The Southern California International Review, USC’s undergraduate journal of international studies, hosted its release party for its Spring 2014 issue at the University Club Monday night.Global scholar · Matthew Prusak, editor-in-chief of the Southern California International Review, spoke during Monday evening’s event. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanFunded by the university, the SCIR publishes twice a year and seeks to advance discussion on pressing global issues.Monday’s event, the First Annual Release Symposium, celebrated the published work of undergraduate students in international affairs all across the globe, and those in attendance were able to network and pick up copies of the published journal.Distributed globally, the SCIR receives submissions from undergraduate students around the world and staff then chooses the five best pieces to be published.Editor-in-chief of the SCIR Matthew Prusak noted that the SCIR is the largest journal of its kind on the West Coast, with competitors at Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin-Madison.“West of the Mississippi we’re the biggest journal in town, and that’s starting to show,” Prusak said. “We get many, many excellent pieces — it’s competitive. We’re proud of the final product.”He specified that submissions to the journal doubled in the fall issue and again in the spring.Some of the authors of the journal were in attendance for the release party Monday night. Sean McGuire, author of “Explaining Jewish Terrorism in Mandatory Palestine,” said he was very proud to have been selected for the journal.“I’m really thrilled to have been published,” McGuire said. “I didn’t expect to get selected at all because I know the reputation of this journal has been expanding globally, and I know the competition is really stiff.”McGuire, a USC alumnus who graduated from the university last December with a degree in international relations and economics, wrote his piece for a class he had taken at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.“I had written a good paper for a religion and political science and journalism class … I expanded the paper really with the goal of submitting it to [SCIR],” McGuire said.His piece studied the reasons why certain minority groups lash out in pursuit of their freedom and analyzed case studies from the first half of the 21st century regarding the Jewish population in Mandatory Palestine –— a British civil administration operating in the Palestine region from 1920 to 1948.“I’m interested in the question of why some minority groups — specifically religious minority groups — turn violent in expressing their sovereignty,” McGuire said.Prusak noted that the SCIR fosters a culture of identity for international relations students, and churns out an admirable publication.“This organization [has] really just become a way for the [international relations] community to rally around its own culture,” Prusak said. “We work together, we create a good product — that’s what its about.”
The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team has exceeded expectations from day one and looks to continue that into the playoffs, but before tournament time approaches, let’s take a look back at the Badger’s regular season.Where the Badgers standThe No. 18 Wisconsin team has secured the second spot in the Big Ten after preseason predictions had the team finishing fifth in the conference. Despite a tough three-game skid, the Badgers have managed to net a program second-best 12 Big Ten wins and have earned themselves a first-round bye in their conference tournament.Key regular season matchupsThat position did not come easy, as the Badgers faced off against ranked opponent after ranked opponent in the regular season.The team’s first real test came against a then-No. 6 Boston College team, who Wisconsin split with in just their second series of the season. This series was a wakeup call to Badger nation, giving hope to a deprived fan base.The Badgers looked poised to be a solid team but lacked consistency in nonconference matchups. But the truth of the tale would be told when Big Ten play began.Men’s hockey: Badgers score two power play goals to help upset No. 6 Boston CollegeThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team continues to impress under Tony Granato, taking care of No. 6 Boston College Read…In their third conference series of the year, Wisconsin faced a now-No. 5 Minnesota Gopher team who featured one of the best offenses in the country. In a thrilling overtime loss and a dominating victory the following evening the Badgers split with the top-ranked Gophers, proving they were a serious contender in the Big Ten.That win propelled Wisconsin into its hottest streak of the season, winning five straight, including a sweep of a now-No. 13 Ohio State team.It is possible the biggest indication of the potential of this Wisconsin team came in their second series against the top ranked Gophers. In a hostile environment at Mariucci Arena, the Badgers snagged another key victory Friday night, and nearly stole the weekend sweep but succumbed to a tight, one-goal loss the following evening.Men’s hockey: No. 16 Badgers square off against No. 11 Nittany Lions in final road seriesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will head to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 11 Nittany Read…Offensive firepower Much of Wisconsin’s regular-season success is due in part to their highly skilled and highly talented offense, which ranks eighth in the nation with 3.5 goals per game.For the first time since 2009-10, the Badgers have eight or more players with 20 or more points on the season. The team has also scored five or more goals in 13 matchups, again the most since the 2009-10 team did it 18 times.Sophomore forward and team captain Luke Kunin has been the undeniable face of leadership for the Badgers this season. Kunin, who secured a career-high 36 points on the year, including 21 goals, currently ranks eighth in the nation for points scored.Freshman phoneme Trent Frederic has been right behind the sophomore captain all year, earning 33 points on the season and a National Rookie of the Month award in February.