Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 58 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Sandy Greenstein: Older Adulthood Should Be Embraced, Celebrated By SANDY GREENSTEIN Published on Monday, April 27, 2020 | 4:53 pm More Cool Stuff Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Myths, assumptions and stereotypes about older adults abound, even two decades into the 21stcentury: Most are disconnected from the mainstream, stuck in the past, a crotchety and feeble bunch, no longer bring value to the workplace…and the list goes on.The fact is that older Americans today in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are leading longer, healthier lives than their parents and grandparents ever could have hoped for.Even the terminology has changed: Terms such as “elderly” and “senior citizens” now bear the stigma of dependence and being pushed aside. These terms have been largely replaced by “older adults,” which translates to independence, experience and wisdom. Language matters.I would like to see an even larger number of people who are adding years to their lives by adding life to their years. To achieve this, social structures, roles and institutions must be in place for the benefit of all older adults.This is why senior centers are so important. They serve as community focal points and have become one of the most widely used services among America’s older adults. The Pasadena Senior Center serves more than 10,000 older adults every year.This is not your grandmother’s senior center where bingo, shuffleboard and sitting around in rockers reminiscing about the olden days were de rigueur. Older adults today want to be engaged, enriched and empowered, improve or maintain their health, enjoy active lifestyles and social interaction, take classes relevant to today’s world, access resources for social services and so much more. Akila Gibbs, executive director of the center, has provided innovative and energetic leadership to make it the vital community asset it is today.As the Pasadena Senior Center begins its 60th year as an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that receives no financial assistance from any government agency, our goal is to sustain programs and services for another 60 years and beyond. These will always include special services for those who are frail, low-income and homebound.In light of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, the center is currently operating on a limited basis and primarily providing critical social services for older adults. Many other programs and activities have been put on hold and, in some cases, offered differently, such as classes that are accessed online for the time being.Life expectancy between 1920 and 2020 has increased by more than 30 percent in the U.S. Let us capitalize on these extra years to shape the trajectory of our lives in a way that improves our well-being and opportunities for a more fulfilling time to come.There is no reason to shy away from the realities of older adulthood and the great potential this season of life represents. The earlier we embrace these realities, the better we can plan for a bright future.For more information about Pasadena Senior Center programs and services, including COVID-19 response, please visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.— Sandy Greenstein is president of the Pasadena Senior Center Board of Directors Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
My NOLA Jazz Fest memories date back to my high school days when my jazz program took me there for a national high-school jazz competition. It was the beginning of me traveling a few thousand miles to play music. We won that competition, and I boarded the plane with powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde on my shirt and a smile on my face. Sixteen years later, I’m coming back with that same smile and a show of my own, Z-Funk—a mash-up of two bands that have had a profound influence on my career: Led Zeppelin and P-Funk (Parliament Funkadelic).With a great partnership with Live For Live Music, I’ve put on a dozen of my own shows in New York City over the last couple years, but putting one on during Jazz Fest feels different. The stakes are higher, everyone wants to do their absolute best, and we can play with truly great musicians. There is no shortage of them at Jazz Fest.I’ve tapped Roosevelt Collier and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer for the guitar line. Those two are ridiculous. Roosevelt’s new album, Exit 16, just came out on GroundUP’s label, and it’s superb. Michael League of Snarky Puppy did a stellar job as always. Taz was just on Jesus Christ Superstar with John Legend—on national TV. So, yeah, those two, huh?Rob Walker from The Main Squeeze was an exciting choice for me. We played together on Jam Cruise this year, and I fell in love with his groove. I had to get more of that shit, so here he is. Then, Steve Swatkins on keys and talkbox—nuff said. Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy on horns, plus Shira Elias [vocals, Turkuaz] and lots of special guests. I work with the three of them as often as I can, and they never let me down. They’re some of the best in the business, and I’m proud to have them.This show, for me, is about letting people know where I come from. This is it. Think about John Bonham roasting a bone and climbing onto the Mothership. It’s gonna be a party. Heavy on the one, and full of all that good ol’ late-night Frenchman St. madness. See y’all there…If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, don’t miss Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic featuring Michelangelo Carubba & Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Rob Walker (The Main Squeeze), and Chris Bullock & Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy) at The Maison on Sunday, April 29th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here; and for our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.The Z-Funk show is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. We work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.
