FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Perhaps it was fitting that things got a little scary for the fifth-ranked Snow College women’s volleyball on Halloween. After taking a 2-0 lead in the match against No. 12 Utah State Eastern, the Badgers found themselves down late in the set.Snow would come back, however, to win the match and claim its first outright, regular-season conference championship since 1986. With the win, the Badgers improved to 29-2 on the season, including a perfect 9-0 record against league opponents.After winning the first two sets, 25-20, 25-11, the Badgers dropped the third set, 21-25. In game four, USUE controlled most of the set, taking a 20-16 lead late in the game. The Eagles would serve for game point at 24-23, but a USUE violation tied things up at 24-24. The Eagles took a 25-24 lead and served once again for set point. A service error tied things up again and that is all the Badgers would need. Sophomore Bridget Triplett put up a solo block to give the Badgers a 26-25 lead, and on the ensuing play, the defense of Korrin Thornock forced a USUE hitting error to give the Badgers the 27-25 victory.The Badger trio of Andreanna McKee, Sarah Morley, and Thornock totaled 12 kills each and hit a combined .242 for the match. Freshman Lyida Montague chipped in eight kills on 14 attempts with just one error, while sophomore Marcie Stapely had four kills in the win. Triplett led the team with seven blocks on the night, including the stuff block that gave the Badgers the lead late in the fourth and final set. Freshman Ellee Anderson was credited with 40 assists. In addition to her 12 kills, Morley also racked up six blocks and a match-high 17 digs.Snow College will wrap up the regular-season on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Colorado Northwestern. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim. Snow will look to become the first Scenic West team since 2013 to finish the conference season with a perfect, 10-0, record.SUPERLATIVES• Thursday’s win is the 29th victory of the season, marking a school record for most wins in a single-season during the rally scoring era.• The Badgers have won 18 straight, and 22 of their last 23 matches.• Snow has posted a 5-0 record at home this season.• The Badgers have posted a 9-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents this season, including a streak of six straight wins over teams ranked in the top-15.• The Badgers will be the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Region XVIII Tournament on Nov. 8-9. Utah State Eastern will be the No. 2 seed. Both teams will have a first-round bye. While the opponents have yet to be determined, Snow will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. The tournament occurs at the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim. Tags: Snow Volleyball Written by November 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 5 Badgers Claim First Outright Conference Title Since 1986 Brad James
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There has been a significant increase in the number of applications and acceptances from ethnic minority students, according to recently published figures by the University. In the most competitive year in the University’s history, applications from black ethnic minorities for undergraduate entry in 2007 rose by 19% with acceptances increasing by 21%. Both educational charities and parliamentary figures welcomed the news. A spokesman for the Sutton Trust, which campaigns to get brighter students from non-traditional backgrounds into top universities, said, “We are delighted that the latest figures show an increase in students going to Oxford University from ethnic minority backgrounds. We would like to congratulate the University.” A motion tabled for Parliament by Dr. Evan Harris, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, also acknowledged the work the University had done to raise the achievement and aspirations among black boys. The motion stated, “This House welcomes the University of Oxford Black Boys Can Programme which is run in conjunction with the National Black Boys Can Association, wishes the 26 students in this year’s programme every success, and encourages more higher education institutions in the UK to participate in such schemes.” The joint venture involves residential programmes in Oxford as well as follow up training days and talks for parents on how best to support their boy’s aspirations. Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, said, “Competition for a place to study at Oxford University has been fiercer than ever last year. It is good to see that specifically targeted outreach activities, such as our work with black ethnic minorities, is beginning to bear fruit. We are grateful for Evan Harris MP’s interest and support for our work with the National Black Boys Can Association.” However, there have been reservations concerning the relevance of the latest statistics. A spokesman for the NBBCA said, “We need to look behind the figures.” He argued that a closer look at the data revealed an increase in students from “dualheritage backgrounds” and not necessarily those from African and Afr can- Caribbean backgrounds. He went on to say that more still needed to be done to widen participation at the Red Brick universities. “One of the things they could try is to go into inner city black communities and conduct some sessions in schools so that brighter students from those areas do not feel intimidated, but think ‘I can be there as well’.” The call for more action coincides with increased efforts by the university to widen access. In November a visit by