5.5 percent of applicants selected as scholarship finalists

first_imgThe first swarm of newly admitted students will soon descend upon campus, hoping to make just as strong of an impression as the school hopes to have on them.Later this month, the applicants selected as finalists for Trustee and Presidential scholarships will visit USC to interview for the awards. About 20,000 students applied for Trustee and Presidential scholarships this year and, of those, about 5.5 percent of the pool — 1,100 people — were selected as finalists, according to Tim Brunold, associate dean and director of undergraduate admission,“The hardest part of the process is being named a finalist,” Brunold said. “Once that’s happened, they can relax and be themselves.”The Trustee scholarship pays a student’s full tuition, and the Presidential scholarship pays half. The required interviews for both are conducted at Explore USC sessions held in late February and early March.Scholarship applicants who make the cut are selected as finalists for either the Trustee or the Presidential scholarship. The awards are not guaranteed, however, and much hinges on the interview. Trustee finalists could instead be given the Presidential scholarship and Presidential finalists could earn the Trustee.The percentage of scholarship interviewees who don’t receive a scholarship varies from year to year, Brunold said, but the number is typically low.Brunold said the interviews are critical in distinguishing among equally qualified applications.“Based on average test scores or GPA or class rank, you would see very little difference on paper,” Brunold said. “It’s about the things that aren’t easily tallied or counted up. We look at the entire person.”The admissions office selects candidates for scholarship consideration from the pool of scholarship applicants, Brunold said, and then the individual schools pick the scholarship finalists who are brought to campus for interviews.A panel consisting of one staff member, one faculty member and one student from the applicant’s prospective school typically conducts the interview. Karen Rowan-Badger, assistant dean of USC College admissions, said the interviews generally last around 20 minutes.The number of accepted students varies among the different schools and is based on the school’s size and enrollment. The Roski School of Fine Arts, for example, only gives out about 10 or 12 Trustee and Presidential scholarships each year because the school is so small relative to USC’s other schools, Roski Dean Ruth Weisberg said.To be selected as a Trustee scholar at Roski, Weisberg said, students need a great academic record and an outstanding portfolio. But, she noted, there are more to the scholarships than pure academics.“The panel looks to see how passionate [students] are about their chosen path,” Weisberg said. “We look for maturity and poise. On top of talent and academic qualifications, the interview adds another ingredient.”Rowan-Badger added that the interview process was a big part in giving the school an idea about students that applications can’t.“[We’re looking] just for students to be themselves,” Rowan-Badger said. “We’ve met them ‘on paper’ through the application, but it’s a time for the student to really shine.”Ultimately, USC hopes to enroll about 140 Trustee scholars and somewhere between 300 and 350 Presidential scholars in the incoming freshman class. One hundred and fifty Presidential scholarships will be given out through the interview process and the rest would be awarded to National Merit finalists who have picked USC as their first choice school.Many other applicants will be selected for other scholarships, including the Dean’s scholarship, a quarter-tuition award, and the Associates scholarship.These numbers are slightly higher than last year’s, Brunold noted, but not significantly.