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.
OSU senior forward David Gust (17) skates toward the puck while Michigan State defenseman Carson Gatt (18) looks to slow Gust in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerAfter finding themselves dumbfounded and on the wrong side of 5-4 scoreline in Game One Friday night, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team relied on its Big Ten-leading powerplay efficiency to carry them to a victory in Game Two.Converting on 3-of-4 powerplay opportunities, the Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closed out their home slate of the 2016-17 season with a 5-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans (7-22-3, 3-13-2-0) on Senior Night.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forwards Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua all found the back of the net for OSU in the victory. Jobst, Joshua and Schilkey also registered assists in the game, as well as three helpers from senior defenseman Josh Healey and one from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran.Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins proved effective between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray despite allowing three goals, notching 22 saves.“I just think our guys were going to be determined to win a hockey game tonight for a lot of reasons,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “I think most importantly it was the group in the room — they just weren’t going to let each other down tonight, and I think that was our attitude.”The OSU penalty kill was on display early in the first period, as Joshua entered the penalty box twice in the first six minutes. But after warding off two Spartan powerplays, the Buckeyes earned one of their own and quickly capitalized on the opportunity.Jobst took a pass from Healey, and the sophomore fired a wrister from the slot into the top corner to put the Scarlet and Gray up 1-0 with 7:55 remaining in the period with his 16th goal of the season and second of the series. Schilkey also recorded a helper on the play, his 13th of the year.The lead, however, quickly disappeared as Michigan State freshman forward Sam Saliba cashed in on a power play just 36 seconds later to tie the game at one with his second goal of the weekend.With three minutes left in the first, the Spartans found themselves on the penalty kill for a second time — and the nation’s most efficient powerplay offense again took advantage of the extra man.Off a pad save from Michigan State freshman goaltender John Lethemon, Gust one-timed the rebound from the point into the back of the net to put OSU in front 2-1 heading into the first intermission with his 15th goal of the season and third point of the series. Healey and Schilkey each notched their second assist and point of the game on the goal.Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray lead swiftly vanished as the Spartans tied the game at two just 52 seconds into the period when freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tapped in a pinpoint pass from outside the crease on the powerplay. Less than two minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray regained the lead as Miller’s shot deflected over Lethemon and trickled into the net to put OSU back in front 3-2 on the junior forward’s 10th goal of the season. With 16:18 remaining in the period, however, the visitors netted their third goal of the night on the rush as Saliba buried his second of the contest.Chances remained abundant for both sides throughout the final 10 minutes of the period, but as the horn sounded around the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes and Spartans entered the locker room in a 3-3 deadlock.Five minutes into the final frame, it was the OSU powerplay again. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua behind the Michigan State net, and the Dearborn, Michigan, native carried the puck to just outside the crease and wristed a shot past Lethemon for his 10th goal of the season and second point of the night. Healey also notched his third assist of game on the go-ahead goal.With time winding down, both OSU and Michigan State produced opportunities to extend or cut the lead. The Spartans emptied their net and controlled the puck with less than a minute remaining, but a sloppy pass in the neutral zone turned into Schilkey adding another for the home side with an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds left.After 60 minutes, OSU captured three important conference points on Senior Night to close out the home slate of the season with a 5-3 victory. “I think we just played a better team game tonight, especially in the third,” Healey said. “The boys knew what was on the line… and every win is important, so we just came out in the third, locked it down and did everything we could to limit their chances.”One series remains on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray, as they will travel to the Kohl Center for two conference clashes with the Wisconsin Badgers. With that, Rohlik said his team will have to continue to make adjustments down the stretch, and that refining skills in certain parts of the game will lead to more success on the ice.“We’ve got to still become a better five-on-five team,” Rohlik said. “We’re understanding that it takes a lot of hard work five-on-five to get to the dirty areas, and I think if we can improve in that area, if we can improve on the (penalty kill), I think our best hockey is still ahead of us.”
