SDA endows scholarship to honor professor Jack Rowe

first_imgThe USC School of Dramatic Arts hosted a retirement celebration in the Bing Theater honoring SDA professor Jack Rowe. At the celebration, a new scholarship called the Jack Rowe Student Endowed Scholarship Fund was introduced to honor Rowe’s legacy as a retired actor and director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program at USC.The USC School of Dramatic Arts hosted a retirement celebration at Bing Theatre on Jan. 21 to honor Jack Rowe, a former professor and director of the school’s BFA in acting. Photo from USC School of Dramatic Arts.“Jack Rowe’s sharp wit and deep knowledge of the written text has made a lasting impact in the classroom and beyond,” the event’s invitation on the SDA website stated. “We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate his career and his decades of service to SDA.”Rowe graduated from USC in 1966 with a degree in economics, but returned to the University in the late 1970s to teach evening drama classes. Since  he began teaching, Rowe became a respected faculty member in the SDA community until his retirement last year, USC News said.Over the course of his teaching career at USC, Rowe taught about Shakespeare and BA acting classes. Additionally, he directed numerous plays including Boris Vian’s The Empire Builder, Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.“As a teacher, administrator, leader, stage and artistic director, mentor and departmental muse, Jack’s no-nonsense passion for the theater and his deep well of knowledge have been the source of inspiration for legions of students,” said David Bridel, dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts and the Braverman Family Dean’s Chair, according to USC News release. During his career as a play director, Rowe also served on the play selection committee and was promoted to the school’s artistic director. He read through countless scripts and guided the committee through the approximately two dozen musicals and plays the school put on each year, USC News said. In his remarks during the celebration on Jan. 21, Bridel emphasized that Rowe’s contribution to SDA went beyond academics and into helping the school flourish. “You inspire us, as the most unpretentiously passionate educator ever to grace these classrooms and stages,” Bridel said according to the SDA website. “You’re going to live on in these corridors and on these stages forever, not just because of the scholarship we are building in your name — and a heartfelt thanks to all contributors to the Jack Rowe scholarship fund — but also because the blood, sweat and tears you left on these planks can never, will never, be scrubbed away.”last_img read more

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USC hopes to slow down spread

first_imgNo. 18 USC, having won five of its last six contests, began preparations Tuesday for arguably its most anticipated game of the season: a matchup against No. 4 Oregon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday night.Speed kills · Then-No. 1 Oregon, led by quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James, totaled 53 points in a three-touchdown victory over USC last season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. – Daily Trojan file photoThe challenge will be steep — if recent results serve as any indication.Though the Trojans hold the upper hand in the all-time series between the two programs, 37-18-2, the Ducks have won the last two matchups, compiling a total of 100 points, including 53 points last season at the Coliseum. And over the last four seasons, they have upended the Trojans three times.To make matters even more difficult for USC, Oregon’s most recent victory this season came against then-No. 4 Stanford by 23 points in Palo Alto, Calif.“As I said the other day, [they’re] probably the hottest team in the country especially if you play them at their place,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said of the Ducks, who have won nine straight games since a 40-27 loss to No. 1 LSU on Sept. 3. “For the most part since the opener, really nobody has slowed them down, for an entire game. They do it at times.”In turn, heading into the game, the Trojans are currently 16.5-point underdogs against Oregon, which ranks third nationally in points per game with 46.7 and has suddenly vaulted itself into the race for a spot in the BCS national championship game.And unlike the Trojans’ last nationally televised, primetime showdown, the contest will take place outside the friendly confines of South Los Angeles.“I don’t know if anyone can tell you that there is a better team when they play at home than Oregon,” Kiffin said. “It’s an awesome challenge for us and we’re excited to go up there.”USC hasn’t won at Autzen Stadium since 2005, losing in 2007 by a score of 24-17 and in 2009, 47-20.—Last week’s 40-17 victory against Washington at home marked the second career start for freshman linebacker Lamar Dawson. He started over senior linebacker Chris Galippo, who had started the first eight games of this season.“I’m getting more comfortable with the defense and knowing my responsibilities,” Dawson said. “I did all right but there is always room for improvements.”Kiffin was pleased with Dawson’s performance, as the Kentucky native finished with three tackles and one sack against the Huskies last Saturday.“Lamar looked good and played a really good game for us,” Kiffin said. “He’s going to be a great player and he’s starting to show it now.”Though sporting a number of freshman in its starting lineup, the defense, which surrendered just two touchdowns against Washington, has made noticeable strides since last season.“I think we have improved throughout the year,” junior safety T.J. McDonald said. “We’re a much better tackling team than we were last year and we’re a lot more physical.”McDonald said the defense needs to focus on not giving the opposing team second chances.—The Trojans are excited about the possibility of going into a hostile environment Saturday.“They’re going to be loud, it’s going to be exciting and a good atmosphere,” McDonald said.  “We’re going to go in there, give a good fight and hopefully get the win.”Most importantly, the Trojans plan to remain calm, cool and collected against the Ducks.“We can’t get out of whack because it is a big time game like this,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley said. “We can’t let the elements get to us.”Barkley said the team has matured from the beginning of the season, and he is not worried about nerves getting the best of them.Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods plans to bounce back after only having five receptions against the Huskies.“Receptions were low, but we got the win,” Woods said.  “Sometimes you’re not getting the ball as much but you have to contribute in other places.”Woods, along with other receivers, was influential in blocking the Washington defense.USC plans to go back to basics and focus on technique against Oregon.“I need to step things up again,” said Woods, who already boasts 11 touchdown receptions this season. “Each week I get better and I need to continue so we can go out and beat Oregon. Oregon is a great team offensively and defensively. We just need to play well. If they score a lot of points then we need to match that to stay with them.”Senior defensive tackles Da’John Harris and Christian Tupou and sophomore safety Demetrius Wright did not participate during Tuesday’s workouts.Junior safety Jawanza Starling, Woods and redshirt junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil were limited. Kiffin expects to have everyone healthy by Saturday as Oregon awaits.“Hopefully we get them all back,” Kiffin said. “We’ll need them all for a very challenging week.”Woods believes that a signature performance against the Ducks will prove that the Trojans are a lethal program.“This is our biggest game so far,” Woods said. “It is our opportunity once again to prove what ’SC is and who we are on the national level.”last_img read more

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Dreams FC snap up teenage duo from Dawu

first_imgDreams FC have bolstered its squad ahead of the start of the second half of the Ghana Premier League season with the signing of Maxwell Arthur and Isaac Ansah.The two teenagers were snapped up from third tier club Dream Academy based in Dawu.Arthur, a midfielder, was scouted during the 7th Best in Ghana Soccer Fiesta organized by Proton Sports Services last month as was Isaac Ansah, a goalkeeper.The duo are the very first visible beneficiaries of Dreams FC’s adoption of the Dawu Park for its maiden campaign in the Ghanaian top flight.Their signings fall in line with the club’s policy of constantly giving young talents an opportunity to build their careers.“The quality of these two youngsters are not in doubt and we believe bringing them to Dreams FC will help polish them into realizing their potential,” Dreams FC Administrative Manager Ameenu Shardow said after the two youngsters appended their signatures on their contracts. “The signing of these two players also holds further significance as they are the very first to be signed from a team based in Dawu.“It shows clearly the club is making do on its promise to open its doors to the people of this area who have been so supportive of the team’s activities in the Premier League.”Maxwell Arthur and Isaac Ansah have already started training with the first team of Dreams FC under manager Charles Akonnor.They are expected to make their debut for the team in Friday’s friendly match against Mighty Jets at the Theatre of Dreams, Dawu. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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