• Unemployed? 42T jobs up for grabs tomorrow

    first_img* four government agencies (Bureau ofJail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Army,Iloilo provincial government – Human Resource Management and Development Office * Overseas Workers WelfareAdministration An estimated 10 million adultsidentified themselves as unemployed. This is higher compared to the 9.8 million(20.7 percent) jobless Filipino adults in June and the 9.4 million (19.7percent) in March, SWS said in its study conducted from September 27 to 30,2019. According to PESO chief FranciscoHeler Jr., the following would be participating in the job fair to be held at GrandXing Imperial Hotel a few meters away from the provincial capitol: * Philippine Statistics Authority * National Bureau of Investigation * 13 business process outsourcingcompanies * 19 overseas (land-based) companies Available local employments are foronline tutors, customer service representatives, nurses, restaurant crew,office staff, drivers, and maintenance personnel. * New Zealand – masons, carpenters,tillers * Technical Education and SkillsDevelopment Authority (TESDA) * Philippine Overseas EmploymentAdministration The job fair is timely. The number of joblessFilipinos climbed to 21.5 percent in the third quarter of 2019, according to arecent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. * Japan – scaffolders, manual welders,spray painters Heler said special lanes would be setup for job hunters who are persons with disabilities (PWDs), solo parents,indigenous people, TESDA graduates, and beneficiaries of the Department ofSocial Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiaries. ILOILO City – Jobless? A total of42,327 employment opportunities would be made available in tomorrow’s job fairof the Iloilo provincial government’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO). * United States of America – nurses,physical therapists Some 3.3 million workers aged between25 and 34 said they were jobless, while 2 million Filipinos aged between 35 and44 said they do not have jobs. * 68 local companies Five companies looking for informationtechnology technicians committed to hire PWDs and senior citizens, said Heler. * Department of Foreign Affairs * Bureau of Internal Revenue Job hunters must bring pertinentdocuments such as resumé, bio-dataand application letter. * Qatar – plumbers, HVAC technician * Social Security System The following government agencieswould be setting up help desks at the job fair tomorrow to assist applicants: * Saudi Arabia – waiters, engineers,nurses, plumbers * United Kingdom – nurses, restaurantcrews According to SWS, despite the increaseof joblessness among Filipinos, about half of the survey’s 1,800 respondentssaid they were optimistic that there would be more available jobs in the next12 months. According to SWS, joblessness acrossall age groups increased, except for workers 18 to 24-years old. Joblessness inthis age bracket dropped to 1.9 million adults (44.9 percent) from the secondquarter’s 2.8 million unemployed adults (50.2 percent). Among those aged 45 years and above,some 14 percent or 2.8 million said they did not have work. Of the 42,327 job vacancies, 12,687are overseas employment, said Heler. These are for the following: Fifty-three percent of respondents saidthey expect “more jobs” over the next coming months, while only 13 percentbelieved that there will be “fewer jobs” in the near future. About 21percent said there will be “no change” in the number of jobs available, while12 percent said they “don’t know” what will happen./PNlast_img read more

  • Goal accomplished: Buchanan is best in Southern SportMod rookie points race

    first_imgNathan Buchanan raced to Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national rookie of the year honors. (Photo by Debbie Johnson, www.debbiesracinpics.com)KEMP, Texas – Nathan Buchanan started the 2017 season with the goal of winning Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod rookie of the year honors.Goal accomplished.In his first full season of racing in any class, the Kemp, Texas, hotshoe followed an ambitious schedule that took him to eight different tracks. Fifteen of his 40 starts came at 85 Speedway, where Buchanan won his career-first feature on July 22.“I couldn’t believe it when they threw the checkers and pointed me to victory lane. Everything was really cool,” said Buchanan, fourth in the standings at 85 and 16th nationally. “I couldn’t believe it then. I still can’t.”Self-funded, Buchanan had raced a street stock a couple times in 2005. His father Ronnie had raced and he came into the year with a learn as you go approach that paid big dividends.“It was always my dream to race and I finally got the chance to do it. I learned a lot as we went. We started from scratch. I think I started with five ratchet wrenches and a pack of sockets,” Buchanan said. “We started with the goal of winning rookie of the year, took a little time off at mid-season and then came back racing twice a week in June to make up a 400 point deficit. We gave it everything we had.”“It takes a lot to race two nights a week, especially when things don’t go right on Friday and you’re up late at night or up early the next morning fixing the car for Saturday,” he said. “I’m already looking forward to racing in this class again next year. I like everything about the division, I like the other drivers I race with and I like IMCA. Hopefully I can get to more tracks.”Starts-40Win-1Additional Top Fives-5HIS CREW: Clint Oliver and girlfriend Ashley Mullican.HIS SPONSOR: Buchanan Motorsports of Kemp.last_img read more

