SMC students stand up to cancer

first_imgLast week, the Saint Mary’s Stand Up to Cancer club sold T-shirts as a fundraiser for the national organization “Stand Up to Cancer” as the first of many events the club will host throughout the year to reach their fundraising goal.Photo courtesy of Christina Hutch Senior and club president Christie Hutch said the club’s mission is to host events that will raise awareness and funds for cancer research.“This organization is unique because it gives 100 percent of donations to the best and brightest scientists in order to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research that can save lives,” Hutch said. “This is an important issue now more than ever since government funding for cancer research is diminished, and yet cancer takes one person’s life every minute.”Hutch said the club brings students of Saint Mary’s and community members together, united behind a single and very important cause with hopes to find a cure.“[Our] events, fundraisers and projects each year … have been very successful so far,” she said. “All of the money we raise is sent directly to Stand Up to Cancer at the end of each year.”The club volunteers at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and holds an annual dinner-dance specifically for cancer patients and survivors in the community, she said.Hutch said last year the club dedicated a ribbon tree in the Student Center for students and guests to tie a colored ribbon in remembrance of or support for someone who has had cancer.The club’s T-shirt sales this past week were in preparation for one of their biggest fundraisers, the third annual SMC Stands Up to Cancer Pink Party Zumbathon, she said.“We are able to raise funds and awareness for all types of cancer through this awesome organization,” Hutch said. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and that is who we’ll be dancing for. We are excited to share this experience with the community again this year.“This event unites students with community members from South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger to dance for a cure.”Hutch said student dance groups, including the SMC Dance Team, Troop ND, P Fresh and the Irish Dance Team, as well as the student a capella group Bellacapella, will perform.The event will feature more than 20 local Zumba instructors who will take turns teaching, according to a press release.Nursing major and sophomore Megan Tobin said she is going to attend the event to support people she knows who have battled cancer and her fellow Belles who have been affected by the disease.“I have witnessed family members as well as close friends battle cancer, so I want to do anything I can to support them,” Tobin said.“Not only are we able to be there for those battling, but we get to have fun and get a great workout out of it,” Tobin said. “I think it also gives people incentive to go. Before the event they think it’s just going to be a fun dance class, but after, they realize they were a part of something much bigger than that.”Sophomore Katherine Kingsbury said it’s important for the Saint Mary’s community to be aware and involved in the South Bend community, especially because it’s sometimes the small things that make the biggest impact in someone’s life.“I’m excited that I can support my community in such a fun and engaging way,” Kingsbury said.The Zumbathon will take place November 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Angela Athletic Facility. The public is invited to take part and no prior Zumba experience is necessary. Those attending are encouraged to wear pink and dance.Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through participating Zumba instructors or at Tu Sei Bella Fitness Studio in Toscana Park in Granger, Indiana. All profits will benefit Stand Up to Cancer in support of cancer research.Tags: Cancer research, pink party zumbathon, saint mary’s stand up to cancer, SMC stands up to cancer, Stand Up to Cancer, stand up to cancer clublast_img read more

Upset wins, 4th-quarter drives highlight McNabb’s SU career

first_img3.  Taming the Tigers After throwing for 8,581 passing yards and 78 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 1,633 yards and 19 touchdowns in four seasons, McNabb jumped to the top of the 1999 NFL Draft board. On April 17, 1999, McNabb was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles, the highest drafted SU player since Ernie Davis was selected first overall in 1962. The only player drafted higher than McNabb was Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch. Facebook Twitter Google+ McNabb got the ball on the Orangemen’s 17-yard line. Down 26-22 to Virginia Tech with the Carrier Dome crowd pleading for something to pull the Orange out of the late-game hole, McNabb had four minutes and 42 seconds to march 83 yards for a game-winning score. McNabb and the rest of the SU offense did just that. A 14-play drive was capped with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Steve Brominski as time expired. On third-and-goal, McNabb scrambled in the backfield and threw a lob pass to Brominski off his back foot, who rose above and snagged the ball out of the air. As a freshman, McNabb grabbed headlines on Oct. 21, 1995, when he threw the longest touchdown pass in Syracuse history. In a 22-0 win over West Virginia in the Carrier Dome, the freshman signal-caller found future All-Pro wide receiver Marvin Harrison for a 96-yard score. Two years later, he almost surpassed himself with a 94-yard pass to Quinton Spotwood in a win over East Carolina. On New Year’s Day 1996, McNabb helped the Orangemen make Gator Bowl history. After an 8-3 season, Syracuse was slated to play against then-No. 23 Clemson in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Syracuse jumped out to an early 20-0 lead and ultimately won the game 41-0, the largest margin of victory in Gator Bowl history. McNabb earned MVP honors, throwing for 309 yards with three touchdowns while running for an additional score. McNabb’s day was highlighted by two long passing touchdowns to Harrison, one for 38 yards and the other for 56. 5. Coming off the bench 2.  The final draft center_img 1.  Fade for the win — Compiled by Jesse Dougherty, asst. copy editor, [email protected] 4.  The longest yardAdvertisementThis is placeholder text McNabb will go down in Syracuse folklore as No. 5, but he donned a different number on the basketball court. As a walk-on with the basketball team in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, McNabb came off the bench wearing No. 24. His crowning moment came against the Hoyas in 1997, when he played a career-high 19 minutes and finished with 10 points while shooting 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. The Orangemen were short-handed due to foul trouble, and Jim Boeheim turned to McNabb in the 77-74 Syracuse victory. Published on November 1, 2013 at 3:25 am Commentslast_img read more

