A program of exploration

first_imgOn an overcast Wednesday at Harvard Medical School, 15 first-year College students crowd around one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists and listen to the sound of brain cells firing.“The demonstration was to show students that our eyes move, even when we’re looking at an object that’s fixed in space,” says David Hubel, John Enders University Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in medicine, and leader of a freshman seminar on the neurophysiology of visual perception. “The clicks they heard on my computer’s speakers were impulses from the brain of a monkey that was looking at a light line on a dark background. Every time the animal’s eyes moved, its brain cells fired. This is how we learn about the way the brain processes visual information.”Hubel is one of dozens of senior faculty across the University who participate in the Freshman Seminar Program for the joy of working with students who are, in his words, “uncommitted, eager, and interested.” Founded in 1959, the program connects first-year students with leading faculty to explore topics of mutual interest. Class size is small to encourage discussion rather than lecturer. Courses are taught by faculty from almost all of Harvard’s schools.Director Sandra Naddaff says that the program — which enrolled 1,307 freshmen in 129 seminars in 2009-2010 — is a “microcosm of liberal arts education at Harvard.”“Students come to Harvard College not for preprofessional training, but for a liberal arts education,” she says. “The Freshman Seminar Program is an opportunity to explore a topic with a small group of your peers in the company of a member of the faculty. Students learn to participate in a discussion, to develop writing and oral presentation skills, and to cultivate certain behaviors of mind that stand them in good stead throughout their undergraduate careers.”Last fall, Lillian Nottingham ’13 took “The Economist’s View of the World,” a seminar led by Professor N. Gregory Mankiw. As someone who studied economics in high school, Nottingham was thrilled to find herself in a small course with the chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the second Bush administration.“‘The Economist’s View of the World’ was, without a doubt, my favorite class my freshman year,” she says. “Not only was I in a class of less than 20 students in my first semester of college, I was able to study with a professor who was at the top of his field.”Mankiw says that the aim of his course is to give students the tools to understand critical economic issues, particularly when opinion diverges among scholars.“Students try to see the world through the eyes of prominent economists, such as Arthur Okun, Milton Friedman, Paul Krugman, and Friedrich Hayek,” he says. “We wrestle with the question of why these economists sometimes disagree, even while sharing the same academic discipline.”Naddaff says that the Freshman Seminar Program also exists to encourage students to explore new and different topics. Students do not receive a letter grade, only a mark of satisfactory or unsatisfactory in order to encourage them to take subjects about which they might be curious, but know little.“The program gives students the freedom to take intellectual risks,” she says. “That’s one of the most important things you can do as a first-year student.”Few things feel riskier to young adults than performing in front of their peers, but that’s precisely what freshmen are asked to do in Remo Airaldi’s seminar, “The Art and Craft of Acting.” Airaldi, himself a graduate of the College and a 17-year member of the American Repertory Theater’s Resident Acting Company, says that last year he reserved half the slots in class for students with no acting experience.“The whole point of the program is for people to take a leap of faith,” he says. “Maybe they’re interested in acting, but they’ve never done it. So, I took eight gung-ho students who had been acting since age 3 — theater camps, school shows, etc. — and eight who’d simply written something in their essay that touched me. It ended up being wonderful. There were moments when the people who hadn’t acted before were very truthful on stage, whereas the others had a lot of stuff that needed to be unlearned.”If there’s one downside to the program, it’s that competition is fierce and not every student gets his or her first-choice seminar. Mankiw, for instance, says that he received 200 applications for 16 slots in his class this fall. Naddaff says that the Freshman Seminar Program has expanded dramatically over the past 15 years and that the College will continue to do all it can to meet demand. In the meantime, she encourages freshmen to apply to several seminars and to look at courses offered during the spring semester, when enrollment drops.“A student may apply to as many seminars as they’d like,” she says. “We encourage them to apply to at least three and to remember that spring applications are much less intense and competitive.”Students who participate in the program often develop close relationships with classmates and faculty that last throughout their Harvard careers.“Dr. Hubel and I still keep in touch, and he encourages me in my pursuit of science as well as my interest in classical music, ballet, and arts journalism,” says Alyssa A. Botelho ’13. “I admire him not only as a scientist, but also as mentor and a friend. It is an honor to learn from him.”Naddaff says that, once faculty members teach in the seminar program, many want to return year after year. That’s certainly the case for David Hubel, who considers himself lucky to have the opportunity to continue his research and teach small classes of first-year students.“You’re the boss,” he says. “There’s no curriculum you have to fill. You don’t have to have a committee meeting if you want to introduce a new topic. On top of that, I would miss getting to know students if I were to stop doing this course. The freshman seminar is the best invention to come along in the half-century I’ve been around.”last_img read more