  • Mrs. Roberta J. “Bert” (Dickason) Lamson

    first_imgMrs. Roberta J. “Bert” (Dickason) Lamson, age 89, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 16, 1929, at the family home in Vevay, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late, Joseph L. and Mildred I. (Newkirk) Dickason. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana, where she was a 1947 graduate of Vevay High School. Roberta was united in marriage on July 2, 1953, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Robert D. “Bob” Lamson. This happy union blessed them with two children, Michael and Lee Ann. Bob and Bert shared 64 years of marriage together until Bob’s passing on October 3, 2017. She was employed by the Selective Service and held several grade level clerical positions for Naval Avionics located in Indianapolis, Indiana, retiring after 30+ years of service. She was also an administrative assistant for the School Superintendent of the former Vevay High School in Vevay, Indiana. On December 19, 1947, Roberta became a member of the Bennington Chapter No. 407, Order of Eastern Star and after moving to Indianapolis, joined the Oakland Chapter No. 159, Order of Eastern Star. Bert continued to hold a dual membership in both chapters until her death. She was active in Eastern Star for over 72 years and currently held the position of secretary for the Oakland Chapter. In addition, she served as a past Worthy Matron for both chapters, a past District Deputy and former Grand Representative for the Indiana Grand Chapter. Bert resided in Indianapolis since 1955 and was a member of the Lawrence United Methodist Church where she routinely volunteered her time. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and abundance of friends. Bert passed away at 2:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana after a short illness.Roberta will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Lee Ann Richardson of Monrovia, IN; her son, Michael Wayne Lamson of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Dana Jessee, Robert Lamson and his wife, Rachel, Laura McKinney and her husband, Jack and Holly Wodtke and her husband, Jayson; her great-grandchildren, Luke Jessee, Levi Jessee, Mikey McKinney, Gabe McKinney and Scarlett Lamson; her brother, Harold Dickason and his wife, Mary Ann of Indianapolis, IN; her brother-in-law, William Lee “Bill” Konkle of Vevay, IN, Nick Richardson of Avon, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph L. Dickason, died March 8, 1991 and Mildred I. (Newkirk) Dickason, died July 17, 1982; her husband, Robert D. “Bob” Lamson, died October 3, 2017 and her sister, Mary Lou (Dickason) Konkle, died July 1, 2011.Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Bennington Chapter No. 407 and Oakland Chapter No. 159 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct their service at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence United Methodist Church, Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter No.407 or Oakland Order of Eastern Star Chapter No.159. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

  • Spurs without trio for fortnight

    first_imgTottenham have received a huge boost in their hopes for Champions League qualification with the news that Gareth Bale will return to training within two weeks. The statement added: “The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks. Bale, Gallas and Lennon have all commenced their treatment today and are responding positively.” Many thought Andre Villas-Boas was just being optimistic when he claimed that Bale would be out for a short time of around three weeks. The way that David Degen trod on the 23-year-old’s standing ankle, twisting it almost at a right angle to his right leg, led to a shriek from the player and Spurs fans inside White Hart Lane started to fear the worst. Yet the results of the scan are even better than expected with the Welshman possibly missing two matches – next Thursday’s second leg against Basle, which follows Sunday’s visit of Everton in the Barclays Premier League. He is scheduled to return to training before Tottenham’s crunch match against champions Manchester City on April 21. There are many statistics that can be used to highlight just how important Bale has been to Tottenham’s success this season, the main one being that he has already found the net 22 times. Many of those goals have been crucial ones that have decided the outcome of matches that seemed lost before he took them by the scruff of the neck. Yet Lennon’s contribution on the right flank has been almost as important, with the England winger finding the best form of his career under Villas-Boas, whose team sit third in the league with seven games of the season left. Bale was carried off on a stretcher during the dying seconds of Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Basle, prompting fears the 22-goal forward could be out for a lengthy period. The Welshman, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas – who also had to come off during Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final first leg – all underwent scans and the news was positive for the London club. A Spurs statement read: “The club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Basel last night.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Scudamore unfazed by Spanish power

