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Guest column: County must provide fair share of sales tax

first_imgOne example of the difference between a Saratoga County town and a Schenectady County town can be found by looking at Malta, which has about half the population of Glenville, but gets twice the sales tax from its county.In Ballston, they actually get more sales tax revenue from Saratoga County than Glenville gets from Schenectady County, despite being only a third of Glenville’s size.  Worse, the inequitable agreement that this Legislature enacted in 2012 is for an unprecedented eight years and it extended two previous agreements that will have starved towns of any sales tax revenue growth for 16 years upon this coming expiration. Since 2004, the county’s growth in sales tax collection went up nearly 80 percent, from about $37 million to a 2018 projection of over $65 million.The county is estimating another $1.5 million in sales tax revenue next year, of which it will hoard $1.1 million of it and give the city of Schenectady about $193,000 and Metroplex $131,000.This share formula leaves Glenville with just $13,000 out of $1.5 million in new county sales tax revenue.  Worse still, much of the county’s sales tax growth is coming from towns like Glenville. We have worked hard to expand our economic activity to diversify our revenue streams and reduce the burden on the property tax payers. But the county’s “greed and feed” mentality leaves communities starving for the resources needed to sustain progress.It’s the local governments that bear the burden of the costs that are associated with growth, such as public safety, public works infrastructure and highway investments.Nonetheless, Schenectady County scarfs up the money to feed its growing spending habit, which can be seen in its massive increase of patronage jobs over the years.In fact, our county has 70,000 fewer people than Saratoga County, yet Schenectady County spends $20 million more in its budget. If Schenectady County shared with its municipalities at the rate of most other counties, towns could make the additional investments needed to sustain growth and eliminate part or all of the town tax.Now is the time for the county to reopen the sales tax agreement since, as most agree, the new casino created a “game changer” that wasn’t considered in the last agreement.Specifically, the casino’s impact money is stuffing $5 million of new cash into the city’s and county’s coffers. Another change that has occurred since the last agreement was enacted is the state-imposed property tax cap that limits communities’ ability to invest in infrastructure or capital projects. The only growth for most towns across the state must be in the sales tax revenue line, and Schenectady County towns do not get their fair share.   Categories: Editorial, OpinionSchenectady County does not share its sales tax fairly with the towns and it’s time to revisit the agreement that leaves municipalities underfunded across the county.Unlike sister communities, where the likely sales tax share with their municipalities is between 40 percent and 62 percent, Schenectady County shares a paltry 3.75 percent of all new sales tax generated.center_img Residents in this county has asked themselves why the taxes in Schenectady County are so high.The fact that the county hoards and spends all the new sales tax dollars is the reason and that leaves our communities short on resources.Legislators Jim Buhrmaster and Brian McGeary have demonstrated leadership on this issue and attempted to introduce a resolution calling on the Legislature to reopen discussions of the unfair formula. But the Democrat majority rejected the motion.The county legislators have the power to reopen this unfair agreement.Before you vote in November, perhaps you should ask where your county legislator stands on this important issue.Chris Koetzle is the supervisor of the town of Glenville.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barlast_img read more

Two years on, and industrial finally gets its day in the sun

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East Central High School 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

first_imgEast Central High School is announcing their 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class.The banquet will be Friday, May 19th. Please contact the East Central Athletic Department for tickets.This 2017 inductees include Donna (Bruns) Kelly, Harry Wilson, Josh Martini, Don Callan, Kim Simonson, John Roth, and Dave Deddens.East Central Tojans Class of 2017 Athletic Hall of FameCongratulations to The EC Hall of Famers from The Sports Voice in Southeastern Indiana, WRBI.Courtesy of East Central Athletic Director Don Stonefield.last_img