Harvard Square Farmers Market’s catch of the day

first_imgThe Harvard Square Farmers Market is gearing up for another season. This year, the market will open at noon Tuesdays beginning June 14.Starting in March, the Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC) Community Supported Fishery (CSF) will return to the corner of Kirkland and Oxford streets as part of the Harvard Square Farmers Market, using it as a drop-off point for shareholders. Members can pick up their seafood from 4 to 6 p.m., signing up for a weekly or biweekly schedule.The CAFC taps local fishermen who use sustainable fishing methods. During its first 18 months in operation, CAFC provided its share-members with a variety of fish using the direct-to-consumer distribution model to ensure the freshest seafood possible. Share costs vary, depending on frequency and how you want your fish prepped for delivery.To learn more or sign up for the new season, go to http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org.last_img read more

Mad River Snow and Maurer Construction Team Up

first_imgMad River Snow, Inc an affiliate of MadRiver Lifts, has joined forces with Maurer Construction, Ltd ofPenticton, British Columbia to provide design/build services for log, postand beam, and timber frame structures to mountain resorts throughout NorthAmerica. The new venture is offering turnkey construction services,including design, construction, general contracting, site work, and finishwork. The announcement was made jointly by Jeff Robinson, Principalof Mad River Snow and Fred Maurer, President of Maurer Construction.Maurer will design, fabricate, transport, and construct base lodges,ancillary buildings (like ski school and rental shops), condominiums andsingle-family homes of all sizes. The quality log, post and beam, andtimber frame resort structures are designed with the aesthetic andfunctional requirements that are unique to mountain resorts. The logbuildings are energy efficient and the rustic alpine elegance of eachstructure offers a visual impact and mountain resort ambience. Mad RiverSnow will provide general contracting, construction management, marketingrepresentation and client support services for the venture.Maurer has created custom log homes and structures for over 25 years —from cozy log cabins to massive log structures of over 16,000 square feetwith towering rock faces setting the backdrop. Each structure is built toexceed the exacting standards of the industry. Each log is hand peeled andhand crafted by skilled craftsman working with the finest logs selectedfrom forests throughout British Columbia. Maurer is experienced withcomplex construction challenges having built on the edge of sheer cliffs,in extremely remote areas, and other unique sites.Mad River Snow provides marketing representation, client relations, andsupport services to organizations that serve the ski industry. MRSPrincipal, Jeff Robinson, also brings to the relationship over 30 years ofexperience in commercial and residential construction as a licensedGeneral Contractor. Jeff holds an MBA degree in Management from SuffolkUniversity in Boston, Massachusetts with an emphasis on financial andmanagerial control techniques. MRS affiliate, Mad River Lifts, provideslift construction, maintenance and brokerage services to the ski industry.Prior to forming Mad River Lifts in 1999, Jeff served as a ConstructionSupervisor for Lietner Lifts USA, Garaventa CTEC, and Doppelmayr.last_img read more

Supreme Court Kills Murray Energy Suit Against EPA

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Hill:The Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a [Murray Energy] appeal arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must regularly report on the impact to coal jobs from its regulations.The rejection means that the previous ruling stands, in which the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that the EPA does not have to regularly produce the jobs reports.Murray Energy is headed by Bob Murray, an outspoken coal mogul and frequent litigant against the Obama EPA and others he has perceived as anti-coal, as well as a strong supporter of President Trump. The case started years ago, under the Obama administration, amid industry and Republican accusations that the administration was killing thousands of jobs with its environmental rules. Murray argued that the Clean Air Act gives the EPA a concrete, non-negotiable duty to frequently report on the estimated and actual impact its regulations have on employment in affected industries, like coal mining and utilities.Both the Obama and Trump administrations said Murray’s reading of the law was too inflexible and that the EPA’s existing analyses written as part of the regulatory process was sufficient. The Richmond-based Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed and overturned [a lower court’s] ruling in 2017.More: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/367898-supreme-court-rejects-case-over-epa-coal-jobs-reports Supreme Court Kills Murray Energy Suit Against EPAlast_img read more

