Political (In)correctness Stymies Efforts to Prevent Mass Shootings

first_imgIt’s also the reason that – incredibly even in the face of what’s just been experienced – that some are pushing a federal law that would eviscerate local regulations and protections that have proven effective in states like New York in favor of the sadly and demonstrably inadequate ones in places like Florida.Fewer and Narrower Than You ThinkThe percentage of Americans who own firearms ranges from only 32 to 43 percent depending on survey.  But either way there has been long-term downward trend in gun ownership that remains consistent across all the national polls, dropping it to its lowest level in 40 years.Paradoxically, sales overall are up meaning that those that the clear minority that are purchasing guns are only building bigger personal arsenals.DC vs. Heller’s narrow 5-4 decision changed the Court’s centuries long reluctance to sever the Second Amendment’s connection between service in a militia and an individual’s right to possess a firearm.  Even at that, the majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia was sharply limited in its scope. It only found a right for an individual to have a handgun in his or her home for personal protection.The idea that a firearm could or should be–or that the Constitution actually guarantees– anything more is merely speculation and fantasy.The argument in favor of that “more” envisions some sort of maximally armed ersatz impromptu popularly inspired citizen militia raised to forestall and defeat some perceived government tyranny. The term “political correctness” is being used—legitimately—to criticize any effort that combines ideology with language to restrict the boundaries of debate over any particular issueThere may be no greater example of it than the way people are forced to parse their words whenever the subject of gun control or regulation comes up. The seeming obligatory preamble to any such discussion goes something like this:  “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms…” followed by whatever else the person wants to sayWhy is this rote recitation deemed necessary to establish one’s bona fides to even broach the subject?  Political correctness–one is made to feel unqualified to start a conversation without genuflecting to some nebulous fealty to the Second AmendmentIt’s the reason those who are supposed to be representing us in government seem so befuddled and conflicted over what to do about these school shootings even though poll after poll shows that a clear majority of us favor more stringent restrictions on gun ownership and use.It’s the reason those same government representatives will do everything possible and try any harebrained scheme imaginable—from deputizing teachers or stationing in our schools an army of retired police and armed forces personnel to effectively attempting to bribe the students trying to get their legislators to see reason with exam cancellations, as the Florida legislature voted to do last week – all to avoid confronting the elephant in the room that is the insane proliferation of weaponry in our civilian homes and streets. Categories: Editorial, Opinioncenter_img This is nothing more than a paranoid’s dream.  And while the notion that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun” is true at its most elemental level, the idea that that good guy can be you – any you – is a dangerous delusion.Yet it’s that delusion that misinforms the facially ridiculous suggestions that armed, conceal carry teachers will somehow be able to stop or discourage a marauder with an AR-15, that police should have to tolerate powerful weapons in mass circulation while doing their already dangerous jobs and that an arms race among individuals within a society is the only way to ensure personal and public safety.The rapid-fire nature—in more ways than one—of these awful events is telling us loudly and insistently that we have it wrong.  No other civilized country on earth has such a laissez faire attitude toward such powerful and lethal weapons because the hazards and negatives so demonstrably and completely outweigh any positives.  It is only a woefully misinformed form of political correctness that is blinding us from honestly acknowledging this and preventing us from responding and redressing it with readily reasoned and logical solutions.If we can’t or won’t stride over that self-made hurdle, we’ll only be condemning ourselves to more festivals of carnage like Las Vegas and Parklands.  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