COVID-19: FIFA cancels 2020 Best Award ceremony

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The International Football Association has decided to cancel the “Best” award ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic, Spain’s Marca sports daily reported.The ceremony was expected to take place in Milan in September. According to the daily, this year the FIFA trophies will see no winners.The paper also says that the future of the Ballon d’Or ceremony remains unclear: the France Football magazine, which is the founder of the award, has not yet decided on the issue.Last year, the “best player” award went to Argentine football star Leonel Messi, who will remain the defending champion for 2020 since no winner is expected to be announced by FIFA this time.Tags: 2020 Best Award CeremonyCOVID-19FIFAInternational Football AssociationLionel Messilast_img read more

CBN Futures Beat Team Yetade to Win First Tie

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUETeam CBN Futures, a team of the best junior players in Nigeria – finally won a tie in the third edition of the NCC Tennis League when they defeated Team Yetade of Ado Ekiti 6-1 in a match the youngsters hosted at the National Stadium Lagos.CBN Futures won the four men’s and one ladies’ singles as well as the mixed doubles – conceding only the men’s doubles where Stephen Augustine and Emmanuel Jebutu held a match point before the Team Yetade pair of Kayode Olawolu and Opeyemi Odeyemi rallied to salvage a match. Augustine had the CBN Futures team on the victory path when he easily beat Odeyemi 6-3, 6-1 in the first singles. Godgift Timibra followed with a close 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over Olawolu and Toyin Osogba edged Akosile Afolarin 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to give the fast improving juniors a 3-1 lead on the opening day.Team CBN Futures returned on Sunday to complete what for them will be a milestone.Timibra beat Michael Olajimbiti of Team Yetade 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the first reverse singles and Jebutu overwhelmed Olawolu 6-4, 2-0 (Scratch). The pair of Augustine and Omolade Aderemi rounded off the tie by defeating Omodara Ayodeji and Afolarin 6-4, 6-2 in the mixed doubles.“I am very happy with the outcome and impressed that these juniors can play with so much determination and confidence” said Kayode Savage, the coach of the CBN Futures. Adding, “It could have been a clean sweep if we did not drop the match point and I am sure going forward the boys will no longer have any fear or respect any team too much.”In the Abuja tie, the expected upset of the defending champions, Team Offikwu, by host Team Ndoma-Egba did not happen as two former champions -Shehu Lawal and Henry Atseye combined with Sarah Adegoke to snatch a 5-2 victory.Lawal beat Emmanuel Paul of Team Ndoma-Egba 6-1, 6-4 in the opening singles and Thomas Otu then leveled scores by edging Atseye in a nervy match of two ex champions 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Adegoke then put the visiting team ahead with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Osareme Airhunwhunde and the defending champions then took a stranglehold on the tie with the pair Lawal and Atseye overcoming Otu and Taiwo Owolabi 7-5, 6-4 in the men’s doubles.Otu beat Lawal in the first reverse singles to close the gap to 2-3 but Atseye called on his wealth of experience saving a match point and coming from behind to pip Emmanuel in three sets to put the tie beyond the reach of the host team. Lawal and Adegoke came from a set down to win a very exciting mixed doubles match that effectively secured a semifinal place for the defending champions.In a tie of two equally matched teams in Ilorin, Team Teach Vibe of Jos beat hosts Team Goshen 4-3 to stop the unbeaten streak of the Ilorin team. Team Goshen which was in contention for a semifinal place now has to beat Team Ndoma- Egba to qualify.Musa Bala, who had an outstanding tie, won his two singles matches beating Emmanuel Omeruwa 6-0, 6-1 and Joseph Iyorouvbe 6-3, 6-3 but lost a tight men’s doubles with Adehi Ochei to Iyorouvbe and Owolabi Jinadu 7-5, 5-7, 10-8.Team Tech Vibe’s No.2, Michael Michael, also won two singles matches to secure the tie for the Jos team. Michael defeated Iyorouvbe 7-5, 6-1 in the first and Jinadu 6-2, 7-6 in the reverse.The other two points for the host team were won by Patience Onebamhoin who defeated Abies Amadasun 6-2, 6-1 and the mixed doubles pair of Jinadu and Onebamhoin who defeated Bala and Amadasun 6-2, 6-3.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trask’s old, new teams bring similar style of play

