Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Nikki M. James View Comments Star Files Tony Nominee Nick Cordero and Zach Braff’s Bromance Blossoms Tony nominee Nick Cordero and Zach Braff’s bromance continues to blossom. Cordero stopped by CBS’ The Couch to talk behind the scenes at Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway…and his “prince” of a co-star, naturally. Check out the interview below. Forbidden Broadway to Last Forever The Great White Way will be haunted by these jokes for the rest of time. The cast of Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! records the original cast CD for DRG Records May 15—the release date will be announced soon. Lucky Stiff, Starring Jason Alexander and Nikki M. James, Scheduled for 2015 Release The previously reported film adaptation of Lucky Stiff, starring Tony winners Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James and more, is one step closer to a movie theater near you. According to Variety, Arclight Films has just launched sales of the film in Cannes and it is scheduled for a 2015 release. The musical comedy is adapted from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1988 stage show.
Five elected to Bar board,11th Circuit runoff slated Two Miami-Dade County attorneys will face each other this month in a runoff for a Bar Board of Governors seat, while five other board contests were decided in March balloting.The voting also decided three races for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors.Robert J. Fiore and Dennis G. Kainen will face each other on the April runoff ballot for Seat 5 in the 11th Circuit. Fiore got 777 votes and Kainen 736 in the five-way race. They were followed by Juliet Murphy Roulhac with 538, Evan Marks with 301, and Brian P. Patchen with 282.Ballots for the runoff were mailed to lawyers in the 11th Circuit around March 31. They must be returned to the Bar’s election company by midnight April 24. Eligible voters also have the option of voting online, following instructions in the ballot mailing.In other races, Ramon A. Abadin won election to Seat 1 in the 11th Circuit, garnering 1,325 votes to 750 for Richard M. Leslie and 204 for Daniel Morman.In the 15th Circuit, Seat 3, incumbent board member Scott G. Hawkins defeated David C. Prather, 834 to 813. In the 20th Circuit, Seat 1, Laird A. Lile defeated incumbent board member J. Christopher Lombardo 443 to 250.For Out of State, Seat 4, incumbent board member Brian D. Burgoon defeated Eric L. Meeks 928 to 666.In the Young Lawyers Division races, Sean T. Desmond defeated Sean Shaw 170 to 48 for Seat 1 in the Second Circuit. For Seat 2 in the Second Circuit, Christine R. Davis defeated Joseph Breckenridge Brannen 160 to 35.And in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, Michael Fox Orr edged Kathleen Lowery Klein 74 to 73.All the election winners, along with board members elected without opposition, will be sworn in June 23 at the General Assembly during the Bar’s Annual Convention. Five elected to Bar board, 11th Circuit runoff slated April 15, 2006 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 79-year-old man was fatally hit by a vehicle while crossing a road in his hometown of Shirley on Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Fred Mahnken was crossing William Floyd Parkway when he was struck by a northbound Oldsmobile near Lawrence Road at 11:20 a.m.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was later pronounced dead.The driver was neither injured nor charged. His vehicle was for a safety check.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.
The Hill 16 May 2019Family First Comment: Similar to polling recently done in New Zealand.#FollowYourHeartMore than half of registered voters believe that laws banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy are not too restrictive, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey.The May 10-11 poll found that 21 percent of registered voters said that such abortion bans are “too lenient” while 34 percent said they believe they are “just right.”Forty-five percent of respondents said they believe the laws are “too restrictive.”Proponents of abortion rights have mounted legal challenges to new regulations passed by a number of states, but the Hill-Harris poll shows that in the court of public opinion, the laws do not currently appear to have sparked majority opposition.Following Brett Kavanaugh‘s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of Republican-controlled states have passed legislation aiming to reduce access to abortion, in the hopes of sparking a legal challenge that could lead to the high court reconsidering its landmark 1970 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized medical termination of pregnancies.Opponents of the state laws — which ban abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — have argued that they place undue burdens on women, citing research that many do not know they are pregnant at six weeks of gestation.The poll, notably, found comparatively little difference between women and men on the question.Forty-three percent of male respondents said the laws, sometimes referred to as “heartbeat bills,” were too restrictive while 47 percent of women said the same. The margin of difference between the two sexes is not statistically significant.There were stronger differences between age groups, however, with older respondents being much more likely to believe the new laws are too restrictive.READ MORE: https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/443879-poll-majority-of-voters-think-6-week-abortion-bans-arent-tooKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (R-Ind) drafted a military suicide prevention bill.WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate is passing the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act with an 89-11 vote.U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) drafted the bill that would require an annual mental health assessment for all service members.Specialist Jacob Sexton, of Farmland, was enlisted in the Indiana National Guard when he took his own life while on a 15-day leave from Afghanistan.The bill, which is part of the National Defense Authorization Act, now heads to President Obama to be signed into law.Sen. Donnelly said, “This common sense change will ensure we are focused not only on our Armed Forces’ physical readiness but also mental readiness. We make strides in the effort to reduce the stigma of seeking help—truly, it is a sign of strength.”
