Even after extending its application deadline, the Viterbi Student Council’s Executive Board received only one application, causing the council to become inactive for this school year.The VSC is an umbrella organization that coordinates monthly meetings between the presidents and board members of various Viterbi organizations and the Viterbi administration.Paul Ledesma, associate director of undergraduate admissions for Viterbi and last year’s VSC faculty adviser, said he was not sure why there was so little interest in the VSC Executive Board this year.It is the responsibility of the outgoing Executive Board to organize and publicize elections, Ledesma said.“It’s possible that it wasn’t advertised adequately by last year’s leadership, but it’s also possible that students who may have run for the position found it more important to hold leadership positions within their specific engineering student organizations,” Ledesma wrote in an email.William Wu, last year’s VSC vice chair, said the organization had slowly moved away from its original role as a resource for students.“I think [VSC] is becoming obsolete because [organizations] were just going to it for money instead of using it as a resource and building a relationship with the administration,” Wu said. “It could have a big impact and could really make engineering present at USC. Right now, I don’t think there’s a need for it. Maybe there’s not a want for it.”Internal issues might also have played a role in this year’s suspension of the Executive Board, according to Wu.“The Board had its own separate communication issues to deal with [and] VSC also had to learn how to adapt to the regulations set by the administration, which previous Board members thought was always challenging,” Wu said.Wu noted that he doesn’t think an overarching committee is necessary.Traditionally, the VSC treasurer oversees the VSC Funding Board, which is responsible for allocating funds to various Viterbi clubs. This year, the Funding Board will continue to function as a separate entity despite the lack of a VSC Executive Board.“The Funding Board is operating as it always did,” Ledesma wrote. “With the exception of a few procedural changes and an updated, streamlined application, there are no changes to the Funding Board’s operation.”In fact, some club presidents feel that a separate funding board is more efficient than the funding board that was part of VSC in previous years.“The only change that has been made is pretty positive. They streamlined the [funding application] procedure,” said Lynn Ho, president of the Society of Women Engineers. “There’s only one form to actually get the money. Before, you would apply and it was harder.”The new funding board is also functioning well without a VSC Executive Board, according to those involved.“I’m kind of the person who is communicating between the [administration] and the student organizations right now, since there’s no VSC,” said Ken Diedrich, director of the Funding Board.Ledesma said the transition to a separate funding board has been a smooth one.“Ken made sure to inform student organization leadership of the change and reassure them the funding sources would remain unchanged at our first event of the year,” Ledesma wrote.After speaking with the leaders of various Viterbi organizations, Ledesma said he believes these groups will be unaffected by the lack of a VSC Executive Board.It has yet to be determined whether or not VSC will be active next year, but it will largely be based on student interest, Ledesma added.He wrote, “If students want to get VSC back up and running, I look forward to working with them,” he wrote.
In the second game Thurles Sarsfields beat Clonoulty Rossmore on a scoreline of 1-23 to 1-14.In the other semi finals Kilruane McDonaghs defeated Eire Óg Annacarthy while Drom Inch beat KildanganSpeaking to Tipp FM Sport Drom and Inch Co-Manager Martin Everard said he was delighted The announcement of the pairings of the draw will be made tonight live on Tipp FM on the Extra Time programme at 7pm. Yesterday afternoon in Semple Stadium, Nenagh Eire Óg and Thurles Sarsfields joined Drom Inch and Kilruane McDonaghs in the last four.Nenagh defeated Portroe on a scoreline of 0-27 to 1-12. It was one-way traffic as Nenagh led 0-13 to 0-5 at the break.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Perhaps Roberts didn’t overstate Turner’s potential impact because he didn’t have to. Turner can elevate the Dodgers’ lineup simply by showing up.As for Forsythe, he once shot up through the San Diego Padres’ system as a high-average hitter capable of fouling off pitches to prolong an at-bat. He hasn’t lost that trait at age 31. When he was placed on the disabled list in April with shoulder inflammation, Forsythe had a higher contact rate than any Dodger besides Chase Utley. Now he and Utley figure to split time at second base.A high-contact, low-strikeout approach isn’t sexy. But it is the perfect balm for a team that has watched too many strikes go by, as if biding time for better hitters to do them justice.Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this report. It doesn’t take a 19-person research and development team to root out these problems, but the Dodgers have one just in case. What they might need are better hitters.Few were better in 2017 than Turner. He set career highs in on-base percentage (.415) and slugging percentage (.530) and finished eighth in National League MVP voting.Turner hasn’t played this season while he recovers from a fractured wrist. In his absence, the Dodgers have gotten less offense from the third base position than any team in baseball. Max Muncy, Kyle Farmer and Forsythe (in 12 games, before he hurt his shoulder) are collectively batting .216 with a .293 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage.Related Articles “Professional at-bat” is a time-honored baseball redundancy, one whose literal definition is detached from its implied meaning. Anyone with a contract can give a major league team a professional at-bat. A college baseball team that receives a professional at-bat would be subject to an NCAA investigation.The concept seems too basic to bear repeating, yet it’s held in special regard. Eric Wedge once singled out Tony Graffanino for his ability to provide the Cleveland Indians with a “professional at-bat.” Lou Piniella did the same with So Taguchi, Frank Wren with Reed Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez with Jorge Cantu. From Kottaras to Markakis to Youkilis, professional at-bats are everywhere.Simple and abundant, the “professional at-bat” connotes something fundamental, and the Dodgers’ at-bats have lacked a very fundamental quality this season. No team swings less often, according to the website Fangraphs.com. No team sees more pitches in the strike zone either. (Fangraphs combines data from Sports Info Solutions and Pitch F/X to determine pitch location.) So, not surprisingly, o team has taken more called strikes than the Dodgers in 2018 – 1,210, or 19 percent of all pitches they’ve seen as a team.During the Dodgers’ descent, Roberts has criticized his team for overlooking such granular details. It’s the kind of basic shortcoming that leads a manager to covet better at-bats.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Logan’s not going to come in here and slug. But he’ll stay in the strike zone,” Roberts said. “He’s a guy that can hit behind a runner and give you that professional at-bat. And obviously JT, there’s slug there. There’s big hits there. There’s a consistent approach. That’s the one thing that I’d probably say we’re not doing as a group offensively with any consistency.” LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe are expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. The veteran infielders will rejoin the Dodgers in Miami at a delicate time.This season has fast become a sinking ship. The Cincinnati Reds just swept a four-game series in Los Angeles for the first time since 1976. Overall, the Dodgers have lost seven of their last eight games, falling eight games below .500. What can two men do to help?Manager Dave Roberts fielded that very question Saturday.“It’s two guys that will give you that professional at-bat,” he said.