Software doesn’t just make training easier, it makes it better

first_imgRunning a credit union without a strong training operation is like trying to start a car without gas in the tank. Training gives your staff the skills they need to execute their responsibilities, and it allows you to create paths of professional development that keep them engaged and excited to come to work. Virtually every key success metric—from sales to customer satisfaction to employee retention—connects to training in some way, so your training should be driven by the latest, most advanced software. If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a learning management system (LMS).A Training HubAn LMS is a program that manages all your online learning activities, including:Assigning, scheduling and administering coursesTracking progress and course completionsReporting resultsCreating learning pathsAs the technology evolves, LMS’s continue to expand to include a range of high-end features including the ability to deliver content to mobile devices and integrate your own custom-made courses with the program.5 key benefits that credit unions using and LMS realize:1. Less WasteIt’s not always easy to keep track of learning needs for everyone in your credit union. Fortunately, an LMS keeps everything organized. Whenever you want to know an employee’s progress on their learning plan, you can just search them by name and pull up their profile.Because this information is always stored and up to date, you always know exactly what courses each employee needs. No more time or money spent on training only to realize it was unnecessary.2. More People In the LoopPeople procrastinate and forget—it’s just a fact of life. Oftentimes, trainers must take it upon themselves to personally remind employees that a specific requirement is coming due. Sending these reminders takes time; an LMS gives you that time back.LMS’s come with automated messaging systems that remind staff members about upcoming training deadlines, which keeps everyone current and takes one more manual task your plate.3. Better Cost ManagementBecause there are so many factors to keep track of, it’s sometimes difficult to precisely calculate training costs. With an LMS, you can fine-tune your financial reporting by using built-in expense tracking tools to record the costs of the content and the time employees spend on training.This information is particularly valuable when you want to develop an ROI report to show leadership the value of your training initiatives.4. Heightened InterestWe constantly hear stories about credit unions that notice an appreciable boost of interest in skill development and professional growth once they made the switch to an LMS. The reason? When training is easy to access and delivers a personalized experience, staff participation increases.Successful online training programs are powered by content that provides practical knowledge the trainees can use. Practical content and a sleek, intuitive LMS are a winning mixture for credit union training. Together, they make it easier to provide your staff with career-enhancing skills and insights.5. Showing a Commitment to TrainingAn LMS also has symbolic value, and symbols matter. By making the investment in an LMS, you’re demonstrating a commitment to your team’s professional development and sending them a clear five-word message: “We care about your growth.”Your employees will get that message, and you’ll be rewarded with higher engagement, lower turnover and increased staff satisfaction. On top of streamlining and improving your training, an LMS could be the catalyst you need to transform your work culture.CUNA Professional Development Online (CPD Online) is the premier web-based training service for the credit union industry. To learn more, visit cuna.org/cpdonline. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Marlo Foltz For the past 15 years, Marlo has designed, developed and conducted training programs for credit union employees, executives and volunteers. Marlo is responsible for working with the Center for Professional … Web: www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more

Loaded shotgun, handgun, drugs found in Binghamton residence

first_imgPolice say Alicea and Marte-Viera were arraigned in the Broome County Court Wednesday morning and remanded to the custody of the Broome County Correctional Facility. Charges filed on Gonzalez: A third suspect in the case, AnnaMarie Gonzalez, was not arraigned due to restrictions in place by the Courts due to COVID-19 procedures and the charges against Gonzalez are not qualified offenses as defined by the NYS Bail Reform Law. Gonzalez was released and charges are pending for future arraignment/indictment. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub 1), a class B felonyCriminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felonyCriminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree (sub 1), a class D felonyCriminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor2 counts of of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor The task force says it recovered a loaded handgun and shotgun, ammo, crack-cocaine and drug packaging materials. Charges filed on Alicea and Marte-Viera:center_img Authorities said the following regarding Gonzalez: The Broome County Special Investigations Task Force charged 53-year-old Jose Alicia, 44 Jaimie Marte-Viera and 53-year-old AnnaMarie Gonzalez of Binghamton with multiple felonies. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Authorities say drugs and weapons were recovered from a Binghamton residence in a drug raid on Susquehanna Street Wednesday. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub 1), a class B felonyCriminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree (sub 3), a class D felonyCriminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony2 counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia.last_img read more

