first_img March 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Dr. Hobbs broadens her horizons on assignment in Brazil Dr. Hobbs broadens her horizons on assignment in Brazil Associate EditorVivian Hobbs views herself as the conscience of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, not bashful to spark frank talk about women and minorities and the legal profession, helping lawyers see old issues in new ways.An assistant professor of English and the humanities at Florida A&M University, she’s one of two citizen members of the Board of Governors.Her background and experience recently got broadened in Brazil, when she was one of a dozen educators from around the country chosen for the 2002 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program Grant, funded by the International Education and Graduate Programs Service of the U.S. Department of Education.“We worked every day. There was not a museum in Brazil that we didn’t see,” said Hobbs, of her international educational adventure. “The museums, it’s just like being in Rome. It’s a beautiful country!”Hobbs, along with the others, was put to work researching for a paper she wrote titled, “Salvador da Bahia: A ‘Modern’ Imperial Rome,” where she explored influences of the Roman Catholic Church and the African religion of Candomblé in Salvador/Bahia.As the resulting scholarly volume, Broadening Horizons: Building Educational Linkages Between Brazil and the United States, that includes papers from all of the 12 scholars, describes: “The striking resemblances of the European and African religious pantheon, classical mythology, ritual practices, and imperial and modern history, enable Dr. Hobbs to draw lively cross-cultural comparisons of Roman, African, and Afro-Brazilian culture that affirm the enduring legacy and continual presence of classic and modern civilizations.”“You’ve got to remember, I’m a humanities person, so I am interested in the religion. I was interested in this predominantly Catholic country, all these beautiful cathedrals and monasteries, all the stuff I’ve read about that began a little after medieval times. It was all right there for me,” Hobbs said.“But the most striking thing was this is a country of such a beautiful people. I mean, physically, they are all beautiful. And nobody is any one particular race. It’s truly blending, the most I had ever seen.”There are the Amerindians, already in Brazil when the Portugese first arrived.“As a result, they have completely blended that European/Portugese people with the Indians. Then you have the African slaves coming in,” Hobbs said. “The most amazing fact I discovered was that on the census, you decide what your race is. You can be white. You can be African-Brazilian, Amerindian, and some subcategories under those.”In true bold Vivian Hobbs style, she wasn’t afraid to ask the Brazilian government officials: “If I came to live in Brazil, you mean I could check ‘white’?”“They kind of became uncomfortable with that,” said Hobbs, an African-American woman with a Ph.D.“They said, ‘Since you aren’t white, your educational background would put you in that category, so you very well could.’“And I said: ‘Are you kidding me!’ I’m looking at them like they are off their rockers. The census is absolutely no good down there, if you’re talking about ethnicity and racial makeup. It’s just an estimation. It’s how you see yourself, basically,” Hobbs said of what she considers the country’s loose definition of race.In Brazil, Hobbs concluded, prejudice is based not on skin tone, but economics.She describes the Brazilians as “a very warm people, very accepting, even in their poverty.” And the poverty of the favellas, shacks nestled around the high-rise buildings, was the most destitute living conditions she had seen in her travels.“This is what bothered me, as an African-American more than anything else: What are you going to do about what’s happening to you? Because when I came up in the ’60s, if you wanted change, you’ve got to go out there and fight for change. I just didn’t see any of that. They have just accepted the fact that some people are going to be poor, and some are going to be rich.”With mostly poor and, there is no middle class in Brazil, Hobbs said.The high point of the month of travel and research to three areas— São Pãulo, Salvador/Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro—was when Hobbs was invited to give a lecture in women’s studies at the prestigious Pontifica Catholic University.At first she panicked about the language barrier, but most of the students spoke English well. And she took comfort in teaming up for the three-hour lecture with Florida State University Professor Christopher Shinn, one of the 12 Fulbright-Hays fellows.“The students at first were prepared to be polite. But then as I talked, I could see their interest perking up. And the one thing I realized is students are students are students,” Hobbs said. “Before I knew it, they didn’t want me to go.”The whole trip that she calls “the experience of a lifetime” came with a bonus. University officials have invited her back for a three-month exchange teaching role.“They want me to come back as a scholar in residence,” Hobbs said, aglow just thinking about the possibilities of more scholarly research made richer by new cultural experiences.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – When Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales caught a deflected pass from Ryan Nassib for a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Orange up 19-7, Charlie Cornbrooks rose from his bleacher seat in Section 238.The play elicited a larger-than-normal reaction from Cornbrooks, who jumped on top of the bleacher and began to hug friends sitting next to him.For Cornbrooks, a senior economics major, the touchdown signaled that SU was likely to win the game.