(REUTERS) – Peru captain Paolo Guerrero says he is innocent and will fight to clear his name after FIFA reduced his doping ban to six months, allowing him to play at next year’s World Cup.Guerrero, 33, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been suspended by FIFA on December 8 for a year after testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in October.World soccer’s governing body reduced the ban to six months on Wednesday, but Guerrero is still not happy.“Obviously I am not relieved, it’s important to me to keep (fighting) to prove my innocence,” he told Reuters TV yesterday in Rio de Janeiro.“I am not calm now because they reduced the ban; I am going to continue fighting to prove my innocence. It really is an injustice that they punished me as I have shown I am innocent all along, I proved it, and we will keep proving it until they absolve me.”“They cut the legs from under me,” Guerrero added. “I did absolutely nothing wrong.”Guerrero claimed the positive test was due to contamination and vowed to be back in action in 2018.The former Bayern Munich and Hamburg SV forward, who has scored 42 goals for Flamengo since moving to Brazil in 2015, gives the Peru attack a much-needed physical presence and has a galvanising effect on their less experienced players.The 0-0 draw with Argentina was a crucial result for Peru, who qualified for the Russia World Cup for the first time since 1982.The South American side have been drawn in a group with France, Denmark and Australia.
For the first time in three decades, the total number of female legislators is dropping — the solution, some say, is to increase the number of women involved in student government.Working · Logan Lachman, vice-president elect, and Sam Freitag, 2010-2011 USG residential senator, are some of the females involved in USG. A recent study found less than a third of student presidents nationwide are women. – Robin Laird | Daily Trojan But although men have traditionally dominated the student government ranks, USC’s Undergraduate Student Government, maintains a strong female presence.“Our staff is just about a 50-50 split between males and females,” said Maya Babla, former USG chief of staff.Among the top 50 colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report, less than one-third of the student body presidents are women, according to a finding released by the American Student Government Association.Although the overall balance of men and women in USG is fairly equal, since spring 2006 none of the 18 candidates for USG president and only one-third of the candidates for USG vice president have been female. The last female candidate to run for president was Jessica Lall, who was elected in 2005.Logan Lachman, who won the vice president spot this year and will be sworn into office Tuesday, said she believes there are stereotypes about females in elected offices.“Unfortunately, I do believe there are stereotypes associated with women in power. There is always a common misconception that women are weaker than men and therefore don’t make strong leaders,” Lachman said. “These stereotypes can affect voters as well as potential future candidates.”American University’s Women & Politics Institute found that in 2006, 72 percent of students involved in the university’s student government were male.Ava Lubell, the political director of the institute, told the Daily Trojan last year that women of all ages are less likely to see themselves as good candidates.“Women need to be asked to run,” Lubell told the Daily Trojan. “They’re less likely to perceive themselves as being recruited, so you need to say explicitly, ‘We think you should run.’”In Congress, women make up only 17 percent of members. Women make up 28 percent of the California Legislature and 23 percent of state legislators nationwide. Six of the nation’s governors, or 12 percent, are women, according to the National Foundation of Women Legislators.“Quite honestly, I don’t think you’d be able to find these gender differences [at USC], and perhaps that’s an indication of the gender barrier being broken down a little further for our generation,” Babla said.Though times have changed since women fought for the right to vote, traditional roles might continue to influence the role of gender in politics.“I think a lot of things, other than their stance on issues, play a part in how a female candidate is perceived,” Babla said. “Voters still stereotype women candidates in some ways, and seek to better understand these ladies in terms of their family roles.”Lachman said she has not found women to be shy about getting involved in student government at USC.”We’ve never really had a problem getting female participation,” she said.
Photo from Wikipedia CommonsOn Wednesday afternoon, USC unveiled 18 new additions to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class. The group, which includes Trojan legends ranging from football players to a mascot, will be formally announced on Nov. 4 during the Arizona football game at the Coliseum. Five former Trojan football players were featured in the 2018 Hall of Fame class, including future NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, All-American and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Chris Claiborne, along with Trojan legends of the 1960s Rod Sherman and Charlie Weaver. Joining them is J.K. McKay (son of John McKay) who will be inducted for his contributions as a wide receiver on two national championship teams and as a leader of the team’s athletic department from 2010 to 2016. Two inductees, Barry Zito and Mike Gillespie, enter the Hall for their contributions to the baseball program, while Sam Clancy is the sole alumnus in the class from the men’s basketball team. Hurdler Felix Sanchez and water polo player Lauren Wenger Trapani both won gold at the 2012 London Olympics before retiring. Meanwhile, volleyball player April Ross and swimmer Ous Mellouli are the only current athletes in the class, both having also medaled in previous Olympic games. Former tennis athlete Wayne Black, two-sport star Kim Clark Jennings (soccer and basketball), and golfers Mikaela Parmlid and Kevin Sadler round out the class from the athletics side. Current sports information director Tim Tessalone also joins the class, having served as an SID for the school for over 30 years, working 12 Rose Bowls and over 400 total games in his illustrious career. Finally, one non-human joins the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. It is none other than Traveler, USC’s horse mascot who has graced the sidelines of the Coliseum since 1961. After the class is introduced in November, the new Hall of Fame members will be formally inducted on May 19 at the Galen Center.