John Krasinski(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Dry Powder The world premiere of Sarah Burgess’ Dry Powder has extended its run at the Public Theater for the second time. The off-Broadway production, starring The Office’s John Krasinski and Emmy winner Claire Danes, will now run through May 1. Performances begin on March 1, with opening night set for March 22.In addition to Krasinski and Danes, the cast features Emmy winner and Tony nominee Hank Azaria and Broadway alum Sanjit De Silva. Hamilton helmer Thomas Kail directs.The play follows Rick (Azaria), who throws an extravagant engagement party immediately following massive layoffs at a national grocery chain by his private equity firm. Fortunately, Seth (Krasinski), one of Rick’s managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company’s PR disaster. But Jenny (Danes), Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Swanston Steve Swanston is EVP of Sales for Velocity Solutions. He is responsible for defining the firm’s sales strategy in order to maximize growth and market share, as well as … Web: www.myvelocity.com Details This article is the second in a two-part series that focuses on the importance of member data and how credit unions can capitalize on it to improve account opening procedures and overall institution performance. It is no secret that the value of a member increases over the lifetime of the relationship with your credit union — the longer the relationship with a consumer, the better chance that consumer will become profitable. But member profitability is heavily dependent on retention — at which credit unions excel — and the ability of the credit union to maximize the time it takes to recover acquisition costs (approximately two years, according to industry reports). One effective way to boost member profitability is to increase the transactions on existing share draft accounts. The most obvious place to start is with the preferred transactional device for everyday purchases: the debit card. Increasing debit card activity helps strengthen the connection between your member and your credit union and can boost growth within that critical first two years. To start, credit unions must analyze key member data points and use them as guidance in establishing procedures, especially at account opening, that will lead to increased debit card transactions.In the first article in this series, we focused on Data Point #1: Debit Card Take Rate. Another highly valuable piece of data your credit union should monitor is your Regulation E Opt-in Percentage. Data Point #2: Reg. E Opt-In PercentageThe importance of obtaining a Reg. E decision at account opening cannot be overstated. Without this decision, your institution cannot serve members who desire for you to authorize transactions that may result in an overdraft fee on ATM and one-time debit card transactions. Without this decision, some of your members are undoubtedly experiencing declined debit card transactions for which they probably blame your credit union, especially if they have not made a Reg. E decision or are unaware it is even an option.If your data shows high opt-out rates or low opt-in rates, then there likely are many of your members who are unable to use their debit cards the way they prefer. The only way to know if you have members who cannot access their debit cards the way they prefer is to continually evaluate Reg. E decision percentages on a branch-by-branch basis. Talk to high-performing branch managers to learn their Reg. E procedures and replicate those actions across other branches, with the goal of having a compliant conversation designed to serve the member best. Likewise, if opt-in rates seem high, monitor account opening discussions to ensure employees are not using coercion tactics or being incented in any way to steer an opt-in decision. The Value of the DecisionProvide periodic Reg. E training, including educating frontline staff about the value of obtaining a Reg. E decision. The members who use and value the overdraft service not only are happy that their transactions are authorized, but they provide income that allows your credit union to offer a new member an account that is free or close to free. In addition to the economic benefits of a Reg. E decision, you must educate your credit union employees about how declined debit card transactions affect a member’s perception of the institution. When a member’s debit card is repeatedly declined, especially at the point of sale, the chances are very good that the member will abandon using the debit card, choosing a more reliable way to transact. In fact, a declining rate of debit card transactions is one early indicator that an account is on its way to becoming inactive. Isolating the accounts with declining debit card swipes — along with accounts that have experienced a debit card decline without an accompanying Reg. E decision — and reaching out to them in a personalized, relevant way can save the account and potentially lead to increased account profitability.Partner with an ExpertHarnessing and applying your member data is essential to providing meaningful interactions and services, which can lead to greater retention and overall account profitability. According to McKinsey & Company, using data analytics to personalize relationships can increase a company’s operating profits by about six percent. If your credit union is unable to extract actionable account data, consider partnering with a third-party provider that specializes in aggregating and analyzing financial institution data, developing revenue- and service-enhancing strategies that capitalize on the findings, and providing training to ensure the strategies are implemented enterprise-wide.
