first_imgAs organizers begin to tabulate the results of this year’s Good Neighbors Campaign, it appears they will meet their monetary goal but will fall far short of reaching their participation goal.The Good Neighbors Campaign entered its 15th year of “helping children live their dreams” with two goals — to raise campaign contributions by $100,000 and to increase employee participation by 8 percent. The aim was to have 50 percent of USC employees contribute to raising $1.2 million.Hitting the mark · A teacher works with a student at the 24th Street Theatre, a program sponsored by the Good Neighbors Campaign, which is on track to meet its 2009 fundrasing goal. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanThe campaign, which provides grants for community outreach programs and organizations, officially ended Oct. 31, though donations will continue to trickle in until the end of the year. The preliminary numbers, however, show that while contributions are on track to hit the campaign’s goal, participation has fallen by more than 5 percent compared to last year, according to Campaign Director Carolina Castillo.Castillo said the campaign considered the economic situation in setting its goals — and tried to keep aspirations reasonable — but ultimately organizers thought it was important to increase their efforts for the sake of the grant recipients who depend on the program for funding.“We decided we would increase our goal because we felt like the [employees] at USC would step up to the challenge given that the current economic situation is really having an adverse effect on our local communities,” Castillo said.Castillo said it was important for the campaign to meet its fundraising goal this year because the programs it funds are more in need of grants than ever, given the recent economic rut.Thomas Sayles, GNC 2009 chair and vice president of government and community relations, said the program always operates with the community programs in mind.“In tough times it is more important to give,” Sayles said.The numbers so far miss the mark, but Castillo said by the time final numbers are calculated, the campaign will likely meet its fundraising goal — as of Wednesday, the campaign had reached $1.19 million, just short of its $1.2 million goal.Participation, however, is low. Involvement had dropped 6 percent as of Wednesday, and though Castillo anticipates the campaign will come close to 40 percent participation, she admitted to being disappointed that it will miss the 50 percent benchmark.Castillo attributed the drop in part to the economy and the tendency for people to tighten their belts when the economy is in a rut.“There is a hiring freeze at the university and that wasn’t the case last year at USC,” Castillo said. “There were also no raises across the board, which was not seen last year.”Though the percentage of faculty members participating dropped, the actual number jumped.“The employee base grew, but our participation could’ve stayed the same,” Castillo said. “We have 5,100 employees giving this year and last year it was 4,900.”Another possible reason for the results, Castillo said, was the fact that the university acquired the Norris Cancer Hospital and the University Hospital earlier this year. These two hospitals account for 11 percent of all employees, and Castillo said the campaign got a late start in their fundraising at the hospitals.Additionally, Castillo said, participation rates may have been abnormally high last year.Last year, Castillo said, participation rates soared when an anonymous alumnus posed a challenge to the faculty and staff of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. The alumnus said if the college raised its participation rates to 50 percent, he would donate $1 million to the Joint Education Project’s endowment.With the challenge, participation jumped to 57 percent. This year, however, the College only had a 26 percent participation rate.Even with participation down, the fact that the campaign will make its monetary goal is most important as many community members depend on their grants.“We could not do it without USC,” said Jay McAdams, co-founder and executive director of the 24th Street Theatre, which receives funds from the campaign. “The campaign understands that a richer community makes it richer for the students.”last_img read more

