Professor Bill Celis will serve as the associate dean for diversity, inclusion and strategic initiatives at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Dean Ernest J. Wilson III announced in an email to Annenberg faculty, staff and students on Jan. 11.Celis will report to Wilson’s office as well as the Office of the Provost to promote diversity and support inclusion efforts. According to Wilson’s email, Celis will create new programs and policies to address inequity and oversee USC’s diversity efforts regarding hiring, mentoring, recruitment and outreach.Additionally, Celis will work with Annenberg specifically to develop a conversation about diversity and inclusion for the future.Celis has spent the past 16 1/2 years working at Annenberg as a faculty member, after a 20-year journalism career that included work for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Celis led the Annenberg Diversity Initiative, a think tank engaging in addressing racial inequality in the entertainment industry. Celis also won the 2012 AEJMC Equity and Diversity award.As associate dean, Celis will also serve on the advisory board for Provost Michael Quick’s Diversity Task force and work with other faculty and staff to set new goals for a more inclusive campus.
After scoring one goal in USC’s previous games, Johnson led the Women of Troy on a scoring frenzy against Loyola Marymount, netting a hat trick in the first 18 minutes of the game.Stanley ceded only two goals in more than 167 minutes of playing time, keeping USC competitive on Friday, and preventing LMU from gaining any momentum in a blowout.Mills assisted on Johnson’s first and second goals against LMU to give her a team-leading five assists on the season. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan No. 23 USC came home hoping to bounce back from a tough weekend in Minnesota. Their frustrations continued as they suffered a tough 1-0 loss in overtime to Pepperdine on Friday, but the team came back with a vengeance to beat Loyola Marymount 5-1 on Sunday at McAlister Field.Breaking out · Sophomore forward Katie Johnson led a furious scoring onslaught for the Women of Troy against Loyola Maramount, netting the team’s first hat trick in three years in a 5-1 victory at McAlister Field. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (4-2-1) took on Pepperdine (3-2-1) without senior midfielder Jordan Marada and head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who both picked up red cards in last Sunday’s game against LSU.The game featured a lot of scoring chances, with both teams coming close to scoring in the first half. Pepperdine goalkeeper Hannah Seabert and junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley deflected shot after shot, making some great saves to keep the game scoreless.It was a battle to see which offense could break through first. Despite 26 shots in regulation to Pepperdine’s 12, the Women of Troy were unable to score any points, sending the game into overtime.A USC miscue gave the Waves’ Lynn Williams the ball on a fastbreak, leaving only Stanley in her path. Stanley took a risk and tried to rush Williams, but Williams got the ball past her and put it in the net for her sixth goal of the season to give Pepperdine a 1-0 win in the 93rd minute.USC finished the game with 29 shots compared to Pepperdine’s 13 (11 on goal to the Waves’ eight). “It’s early enough in the season where the girls will recover and get after it tomorrow and get ready for Sunday,” assistant coach P.J. Woolridge said after Friday’s match, which he helped coach in lieu of Khosroshahin’s suspension.Eager to get back on the right track, the Women of Troy came out firing against the Lions (3-5-0), looking more like the team that scored 12 goals in their first three games, rather than the one that scored one in their last three.They started the scoring in the 4th minute on a goal from sophomore forward Katie Johnson, ending a streak of 233 consecutive scoreless minutes.Just a few minutes later, senior forward Elizabeth Eddy scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season off a deflection.Johnson then scored in the 10th minute, getting a pass in the box from Mills to give USC a 3-0 lead ten minutes into the game.LMU’s Tawni Martino got the Lions on the scoreboard in the 18th minute, cutting the USC lead to 3-1 and accounting for the first goal allowed in the first half by the Women of Troy all season.But Johnson came back seconds later, heading the ball into the net for a hat trick just 18 minutes into the contest. It was USC’s first hat trick since Eddy earned one in 2010 against California.Marada put up USC’s 5th goal off the hands of LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger, giving them a season-high in goals scored.“I think we figured out the movement with our forwards,” Johnson said. “Moving things just a little bit opened up the ball a lot more and our opportunities were a lot easier for us to score.”The Lions were more aggressive on offense and managed to keep USC off the scoreboard in the second half, but were unable to generate any goals thanks to some strong goalie play from Stanley and some excellent slide tackles from senior defender Autumn Altamirano.“When we watched the [Pepperdine] game on Saturday, they were able to see some of the choices they made against a team they sat back,” Khosroshahin said. “Today they made some good choices with possession in the final third that was able to get some good looks at goals.”Three Stars of the Weekend3rd star: Kayla Mills (2 assists, 8 shots, 4 shots on goal)2nd star: Caroline Stanley (12 saves, .857 save percentage)1st star: Katie Johnson (3 goals, 8 shots, 4 shots on goal)