What was discovered has nothing to do with life, nor does it contribute in any way to solving one of the “greatest mysteries of chemistry.”From the news hype, you would think astrobiologists have made a giant leap toward understanding the origin of life. An announcement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, publisher of Science Magazine) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) sent reporters into a frenzy, writing rapturous headlines that reverberated throughout the internet:‘Twisty’ Molecule Essential to Life Spotted in Deep Space For 1st Time (Space.com). “Discovering such molecules in deep space, called chiral molecules, can help researchers understand the development of life on Earth, which is rich in those complex molecules….”First mirror-image molecule found in interstellar space (New Scientist); “the result could help scientists understand where life can arise, but it could also tell them about how it happened.”Prebiotic Molecule Detected in Interstellar Cloud (CalTech); “does interstellar prebiotic chemistry plant the primordial cosmic seeds that determine the handedness of life?”A Molecule Deep in Space Could Help Explain the Origins of Life (Discover Magazine). “A peculiar new molecule hovering within a star-forming dust cloud in deep in space could help explain why life on Earth is the way it is.“Life’s first handshake: Chiral molecule detected in interstellar space (Science Daily). “Chiral molecules are essential for life and their discovery in deep space may help scientists understand why life on Earth relies on a certain handedness to perform key biological functions.”Mystery ‘key of life’ molecule that may explain our origins is found outside the solar system (Daily Mail UK); “….a pioneering leap forward in our understanding of how prebiotic molecules are made in the universe and the effects they may have on the origins of life.“Now, the data: astrochemists at the NRAO found spectral signatures of propylene oxide in interstellar gas clouds 390 light-years away (i.e., a long way from the earth). Propylene oxide (CH3CHCH2O) is manufactured by industry in the production of plastics. It also has been used as a fumigant, racing fuel and as a disinfectant for biological samples in preparation for microscopy. It is a probable human carcinogen (Wikipedia). No living thing on earth makes it or uses it.Why, then, are all the news sources pretending this molecule has anything to do with the origin of life? Many molecules are found in space, organic (carbon-bearing) and inorganic. Some are found in living things, but others, like HCN (hydrogen cyanide) or acrylonitrile (CH2CHCN), are deadly poisons. Many interstellar molecules are more complex than propylene oxide (see list).The only thing about this molecule that is new is that it is chiral: that is, it comes in left-handed and right-handed forms. This is not surprising, because chirality depends only on the geometry of the chemical bonds that connect the atoms. Many chiral molecules are known on earth that have nothing to do with life. This is the first one found in interstellar gas and dust. Whenever chirality is found outside of living cells, it consists of “racemic” mixtures of approximately 50% left-handed and 50% right-handed.Every biologist knows that life depends on homochirality: building blocks arranged with only one hand. With only rare exceptions, proteins are made up of 100% left-handed amino acids, and DNA/RNA chains use 100% right-handed sugars. Scientists know this is “one of the deepest mysteries in chemistry,” as an embedded video clip on Space.com states.So does the discovery of abiotic propylene oxide help, in any way, solve the mystery? Absolutely not. Deeper reading in the articles, below the flashy headlines and references to life, reveals that the mystery is no closer to a solution.“Scientists do not yet understand how biology came to rely on one handedness and not the other.” (Science Daily)“…. molecules with the wrong ‘handedness’ won’t work at all in many biological systems. Because of that, most of the important chiral molecules on Earth, like amino acids, are all the same “handedness” as each other. But scientists don’t know how the Earth came to favor particular varieties to start with. (Space.com)“While homochirality—the use of only one handedness of any given molecule—is evolutionarily advantageous, it is unknown how life chose the molecular handedness seen across the biosphere.” (Caltech)Only empty speculations fill the gap. Although the astronomers cannot detect the handedness of the molecules in the gas cloud, they assume that the molecules are racemic, because no known formation process can discriminate between the two forms (called enantiomers or isoforms). In the New Scientist article, co-discoverer Brandon Carroll (Caltech) admits complete ignorance on the subject, even invoking chance:Carroll suspects that nature first produced an equal number of right- and left-handed molecules. Both are easily synthesised in the lab. Then some process, perhaps incoming star light, preferentially destroyed one handedness, leaving only the other to form life.