19 Dec

Judges needed for FAMU mock trial event

first_imgJudges needed for FAMU mock trial event January 1, 2006 Regular News Florida A&M University will host the American Mock Trial Association’s southern regional tournament February 24–26 in Tallahassee and needs approximately 160 volunteer judges to preside over and score the tournament.“Recruiting a sufficient number of attorneys and judges is vital to the tournament’s success,” said Tyra R. Mason, assistant director of FAMU’s Pathway to Law Program.This year will mark the 22nd year the American Mock Trial Association has sponsored the tournament that features 20 regionals across the country. The winners qualify for the national tournament, held every year in Des Moines, Iowa.Since 1992, Florida A&M University has participated in competitions and has qualified for the national tournament 12 straight years. Last year’s FAMU team placed fifth in the nation.The tournament’s four rounds are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., February 24; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., February 25; and 9 a.m., February 26.Volunteer judges will be given a brief orientation to the case and the rules of competition before each trial. The judges’ meeting takes place 30 minutes before the beginning of each round. The trials last about three hours, and after each round the judges have an opportunity to provide students with brief critiques of their performance and offer suggestions for improvement. The total time commitment for each round is approximately four hours.For more information contact Mason at (850) 599-3664.center_img Judges needed for FAMU mock trial eventlast_img read more

17 Sep

MBB : UPROOTED: Jackson continues to carry Orange, propels SU to NCAA Tournament win over Sycamores

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img CLEVELAND — This one didn’t need a trip to the line. Rick Jackson was finally wide open down low. After a patient offensive possession during which SU flowed the ball around Indiana State’s zone, Dion Waiters drove in from the right.Mid-air, he found Jackson underneath the hoop. And Jackson did the rest.‘That’s just moving without the ball,’ Jackson said. ‘I have that chemistry with my point guards. They try to find me in there — in the seams, in the gaps — and they did a great job.’Paced by Jackson’s season-high 23 points and seven rebounds, the No. 3 seed Syracuse (27-7) rolled to a comfortable 77-60 win over 14th-seeded Indiana State (20-14) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday inside the Quicken Loans Arena. In front of 20,164 fans, Jackson controlled the SU offense inside. His dominance down low early got SU out to a lead it would never relinquish. And he rekindled that dominance in the second half to ensure an Orange win.Syracuse will move on to face No. 11 Marquette in the third round, as the Golden Eagles beat Xavier 66-55 earlier in the night. The game is a rematch of the teams’ Jan. 29 matchup inside Milwaukee’s Bradley Center. The Golden Eagles won that game, 76-70.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo get there, though, SU relied on its rock. In the first half, the refrain from the public address announcer grew increasingly familiar. ‘Bucket by Rick Jackson,’ he repeated.‘We wanted to establish it early and get the ball into him,’ SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘Coach (Jim Boeheim) said they didn’t have anybody that could guard him, so we wanted to emphasize just getting the ball in to him.‘And he delivered for us.’He delivered early and often, contributing 12 points in the first half. Immediately, he was fouled down low by Indiana State’s Dwayne Lathan and made both of his free throws.Jackson accounted for eight of the Orange’s first 14 points. And for the rest of those 14, he was the draw that allowed Syracuse to open up from beyond the arc. When Jardine started to drive, the Sycamores’ defenders collapsed on Jackson, expecting the same routine. That left Kris Joseph wide open from the left wing, and he hit the 3-pointer to put his team up 7-4.‘Rick,’ Joseph said, ‘continues to surprise me.’C.J. Fair got involved when he entered the game with 13 minutes left in the half. With short jumpers and free throws, he played a large role in SU’s first-half offense, scoring nine points.Momentum turned when that inside game suddenly stopped working — partly because the Orange went away from what was its bread and butter through the first 10 minutes. Jackson only attempted two shots in the last 11:44 of the half.And in the early part of the second half, that continued. Jackson was frustrated down low. Guarded by Indiana State’s Myles Walker on the left block, Jackson couldn’t get off a clean shot and air-balled a hook shot. Even when he got the ball up top, his passes were tipped by an active Sycamores defense.‘Pushing me, grabbing me, fouling me,’ Jackson said of what Indiana State’s defense did to frustrate him. ‘I don’t think they thought I was going to make so many foul shots. … I did a great job of just taking my time and making foul shots.’Jackson reignited SU through the free-throw line early in the second half, after the Orange saw its lead at one point shrink to 42-36. Fouled hard repeatedly after double and triple teams, Jackson — a 50.8 percent free-throw shooter on the season — made nine of his 11 attempts. Four straight put Syracuse back up 49-38 with 12:55 to play in the game.And on one of SU’s next possessions came the feeling of complete dominance. It started with a steal from Jardine, who said he was able to read Indiana State’s fluid ball movement easier in the second half.Syracuse was patient for 15 seconds. Then Waiters found the opening — Jackson alone for one of the few times in the contest. Up 13, the Orange never looked back.‘They have to step up once you penetrate the gaps,’ Waiters said. ‘And Rick got wide open. I just dished it to him for the big-time dunk.’[email protected]last_img read more

17 Sep

British diplomat discusses culture, tradition

first_imgThough public diplomacy is a well-known phrase when it comes to international issues, Director of the British Council to the United States Paul Smith stressed his preference of the term “cultural relations” on Thursday at an event hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.“To a degree, I would argue that [cultural relations] does differ quite significantly from public diplomacy,” Smith said. “The relationship really is about trying to engender trust between people who may not initially have reason to trust each other.”Public diplomacy · Director of the British Council to the United States Paul Smith talked about culture to an audience of about 30 people. — Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe importance of understanding other cultures remained the focus of Smith’s talk to an audience of about 30, many of whom were graduate students in the public diplomacy master’s program.“Getting public diplomacy to happen is the challenge of our times,” Smith said.To Smith, the use of the term “cultural relations” also better encompasses the efforts that he has been a part of throughout his career.“Over the years, the British Council has moved towards using another phrase and that phrase we use is cultural relations,” Smith said. “We believe that all the work that we do comes from the umbrella of that phrase.”Smith previously served on the British Council in Nigeria, Burma, Chile, Germany, Bangladesh, New Zealand, West India, Egypt and Afghanistan before coming to the United States last August as Director of British Council and Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. In line with his experience, Smith emphasized the importance of all nations having diplomacy efforts.“It is an essential attribute to most countries’ international foreign policy to have public diplomacy programs,” Smith said.Smith likened nations to a “four-legged chair” rather than the traditional “three-legged stool,” explaining that the three traditional legs of governance, economics and security are not enough to support a nation.“If it’s a three-legged chair, it’s going to fall over,” Smith said. “That fourth leg is culture.”Lauren Allison, a first year masters student in public diplomacy, came to hear Smith because of his vast experience in the field of public diplomacy.“I find it really fascinating,” Allison said. “It’s really great to have someone at USC who has insight and 30-plus years of experience in cultural diplomacy around the world.”Kia Hays, a second-year student in the masters program on public diplomacy, said she enjoyed how Smith’s talk mirrored a lot of what she was learning in the classroom.“I agreed very much with a lot of what he said,” Hays said. “It is nice to see a professional saying the same things we see in an academic setting.”last_img read more