What Santi Cazorla has said about returning to Arsenal as a coach

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Mar 2020 11:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link829Shares Advertisement What Santi Cazorla has said about returning to Arsenal as a coach Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla celebrating their 2015 FA Cup victory (Picture: Getty Images)‘I asked him about it, he said yes, he will consider as a coach when he retires but he wants to play for two more years.‘I tell you what, Mikel Arteta and Cazorla together, really good friends first of all but really good special minds of football.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCazorla has already been backed by Arteta to become a ‘great coach’ despite his inexperience.The midfielder told Goal: ‘Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future. Even when I was playing with him, he showed great leadership in dressing room. ‘Some say it’s a gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, but I believe it’s a reasonable challenge. He also worked as a coach under Pep Guardiola. ‘I believe he can become a great coach. It’s not easy for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton eye transfer moves for Man Utd defender Chris SmallingMORE: Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan sends message to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Cazorla has earned status as a cult hero at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Santi Cazorla wants to move into coaching when he retires from playing football, opening the door for a reunion with former teammate Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, according to reports.The Spaniard spent six successful years in north London, linking up with Gunners coach Arteta to win two FA Cups. Cazorla, 35, is currently playing for Villarreal and his solid performances earning him a call up to the Spain squad in June 2019. Spanish journalist Guillem Balague said on his YouTube channel: ‘It’s interesting because I spoke to Santi not so long ago and he hasn’t renewed his contract with Villarreal which finishes at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Basically what may happen, he wants two more years playing. ‘Going back to Arsenal with Arteta is something that I think he will consider as a coach. Advertisementlast_img read more

Batesville Boys Swimmers Champs At Centerville Relays

first_imgSwimmers of the meet:  Hatcher and Weiler.  Both scored 46.50 pts, just 1.5 shy of the team record for Invitational.Bulldog of the Meet: Drake Main.  Forced into action at the last second and moved up in the 100 fly !  Great Job!Most Improved Swimmer:  Clayton McKinley and Damien Pelo.  Improvements in both of their individual events!Event Winners:  Thomas Hatcher 200 IM/100 breast, Matt Weiler 100 fly/100 back; 200 medley relay (Weiler, Hatcher, Hawkins, Parker), 200 free relay (McKinley, Main, Miller, Hawkins, Personal Improvements:  Nathan Hall-200 free, Zach Hall-100 breast, Thomas Hatcher 200 IM, Jacob Hawkins 500 free, Elliot Main-50 free, Clayton McKinley 50/100 free, Seth Parker-100 free, Damien Pelo 200/500 free.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene. What a great way to send out our Senior Boys.  We have a great team performance at the Centerville Invite and brought home the title.  Mat Weiler was named Most Outstanding swimmer of the meet.  Congratulations everyone!  ALL the swimmer did their jobs well and either maintained or moved up spots in their events.  GREAT EFFORT!  Results are attached with splits (not all splits obtained in individual events). Centerville Boys Swinnimg Invite ResultsBatesville  337,Greensburg 256,Centerville 249 (29 pts from diving),Hagerstown 122, and Rushville 79.center_img BHS finishes the regular season with a 19-5 record (11-4 EIAC)last_img read more

Nichols keeps clicking, collects career 500th IMCA Stock Car win

first_imgMike Nichols won the 500th feature of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career on Aug. 26 at Dawson County Raceway. (Photo by Kelly Ninas)HARLAN, Iowa – Mike Nichols started racing 20-some years ago with aspirations that didn’t go much further than simply winning a heat race.On Sunday, the overachiever raced to his career 500th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature victory during Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial.“Somewhere in early, mid-July, things were clicking pretty good for us and I started thinking that we might be able to get to 500 wins this year,” Nichols said. “I didn’t want to get close and then have it lingering over us all winter.”The Aug. 26 win at the Lexington, Neb., oval was his 39th of the season and came in a stellar field that included David Murray Jr., IMCA’s all-time single division leader with 550 career Modified checkers.Just the second driver in IMCA history to reach the 500 win mark, Nichols used a word of his own making – ironical – to describe having to pass Murray to accomplish the feat.“After my 99th, 199th, 299th and 399th wins, we won the next night out,” he said. “After I won my 499th at Boone County Raceway (on Aug. 17) we raced twice at Shelby County Speedway. It would have been nice to win at my hometown track but I finished sixth one night and third the next.”His IMCA-best total of 34 track championships already includes eight Dawson County titles in the last nine years. Chasing a record-extending eighth national championship, Nichols won features at 11 tracks in four states, including 13 victories in racing to another perfect season at Lexington.“Dawson County is always racy. It fits my driving style and you can run the same gear there on Sunday that you do Saturdays at Harlan,” noted Nichols. “It’s a four-hour trip one way for us but the fans appreciate good racing and we enjoy racing there.”“When I started racing I had hoped to win a heat race. I’ve been a loyal supporter of IMCA weekly racing for more than 20 years and it’s hard to believe the success we’ve had,” said Nichols, who enjoyed a career-best 54 victories in 2016 and won his first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event last year. “Divide 500 wins by 20 years and it shows we’ve been able to stand the test of time, and the biggest reason why is the dedication by our entire team.”“My 300th and 400th wins seemed like stepping stones. My 500th feels like a milestone,” he added. “It’s good to have it behind us because now we can concentrate on racing and having fun.”How much longer he’ll be racing and having fun remain to be determined. Nichols turns 41 in early September and is juggling work, college and building a new home as well as racing.“Mother Nature and Father Time are always working against you but I’m still having as much fun racing and helping other guys as I ever have,” Nichols said. “One of the neatest things that happened after I won my 500th feature was when I guy I’ve been helping came up to thank me. It’s cool to see other guys be successful as well.”last_img read more