OSU then-sophomore Kyle Snyder gets his hand raised during a meet against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. Credit: Lantern file photoThere are more lies than truths told at family functions. From dinner to shooting the bull afterward, most of the stories shared never happened, but they’re harmless lies.In my family, that “shooting the bull” devolves into the men sitting around trying to prove who knows best in remembering some of the most dominant Ohio State sports legends in their lifetimes.They remember watching from the nosebleeds, or through their first television, all the miraculous things Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Jerry Lucas, Jimmy Jackson and Scoonie Penn did while at Ohio State.I’m in my final year as an undergraduate at Ohio State, and I imagine decades from now when I partake in the debate of the greatest athletes to grace Columbus, it’ll go something like this: “Let me tell you about the most complete, dominant athlete in the world who won a gold medal at the Olympics while he wrestled in college.“And let me tell you how I never saw Kyle Snyder in person and I didn’t watch him nearly enough on TV.”When you’re told college will be “the best years of your life,” it’s generally referring to the experiences gained, lessons learned and friends made that last a lifetime. I’ve had plenty of those, and outside of trivial matters, I wouldn’t want my time at Ohio State to be any different than what it has been: except for a chance to watch Snyder every moment I could have.All of that is the truth.Snyder will wrestle for the final time at home as an Ohio State Buckeye Sunday in front of what might be a sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. And it will be another opportunity — like many other Ohio State students — I will miss seeing a man who is sure to be on the Mount Rushmore of Ohio State athletes, with the likes of Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus.It would take me more than this entire column to list his individual achievements, so a quick glance at his university bio should suffice for why Snyder will be remembered at Ohio State as one of its all-time legendary athletes.OSU junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder lifts Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery before slamming him to the mat for a takedown in the heavyweight finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. OSU placed second, behind Penn State. Credit: OSU AthleticsIf there’s one moment that tipped the scales toward Snyder’s improbable career, it was becoming the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history during summer 2015, between his freshman and sophomore seasons. That following spring, he beat two-time defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski at Madison Square Garden to capture his first NCAA title.All he did a few months later was win a gold medal as a 20-year-old at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.That should’ve been more than enough to convince me that Snyder had to be seen in person, or I’d regret it for the rest of my life. Only one other athlete from Ohio State had gone to the Olympics while a student before Snyder — it was Lucas. He was clearly dominant on the international stage, so why would I deprive myself from watching an Olympic champion in person, while I had the chance?That’s just not something a student gets to do at his own school.Yet, when given the chance again, when he announced he would return for his senior season, I didn’t give it a second thought outside of, “Oh, that’s cool.” The mistake was mine for not watching Snyder.I never paid attention to wrestling before I enrolled at Ohio State — and I still don’t. That’s not to say that I don’t find the sport entertaining or fascinating — I do. Wrestling season aligns with college basketball, which has always been my sport of choice for entertainment. However, a casual sports fan should be able to appreciate Snyder’s greatness and unequivocal skill at the collegiate level. A casual fan should have taken the time to sit in a mostly empty arena and watch Snyder’s unparalleled display of power.I watched him on TV win gold and show off the American flag draped on his back to the entire arena in Rio. Just last week, I stopped what I was doing to watch Snyder finish a fall at Rutgers on TV. It’s honestly quite funny watching Snyder give his opponents false hope by allowing them to stand up and earn a point for an escape before Snyder buries them again.But here I am on the eve of Snyder’s final match in Columbus with Ohio State, knowing I won’t be in attendance tomorrow because I’ll be heading to a concert in Kentucky. The little I know to be true about him will sound like false tales to whomever will hear me talk about all Snyder accomplished in his time at Ohio State.“Yes, all of that is true,” I will say. “And I missed most of it.”
Benfica coach Rui Vitória conceded they were outplayed by Bayern Munich as their hopes of a Champions League knockout place ended in a 5-1 defeatThe Portuguese giants arrived at Munich on Tuesday night needing a win in order to retain any hopes of leapfrogging Ajax for second-place in Group E.Instead, Benfica were handed a thrashing with braces from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski, along with Frank Ribery’s late effort, securing Bayern victory.Carvalho Fernandes did get one back for Benfica, after the break, but it proved to be nothing more than a slight setback for Bayern.“We weren’t quite on top of our game today, we didn’t play well. We failed to put our strategy into practice,” Vitória told reporters on the Bayern website.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“We should have been well-organised in defence and aggressive in winning the ball before exploding forward.“We failed at that. It was also because of Bayern, they were dominant and stifled our moves.“They’re one of Europe’s biggest teams. We have to analyse the match, but Bayern won deservedly.”Benfica will next host Feirense in a Primeira Liga match on Saturday at the Estádio da Luz.