first_img Related Stories Maltz returns to mix for balanced offense against ArmyGoaltenders Wardwell, Somers shine as Syracuse knocks off ArmyFour-goal 2nd quarter paves way in Syracuse’s win over Army Published on February 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img A week ago, the Syracuse defense was embarrassed. The unit was dismantled by Albany’s three-headed offensive monster of Thompsons – Lyle, Miles and Ty – allowing 16 goals in the Orange’s double-overtime loss.Not on Sunday. The SU defense redeemed itself by shutting down Army and its goal-scoring machine, Garrett Thul.“Army playing three or four games before this one, we had tons of film on them, and I think the coaches did a great job getting us in before practices, after practices, putting in that extra time and it really paid off,” Syracuse defender Brian Megill said. “Getting the defenses together and really start jelling.”The Orange (1-1) defense that was shamed on its home turf just a week before rebounded in front of 3,614 against the Black Knights (2-2) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. No. 18 SU held Army to just a pair of goals in its 6-2 victory — tied for the fewest in Dome history. In the process, SU brought an end to Thul’s 42-game goal-scoring streak that dates back to April 2010.Army never recorded more than seven shots in a quarter. A week ago, Albany shot 45 times against Syracuse. The Thompson clan alone shot 25 times – as many as the Black Knights had as a team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was surprised as anybody to see last week’s score scouting the game,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “I think that, that was going to be the strength of their unit – of their team — is their defense. I think even walking out of the Carrier Dome last week, I felt like that was a strength.”The early going was a stark contrast from the frantic tempo that persisted throughout the Orange’s season-opener. The first goal didn’t come for more than 10 minutes. Syracuse didn’t allow a goal until the 8:15 mark of the second quarter, leading 3-0.“After last week, we were very disappointed,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “The guys wanted to come out and play today. I thought we prepped well, and they were excited to play.”In a defensive struggle, the Orange exploded for four goals in the second quarter to enter the break in control 5-2. A third-quarter goal gave Syracuse a 6-2 lead heading into the final frame. If the defense could finish the game as strongly as it had played for 45 minutes, the four-goal cushion would be more than enough.Two minutes into the final quarter came the defense’s toughest test. A push by defender David Hamlin gave the Black Knights a 30-second extra-man opportunity and their best chance of the game.But SU held firm. Defender Brandon Mullins nearly forced a turnover at the top of the offensive zone. Black Knights midfielder Alex Newsome scooped up the ground ball, but his off-balance shot sailed wide after the penalty released. Syracuse survived.“It boosts confidence a little bit,” SU goaltender Bobby Wardwell said. “I think the defense did a really good job keeping them on the outside.”After the Thompsons repeatedly gashed the Orange defense en route to the 16-goal explosion, it became the task of the SU defense to slow the Black Knights’ dynamic attacks, namely Thul and John Glesener.Stopping Glesener meant a start for Mullins. He could play down low or up top to keep up with the converted midfielder.There was nothing in particular to do against Thul. It would simply take a stalwart effort from the Syracuse defense and its star Megill to stop the previously unstoppable.Megill kept him off balance and away from the net. Thul committed four turnovers, all caused by Megill. He got off five shots, but quality opportunities were rare.When Army needed quick goals, Thul tried to create. The clock ticked below two minutes, and Thul tried to work his way to the net. The Orange kept him at bay, forcing the attack to shoot from 10 yards out – another easy save for Wardwell on a day when that was all he saw.“I think the Syracuse Orange defense as a whole shut down Thul,” Megill said. “We had a game plan coming in, we watched last week, we knew who they were.“We knew that they were gunslingers and we had to pressure out, kind of deny the ball a little bit. I think the defense as a whole did a great job this week, coming together.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgIn Toomevara, Kilruane McDonagh meets JK Brackens at 2 while North champions Kildangan take on Upperchurch Drombane at 3.30Then at 6pm in Leahy Park Cashel Thurles Sarsfields will meet Mullinahone.For Upperchurch Drombane it’s a second bite of the cherry as they relied on Kildangan or Sarsfields to win their division to bring The Church back into the county series. Upperchurch Drombane Secretary Donal Hayes says this game will make or break their season All the preliminary quarter finals will now take place on Sunday as tonight’s game between Nenagh Eire Óg and Roscrea had been postponed.It’s been refixed for Sunday in Moneygall at 1pm There’s a double header in the Ragg – South winners Killenaule and Portroe meet at 2pm while West champions Eire Óg Annacarthy meet Lorrha at 3.30last_img read more