USC political organizations hold student debate

first_imgAudience members were allowed to pose their own questions to debaters. When asked how citizens can influence lawmakers to avoid intervention in Venezuela, USC GOP expressed disinterest in social action, while the other student groups voiced encouragement for social actions like protests.  “I thought maybe the moderators could’ve been, you know, a little more prepared, but it sounded like they had been subbed in last minute by somebody who canceled, so I can’t blame them too much for that,” said Reed Barnes, a junior majoring in computer science. Students discussed the current political and economic crisis in Venezuela, climate change and homelessness, among other topics at a political debate Tuesday hosted by Unruh Associates and the Political Student Assembly at Ground Zero Performance Café.   Nearly 20 students attended the debate, which featured USC GOP, Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, USC College Democrats and Trojans for Liberty.  Tuesday’s debate featured members of USC GOP, Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, USC College Democrats and Trojans for Liberty. (Krystal Gallegos/Daily Trojan) “I definitely thought this was going to be a lot more contentious,” said Guillermo Gutiérrez, a junior majoring in political science.  Students also commented on Sanders’ last-minute cancellation. Political Student Assembly Director Briana Miles and Unruh Associates Vice President José Guillermo Gutiérrez moderated the debate after organizers scrambled to find a new debate moderator. Symone Sanders, a Center for Political Future fellow and former national press secretary for 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, canceled at the last minute.  “I feel like people had different varying degrees of [political] expertise, and sometimes, certain political groups were clearly more educated on certain topics than others,” said Josh Masters, a senior majoring in animation and digital arts. “And to me, it wasn’t always a fair debate … I would want someone who disagrees with me to be well-prepared.” center_img “By 2050, we can reduce up to 80 percent of the net greenhouse gases we emit with the carbon tax that was just recently proposed by a bipartisan group of members of Congress and supported largely by Democrats,” said College Dems representative Andrew Binder, a freshman majoring in philosophy, politics and law. “Preventative measures, I think, is the best way the state can provide help [to homelessness],” Scavo said. “Mental health facilities, transportation, that sort of thing, is really important … I don’t know how effective providing affordable housing is when helping homeless populations because it’s not a supply issue, it’s a demand issue.”  TAPP, College Democrats and Trojans for Liberty switched out their debaters for the second topic of the night: climate change. Representatives addressed whether implementing the carbon tax would prove beneficial for climate change, which split the debaters into two groups. TAPP and College Dems supported the tax.  The debate ended with a discussion on homelessness in the country. Student representatives examined the government’s responsibility to address the homelessness crisis.  “I [do not] think it’s a big enough partisan issue to gain support to actually do anything to persuade lawmakers,” said USC GOP representative John Scavo, a sophomore majoring in political economy. “They’re going to do what they want.”  Representatives from each group presented on the topics, beginning with a discussion about the United States’ involvement in the current political crisis in Venezuela. They spoke briefly about their doubt over the United States’ intervention techniques in other countries. All agreed that non-intervention was the ideal solution.  While the representatives expressed contention over finer points of homelessness like zoning restrictions, they agreed homelessness is a complex issue. No one presented a singular solution to address the crisis but instead discussed contributing factors like addiction and mental health issues. last_img read more