‘We are dying’: No new shopping center openings, leasing grinds to halt

first_imgThe market was projected to see a total of 205,000 square meters of new projects being developed this year, according to a quarterly report released on April 20 by Cushman & Wakefield, which operates in 60 countries. But Arief expected no new openings of shopping centers in the second quarter.“If the pandemic does not abate soon, then the occupancy rate of shopping centers in Jakarta is projected to decline,” Arief told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “It was because there were no tenants opening new stores in shopping centers, and many tenants that failed due to COVID-19 were forced to close their stores.”Cushman & Wakefield noted at least seven key lease transactions in the first quarter of the year — excluding lease renewal.The largest transaction in terms of area was by movie theater chain FLIX Cinema with 7,500 sq m of space at Mall of Indonesia, followed by clothing retail company H&M with 6,000 sq m of space at Mall Kelapa Gading, both in North Jakarta.“Many tenants are temporarily suspending their business expansion and postponing their fit-out work,” said Arief.Prior to the social restrictions in Jakarta, the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the occupancy rate of shopping centers remained relatively stable at 80.8 percent in the January to March period, a decline of 0.3 percentage points from the previous quarter.Wendy Haryanto, the executive director of Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), a non-profit organization advising developers, said on May 15 that owners of retail property needed an elimination of the minimum utility bill to cut costs in order to survive the pandemic.For example, Grand Indonesia, a 17.5-hectare shopping center in Central Jakarta, may have to face a minimum monthly utility bill of Rp 4 billion, although its electricity consumption is estimated to be drastically lower because temporary closure is in place.“This is very difficult,” Wendy said in an online talk on May 15. “Eliminating the minimum utility bill for the property is a must.”Read also: Concerns mount over reopening of offices, malls as Indonesia steps into ‘new normal’Naomi Santosa, the head of property and asset management at real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), expected shopping centers to see shorter customer visits of between 2 and 3 hours a day as they mainly come for basic shopping needs in the early days after the restriction is lifted.“So people may not hang out with their friends for an entire day,” Naomi said in an online talk on May 15. “I do not see that happening in this particular time.”Topics : The retail property market recorded no new openings of shopping centers or leasing activities in April and May in Jakarta as shopping malls across the country temporarily closed to prevent further spread of COVID-19.Data compiled by the Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) show that 190 shopping malls across the country temporarily closed.Stefanus Ridwan, the chairman of the association, said Tuesday that some shopping malls had negotiated a one-month rent deferment deal with tenants to ease the financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Some also offered large discounts on rent or service charge. “We are dying, much less able to survive,” Stefanus, who also serves as president director of publicly listed real estate developer PT Pakuwon Jati, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “We had hoped to make a profit during Idul Fitri, but in these conditions, we did not.”The government has planned to gradually reopen the economy under health protocols to establish a “new normal” amid the continued rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Summarecon Mall in Bekasi, West Java, on Tuesday to take a look at the mall’s preparations for its upcoming reopening.Read also: ‘I don’t think we can wait’: Business groups ready for ‘new normal’ despite risksArief Rahardjo, the director of research and strategic consulting at real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, said the coronavirus restrictions in Jakarta, which were extended to June 4, forced newly developed shopping centers to delay their opening longer.last_img read more