    first_img Three days ahead of the start of a new Premier League season, Scudamore boasted on Wednesday that the competition in English football makes it a more attractive product than the Spanish game, regardless of the world stars on show in the Primera Division. Real Madrid have brought in James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer, following impressive World Cup performances. Barcelona have also strengthened, most notably by signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool, who was top scorer in the English top flight last term. Asked how the English game might compete with Spain, Scudamore said: “In one sense, you don’t. “The way the economics of Spanish football work, you’ve got two clubs who, with the way they sell their television rights, they’re allowed to sell their own, and they clean up and they make more money than any of our clubs do. “Our clubs, even our biggest clubs, have stuck with the collective which means we have a collective selling of TV rights. It’s then distributed, and therefore every club has a chance to compete. “Whilst they do have two super clubs that have always attracted some of the world’s top talent – remember (Zinedine) Zidane didn’t come here, Luis Figo didn’t come here – we have the most competitive league.” Scudamore added on BBC Radio 5 Live: “There are more teams being talked about as able to win our title than you’ll ever hear discussed in Spain. “That makes us more interesting around the world. We have a much bigger global appeal than they do currently.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists he is not worried by “super clubs” Real Madrid and Barcelona cleaning up in the transfer market. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Kane fails to inspire Tottenham

    first_img The match was crying out for some excitement but the second half followed the same pattern as the first: low on quality with the chances strictly limited. Eriksen did manage to contrive himself some space, only to fire over, before Paulinho burst forward and from a promising position scuffed his shot embarrassingly wide. “It’s just like watching Brazil,” sang the Burnley fans. Kane had endured a frustrating afternoon but he finally produced a piece of sublime skill to nutmeg Ben Mee, however his pull-back to the edge of the box missed everybody, and it was a case of ‘as you were’ again. Neither side deserved to win this one although Burnley came within a whisker in injury time when Boyd got his head on to a cross, but – with Spurs hearts in mouths – the ball bounced wide. Press Association A week which began with Kane scoring for England with only his third touch, ended in frustration as Tottenham failed to shine in the sun at Turf Moor. It was a result which did little for either side – Sean Dyche’s Clarets would have escaped the bottom three had they won, while for Spurs their lingering hopes of a top-four spot look to have evaporated. At 21, Kane was the youngest player to captain a side in the Premier League this season, but his team-mates did precious little to create any openings for a player who has become such a talisman for English football that he was in demand from the home fans to sign autographs before kick-off. Kane took over the armband from keeper Hugo Lloris, who was out with a knee injury, and Michel Vorm took over in goal. Three of Spurs’ four England players who appeared against Italy started the match, though not England’s goal-scorer Andros Townsend, who was on the bench. Ryan Mason, one of the Spurs quartet who did play in Turin, nearly gifted Burnley a goal five minutes into the game. Mason’s slip was seized upon by Danny Ings, who bore down on goal but from the penalty spot poked the ball straight at Vorm – a woeful finish. Burnley, not for the first time this season, were unchanged from their previous outing and Sam Vokes was the next to be wasteful after Ashley Barnes had volleyed a cross into a crowded box. The striker scuffed his connection with the ball and a grateful Spurs defence were once more able to hack clear. Tottenham found it difficult to find a rhythm and were restricted to shots from the edge of the area. Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen both brought low saves out of Tom Heaton without ever really testing the Burnley keeper, then when Kane did line one up from 20 yards out on the right he managed to drag it well wide of the target. George Boyd sent a decent effort bouncing a yard past the post before Ings, from distance, nearly made up for his earlier miss by sending a curling shot towards the far top corner only to see Vorm tip it over. Kyle Walker, another of that England quartet, looked to be struggling at the end of the first half and he lasted just 47 seconds of the second before being replaced by Ben Davies. Harry Kane’s first outing as captain of Tottenham failed to inspire Spurs in an insipid 0-0 draw at Burnley. last_img read more