“It could’ve been intercepted, but instead, we went up two scores,” Cornbrooks said. “It was just such a fun moment, such a fun atmosphere.”The rest of the game drew plenty more celebrations from Cornbrooks and the SU student section, which filled Sections 235 through 239 of Yankee Stadium for Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl matchup between Syracuse and West Virginia.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the Orange pulling away in the third quarter and going on to a 38-14 victory, Cornbrooks and other students danced, shouted and enjoyed the memory of SU’s second bowl win in three seasons.With the game being played in New York City, about four hours from Syracuse and close to many students who were home for Winter Break, student tickets sold out quickly to set the stage for the raucous student section on Saturday. Some nearby students made the day trip to Yankee Stadium, while others stayed with friends to make a weekend trip out of it.Cornbrooks lives less than an hour from the city in nearby Wilton, Conn., and accommodated three friends for the weekend — two buddies from Syracuse and a friend, Sean Battisti, who spent a semester at WVU last year.The SU-West Virginia rivalry made for good-natured trash talk during the game and throughout the weekend, Cornbrooks said.“When Sean showed up at my house on Friday, everyone booed,” Cornbrooks said. “Even my parents. It was great.”Although SU beat WVU the last two seasons, Battisti had a good feeling about the game due to quarterback Geno Smith and the Mountaineers’ potent passing attack. The morning of the game, Battisti boasted that West Virginia would score 80 points on the Orange defense.But after the SU defense made a few early stops and began to gain momentum, Battisti fell silent. His SU friends started to chide him, and he suddenly found the game hard to watch.“It was tough dealing with everyone who was messing with me,” Battisti said. “No way I ever thought we would get blown out. I guess that’s what I get for sitting in the Syracuse student section.”With the game beginning shortly after 3:15 p.m. and lasting until about 7 p.m., the event was essentially a daylong excursion for those who attended. Some made it truly an all-day affair and arrived at Yankee Stadium hours ahead to tailgate. A parking garage adjacent to the stadium was filled with SU and WVU fans alike by noon.Gatherings were mostly segregated by school, with tailgaters drinking beers and playing games like cornhole, but Syracuse fans were seen wandering over to West Virginia groups on occasion and vice versa.Some students even decided to join the garage-based festivities even though they didn’t drive to the game. One of these students was senior finance and supply chain management major Ryan McKenna, who rode the train in from Connecticut with friends and arrived at Yankee Stadium shortly after 11 a.m., carrying a sign encouraging Nassib to have a big game.“We got there early and wanted to just hang out,” McKenna said. “The best part of these games is almost the pregame experience. It’s like an outdoor party.”For McKenna, another enjoyable part of the game was its outdoor venue. With SU playing its home games inside the Carrier Dome, students don’t usually get a chance to brave the outdoor elements for a game.And the weather was in full force Saturday afternoon, with snow flurries and light winds making for a mild blizzard-like environment. With temperatures hovering at about 30 degrees, it wasn’t so cold as to be painful for most students. The snow added to the experience, McKenna said.“I love when I get to go to NFL games outside in the winter, and you can’t get that vibe at the Dome,” he said. “With us blowing them out, it was just fun feeling the snow and dancing around with everyone.”After the game, the SU team made its traditional march toward the band, which promptly cued up the Syracuse alma mater, as is custom, win or lose. Almost every student stayed, and many put their arms around one another, swaying to the music. For seniors, it was the final chance to enjoy the alma mater after a football game.Students left Yankee Stadium with smiles on their faces, happy to witness a 24-point-Syracuse win firsthand.And unlike many games in the past, no complaints could be heard.“Before the game, I wasn’t even sure that it would be too fun,” said senior finance and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major Kellie Milne, who made the day trip from her home north of Albany. “But I’m so happy I went.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgMidfielders don’t get many chances to shoot.Tasked with playing integral roles on both ends of the field, midfielders like Erica Bodt typically only take one shot a game, while the attack fires off as many as 10 and sometimes more.So when Bodt gets a chance to put points on the board, the senior captain makes the most of her opportunity.