the US Civil Rights Leader, Rev Jesse Jackson, launched the ASPIRE initiative aimed at encouraging more black students to apply to the University through mentoring schemes. At the event hosted by Regent’s Park College, Rev Jackson called for the University to reflect the diversity of society. Meanwhile a University spokesperson explained how the University would increase its work on widening access through a “new Student Funding and Access Office which brings together functions which were previously distributed across the administration.” James Lamming, Vice-President of OUSU, added, “OUSU, the Oxford Access Scheme and the University have all been investing in encouraging applications from all backgrounds, through open days, school visits, residentials and guides such as the OUSU Alternative Prospectus. OUSU hopes to see the University continue investing in the schemes, like the Summer Schools, that have proven to be most successful, and targeting support to help talented students from all backgrounds who have so far not enjoyed the greatest educational opportunities.” Yet Oxford continues to attract criticism after the latest admission statistics revealed that the number of state school pupils who were admitted had not risen. Of those who gained a place to study for 2007 entry, 46.8% were from the Maintained sector, a slight decrease on the percentage for the previous year. This follows a Sutton Trust report which claimed that a small number of top independent schools provided one third of all admissions to Oxbridge. A spokesman for the Sutton Trust said that they “hope the number of youngsters going to Oxford from state schools and poorer homes will also increase, as students from these backgrounds remain under-represented.” Last year there were 13,639 applications in total, an increase of 8.1%, which is the largest number ever recorded. From these there were 3,160 acceptances. This equates to an overall success rate of 23.2%, nearly 2% down on the previous year’s figure of 25.4%. by Katherine Hall
State Won’t Appeal Order Blocking Abortion LawDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA federal judge’s order blocking a divisive and restrictive abortion law signed this year by Gov. Mike Pence will not be appealed, Indiana Lawyer has learned. The decision not to appeal at this time effectively punts a decision on a possible future appeal to new state office-holders to be elected in November.District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Indianapolis on June 30 granted a preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, blocking House Enrolled Act 1337 from taking effect July 1. The deadline for a notice of appeal of Pratt’s injunction order passed without a notice of appeal filed by the state. Pratt’s ruling, while appealable, was not a final judgment in the case, but she wrote that her ruling was based on the legal conclusion that Planned Parenthood was likely to succeed on the merits of its argument that the law was unconstitutional.The law Pratt blocked would have prohibited abortions because of genetic abnormality, race, sex or ancestry; mandated disposal of an aborted fetus only through burial or cremation; and required abortion providers to inform patients of the law’s anti-discrimination provisions and what they prohibited. Proponents of the law characterized it as an anti-discrimination measure providing dignity for the unborn; opponents termed it an unprecedented assault on a woman’s right to abortion recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.“After reviewing the case with our clients and discussing the case procedurally with the plaintiffs, the State has no need to pursue an interlocutory appeal at this point since all the State’s legal rights are preserved,” said Bryan Corbin, spokesman for Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “Instead, the case will proceed on the merits to the final judgment stage, with additional briefing before the same U.S. District Court. The parties will work on proposing a joint case management plan setting forth deadlines for future actions in the case. If there were a final judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, then the State would likely appeal that.”Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks referred a message seeking comment to the AG’s office.American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said Planned Parenthood would now move for summary judgment in the case. Briefing alone on that motion will extend beyond the Nov. 8 general election, he said. That means the decision on whether to appeal Pratt’s ruling is likely to be made by whomever voters elect in November as governor and attorney general.Pence is running for vice president with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, while Zoeller opted not to seek another term as AG after losing a Republican primary for a congressional race. Democrat John Gregg and Republican Eric Holcomb are running for governor; Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo and Republican Curtis Hill are the candidates for attorney general.Pratt’s ruling came the same week the Supreme Court of the United States in a 5-3 decision rolled back a restrictive Texas abortion law. Justices found the Texas law’s increased regulations on abortion clinics were medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limited a woman’s right to an abortion.Since that decision and the striking of HEA 1337, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky also sued the state seeking an injunction against a 2016 Indiana abortion law requiring women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail