Redshirt senior Christina Oyawale solid in return from ankle injury

first_imgChristina Oyawale struck a kill down the line in the first set to give the Orange a 23-18 lead. It was her first kill since Aug. 31 and her first game action since she missed her first game with an ankle injury on Sept. 7. Loud cheers echoed the Syracuse sideline, something Oyawale often plays a hand in conducting.“It’s like I never left,” she said. “My team was there to support me and I was back and we did what we had to do to win.”With four kills, the redshirt senior was one of six SU players to reach that mark on Sunday in the Women’s Building, helping lead Syracuse (6-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) to a 3-1 win over the Clemson Tigers (9-6, 0-2). Freshman Polina Shemanova led the team with 14 while Ella Saada and Amber Witherspoon tallied 11 each. Oyawale said she felt comfortable in her return.Head coach Leonid Yelin said he was pleased with what he saw out of Oyawale, especially considering it was her first game back. With injuries, he said, it’s not about rushing to get healthy but rather being able to get back to the same level of play.Syracuse has remained a top 25 team in blocks per set without the six-foot-four presence of Oyawale in its lineup the past three weeks, but 107 of their 118.5 blocks have come just from Witherspoon or Santita Ebangwese. Now, Oyawale — who had four blocks in two games of action prior to Sunday — is a helpful addition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It takes a little bit of time,” Yelin said. “Good for us we could give this opportunity to her to get and start feeling the game, the ball, and clicking with the setter. Hopefully soon, she’s going to give us what she gave before in the first place.”Today, Oyawale contributed three total blocks, matching Jalissa Trotter and Witherspoon’s mark. Ebangwese collected five against the Tigers.Saada believed blocking was key in helping force 27 Clemson attack errors, nine more than SU’s 18. The Tigers also finished with a hitting percentage of just .178 to Syracuse’s .310.“We have [Christina], she just got back, Santita and Amber,” Saada said. “All of them are really tall, jumping high in the right place. I think we have a good block there.”Before the game, just like on Friday, Oyawale helped Ebangwese lead SU’s pregame chant. Only now, Oyawale could then go out and play. The team huddled in a circle with Ebangwese and Oyawale in the center shouting.“S who?” they yelled.“SU!” the team shouted in response.For Oyawale, being a starter doesn’t change anything about how amped she gets prior to games. But, during the game, when cheers were heard from the SU bench, she had a role in the momentum.“There really isn’t a difference because I have the same attitude when I’m not able to play,” she said. “…When I’m able to play, it’s the same energy but it was a great feeling being able to come out and give my team what they needed from me.” Comments Published on September 23, 2018 at 4:56 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

U.S. Census 2020 – Stand Up And Be Counted

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The next decennial U.S. national survey or census begins on April 1, 2020. This important survey not only counts how many people live in America but determines allocation of federal benefits.However, there are indications that if a coordinated and effective promotional campaign isn’t maintained until Census Day, April 1, several communities, including the black community, could be undercounted in the census.Earlier this month, results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found black Americans are roughly twice as likely as their white counterparts to be doubtful about participating in the 2020 census. In the survey, a combined 26 percent of black respondents said they might not, probably would not, or definitely would not, participate in the census, compared to 21 percent of Hispanics who said the same, and 12 percent of white Americans.Should the results of this survey hold true during next year’s census, it could result in communities with significant black populations, including Caribbean-Americans, being undercounted.When communities are undercounted in the U.S. Census, it is usually to the detriment of residents, since the census data is used to determine how an annual federal allocation of $800 billion will be apportioned across the U.S. for the next 10 years.Florida is budgeted to receive $45 billion annually in federal funding, but the amount allocated to respective political districts depends on the population size of the district counted during the 2020 census.It would be rather unfortunate—after the coordinated community effort to have the Trump administration reverse its plan to place a citizenship question on the census questionnaire—for America’s black population to be undercounted. A primary argument for pushing for the removal of the citizenship question was that it could result in several minority and immigrant communities being undercounted.According to the Center on Poverty and Inequality of the Leadership Conference Educational Fund, the black population has been historically undercounted in past censuses, disadvantaging families, communities, and neighborhoods. The 2010 Census undercounted the African-American population by more than 800,000. Approximately 7 percent of African-American children were overlooked by that census, roughly twice the rate for non-Hispanic White children; and African-American men have been historically undercounted in greater numbers than men of other racial or ethnic groups.The reasons given why some aspects of the black population are regarded as “hard to count” tracks in the U.S. Census include poverty, lack of homeownership, and immigration insecurity.It’s also ironic that although through proper counting of the black population more benefits can be accrued to help the poor, former censuses saw very low participation by low-income individuals. The overburdened poor have little interest in a survey in which they do not understand nor trust the outcome.Also, in past censuses people who rent homes were harder to count than homeowners. Renters tend to relocate more frequently and are more difficult for census takers to find.Immigrants who are not citizens tend to be particularly suspicious of the census, fearing the information taken by the government could in some way affect their future residential status.Besides a serious mistrust for the census, a primary reason for the undercounting of black and other minority communities is ignorance of the benefits derived from the census.Many programs that impact African- and Caribbean-Americans are dependent on the data derived from the census. It’s this data that allocate federal funding for:Education and childcare – Helping low-income students to meet state academic standards, assist students with disabilities, assist preschoolers from low-income families to participate in the Head Start program, and help low-income parents obtain childcare so they can work or further their education.Food and Nutrition – Food stamps and other benefits under the Supplemental National Assistance Program (SNAP), and meals for students under the National School Lunch Program.Healthcare and Housing – Health coverage for low-income families under Medicaid, and housing assistance under the Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Program.In addition to these benefits, it’s the proper counting of communities through the census that determine the number of political representatives from the community that sit in the U.S. Congress.It’s vital that South Florida community organizations collaborate with municipalities, like some have already done in joining the Miami-Dade Counts 2020 initiative, to encourage residents to participate in the 2020 Census.The black community, traditionally one of America’s more economically challenged, often complain about the lack of access to, or inadequacy of federal benefits. It’s important the community be aware if they stand up and are counted in the 2020 Census there’s a better chance more of these benefits will become accessible.last_img read more

Ingle and Jonas Named to MVC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Teams

first_imgThis is the first MVC Scholar-Athlete team accolade for Jonas, who owns a 3.96 GPA in digital media production. She returned to the court this year after missing the 2015-16 season due to an injury. Jonas played in 26 games, including starting the last 25 contests, and averages 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting league-high 57.1 percent. Jonas has recorded four double-doubles this season and 14 in her career. She scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Eastern Washington. Jonas was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice this season. ST. LOUIS – Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete teams, the conference announced Tuesday, March 7. Ingle was selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the third-straight season while Jonas was picked to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team. Ingle, who holds a 3.86 cumulative grade point average in psychology, is just the third Bulldog ever and first since former standout Lindsay Whorton (2006-08) to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team three times in a career. She is the MVC’s all-time assists leader with 755 and needs just 13 more to have the top mark in Drake history. Ingle and Jonas along with their teammates are the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs will play either No. 8 Indiana State or No. 9 Illinois State on Friday at 12 p.m.center_img Ingle averages 7.6 assists per game, which ranks third in the nation and leads the MVC. She averages 10.2 points per game and earlier this season surpassed 1,000 career points. Ingle has  handed out eight or more assists in 13 of 29 games this season, including matching her career high of 15 in the win over Missouri State on Jan. 1. In her career, Ingle has recorded one triple double, 15 points/assists double-doubles, and 22 10 or more assists games. She was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Jan. 24.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more