“We just don’t know what process is doing this,” says Carroll. “It could be completely random. Or it could be that they’re all the same.” But by observing how these molecules naturally form deep within clouds of interstellar gas, researchers might soon have their answer.No physical process has ever been shown to produce more than a slight enantiomeric excess of one hand over the other, as CEH has pointed out for years (most recently, 6/02/16). Indeed, it is very hard for intelligent humans to separate them. Living cells, however, manufacture and select one-handed molecules reliably all the time. Insertion of the wrong hand in a protein or DNA molecule is often destructive, breaking the function of the molecule. In cells, proofreading processes correct the errors or destroy the chains.If some natural process in a gas cloud separated the hands and sent them into a planetary nebula where the solar system formed (as the astrochemists propose), it should be possible to test the idea. Find any homochiral molecule on Mercury, Mars, Venus, or any other planet devoid of life. Such evidence would make monumental news, but of course, it doesn’t exist.To expect random chance to build a homochiral molecule is improbable to the extreme, as our online book shows (for an average-length protein, one chance in 10123). Even if—against astronomical odds—a homochiral polypeptide or polynucleotide did form, it would represent one lonely, non-living molecule likely to break apart with the next lightning bolt on a sterile earth.The scientists know all this, but they titillated reporters with suggestive quotes about “life,” and off they ran. This is tantamount to deliberate deception. Is it funding time at the NRAO? The paper comes out this week in Science, but was announced at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Diego.Even worse is an earlier headline posted by Science Daily and PhysOrg, stating “Life’s origins may result from low-energy electron reactions in space: Adds crucial data to study of the ‘chemistry of the heavens’.” Some chemist at Wellesly College claims that some “building blocks of life” may form with less energy than earlier thought.His recently published results suggest that low-energy, electron-induced condensed phase reactions may contribute to the interstellar synthesis of prebiotic molecules previously thought to form exclusively via UV photons. In the simplest possible terms, his work is consistent with the idea that we really do come from stardust and is relevant to the first unambiguous detection of glycine in a comet, reported in May 2016.Glycine, the simplest amino acid, is the only non-chiral amino acid in life. Its existence in a comet has nothing to do with “life’s origins” or the solution to the homochirality problem.Update 6/15/16: Rowena Ball at The Conversation admits the problem, but offers a speculative solution that cannot get pure homochirality. It also fails the test of finding chiral molecules on the other planets.Update 6/19/16: The original paper in Science about propylene oxide, like the popular press articles, offers no solution to the problem of homochirality. The authors toss out the possibility that circularly polarized light may produce an enantiomeric excess (4/22/13), but they provide no evidence that it did (they cannot even detect the ratio of handedness in the molecular cloud). Even if it did, the excess would likely be slight, and would be subject to the test offered above: look for an enantiomeric excesses on other rocky planets that supposedly evolved from the same dust disk as Earth.The press and the materialists in Big Science are hoodwinking the public. Here we have one of the strongest falsifications of origin-of-life hypotheses (homochirality), and King Charlie’s magicians turn it into a celebration of naturalism. The Caltech press release says “The work is supported by