  • PUMA, ABS FC Partnership to Raise Nigeria’s Football Profile, Says Saraki

    first_img“It is the first of its kind partnership that represents the biggest football Kit sponsorship in the history of the Nigerian football league aimed at growing and developing sports in Nigeria”, he said.“The partnership with PUMA aligns with the club’s vision for where the club is right now, and where they will be in the future. PUMA is known for delivering top level results whilst being innovative, and this is what ABS Ilorin symbolises”, Saraki continuedHe disclosed that ABS Ilorin is currently two years into the six-year plan set out by the current administration when the club was overhauled in 2015, saying that it is massively overachieving as it stands.In his words: “Whilst we did not project to reach the NPFL till 2018 due to the well-documented difficulty of gaining promotion from the NNL, we have already done that a year early and are more than holding our own in the Premier Division against clubs with substantially larger resources. The primary end-goal of the six-year plan is to represent Nigeria at the CAF Champions League, and do so by winning the NPFL.“We also aim to promote the ABS Ilorin FC brand not just throughout Kwara State, but Nigeria as a whole, resulting in it being a commercially viable global brand,”On her part, the Brand Manager PUMA, Persianas Retail Limited, Miss Aderemi Adefolabi, said that the partnership is in line with Puma’s commitment to the growth and development of sports in Nigeria.“ABS FC has shown potentials of being a great club not just in Nigeria, but also in Africa and this has informed PUMA’s decision to provide the necessary support for it to achieve its potentials”, Afolabi said.She continued, “All over the world, PUMA has shown strong commitment to the development of the round-leather game and its sponsorship cross across leading football clubs and national teams. Some of the teams that have benefitted from PUMA’s partnership include Arsenal FC, Borussia Dortmund and Sydney FC. Some of the national teams that have also benefitted from PUMA’s partnership include Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Uruguay.ABS Ilorin FC (formerly known as Bukola Babes) first won promotion to the Premier League in 2009-2010. In 2011,they were put up for sale before being purchased by Bukola Saraki. They narrowly maintained Premier League status in consecutive seasons before being relegated in 2013.After two seasons in the NNL, ABS Ilorin was taken over and restructured by Seni Saraki and the current administration, with a philosophy built upon nurturing talent from a young age and putting the players first always. After narrowly missing out on promotion in the first season, ABS Ilorin won the NNL in 2016 to be promoted to the NPFL.In their debut season, ABS are just five points off continental football for next year, and rank highest amongst all the promoted teams from 2016. They are widely regarded by fans and pundits as one of the best footballing teams in the country on their day, primarily fielding youth players from the local community, as opposed to heavy transfer dealings every summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Hammed Shittu in IlorinChairman of ABS FC of Ilorin, Seni Saraki, has said that the five-year partnership deal between PUMA, the global sports lifestyle brand and his club, has the potential of raising the profile of the nation’s football.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the PUMA-ABS Ilorin FC jersey held at the Palms Mall, Ilorin, Kwara State recently, he added that the partnership involves the provision of kit for ABS FC and sponsorship of the club activities by PUMA. ABS is the first ever Nigeria topflight outfit to join Puma’s portfolio of club kit sponsorship.last_img read more

