first_img“We believe that the Federation should immediately repeal the ‘Anthem Policy’, publish a statement acknowledging the policy was wrong when it was adopted, and issue an apology to our black players and supporters,” the United States Women’s National Team Players Association said in a statement on Monday.”Further, we believe the Federation should lay out its plans on how it will now support the message and movement it tried to silence four years ago.”Kaepernick had begun kneeling during the anthem in August 2016 in order to draw attention to racial injustice following the deaths of several unarmed black men during confrontations with police.Kaepernick’s kneeling protest has become an emblematic expression of solidarity adopted during the recent demonstrations across the United States and around the world since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.Protesters and police officers have all taken a knee during the protests while sports stars in Germany’s Bundesliga have all kneeled before recent matches.Players from English Premier League giants Liverpool also knelt in a photo distributed through the club’s social media channels last week.ESPN said if US Soccer’s board votes to repeal the policy, it would take effect immediately but would still need to be voted on at the federation’s annual meeting next year.Topics : The United States Soccer Federation is considering scrapping a rule which bans players from kneeling during the national anthem, officials confirmed on Monday, as the US women’s team criticised the body for implementing the policy in the first place.USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone called for the policy to be discussed at a board meeting due to take place on Tuesday, ESPN reported on its website.A USSF spokesperson later confirmed the federation was considering repealing the policy. In a controversial move, US Soccer introduced a rule in 2017 which formally states that players must “stand respectfully” during the national anthem.It came after US women’s team star Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the anthem at an international in 2016.4 yrs ago a white gay female kneeled while playing for the USA national team to support what Kaepernick was kneeling for. Megan Rapinoe. A legend. Just so y’all know (: pic.twitter.com/3GrTi4gUPn— Des Equis (@desireehaven) June 5, 2020Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.The US women’s soccer team called on the USSF to “immediately repeal” the policy and to “apologize” to their black players.last_img read more


first_imgGermany’s ministry for labour and social affairs (BMAS) is considering a relaxation the minimum guarantee offered by Pensionsfonds.In a letter to stakeholders, BMAS proposed changes that would allow greater flexibility for the pension payout phase.Another proposal currently being discussed would allow certain employees to opt out of the protection offered by the insolvency fund PSV.In Germany, defined contribution (DC) funds have to be set up with a minimum guarantee, or Beitragszusage mit Mindestleistung, and if a Pensionsfonds is used as a vehicle the pay-out phase has to contain an insurance element. At present, Pensionsfonds are hardly used upon retirement, but rather as a financing instrument for pension pay-outs.The new proposal by the BMAS aims to change the norm by allowing the application of a 0% discount rate on all pensioners’ assets in Pensionsfonds.Employers would only be required to top up assets if returns fell below the minimum discount rate of 0%.Thomas Jasper, head of retirement at Towers Watson in Germany commented: “As stated in the proposal, this [approach] can really help Pensionsfonds to increase efficiencies and opportunities in the asset allocation and with it the chances of a higher pension for members.”The new law would allow Pensionsfonds to make full use of the regulatory freedoms in asset allocation which they can currently only apply to active members’ assets.Stephan Hebel, from the pensions department at Mercer in Germany also welcomed the proposal. “This is also a chance for employers to allow Pensionsfonds to try and generate higher pensions without a higher risk of top-ups.”He added the proposal was a “sensible evolution of the Pensionsfonds”, which was hindered in its development by the current regulation.Jasper was also convinced the change would be a “major step towards increasing the attractiveness of the Pensionsfonds”.A third expert did not want to go on the record before the end of the consultation phase on the new proposal on 10 September.She pointed out the proposal would only change the supervisory framework but not the legislation regarding workers’ rights:“Volatile pension pay-outs are something very unusual for Germany,” she stressed.On the other hand she noted the new regulation would allow Pensionsfonds to have one portfolio both for active as well as retired members.This would help save costs, also because providers would not have to hire an insurer to handle its payout phase.Hebel saw the proposal as part of the preparations for new industry-wide pension plans proposed by social minister Andrea Nahles earlier this year.Nahles has encouraged employers and employees to set up Pensionsfonds or Pensionskassen to create industry-wide pension plans with only minimal guarantees. The second part of the proposal by the BMAS would allow workers to individually opt out of PSV-protection if their employer went insolvent.