the National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics and Graduate Fellowship grant programs and the NASA Astrobiology Institute….” Your tax dollars at work. Are you angry enough yet?Why is there no media outlet, beside CEH, that calls foul? Why doesn’t any secular reporter ask hard questions? Big Science and their lackeys in the media are part of a huge racket. They deserve to be exposed and shamed.Teachers: Use the news reports cited above as examples of propaganda in action. Aim our Baloney Detector at the quotes and identify the multiple ways reporters and scientists twist, distort, mislead and fool the public into thinking materialists are making progress showing how life arose without design.Exercise: Identify the types of propaganda in the news reports. Formulate hard questions you would ask scientists and reporters about the evidence and the implications.Resources: Evolution: Possible or Impossible? (online here), and The Design of Life by Dembski and Wells. Chapter 8 on “origin of life” provides a very good history and discussion of the many astronomical hurdles militating against life’s origin by non-intelligent causes. (Visited 99 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Gun-rights groups perceive President Barack Obama as a threat to unfettered access to firearms. They once had qualms about Mitt Romney, too. But times and circumstances have changed for Romney, the GOP presidential nominee now in tune with the National Rifle Association and similar organizations, whose members are motivated voters.In the tight White House race, every bit of support helps, especially in the most closely contested states and particularly from groups that claim millions of members nationwide.Romney’s prior embrace of weapon-control proposals had put him crossways with the NRA and others. These days, Romney is on their good side by opposing renewal of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons, additional regulations on gun shows and suggested federal gun registration requirements.The NRA and some less prominent organizations are spending big money on mailings, radio ads, TV commercials and booths at game fairs to promote the former Massachusetts governor and portray Obama as hostile to gun rights.Gun groups are an important part of an outdoor enthusiast network that neither side is willing to concede.There are “Sportsmen for Romney” and “Sportsmen for Obama,” all playing to the largely male hook-and-bullet crowd that is protective of recreational passions. Neither candidate is considered an avid outdoorsman, though each has made mention of fishing rods or been photographed casting a line.Romney and his allies underscore his hands-off stance when it comes to guns, and say he would move to open more public land to hunting. They also promote the bona fides of running mate Paul Ryan, who has a permit for just about every season in Wisconsin, his home state.Last month, Ryan reminded a gathering of sportsmen in Ohio of the hours he has logged in duck blinds, deer stands, pheasant fields and fishing boats. Then came his critique of Obama: “I wonder, I shudder as a gun owner, seeing his record when he was in the Illinois state Senate, what would he do if he never has to face the voters ever again?”It’s the type of message that resonates with voters such as Stan Glover of Bowerston, Ohio. Glover said Romney’s past stands gave him pause, but he’s more nervous about Obama.”The uncertainty of politics in Washington, as regards hunters/gun owner rights, has caused undue fear amongst folks that enjoy the shooting sports,” said Glover, a manufacturing plant sales director who plans to vote for Romney.The Obama campaign emphasizes steps by his administration to promote habitat conservation, set aside land and preserve access to land used for recreation. Supporters point to Obama’s “American Great Outdoors Initiative” to coordinate conservation and natural resource efforts in all 50 states, whether it’s restoring wetlands in Iowa’s duck-rich Prairie Pothole Region or filtering phosphorous harmful to fish and fowl in Grand Lake St. Marys in Ohio.For Obama, minimizing Romney’s apparent advantage among voters who place a premium on outdoors issues is the name of the game.In Iowa and other states, that task falls to people such as Dick Dearden. He’s a Democratic state senator and leader of a group of pro-Obama outdoors enthusiasts working to combat negative portrayals of the incumbent among the shotgun crowd.”The president is not a