From the editor: Spring 2017 Daily Trojan supplement

first_imgAs I am writing this, we are on the precipice of the frenzy that comes with the production of our Spring 2017 supplement, “Chasing Zero.” It’s hard to believe that this night will essentially cap my efforts as editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan.It’s an especially sentimental accomplishment because this supplement topic is the main reason why I ran for editor-in-chief last fall. I was most excited about the opportunity to shape a reporting package that seeks to reignite the dialogue around sexual assault at USC.Every day at the Daily Trojan, our staff works hard to report the day-to-day news on campus. Sometimes this includes sexual assaults — but we’ve always been hindered by the limited information given, he said, she said back-and-forths and the ultimate lack of reporting.Though campus sexual assault may cycle through headlines, it does not need a news peg in order to find relevance. As long as 29.7 percent of undergraduate women at USC still experience some form of rape or sexual violence — as a survey by the Association of American Universities found in 2015 — sexual assault will always be a pressing, pertinent and relevant issue.Four years after the federal government launched an investigation of USC for mishandling cases of sexual assault, the University remains under scrutiny by the Office of Civil Rights.Having heard heartbreaking testimonies from close friends who are survivors of sexual assault, I can’t imagine an issue that is more deeply personal. The wounds from their trauma will always be fresh. They will carry these burdens for the rest of their lives.We heard these stories in “Justice is having every story heard — unfiltered,” in which we explore how survivors can achieve justice. We looked into the Title IX reporting process in “Four years later, campus investigation stalls,” which reconciles the strides made by the University on this issue and student voices requesting what still needs to be done. In an interview with the Daily Trojan, Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry revealed that the administration’s goal is not to decrease rates of sexual assault by a target number, but to “chase zero.” And we feature a letter to the editor, which defends the greek system’s role in the sexual assault conversation.We also explored the way that gender-based violence operates in our modern context. In “How social media shapes the sexual assault narrative” we examined the impact of social media in giving survivors control of their own narratives — or hurting them in the process. “Going the Distance” spotlights a group of students hoping to bring rape kits to campus, given the distance University’s recommended rape treatment.In this supplement, we Daily Trojan editors set out to accomplish an extraordinary task. We put the sexual assault prevention and adjudication process under a microscope; we sought to return the dialogue around sexual assault to relevance, and shine a light on its many nuances.In this task, we encountered challenges unlike those I’ve seen in any other supplement. We’ve filtered our sources to ensure accuracy. We’ve used targeted, precise language to protect our interview subjects who are sexual assault survivors. We’ve taken great care to keep stories balanced. When they have requested it, we’ve kept the identities of survivors anonymous in order to keep them safe.And through it all, we’ve hoped to create a platform for the voices of survivors. We’ve hoped to share their stories, as well as analyze the complex interplays between universities, Title IX and athletic departments. We’ve hoped to equip student activists with more information about what the University needs to do to effectively address sexual assault.I went into this project thinking that I could easily create change. But the issue is so complicated, and there is a great deal of editorial responsibility that lies within a supplement about a campus topic that is so delicate, yet so important.During a time when the current Title IX protections become vulnerable under the current presidential administration, it is important that the University continues to uphold and expand upon its efforts to combat sexual assault. What we have found in this supplement is that sexual assault prevention is a partnership between students and administrators. We hope that by reading this supplement, you will be inspired to continue the fight.last_img read more