Mike Keeton became a first-time winner in Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series finale at Shenandoah Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (Sept. 30) – Mike Keeton was fast at the front and stayed there all the way to his first win Saturday on the final night of the 20th annual Virginia Sprint Series.The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers came Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway, ahead of Jerald Harris and Anthony Linkenhoker.The feature-only event rolled off with Bill Rice and Keeton on the front row. When the green flew, Keeton stayed high while Rice was on the bottom and hugging the line.Keeton got free on lap two and Harris came with him on the top side and went for the lead lap after lap while leaving Rice to deal with Linkenhoker.Pavement races really fly by and Harris was keeping close but not getting alongside while Linkenhoker made it to third. Keeton stayed smooth and steady up front, made some good moves in traffic in the final laps and raced to the checkered flag first.Feature results – 1. Mike Keeton; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Anthony Linkenhoker;4. Bill Rice; 5. Chris Ware; 6. Josh Perreault; 7. Neil Sandridge; 8. Jack Rice.
Wenger refused to take a backwards step in the 20th minute after leaving his technical area following Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez. Mourinho told the Frenchman to “back off” as their rivalry endured another ugly episode, with the Gunners boss firmly planting two hands on the Portuguese’s chest – risking Football Association disciplinary action – and the pair also eye-balling each other in close quarters. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shoved Jose Mourinho as their long-running feud turned physical in a 2-0 win which saw Chelsea take a five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. The major flashpoint of the match occurred when Cahill slid in recklessly on Sanchez to the left of the Chelsea dugout. Wenger, this week celebrating his 18th anniversary at the Arsenal helm, strode towards the incident, walking across the Chelsea technical area as he made his objections. Mourinho reminded his adversary he was in his territory, telling the Frenchman to retreat to his own designated space, only for the Gunners boss to object and place his hands on Mourinho’s chest. Fourth official Jonathan Moss intervened not once but twice, the second time after the managers had exchanged views almost nose to nose. Moss explained the events to referee Martin Atkinson, who had booked Cahill, and then left the managers in no doubt that their behaviour would not be tolerated. There was further cause for alarm on the touchline when Courtois required attention after his head had been caught as Sanchez chased a Jack Wilshere through ball. The Belgium goalkeeper played on before needing further treatment, with Mourinho encroaching on to the field to alert Atkinson. Cech came on, determined to seize his chance after being relegated to the substitutes’ bench this term following a decade in the first team. It was Cech’s 480th Chelsea appearance, just his second as a replacement. Hazard was the catalyst for the on-field action igniting when he burst past Santi Cazorla and Chambers and into the area. Koscielny stuck out a leg and tripped Hazard, who tucked in the penalty himself. The visitors were fortunate not to have Chambers sent off for two bookable offences before the interval. Chambers had tripped Hazard to earn his yellow card and he then hauled down Andre Schurrle on the edge of the area, but avoided further sanction. Cazorla flashed a shot wide from Sanchez’s pass as Arsenal failed to test Cech early in the second half before Szczesny twice mis-hit clearances and was relieved to see the first bounce to a man in red off Costa. Szczesny’s reflexes saved Arsenal after Hazard beat Chambers and crossed. Flamini turned the ball towards his own goal, with Szczesny palming the ball on to the post. Wilshere’s pleas for a handball against Fabregas were rejected and Chambers blasted over as Arsenal tried to find an equaliser, with Chelsea playing largely on the counter-attack. Costa teed-up Hazard, who clipped the ball over, but the Blues had their second when Fabregas lifted his pass over the Arsenal defence for the Spain striker to run on to it. Costa, playing his third game in nine days despite his fragile hamstrings, won the race for the ball and flicked it over the on-rushing Szczesny to seal victory. There was still time for Danny Welbeck to be booked for a reckless foul on Fabregas and Costa’s blushes to be spared by the offside flag as he missed an open goal in a comfortable Chelsea win. Sanchez had earlier clattered Thibaut Courtois in the head in challenging for the ball, with the goalkeeper playing on for a short time before departing the stadium for precautionary tests. Petr Cech was on the field when Chelsea took the lead through an Eden Hazard penalty awarded after the Belgian slalomed through two challenges before being felled by Laurent Koscielny as the Arsenal defence failed to follow Wenger’s combative example. Calum Chambers might have been sent off for two bookable offences in the first half and Wojciech Szczesny made a fine save to prevent Mathieu Flamini from turning the ball into his own net as Arsenal survived two scares in a feisty contest. Cesc Fabregas might have conceded a penalty for handball before the former Arsenal captain played a beautifully flighted pass to allow Diego Costa to net his ninth Premier