first_imgIf only every game was played on a Wednesday.The Wisconsin men’s soccer team took on Illinois Chicago – head coach John Trask’s former team – and in their eighth overtime game of the season the Badgers notched another win.For the third Wednesday night game in a row, freshman Joey Tennyson has scored a goal. The one against UIC was finally a game-winner.“He’s Wednesday night,” Trask said. “If we could keep playing all the time on Wednesday night that’d be nice. Tennyson is coming on. He’s a very talented player. That finish was just clinical and that was with his bad foot. He’s got a lot of quality to him. We just need to keep working him and keep the expectations high for him.”The 1-0 victory would not have been possible if it were not for some other freshmen on the squad who have really been making their mark on the team all season.Tennyson is not the only freshman making a statement. Yonga played a solid defensive game with an assist on Tennyson’s goal while goalkeeper Max Jentsch got the shut out victory.For a freshman class, they’re definitely starting to make an impact and find the right groove as they get ready for the Big Ten Tournament.“It’s great to see us be able to produce as freshman,” Yonga said. “It’s only going to get better as the seasons go on. It’s good. Chris Prince has seven goals, Tennyson’s getting goals, I’m getting assists, Nick Janus is getting points. It’s good to have all these freshman contributions. It’s only going to help in the future.”Through eight overtime games this season, this is Wisconsin’s first overtime win and its third win overall. But it was not much of a surprise the teams were deadlocked 0-0 for 90 minutes. They played very similar games on both sides of the ball – the type of soccer Trask likes to play.“I thought it was a good competitive game tonight,” Trask said. “That was great for the guy’s confidence. They picked it up and covered each others’ butts on the goal line to protect us from not losing and then allowed us a chance to win. It was a good finish by Joey Tennyson, just a good play overall.”Style SimilaritiesIt’s easy to see Trask has made his impression on both soccer programs. UIC still plays the way he set them up with while Trask is now shaping the UW program similarly.With the same defensive shape on both sides and the same type of offensive attack, it’s not surprising there were not many shots on goals or almost no goals at all for that matter.“They definitely sat back and played their defensive line at midfield,” freshman defenseman Paul Yonga said. “Coach Trask tries to do that with us too so our defensive shape was pretty much the same. Also when they did have the ball they did try to possess it for the most part. Those similarities on defense was the exact same I saw.”“They like to possess the ball and hold it and play less direct,” freshman forward Joey Tennyson added. “That’s kind of what we try to do too. It was really similar types of play. It was hard to break their defense when they sat back like that.”Overtime SuccessWith similar styles of play neither team scored through 90 minutes, pushing the Badgers into yet another overtime game on the season.Through 17 regular season games so far, eight have gone into overtime, and three of those eight have gone into double overtime. But only in one of those games they scored the golden goal.“I’m glad to see we finally found it within ourselves to score one in overtime,” Trask said of finally getting an overtime win. “We were 0-5-2 in overtime until this game. It’s huge. I told the guys as we keep inching this thing forward. I wish we could gain a foot or a yard real quick.”“They’re battling for a playoff spot in their own conference tournament so it’s not like we played a rubbish team tonight. We knew they were going to put their heart into it because of everything between the two programs.”last_img read more