SANTA ANITA OFFERS FANS A RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $161,455 ON FRIDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR A NINE-RACE CARD IS AT 12 NOONFREE CLUBHOUSE & GENERAL ADMISSION, AS WELL AS FREE PARKING OFFERED AS WELL ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2020)–Santa Anita Park will reopen for live racing on Friday and fans will be greeted by a nine-race program that will include a 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $161,455.First post time on Friday is at 12 noon and Santa Anita will offer free Club House and General Admission, as well as free General Parking. Fans 21 and over can buy Two Dollar Draft Beers and Six Dollar Specialty Cocktails as well.Friday’s Rainbow Six will start with race four, which has an assigned post time of 1:36 p.m. PT.Today’s Rainbow Six, which offered a carryover of $117,616, attracted $191,479 in new money, for a total Jackpot pool of $309,095.Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on tracks across North America on Thursday, with free admission to the Grandstand Paddock Room. Admission gates open on Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
As the quest to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf intensifies come 2017 presidential and general elections, ambitious aspirants are strategizing on how to galvanize support for victory.Some of the presidential hopefuls have begun firing up and solidifying their political support bases for the upcoming elections. One of the craftiest of these politicians is renowned Liberian businessman, Benoni Urey, who is now soliciting support among members of his fraternity, the Freemason or Masonic craft, a secret society that was established in the country during the 1800s.Mr. Urey said that the much anticipated new Liberia where there would be economic opportunities, social amenities for all, vibrant health and education sectors, justice, and infrastructural development, which he claimed the Unity Party led government has failed to deliver, must be brought to reality by a government led by a mason.Mr. Urey believes the dictates of that government would emanate from the Grand Masonic Temple, popularly known as “Up the Hill,” located on West Benson Street in Monrovia.Serving as an orator at the celebration of Saint John the Baptist Day on Wednesday in Monrovia, Mr. Urey, who is a strong ally of former President Charles Taylor, indicated that the Free Masons must produce the next president that will build a new Liberian. “We must build a new Liberia because there is a need to improve the Masonic craft and our country,” he said.The Feast Day was organized by 14 of the subordinate lodges of the Free Masons. Mr. Urey spoke on the theme, “The Role of the Free Mason in the New Liberia.”“The new government that is to succeed this government in 2018 must be led by a mason. Brethren, I want to let you know that the new Liberia that we all are striving to build for our people must be led by one of our kind,” Mr. Urey declared to a standing ovation of his fellow masons, who were all splendidly outfitted in the craft attires. He also noted that in the 2017 elections, members of the society will get involved to ensure that the right people are elected.Mr. Urey indicated that members of the Freemason society in Liberia have been silent for too long as they watch the country go in the wrong direction, but said it is now time for them to stand up and speak out.Their inability to speak against the ills in the society makes them equally as guilty as those who carried on vices against the state, Urey indicated.“We have a health sector that is so bad off that many of our people die on a daily basis while we are breeding a generation of people who lack the requisite education and the system is at its lowest level ever in the history of the country,” said Urey.“The new Liberia must have a God fearing man and the new leader must be his brothers’ keeper. He must be an upright man,” Urey said, indicating that those attributes clearly put masons at an advantage because their craft teaches them those noble principles.Mr. Urey, who himself is a District Deputy Grand Master for Margibi County, and past Master of the St. Paul Lodge #2 was unable to enumerate some of the successes of the Masonic Craft that have had any significant social, economic, political, developmental and cultural impacts on the Liberian and people.He however, reminded his colleagues of what he termed as the “significant roles that The Masonic craft has played in the governance and development of the state.” He disclosed that the secret society produced five of the countries past presidents including Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Charles D. B. King, Garrison W. Gibson, William B. Coleman and William R. Tolbert who were all Grand Master, when they became president.He indicated that masons have served and continue to serve in pivotal and most influential positions in the government including vice president, speaker, senate pro-tempore, chief justice, justices, ministers, etc.He also indicated that many of the conflicts that have engulfed the country have been resolved at the Masonic Temple in Monrovia, thereby making it a place of “peace and harmony.”Mr. Urey further urged his colleagues to ensure that they do all they can for their goal to take over the mantle of the country’s leadership is achieved come 2017.In remarks, the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons, Anthony Deline, II, noted that Mr. Urey had spoken well and his brothers and sisters understood what he meant and would therefore act accordingly.A representative of the women also pledge their full support to the suggestion of their colleagues indicating that it means well for every one of them.Meanwhile, Mr. Urey has described the honoree, John the Baptist, as a just and upright man, adding that he was fearless, courageous, bold, sincere and magnanimous, urging his fellow masons to emulate those values.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)