League goal of the season. Although Arsenal showed more steel than in March’s 6-0 capitulation in Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge, it means the Frenchman is still to taste victory over a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho after 12 attempts. Mourinho on Friday refused to apologise for in February labelling Wenger “a specialist in failure” and their latest contretemps will have soured the relationship further. The Chelsea boss will barely care as his side took a commanding advantage over second-placed Manchester City into the international break after dropping just two points in the opening seven games. There was a 15-minute delay to the scheduled 1405BST kick-off between the two remaining unbeaten teams in the top flight after a flare was lit on the approach to the visiting end. Press Association
The Latest: Gov. Wolf not giving green light to Pocono race Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July.Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR has yet to receive the green light to race in Pennsylvania. A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday. World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease.Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities.If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot.The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.” Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease.Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation.___ In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak.The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.” May 15, 2020 The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___ The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up. The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon.The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach. The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond.The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans. The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season. The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.___ Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing.___ All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.”The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic. ___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.”Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer. Gov. Tom Wolf says he spoke to NASCAR officials about the status of the June 27 and 28 races at Pocono Raceway. The stock car series announced this week it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans. NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races — including nine in the elite Cup Series — as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus. The revised schedule didn’t address the scheduled doubleheader weekend at Pocono and the rest of season.“We actually had conversations with NASCAR and I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision,” Wolf said. “The area that they want to have this gathering in is actually in the red right now, red zone, red phase, so I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision.”The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.___ The National Women’s Hockey League has canceled the Isobel Cup championship game between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps.The game was scheduled March 13 in Boston, before the initial postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan calls the decision “disappointing” while adding “this global health crisis transcends sports.”The league is focused on preparing for next season. Its scheduled to open in mid-November, with a sixth team after the addition of an expansion franchise in Toronto.Ticket holders can request a refund or choose to apply their payment toward Pride tickets for next season. The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November.___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona.Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.” Associated Press
Published on February 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb Eighteen days after making a promise not to shoot 3s, Ron Patterson broke it.He strayed from his vow last week too, but this one was late in the shot clock so he was spared from the wrath of Jim Boeheim.The only reaction Boeheim gave was a raising of his eyebrows when the shot went in.“I thought both Ronnie and B.J. (Johnson) finally made some shots, which is why we were in the game,” Syracuse head coach Boeheim said. “They haven’t been doing that and that was big for those guys to make those shots.”Often a liability, the Orange’s bench was instead a sparkplug Saturday afternoon. Patterson and Johnson combined for 20 points, SU’s largest bench contribution since Dec. 22, on a combined 7-of-10 shooting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTheir efforts ultimately weren’t enough to push Syracuse (17-10, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) past Pittsburgh (18-10, 7-7) in its 65-61 loss in the Carrier Dome, but managed to help keep the Orange afloat on a day when the starters — particularly guards Trevor Cooney and Kaleb Joseph — underperformed.