Big 12’s Jayhawks next for women’s basketball

first_imgThe debut of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge takes place at the Kohl Center on Sunday with the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (2-1) slated to take on the Kansas Jayhawks (2-0).Following a tough 69-43 road loss Thursday against UW-Green Bay, the Jayhawks are just one of many challenging teams remaining on Wisconsin’s schedule.“Our non-conference schedule this year is as tough as it has been in the history of the program,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “I like a challenging schedule because we’re hoping that that really prepares us for the Big Ten season and beyond.”Because of the uneven number of teams between conferences, Sunday’s game will actually be one of two Badger games that count towards the Big Ten’s record in the challenge. Wisconsin had already scheduled Kansas as a non-conference game to help boost their RPI rankings. They will also take the road in a showdown against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls early in December.Kansas boasts a very good transitional game and strong post play that is anchored by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis. Davis earned Freshman All-America honors last year and is a preseason Big 12 honorable mention this season. Last year, she averaged 10.2 points per game on a team single-season record 71.9 percent shooting while also contributing 5.6 rebounds per game.Apart from on the court challenges like Davis, conference challenges are another gauge of talent for Wisconsin. The Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge has meaning for both players and coaches alike. For the Badgers, it is all about making a name for them and for the Big Ten.“I think it sends a huge message about the Big Ten conference, that we’re one of the most competitive leagues out there,” senior forward Tara Steinbauer said. “Each game is huge for us and hopefully each game we come out victorious.”Assistant coach Oties Epps is responsible for scouting the Jayhawks, and not only does he see this as a big opportunity to gain some respect for Wisconsin and for the Big Ten, but he also knows this is the biggest test and opportunity the Badgers will have faced up to this point in the season.“We don’t feel like the Big Ten gets the respect that it deserves as a conference so we want to go out and do our part and get a win for the Big Ten,” Epps said. “This is just another opportunity for us to make a statement for the Big Ten. Come NCAA Tournament time [the selection committee will] be looking at how your conference did against other conferences, so we want to make sure that we stack up well.”This weekend is another short turnaround for the Badgers, with only two days to prepare for Kansas.“It goes almost immediately. We come back on Friday and [begin] preparing for Kansas,” Steinbauer said. “We definitely have a game-by-game mentality but once that game is over it’s in the past and win or lose you definitely have to keep moving forward.”For Wisconsin, moving forward will hopefully mean having standout senior Alyssa Karel return from a knee injury that has sidelined her for the first three games of the season. Stone remains optimistic that she will be able to come back against Kansas. In the meantime, freshman guard Morgan Paige has filled in and received advice from Karel.“She always says to relax,” Paige said. “If you relax then your mind clears up, and you don’t think about as many things and you just play the game. Mistakes come less if you just play instead of over-thinking what you want to do with the ball.”The advice seems to be paying off, as Paige has averaged 6.3 points per game and only turned the ball over six times in three games.Despite Thursday night’s setback, the Badgers will look to refocus when they come back home against Kansas. Their goal of a conference championship is a long way from being reached, but one early-season loss does not distance it from their grasp. In her preseason press conference, Stone said this team had a long way to go and the Badgers will undoubtedly keep working to accomplish their high standards. After Sunday’s game, the picture may become a little clearer on how good Wisconsin really is.last_img read more

‘Apples to apples’

