Photo by Jonathan Wong | Daily TrojanWhat started off as a series of late-night cross-disciplinary talks between seniors Sophie Wix and Lindsey Beach became a week-long symposium for student entrepreneurs and industry leaders — and now, USC’s first-ever Innovation Week is taking place this week.The four-day event, which started Monday, will showcase student projects and business ventures that address pressing themes, from health to sustainability.“It’s not about the ‘what’ or the ‘how’ as much as the ‘why,’” said Wix, the president and co-founder of Innovation Week. “The ‘why’ drives you at the end of the day. You have to be willing to make sacrifices. Use this time to really understand what your passion is and dig deep into that, because when times get tough, what you really care about is going to pull you through.”Over the summer, Wix, who is studying health and human sciences, and Beach, who is studying business administration, worked with co-founders Luke McGartland, a senior majoring in arts, technology, and the business of innovation, and Kabir Sagoo, a USC alumnus who studied neuroscience, entrepreneurship and international relations, to make Innovation Week a reality. “It’s all about handing it back to the students and saying here’s a space for you to network and to share ideas and to really organically connect across disciplines,” Wix said.Each day addresses a grand challenge with student, faculty and alumni panelists. Human health, e-currency technology and sustainability were selected as the year’s most pressing concerns. The event has been featured on the website for InnovateLA, a two-week gathering in November for innovators and entrepreneurs.On Monday, the first night of Innovation Week, the focus was on human health. At a panel discussion in Fertitta Hall, Marshall alumnus and Health-Ade Kombucha co-founder Vanessa Dew described her commitment to the process of crafting authentic kombucha. She said she founded her business to emphasize quality and customer satisfaction, using fresh, organic, local ingredients. Since selling its first bottles in 2012, Health-Ade Kombucha has expanded sales to all 50 states and opened a brewery in Torrance, Calif. Human Health Night also featured Sara Ma, a senior majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation and a researcher and designer for CancerBase. CancerBase was founded by scientists Jan Liphardt at Stanford and Peter Kuhn at USC, according to its website.The platform allows cancer patients to contribute to an online database to improve cancer research. Patients can also connect with each other through CancerBase, pursue different treatment options and learn how to improve their quality of life. Ma spoke on the importance of giving personal help to those living with cancer. By enhancing the conversations patients can have with their doctors and caretakers, CancerBase helps patients manage their lives and treatment, she said. Ma developed the brand and logo for CancerBase and contributed to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit in 2016.“We love the process of innovation,” Ma said. “If you love the process and the people [who] you’re working with, the process of solving problems, you’ll be able to stay in the game and focus your attention on solving a problem.”Ethan Bresnick, a freshman majoring in media arts and practice, spoke about his work with developing Augmedix, which is powered by Google Glass. In high school, he joined Augmedix as the fifth founding member, serving as the creative director. This health care application helps doctors maximize their time with their patients, quickly pulling up records so that they are able to assist their patients. Augmedix has partnered with Sutter Health and Dignity Health.On Wednesday, Blockchain Night will promote the new technology that gained popularity with the digital currency Bitcoin. Student innovators and industry leaders will discuss the future of blockchain in entrepreneurship, and USC Marshall professor James Healey will moderate a panel with experts in the innovative technology. On Thursday, Sustainability Night will showcase leaders in technology for social change.Innovation Week will end with a two-hour Impact Night on Friday. Brian Shepard, assistant dean of the Iovine and Young Academy, will lead the discussion with panelists Amanda Daflos, the director of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Innovation Team; Albert Lawrence, correspondent on The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Robbie Cabral, founder of padlock company Benjilock.Beyond USC, Wix and her co-founders hope to spread Innovation Week to other universities worldwide. The London School of Economics will host its first Innovation Week next semester, and the founders of Innovation Week at USC are in talks with student leaders at some East Coast universities.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€“ “The South Haven High School girls softball team.” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?A group of 11 girls with the help of Twaila Wiley, a USD 509 employee, are on a mission to form the first Lady Cardinal softball team to play this spring.While their opponents are likely to be area junior varsity squads and South-Central Border League opponents in need of a game, their biggest competition in 2014 is time, money and the legal loopholes of starting a high school softball program.But come this spring, South Haven Cardinal softball hopes to become a reality. They plan on having a schedule of eight games.“The girls really want this badly,” Wiley said. “They really love to play and want to make this a legitimate high school program.”Â There are a lot of things going for this group. First of all there are 11 girls who have signed up – and this isn’t a group of novice ball players either. They have been playing together mostly for the South Haven Flame Throwers during the summer months.“I truly believe the second we start playing high school ball, we will be competitive,” Wiley said. “We have three players already who could go on to play in college. Maybe not DI teams but places like Pratt or Cowley.”Wiley continued:“The thing about it is, high school softball allows them the opportunity to showcase their talents. That’s huge. Because that is what it is all about. Giving a girls the opportunity to succeed.”But starting up a high school softball team takes more than rounding up players for a make-shift game at the local ball field.First it takes a lot of convincing and compromising.The girls first approached the South Haven school board in January to plead their case. It wasn’t an easy sell.The board had several concerns. First of all, there was no money in the budget to support a new program.The girls promised to make it a pay to play program. They not only needed to raise the money to meet all expenses for the program, but they needed to do it fast.They had to raise $5,650 which included the payment of a coach, the expense of a bus driver, worker’s comp, and miscellaneous expenses in two weeks time.They did just that.Then there were the uniforms.“We had every intention of wearing old softball pants and a T-shirt,” Wiley said. “We don’t care. We just want to play ball.”If only it was that easy. The uniforms have to meet the specifications of the KSHSAA. For the uniform tops alone costs $750.