“We’re currently not cutting into scholarships, and that’s important to us,” Brunold said. “We’re always trying to award more.”The funding for these scholarships, he said, comes from the university’s financial aid budget.Though the number of scholarships has remained relatively stable, Brunold said the process of choosing the individuals who receive scholarships has become more and more difficult, as the number of applicants has increased.Students who apply for a Presidential or Trustee scholarship but are not selected as finalists are placed back in the applicant pool for regular admission.Brunold said the matriculation rate is likely to be similar to previous years — about 45 percent of Trustee candidates and about 28 percent of Presidential candidates ended up attending USC.Brunold said requiring the scholarship finalists to visit the school helps secure their attendance.“The Explore programs are well-attended,” Brunold said. “We know that when we can get them to campus and show them the great things we have to offer, it makes the decision process a lot easier.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Sunshine Coast girls’ team fought back from a 3-2 half-time deficit to claim the X-Blades 2007 18 Years and Under National Championships Shield today.The Queensland girls had to fight off determined competition from NSWCIS but were too good in the end, running out 6-4 winners. Sunshine Coast captain Karen Freeman said she was proud of her young team. “Most of our girls are about 14 or 15 and they learnt a lot so that was good. It was a really hard game. [NSWCIS] played really well, it was a nice hard physical game,” Freeman said. TouchWest were crowned champions in the Plate division after disposing of Northern Territory 7-5 in the grand final. The accolade will be confidence boosting for one of Touch Football’s emerging regions. TouchWest coach Angela Doyle said all the girls were thrilled after the victory. “It’s been a pretty tough week for the girls, not winning anything in the round games. So to come out in the Plate series and take that is a good bonus for us,” she said. Doyle said Western Australia’s effort in bringing both a boys and a girls team to the Championships was an achievement in itself.  “We haven’t been able to get two teams here for a while so getting a boys and a girls team here is a huge success for TouchWest. We just wanted to do as good as we could this year and we’ll keep building for the next couple of years. “Doyle said the securing the Plate would inspire the team to return bigger and better in 2008. She identified three players in the team’s leadership group for special mention. “Our captains and vice-captains, Sharon Wong, Jenaya Quan and Claire French, have really stepped up. They are definitely the senior players. We’ve got a lot of new young players and they led really, really well.” In the boys division it was local heroes Northern Eagles that took out the Shield final. Eagles accounted for South Queensland Sharks 4-2 in a thrilling final.The Eagles handled the conditions best as the skies opened for the first time in the tournament. Eagles coach David Scholes said Shaye Moran, Malcom Webster and Luke White were the standout performers in his team. “I was pleased with the boys. We didn’t do any preparation for the game. They just came here cold and they went well,” he said. Sydney Scorpions took out the boys’ Plate final with a 10-6 win over Northern Territory.  Scorpions coach David Nolan said the Plate was a good reward for his young side who tried hard but struggled at times in the tournament. “We’ve got a group of guys that range from 14s to 18s. 15 or 16 is the average age so its very much a building tournament for us. For them to get exposure to an elite level of Touch and shows our potential for coming years,” Nolan said.  Nolan credited much of his team’s victory to captain and line-attacking specialist Sam Brisby. “Sam Brisby was our MVP for the tournament and again he stepped up when we needed him to step up. He’s just a fantastic kid, individually brilliant and also a fantastic leader,” Nolan said. Well done to all the teams that competed in a very successful 2007 National 18 Years and Under Championships.last_img read more