Tech accelerator to grow student companies

first_imgThe Viterbi Startup Garage, a technology accelerator aimed at growing startup companies run by USC students and alumni, is looking for its first crop of companies to assist and advise.Game time · Google VP of Social Products Bradley Horowitz speaks to students at a event hosted by the Viterbi Student Innovation Institute, which also encourages students to create their own start-ups. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Startup Garage, announced by Viterbi on March 26, is accepting applications through April 22; the 12-week summer program will begin May 28.Students in the program will receive expert mentoring, access to investors, working space and $20,000 in funding. Ashish Soni, the program’s director and a founding director of the Viterbi Student Innovation Institute, said two primary goals of the program were to help USC achieve its vision of developing the next big technology company and enable students to start successful companies.“One of the things we realized was that students need time, access to resources [in the form] of financial support systems, mentoring and coaching. It’s hard to get all of that in a semester,” Soni said.In addition to focusing their attention on the university, the program also seeks to encourage technology startups to stay in the Los Angeles area.“With the Viterbi Startup Garage, we aim to provide the support needed so that this talent can fully develop its potential and make Los Angeles and Southern Californiaone of the most vibrant technology startup regions in the world,” said Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos in a statement.Viterbi is partnering with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm, and United Talent Agency, a talent and literary agency, to run the program. As a part of the program, participants have access to the KPCB and UTA networks when they are building their companies.“Students will have access not just to capital, but to insight into building companies, insight into the market, into how you build successful companies,” Soni said. “[The combination of] a top engineering school, a top venture capital firm and a top business development talent agency is a unique combination that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the country.”Though other technology accelerators exist in Los Angeles, the Viterbi Startup Garage is unique in its focus on students and its link to a major university.“We’ll leverage our partners, our faculty and our alumni to help make these companies successful,” Soni said.This year the Viterbi Startup Garage will look at digital andsoftware-based companies, as well as hardward companies. Soni said the directors of the program are looking to increase the size of the program in the coming years.“The goal is to increase the number [of accepted companies], but this is the first year, so we want to start small, have some early success and grow from there,” Soni said.Founders of AIO Robotics Kai Chang and Jens Windau, both Ph.D. students in computer science who applied to the program, hope that their company is one of the few companies accepted into the program.Chang and Windau said the Viterbi Startup Garage’s association with USC and dedication to supporting students makes it very appealing to them.“We can trust the entire Viterbi community. The Trojan Family seems more comfortable to approach than someone who is not ‘related’ to you, necessarily,” Chang said.Jason Wei, the co-founder of Taggle and a junior majoring in business administration who applied to the program, said he hopes his company, which helps people find the best price for printing custom T-shirts, is accepted into the program because of the technology accelerator’s extensive networks.Wei and his partners said the Viterbi Startup Garage’s resources could help their business grow rapidly, and that they would use the $20,000 funding to reach college campuses beyond USC and UCLA.“[We are] trying to scale aggressively this summer. In order to do that, we’re going to need office space, we’re going to need financial resources and moving onto the next stage is also much easier with great mentors, which this program offers,” Wei said.Any current USC students or alumni who graduated from USC within the past five years may apply, as long as at least one co-founder or CEO is a Viterbi student or alumnus.last_img read more