Five-year-old stable after being pulled unconscious from pool

first_imgColumbus, IN—Sunday afternoon, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of West Paddock Lane in reference to the report of a possible drowning.Several children were swimming in a residential pool when one of the children was found unresponsive.A family member, who is a registered nurse, pulled the unconscious 5-year-old girl from the pool and began administering CPR. When deputies arrived, the child, who had a slight pulse, was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was listed in stable condition at the time of this release.Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers reminds parents, and all adults, that it takes only a few seconds for a child’s excitement of swimming to turn into a tragedy.“I cannot stress how important it is for adults to keep a very close watch on children who are swimming.” “This means being within hand’s reach, not talking on a phone, not checking Facebook, not chatting with friends, etc.”, said Myers.Fortunately, in this case, adults were nearby, quick action was taken and it appears the child will recover.last_img read more

Rooney keen to move on from defeat

first_imgWayne Rooney wants to forget his Manchester United captaincy debut as quickly as possible. The England striker had skippered United on several occasions before, but his first match as full-time captain came on Saturday when Swansea travelled to Old Trafford. Rooney equalised Ki Sung-yueng’s opener with an acrobatic volley but could not find another, and Swansea ran out 2-1 winners thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 72nd-minute winner. Press Association For Rooney, it was by no means a satisfactory way to start his spell as United skipper, and he quickly wants to move on from the defeat. “It was a proud moment but a disappointing result,” he told MUTV. “It’s not one I’ll look back on and remember with fond memories. “You always want to win. It was a nice moment, but I’m disappointed we lost.” Saturday’s match was an afternoon of firsts. United manager Louis van Gaal got his first taste of English football – although it will be one he wants to get out of his mouth quickly. Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard made their debuts while Adnan Januzaj wore the prestigious number 11 shirt for the first time. Ryan Giggs owned that jersey for the last two decades, so the diminutive Belgian felt pride – and pressure – when he pulled it on at the weekend. “It was a big honour for me and my family and I was very happy to have it given to me,” the young midfielder said. “There is pressure on me because there was a legend in front of me who had it for 20 years, but I am really happy with that.” Januzaj was keen to stress nothing should be read into the defeat. “It was a very disappointing match but it’s only the first one of the season so it’s nothing,” said Januzaj, who came on for the injured Lingard in the first half. “We’ll move on to the next one now.” Januzaj thinks United are better-equipped to recover from a setback now than they were under David Moyes, the man who led United to victory over Swansea this time last year but ended the year in seventh. “A lot of things have changed,” Januzaj said when asked about Van Gaal’s impact at the club. “He is a top, top manager and we respect him a lot. We are working hard for him, the team and everyone else at the club. “He was honest with us after the match but it’s only the first game.” Those United fans worried about the state of their defence were given further cause for concern on Saturday. There was a lack of cohesion and focus from the back five, which turned into a back four after the break as Van Gaal ditched his 3-5-2 system. United’s vice-captain Darren Fletcher was unhappy both goalscorers were unmarked when they beat David De Gea. “We conceded bad goals,” Fletcher said. “For me it felt like Swansea scored with their first attack. “We started the second half very well and got back into the game and then they sucker-punched us again. “It felt like they had only two chances in the game and they’ve managed to score them both. That’s hard to take and disappointing.” Sigurdsson, meanwhile, could not think of a better place to score on his second debut for Swansea. “Getting three points at Old Trafford is always special, but to score the winner here has been a dream for me ever since I was young,” said Sigurdsson, who returned to Swansea in the summer following a two-year spell at Tottenham. “It is one of the biggest stadiums in the world.” last_img read more

