Biden’s concern for ‘the soul of this country’ drove his successful campaign.

first_imgBut Mr. Biden also said he felt pulled by a sense of moral duty.“He said, back then, ‘I really am concerned about the soul of this country,’” Mr. Garcetti said.Twenty-one months and a week later, Mr. Biden stands triumphant in a campaign he waged on just those terms: as a patriotic crusade to reclaim the American government from a president he considered a poisonous figure. The language he used in that call with Mr. Garcetti became the watchwords of a candidacy designed to marshal a broad coalition of voters against Mr. Trump and his reactionary politics. On a January evening in 2019, Joseph R. Biden Jr. placed a call to the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a personal friend and political ally who had just announced he would not pursue the Democratic nomination for president.During their conversation, Mr. Garcetti recalled, Mr. Biden did not exactly say he had decided to mount his own campaign. The former vice president confided that if he did run, he expected President Trump to “come after my family” in an “ugly” election.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It was not the most inspirational campaign in recent times, nor the most daring, nor the most agile. The personality cult that had built up around Mr. Trump was absent: There were no prominent reports of Biden supporters branding themselves with “Joe” tattoos and lionizing him in florid murals — or even holding boat parades in his honor. Mr. Biden campaigned as a sober and conventional presence, rather than as an uplifting herald of change. For much of the general election, his candidacy was not an exercise in vigorous creativity, but rather a case study in discipline and restraint.In the end, voters did what Mr. Biden asked of them and not much more: They repudiated Mr. Trump, while offering few other rewards to Mr. Biden’s party. And by a popular vote margin of four million and counting, Americans made Mr. Biden only the third man since the Second World War to topple a duly elected president after just one term. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Graduate Senate hopes to foster sense of community

first_imgUSC’s Graduate and Professional Student Senate officials say they hope to create a greater sense of community among graduate and professional students on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses in the upcoming year.Office space · The Graduate and Professional Student Senate has moved to a new location in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Hayden Bennett | Daily Trojan This year, the GPSS offices moved from room 103 of the Student Union to room 224 of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center, with the new graduate student lounge just two floors above.“I love it,” GPSS President Jenny Novak said. “I like being located close to USG, like being close to the center of campus, like being close to the lounge.”GPSS plans to work with all departments this year to foster a community relationship within the university and with alumni. GPSS also hopes to focus on improving social programming, creating a better subsidized transit system, fostering “green” initiatives and increasing summer funding for doctoral students. This year, GPSS is working with a budget of about $1 million, Novak said.GPSS also hopes to improve its campus visibility.“It’s still very common to ask a grad student about GPSS and they will have no idea what it is,” Vice President Aliya Hussaini said.To achieve a greater sense of graduate student community, Public Relations Chair Swati Gupta hopes to focus on leadership events within the graduate student body, including summits, networking opportunities and a new leadership initiative she calls “Project ‘Why?’”Other upcoming activities include a NFL kickoff party, a boat trip, an ice cream social, a community service trip to the L.A. County Fair with the Undergraduate Student Government, academic workshops and Grad Bar nights.On Grad Bar nights, GPSS will bring students from USC, UCLA and Caltech together to go to bars around Los Angeles.Though GPSS is the graduate counterpart to USG, Novak said she thinks that working with graduate students is different than working with undergraduates.“A lot of graduate students are older, so there’s a difference in maturity … graduate students are [also] more segregated by programs,” she said. “They have bigger [academic] projects and a different lifestyle … It’s difficult to build a community.”Gupta said graduate students don’t want as many social activities as undergraduates, but still have the same needs, including later operating hours at Doheny Library and more “off-campus ventures.” They also have unique improvements they’d like to see, such as increased technical training for teacher’s assistants and a way to bridge the gap between distance and on-campus learning.“[Graduate students have] a lot more work, [and they’re] not looking to get involved,” Gupta said. “[Academics are] more important for them.”GPSS is also trying to take advantage of its new graduate student lounge, specifically through different events. Weekly lunches are held Mondays in the lounge where students bring their lunches and GPSS provides free coffee and dessert.“I think the grad lounge is a great addition to the campus center and really shows that GPSS is trying to unify all of the disciplines of graduate students and allow for more conversations and interactions,” said Ben Kastroll, a graduate student studying engineering management.last_img read more

Salo chosen as FINA women’s head coach

first_imgUSC head swimming and diving coach Dave Salo has been named USA’s national women’s head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships. The meet is scheduled for July 24- Aug. 9 in Kazan, Russia.Salo is entering his ninth season as head coach of USC’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. He will serve alongside Cal’s head coach Dave Durden, who will coach the USA’s men’s national team. This is the second time that Salo will direct the women’s national team at Worlds, as he coached the team in 2013 in Barcelona. Salo’s 2013 team included Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky. His team won a tournament-best nine gold medals.Salo has coached in three Olympic games and served as an assistant coach to the women’s national team in the 2012 Olympics, helping his team win eight gold medals. In 2010 he was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Salo earned his Ph.D. from USC after earning his undergraduate and master’s degree from Long Beach State. Salo returned to USC as an assistant coach under Peter Daland. In 1990, Salo took a head coaching job with the Irvine Novaquatics. While head coach of the Novaquatics, Salo coached his team to the Junior National Team Championships and the United States Swimming National Championships. Salo returned to USC, this time as head coach, in 2006. In his time at USC, Salo has regularly coached his team to title contention, routinely securing a place in the top 10. The 2014 NCAA Championships saw the women’s team finish fifth and the men’s team finish eighth. It was the fifth consecutive top-seven finish for USC’s women’s team. The men’s team boasts an undefeated 4-0 record to start this season while the women are 3-1. All wins are in conference.last_img read more

Transfer News: VfB signs Ivorian star Die

first_imgGeoffroy Serey Die is to make an immediate move from Swiss champions FC Basel to VfB. The midfielder is currently on duty with the Ivory Coast national team at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and will travel to Stuttgart once the competition has been completed.The 30-year-old has made a total of 18 appearances for his country. ”¨”¨At club level, Geoffroy Serey Die has featured in Europe for Swiss clubs FC Sion (135 competitive games) and FC Basel (68 competitive games – six of which in the UEFA Champions League and twelve more in the UEFA Europa League). ”¨”¨The Ivory Coast international has signed on with VfB until June 30th, 2017 and will wear the number 26 jersey for his new club. The exact details of the deal remain undisclosed.”¨”¨”We are delighted about the signing of Geoffroy Serey Die,” commented Director of Sport Robin Dutt, adding: “He is an internationally experienced player, who will quickly come to terms with life in his new surroundings and he will help stabilise our game with his uncompromising manner. In Geoffroy, we have found an experienced man whom our younger players can orientate themselves.”last_img read more