Virus deaths reach 375,000 as Latin America struggles

first_img‘Framework’ for flying Businesses have been under immense pressure as lockdowns keep consumers and employees at home, with the global airline industry among the hardest hit after tourism dried up.As the sector seeks to forge a future amid the continued threat from the virus, the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday released a “framework” for assuring the safety of passengers and workers.Travellers should be forced to present health certificates at airports and undergo temperature checks, the ICAO said.There were also snippets of inspiration however among the reams of bad news.Hundreds of bands took their music to the streets of Lithuania to lift people’s spirits as the Baltic nation allowed public gatherings again.”Our orchestra is extremely happy to meet and make music again,” said Modestas Barkauskas, chief conductor of the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in the capital Vilnius.”We want to share our joy with you because music is medicine for the soul.” Topics : Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico are suffering the highest daily increases, but numbers are also on the rise in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Haiti.The region has logged one million cases and recorded more than 50,000 deaths, with Brazil accounting for more than half of those cases and close to 60 percent of the fatalities.The mayor of Rio de Janeiro said Monday, however, that the popular tourist city would start gradually easing lockdown measures from Tuesday, beginning with the re-opening of places of worship, and water sports.Mexico also began re-opening on Monday, reactivating the automotive industry, mining and construction even as the country recorded more than 10,000 virus deaths.Ryan warned that the region faces a tough battle in the weeks ahead.”I don’t believe we have reached the peak in that transmission and, at this point, I cannot predict when we will,” he said. The march of the illness across the Americas comes as other parts of the world return to relative normality after weeks of restrictions on daily life that have wrecked economies and left millions jobless.Schools, swimming pools, pubs and tourist sites have begun to open again in Europe as the continent continues easing lockdowns despite the threat of a second wave of infections.The pandemic has now infected at least 6.2 million since erupting in China in late 2019.Four of the 10 countries across the globe with the greatest number of new coronavirus infections on Monday were in Latin America, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said. The global death toll from the coronavirus topped 375,000 on Tuesday as the disease continued to tear through Latin America, but in Europe the return to normality gathered pace with the French heading back to their beloved cafes and restaurants.Healthcare systems across Latin America risk being overwhelmed by the illness, the World Health Organization said, as fatalities from the disease in hard-hit Brazil neared 30,000.The warning from the global health body came as a sister UN agency issued new guidelines for pandemic-hit airlines that reveal what flying might look like when passenger planes take to the skies again in earnest. Gatherings hit Much of East Asia, meanwhile, has seen infections slow to a trickle in recent weeks, but restrictions on mass gatherings remain.Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil for those killed in China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has been banned for the first time due to COVID-19 concerns. And in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticized Black Lives Matter protesters for flouting social distancing rules when the country is on the verge of eliminating the virus.Pupils wearing face masks returned to schools in Singapore and some workplaces re-opened as restrictions were eased Tuesday in the Asian city-state.But there was alarm from Bangladesh, where an official said a 71-year-old became the first Rohingya refugee to die of the virus in camps for those fleeing Myanmar.The man was among at least 29 Rohingya to test positive in the shelters, which are home to nearly one million people. ‘Light at the end’ In Europe however, countries have started to emerge from lockdowns — cautiously adopting a post-pandemic version of normal. Bars resumed service in Finland and Norway — with social distancing restrictions or shortened hours in place — while some schools in Britain and Greece opened their doors. Britain reported 111 more virus deaths on Monday, the lowest daily toll since its lockdown started on March 23.London’s Camden Market cautiously opened for the first time in 10 weeks, with stallholders excited to welcome customers.”We are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Mario Warner, owner of a nearby clothing store that has been given the green light to open in two weeks.Greece opened some hotels, schools, pools and tattoo parlors, while Italy re-opened the Colosseum, although only to Italians.There was also good news from Spain, which on Monday recorded its first 24-hour period without a COVID-19 death since March 3.France registered 31 deaths over the last 24 hours and on Tuesday re-opened cafes, restaurants and bistros that have been closed since its lockdown began in mid-March.”Optimism reigns today,” said Herve Becam of the country’s UMIH hospitality union.The unshackling of eateries came as finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the French economy is set to shrink 11 percent this year, a contraction he called a “brutal” shock.last_img read more