Rajasthan Royals sign BookMyShow

first_imgMumbai: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals on Monday announced a deal with BookMyShow for the upcoming season of the league. Tickets for Royal’s home matches, which will be held at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur from March 25, will go on sale online from Tuesday.Over 20,000 tickets priced between Rs 500 to Rs 12,000 will be up for grabs for fans ahead of the first home match. This year, the ticket prices will also be on a dynamic basis, with the prices being determined by a few factors including opponents, demand and the time period left for the match to begin.The partnership marks a move to simplify the ticket purchasing process for fans across the globe.Speaking on the move, Lead owner of Royals Manoj Badale said: “We’re proud to be working yet again with BookMyShow, the leaders in the Indian entertainment and ticketing market. We have aligned in our approach of keeping the fans on priority and will work together to give the fans the most hassle free and progressive ticketing and on-ground services.” IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Big Ten co-leaders collide in Happy Valley

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe Badgers’ high-flying offense, No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring, will test the conference’s best defense when it takes on the Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday.Led by running back and Heisman candidate Brian Calhoun, who leads the nation with 21 rushing touchdowns and is fifth in all-purpose yards, the Badgers look to tame the Lions.With matching records in the Big Ten (5-1) and overall (8-1), the Badgers and Nittany Lions find themselves fighting for a chance to rise to the top of the conference standings all alone. Penn State, with versatile quarterback Michael Robinson, has the athleticism and quickness that could cause headaches for a slower, less experienced Badger defense.”These guys bring just a more comprehensive look of speed from sideline to sideline,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. “There’s also some nuances and you know [Michael Robinson] probably runs the quarterback draw better than everybody we’ve seen to this point. Obviously he can run the football, but also, he’s developed his throwing skills — he has a very strong arm and can throw the ball very effectively on the move to one of his four or five wide receivers who can change the ballgame in one play.”While his defense hasn’t performed as well as he had hoped, Bielema credits his unit for never giving up.”We’ve given up a lot more yards than I ever anticipated or wanted to, and same thing with points, but the bottom line is, I think we’ve been able to have guys that compete on every play,” Bielema said. “They haven’t given up at any given time, and I don’t expect that to happen anytime in the future.”Defensively, Wisconsin has been banged up, and although they’re not making leaps and bounds in returning guys from injury, they’re gradually getting key players back. Middle linebacker Mark Zalewski is practicing again and expected to play on Saturday after having missed last week’s game.”[Zalewski] looks pretty good,” said Bielema. “I think he’ll be 100 percent.”As for Robinson, at a solid 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, he not only likes to make the big plays but is willing to take the big hits as well.”[Robinson] is a strong one,” Bielema said. “He made some people look silly out there on just his ability to lower his shoulder. He’s another running back out there and he isn’t going to run out of bounds, he’s not going to look to take a knee or a slide or anything like that — he likes to get as much as he can out of every opportunity he has.”As it is, Robinson has gotten plenty of opportunities and no matter where his coaches put him he has been successful. Last year he played at tailback, took snaps under center as the quarterback and even slotted up as a receiver.His versatility can hurt a team in many ways — like throwing to one of his big receivers or tucking the ball in and running for a big gain. He definitely can do it all. Cumulatively, he has 23 touchdowns, including 10 on the ground to go along with 570 yards and 13 via the air as he has accumulated 1754 yards passing.”Robinson makes the whole click,” Bielema said. “He makes the wide receivers good, the running backs good, but pieces it all together, and he’s the guy that comes through for them.”On the offensive side, the Badgers will try to wear down the Nittany Lions’ front seven by giving the ball to their workhorse, Brian Calhoun. Although this front seven is good at nullifying the run, holding explosive Lawrence Marhoney of Minnesota to just 48 yards on 16 carries, Calhoun can still come out of the backfield and be very effective on screens.But the ingredient to success for the Badgers is ball control.”It’s a time-management game,” said Bielema. “Coach Alvarez is a big believer in time of possession.”While that may be a challenge against the top defense and against the explosiveness of Michael Robinson and the Nittany Lion offense, the Badgers will have to contend with the fans as well. Beaver Stadium is the second-largest stadium in the nation and with a Big Ten title on the line, they’ll be that much hungrier.But Bielema stressed that he and the players are not too concerned about the fans or the monumental weight of this game and will just stick to the game plan, hopefully coming out on top.”I don’t think our guys are going to get caught up in anything other than trying to be 1-0 this week,” Bielema said.last_img read more

