At approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, South Dining Hall was evacuated after smoke in the basement triggered smoke alarms throughout the building, South Dining Hall general manager Marc Poklinkowski said.University spokesman Dennis Brown said a small outdoor fire at McKenna Hall caused smoke to spread through the underground tunnel system and set off the dining hall’s alarms.“There was no fire in the South Dining Hall,” Brown said. “Some leaves caught on fire in an outdoor ventilation space near McKenna Hall at 10:11 a.m.“It was extinguished quickly and there were no injuries or damage. However, it caused some smoke, which made its way through our underground tunnels to the South Dining Hall, which then caused the alarms to go off.”Poklinkowski said the smoke set off several alarms in the basement of the dining hall and caused the evacuation, which lasted about 20 minutes.“There was a decent amount of smoke, so it set off a number of our alarms,” he said. “We were probably outside for about 20 or 25 minutes.”Poklinkowski said between 100 and 150 students were in the dining rooms at the time the alarms sounded, so it took less than five minutes to evacuate. He said dining hall management was aware of why the smoke was coming up through the basement but didn’t take any risks in evacuating the building.“We saw the smoke coming in and we knew why the fire alarm was going off, but you never take a risk with an alarm going off,” he said. “We were on the phone with the fire department to make sure we knew what was going on.”The dining hall reopened for lunch following the evacuation, but Poklinkowski said that the basement, including the Grab and Go line, remained closed to students for an additional hour while the fire department made sure it was safe.“[The fire department] kept the basement closed a little bit longer, because that’s where the problem was,” he said.The basement reopened at approximately 12:15 p.m. and the dining hall returned to full operations.Tags: evacuation, fire, fire alarm, McKenna Hall, South Dining Hall
“Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players. Those bids were immediately rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting,” said Everton’s new director of communications Alan Myers. “The club did not make public these details as it was vital Roberto Martinez’s preparations for the opening game of the Premier League season were not disrupted in anyway.” Moyes stated earlier in the summer that United do need to bolster their central midfield options. And whilst United’s chase for Cesc Fabregas is yet to be abandoned, realistically, with the former Arsenal skipper starting Barcelona’s 7-0 rout of Levante on Sunday, the chances of him exiting the Nou Camp this month are remote. The pursuit of Baines is more puzzling. Patrice Evra has recovered to something like his old form after a difficult 2011-12 campaign. At 32, he is one of United’s most experienced players and was named captain in Nemanja Vidic’s absence over the past two seasons. The only time in recent memory the Red Devils had two experienced full-backs vying for the same position was 2006-07, when Evra and Gabriel Heinze went head-to-head. The rest of the time, a younger player has tended to be the stand-in, so if Baines did eventually join United, it would seem obvious for Evra to move on, even if Moyes has previously insisted that would not happen. Manchester United manager David Moyes must decide if or when to step up his interest in Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Everton were quick to reject a joint £28million bid for the pair last week, on Monday branding it “derisory and insulting”. However, the Toffees statement lacked the ‘not for sale’ message that has been attached to all official United responses to Wayne Rooney’s current uncertain position at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Moyes has admitted Robin van Persie is even better than he imagined him to be when he first arrived at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has already scored four goals this season, bagging two more superb efforts in Saturday’s win at Swansea after a scoring both goals in United’s Community Shield win over Wigan. “Is he better than I thought? Maybe, yeah,” said Moyes. “His goals on Saturday were top goals. I hope he can get better. With his experience he can.” Press Association
Alyssa Karel and the Badgers will look to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month.[/media-credit]With only two games remaining in regular season play, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (19-8, 9-7) finds itself firmly implanted in the logjam that is the Big Ten conference. A mere three games separates seventh-place Northwestern from second-place Michigan State, and at least 10 teams have an outside chance at earning a first-round bye in next week’s conference championship.Well aware of the conference situation, the Badgers are anticipating a battle as they travel to the Bryce Jordan Center to square off with the fifth-place Penn State Nittany Lions (16-10, 8-8) tonight. Last month, it was the Nittany Lions who stopped a four-game Badger win streak with a 54-43 win at the Kohl Center and altered the path of UW’s season.Since that Jan. 21 contest, Wisconsin has followed a win one, lose one pattern.Having defeated Michigan over the weekend, Wisconsin hopes to buck that pattern come Sunday.“I think we are expecting a battle,” Wisconsin junior forward Tara Steinbauer said. “Obviously, they came in to our home and they beat us. That was an unpleasant experience, so I think going into this game, we’re really geared up and, hopefully, we come out being successful and having the right momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament.”Last month against Penn State, Wisconsin played arguably its worst offensive game of the season, as the Badgers posted season-lows in points scored (43) and field goal percentage (28.1 percent).In addition, UW struggled to control PSU’s uptempo transition game, which is led by the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer, senior guard Tyra Grant.