September 17

Nikias family hosts a USC Thanksgiving

first_imgFor the first time at USC, some students who stayed on campus this Thanksgiving  shared dinner at the president’s house with the leader of the university.Seven trams left the University Park Campus on Thursday night to take 350 students to the president’s house in San Marino, Calif., which President C. L. Max Nikias and his family had moved into three days earlier.For many students, this was the only Thanksgiving dinner they had available, said Sharon Kim, a sophomore from Portland, Ore., majoring in psychology and occupational therapy.Daniel Wang | Daily Trojan“I was really glad to have this, because I didn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner,” she said. “It’s a great way for people to meet each other and to spend time with people from school you don’t know.”Opening the president’s home to students was the idea of First Lady Niki Nikias, who said she was accustomed to hosting USC students for Thanksgiving dinner.“If my daughters wanted to bring a few friends who had nowhere else to go, I would tell them, ‘Have them come over; there’s always plenty of food.’ So that’s how the idea came about because I knew we were going to be in the president’s house, and I wanted to follow this tradition that we had,” she said.The Nikias family felt strongly that it was important to give students on campus a home and family for Thanksgiving, said Georgiana Nikias, a USC law student and one of the president’s two daughters.“There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. So I think that’s what my mom was thinking — that Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a really good meal, sit down and be lazy. You don’t do any homework; you just relax,” she said.The decision to open the president’s home was unanimous.“We love the company,” said Maria Nikias, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. “We know how important food is — good food — on Thanksgiving.”Formally dressed students entered the mansion in a single line, where each shook hands with the president and his family. Tables were set up in the backyard under a canopy, where servers poured hibiscus lemonade for sitting students.“I feel like I’m at a wedding,” said Chris Wang, a freshman majoring in biochemical engineering.In his brief welcoming remarks, Nikias introduced his family and invited the attendees to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet, which included roast wild turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash ravioli, corn bread and onion flatbread.In his second speech after dinner, President Nikias talked about the importance of Thanksgiving. He spoke of the origins of Thanksgiving, its history and various traditions, from sending a pardoned turkey to Disneyland to planning the next day’s shopping spree.But he also sought to highlight the meaning of Thanksgiving.“It reminds us of what is best in us, what is most humble, what is most human,” he said. “It reminds us of what we most value, and it reminds us to be grateful for how interconnected we all are.”Most of all, he emphasized the importance of family at Thanksgiving.“More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is about family, and today you are our family. We are all one family here: the Trojan Family. It is a warm and loving community that runs across the continent and across generations,” President Nikias said. “So today the Nikias family expresses its true appreciation for what you bring to the larger Trojan Family, which binds us together.”After dinner, a dessert spread of pumpkin pie, ginger cookie cream sandwiches and fudge brownies was served with warm apple cider.“Dinner was amazing,” said Sunit Rohant, a senior majoring in narrative studies and biological sciences. “I’m not quite done yet with my first plate. They announced you could go up for seconds and thirds, but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this.”The Trojan Family, a well-known theme of USC rhetoric, was a common conversation topic that night.“I’m really glad that he invited all these students here because it just reinforces the idea of the Trojan Family, where we’re actually having a family dinner together on Thanksgiving,” Rohant said. “We went around in a circle and said what we were thankful for and it just reinforces it.”President Nikias advised students to be thankful for the Trojan Family.“Students’ years at USC are the years they have to take advantage of what there is to offer, much more than what they are learning in the classroom or the courses they take. Also they have to form these relationships and friendships with students from other parts of the country and other parts of the world because these relationships could stay with them for the rest of their lives,” he said in his speech. “And that’s what the Trojan Family is all about.”And what is the president thankful for this Thanksgiving?“I feel blessed because the very best job in higher education today is to be president of this university, and I’m very thankful for that.”last_img read more

August 31

T&T Prime Minister Rowley to undergo medical tests in the US

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN Trinidad, CMC – On Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced he would be traveling to the United States on Tuesday to undergo medical cardiac related tests.“I am in my 69th year, I am not as young as I used to be. There are benefits at being at my age but there’s also downsides,” he told reporters, adding “as a matter of fact I take this in stride going forward. “There was a time when I didn’t have any such condition and like I said I had no such symptoms that slowed me down or caused me to think, but I have to be aware and modern technology allows one to be aware of what is happening with one.”Delinquent about his health Rowley told reporters that he was “delinquent” in dealing with the situation after his doctors had informed him of the matter in 2017“I should have gone back to do these tests last year September, but that was the budget time and so on and so on and I put it off,” he said, adding that after the budget, he had to deal with the revamping of the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN that had been losing billions of dollars annually (One TT dollar=US$0.37 cents).Still, in relatively good health“So, I really should have done that last year, so when I look back and realize it is a year and a half, I really did not take the advice that I got in 2017. So, I am going to take it now,” he said, adding that he would be out of the country “for a couple of days”.“I am in relatively good health, but I have observations to make and I have to be guided by the experts who are better at telling me what is happening … “It starts with a series of tests,” he said, adding that would be done in California.”last_img read more

January 10

Infantino says Italy’s World Cup failure is a wake-up call

first_img“I think it’s a collective sadness. We’re talking about a team with a great tradition who give their best in events like this.“But those who are in Russia deserved to qualify and in any case Italy stayed out with an Italian President: do we need anything else to say we’re honest and clean?”Infantino, the Swiss-born son of Italian immigrant parents, took over the scandal-battered world body from disgraced president Sepp Blatter in February 2016.“I would have liked to have given the cup to Buffon though,” admitted the 47-year-old.Infantino said that there had been signs of trouble within the four-time world champions long before their dramatic failure in last November’s play-offs.“There have been signals to this effect for a long time, and (Matteo) Darmian’s shot against Sweden could have gone in instead of hitting the post, but he would have only concealed the problems.“Italy were the first in the world for organisation, clubs, training, structures, food, tactics. We forgot that, without work, talent is not enough.“How many young people advance to the first team?”.Italy are without a national coach and a football federation president with the FIGC currently under the guardianship of the national Olympic committee CONI.Infantino said he hoped this would be “as short as possible”.“One or two men cannot change a situation that needs a strong president, backed by all parties, and with a long-term strategy: clubs, leagues, players, everyone has to go in the same direction, as in Germany in the 90s, after the crisis of results, as in England after the Heysel (Stadium disaster), everyone at the table thinking about the common good, today Germany wins the World Cup and Confederations with young players, and England are world champions in Under 17 and Under 20.”Infantino added that he hoped to encourage 40-year-old Juventus and Italy goalkeeping legend Buffon to take a role in football’s governing body when he retires.“Could he take a role in FIFA? I’m going to go in person and get him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino wishes Italy had qualified for the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMILAN, Italy, Feb 15 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed Thursday his dispair at Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup finals where he had hoped to hand the trophy to Azzurri captain Gianluigi Buffon.“I’m sad, yes I’m sad for the World Cup. I almost cried,” Infantino, who holds both Swiss and Italian nationality, said in an interview with Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport five months ahead of the World Cup final match in Russia.last_img read more