Quiz show captain rusticated

first_imgTHE CAPTAIN of Magdalen’s University Challenge team has been rusticated for a year due to poor academic performance.Second year history student Jon Wright hopes to continue as captain despite being sent down, but has yet to hear from College authorities whether he will be allowed to continue in the role.Wright said he would oppose any College attempts to remove him from the team. “I haven’t heard anything at all from College: this is only rustication, I’m still a student. We don’t really have anyone who could take my place on the team, so if College do have a problem with me carrying on I’ll be vigorously opposing that,” he said. Magdalen have already won through the first round, beating Liverpool 185 to 100, and have filmed their next match against Birmingham, but due to contractual agreements Wright was unable to reveal the result as the programme has not yet aired. Magdalen have previously won the competition three times before in 1997, 1998 and 2004.He was “quietly confident” that the team had a good chance of doing well in the competition, but stopped short of predicting victory. “We don’t expect to win, but given the right opponents and right questions we could have a chance of winning,” he said. Magdalen’s Junior Dean, Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, refused to comment on whether Wright would be allowed to continue as University Challenge captain, saying he would have to wait until the matter was dealt with internally.”As its in an internal disciplinary matter we can’t make any comment. Jon is of course allowed to think what he wants, but we won’t make any comment until it has been dealt with by the College authorities. It’s the sort of thing we would have to discuss internally and with Jon before we make anything public,” he said.According to Wright, he was rusticated for a year by the College due to poor academic work. “It was purely for academic reasons, just because I didn’t work hard enough, so they suggested I take a year off and regain my focus which I am now doing. I hope to get a job to give myself some structure and then work towards my penal collections at the end of Trinity Term.”last_img read more

‘Thunder and lightning’ look to restore SU’s stability out of the backfield

first_imgThat will be crucial to the team’s success as the Orange’s record without Dungey is just 1-9 since 2015.Neal and Strickland have also been working to improve on their pass catching out of the backfield to give Dungey quick-hit options. Last season Neal averaged 14.2 yards per catch and Strickland added 7.9. Both backs expect their workload as receivers out of the backfield to increase in 2018.When they receive the ball, both have proven the ability to gain chunk yardage, and receiving out of the backfield could be another way to keep Dungey intact.“I think that really takes some pressure off of Eric,” Servais said. “He can be at ease. He can sit back, hand the ball off and watch us ride.” The last time anyone rushed for 1,000 yards for Syracuse was 2012, when Jerome Smith gained 1,171 yards on 5.2 yards per carry. Smith netted 914 yards the following year. No one has reached 607 yards since.While SU made some of the top wideout production in the country in the past two years with Amba Etta-Tawo and Steve Ishmael, the Orange are without an emerging threat through the 2018 preseason. The backfield may need to emerge as a reliable threat, something it has struggled to do since Smith’s production in 2012.“Guys want to change the culture around here,” junior Moe Neal said. “We’re trying to be great each and every day.”Last year, the Orange ranked 84th in the nation on the ground (4.0 yards per carry). To take a leap forward to bowl eligibility, a surge in backfield production may help.Last season, Neal and senior Dontae Strickland rushed for a combined 970 yards, averaging 5.3 and 3.8 yards per carry, respectively. Quarterback, and now senior, Eric Dungey led the team in rushing with 595 yards on a team-leading 143 carries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe rushing attack took a leap of more than 500 yards from SU head coach Dino Babers’ first year in 2016 to his second in 2017 — but much of that had to do with Dungey’s 302 yard increase from his sophomore to junior season.It starts at the line of scrimmage for the Orange this season, several players have said. Last year, the Orange offense played behind a young and inexperienced offensive line. Airon Servais and Sam Heckel were both thrust into starting roles after redshirting in 2016. Combined with Aaron Roberts’ season-ending injury before the season, that caused an adjustment period for the SU offense.“Our first game reps came with guys that already had some experience out there,” Servais said. “It’s just game-by-game we learn a little bit about each other, and we know how each other plays. And by the end we’re one unit rather than five separate guys blocking out there.”Strickland and Neal call themselves the “thunder and lightning,” respectively, of the team. They’re both working to add the other element to their game.Strickland spent much of fall camp working on his agility in the open field, something which comes naturally to Neal. Neal has tried to match Strickland’s power, working on converting in goal-line situations and digging into the trenches.“(Strickland) gets that tough yardage, and that’s something that I want to work on as well,” Neal said, “being able to get those tough inside yards.”But as much as the unit is looking to improve its ability on the ground, it’s also working to protect Dungey. In addition to that improved and more experienced offensive line, the running back unit has constantly been working on keeping Dungey upright, Neal said.“Just trying to get more knowledgeable in the game,” Neal said. “Understanding defenses, where the blitz is coming from, being able to pass protect better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 29, 2018 at 12:16 am Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

Alpena County commissioners shoot down pot proposal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA – With the November elections a few months ahead, Alpena County commissioners denounced an issue on the ballot that would legalize marijuana for recreational use if approved.Commissioners took a stand against marijuana in a 7 to 1 vote in Tuesday’s meeting. Board member Brenda Fournier was the lone vote in this week’s non–binding decision.The remaining board members cast their decent because of the potential for passengers to drive under the influence and kids getting their hands on marijuana if left out in the open.The board came to a vote only to express their stance.In November, voters will decide for themselves if they support of oppose legislation that would allow recreational use of marijuana.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s shipwreck facade project officially completedNext Farming Creates New Generation of Farmers, Encouraging Families to ‘Taste the Difference’last_img read more