Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Jitamrit Kashyap and Ishita Kashyap of Assam will represent Indian Karate team for the 18th Cadet, Junior and U-21 Asian Karate Championship which is scheduled to be held at Kata Kinabalu, Malaysia from April 26. Jitamrit and Ishita both won gold medal in the recently concluded Junior National Karate Championship held in Guwahati and the performance helped them to get selected in the Indian Squad. Jitamrit will take part in 70 kg Kumite Cadet (14-15 years) male and Ishita will participate in Cadet Female Kata event. The United Karate-Do Association, Assam (UKAA) felicitated both the players in a meeting held in the city today and also handed over financial assistance of Rs.10000 each from the organization for the Asian Championship. Also read: Local Sports
If you’ve been hearing a lot more about Undergraduate Student Government than usual this past year, you’re not alone. The executive team behind USG President Andrew Menard and Vice President Rini Sampath has been hard at work publicizing and promoting the efforts of USG in order to make student government more transparent and accessible to those whom they represent.“This is not about Menard or Rini taking credit for things that other people have worked on — we literally have been very fortunate to have the most amazing people helping us and working with us for this past year,” Menard said.Among the many goals USG has pursued this year include the proposal for a fall break, the reduction of fees charged for student use of campus facilities, the expansion of current tuition to cover 20 units instead of 18, increased accessibility for students with disabilities, the Black House initiative and increased outreach to students admitted in the spring semester with a spring admit guide and discussion of potential housing for those students.Some of the hoped-for changes have yet to be made, though progress has been ongoing. Much of the outcome depends on the university’s response to the policies for which USG advocates.“A lot of these projects take time and a hefty amount of research. For example, in compiling the Black House initiative, we looked at nearly every university that has something similar — Georgetown, Yale, Stanford — we even visited Stanford to obstain pictures of what their house looked like there,” Sampath said. Sampath is part of the leadership team on the communication, public relations and social media task force that aims to establish a Black House at USC that would provide academic and social support as well as mentorship for students. The project is not expected to be completed for another five to 10 years.Menard and Sampath feel that they have had productive conversations with administrators, including President C.L. Max Nikias as well as Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry, who are willing to listen to student voices.“I think administrators are definitely here to listen, it’s just a matter of making sure that we take advantage of all of those opportunities and ensure the voice is heard at every level,” Sampath said.Menard and Sampath expressed that Nikias has been receptive to issues they’ve raised with him, including increased access for students with disabilities as well as reduced expenses that students are mandated to pay the university for programming. Menard said that students are forced to pay USC for large-scale events that require Dept. of Public Safety officers, security ambassadors and fencing. Other examples of expenses include a charge for keeping the sprinklers off during an event, even if the sprinklers were not scheduled to be on.“[Nikias] said students shouldn’t have to pay for the security expenses, which I agree with, and I appreciate the support, but now we have to get into the logistics of how we’re going to do that,” Menard said.Accountability and a sense of getting things done have been priorities for Menard and Sampath. Menard noted that this mentality was a deliberate choice for his presidential ticket.“That was my main priority this year — Rini and I and the rest of our execs wanted to emphasize that we were not just going to talk about the things that we were going to do. We were actually going to do them,” he said.Sampath noted that student outreach was one of her priorities as well. “I really do enjoy the responsibility I have to answer to students,” she said. “I’ve gotten messages on Facebook or people have stopped me on campus asking me everything from, ‘Rini, the hourly wages I have in my position as a student worker simply aren’t enough to support my lifestyle,’ or ‘What’s the status with expanding hours at Doheny? Leavey isn’t necessarily my favorite place to study.’ I love talking to students in that context, being able to earn their trust so that we can actually make a difference for their needs or concerns.”Though administrators have been meeting with USG about a variety of proposals, ongoing student concerns include expanding tuition to cover 20 units as opposed to the usual 18. Sampath noted that administrators were not as receptive to the expansion as they had been regarding other proposals.“We didn’t have the same reception because maybe USC isn’t financially equipped to handle that kind of expansion, so moving forward, we have to try a different avenue in which we can accomplish that,” she said.Through SpeakSC forums established this year, Menard and Sampath hope they have brought a greater sense of connectivity between students who are not involved with student government and administrators. Further plans include the creation of a video to better communicate USG’s next steps as well as a potential State of the Union-type address. For their future plans, while Sampath is running again this year, this time for USG president, Menard has a position lined up at Eastdil Secured, a real estate investment bank in Santa Monica, where he will work after graduation.“Ultimately, I feel very fortunate to have met some amazing people on this journey and very, very grateful for all of our friends and everyone who worked on our campaign team to put Rini and I in this position,” he said.
Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard has filed a lawsuit against Nike in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in an attempt to reclaim control over a logo Leonard says he created.“In 2011, just after being drafted to the National Basketball Association, Kawhi Leonard authored a unique logo that included elements that were meaningful and unique to him,” the lawsuit reads. “Leonard traced his notably large hand, and, inside the hand, drew stylized versions of his initials ‘KL’ and the number that he had worn for much of his career, ‘2.’ The drawing Leonard authored was an extension and continuation of drawings he had been creating since early in his college career.“Several years later, as part of an endorsement deal with Nike, Leonard allowed Nike to use on certain merchandise the logo he created while Leonard continued to use the logo on non-Nike goods. Unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent, Nike filed an application for copyright registration of his logo and falsely represented in the application that Nike had authored the logo.”Leonard addressed the lawsuit briefly while talking with reporters Tuesday ahead of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.“It happened over a long time ago. You guys are just finding out. Not a big worry of mine,” Leonard said.A Nike spokesperson declined to comment.The lawsuit goes on to say that Leonard intends to use the “Klaw” logo in various capacities — including clothing lines, footwear and in connection with sports camps and charity functions — but that Nike has objected to his doing so. Leonard, therefore, wants to regain control of the logo, which he created while he was part of Jordan Brand’s stable of athletes.Since then, though, Leonard became a shoe free agent — before eventually signing a deal with New Balance earlier this season. The Boston-based company has created multiple campaigns involving Leonard this season — one being “Fun Guy,” and another, more recently, being “King of the North,” playing off a phrase from the recently concluded HBO series “Game of Thrones.”The nine-page lawsuit would, in theory, allow for a new campaign with New Balance sometime in the future — or at the very least would again give Leonard (should he win) control of a logo he says should be his.The lawsuit goes on to explain, in detail, how Leonard came up with the idea for the logo, which was developed at the start of his rookie season during his lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign with the San Antonio Spurs.“Leonard is known for his extremely large hands,” the lawsuit reads. “Throughout his career, spectators have noticed Leonard’s large hands and they are often described as contributing to his success as a player.“Since at least his college years, Leonard contemplated and conceived of ideas for a personal logo which would be unique to him and reflect something meaningful relating to his own image. In late December 2011 or January 2012, Leonard refined a logo he had been creating for several years that encompassed his large and powerful hands, his initials and his jersey number.“Leonard shared his original work of authorship with family and friends, solicited the advice and expertise of a creative designer, received comments and suggestions, and made modifications to his design.”Later in the lawsuit, it states Leonard and Nike have gone back-and-forth multiple times over the past several months regarding the use of the logo, with the last correspondence being in March, when Nike told him, “it owns all intellectual property rights in the Leonard Logo and demanding that Leonard immediately cease and desist from what Nike claimed was the unauthorized use of the Leonard Logo.” Source: ESPN Finally, the lawsuit says the goal of the plaintiff is for Leonard to be declared the sole author of the logo; that Leonard’s use of his logo doesn’t interfere with Nike’s rights, including “without limitation any rights Nike may claim to possess with respect to the Leonard Logo”; and that the defendant committed fraud on the Copyright Office in registering the Leonard Logo, along with “any such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper.”Leonard and the Raptors will face the Warriors for Game 3 of the Finals at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. The series is tied at a game apiece.
On the women’s side, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Allyson Girard posted a time of 21:48.2 and finished 191st. Final Results A year after finishing third on the national stage, the Colorado women claimed the team title with 60 points, followed by reigning champion New Mexico (103) and Pac-12 foe Oregon (160). The Buffs’ Dani Jones earned the top finish with a time of 19:42.8. The Northern Arizona men successfully defending its national title with 83 team points, while host Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald took the individual crown with a time of 29:08.3. BYU (116) and Portland (160) joined NAU on the podium. He finished 75th with a time of 30:26.4, the best finish and time by a Southland representative since 2012, when McNeese’s David Rooney took seventh with a time of 29:21.3. Fellow Cardinal Jordan Rowe clocked in at 30:57.5, good enough for 134th. MADISON, Wisc. – Battling arctic conditions in the Badger state, Lamar senior Jamie Crowe posted the top finish among three Southland Conference runners that participated in Saturday’s 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at Wisconsin’s Zimmer Championship Course.