“This makes sense in cases where the pension promise is already fully insured by a reinsurer, maybe if it is an old contract with interest rates of up to 4%,” Hebel pointed out.It would also help the PSV lower its admin costs by not having to take on members covered by a reinsurer’s contract.The experts all stress it was currenty unclear when the new proposals would be implemented.Some have speculated the changes could be integrated into the revised supervisory regulations brought about by the implementation of the portability directive and scheduled for this autumn.last_img read more


first_imgSelling agent Ivo Kornel of Belle Property — New Farm said the home sold to a prominent name in the construction industry for $4.05 million. Mr Kornel said the buyer had been looking for something in Teneriffe for a year and a half, but could not find anything suitable until now.He said he planned to renovate the property and build his “dream house” for his family. This house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe, was on the market for the first time in 53 years.The property on Teneriffe Hill had been in the same family for more than half a century. RELATED: New high for Brisbane house price This house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe, has sold for the first time in 53 years.ONE of Teneriffe’s most historic homes has sold for the first time in 53 years for more than $4 million in cash, in another sign Brisbane’s prestige property market is on fire.But the new owner is going to need to fork out even more money to restore the grand house to its former glory. The kitchen in the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.Teneriffe is Brisbane’s most expensive suburb, with a median house price of $1.67 million according to the latest Corelogic data. One of the five bedrooms in the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.He said she had hosted an annual Christmas party for the Teneriffe Hill residents — a tradition that the new owner planned to continue in the future.“This is one of the great homes — and positions — of Brisbane,” he said.“It’s elevated, up on Teneriffe Hill, river views, northeast aspect, it has the only drive through driveway in all of Teneriffe/New Farm. “To get all of those things on over 1000 sqm is as rare as hens’ teeth.” MORE: Model, rapper return to Brisbanecenter_img Inside the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on a huge 1065 sqm of prime real estate.Mr Kornel said the home’s previous owner, who was in her 70s, had raised her family there but it had become too big for her alone. Inside the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe. Mr Kornel said the circa 1908 home attracted 25 groups at its first open inspection, with a mix of families and young couples who were planning to have a family.Local developer Frank Licastro and his public relations executive fiancee, Kaitie Mulherin, were among the prospective buyers looking at the home.“You also have those buyers, who are caretakers you could say, who would buy something like that to say they once owned it and be part of the history of the house,” he said. A view of the side of the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.last_img read more


first_img Luke Henderson of Professionals John Henderson. Pic: Jerad WilliamsHe said they already had settlements booked for December 19.Agents were reporting a steadier market following a tough start to the year and expected it to continue into the new year.McGrath’s Billy Jaz, who recently became a joint franchise partner of the Palm Beach office with Andy Hogarth and Ian Mills, said buyer sentiment had improved with market conditions in recent months. “The finality of both the (federal) election and (banking, superannuation and financial services) royal commission are two factors that have positively influenced the marketplace,” he said.“In addition, the trend of interstate buyers is growing quickly and is supported by all-time low interest rates.” Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said they were ready for the Christmas rush.“We’ve got solicitors on standby up until the 23rd,” he said.“If you (buy at) auction this weekend, we can do a 21-day settlement and they can be in by Christmas.“Even a 14-day settlement we can do.” Dane Atherton of Harcourts Coastal. Pic: Jerad WilliamsHe said there were also many benefits for sellers when it came to offloading properties before Christmas and the New Year.“The upside in doing it before Christmas is you avoid the potential increase in competition of more listings coming on (the market) in January,” he said.“These people who will have sold before Christmas, they’re now in a position to buy in January.”Professionals John Henderson director Luke Henderson said it was important to be organised.“You just need to have your finance lined up at this stage,” he said.“If they only need a valuation through the bank and everything else is lined up, they could probably do it as early as 14 days.“If you don’t, then you’re generally waiting until a month after that.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 Property experts are urging house hunters to buy now if they want to move in by Christmas.IF all you want for Christmas is a new home to celebrate the festive season in, you still have time.Property experts say it is becoming more common for house hunters to buy and then settle nail-bitingly close to December 25.Many have preparations in place weeks in advance to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. MORE NEWS: Best kitchens for happy holidays MORE NEWS: Luxury mansion’s $5 million reno pays offlast_img read more