“I had a donor all lined up who was going to use a supplier in Wichita, who could get them cheap,” Wiley said. “But we can’t do that because the uniforms have to come from suppliers approved by the KSHSAA and those are tremendously more expensive.”The South Haven school board members then were concerned about the high school track program. They didn’t want softball taking people away from an established sport. The girls agreed that they would only hold practice after track practice. So they won’t be going out to practice until after 5 p.m. Also, if there was a track meet on a particular day, there would be no softball contest.“This hasn’t been an issue,” Wiley said. “The track team had more people sign up than they did last year.”The next hurdle (to use a track phrase) was finding a coach. Wiley said due to conflicts she can’t coach the team something she has done with this group since the second grade. But two other people who have applied. The board is supposed to act on hiring a coach in the near future.As far as equipment goes, most of the girls have most of that except for a few miscellaneous things like a new bat and some stickers.But Wiley said once the program is established, it could be a long and fruitful journey.Currently, the team makeup is one senior, one junior, three sophomores and six freshmen. She also said there are some girls coming up in seventh and eighth grade who wants to play. So there is an established future.South Haven will also be playing in a competitive South-Central Border League if established and that has some very good teams. Udall is a traditional state power, which has won two state championships in the past 10 years. Oxford, Udall’s chief rival, is a very good program as well.The proposed Cardinals won’t be playing post season ball this year. It will be an exhibition year. That means they must find teams to play on their own. They will not be eligible for post-season tournament. Next year, they will need to get sanctioned with the KSHSAA and get on the SCBL softball scheduling rotation.So there is still a lot to be done. And there are more expenses to be met.If you wish to donate to this cause send checks payable to the following address:South Haven Schools, USD 509Attention: Twaila WileyP.O. Box 229South Haven, Kans. 67140. Close Forgot password? 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I could only imagine what would be happening or be said if this were about establishing a baseball program. There would be some irate parents wondering why there was no support for their girls. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down In The Know · 338 weeks ago Boys had the same opportunity and set conditions. Couldn’t meet them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Sports Fan · 338 weeks ago Maybe the article should have stated that. Thanks for clarifyng. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down 1234 · 337 weeks ago Thought it was just a single-year decision so far? Nothing has been decided about next year. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down softball mom · 328 weeks ago The Board voted to let the teams in the SCBL League for next season. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Clean sheets revealed An unprecedented amount of money was spent on goalkeepers in the Premier League in the summer latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update His level of importance will rise if he can continue to impress though.Alisson is vital to Liverpool, however. Despite his tendency to commit sloppy mistakes, his presence has restored some order from the dark days of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius being the No.1.Liverpool’s defence appears to be more relaxed with Alisson behind them too.VERDICTIt’s clear the stats look better on Kepa but these do not always paint a full picture of how he’s performed. These stats certainly suggest Kepa is performing the best. He has kept one more clean sheet than Alisson and has played the same number of games as the Reds stopper.Kepa has also conceded fewer goals than Alisson. Leno only has three clean sheets to his name but has played fewer games.However, if the German is to keep going at the same rate then his clean sheet rate and goals conceded rate will be worse than both Kepa and Alisson’s. 5 Goals conceded Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Alisson’s arrival has not put an end to the mistakes in Liverpool’s goalmouth Has Alisson improved Liverpool?IMPORTANCE TO TEAMKepa was a very important recruit following the departure of Thibaut Courtois but to label him as one of Chelsea’s key players would be a stretch.Should Kepa ever get injured, the Blues have Willy Caballero ready to step in. Losing the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Cesar Azpilicueta would be much more of a concern for Maurizio Sarri.Leno arguably has similar importance to the Gunners fold as Kepa has too. He was needed to gradually replace an ageing Petr Cech but Leno’s absence would not be a disaster for Arsenal. BEST OF Kepa: 9 in 16 gamesAlisson: 8 in 16 gamesLeno: 3 in 9 games He also conceded an embarrassing goal during the Reds’ 2-1 win away to Leicester in September. Fortunately for him, it did not cost his side any points. tense The summer transfer window saw three of the so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams splash out big money on new goalkeepers.Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal spent a combined total of £157.9million on bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alisson Becker and Bernd Leno to England. Kepa: 9Alisson: 10Leno: 8 scrap Alisson’s all-round game makes him the most important keeper gameday cracker Alisson’s £67m transfer to Merseyside in July was a record fee for a glovesman, only for that to be surpassed a matter of weeks later when Kepa completed his move to Stamford Bridge for a whopping £71.6m.Meanwhile, Leno joined Arsenal for the cheapest price of £19.3m – still a sizeable amount for a goalkeeper.So how have the trio performed at their respective clubs?talkSPORT has gathered the evidence to see whether Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have acquired duds or studs.STATS The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST MISTAKESWhen a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s likely to directly lead to a goal. Therefore, an ability to not make any errors is the mark of a great keeper.Again, Kepa comes out on top with only one slight mistake so far – letting Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s long-range shot squirm under his hands during Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal.Leno has only made one small error which led to James Milner striking a loose ball home during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool earlier this month.The error count does not look too kindly on Alisson, however, with mistakes against Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade leading to goals. 5 5 Most Read in Football Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Kepa has made fewer mistakes and has the best stats Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Leno came on for Cech during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Watford at the end of September RANKED He has more clean sheets than Alisson but as Chelsea are playing in the Europa League and Liverpool are playing in the Champions League, Alisson has generally played against a higher standard of opponent so far.Alisson has made more mistakes than the three keepers but it’s clear there is more of a reliance on him at Liverpool than there is for Kepa and Leno at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.We’ll have a better idea of how much Leno copes when he faces more top teams later in the campaign but it seems Kepa has generally been the better keeper but Alisson is more important to his team’s set-up than the other two. 5 5