first_imgScott Shafer is talking about apples. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith, defensive backs from Florida and offensive linemen from the Midwest. All apples. “Golden Delicious. That’s a five-star apple,” Shafer, Syracuse’s head coach, said in his weekly press conference last Thursday. “You went to the market to get a dozen Golden Delicious apples and you got there and there weren’t any there. “And the handful that were there said, ‘We’re not going to let you buy us. We want to go in someone else’s sack.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s an appetizing metaphor that Shafer used to articulate Syracuse football’s recruiting approach as it wraps up its second year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In February, the Orange will bring in Shafer’s second full class and the recruiting trends that have accompanied his and his staff’s first two seasons will materialize onto SU’s rosters.Syracuse has made great strides in the Midwest thanks to Shafer, New Jersey thanks to tight ends coach Bobby Acosta and Florida thanks to wide receivers coach George McDonald. But McDonald’s demotion from offensive coordinator earlier this season turns Florida from fertile to questionable and SU has focused much less on junior college players — a staple of the Doug Marrone era — and Rochester, its own backyard.Shafer’s says he’s looking for the best apples he can find and hoping the rest takes care of itself. Said Shafer: “I’m talking apples. Apples to apples. So what you’ve got to do is adjust.”Junior college When Shafer took over as Syracuse’s head coach in 2013, he inherited a recruiting class cultivated by Marrone that included eight junior college players.In Shafer’s first two classes, though, that quantity has so far dropped to just one. That’s current SU junior nose tackle Wayne Williams, and he was originally a Marrone recruit.“Not to say that somebody like a Darius Kelly or Deon Goggins weren’t great kids for us, they came from the junior college opportunity,” Shafer said. “But we only have two years to help develop them.”Experience, maturity and specific needs are all reasons why a Division I school would delve into junior college for recruits, but Shafer has chosen to stray off that path. The Orange currently has seven JUCO products on its roster and has two on its radar for this year’s class, but four years to develop a player is more enticing for the SU head coach.“There is a tendency to want to maybe establish continuity within your program,” Pasadena City (California) College head coach Fred Fimbres said. “That’s why maybe a junior college kid wouldn’t be as desirable if you have the ability to withstand the time to develop a young kid.”Kelly, a senior safety at SU, was recruited by Marrone and said that he thought Syracuse wanted experienced junior college players to smoothen the transition to the ACC. Fimbres sent former SU defensive end Tyler Marona across the country to play at Syracuse. So too did Ben Noonan, who coached SU senior linebacker Luke Arciniega at Sierra (California) College.Noonan noted how the GPA requirement for JUCO players to transfer to a D-I school was recently raised from a 2.0 to a 2.5. This not only disqualifies a large amount of players with D-I potential, he said, but it also turns away coaches who fear academic ineligibility down the road.Shafer, while not touching on the academic aspect, said he most likely won’t dip into the junior college pool unless there’s an immediate need at a position. Class of 2015 tight end Trey Dunkelberger may be one of those, as he said Shafer told him one of this year’s tight ends will be moving to the offensive line in the spring, the time when Dunkelberger would arrive at SU.“I have the opportunity to come in and fight for a starting spot right away and the only way I could do that is if I’m there in the spring,” Dunkelberger said. “You can’t get that with high school kids so that’s why they’re looking for a JUCO guy right now.”Out of 122 recruits SU has shown interest in, Dunkelberger — who will visit SU on Dec. 5 — is one of only two junior college players to receive interest, according to Scout.com. But he only received an offer from Syracuse on Tuesday and JUCO running back Joseph Williams hasn’t received one at all.Sticking to high schools is a personal preference Shafer has made explicit.“I really love the process in collegiate football of bringing a kid in from high school and developing him,” Shafer said. “That’s my favorite part of the job.”Florida McDonald remains the key for Syracuse in Florida.“The only reason why Syracuse has a foot in the door down here is because of him,” said Hialeah (Florida) High School head coach Marc Berman, who has known McDonald for 10 years.Berman’s quarterback last season, three-star recruit Alin Edouard, committed to Syracuse after de-committing from Miami. He’s the caliber of player SU largely couldn’t get without McDonald. Six of the 21 players in the Orange’s Class of 2015 are from Florida. So were six of 25 in 2014. But SU’s position in the talent-saturated state was complicated by the demotion of McDonald, who remains Syracuse’s associate head coach and wide receivers coach, from offensive coordinator on Oct. 4. McDonald was a wide receivers coach at Miami in 2012, then added passing game coordinator to his duties in 2012. His relationships with coaches in South Florida have allowed him and SU to start conversations with players that just miss out on the top in-state programs like Miami, Florida and Florida Sate.It’s an in that most out-of-state programs like SU don’t have.