  • Ammerman, Prevost, Decker team up for deadly line

    first_imgWith a promising start to its 2011-2012 season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has found great success in one of its top offensive lines that may just be what the team needs to bring another national championship home to Wisconsin.The trio of junior Brianna Decker, senior Carolyne Prevost and senior Brooke Ammerman has set the tone for the Badgers this season through its impressive accumulation of points early on. Together, they account for 19 of the team’s 37 goals as well as 19 assists.“Everything is really positive,” Ammerman said. “We have had some great success together, so really I really can’t complain.”Success as a line has come from individual contributions by all three teammates. Each has found the back of the net multiple times this season, and they feed off one another’s accomplishments.“We each bring something different to the table and our line,” Prevost said.Leading the team with 15 points in the first six games, Brianna Decker has found the back of the net seven times and assisted on eight goals. Her aggressive and dominating performance thus far has not come as a shock to many who looked to her to be a leader on the ice this season.Last season, Decker racked up 34 goals and 46 assists, the most of any returning players.“I want to continue to get better at the little things and continue to compete and lead the way on the ice,” Decker said.With 14 total points from the six games so far this season, Brooke Ammerman is no less of a factor on the ice. Her seven goals and seven assists have come from hard work fighting for the puck in front of the net.The warm-welcomed surprise of the season has been the early success of Prevost, who, having only played in four games so far due to being away at a Canadian camp, has racked up five goals and four assists. While contributing 19 goals last season, she has stepped up her play and adds an element for surprise to the line though her quick, aggressive play.“[Prevost] brings a lot of speed to our line, and she is willing to work in the corners, she goes to the net hard and it’s easy to find her,” Ammerman said. “If Carolyne is willing to go to the corners and dig, it really helps us out, and it has shown so far.”Prevost’s success has not gone unnoted by her teammates, including senior captain Hilary Knight.“She has put in the time on the areas she has improved on,” Knight said. “We’re really lucky to have her.”The scoreboard has shown their chemistry on the ice, but behind it lies three teammates who have never played as a group before.While Ammerman and Decker have known one another before their Badger days playing on under-18 and under-22 national teams together, they have never before been line mates wearing red and white. And despite being the only two forwards who have been together for four years, Ammerman and Prevost have never before found themselves on the same line.“It’s weird that [Prevost and] I have never played together before, but it’s been good now,” Ammerman said.Experience also plays a huge role in the early success the line has had.“Playing with Meghan Duggan last year and Hilary Knight a little bit last year kind of paved the way for me and how I need to react and be on the ice,” Decker said. “I think that has carried over to this season, which is helping us.”While one might think the past success of the Badgers puts a great deal of stress on the line to perform, they see it as an opportunity and a right of passage that comes with their experience. Being able to look up to past players and watch their success unfold for the team creates passion, which helps them become victorious thus far.“We work well with pressure so it works in our favor,” Decker said. “When we relax out there and play like we can, it just kind of handles itself.”With such early success, the trio cannot help but look farther down the road. Being the last season at UW for both Ammerman and Prevost, it hopes continue its success in this early part of the season in pursuit of another national championship.“As a line and as a team we want to win a national championship,” Prevost said. “That’s our goal, and we focus on nothing less than that.”last_img read more