Body Science Backs TFA

first_imgTFA is proud to announce its most recent sponsor, Body Science. This new deal will benefit all levels of the sport and all participants. The high quality range of products includes compression garments which are extremely popular in the touch football community to assist with performance and recovery. Compression garments, together with some of the other Body Science products, will be on display and available for sale at the 2008 X-Blades NTL in Coffs Harbour. Pay them a visit, or click on www.bodyscience.com.au to find out more.last_img

10 months agoMan Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has slammed plans to name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.Molde coach Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.But Ince says: “The suggestion of Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes me laugh, that has to be a joke. It’s absolute madness.”He also wrote for Paddy Power: “If it was me? I’d pick Steve Bruce today. He’s not working at the moment, and he had seven or eight years at the club. He’s been a very good, and successful manager and he more than many understands what it’s like to be a United player. Yes, he’s been sacked, but we’ve all been sacked before.”Between him and Solskjaer there’s no comparison. Plus, I’d love it to be someone English, and someone who United fans through the ages immediately recognise and say ‘I remember Steve Bruce, what a player he was.'”The only other caretaker candidate I’d choose would be Roy Keane. He’d knock those players into shape in no time, he’s managed, and he’s familiar with the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Beothuk remains to be returned to Canada

first_imgThe remains of Demasduit, who died in 1820 and was one of the last living Beothuk, will be returned to Canada.Martha TroianAPTN NewsThe remains of two Beothuk people that had been kept in a Scottish museum are coming home.The National Museums Scotland announced an agreement has been reached with the Canadian government to transfer the remains.The remains, two skulls, belong to a Beothuk husband and wife named Nonosabasut and Demasduit from Red Indian Lake in central Newfoundland.The remains have been at the museum since the 1850s.It is believed that the Beothuk people of what is now called Newfoundland and Labrador have been extinct since 1829.The decision to transfer the remains was made by the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland following an official request from the Canadian government last year, and has been given approval by the Scottish government.APTN has been following this story:Canada finally makes request for Beothuk remains held in Scotland“We are pleased to have reached this agreement and to be able to transfer the remains of these two Beothuk people to the country where they lived and were buried,” said Dr. Gordon Rintoul, the director of the National Museums Scotland in a press release.“Following careful consideration in line with our Human Remains in Collections Policy, the board approved the request and we have subsequently sought and now received the required approval from the Scottish Government. We have informed the Canadian Government and the Canadian Museum of History and are now making arrangements to transfer the remains.”John Paul of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat says the remains will be treated through ceremony once they return. John Paul, executive director with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat, an advocacy organization for Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu communities, couldn’t be happier.“It’s very good news that they finally heard our voices in the wilderness basically to actually listen,” says Paul.“It is a positive undertaking on behalf of the museum and I think that [the remains] will be treated through ceremony when they’re brought back.”Paul was unaware of the news until APTN informed him.Miawpukek Chief Mi’sel Joe has been instrumental in the effort to have the Beothuk remains returned to Canada.Misel Joe, the chief of the Miawpukek First Nation, a Mi’kmaq community located at Conne River, could not be reached by phone, but has been instrumental in fighting for the return of these remains and even travelling to Scotland on several occasions.“Misel Joe from Newfoundland has been working on this for a number of years with the provinces, with the federal government and directly with the museum,” says Paul.Watch Todd Lamirande’s APTN Investigates episode ‘Extinction Event’ here.The National Museums Scotland, located in Edinburgh, is regarded as one of the leading museum groups in the United Kingdom and Europe that looks after collections of national and international importance.No mention of funeral objects associated with burial to be repatriatedIn November 2017, a formal request was made by the federal government to have the remains repatriated but a spokesperson with the department of Canadian Heritage wrote that the delay was because specific requirements were needed to complete the formal request.A provincial spokesperson with the government of Newfoundland said at the time the request was complex based on the fact that there are no genealogical descendants that can represent the interests of Demasduit and Nonosabasut.William Epps Cormack, the son of a Scottish merchant, stole the skulls and burial objects in 1827 and gave them to his mentor to be included in the collection at the University of Museum in Edinburgh, now called the National Museums Scotland.According to a press release by the National Museums Scotland, the remains of two Beothuk people will be repatriated, but the release does not mention the funeral objects associated with the remains.APTN asked the National Museums Scotland what will become of those items and was told by a spokesperson that “it is not our current policy to consider transfer of items in the collection outside of the category of human remains.”The spokesperson also stated the two Beothuk remains will be handed over to a representative from the Canadian Museum of History, and are currently discussing arrangements to make this happen.Not only are museums housing numerous Indigenous human remains and artifacts, but universities are too.APTN Investigates reported hundreds of human remains ranging from small bones fragments to complete skeletons and some from as far back as the ninth century held at universities across Canada.Hundreds of Indigenous human remains at Canadian universitiesMany of those human remains have been with the universities since the 1920s and are stored in plastic bins, wooden trays to even cardboard [email protected]@ozhibiiigelast_img read more