threat to people who hunt and fish. He’s an asset,” Dearden said. “I’m a member of the NRA and they are beginning to more and more embarrass me. I’m a Second Amendment person, but I have not seen anything this president has done for the last four years that has hurt anyone’s Second Amendment rights.”Obama’s campaign highlights a law he signed in his first year as president that allows people with weapons permits to bring loaded guns into national parks and wildlife refuges. The change drew rebukes from gun-control advocates.But groups working to defeat Obama sound alarms about his support of reinstating an assault weapons ban if one made it through Congress. They also are stoking fears that the president would use a second term to appoint federal judges with restrictive views toward gun ownership. The Supreme Court has been closely divided in recent gun cases, and the balance could shift if Obama had the chance to pick any new justices.Romney told the leader of the NRA’s lobbying arm in a question-and-answer piece published last month that he would appoint “wise, experienced and restrained judges” and fill his Cabinet with “people who agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right.”His own views have shifted from when he ran for the Senate and was governor in Massachusetts. In his failed 1994 Senate campaign he backed a waiting period on gun sales and an assault weapons ban that he said were “not going to make me the hero of the NRA.” As governor, he signed a state-level assault weapons ban that he argued was part of a brokered deal between the sides in the gun debate.In the NRA interview published in September, Romney unequivocally opposed new gun restrictions, including one on semiautomatic weapons. The group endorsed him in Virginia in early October and has since reserved more than $1.3 million in TV ad time in in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, acknowledged some hesitancy about Romney but said gun-rights activists were mollified by his selection of Ryan as a running mate.advertisementadvertisement
Star TribuneFour off-duty police officers on post at the July 9 Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball game quit their positions after seeing the players’ T-shirts, which demanded “justice and accountability.” The message was made in the wake of the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week. Their deaths reportedly led to the Dallas shooting, in which five officers were killed, Atlanta Black Star reported.According to the Star Tribune, the four team captains – Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen – donned the shirts to honor victims lost in last week’s events. The group held a press conference in Target Center explaining the wardrobe was chosen to encourage an end to racial profiling and continued wearing the T-shirts during their warm up that night.“In the wake of the tragedies that have continued to plague our society, we have decided it’s important to take a stand and raise our voices,” Brunson said in the conference. “Racial profiling is a problem. Senseless violence is a problem. The divide is way too big between our communities and those who have vowed to protect and serve us.”Four off-duty police officers left the job when they saw the black shirts, which read “Change starts with us, justice and accountability” on the front. Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s names were on the back with a Dallas Police Department emblem and “Black Lives Matter.”Star TribuneLynx coach Cheryl Reeve supported her team members’ political action.“In order to enact change, when you see an injustice, you can’t stand idly by,” she told Lynx Radio Network. “I think it was very thoughtful of them and, as usual, I’m very proud of them.”Minneapolis Police Federation president Lt. Bob Kroll backed the officers who walked out.“I commend them for it,” he told the Tribune.He added the four officers removed themselves from working future games, but he did not know who they were.“Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games,” the police union head added.Kroll accused Lynx players of perpetuating “false narratives” since 2014, as some allegations of police misconduct leading to Black deaths were denied.“Rushing to judgment before the facts are in is unwarranted and reckless,” he said before claiming only four officers worked the game because the team has “such a pathetic draw.”However, Saturday’s game in Minneapolis saw more than 7,600 fans in attendance.