Even-keel Badgers rolling into showdown with Spartans

first_imgWide receiver Nick Toon sat out against Indiana as a precautionary measure after hurting his left foot against Nebraska in the conference opener. Toon leads UW with 25 catches in five games.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin Badgers are looking to get back to full strength against Michigan State Saturday with injured wide receiver Nick Toon expected to return to practice this week.Toon was sidelined against Indiana with a left foot injury he sustained during the Nebraska game. Toon sat out as a precautionary measure against Indiana, but is expected to see playing time against Michigan State.“He ran around on Sunday and felt really good, he is going to jump into Tuesday’s practice,” Bielema said. “He felt good on Saturday, we probably could have played him, but I wanted to see the other guys perform.”Defensive tackle Patrick Butrym also suffered a minor ankle sprain – not a high-ankle sprain, Bielema said – against Indiana and is expected to participate in light practice and be back on the field for the Badgers this weekend.“He said basically he felt really tight on Sunday, but it was better [Monday] and he has got a goal in his mind to run around a bit Wednesday and hopefully practice Thursday,” Bielema said. “He is so smart with the game plan, I would feel really good about him playing even if he didn’t really get any time until Saturday.”Focus remains consistentWhen it comes to preparing, the Badgers tend to take a similar approach every week.Bielema said he likes his team to be fired up, but has the confidence in his players to know the difference between right and wrong.“It’s not what happens, it’s how you react to what happens. We’ll do our talking between our pads,” Bielema said. “To me, there are three things you need to have on the road – you need to have great execution, great communication and discipline.”For Bielema, this discipline cannot be installed in a week. Rather, it has to be something built into the Badgers’ framework over time.“That’s something you can’t really install in a week, you have to have discipline in your mentality, in your framework, and that’s what we recruit,” Bielema said.Quarterback Russell Wilson also said he feels that the daily activities in preparing week-in and week-out foster success.“I think that games are won on the field, by our preparation during the week, by the extra film we put in,” Wilson said. “Everything that you do during the week really helps you prepare for the game.”When it comes to preparing for the games, Wilson is a visual learner. He studies the opponent and visualizes how the game will be played out ahead of time.“I visualize a lot, when I am preparing during the week especially when I am playing away, I envision myself being in the stadium – where the clock is, the first downs, all that stuff I visualize,” Wilson said. “That prepares me for the game.”Badgers return to East LansingOffensively, the Badgers will look to continue their solid ball security, while defensively Bielema hopes to create some turnovers and capitalize on them.“We have been great with ball security and that will need to continue on the road,” Bielema said. “Defensively, if we have a chance to get our hands on the football, we need to come up with it.”Michigan State’s strong defensive stance will prove to be a challenge for the Badgers in the upcoming game.Bielema still remains confident in Wilson’s ability, despite the Spartans’ aggressive defense that has proven capable of bringing pressure all over the field.“You can mentally or physically challenge a quarterback, and that’s exactly what they (Michigan State) are doing,” Bielema said. “One of the good advantages of [Wilson] is that he doesn’t get overly rattled by anything that I’ve seen thrown at him.”A big part of Wilson’s success comes from the success of Wisconsin’s offensive line.“Our offensive line is doing such a great job right now, we have a lot of experienced guys up front and their blocking ability gives me a lot of time to make decisions, to stay up on my feet, make the right throw at the right time, that obviously helps,” Wilson said.This weekend’s game will mark only the second away game for the Badgers this season. Road games may come with a different set of challenges, but Wilson remains confident.Keeping confidence and trust along with knowledge for the game is what Wilson tries to show his teammates are important in winning.“The calmer you are, the more confident you play, the more that you trust your offense, the more that you trust what you see, the better off you are going to be,” Wilson said.Confidence in BCS rankingsWith the release of the BCS rankings this week, the Badgers find themselves sitting at No. 6 just behind Oklahoma State (No. 4) and Boise State (No. 5). However, Bielema is not too concerned with UW’s current status.“The computers, the rankings and all that stuff, it’s all going to sort itself through in the end, I really do believe in that,” Bielema said. “If we keep winning and taking care of things around us, than everything takes care of itself.”Wilson agreed with Bielema in regard to the requirement of patience.“All that really matters is playing great football week by week and see where we are at the end,” Wilson said, “We have to weather the storms, just play with confidence, play with a little bit of swagger and play great football.”last_img read more

Andrew Heaney says curveball tribute to Tyler Skaggs ‘something that felt right’

first_imgAndrew Heaney’s first pitch Saturday parachuted into catcher Dustin Garneau’s mitt and appeared to cover the outside corner as it descended, even though it was called a ball.That’s such a small part of the story behind the Angels left-hander’s delivery, though. The offering to Astros leadoff hitter George Springer was a looping curveball that was meant to resemble the curveball Tyler Skaggs threw, a pitch Angels manager Brad Ausmus described as “the curveball from the rafters.” Skaggs, Heaney’s Angels teammate and best friend, died July 1 at age 27.Heaney’s pitch was so slow, the Minute Maid Park radar gun couldn’t register a speed. Heaney told reporters he came up with the idea of mimicking Skaggs’ “calling card” and “claim to fame” earlier in the week and then practiced the pitch while warming up in the bullpen Saturday. “Honestly it was just something that felt right,” he said, per the Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher .MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019Heaney said he asked Garneau to tell Springer the pitch was coming. Springer took it in a show of respect. “It’s an honor to be a part of it and I hope he got something out of it. It’s just a good moment for our sport,” Springer said, per Fletcher.Heaney is hopeful that others will get something out of his public memorial.”You want to honor him. You want people to know that he’s not forgotten,” Heaney said, per Arianna Vedia of the Houston Chronicle . “You want people to understand and see how much he meant to all the guys in here.”last_img read more