first_img Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Chemical found which ‘makes bone marrow repair skin’ by: – April 5, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img 26 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! The chemical which summons stem cells from bone marrow to the site of a wound has been discovered by scientists in the UK and Japan.The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified the distress signal – HMGB1.The authors believe it can be used to put “a megaphone in the system” to improve the treatment of injuries such as burns and leg ulcers.Another UK expert said the research had potential.Bone marrow was thought to play a role in repairing damaged skin, but the exact process was unknown.Scientists at Osaka University and King’s College London gave mice bone marrow cells that glow green – which can be tracked while moving round the body.They then wounded the mice and some were given skin grafts.Megaphone medicineIn mice without grafts, very few stem cells travelled to the wound. Those with grafts had many stem cells travelling to the wound.Professor John McGrath, from King’s College London, says grafted skin tissue has no blood vessels and therefore no oxygen. He says this environment leads to the release of HMGB1 – or what he called a ‘Save Our Skin signal’ – which results in stem cells moving to the wound.He said: “It could have a very big impact on regenerative medicine for treating people with rare genetic illnesses and more common problems such as burns and ulcers.“It could potentially revolutionise the management of wound healing.”He envisaged treatments in which a drug similar to HMGB1 would be injected near to a wound.He said: “It would be like putting a megaphone in the system” bringing stem cells to the injury.Researchers in Osaka are developing a drug to mimic HMGB1. They hope to begin animal testing by the end of the year and human clinical trials shortly afterwards.Phil Stephens, professor of Cell Biology at Cardiff University, said: “I think it has potentially big clinical implications, but the key is potential if you can control it. You can’t just chuck it on, you need the right amounts at the right time.”“Identifying the mechanism is a really important first step.”Source: BBC Newslast_img read more


first_imgLiverpool defender Kolo Toure believes their Barclays Premier League title hopes are not over, despite losing ground on the leading sides, but admits some perspective needs to be applied in regards to their position. In the build up to Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said they should be mentioned as genuine rivals to Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. They began the weekend six points behind leaders Arsenal but dropped points at home mean the gap is now eight. Toure accepts the Merseysiders under-performed against Villa but stressed prior to the start of the season that no-one expected them to be as close to the top as they are. “We are still in that (title race) because every team can lose points,” he told Press Association Sport. “For us we just need to think about the next game 100 per cent, try to win and be positive. “What we have done so far no-one was expecting at the start of the season. “We need to take that on board and just keep going. When you have hard times you see a strong team and we are a strong team. “The first half was very hard but the reaction from the team was great after going 2-0 down to a good Villa side – last year they won (3-1) here and it wasn’t easy for us. “We got a point and that showed the character of the team. We don’t want to lose and that is very important, especially at home. “Other teams will make errors. We just need to maintain our focus and believe in ourselves. In 16 games a lot can happen.” Rodgers said he was willing to take the blame after his decision to pick an attacking line-up backfired in the first half. He dropped defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva in order to accommodate Daniel Sturridge, making his first start since November 7 after injury, and although the striker repaid him with a goal Liverpool were already 2-0 down at that point. The benefits brought by Sturridge’s inclusion were offset by the absence of Lucas as Steven Gerrard struggled in the holding role despite Rodgers’ lavish praise for his performance in that position at Stoke. Lucas was introduced at half-time, allowing Gerrard the freedom to move further forward and supply the pass which