Explaining the Dak Prescott-Amari Cooper puzzle the Cowboys are trying to solve

first_imgThe good news for Cooper is the Cowboys should be motivated to make sure both he and Prescott keep playing in Dallas, at least for 2020. The team has roughly $75 million in available cap space, and though Prescott will earn a chunk of that, Cooper is the clear No. 2 priority over Dallas’ other question marks.Dallas also must take into account the intangible factor that is the Prescott-Cooper connection, even as Michael Gallup emerges as another top receiver in coordinator Kellen Moore’s offense. That brings us back to Prescott’s leverage, which he gained after he reportedly turned down a Cowboys contract offer worth $33 million per year and proceeded to play the entire 2019 season at a high level without getting injured.Now, given the financial benefits of the franchise tag for a quarterback unfazed by the lack of a long-term deal, plus the potential of a market-altering contract for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Prescott has no reason to settle for a deal before the tag deadline. He knows he deserves to be compensated as well as if not better than Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, the league’s highest-paid player at $35 million per year. (Given the uncertainty of how a new CBA would impact player contracts, Prescott also might want to push for a shorter-term deal.)That puts pressure on Dallas to give into the QB’s demands if the team wants to make its best-case scenario a reality — getting Prescott locked into a new deal by March 16 and being able to place a tag on Cooper regardless of the results of CBA voting.MORE: Explaining NFL franchise and transition tags The Cowboys are in a tricky spot as the franchise tag deadline and 2020 NFL free agency approach, which means Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper, a couple weeks away from hitting the open market, still doesn’t know whether he’ll remain in Dallas this season and beyond.That might be why Cooper, 25, publicly reminded the world Thursday he wants “to be a Dallas Cowboy for life,” a sentiment he told 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas he thinks about almost every day. “From the time I got here we were able to hit the ground running,” Cooper said Thursday of his relationship with Prescott. “And just from my experience of being in the NFL, I wouldn’t say that that’s a common thing.”From NFL Now: #Cowboys WR Amari Cooper wants to be a Cowboy for Life. And Dallas wants to lock him up. Can they settle on a number?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2020The Cowboys seem to agree, which is why the player for whom they traded a pair of first-round draft picks in 2018 remains in their plans. Letting such a talented player walk would be off brand for Dallas.This team is still owned by Jerry Jones, after all. “Everything — the facility, I love it here in Frisco (Texas),” Cooper explained. “Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, I mean, you can’t beat it.”Even with the Cowboys facing multiple tough decisions beyond what to do with Cooper, there’s a good chance the receiver will get his wish.COWBOYS OFFSEASON GUIDE:Key free agents, team needs, cap space & moreDallas’ priority, rightfully, is 26-year-old quarterback Dak Prescott, who also is set to hit unrestricted free agency in the absence of a contract extension or a tag. But Prescott has the leverage in contract negotiations with the team, which is bad news for Cooper.One of two things will happen with Prescott before the March 16 deadline for teams to tag players: Either the Cowboys and the QB will reach an agreement on a contract extension, or the team will franchise tag him, likely with an exclusive tender.Cooper should be hoping for the former outcome, but given where things stand in Prescott’s contract talks, the latter is more likely.Among the problems for the Cowboys (and, in turn, for Cooper) is the timing of the NFLPA’s vote on whether to accept or reject the collective bargaining agreement proposal NFL owners approved a couple weeks ago. The players’ voting period ends a day before the tag window closes, and the results of that voting will directly impact how Dallas can handle Prescott and Cooper.CBA proposal rejected: This outcome would make Dallas’ problems go poof, at least temporarily. If there is no new CBA in place, NFL teams will proceed in 2020 through what’s called a “final league year” under the terms of the current CBA. Those terms allow teams in the final league year an ability to apply two tags (both a franchise tag and a transition tag) rather than one or the other. Under this scenario, the Cowboys could simply franchise tag Prescott and transition tag Cooper, keeping them both off the market and buying time for contract extension talks.CBA proposal accepted: This outcome is why it would be understandable if Cooper were to selfishly vote “no” on the CBA proposal. If ratified, the new CBA would be put in place for 2020, and teams would only be allowed to use the franchise tag or the transition tag rather than both. Unless the Cowboys strike a deal with Prescott on an extension before March 16, the QB likely would get the franchise tag, and Cooper would hit free agency. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) read more

Elementary School closes doors in wake of Evacuation Order

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Buick Creek Elementary school has shut down classes while the school is under a evacuation order.In an announcement on the school district’s website, the school says they will be closed tomorrow.“Buick Creek Elementary School will be closed, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 due to a wildfire related Evacuation Order from the Peace River Regional District.”- Advertisement -Dave Sloan, A superintendent with School District 60,  says the school wants to ensure firefighters have complete access to their jobs.“The decision to close Buick Elementary has been taken in response to the evacuation order as posted by the PRRD. The school will remain closed while the evacuation order is in place in order to facilitate staff and student safety and to ensure emergency responders and fire fighters have no one in their way”.The school was closed Monday due to a Non-Instructional Day.Advertisementlast_img read more