“Transition, transition, transition,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “They want to get it and go quick. … We need to resemble our transition defense that we demonstrated at Oregon — that’s a long time ago, but that’s going to be key for us. That’s the type of high-potent offense they’re capable of having. They’ve got the [second-leading] scorer in the conference in Tyra Grant, who is someone you don’t stop, you just try to contain.”Complementing Grant in the Nittany Lion starting five are two more guards, junior Julia Trogele and freshman Alex Bentley.Standing at 6-foot-2 and 5-foot-7 respectively, the backcourt duo combined for 25 points against the Badgers back in January and aid Penn State’s height advantage. Along with the 5-foot-11 Grant, the remainder of PSU’s starting lineup consists of a pair of tall forwards, 6-foot-4 freshman Nikki Greene and 6-foot-1 senior Meredith Monroe.“They’re big; their starting lineup’s real big,” Stone said. “They pose a size advantage. However, they really want to run. You would think a bigger team would want to maybe slow down, but they push it hard.”To combat Penn State’s size, Wisconsin will be looking for contributions from a variety of areas.Against Michigan last Sunday, 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Anya Covington scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 30 valuable minutes off the bench. UW guards Rae Lin D’Alie and Alyssa Karel will also look to keep the Nittany Lion backcourt in check.Standing at only 5-foot-3, but leading the team in assists and steals in her senior season, D’Alie is third on the team with an average of 8.2 points per game. Karel, meanwhile, leads the team and is tenth in the conference in scoring at 14.3 points per game.The 5-foot-7 junior from St. Paul, Minn., has scored 20 or more points in seven games this season and will play a vital role in keeping the UW offense rolling for the duration of the game. In order to do so, Stone has led the Badgers through what she calls “toughener” drills to ensure the team stays tough on offense and defense.“As coaches, you try to prepare your team for what they may see,” Stone said. “We do these ‘tougheners’ and finishing drills inside, and you’ve noticed statistically, our turnovers are down, we’re shooting the ball at a high percentage, we’re making our free throws, we’re scoring some points. All of those things are day-to-day. Offense is something that is just a part of defense.“We continue to pretty much spend 75 to 80 percent of our practice on defense, and offensively, just make sure that we don’t put our defense back on their heels.”For Karel, often the team’s sparkplug on offense, staying tough with the ball has been important all year. However, with only two games left on the schedule, playing strong is of utmost importance.“We really tried to focus on that a lot more: where we have to be tough with the ball. We can’t really let the other team dictate what we’re going to do on offense,” Karel said. “Penn State’s a very aggressive physical team, and that’s going to be huge — huge — this game because they’re going to get up in our shorts, and we got to be able to handle that pressure.”
Arvind SreenivasSports MBA Student, Deakin University, Australia A degree in sports management can be seen as a pathway to enter the industry. But why would anyone risk pursuing a relatively new course? My decision to study sports management was rooted in the realisation that the industry is growing at a,Arvind SreenivasSports MBA Student, Deakin University, AustraliaA degree in sports management can be seen as a pathway to enter the industry. But why would anyone risk pursuing a relatively new course? My decision to study sports management was rooted in the realisation that the industry is growing at a rapid rate. We explore why a career in sports management is in great demand.1) Increase in number of sports leagues: The number of sports leagues that have come up since 2012 is an indication of the growing demand for sports in India. With each league comes its set of revenue streams and employment opportunities.2) Increased market size and fan engagement: Today, the business of sports is not limited to athletes, it has expanded to include the fans, who consume sports on a daily basis. “Fan engagement” is the new buzzword and there is a need to come up with innovative ways to attract and retain fans.3) Analytics and sports consulting are gaining popularity: Analytics is an important field in the sports industry. With increase in competition, teams are employing data analysts to help coaches with performance strategy and sports bodies are outsourcing business intelligence operations to sports analytics firms.4) Thriving active recreation business: There is a huge market for active recreation with people becoming increasingly health conscious. Gym membership sales are soaring; marathons, triathlons and decathlons are being organised everywhere around us; and sports apparel brands are constantly coming up with new products.5) Need for more facilities and events: There is a rising need for sports facilities in the country. Infrastructure is a key challenge. Sustainable structures with state-of-the art facilities are being built and the onus of managing these facilities will be on future sports managers.advertisement6) Increase in knowledge about different sports: Studying sports management primarily expands your knowledge about organisation and governance of various sports. It is key to understand systems and structures in place to monitor promotion and progress of different sports.7) Growth of the Indian market: People have started to embrace sports and active recreation as a lifestyle. Establishing and managing a strong sports ecosystem is the way forward and a degree in sports management will help achieve that.8) Global opportunities: The demand for sports managers is growing globally. For example, Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and it’s successful implementation will not be possible without the expertise of qualified managers.9) More universities are offering this course: There are a number of universities that offer a globally reputed sports management programme, like Deakin University, Australia, AISTS, Switzerland, Loughborough University, UK, and Ohio University, US.10) Career options: As a sports manager, you have multiple options; you can work in sales and marketing, sponsorships, analytics, management, business development, consulting, social media, and PR.