resulted in Luis Suarez being brought down by goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Gerrard converted from the penalty spot but Liverpool could not force a winner. “Every time we play at home we want to win and we didn’t cope very well with that as a team from the start,” said Toure of the offence-minded line-up. “When you want to win games you have to put attacking players in and that is what we tried to do. “Every season you have games like that and our reaction showed we don’t want to lose at home. “We didn’t have a solution but the manager adjusted the team and then everything changed from there. “The manager is very clever and our team can adapt to any system. We have the flexibility to do that and if one thing is not working, we change.” Liverpool saved their worst 45 minutes under Rodgers for the visit of principal owner John W Henry, over from America with chairman Tom Werner. The Reds boss had already spoken to the pair the night before the match and received assurances there was money available in January to strengthen the squad. “We had a good chat Friday night. I am very happy with everything they said,” said Rodgers. “If there are players available that we can get here then we will be able to do that business but I’ve known that for a number of months.” Villa boss Paul Lambert felt his side would have repeated last year’s surprise win had they been more clinical in a dominant first half. “We should have been out of sight and I thought we played better than we did last year when we won,” he said. “I thought we were outstanding, the whole game we were fantastic, and there were some massive performances. I thought we should have won.” Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img(CMC) – LEFT-HANDER Darren Bravo has been sent packing for the one-day series against India starting next month, with injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell also overlooked in a 14-man squad announced yesterday by West Indies selectors.Both players featured in the Windies’ failed ICC World Cup campaign in England where they had little impact in their limited appearances, as the Caribbean side finished ninth, only ahead of last-placed Afghanistan.From that World Cup squad, speedster Shannon Gabriel and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been dropped, along with batsman Sunil Ambris who was called up as an injury replacement for Russell.Meanwhile, veteran opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 14-man squad after making an about turn on his retirement, with the trio of opener John Campbell, all-rounder Roston Chase and seamer Keemo Paul called up for the three-match series which bowls off in Georgetown.Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said the composition of the squad reflected the start of the rebuilding effort with the next World Cup in mind.“We have to start planning now for the World Cup in 2023 and we are looking for a solid squad that we can work with over the next four years,” said Reifer, who was appointed back in April.“We want to build them into a consistent winning team in this format, so that they have a real chance of success in four years’ time.“We had a number of young players in the last World Cup squad. We played some decent cricket. We were in match-winning positions, but we just didn’t win the key moments or finish off the games.“The players have learnt a lot from the World Cup, and we are looking to improve their skills, their mindsets and playing together as a team. The more they can play together, the better it will be for them.”Bravo is one of the major omissions, especially since it comes less than a year following his return to international cricket from a two-year hiatus, owing to a nasty public squabble with former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron.However, in 16 One-Day Internationals since, he has managed only 244 runs at an average of 22 with a single half-century. He played just three matches in the World Cup and batted only twice, scoring 0 and 19 in those outings.Overall, he averages 30 from 110 ODIs.Russell, recently named in the T20 International squad subject to a fitness test, had a similarly frustrating World Cup campaign, scoring 36 runs from three innings and claiming five wickets.He limped out of the tournament with a chronic knee injury which dogged him throughout and hampered performances.Campbell and Chase, meanwhile, have been handed opportunities to press their claim for permanent spots in the side.The left-handed Campbell averages nearly 50 from six ODIs, fuelled largely by a sparkling 179 in his only innings in the Tri-Nations Series in Ireland back in May while Chase averages 21 from 16 ODIs with a single half-century.Paul, a promising 21-year-old, played the last of his 11 ODIs in December before being sidelined with injury.“It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team,” Reifer said of the trio. “Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup.”Gayle provides the bulk of the experience in the unit with 10 393 runs from 298 ODIs, along with 25 hundreds but is coming off a low-key World Cup where he managed only 242 runs at an average of 30.He is two months away from his 40th birthday and in the twilight of his career but Reifer endorsed his presence in the Jason Holder-led squad.