PSG sure of new deal for Mbappe, Neymar

first_img Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t Explain10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do “There’s no need to overthink it. We have to take advantage of having them because they’re something huge. We have to find a solution to continue together.” Leonardo, meanwhile, says Neymar has put last summer, when he wanted to join Barcelona, behind him. “We’ve not talked about it anymore,” he said. “He’s been very happy, he’s had a great season and he’s been very involved with the3 squad.” Leonardo, who indicated that PSG will have a “summer of transition without any bling-bling transfers”, also confirmed that record scorer Edinson Cavani will leave the club in the summer, when his contract expires, with long-time servant Thiago Silva and right-back Thomas Meunier also departing on free transfers.CIES – PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe rated at €259m read also:CIES – PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe rated at €259m Although the Ligue 1 season was aborted early due to the coronavirus pandemic, PSG are set to complete their two domestic cup campaigns, in which they will face Lyon (in the Coupe de la Ligue) and Rennes (in the Coupe de France) finals, while their Champions League quest is expected to be concluded in August. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has affirmed his intention to tie Kylian Mbappe and Neymar down to the club on a long-term basis. Will Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both be fully fit While both attackers have been linked with moves away in recent months, Mbappe to Liverpool and Real Madrid, and Neymar with a switch to either Los Blancos or Barcelona, the Ligue 1 champions are not planning for life without their star duo. Nevertheless, if they fail to negotiate contract extensions with the pair, whose deals are up in 2022, they may be forced into difficult decisions next summer and that is not something that Leonardo wishes to consider. “There’s nothing that tells us they’ll leave this summer,” Leonardo told Journal du Dimanche . “They both still have two years left on their contracts and we’re thinking about what we can do next with them. We want to move forward. “Mbappe is the future of PSG. This is what everyone wants. The ideal scenario would be for him to extend his contract. He’s already among the best five players in the word. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are 32 and 35, Neymar and Mbappe are 28 and 21 and they are with us.center_img Loading… last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Defeats North Alabama 3-0 to Improve to 9-0 in the Conference

first_img Share UWF Volleyball Defeats North Alabama 3-0 to Improve to 9-0 in the Conference Oct. 26, 2007 Box Score  FLORENCE, Ala. – The North Alabama Lions have had a stranglehold on the East Division of the Gulf South Conference for the last few years, but the torch may have been handed over to West Florida tonight, as the Argos swept the Lions 3-0 on their home court. Not many teams have gone into Flowers Gymnasium and defeated the Lions, and the Argos did it for the first time ever in convincing fashion, with a 30-27, 30-20, 30-19 victory.”To go into their place, and play real well, and stop their big hitters, is a great accomplishment for us,” exclaimed Coach Melissa Wolter. “We had several players step up at different times and play very well. We served very aggressively and tried to minimize (Danielle) Palasak and (Whitney) Sanders, since they have the ability to take over a match. We did that very well by playing great defense.”The first game was closely contested, as the Argos maintained a slight lead throughout most of the game, until an Alison Jacobs kill for the Lions tied the score at 19. The Argos then scored on an error, and followed that with Kills from Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) to regain the momentum. However, moments later, a big block by Whitney Sanders and an Argo hitting error, tied the score at 27. Then the Argos scored what turned out to be the key points of the match, on a kill by Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil), and a service ace from Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.), to close out game one by a 30-27 score.Game two was controlled by the defense of West Florida, as Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) repeatedly came up with big digs to set up the Argo offense. Coach Wolter thought Wilhoite’s play was crucial to the match. “There was great defense by both teams tonight, and Chelsea (Wilhoite) played some outstanding defense for us. We were very efficient and won the long rallies, which is a credit to our defense.” The Argos won game two by a 30-20 score, and Wilhoite was on her way to a match high 18 digs.The third game was a continuation of the Argo momentum, as they coasted to a 30-19 win. West Florida spread the offense around, as Rapach, Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.), and Wilhoite all hit above .300, while Clark added 15 kills at a .290 clip. Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) spread the Argo offense around to the tune of 38 assists. Jacobs lead the Lions with 32 assists, while Jessica Hansen contributed 13 digs. Sanders and Palasak had 11 kills for the Lions, while Clark (15) and Rapach (13) paced the Argo attack. Meanwhile, Gualberto added five blocks for UWF, and Carter chipped in with 10 digs and two service aces.The Argos improved to 26-4 on the season, and 9-0 in the GSC, while North Alabama dropped to 17-14 overall, and 7-3 in the conference. West Florida stays on the road, and plays again tomorrow against Alabama-Huntsville in a 1:00 pm match, with a chance to officially clinch first place in the East Division of the GSC. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more