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USC among top fundraising universities

first_imgFor the fourth year running, USC has placed in the top three institutions nationwide for fundraising. USC maintained its third- place position behind fundraising powerhouses Harvard University and Stanford University, which placed first and second, respectively. Alongside USC, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Yale University also rounded out the the top 10. The top 10 included mostly private schools like USC, with only two public schools, The University of California San Francisco and University of Washington. UCLA finished just outside the top 10 at No. 12. Combined, the top 10 schools collected almost a third of every dollar donated to U.S. colleges in 2016. Across the nation, donations to universities have kept up with the raising rate of inflation in 2016, reaching a combined $41 billion in donations, a growth of about 1.7 percent from the 2015 total. In total, the survey reports that USC raised more than $1 billion in gifts and new pledges in 2016, with nearly $667 million of them in cash. This marks an important benchmark on President C.L. Max Nikias’s Campaign For USC fundraising initiative, now in its sixth year, which has nearly reached its $6 billion fundraising goal to advance academic opportunities at USC as well as expand the University’s role as a positive impact on the global and local community. So far, the campaign has raised $5.89 billion from more than 300,000 donors.“USC’s fundraising momentum keeps building, confirming how much our community of supporters believe in the exciting growth at the university,” said Albert R. Checcio, USC’s senior vice president for university advancement, to USC News.last_img read more

BIN Officer Charged for Forgery

first_imgA senior officer of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Lieutenant Joe Karbeh, has been charged for forgery and is awaiting prosecution.Making the disclosure yesterday at the offices of BIN on Broad Street in Monrovia, Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Peter F. Zaizay, explained that BIN is disappointed with some officers who reportedly forged signatures of commissioners in order to extort money from people.Commissioner Zaizay said it is only authorities at the BIN that are mandated to give out immigration documents including residence permits, airport visas and other documents relating to BIN and not just any officer of the BIN.“Joe Karbeh is under suspension for similar acts he committed in July 2014. He was sent to the NSA for investigation but because the NSA is not authorized to investigate these kinds of cases, he was sent to us to finalize it,” said Commissioner Zaizay.“Due to forgery, Lieutenant Karbeh and five others were forwarded to the Supreme Court for prosecution,” he revealed.Commissioner Zaizay called on officers of the BIN to desist from signing any alien’s document and receiving money as the doors of the various commissioners are open for such processes.“They are not giving us adequate information about the aliens and it is bad for the country, but we will continue to expose them if such information is provided by other officers and the alien community,” he said.  He stressed that aliens should continue to go to the office of the BIN to obtain their necessary documents and avoid passing through officers who are involved in providing fake documents to them.Meanwhile, Lieutenant Joe Karbeh has appealed to the BIN for pardon and said he was guilty of the act.Mr. Karbeh, 53, said, “I promise never to be involved in such forgery act.”Explaining how Lieutenant Karbeh was arrested, Deputy Commissioner Atty. Asatu Bah Kanneh said Karbeh was arrested by officers after aliens who were affected and continued to be harassed, reported the case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgOn Saturday past, Letterkenny Heat ran a preseason basketball tournament in the Aura Leisure Centre. Each team would play each other once in the group game, with the top two teams facing off in the final.The first game of the day saw LYIT take on Kilkeel Knights, who are a strong physical team. The travelling team got off to the better start racing into a 13-5 lead, while it took LYIT time to settle into the game. Ger Murray and Padraig Barrett were working very hard in the post for the home side to try and get them back into it before it was too late. LYIT’s guards started to put more defensive pressure on their opponents resulting in numerous steals for Steve Cannon and Conor Boyle who turned them into easy fast-break points to give LYIT a 3-point lead at half time.The second half would go basket for basket for most of the half, showing just how tough both teams were battling. The youth of LYIT appeared to make the difference in the end with superb performances from three young lads in particular – Seamus Hickey, Moe Ismail and Shaun Wogan who all had important scores and stops down the stretch. In the final seconds of the game, LYIT held on to win 59-55. The second game saw both Letterkenny teams square off in the first derby game of the year. Both teams had good starts offensively, with Heat’s John Cronin and LYIT’s Seamus Hickey shooting well, and the game was close up until the last five minutes of the first half when LYIT opened up a 10-point lead at halftime through the fast-breaking combination of Steve Cannon and Shaun Wogan. Unfortunately for LYIT, two players went down with injury and were out for the remainder of the tournament, leaving the team with only six players to continue.The second half saw Heat get into a rhythm with Kieran O’Neill catching fire from long range, while Ejder Akkoc scored on a couple of post moves. LYIT weathered the storm by putting on a full court press that caused their opponents trouble and they picked up easy baskets as a result. Heat appeared to be tiring coming in to the final moments of the game, and LYIT recognised this and kept pushing the ball up the court which helped them to a 70-52 win.Blackstone Ballymena would face LYIT in their third game of the day and the last of the group games. Both teams needed to win in order to progress to the final, with the losing team being eliminated, so it was all to play for. LYIT were boosted by the addition of Conor Dorrian who landed at the right time to replace his injured teammates for this game. In his first senior game, the young 6”5 student had an MVP performance against one of the top teams in the Ulster League.LYIT started the sharper in this game, with a superb defensive effort from Conor Boyle, Padraig Barrett and Steve Cannon. This defensive intensity led to transition points for the home side giving them an early 8-point lead. Shaun Wogan and Seamus Hickey punished them on the break time after time. Blackstone’s Adam Murray and Marty Mc Donald continued to fight hard and scored a couple baskets apiece to give their side a chance trailing by 7 at halftime. Ballymena big man Sasha Pavlovic, standing at a towering 6”10, got two early scores for his team. Mark Cannon came off the bench for LYIT to give his side a lift and the team went on an 8-0 scoring run. Blackstone put on a full court press to try to unsettle the home side but they remained calm and broke the press every time. The aforementioned Conor Dorrian provided a huge defensive presence picking up numerous important blocks and rebounds, and he was rewarded on the other end with easy scores against their press. LYIT ran out winners 73-56, and were through to the final.The top two teams of the day were LYIT and Kilkeel Knights so both would square off in the final, a rematch of the opening game of the day. With this being the fourth game of the day, both teams were tiring and the pace was a lot slower this time. It seemed as if this match went basket for basket the entire game because no team led by more than 3 points until the final minutes. Conor Boyle and Mark Cannon scored well in the first half for LYIT, getting to the basket and converting. Arunas for the Knights scored on a few nice spin moves to the basket. Halftime saw LYIT lead by 3-points.With both teams evenly matched, fitness would be the big difference down the stretch it seemed and once again the younger legs of LYIT proved too much for the opponents. Pinpoint three-point shooting from Seamus Hickey and Steve Cannon in the final minutes gave LYIT a 7-point cushion. It was enough in the end because LYIT won 75-71 to be crowned champions of the Heat Preseason tournament 2011, picking up four wins out of four.Thanks to Letterkenny Heat for organising the tournament, Aura for hosting it, and to our winners LYIT! This will give them confidence going into their first league game next week against reigning cup champions Dungannon Cavaliers.ENDS BASKETBALL: LYIT WIN PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENT was last modified: October 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more