  • Poe’s Perspective: Athletes deserve better support

    first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanTragedy strikes in a unique way when it hits an athlete.I never saw Tyler Hilinski play a single game for Washington State. He was a bench player when USC traveled to Pullman for its stunning Week 5 loss, and I didn’t watch his valiant effort in the Cougars’ Holiday Bowl defeat to Michigan State.But when I heard the news of his death last week, I was almost moved to tears. The story was shocking — Hilinski, the starting quarterback for an up-and-coming D-I team, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a suicide note at his side.The news spread quickly with outpourings of support and grief coming from athletes, coaches and fans across the country. Hilinski was a year older than me, described as a supportive and affectionate leader on his team. Maybe it was the shock that struck me and many other football fans so deeply, the concept that an otherwise golden star could be so deeply and secretly troubled.But for me, the loss came with a sense of fear. Hilinski’s suicide was one in a line of similar cases in previous years. It came as a chilling reminder to those who love sports that despite our passion for the players who take the field for our teams, there is little-to-no support for these athletes when they step out of the weight room and lockers and into the rest of their lives.In their years as college athletes, these young men and women give everything to their schools. But often, their colleges are giving little in return in the way of mental health support.In the wake of another death, we must take time to grieve the loss of this young man. But the NCAA must also take this tragedy as a sign that things need to change — fast.The reason that fans fall in love with sports is often that it serves as a release, an escape from real life. For a couple hours, their attention and passion are diverted into something that really, truly doesn’t affect their lives. Win or lose, life will go on, but the game can often feel bigger than a mere game.Their team is the family they never had, a mascot and a uniform that never changes or leaves from year to year. (Unless, I guess, you’re a fan of the Rams, Chargers or Raiders. Sorry, guys.)And even when it might be nonexistent in other aspects of a sports fan’s life, when it comes to the game, there is regularity, rule and order. There is passion, loyalty and respect. Sports make sense when many other things don’t, and even when a referee makes a bad call or a team catches a bad break, there is comfort in the self-righteous grumbling of any fan who has been wronged.Fans and players alike experience this redemptive power of sport. Basketball probably saved my life when I was younger, one of the many reasons that it remains the most sacred sport, even as I attend a football school two time zones away from my beloved hometown team.When I was 16, there were a lot of things falling apart in my life — I was hiding my sexuality, I fought with my parents almost every day and I could barely keep up with school. The year I turned 16 was a year that I almost didn’t survive, and when I look back, I see now that somehow, a sport kept me going.There was a time when I dreamed of playing college ball, but by junior year of high school I was just playing to play. As a post who barely hit 5-foot-10 in my shoes, I wasn’t exactly a star, but I could rebound and defend well enough to play a decent role on my school team.To my team, I probably didn’t seem all that invested — I didn’t hang out with my teammates off the court, and I typically prioritized grades and the school newspaper ahead of practice. But at a time when it was an effort to wake up and go to school every morning, that game gave me something I desperately needed.Every day, basketball practice provided two hours during which I escaped everything else. For those hours, I didn’t have time to think about anything except how to front a girl four inches taller than me, or how to break a full-court press, or how to stop my lungs from aching at the end of sprint drills.Basketball was simple and beautiful to me. And it gave my family — which was struggling with the cliched turmoil of an only child coming of age and coming out — a shared love that overcame any of our other arguments. We talked about my team and our team, the University of Kansas Jayhawks, as much as we talked about anything that winter. It was an easy topic of conversation, something we often lacked at that time. In the process, basketball saved me and my family a little bit.I say this because I want to be clear — I don’t believe that sports, on their own, are to blame for tragedies such as the loss of Hilinski. But somehow, as we’ve built college and professional sports into goliath industries, we’ve come to ask more and more of these young athletes without asking what they need in return.Their workouts are harder, their regiments stricter, and the stakes seem almost unbelievably high for athletes who are bigger, stronger and faster than their predecessors. Yet despite these monumental expectations, very little attention is paid to the mental health of collegiate athletes.It almost seems illogical, especially to those of us who love these games so deeply. How can something that brings so much joy into so many lives also be the thing that ends many others? How can sport, which is supposed to be fun, which is supposed to raise young men and women to be better, stronger people, also be a force that breaks them down?ESPN writer Kate Fagan once wrote that becoming a college athlete is “like walking through an obstacle course wearing a blindfold.” Fagan became famous in the sportswriting world several years ago, when she told the story of Madison Holleran, a star runner and Ivy League student at the University of Pennsylvania who killed herself after years of hiding her battle with mental illness.At the time, Holleran’s death was a shock that sent waves of questions, doubt and concern throughout the country. How could this happen? But that shock soon faded as other issues took hold, and even the 2017 publication of Fagan’s book about Holleran’s life and death failed to revive the same level of discussion surrounding mental illness.But the discussion was revived after the loss of Hilinski, in part because the quarterback’s struggles remain such a mystery to his teammates and coaches. The morning of his death, Hilinski texted his teammates to set up a throwing session later that night. He seemed enthusiastic, said head coach Mike Leach. He was someone who “would lift up others that were down.” From the outside, Leach said, there was no sign that Hilinski was struggling at all.This would come as less of a shock if the NCAA had made a larger effort in supporting the emotional and mental health of athletes. But that’s not the case.In January 2014, less than 25 Division I schools staffed a full-time mental health practitioner in their athletic departments. That number has grown after the NCAA GOALS (Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in College) study and program in 2016, as well as a survey in the same year, found that 39 percent of Division I athletic departments now staff mental health clinicians.But that’s still fewer than 50 percent. This means that over 50 percent of student athletes do not have access to even one mental health resource for four of the most tumultuous and challenging years of their lives. And even at those schools where a clinician is staffed, how is one professional meant to provide support to hundreds of young athletes? At Washington State, only one counselor works with the athletes of 15 teams. There are more trainers on the sidelines of a football game than there are mental health professionals for the entire department.There is, of course, no way to completely protect young athletes from mental illness. But there is also no reason that the starting quarterback of a Division I football team should not have the resources or the support to tackle any issue regarding mental health. While the national family of football fans should look at this as a tragic loss, the NCAA should also see it as a catalyst for change.The NCAA must put its students first. This doesn’t mean just tossing money into a few studies, or creating a “task force” to meet at a conference once a year. If the NCAA is serious about supporting its athletes, it must implement policies that require resources to be available and encourages students to utilize them despite any previous stigma.For those of us who support young athletes on weekends, on the field and the track and the court, we must also call for change. These young athletes are students just like any of us. They’re young, overwhelmed and afraid of the future. Over the course of college, they’ll be put through a pressure cooker of emotions with little to no experience in how to handle themselves. It’s up to all of us to give these athletes our full support, on off days and in the offseason, not just from the stands.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