“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge. He lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” Reifer pointed out.The opening ODI is set for August 8 with the remaining matches on August 11 and 14 at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Four Syracuse players, three from the defense and one from the offense, were named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams.Dyshawn Davis highlighted the group with a first-team selection. The linebacker started all 13 games for the Orange last season, recording 69 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Davis missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury, but is not expected to miss any time during the upcoming season.Fellow linebacker Marquis Spruill was named to the third team. He recorded 65 tackles last season with a pair of sacks and nine tackles for a loss. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley rounded out the list for defensive players with a fourth-team honor. He started 10 games last season, racking up 39 tackles and 5.5 for a loss.Jerome Smith was the lone SU player from the offensive side of the ball to be honored. He was named to the second team. The running back carried the ball 264 times for 1,171 yards and three touchdowns last season while splitting carries with Prince-Tyson Gulley.Syracuse’s four all-conference selections are tied with Virginia and North Carolina State for 11th and ahead of only Maryland in the ACC. Florida State led the way with 19 selections, followed by the Orange’s first ACC opponent Clemson, which placed 12 on the teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSteele’s company, Phil Steele Productions, publishes the annual magazine Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. Comments Published on May 30, 2013 at 11:20 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more


first_imgTeam USA’s 2016 Olympics marathon times trials took place in Los Angeles on Saturday, with part of the course running through the USC campus.The course began on the south side of downtown L.A., close to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. Competitors ran down Figueroa Street and onto campus, traveling down 34th Street and up Child’s Way by Tommy Trojan. Participants continued to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park before returning Downtown.Runners had to complete the six-mile Downtown to USC route four times, as well as doing a loop Downtown, totaling 26.2 miles.There were barricades at the intersection of 34th and Trousdale and Childs Way and Trousdale in addition to part of Figueroa being blocked off, with CSC workers and DPS manning the course to ensure no one crossed while runners were passing.“When people are on the track, they can’t come through – it’s a safety issue,” said a CSC worker.Despite the Department of Transportation sending out emails on Jan. 27 and Feb. 12 informing students of the closures. Many students felt this was not ample notification.Freshman Amy MacRae parked her car in PSX but was unaware that she would not be able to leave the parking structure between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.“We were supposed to be going to the USC Rugby game, and then because of my car lockdown, we couldn’t,” MacRae said. “So we thought we might as well just come over and watch, because this is a cool event to have on campus anyway.”Despite being happy to watch the event, MacRae expressed frustration about the closures of the parking structures.“I feel like they should have just had an exit route for people,” MacRae said. “They should have planned it better.”Macrae also felt that email was not the optimal way for the University to communicate the street closures to students.“I know there have been some emails and stuff, but do people really read them?” MacRae said. “I had no idea this was happening here — zero.”Despite the importance of the event — the first three runners from the men and women’s races will compete in Rio this summer — there were not many USC students among the spectators.“I expected a lot more people here, because this is the time trials for the Olympics, but it doesn’t seem too crowded,” said Tyler Matthews, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, who was watching the races.Some students did not even realize the event was on at all. Marissa Di, a junior majoring in biochemistry, was planning to meet a friend when she was forced to wait for the runners to pass.“I was just passing through, and they were like, ‘You can’t go through here,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know what’s happening!’” Di said. “It would have been nice if I knew about it.”Though there was limited student turnout, the Spirit of Troy, the Song Girls and members of the Spirit of Troy were present to cheer on the runners.“It’s definitely exciting,” Matthews said. “I love hearing the band play too.”Supporters of the time trials were aware of the significance of the event because of the amount of talented marathoners competing for three spots.“It’s incredibly important; there are only three spots, and there’s a lot of talent out there,” said Eliza Peterson, who was on the USC marathon team for two years.It was the hottest Olympic marathon time trials in history, with temperatures reaching 73 degrees during the race.“It’s really hot today, and it’s not an easy run, but it looks like they’re going to try their best under the heat,” volunteer Sunny Pearson said.Galen Rupp won the men’s race with a time of two hours, eleven minutes and eleven seconds, with Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward also qualifying for Rio this summer.Amy Cragg took the women’s title with a time of two hours, 28 minutes and 20 seconds, and Desiree Linden and Shalane Flanagan came in second and third, respectively.last_img read more