“They were able to come in and pick up on the scoring for them,” forward Tyler Roberson said. “You need that when guys aren’t playing well.”An ineffective Joseph, also 0-for-5 from the field, played just 16 minutes. Cooney, who shot 0-for-5 for the game, left the floor briefly due to his strained back. Roberson also left the floor due to injury, having a laceration above his eye treated.The blend of those circumstances opened the door for Patterson and Johnson to get more run than usual, and they made the most of it.Johnson drove along the baseline and found Patterson for a layup to knot the score at 17, and a minute and a half after that Michael Gbinije hit Patterson for a reverse layup. The guard connected on his 3 — which bumped his 3-point shooting percentage up to a measly 18 percent on the year — to bring SU within five points at the 13:31 point of the second half, and added a baseline jumper off the dribble for his fourth field goal.Johnson hit a 3 to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 53-45 with 7:44 left, then connected on one the next trip down to make it a five-point game.“They overcommitted to Rak, so it was a great kickout and a pretty wide-open shot,” Johnson said. “Anytime you come off the bench and provide any kind of spark, whether it’s a blocked shot or steal or making shots, it’s always good for us.“I thought I needed to step up and I did a pretty decent job of that.”He did just that when, with a minute left and the Panthers leading 61-57, Johnson drilled a 3 from the corner right in front of the SU bench — where Cooney and Joseph were located, and Patterson and Johnson weren’t.Syracuse wouldn’t draw any closer than that one point the rest of the way, but wouldn’t have been that close without its reserves.“I’m happy that they stepped up,” Gbinije said. “We’re a better team that way. We needed a little bit more, but maybe that could carry over to our next game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The drop deadline for classes has officially been extended in response to a resolution presented last semester by the Undergraduate Student Government. Beginning next fall, the drop deadline will occur during the seventh week of school, instead of during the third week.The new resolution was approved and presented to the Committee of Academic Policies and Procedures in December 2014, which then passed the resolution that same day. The new deadlines have been officially posted on the university calendar and the Registrar’s website.Nicole Schrad, USG’s director of academic affairs, initiated the idea when she noticed that students had to decide to drop a class before they had any important tests or projects. Thus, students had no measure of how well they could do in their classes.Chief of Staff Hassan Ebrahim noticed that other institutions had their drop deadlines well into the semester, giving their students a greater advantage by allowing them to drop classes at later dates.“This is something we felt would facilitate a more academically sound environment and encourage students to pursue more challenging classes … and the administration definitely agreed,” Ebrahim said.Schrad, along with Greek Senator Providence Illisevich and Assistant Director of Academic Affairs Maariyah Patel, wrote and presented the first resolution to the Registrar last September. The resolution proposed to extend the add/drop and pass/no pass letter grade deadlines to the seventh week of the semester, on the grounds that it would encourage students to try out new classes and be able to drop them without consequences if they were not good fits.“Students need to feel that they can earn a transcript that not necessarily makes it easier for them, but that reflects what they are capable of at the same level than all the other students at top private universities,” Illisevich said.Schrad explained that the Registrar’s main concern with the first resolution was that they did not want students changing their classes from a letter grade to pass/no pass after the third week of school.“The Registrar thought that’d be better because a lot of classes work in groups, and they didn’t want groups to be hindered by people changing to pass/no pass and then slacking off,” Schrad said.Additionally, the financial aid office feared that changing the deadline would affect tuition and the payment process.“They were concerned that there’s a lot of different laws involved with financial aid, and so they wanted to make sure that students were flagged if they were dropping too many courses,” Schrad said.USG amended the resolution and presented a new one this semester, which included the stipulation that classes could only be changed from pass/no pass to letter grades after week three, and not vice versa.This new resolution also stated that courses could not be added after the third week of classes, and that any classes dropped after this deadline still had to be paid for.“We actively answered to [the administration’s] requests because their support was huge in the long run,” Schrad said.Douglas Shook, dean of academic records and registrar, explained that the amendment would not disrupt the way in which the university operates.“If you withdraw from a class after week three, it’s still going to be part of our internal and financial records,” Shook said. “It’s just that we won’t show a ‘W’ on your transcripts, and that made it easier for us to accommodate [USG’s] request because we weren’t changing how the university records enrollments or registrations, and it doesn’t have implications for financial aid.”Many students explained that they were in favor of the amended resolution for a new add/drop deadline.“If you fail the first midterm, then you can drop the class without being penalized. I’m not advocating anyone failing, but this is a safety net for people that are going to grad school,” said Jad Elgaali, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.