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USC urges more participation in annual campaign

first_imgCardinal and gold streamers burst into the air as President C. L. Max Nikias presented a $1.5 million check Tuesday afternoon to USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign, an initiative to raise funding for community outreach from faculty and staff.The check, which will benefit 42 programs, represents the funds yielded from last year’s campaign. It was presented to community partners during the kickoff event for this year’s campaign at Alumni Park.Fundraising · President C. L. Max Nikias and administrators present a $1.5 million check to community partners during this year’s Good Neighbors Campaign kickoff event Tuesday. – Daniel Rothberg | Daily TrojanNikias announced a fundraising goal of $1.6 million for this year’s campaign, which will last through the month of October. The GNC benefits programs aimed at supporting and improving education, safety and health programs in the local community.During his remarks, Nikias applauded the program, founded in 1993, for making lasting differences through funding education programs.“When you read a child a book, he will learn for a day. But if you teach a child to read, he will learn for a lifetime,” Nikias said to an audience of students, university employees and community partners. “Programs like this not only help members of our community reach milestones, but also reach their full potential.”Daniel Zavala, a GNC manager for the USC Radisson, encourages employees, friends and guests to participate in the initiative. Zavala said the program yields positive benefits for the community.“It’s a great opportunity to meet student organizations and after school programs around the neighborhood,” Zavala said.Nikias said though only 40 percent of faculty and staff made a donation last year, he urged greater participation from employees. The $1.6 million goal would be reached if every full-time employee at USC donated $2 a week, Nikias said.“I ask you to ask yourself the following,” Nikias said. “Will I help a child to become the first in her family to attend college? Will I help and reach members of our communities through greater exposure to the arts? Will I help families learn more about wellness so they can lead more healthy lives? And will I help ensure the streets of our neighborhoods remains safe for our residents?”Since 1994, GNC has raised more than $14 million. Thomas Sayles, senior vice president for university relations, said the program is unique to USC.“When I talk to other university leaders they say, ‘Oh, it’s a wonderful program, we should do it.’ But they never do,” Sayles said. “I guess they just don’t have the Trojan spirit to really get it done.”last_img read more

Wenger receives hero’s welcome in Liberia

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger in Liberia. PHOTO/BBCLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – Crowds of excited Arsenal fans have welcomed Arsène Wenger as he arrived in Liberia ahead of an awards ceremony where he will be given the country’s highest honour.The former Arsenal manager was Liberian President George Weah’s first European football coach and brought him to Monaco in 1988. President Weah went on to become the only African to win Fifa World Player of the Year.He was greeted at the international airport in Harbel, 52km (32 miles) from Liberia’s capital Monrovia, by the country’s minister of youth and sports, Zoegar Wilson. Photo/BBCWenger will be inducted into the country’s Order of Distinction on 24 August and be given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption.He was greeted at the international airport in Harbel, 52km (32 miles) from Liberia’s capital Monrovia, by the country’s minister of youth and sports, Zoegar Wilson.Wenger told the media that he had come to the country to visit George and was not aware of any honour.Liberia residents welcoming Wenger. Photo/BBCHe previously expressed his admiration for Mr Weah in an interview with the BBC.“I remember when I saw him the first time at Monaco, coming in a bit lost, not knowing anybody, not being rated by anybody as a player and becoming the best player in the world in 1995 and today becoming the president of his country,” Wenger said.“The life of this guy is a real film. It is unbelievable. It can make a fantastic film.”Not everyone has been as excited about his arrival.Arsene Wenger set to be honoured by Liberian President George Weah. Photo/BBCSome Liberians say that the honour should not have been given to an individual for what they had done for the president personally, according to the BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia.On a Liberian morning radio show, called 50-50, some of the listeners who called in said Mr Weah should have honoured the Liberian coaches who trained him before he caught the eye of the international community.Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe told the BBC the award was not only about Weah’s personal connection with Wenger, but was a way to recognize that the Frenchman had “contributed to sports in Africa and has given many Africans opportunities”.Wenger coached 16 African players at Arsenal, including Ivory Coast’s Kolo Toure, Cameroon defender Lauren and Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu.-BY BBC-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more