Tucked away on most Facebook profiles are the inevitable USC-related groups and fan pages. Now, the official USC Facebook page can join this assorted collection.The official page launched in July and in two months, it has garnered more than 3,600 fans, comprised of students, prospective students, alumni, faculty and people who like the university.The page came in response to an unofficial one that was not approved by the university, said Maya Meinert, editorial assistant at USC University Public Relations who manages the page.“We discovered the unofficial page and we decided that we should own that space and use the value of the USC brand on Facebook,” Meinert said.The page features a variety of content from events, competitions and notable achievements by faculty and students.“We work very closely with the admissions office on the main page because of the volume of admissions inquiries we get from fans,” said Ariel Carpenter, director of USC public relations.The page recently gathered a series of admission questions from fans on Facebook and submitted them to USC’s Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold. His answers were posted as a response on a discussion tab of the page.“We take a very integrated approach to the page,” Carpenter said. “We work with heads of schools to highlight what is important to them and what’s happening at the schools.”Administrators of the page, for example, are currently working with the Viterbi School of Engineering to publicize Viterbi Grand Challenges, an event that works with the National Academy of Engineering to address the issues of the 21st century.Although the fan page is not going to be included in any official USC pamphlets or handouts, there is a link to it on the university’s main website.“We are actually working on promoting the page more organically through crossover with our Twitter account,” Meinert said.The opening of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center demonstrated the success of the social networking outreach. Fans were encouraged to tweet live from the event and share pictures with others in real time.“It allowed a peek at the event for those that were not present,” Carpenter said.Presently, the page is focusing on providing fans with information they want to know and will evolve based on the needs of the users.There is no doubt, however, that the page represents another step in USC’s effort to embrace popular social media platforms. The latest trend has been geo-tagging; USC now manages its virtual existence on Foursquare, the location-based social media.
Published on October 27, 2014 at 12:09 am Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse CLEMSON, S.C. — It was easy to overlook Sean Hickey until he wasn’t on the field. Syracuse’s starting left tackle limped to the Orange sideline early in the second quarter, which left tackle Michael Lasker across from All-American defensive end Vic Beasley. On first down, freshman quarterback AJ Long rolled right, away from Beasley, and found wide receiver Jarrod West for a short gain. On second down, Long scrambled that way again and was stopped at the line. And in a passing situation on third down, Long stayed in the pocket to throw while Beasley effortlessly beat Lasker on the edge. He was in the freshman’s face right as he released an incomplete pass. Riley Dixon and the SU punt team were jogging onto the field almost as soon as the ball left Long’s hand. “(Things) changed dramastically,” said offensive coordinator Tim Lester of Hickey’s short stint on the bench, accidentally combining dramatically and drastically before laughing and correcting himself. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That was Beasley’s side.”For the most part, Beasley’s effect on the game was limited by Hickey in Syracuse’s (3-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) 16-6 loss to No. 21 Clemson (6-2, 5-1) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Hickey’s matchup with Beasley was heavily talked about throughout the week and was touted as an “exposure game” for the two NFL Draft hopefuls, an opportunity Hickey excelled in despite briefly leaving the game with a left ankle injury. Lester said after the game that although Beasley made a few tackles in the backfield, his final line of three — two solo, one assist and one for a loss — and no sacks detailed the left tackle’s performance. “He’s an explosive player. Usually you can keep your eyes tracked on a game when they’re pass rushing and stuff,” Hickey said. “But with him you’re just looking all over the place because he’s so shifty.”Hickey said he’d have to go back and watch the tape before really assessing his play, but could only think of one play where Beasley outright beat him at the line of scrimmage. Clemson sacked Long four times and was generally disruptive throughout the night, but Hickey thought the unit played well and gave the offense a chance to make quick plays. When Hickey went down, Lester scrambled in the booth and wrote down a list of plays that would make Lasker’s job easier. He saw Hickey going to the locker room and thought he’d lost the tackle for the game. Lester jotted down what he thought the best calls for different sides of the field and talked closely with offensive line coach Joe Adam on the headset about what to dial up. X-ray results in the locker room during the game were negative and afterward, Hickey’s left ankle was wrapped in an ice bag with his pant leg rolled up. He likened the pain to what he felt against Pittsburgh at the end of last season, but noted that it was less severe and just “didn’t feel right” before he exited. But three plays after Beasley burst past Lasker and into the pocket Hickey made his way back onto the field. His absence lasted just six plays — a series and a half — and his return restored order in the coaches booth and, more importantly, on the left side of the line. Said Lester: “Luckily for us, Hickey just came back, so I could just call it normal again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Philip Weinstein is Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College. He has been offering literary seminars in cooperation with the Vineyard Haven Public Library since 2012. His publications include “Henry James and the Requirements of the Imagination” (1971), “The Semantics of Desire: Changing Models of Identity from Dickens to Joyce” (1984), “Faulkner’s Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns” (1992), “What Else But Love? The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison” (1996), “Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction” (2005), “Becoming Faulkner” (2009), and “Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage” (2015). He is currently working on a book of essays entitled “Soul-Error.”In order to allow the library to distribute class materials and communicate with students, participants should register online through the library’s website,vhlibrary.org, or by calling 508-696-4210. Prior to the first class, registered participants will receive a welcome email with Zoom access information and a reading guide. Copies of the books may be requested through the local CLAMS library. Vineyard Haven library’s annual literature seminar with Philip Weinstein will be presented as a series of virtual events on the Zoom video-conferencing platform, beginning in September. Weinstein will discuss the works of Toni Morrison, one of the 20th century’s most influential novelists and intellectuals, and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. According to a press release, the class will be reading four novels: “The Bluest Eye” will be discussed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, “Sula” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, “The Song of Solomon” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 28, and “Beloved” on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 2. All events begin at 5:30 pm. read more
Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services You may have heard about the restaurant inspections that Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (TCPHSS) provides for the community. These inspection reports are printed in The Olympian every week, and are always well-read. You can find the restaurant inspections, in their entirety on the Thurston County Public Health website.Reports are updated dailyRestaurants are listed alphabetically by nameRecent inspections (last 90 days) are listed separately for convenienceAn example of unsafe practice – pot of beans left out overnight. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesIt’s important to understand, however, that an inspection is only a piece of a larger story. A restaurant inspection is a point in time. TCHSS staff inspect over a thousand Thurston County restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores, either once or twice a year. Most inspections last about an hour. That means that there are potentially three hundred and sixty-three days on which those same restaurants are not under inspection. So, a good report, or a bad one, represents a very small piece of the puzzle.There are fifty safety violations, in two types; red or blue. Red violations are indications of risk factors directly associated with foodborne illness, while blue violations can be indications of problems in keeping the kitchen clean and maintained. Each violation ranges in points from two to twenty-five. The twenty-five point violations are the most serious and these are most likely to lead to illness. Those include: not washing hands, bare hand contact with food, and working while ill. Other serious violations include not keeping food hot or cold enough, not cooling food in the proper way, or keeping foods out at room temperature. In other words, twenty-five points may not mean twenty-five violations. Rather it may mean a single more serious health issue, which was weighted more heavily.If a restaurant has violations that exceed forty-five red points, or sixty-five points total, then a re-inspection is scheduled 7-10 days later to confirm that problems have been fixed. If problems persist, or aren’t fixed, other enforcement actions come into play, and may include closing the restaurant for a time.A Review Doesn’t End at InspectionThe preference at TCHSS is to correct violations through education, and to work with an owner or manager to make sure they and their staff have the equipment, or training, to fix the food safety problems that were identified in an inspection, while the inspector is still at the restaurant. A refrigerator can be turned down or a soap dispenser filled, and an employee who does not wash their hands can be told to wash up; but will they wash up as needed once the inspector leaves? That is where an attentive owner/manager can make all the difference. Here are two examples of local restaurant inspections that were carried through to their solutions in February and March 2018. While the health and safety of the public is always the highest priority, it’s also important to remember that, in general, our local businesses want to do the right things, and only need the tools and training to succeed in making any needed changes.An example of a clean kitchen, after re-opening. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesRestaurant ATCPHSS staff visited the restaurant to review with the restaurant’s new owner. While there, the inspector saw a variety of violations and made corrections.The inspector returned the next day to conduct a full inspection, resulting in 100 Red and 23 Blue violation points.The inspector closed the restaurant, noting that most of the problems were practice-based (poor habits) and the new owner did not yet have the skills to correct them.The restaurant stayed closed for a week, while the owner re-trained their staff and cleaned and repaired the place.Once the facility made improvements, staff inspected and they were allowed to re-open the following day. As a condition of re-opening, an inspector was present for two-hours while they began preparing food, watching for improved food safety habits, and more importantly, watching that the new owner was aware of food safety regulations and was able to correct their employees as needed. The employees and the owner had made huge improvements in their habits and the restaurant was allowed to stay open.The inspector visited the location several times over the following weeks and confirmed that the good habits were intact. A full inspection was done two weeks later with 25 Red and 3 Blue violations, all fixed before the inspector left the restaurant.Restaurant BAn inspection was done which resulted in 100 Red and 33 Blue violation pointsThe restaurant was allowed to remain open based on owner’s knowledge and willingness to correct the problems.The inspector returned the next day and saw marked improvement.The day after that, when the owner was not present, the inspector saw many of the original poor habits. The inspector closed the restaurant.After five days, the owner and managers met with the inspector to talk about the corrections they had made, and the employee training they had done. The restaurant was allowed to re-open the following day.The inspector spent two hours watching the owner and managers making sure the employees were preparing the food safely and the restaurant was allowed to stay open.Additional visits were made, including a full inspection a week later with no violations.Most of the violation points for both restaurants were from employees using poor food safety practices. Fixing these poor habits takes attentive owners and managers to train and constantly reinforce better habits until the new habits become routine. Restaurant owners and managers that are committed to maintaining safe and healthy food safety habits among their employees are less likely to have serious health violations as a result.Whether you eat out a little, or a lot, keeping an eye on which restaurants are using best health and safety practices is a great idea. We can support restaurants that don’t ever have problems, but there are many hard-working, local food establishments who learn how to best protect public health as a result of inspections too. Inspections are just a snapshot, but they also represent relationships—whole stories about changes that, at their heart, make our community a stronger, safer, and healthier place. read more
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