“I think as a whole we’ve been pretty successful together, and I think a big part is how easy he is to play with,” Kunin said regarding his line mate Frederic. “He makes guys around him better and he’s just a great player.”Jonah LeurquinTop five moments from Wisconsin fall sportsThe 2016 fall semester produced many memorable moments that Badger fans want to relive. It was tough to narrow it Read…Special specialty unitsFor a good chunk of the season, the Badgers were the only team in the country to rank in the top 11 in power play and penalty kill percentages. They now hold the ninth spot for power-play conversions, but have dropped down to No. 13 on the penalty kill.In Big Ten, play the Badgers hold the top penalty kill percentage and are number three in power play percentage.Youthful squadIf it isn’t apparent already, this Badgers team is young and full of talent.Three of the top five point-scorers for the Badgers this season are of freshman or sophomore status, as is more than half of their roster.“We really like youth,” assistant coach Don Granato said. “The youth mentality is one of the larger appetite. You know you want more, your eyes are open to absorb more, to find ways to get better, to improve and that kind of exemplifies our team.”Included in this young corhort are defensemen Peter Tischke and Toronto Maple Leaf’s third-rounder J.D. Greenway, who have been key contributors in the defensive unit’s improvement.Staying on the defensive end, Wisconsin goaltenders freshman Jack Berry and sophomore Matt Jurusik have been solid all year for the Badgers, taking turns in front of the net throughout conference play.Men’s hockey: Frederic continues to impress in sweep of MichiganUniversity of Wisconsin men’s hockey freshman standout Trent Frederic had another impressive series this weekend as the Badgers swept Michigan Read…New coaches, early impactFollowing two sub-par years for Wisconsin men’s hockey, the program hired a brand-new coaching staff in hope of beginning an improved era of Badger hockey. Former Badgers Mark Osiecki, Don Granato and head coach Tony Granato headlined this group.“I guess they call it the ‘Granato Era’ or something like that; it’s kinda just getting started and you see how successful we already are, so it’s pretty sweet,” Frederic said.The minute the trio stepped onto campus, things seemed to change. With a new look and some fresh talent, the coaching staff has taken this team from last in the Big Ten to a first-round bye in the conference tournament.“They’ve been huge, a big part of it is them [new coaching staff] and what they’re doing,” Kunin said about the change of coaches. “Just as a whole I think everyone’s been doing things to make us successful but for sure it starts with those guys up top.”David Stluka/UW Athletic Communications Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…What’s next?The Badgers have fallen out of the top 16 in the country, making an NCAA bid more precarious but by no means unattainable. With a solid Big Ten Tournament and some help from the committee, Wisconsin could be looking at their first NCAA Tournament since the 2013-14 campaign, when they fell in the first round to North Dakota.Wisconsin heads to Detroit this weekend for the Big Ten Tournament and will see the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan State matchup.“We’ve played each team four times now and we’ve beat each team at least once, so I think we have a good idea what each team plays like and we have a good feeling, we win two games when we’re in the tournament and we win the Big Ten so I think we can easily do that,” Frederic said about the upcoming tournament.Following the conference tournament’s conclusion, teams will discover their fate in terms of the NCAA Tournament Sunday morning.
A Day Without A Woman On Wednesday, International Women Day, some South Floroida women joined in the protest movement taking place around the United States called “A Day without Women” but several feared losing the day’s pay or even losing their jobs if they failed to how up for work.Around mid-morning, approximately 60 people, men and women, turned out to a rally at Miami’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services offices on NW Seventh Ave in Miami. The rally was organized by the Workers Center, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami and the New Florida Majority.One of the organizers, Morgan Mangle, said the objective of the rally was to support women who are being targeted by immigration officials based on new immigration policies being implemented by the Trump administration.Phyllis Tate, a Jamaican housekeeper with a Watson Island family said she took the day off to join the protest having several female relatives and friends “who are living in the region without documents, and in fear of being deported.” Tate said she attended the rally to also protest low wages being paid to some women, especially women working at the region’s airports, in restaurants and in domestic jobs.Mangle said she realizes more women wanted to join Wednesday’s rally, but “had genuine concerns about their job.” She said several women had enquired about protesting “The Day Without Women” besides marching or attending protest rallies. “Many women protested by not shopping on Wednesday. Women comprise the largest percent of consumers, particularly at supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores. Our absence can have a significant impact on the local retail trade, which indicates women in retail should receive better pay and benefits.”An owner of restaurants in Miami and Miami, Sydmoth Saddler, said he supported the “few employees” who stayed away from his businesses on Wednesday, “Women is involved in almost every crevice of life. From mothers to distant relatives, from nurses to hospital maids; from corporate executives to clerical help. There are several issues which are not right for women. I fully support women protesting to have these rights implemented. I would, could never penalize any of my female employees for taking the day off to protest.”Enthusiastic protest rallies with larger turnouts, were also held Wednesday evening at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale and at Miami’s Bayfront Park.