When Anna Szerszen came to America, the first thing she noticed was how big everything was. Now, after four years at Ohio State, the only things that are “big” are her talent on the court and her aspirations off the court. To say that Szerszen has seen a lot in her life is an understatement. She was born in Poland, raised in France and is pursuing athletics and academics at OSU. “It’s been a long journey,” Szerszen said. “It’s very difficult but it’s also a very enriching experience.” Szerszen’s uniqueness goes farther than fact that she’s a French transplant playing college volleyball in America. She is also in graduate school pursuing a master of business administration. Her program in the Fisher College of Business combines a bachelor’s degree with an MBA in five years. At graduation, she will receives both diplomas. “I’m a full time MBA student right now majoring in operations and logistics with a focus on international business,” Szerszen said. Her family moved from Poland to France when she was 2 because her father, a professional volleyball at the time, joined a French team. Szerszen grew up in a volleyball family, but it took some time for her to warm to the sport. “At first I didn’t want to (play) because kids never want to do what their parents tell them,” she said. After experimenting with gymnastics, basketball and track, Szerszen decided to give volleyball a try. “Finally I tried volleyball, and I really loved it,” she said. As Szerszen progressed with volleyball, she didn’t know what she was going to do after high school. “In France the system is really different,” Szerszen said. “To study and play volleyball at a high level is extremely hard.” That’s when OSU came calling. “I got a scholarship offer from OSU and I was like, ‘Wow that’s so cool,’” Szerszen said. “I got in touch with the assistant coach. She came to visit my house in March of my senior year, and in April I committed.” Anna had never visited OSU’s campus when she committed but knew that the academics OSU could provide her with were important. “My parents pushed me to get a diploma because you can’t live off volleyball your whole life,” Szerszen said. Once Szerszen was on campus, it didn’t take her long to figure out what she wanted to study. “My freshman year I discovered” the MBA program, Szerszen said. She is the first female athlete to go through the program and the second athlete behind Stan White Jr., who played football for the Buckeyes from 2002-2006. “He helped me a lot with getting into it because basically nobody does the program. It’s really challenging,” Szerszen said. The demanding workload takes a toll on Szerszen’s social life. “The hard thing is the team, they all hang out together, go to the movies and go do fun stuff — and I’m just drowning in books,” Szerszen said. Szerszen has also had to adapt to life in America. “It was extremely hard in the beginning,” Szerszen said. “I grew up and I learned how to live independently and make decisions on my own and just adapt to whatever is coming at me by myself.” On top of that, she gets to see her family only about a month out of each year. “I go back whenever I can, meaning in the summer, two-ish weeks, at Christmas, two-ish weeks,” Szerszen said. “It’s hard, but this is my fifth year doing it and we’re all used to it.” Szerszen also plays for the French national team. She has been a member since she was 14. “I’m very proud to be on the national team because obviously not many people get to do that,” Szerszen said. Being the lone fifth-year senior on the volleyball team, Szerszen is looked at as one of the main leaders. “She is our oldest and most experienced player,” said teammate Allie Schwarzwalder. “She is a good leader on the court and off the court.” Being around adults in her MBA classes all day, Szerszen brings maturity to the team. “She’s a grown-up,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “She’s like the mother of the team.” Szerszen realizes her time as a Buckeye is running out, and her final game as an OSU volleyball player looms on the horizon. But she said she will always appreciate her time as an OSU athlete. “I think as athletes, when we go through this, we don’t realize how lucky we are,” she said. “When you get out into the world, you are never going to have that again.”
Ohio State football player Marcus Baugh was arrested Sunday for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and for displaying improper identification, according to a Franklin County Municipal Court public record.According to the record, Baugh was arrested by OSU Police at 11th Avenue and High Street, where the South Campus Gateway is located. Baugh was released on a $1,000 bond and his arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday where he pleaded not guilty.Both offenses are listed as M1 misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.Baugh, a 6’4″ 230-pound tight end from Riverside, Calif., is an incoming freshman at OSU. He was considered a four-star recruit coming out of high school by major recruiting services Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.Baugh was not yet enrolled during spring semester, and therefore did not participate in spring football drills.Upon asking the football team for a statement regarding Baugh’s arrest, an OSU spokesman told The Lantern that it is “aware of the situation.”Baugh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.