first_imgFreshman and spring admit Sarah Elmashat sits in her dorm room, a renovated lounge in Pardee Tower. (Tucker Judkins / Daily Trojan)When spring admit and freshman human biology major Sarah Elmashat first learned she would be living in a renovated lounge in Pardee Tower, she was concerned because she didn’t know what the room looked like or what accommodations would be included.“I was just worried because I didn’t have any information on what the set-up was going to be like, but moving in and seeing everything there and making it homey just made it feel a lot better,” Elmashat said. “There’s a lot of positives to it too. We have a bigger room than an average freshman in Pardee.” About 50 spring admits moved into renovated study lounges last week due to a lack of available on-campus housing, according to USC Housing. In a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC Housing Senior Associate Director Christopher Ponsiglione said the housing office has received mainly positive comments from spring admits assigned to lounges so far. “Feedback from most students is that they are pleased with their Housing assignment, especially those that were assigned to traditionally high demand buildings like New/North and South Residential Colleges,” Ponsiglione said in the statement.Freshman Nicole Liebeler, a spring admit majoring in law, history and culture, is situated in a Fluor Tower lounge. Liebeler said she also had concerns about what bathroom she would use and how much storage space would be available. Since moving in, Liebeler said she hasn’t experienced any problems with the accommodations. While the lounge doesn’t have closets or bureaus like traditional dorms, she said there are clothing racks and drawers for storage. “I’ve stayed in dorms in summer programs, and it just feels like one of those, which is totally fine for freshmen housing,”  Liebeler said. “I’ll only be in there for a semester. It’s convenient, and it’s in a good place so that’s what I’m really concerned about.” Ponsiglione also said that as other housing options become available, the spring admits will be moved into permanent housing. For the time being, however, some freshman residents are upset over the loss of their shared spaces. When freshman international relations and art history major Sophia Ceniza’s New North Residential College study lounge was converted into student housing, everyone on the floor lost their lounge.“The lounge has become for everybody on my floor … this place for cultivating community where we all study, where we eat, where we talk, where we can spend social time together,”  Ceniza said. “It’s become a useful space for every single person on the floor, and so finding out our lounge is going to be taken away was kind of devastating for everyone.”Freshman business administration major Sophie Antebi, who also lives on the third floor in New North, said she was sad to learn that the lounge would be converted into student housing.“Obviously it’s upsetting to us that we lost our lounge because it was a nice community space for people to go do their homework or hang out,” Antebi said. “The only reason they took away our lounge is because there wasn’t enough student housing in other places to put people, so I think USC either needs more housing or shouldn’t admit too many students.” On Dec. 6, Ceniza wrote an email to USC Housing and New North Residential College explaining the significance of the lounge to the residents and asking for accommodations to replace the converted space. Ceniza and 19 other residents signed the email, which also said that other lounge spaces they had access to were “inadequate for studying and homework” because they didn’t have tables, desks or other seating arrangements. To fix this problem, Ponsiglione said USC Housing furnished the lounges to create communal study areas.“Housing placed more study specific furniture in the many remaining lounges to work towards meeting the needs of the current residents,” Ponsiglione said. Ceniza also said that she and the girls on her floor think their communal bathroom will be overcrowded since more residents have to share the two working toilets and four showers. “I think a concern for a lot of girls and people in general [is that] you spend so much money to be able to utilize USC Housing,” Ceniza said. “At minimum it should provide things like a bathroom that’s not overcrowded and a lounge space where you can work.”last_img read more