What to do on Canada Day in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will host a day of activities to celebrate Canada’s birthday on Sunday, July 1, 2018.The events start at 8 a.m. with the pancake breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall.  The City has a full schedule of events below.  The Parade starts at 11 a.m., activities in the park start at various times, see the list below and fireworks are scheduled to start at 10:45 p.m.The City of Fort St. John has released a list of 10 things that will help you and your family enjoy Canada Day. You can also follow the City of Fort St. John’s Canada Day Facebook event for more updates on events and if the rain will cancel any events.  Click here to for the Facebook Canada Day Event.10 tips for Canada Day Spectator Success1. Be EARLY (parking lots are limited and fill up fast)2. Park and WALK (you won’t be able to get a vehicle too close to 100 Street/Centennial Park)3. Save your spot on the sidewalk (not the road – bring your lawn chair!)4. Be aware of road closures (you will not be able to go your regular route) Our road closures will affect regular routes as early as 8:00 am on Saturday.5. Be patient & polite (people running the barricades are VOLUNTEERS)6. Obey ALL signs and orders from traffic control and barricade volunteers7. Be sun smart and stay hydrated!8. Supervise your children closely!9. Stay informed! Follow the “City of Fort St. John Recreation” Facebook page for regular updates.10. HAVE FUN! It is a holiday after all!Here is a schedule of events (you can also download the schedule by clicking here):8-11 am Free Pancake Breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall9 am Church in Centennial Park (with Evangel) Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on!10 am Pre Parade Entertainers (100 St) & Farmers Market11 am Parade (click here of a copy of the parade route) Energeticcity.ca will live stream the parade on our Facebook page and at www.energeticcity.ca/live thanks to Poorboy Trucking.11 am – 4 pm Food Vendors11 am – 3 pm Fort St. John Classic Cruisers Show & Shine (100 St)11:45 am – 4 pm Family Activities in Centennial Park – Bouncy castles, balloon animals, face painting, orb balls, sumo suits, photo booth, roving entertainers and more!12 – 4 pm Pie Sale at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (available while supplies last)12 – 4 pm Pizza & A Pint with Beards Brewing Co. (Beer Garden in Centennial Park – must be 19+)12 pm Mayor`s Kick Off & Opening ceremonies – Opening Remarks, national anthem, Land Blessing, Mayor’s remarks, Thank you to our sponsors (bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit and enjoy).  Energeticcity.ca will live stream the performances from the stage in Centennial Park thanks to Poorboy Trucking.  You can watch the stream on our Facebook Page or at www.energeticcity.ca/live12:30 – 4 pm Live entertainment on the North Peace Savings & Credit Union Stage featuring performances by Meagan Clarance, Morgan McGowan & Company, Meag & Company, Sweetwater & and live entertainers from TransflowMations.10:45 pm – Fireworks at Surerus Ball Diamonds (click here for map of where to enjoy the fireworks from)last_img

Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run for EU polls

first_imgRome: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run in next month’s European parliamentary elections on behalf of a minor far-right party, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Il Messaggero newspaper said Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, a 50-year-old former submariner, aimed to run as a candidate for the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party. “So many people want to put Mussolini on the ballot,” it quoted him as saying. Mussolini is the first cousin once removed of Alessandra Mussolini, the dead fascist leader’s granddaughter who has been an MEP since 2014. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBorn in Argentina, Mussolini has no previous political experience but “obviously I’ve breathed politics my whole life,” he told the daily. He described himself to Il Fatto Quotidiano as “a post-fascist who refers to those values in a non-ideological way”. He said he thought he was chosen as a candidate not for his family name but for his first names, the Italian form of “Gaius Julius Caesar”, as well as his sense of duty and international experience. If elected, he said he would “defend the national interest with all my actions and votes”, in line with the nationalist stance of Fratelli d’Italia. The party won 4.4 per cent of votes in last year’s Italian national election.last_img read more

Don’t take Royals lightly: SRH coach

first_imgJaipur: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody on Friday cautioned his team against taking Rajasthan Royals lightly in the absence of top players such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the opposition ranks. Hoping to inch closer to securing a playoff berth, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday. “I wouldn’t say that they are a weakened side because if I lose players it also presents opportunities to those who are hungry. You cannot underestimating your opponent. The fringe players only need a lucky break to shine,” Moody said at the pre-match press conference. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe former Australian all-rounder added: “Therefore, regardless of who has come and who has gone in Rajasthan’s line- up, we know that they are a dangerous side, and particularly at home.” SRH are placed fourth in the standings with five wins and as many losses, giving them 10 points, while the hosts are stuttering at the seventh position after seven defeats in 11 outings. Moody said: “It is a very important game for both teams, given that the middle of the table is very crowded. It is an opportunity for us to break away from that middle. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”We have four games left and have to win majority of those, most of the teams in the middle are in that position. We know that Rajasthan are coming off a win but they are also coming from back-to-back games, had a travel day today and have lost a few players to World Cup commitments.” He said the departure of Jonny Bairstow for England has opened the door for people like Martin Guptill. “Warner and Barstow have been performing well. But when the door closes, another one opens. It’s an opportunity for someone else to step in that batting position. “We haven’t finalised the eleven, whether Guptill plays or not is undecided. “For the past four weeks, he has been practicing on all sorts of surfaces at nets which are more often not as good as surfaces which are presented out in the middle. “He is prepared for any surface. He has prepared and preparing for that opportunity.”last_img read more