What Trojan political groups say

first_imgBarack Obama has worked to help Americans, no matter the oppositionWhen I was 12-years-old, a cardiologist told my father that his life depended on the replacement of multiple heart valves. A little more than a year later, my mother was given a similar diagnosis by a cancer specialist, and was told that a mastectomy was the only way to remove the tumor that had formed in her breast.Luckily for my family, both my parents had jobs that provided the insurance coverage necessary to cover the almost $2 million in surgeries that it took to save my parents lives. But for millions of Americans, the cost of monthly insurance payments remains beyond their budgets, and the price of those procedures (almost 45 times the median income of a U.S. family) is more than they could imagine affording out of pocket. I shudder to think about what would have happened to my family if my parents had been one of the 43 million Americans that were uninsured before President Barack Obama took office.I have no doubt that if the White House and Senate return to Republican control on Nov. 6, the 30 million people that Obamacare extends insurance to will lose the protection afforded them by Obama’s signature achievement. Republicans love to parrot the “repeal and replace” line. But their complete refusal to propose alternative solutions, and GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s admission that the problem of the uninsured was “not the issue” he cared about, speaks volumes about the Republican Party’s plans for helping average Americans.Healthcare is not the only issue on which Obama outpaces his conservative adversaries. Obama’s first major initiative — the stimulus package — stopped the free fall our economy had fallen into and prevented a second Great Depression. His financial regulation ensured that the reckless behavior of the financial services industry never again threatened the livelihoods of everyday people looking to pay mortgages. Obama’s constant fights to extend unemployment benefits were a Herculean endeavor aimed at helping families make ends meet.Obama’s populism and protection of the American Dream could find no better contrast than the craven attitudes and policies promoted by Republican challenger Mitt Romney. While Romney might have finally begun to speak the language of a moderate, his long awaited “etch-a-sketch” transformation cannot obscure the utter contempt he feels for working class Americans. How can a man who readily admitted he wasn’t “concerned about the very poor” credibly claim that he’ll once again make America the land of opportunity? How can a man who declared that 47 percent of our country was made up of “takers” believably tell us that he’ll fight for all Americans? The obvious answer is that he can’t.Obama is not a perfect man. His first term in office has obviously had its share of missteps. But to claim that a president who implemented Republican ideas for health care reform, cut taxes on the middle class and implemented three Bush-era free trade agreements is a radical, is to not live in reality.Obama extended an open hand to Republicans when he took office. By proposing conservative backed solutions for health care, climate change, financial regulation, campaign finance and a range of other policy areas, Obama looked in vain for partners across the aisle who sought to steer our country through a difficult period. On Nov. 6 he’ll extend that same hand to millions of Americans, rich, poor, black, white, conservative, liberal and everything in-between in the hopes of finding a citizens ready to work to move our country forward. Let’s pray that the American people return his gesture.Christian PattersonSophomore, political science and print and digital journalismCurrent Events Director,  USC Trojans for Obama.—Mitt Romney has a plan to restore the United StatesPresident Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was a success in large part because of the youth vote: 66 percent compared to McCain’s 28 percent. In the 2008 election, Obama excited young people; he showed charisma and laid out plans that he claimed would set the country back on the right track. Never before had such a young audience been tapped into.Four years later, U.S. debt bulges at $16 trillion, with another trillion being added each year. Forty-seven million people are on food stamps. Poverty is at its highest level in nearly two decades. Twenty-three million Americans are struggling to find work, and 163 million people will have their taxes increased Jan. 1.College students should be the people who are most concerned with these numbers. Soon, we’ll all be hunting for jobs, searching for ways to support ourselves and our families. We’re told every day how tough it’s become to find a job — from politicians to the media to friends and family, it seems the only thing everyone can agree on is the difficulty of breaking into (and staying in) the workplace.So what has Obama proposed this election season to remedy this dire situation? Little to nothing. His first term did little to help the economic situation of the country; and in speeches and debates he has yet to lay out what he would do differently next time around.This is the major difference between the candidates this election. Not only does Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney want to lead the country forward, he has the means to do it. Even Bill Clinton has praised Romney’s stellar record as a businessman. Romney’s accomplishments include running the 2002 Olympics on a balanced budget, creating tens of thousands of new jobs while serving as the governor of Massachusetts and balancing Massachusetts’ budget without raising taxes. In a time of need such as this, I believe we should look to a businessman to turn things around, not a politician.Romney has the background to put this country back on the right track. He knows what it’s like to work with both sides of the aisle; he has had to gain bipartisan support many times in his political career. The country today is divided. Romney would work with Congress to help bring this country back together, which is what we need during a rough economic time like this. We need someone who will sit down with both sides to figure out what is truly the best course for the country; not a president who alienates those who disagree with him, which is what we have seen from Obama these past four years.One of the great things about being young is that we’re not completely set in our ways. We don’t have the same kind of long-term commitment to a political party that some people do. We should vote for who would be objectively best for the nation; and I’ll be the first to say that if a Democrat ran on a platform I thought would help the nation, I would vote for him.So when stepping into the voting booth or filling out your absentee ballot, think ahead to graduation. Think about leaving the comfort zone of college and entering the workplace fulltime and think about your two clear choices this year: a man whose failed economic policies have led to 50 percent of college students being unable to find work upon graduating, or a man who has spent a lifetime creating jobs in the private sector — a well established and respected businessman, who has laid out a plan to help restore America to its former glory.Charles EptingSophomore, geology and environmental studies majorDirector of Public Relations,  USC College Republicans.last_img read more