“I think it’s going to be very difficult for him to stay,” said Jeff Bertani, North Miami Beach (Florida) High School head coach, referring to his friend McDonald. Bertani sent senior safety Ritchy Desir and freshman wide receiver Steve Ishmael to the Orange.Booker T. Washington (Florida) High School head coach Tim Harris Jr. said Syracuse made an offer to his Class of 2016 wide receiver, Vaquan Small, two weeks before McDonald was demoted. The junior receiver is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs 162 pounds and is not rated by Scout.com.Harris said he continued to hear from McDonald about once a week after the offer was made, but hasn’t heard from McDonald since.“I’m not sure if the recruiting situation has changed at that point with that particular team or not, which is fine either way, but that’s just the last time we spoke with anyone from Syracuse,” Harris said.Five days after the demotion, Shafer said McDonald’s role in recruiting won’t change. The assistant coach has not been made available to the media since.Three-star Class of 2015 offensive tackle commit, Sam Clausman, who goes to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and verbally pledged to the Orange in May, said he heard from McDonald about once a week after committing. He said he last heard from McDonald about two weeks ago.Clausman said his offensive line teammate and classmate, Colin Byrne, who is also committed to SU, has had a similar experience.McDonald briefly talked to Clausman about his demotion, Clausman said.“He said that sometimes your family gets into a fight but at the end of the day you hug it out and still love each other,” Clausman said.Clausman’s teammates and classmates, three-star linebacker Chris Hart and three-star running back Deltron Sands, have offers from Syracuse too, he said.Berman said he’s disappointed in McDonald’s demotion as he knows him personally and that coaches in the area feel the same way, but that it doesn’t affect how likely he is to point a recruit toward Syracuse, as long as McDonald’s still with the Orange. Said Berman: “If Coach (McDonald) said that ‘I’m not going to be there anymore, I’m going to another school,’ then obviously wherever he would go, that would be the place that I’d want to send my student-athletes.”RochesterShafer told Stephen Lian that it was important for Syracuse to recruit in Rochester. But the Brighton (Rochester) High School head coach said he doesn’t know if he believed that was true.“There are some other schools around that have given us a lot more attention and that have been a lot more present in the area than Syracuse,” Lian said. “(In the past couple years), I have not physically met with anyone from the Syracuse staff.”Syracuse has two players from the Rochester region — receiver Ashton Broyld and defensive back Chauncey Scissum — on its roster, despite it being just 85 minutes away. SU didn’t bring in many Rochester products during Marrone’s tenure, but high school coaches in the area are now disappointed in the Orange’s decreased activity there.Lian said that Rutgers, Buffalo and Connecticut have been in constant contact with him, as was former Syracuse running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley before he left with Marrone for the Buffalo Bills.“… They would check in regularly,” Jason Benham, the head coach at Gates Chili (Rochester) High School said. “Whereas the new staff, we really have not been in contact.” Syracuse used to run practice clinics in the spring on Saturdays, in which high school football players, coaches and Orange fans could come out and interact with the team. Since Shafer took over the program, that clinic has been discontinued, Lian said.Both coaches said that there has been less Division I talent in Rochester the past couple of years, but also pointed out it hasn’t hindered other schools from continuously checking in.“During the season, it’s tough because you’re getting ready for the next game,” said SU defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, who is in charge of recruiting in the Rochester area. “You’ve got to win games. “I don’t know what it was like back then.” Benham said the last time he saw Bullough was in the spring. Bullough also added that the Orange has offered to a couple players from Rochester. Scout.com indicates two players in the Class of 2016 have received offers.Benham added that he’s seen players go through his program that he thinks were SU-caliber players, but never received much interest from the Orange. Lian said that student-athletes in the Rochester area don’t have the same type of allegiance to Syracuse as they have in past years.“If they want to come meet with us, we’d love to meet with them,” Lian said. “Selfishly, if we have a D-I kid, I’d love to have him at Syracuse because I can go see him at games, go check up on him. It’s an easy thing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 12, 2014 at 12:20 amlast_img read more