“It’s about being ready for those opportunities and being totally focused so that when you get (a chance to shoot), you’re ready, you look at the net, you take your time and you bury it,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “She’s been doing a great job with that this year.”No. 4 Syracuse (12-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) needs Bodt to continue flourishing as the Orange face No. 20 Cornell (10-2, 4-1 Ivy) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Schoellkopf Field. Bodt ranks seventh on the team with 14 points and has scored five goals in SU’s last six games, elevating her play as the team prepares for its final three games before the ACC tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior captain has held a role as a two-way midfielder since freshman year, but toward the tail end of last season, Bodt began to become more efficient offensively. In the 15 games she’s played in this season, Bodt has managed to shoot 24 times and convert 45.8 percent of those chances, up from 40.7 percent last season and 35.3 percent as a sophomore.Bodt struggled with shot selection early in her SU career, Gait said. In her sophomore and junior season, she had a bad habit of dropping her stick down and throwing the ball high, soaring high over the top of the cage.She believes the confidence comes from both extra work outside of practice and affirmation from Gait that she didn’t just have to play midfield with a defensive mind. Gait encouraged her to become more multi-dimensional.“When you get the ball, you don’t want to score,” Bodt remembers Gait said while pointing out a flaw in her game.She began devoting time to developing an offensive game. Bodt plays wall ball at least twice a week for 30 to 45 minutes at a time, emphasizing the use of both hands on her stick. She also began going with roommate Kayla Treanor and other teammates to take extra shots outside of regular practice time at least twice a week.“I’m just trying to be more fluid with my right and left hand,” Bodt said. “It makes it a lot easier if you’re in games and you get a feed with your non-dominant hand up.”Now as her final season nears its end, Gait sees Bodt making less mistakes early in games and building confidence accordingly. Even when she makes mistakes, she’s more likely to respond — a product of a four-year maturation.“Just because it’s my last season, I’ve got to go out with a bang,” Bodt said. “… I want to lay it all out there.” Comments Published on April 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img“It was really, really impressive,” said Kershaw, who will start Game 5 for the Dodgers. “I played with Nate over here for a little bit, and he’s just freakishly strong. Obviously has an incredible arm. But just to be able to do that says a lot about him. It’s really impressive.”With Eovaldi off the table for Saturday, though, Cora tabbed Eduardo Rodriguez, who had faced just one batter in relief on Friday. Rodriguez, who had been in the Boston rotation for much of the season but he missed a chunk of the summer with an ankle injury. Late in September, the Red Sox moved him to the bullpen in September to acclimate him to his likely postseason role.Cora hoped Rodriguez could get through five or six innings. He didn’t allow a run through five, but then he gave up a three-run homer to Yasiel Puig in the sixth, putting the Dodgers up 4-0.Although the game seemed well in hand for the Dodgers at the time, once it became a battle of the bullpens, the Red Sox won. Kelly has not allowed a run in five World Series innings, helping a bullpen win back some of the accolades that had been lost amid a difficult second half.Kelly was on the roster bubble before the postseason, coming off a season that saw his ERA rise from 2.79 in 2017 to 4.39 this year. Kelly apparently had a moment just before the playoffs in which he submitted to some adjustments the coaching staff had suggested.Since the playoffs began, he’s allowed one run in 10-1/3 innings, with 10 strikeouts.Just after Kelly struck out Grandal to send the game to the ninth, still tied at 4, the Red Sox exploded for five runs against the Dodgers’ bullpen.The strong bullpen performance by the Red Sox has helped reverse a trend that was apparent late in their 108-victory season. They were having trouble getting consistent work out of the pitchers between the starters and closer Craig Kimbrel. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — A night after the starter who turned into a reliever pitched so much the Boston Red Sox had to turn to a starter turned reliever turned starter, the victory went to a … reliever.Just a plain old reliever.Joe Kelly, a product of Corona High and UC Riverside, pitched two critical scoreless innings as the Boston bullpen outpitched the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing the Red Sox to overcome a four-run deficit in their Game 4 victory.Kelly struck out Yasmani Grandal with five fastballs – all of them at 98 mph or harder – to escape a first-and-third jam in the bottom of the eighth. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Kelly said his performance on Saturday night was partly inspired by what he’d seen the night before from Nate Eovaldi, one of the starters who had gone to the bullpen in the playoffs to fill the void.In the 18-inning Game 3 marathon, Eovaldi had thrown 97 pitches in six-plus innings of relief, which earned him plenty of admiration from both sides.“I woke up this morning sore, and I thought about Nate,” Kelly said. “Nate’s probably even more sore. Just try to get some momentum off that guy and come into the game thinking, If I could pitch half as good as Nate, it might go well. He grinded out there. And that was very very impressive. And I don’t think I’ve seen it on a baseball field before. It was awesome.”Even though Eovaldi gave up Max Muncy’s game-winning homer on his 97th pitch, a day later both teams were still buzzing about his performance.“That was nothing short of incredible,” said Chris Sale, one of two Boston pitchers who didn’t work in that game. “What he did last night I think picked us up as a team.”Eovaldi had begun his career as a Dodgers prospect, when he was a teammate of Clayton Kershaw, another who admired what he did on Friday night/Saturday morning.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more