School of Social Work launches NASW chapter

first_imgThe School of Social Work held the inaugural meeting of the USC chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Thursday in the Social Work Center. NASW is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world.The launch was attended by students, faculty and professionals alike. For Carrie Lew, assistant dean of professional development at the School of Social Work, NASW will help create a positive impact on our community as students will have opportunities to collaborate with professionals in the field.“It’s great because as one of the largest schools of social work, I’m sure there’s a lot of impact that we could have,” she said.This enthusiasm was shared by the students such as John Howard, a second-year master of social work student. Howard said NASW has a lot of potential to help students on campus.“I think it’s going to be great as far as individual student education and professional networking in the field,” Howard said. “The information [and education] that’s being passed is tangible. It seems we wouldn’t necessarily get it unless we were here, [talking] professional to professional.”As a newly inaugurated chapter, NASW-USC needs students to take the lead. Howard said he wants to run for an electoral board position.“I’m actually interested in running for president — that’s how interesting it is for me,” Howard said. “I see a lot of exciting opportunities to write grants and work with community around USC as far as the children and veterans. So I see a lot of big things coming out of this organization.”Shantel Vachani, a senior lecturer who teaches policy courses at the School of Social Work and the organizer of the inaugural meeting, emphasized the relevance of the organization as a resource to students.“I think it’s really important to get future social workers and professionals involved in this professional organization,” she said. “Bringing it [to] the campus instead of going out to community gives the opportunity for professionals and students to bridge the gap so that when [students] do graduate and get into the community, they are already entrenched in the profession.”Vachani invited Jorge Diaz,  director and program manager of mental health and substance abuse for Bienestar, a nonprofit social service organization committed to serving the undocumented Latino and LGBTQ communities in Southern California, to speak about future workshops, professional collaborations and internships.“USC has opened the doors to talk about the work that we do in the community,” Diaz said. “It’s great that this school allowed us to talk about real issues that impact the Latino undocumented community.”He said that having interns from USC was a great start and it would be much easier to get students now that USC has a NASW unit.“I think that the next step is to see how we really bridge students and the work that you all do [with] the work that we do,” Diaz said.The NASW-USC unit aims to engage more students in the field of social work. Diaz said the jobs can be very influential.“All you have to do is dream and believe that one person can make a difference,” Diaz said. “It sounds very cliché but that one person could be in this room.”last_img read more