Student groups host tech recruiting event

first_imgMore than 200 people attended the recruiting event “LA to the Bay: A Tech Recruitment Event,” held last night in the Annenberg Innovation Lab. The event included a panel discussion and was co-hosted by Girls in Tech USC, the Society of Women Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery. The event was supported by Blackstone LaunchPad, an entrepreneurship education program.Connectivity · Companies represented at the “LA to the Bay: A Tech Recruitment Event” included professionals from Facebook, Uber, Blizzard Entertainment and Hulu, who met with students. – Samuel Chang | Daily TrojanThe event began with a panel discussion featuring recruiters and professionals from Facebook, Uber, Blizzard and Hulu. It was moderated by Lauren McGoodwin, a former recruiter at Hulu and founder of Career Contessa, a website geared towards inspiring millennial women. Students also participated in a networking session and submitted their resumes.Questions during the panel discussion ranged from the interview process to company culture.“The main purpose of this event is to give students a chance to interact with companies that usually don’t come to campus. This event gives students a more intimate environment to speak with the companies that they really want to work for,” Sara Clayton, founder of the USC chapter of Girls in Tech, said.Clayton said she wants to build up the alumni network in technology.“The USC network is already really big and we have a ton of alumni at great places, but I think tech is definitely an emerging network for USC,” she said. “As we have more events like this, we’ll have more alumni at great companies like Facebook and Uber.”Though almost 700 students RSVP’d for the event on Facebook, only around 200 students were allowed into the venue due to maximum capacity issues.“I thought it was great,” Calvin LeGassick, a sophomore majoring in computer science, said. “The turnout was much more than I expected. It’s exciting to see students, especially female engineers, come out to recruiting events like this.”LeGassick also works for Blackstone LaunchPad, whose programs at various universities aim to house and train the next generation of entrepreneurs.Alex Zhang, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said there were drawbacks to the large amount of student interest in the event.“The lines are incredibly long, so as each person waits in line and each recruiter meets another person, faces start to combine and the recruiter gets less one-on-one time with each individual student,” he said. “It was definitely good publicity for the organizing companies since they were able to attract top students and top companies to come here at USC to speak.”Zhang was interested in the panel discussion of the various company cultures.“Facebook emphasized that their brand was at the top of their priority list, and they really wanted to emphasize that their goal was to make the world a more connected place, and if you didn’t have that mission in mind, then you’re probably not the best fit for Facebook,” Zhang said.Clayton chose to team up with SWE and ACM because she said they are the powerhouse groups of the Viterbi School of Engineering.“SWE is a very female-forward organization, and I think one of the main issues in tech is that there aren’t enough females, so a lot of companies are making the effort to recruit members from SWE and Girls in Tech,” she said. “These companies want to bring more women in tech and increase their diversity.”Zhang also commented on the demographics of the students who attended.“I saw a lot of graduate students and a lot of first generation students, which was really interesting because I thought the companies here would attract a larger array of more diverse students,” he said. “I am pretty confident that this event had about 70 percent graduate students, which I thought was interesting since I originally thought companies like Facebook and Uber would attract younger demographics like myself.”Zhang said some of his friends left because they felt discouraged sitting alongside very experienced graduate students.“I am definitely looking into hosting another event like this in the future. We would definitely need a bigger venue,” Clayton said.last_img read more

Countdown is on for Sars clash with Ballygunner

first_imgPhoto ©Stephen Gleeson Waterford’s Ballygunner will be gunning for Tipperary champions Thurles Sarsfields this weekend.The sides meet in Walsh Park, Waterford on Sunday in the Munster Club Hurling Quarter final.Sars defeated the Waterford champions when they met in the munster championship last time out – so Ballygunner are out for revenge. Former Tipperary hurler, and Thurles Sarsfields man Ger ‘Redser’ O’Grady says Ballygunner have the calibre of players to come out on top…Tipp FM’s live coverage of the game comes in association with Arrabawn Tyone Mill, Nenagh.last_img