try to isolate defenders or get them to fall down and then step around them into open spaces around the net.Good play like that around the net will come with confidence and composure, he said, and that the Orange is heading in the right direction.“I’m placed in a position that’s right in front of the net, so as long as there are shots through, I think my job is pretty simple,” Piacentini said of power-play scoring.On the other side, Flanagan said goalie Jenn Gilligan has been the team’s best penalty killer and in order to beat Mercyhurst, she needs to be. In her last game against North Dakota, she recorded 44 blocks.This week during practice, the team worked on penalty-killing basics, such as blocking shots, long passes and defensive zone play, Gilligan said. Anticipation is key, Flanagan said, so his team did everything to prepare leading up to Friday’s game.“A lot of it is just going to be blocking shots and just making little plays, the subtle little plays that sometimes go unnoticed,” Flanagan said. “That’s where we have to be better and be ready.”Gilligan said the team will take the good energy from last weekend’s games into this weekend, but the team won’t need any extra motivation against its biggest rival.Though this is her first year at Syracuse, Gilligan understands the rivalry with Mercyhurst after just two meetings.“When girls are sitting on the bench getting emotional after the game, that’s when I start to get emotional,” Giligan said. “… It’s a high-energy competition and it will be good.”Staff writer Jon Mettus, jrmettus@syr.edu, contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 15, 2015 at 12:14 amlast_img read more

Beat writers predict mixed outcomes in Syracuse’s final game of season

first_img Published on March 7, 2015 at 11:17 am Phil D’Abbraccio (22-8): Syracuse 63, N.C. State 55Pack it upTo go home, though. Rakeem Christmas bullies an N.C. State frontcourt that has one player averaging more than 5.0 rebounds per game. Maybe Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney capitalize on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 10th-best 3-point shooting defense — Gbinije simultaneously stirring up speculation he could leave for the NBA and Cooney heading into the offseason with a personal high. But what happens in those 40 minutes on the court will either be a last piece of the argument that this was a Tournament team anyway, or a fitting finish to a season that goes nowhere. The only game that remains, and matters, is the waiting game between now and next year’s season opener.Jesse Dougherty (23-7): Syracuse 67, N.C. State 60It’s only a gameWith the NCAA dropping sanctions on Syracuse yesterday, Saturday’s game against N.C. State is just a speck on the radar. Not many people are focusing on the actual game considering what the athletic program is currently going through, but that isn’t a reason to count SU out of this one. The Wolfpack isn’t a team to win a game from beyond the arc — especially now that T.J. Warren isn’t around to haunt the Orange — and Syracuse gets revenge in the same state where NCSU prematurely ended its ACC tournament a season ago. This time, the Wolfpack will prematurely end the Orange’s season, but that won’t be due to what the scoreboard reads at game’s end. Jacob Klinger (23-7): N.C. State W, Syracuse LWho cares?Not me. Syracuse Athletics is a hot garbage fire right now. So I really don’t think that I, as a reporter, should spend any serious amount of mental energy thinking about which set of man-children will put a ball through a basket more times. I mean, good luck to them; I’ll watch, but the TV will be my second screen. The first will have the NCAA report on it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SCA responds to students’ protest against John Wayne exhibit

first_imgPlant cited a 1971 Playboy interview with John Wayne in which the star expressed support for white supremacy and the removal of indigenous Americans from their land when discussing their reason for protesting the exhibit. “I believe in white supremacy,” Wayne said during the 1971 interview, which resurfaced earlier this year. “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the Blacks.”  Eric Plant, a junior majoring in fine arts, said they created the banner because of Wayne’s controversial stances and portrayal of Native Americans in film. The banner calls Wayne “a blatant racist” and states that the actor promoted the genocide of indigenous Americans in his films. “By keeping Wayne’s legacy alive, SCA is endorsing white supremacy,” the banner read. Plant said they had been working with the Diversity and Inclusion Office at SCA to get the exhibit removed, but believe that protesting will be the most effective means of creating change. SCA has hosted multiple events related to Wayne, and during a 2008 celebration for what would have been his 100th birthday, the school organized an event called “John Wayne: Actor, Star, Icon, Trojan.” The Wayne Collection exhibit, which features a statue of Wayne along with several of his personal items in glass cases, was dedicated in June 2012. The collection contains a variety of Wayne film posters, memorabilia, awards and letters.     Plant said they hope to create larger banners and rally people to protest in front of SCA. “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them,” Wayne said then. “Our so-called stealing of this country from them was a matter of survival.  There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”  The decision follows a protest Friday in which two students held up a banner in front of the SCA asking for the removal of The Wayne Collection and accusing the school of “endorsing white supremacy” for honoring the actor. Wayne attended and played football for USC before becoming an actor but is controversial for his stance on the treatment of people of color and indigenous people throughout history. According to Plant, the SCA Diversity and Inclusion Board suggested placing a plaque in the exhibit in order to contextualize and critique Wayne’s legacy. But some students feel that this action does not go far enough to address the injustice.center_img Eric Plant, a student majoring in fine arts, said they will hold the banner in front of the School of Cinematic Arts until the John Wayne exhibit is removed. (Photo from Eric Plant/Instagram) “Our values as an inclusive community are predicated on the idea that our student population needs to be heard and have a say about our SCA environment, especially when information comes to light that changes how we relate to it,” Hughes said. “I’m going to go every minute that I have and stand there,” Plant said. “I had conversations while I was standing there, and I was getting people to support it. I would like to keep being there and keep having a presence there.” “If we can get enough students and if we can get enough faculty to say that this exhibit bothers them, they either have to take the choice of the people that they’re supposed to be representing, or they take the choice of John Wayne and all that terrible white supremacy,” Plant said.  The School of Cinematic Arts will talk with students in the coming days about how to address the school’s exhibit honoring controversial film star John Wayne, Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Evan Hughes wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan Sunday. Plant added that SCA removed nine items from the exhibit in an attempt to more accurately reflect Wayne’s legacy, but Plant believes the exhibit is still problematic.  Later in the interview, Wayne said that he didn’t feel bad for the treatment of indigenous people throughout America’s history. “When you walk through and see a statue, or you walk through an exhibit of glass cases, you have this sense that this person is important and that this person is this heroic stamp,” they said. “That’s not enough,” said Saul Singleton, a sophomore majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production. “I feel like SCA’s trying to give a quick solution that won’t resolve the problem by putting a small section of indigenous point of view.”last_img read more