  • From walk-on to Carroll’s assistant: Ben Malcolmson tells his story

    first_imgBen Malcolmson, former USC football walk-on and current special assistant to Pete Carroll at the Seattle Seahawks, signed copies of his recently published book, “Walk On,” Friday at the USC bookstore. (Photo courtesy of Scot Obler)Ben Malcolmson was just searching for a good story to write for the Daily Trojan when he found himself on the roster of the top-ranked college football team in the country. Now, 12 years later, he still sits next to former USC coach Pete Carroll as his special assistant at the Seattle Seahawks. After covering the USC football team for three years for the student paper, Malcolmson decided to try out as a walk-on in Spring 2006 to get an inside look at the process for his Daily Trojan column. Two days later, he got a call: He made the team. “It was a golden opportunity, and I couldn’t pass it up. The door was wide open. I had to do it,” Malcolmson said. “[My options were] newspaper career or football for one year. [I said], ‘Let’s go for it. It’s a risk worth taking.’”He hadn’t played organized football since his Pee Wee days, but in the fall he suited up as redshirt senior No. 24 on the sideline of the Coliseum. He enrolled in graduate school for journalism to stretch his eligibility.Following a whole season of showing up to practice and overcoming a shoulder injury, Malcolmson finally received the moment he was waiting for from Carroll. No. 24 took the field against Notre Dame at the Coliseum on Nov. 25, 2006 for the very last snap before beating the Irish 44-24. “It was so surreal. I couldn’t even process things,” Malcolmson said, while reflecting on the play. “It felt like one of those movie scenes where you’re kind of removed from the situation. It’s hard to fathom even right now.” As powerful as that moment was for him, Malcomson knew he was involved in a greater spiritual purpose after getting the call that he made the team. He tried bringing Bible studies and prayer groups to the team but felt discouraged when these failed. As his final attempt, he anonymously gifted everyone on the team a Bible for Christmas, but he walked in the locker room one day to find them strewn all over the floor and thrown in trash cans. Malcolmson did not know the impact that he actually had on his team until he saw one of the Bibles on the coffin of his former teammate and friend, Mario Danelo, who passed away after falling off a cliff, as it was carried down the aisle just a few years later. It turned out that he didn’t know how to read a Bible, but he’d learned to just three days before his death. When the season ended, Carroll started a media website for updates on the football team.“It was just the right place at the right time,” Malcolmson said.Malcolmson commented on Carroll’s intentional relationships he built with everyone around him at USC and of the media, even just a student reporter like himself. With that mutual trust already established between them, he went to work on the USC football website. “It was like Twitter before Twitter,” Malcolmson said. “We had this blog that we updated like 15 times a day, so people just kept coming back to it. [It] was about bringing people on the inside.”They continued working closely, and soon enough the bond that would last more than 14 years started forming. Carroll moved to Seattle and quickly asked Malcolmson to come up and do the same job he was doing with him at USC. He went, and transitioned to helping Carroll with whatever he needed. “Through [the work we did at USC], we developed such a good relationship because I was at his hip the whole time,” Malcolmson said. “And here we are, nine years later, still up in Seattle.”On Friday, Malcolmson came back to USC and sat behind a table in front of the campus bookstore, signing copies of his recently published book, “Walk On.” He hugged the friends that came to support, wearing shirts that said “Get Ben In” with the number 24 on the back — replicas of what some students wore during his season to show their support —and passed them out to the line of people. Scot Obler, his old friend and photographer took pictures of Malcolmson talking to little kids with wide eyes and bouncy feet, excited to meet someone they admired.The cover of his book reads, “From Pee Wee dropout to the NFL sidelines — my unlikely story of football, purpose, and following an amazing God.” It’s his raw story that he brings to people as a published author and inspirational speaker who has lived and learned from arguably one of the best coaches in all levels of football. He couldn’t have guessed back in 2006 that this would be where he is now. “This whole journey has taught me, [to take life] just one day at a time,” Malcomson said. “Whatever’s coming next is going to be amazing and far better than I can plan myself.”last_img read more