Former Milan leader receives ‘Richard G. Lugar’ award

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Director of the National Federation of State High Schools Association, Bob Gardner, is the second annual recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Award for Distinguished Service to Interscholastic Athletics. A presentation will be made during halftime of the 4A state championship game by IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox, Jim Morris, Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, and Governor Eric Holcomb.Gardner has worked in education for the last 48 years in a variety of capacities. He also served as a principal and superintendent in the Milan Community School system. In 1985 Gardner joined the IHSAA staff as an Assistant Commissioner, and was later appointed Commissioner of the Association in 1995. He has been a member of the National Federation of State High Schools Association in 200 and became the executive director in 2010. During his service with the IHSAA he has focused on risk minimization and on concussion awareness.Gardner graduated from Boonville High School where he was a three-sport athlete. He graduate from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor’s degree and earned a Master’s degree from Ball State University. He is a member of the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, and has also served on the Board of Directors for USA Football, USA Basketball, and the Indiana Sports Corporation.last_img read more

Butler, Sykes lead Syracuse to comeback win after slow starts

first_imgQuentin Hillsman looked at the scoreboard and then at Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler. He didn’t mince words. He told them they needed to step up.It was during a timeout late in the first half. The two had combined for just five points thus far and not surprisingly, Syracuse was down.“I said, ‘If you guys don’t start scoring, we’re not going to win the basketball game,’” Hillsman said. “‘There’s just no chance we can win if you’ve got two points and you’ve got three points.’“And they responded.”Syracuse’s top two scorers couldn’t get anything to go down in the first half, but eventually combined for 37 points in the Orange’s (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) 76-70 win over Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-2) on Sunday. The duo scored 11 of 12 points in a game-changing 12-point run to give SU a lead late in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe late effort helped the Orange to its first ACC win as a member school in front of 772 fans in the Carrier Dome.“My teammates were getting on me,” said Sykes, who finished with 14 points. “Coach was getting on me about being too calm in the game. I had to step up for them to help them win the game.”Down the stretch in the second half, it was all Butler and Sykes. Butler — SU’s best 3-point shooter who finished with 23 points — connected on a 3-pointer to start the 12-0 run. Then, just more than a minute later, she tied the score at 63.With the score tied at 67 and 2:20 to play, Sykes was dribbling the ball up in pressure. The hounding defense left Butler wide open in the corner. Sykes found Butler, and she nailed it to give Syracuse a lead that it would not relinquish.“I think in the first half I kind of beat myself,” Butler said. “I think in the second half and toward the end of the first half, when I hit that first 3, it definitely made me more confident and I was able to knock down each of the shots.”Hillsman said he was concerned that Butler wasn’t looking for the 3. He said Georgia Tech was forcing her to drive to the basket, which hindered her from doing what she does best.“There are not many players in basketball that can light it up like neon, shoot the ball and make it every time they touch it,” Hillsman said. “You have to make shots, you can’t let teams turn you into a driver.”But the comeback also came on the soft touch of Sykes. Though she made only one shot in the first half, she was 3-for-3 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line in the second. Her jumper with 4:17 left gave SU its first lead in 14 minutes, and her free throws iced the game for Syracuse in the waning seconds.Sykes said SU’s second-half effort was a wake-up call for her team, which has blown a second-half lead in three of its four losses.“As soon as we ran in the locker room, we were all celebrating the win. But we came to realize that we can’t go back to the way we used to play,” Sykes said. “The ACC is a great conference and these teams are ready to battle.“We’re ready to battle with them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

UG staff threatens industrial action over salary increase

first_img– demands Administration abandons 10% increase for top officialsAmere few days following the installation of its ninth chancellor, the University of Guyana (UG) is again facing challenges, as its academic and non-academic staff have threatened a series of industrial action today, Friday 20, if the administration does not concede to their demands.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) said if the fairly new administration does not adhere to their calls for increases in salaries, the situation could become harsh.They are also demanding that the planned 10 per cent increase for senior officials of the institution be abandoned.In a release Wednesday afternoon, the two unions said faculty and staff at the university will be launching a protest calling for increased salaries and benefits as talks between the unions and the administration hit a roadblock.They said UG’s administration and council have already been warned that if their demands are not met some form of industrial action could begin as early as today.The two unions are demanding, among other things, that academic and non-academic staff receive 23 per cent and 25 per cent increase in their salaries respectively, retroactive to January 2016 along with all benefits submitted to the university’s administration on April 20, 2016. This they require to be paid in their May 2016 salaries.The unions said the administration has not been keeping the promises it made on April 18, 2016, to stop the across-the-board increase for the statutory officers. Among the key demands is for the council to rescind its decision to pay statutory officers—two deputy vice chancellors, the registrar and the bursar—a 10 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January, 2015, until it can offer adequate justification for such actions.They said it is the very administration which claimed it had no monies to pay benefits including 10 bursaries for their children who performed with distinction at national exams, yet the administration found over $8 million to increase the salaries of statutory officers who had just joined the university, a mere 8 months ago, and all others within the last two years. “Some of whose take-home pay amounts to approximately $1 million per month.”“If the University of Guyana’s administration and Council go ahead and pay the 10 per cent increase to the statutory officers, the unions say they will “reassert their previous demand of a 60 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2016 and all submitted demands contained in our Memorandum of Demands dated February 16, 2015.”The new development by the two unions has come one year after a similar exercise of this nature came up, where under the leadership of former Vice Chancellor Dr Jacob Opadeyi, the two unions protested for nearly five weeks, demanding better working conditions and salary increases.The series of protests had caused massive disruption of classes, much to the annoyance of the UGSS which also took to protesting for the resumption of classes.The protests finally ended following the signing of a Terms of Resumption Agreement.The Terms of Resumption Agreement stated that upon the recommencement of classes, there would be no victimisation or harassment by either side such as dismissals, demotions, transfers, among others.The first issues that were to be addressed, as outlined in the agreement, were allowances and other conditions of work.The UG Administration was also expected to broker agreements with the Guyana Revenue Authority; National Insurance Scheme; credit unions; and all other loan agencies paid through the university to prevent penalties to staff for outstanding payments.Some of the other demands made by the unions were for projectors to be installed in all large classrooms, well-refurbished blackboards and whiteboards to be available in all classrooms; sufficient markers, chalk, erasers, among other teaching materials, as well as an adequate internet supply, and for computers to be supplied for the desks of all Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Heads of Sections and Coordinators.The unions had said a few days later that the administration had violated those terms of resumption.last_img read more