Justin’s note: Nick Giambruno is the chief analyst of Casey Research’s flagship publication, The Casey Report. He’s a successful speculator, a true international man, and a contrarian. He’s also a clear thinker – and sees something big ahead.Today, he shows why government overreach will cause the next financial crisis… explains his “the bigger the boom, the bigger the bust” theory… and how we’re headed for the biggest bust of all…By Nick Giambruno, chief analyst, The Casey ReportIt was perhaps The Economist’s most bizarre issue to date…In January 1988, the magazine published a feature article titled “Get Ready for a World Currency.”The article called for countries to give up their monetary sovereignty in favor of a world central bank, which would issue a new global currency. It suggested the name “phoenix” for the currency.The article recognized that most governments wouldn’t participate under normal circumstances. It claimed it would take a crisis.The 31-year-old article concluded with a prediction:Pencil in the phoenix for around 2018, and welcome it when it comes.Now, 2018 has come and gone. But the prospect of a global financial crisis ushering in a world central bank and a new global currency is increasingly plausible.As I’ll explain shortly, this is bad news for the U.S. dollar. — Recommended Link Click here to watch this now Click here now to learn more — Seniors have collected $1,000s with this short “Work Week”It’s ALMOST like a part-time job. Click here to find out more… Just take Robert G. from Minnesota. He wrote in: “I’ve made $4,743 this weekend… Quick and Easy.” What are we talking about? Watch this One-Minute LIVE DEMONSTRATION and see how it works for yourself. But hurry! You must act by Friday at Midnight… you’ll understand when you watch it. Learn Tim Sykes’ $4.7 Million Dollar Trading Strategy for only ONE DOLLARHave you seen this brand-new video clip from America’s #1 Weekend Trader? Tim Sykes doesn’t want anyone to pay top dollar for trading research… Instead, he wants you to learn the strategy he used to make his millions… for only ONE DOLLAR. Recommended Link For months, I’ve been telling my readers that an epic market crash is very likely before the end of Trump’s first term…That’s because the magnitude of a crisis is directly related to the amount of malinvestment getting flushed from the economy.In other words, the bigger the boom, the bigger the bust.And right now, there is an unprecedented amount of malinvestment waiting to be flushed, thanks to seven years of 0% interest rates and the $3.7 trillion the Fed “printed” after the 2008 financial crisis.The Fed inflated the housing bubble with about two years of 1% interest rates. So it’s hard to fathom how much it distorted the economy with seven years of 0% interest rates.The Fed ended up creating not just a housing bubble, or a tech bubble, or a bond bubble, but an “everything bubble.”It’s the biggest bubble in human history.When it pops, people will panic and demand that politicians do something.This will be the perfect opportunity for the globalists to finalize their pet project: a global central bank that issues a global currency.In that sense, The Economist’s 2018 prediction may end up close to the mark.Let me explain…You see, The Economist’s global central bank and the phoenix currency were code names…“Global central bank” and “international currency” referred to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the international currency it issues, known as the “Special Drawing Right” (SDR).The IMF describes itself as an:organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.In short, the IMF is the quintessential globalist institution. Pretty much every country in the world is a member, save for Cuba, North Korea, and a few others.The SDR, meanwhile, is simply a basket of other leading fiat currencies. The U.S. dollar currently makes up 42%, the euro 31%, the Chinese renminbi 11%, the Japanese yen 8%, and the British pound 8%.In other words, the SDR is a fiat currency based on other fiat currencies – a floating abstraction based on other floating abstractions.For decades, the IMF has been using crises to build the SDR into a global currency…Today, there are about 204 billion SDRs in existence. They’re worth about $285 billion, or about $1.39 per SDR.In the past, the IMF hasn’t created SDRs at regular intervals. Instead, it’s created several increasingly larger tranches during or just after global financial crises.As you can see in the chart below, the IMF created SDRs in bulk in 1972, 1981, and 2009. These were all periods of severe financial stress.The IMF increased the supply of SDRs by almost 10 times in response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. This was a huge incremental step towards establishing the IMF as a global central bank and the SDR as a global currency.There’s a clear pattern here. No doubt, the IMF will use the next crisis – which promises to be even bigger than the last – to increase its prominence and that of the SDR. As you might imagine, the average citizen can’t use SDRs…Your neighbors don’t have any in their wallets. And that isn’t going to change.Instead, SDRs are primarily used by governments and supranational organizations like the UN, IMF, and World Bank.SDRs are dangerous. They give the government – in this case, a global government – more power. They’re a bridge to a powerful global monetary authority, and eventually a global currency.At some point, they’ll also likely be used to price major commodities like oil and gold, and possibly be the reporting currency for major multinational companies. Airlines already use them to denominate some of their liabilities.Many global elites – the types that gather in Davos, Bilderberg, etc. – are huge fans of the SDR.Mohamed El-Erian, former CEO of PIMCO, is a huge advocate of the SDR. The infamous George Soros is also a big fan.Expect to see the SDR used in more and more places as the globalists accelerate their push for it.For now, the U.S. dollar is still the world’s premier reserve currency…That’s why people and businesses everywhere in the world take U.S. dollars. For decades, they’ve had little choice about it.Today, the biggest U.S. exports are dollars and government debt. The U.S. government can create unlimited quantities of both from nothing.It requires no effort to “print” U.S. dollars, which can be exchanged for real things like French wine, Italian cars, electronics from Korea, or Chinese manufactured goods.This creates an almost unlimited demand for U.S. dollars. And that helps keep price inflation in the U.S. much lower than it would otherwise be.It’s hard to overstate how much this unique setup benefits the U.S. It’s the bedrock of the U.S. financial system.The French have deemed it an “exorbitant privilege.”The SDR is bad for the U.S. dollar…If the globalists get their way, the dollar would no longer be the world’s premier reserve currency. The SDR would. And the IMF, not the U.S., would reap the enormous benefits of the “exorbitant privilege.”In other words, the U.S. dollar would become merely a local currency, like the Canadian dollar or the Mexican peso.Losing the exorbitant privilege – and all the artificial demand it creates – would mean massive price inflation for those holding U.S. dollars. And there’s pretty much nothing Americans can do about it.As I mentioned earlier, the IMF has used past financial crises to bolster its prominence and that of the SDR. Now, we’re headed for a financial crisis of historic proportions as the “everything bubble” blows up under Trump’s watch.Frankly, the next crisis is going to be the Big One. And I’m certain the IMF and the globalists will use it to advance their agenda.Now, there’s only one way Trump can fight back – and you can profit no matter what happens.I’ll explain how in part two of this story in Saturday’s Dispatch. Stay tuned…Regards,Nick Giambruno Chief Analyst, The Casey ReportP.S. A major coup is about to unfold on U.S. soil… And almost nothing can stop it.Deeply connected and powerful cartels within Washington, New York, and Silicon Valley… who have major influence on financial and political policies… have finally crafted a foolproof conspiracy to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency…And replace it with a new type of “socialist state.”It will be a new kind of America, with a new vision and new policies… But there are steps you can take to prepare today. I just released an urgent presentation with all the details. Go here to view it now.Chart of the Day: A Bullish Sign for Turkish Stocks By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“Buy when there’s blood in the streets.”Practically every investor has heard this saying. But so few of us act on this.That’s because it’s hard to speculate on a country when it looks like things are falling apart. As I showed you in yesterday’s Dispatch, it’s even harder to do so when a country is getting nothing but bad press.But buying at “the point of maximum pessimism” can lead to huge returns. Today’s chart is proof of this.You’re looking at the performance of the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (TUR) since the start of 2018. TUR invests in a basket of Turkish stocks.You can see that Turkish stocks were in free fall for most of last year. But the sell-off reached a fever pitch in early August, right after Trump threatened to impose serious economic sanctions on Turkey.Regular readers might recall that I was in Istanbul during all of this. I had a ringside seat to the action… and I could tell you that panic was in the air. But you could have made a fortune by buying during this panic selling. After all, TUR is up 41% since it bottomed in mid-August. The S&P 500, for perspective, is flat over the same period.Of course, Turkish stocks were anything but a “no brainer” at the time. But the dialogue surrounding Turkey was downright apocalyptic. And yet, Turkish stocks went on to enjoy a monster rally.Keep this in mind the next time a country gets nothing but bad news. It could turn out to be a tremendous buying opportunity.– Justin SpittlerReader MailbagThe great debate on the Climate Change Hoax (see here and here) continues in our mailbag… A reader responds to subscriber Brett’s feedback…Brett is short on facts himself. The polar icecaps are irrelevant. They float on sea water, already displacing their mass. If you fill a glass with water and ice cubes and they melt does the glass run over? He fails to mention that the mass of ice in Antarctica is growing rapidly. A brief historical review of Earth makes it clear we are much more likely to freeze to death than burn up. I’m always amazed when I encounter people who actually believe humans can change the weather. Governments like to create problems only they can solve.– JamesAnd another takes a fairly diplomatic stance…I’m not a scientist, so I’m not going to debate what causes climate change or whether it even exists in the forms being put to us by media, and nor should the 99.999999% of people who have not studied and checked the veracity of actual climate data. I accept there are a multitude of reasons climate change could exist, human actions being but one.However, I will say that anybody who believes we can all be saved by a tax is extremely naive at a minimum. Those people are empowering governments to treat their taxpayers as chumps.– ChrisAs always, please send your thoughts, questions, and concerns to [email protected]