Record-breakers Grant, Daniels provide SU with new gameplan on base paths

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on May 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Lisaira Daniels stole third base against Louisville on April 21. But unlike all the other bases she’s stolen this season, this time the swipe didn’t leave Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross too happy.A bit anxious, the sophomore thought that a certain pitch was ball four and hustled her way down to third base. But her count was wrong. Luckily, she made it in safely.‘I got on the base and I was like, ‘I’m sorry,” Daniels said.There was no reason to be sorry the other 27 times Daniels has stolen a base this season. Daniels, with 28 stolen bases, and Veronica Grant, who has 25 swipes, are part of Syracuse’s game plan to pressure the other team on the base paths. Daniels and Grant hold the top two spots in stolen bases in the Big East this year.Looking to use that to its advantage, the Orange (28-21, 10-8 Big East) will travel to Canisius (30-15, 12-2 MAAC) Tuesday for a doubleheader. It is SU’s last set of nonconference games in the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Daniels and Grant have surpassed the SU single-season stolen base record of 20, set by their teammate Stephanie Watts last season. Watts is third on the team, with 10 stolen bases this season. She recently moved into the leadoff spot in the batting order, with Grant and Daniels right behind her in the order.That all adds up to one thing: a lot of speed for Ross to play with.‘It’s like we have three leadoff hitters,’ Ross said. ‘I’m able to steal with (Watts), too. She’s fast.’The speed that the Orange has did not get to Syracuse by coincidence. It was a conscious effort on the recruiting trail by Ross to make the Orange dangerous on the bases. Watts is a sophomore in her second year on the Orange. Daniels, a transfer, and Grant, a freshman, are both in their first years with Syracuse. Next season’s recruiting class includes two more burners, Shirley Daniels (Lisaira’s sister) and Kealy McMullen.‘We went for a while with power, and we were like, ‘Let’s get the power numbers back up but have a good mix of speed,” Ross said. ‘There’s speed and there’s ‘real’ speed. I think we’ve got some ‘real’ speed.’For Daniels and Grant, breaking the stolen base record has turned into a friendly competition. Early in the season it was Grant in the lead. In SU’s five early-season tournaments, Grant had 15 stolen bases while Daniels had 12. Since then, Daniels has held a 16-10 advantage to take the lead.It isn’t like Grant has struggled though.‘I hit too many doubles,’ joked Grant, who stole one base in SU’s most recent doubleheader at Pittsburgh.The speed has translated into wins for the Orange as well. Syracuse is 5-1 when both Daniels and Grant steal a base in the same game. It was on full display in a doubleheader against Penn State on April 27. Daniels, Grant and Watts combined to steal seven bases in two games.The Orange jumped on the Nittany Lions early in those games as well. In the first inning of game two, Watts reached base and stole second. After a Grant double, she advanced to third on a wild pitch. Daniels walked and stole second. SU scored two runs in that first inning, leading to a 6-1 win. The aggressive base running from the start of the game was the reason for the Syracuse win.‘Just to see (opposing catchers) throw and putting the pressure on them early is important,’ Ross said.As for Daniels’ blunder-turned-successful steal of third at Louisville, it will turn into a teaching point down the road for Ross. While that steal was not a smart move, Ross thinks that Daniels and Grant will soon be able to steal on their own rather than waiting for her sign.The prospect that Daniels and Grant will have the green light to steal whenever they see fit could be a scary thought for the rest of the Big East. Already at the top of the league in stolen bases, letting them run free may make the Orange running game even tougher to control.Said Daniels: ‘We got a couple more years left. You never know what’s going to happen.’mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

Blue Demons travel to Madison

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team (1-0) faces off against DePaul (1-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.The Badgers are coming off their first match of the season, in which they defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 7-0. Wisconsin took two out of the three doubles matches to capture the doubles point, and then swept all six singles matches with no player losing more than three games in any one set.DePaul comes into the match riding a two-match losing streak. The Blue Demons lost both of their last two matches by a 7-0 margin to Western Michigan and Northwestern.But just because the Demons are struggling does not mean the Badgers are taking them lightly.”We came out hard against Northern [Illinois],” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “We want to make sure we come out ready to play again and not underestimate them. They are a team that is coming in looking to sneak up against us.”The first-year head coach believes if the team continues to play like it did against Northern Illinois, it should have a good chance for success against DePaul.”We need to continue to have that same intensity and focus we had against Northern Illinois,” said Van Emburgh. “The guys did a great job last week. They didn’t really want to give an inch.” According to Van Emburgh, DePaul is a solid team that will probably be more of a challenge than Northern Illinois. However, the coach feels the team’s chances against the Blue Demons are good.”The guys have worked hard,” said Van Emburgh. “If they are ready to play, the wins will take care of themselves.”The Badgers defeated the Blue Demons last season 4-3 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin has won 15 out of 16 games in the series, their only loss coming in 2000.last_img read more

Wisconsin upsets MSU 4-0

first_imgCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — On paper, Wisconsin didn’t have a chance. UW was the 11th seed in a tournament with only 10 other participants.The squad’s first-round opponent — sixth-seeded Michigan State — had silenced the Badgers 5-2 just weeks earlier in East Lansing, Mich. And winning has, for the most part, been an exception to the rule for Wisconsin this season.But Thursday, the UW women’s tennis team confounded expectations, silencing the Spartans 4-0 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. It was a match marked by polarizing comebacks, lopsided set scores and a form of dominant behavior heretofore unseen from the Wisconsin team.”It feels great,” sophomore Morgan Tuttle said. “Just to … get one postseason win is great — it’s a great feeling.”The Badgers started the day by claiming the doubles point, holding even on the second and third courts three games each before pulling away. The mid-flight UW tandem of Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock defeated Stephanie Kebler and Jessica Baron 8-4, while Badgers Kaylan Caiati and Erin Jobe downed Marianne Eelens and Ana Milosavljevic 8-3 on the third court.Meanwhile, team ace Caitlin Burke and freshman Elizabeth Carpenter rallied from a three-game deficit to bring their affair on the top court to 5-6 before play was called on account of the point having been clinched.When matters turned to the singles court, the drama only heightened as several Badgers held close with their Spartan opponents well into the first set before a notable degree of parity was achieved. On the top court, Burke found herself at a 3-5 disadvantage and facing set point before rallying to pry the first frame away from Bader 7-5.After that, there was no looking back for the UW junior, who claimed her second set 6-0 and clinched the Wisconsin victory on the day.”She’s got a really big serve. I was struggling in the first five, ten games just to get her serve back in play,” Burke said. “She was winning her serves so easily. And then I started getting a better rhythm and broke her a few times, and I think that got into her head a little bit.”Once I won the first three games of the second [set], it was basically over.”The day’s first individual Wisconsin victory belonged to Tuttle, however, who made quick work of Milosavljevic on the fifth court with a 6-1, 6-2 win that drew to a close well before most of the other meets had concluded their first set.”I think I just went out there positive and confident,” Tuttle said. “I just wanted another win under my belt.”Carpenter garnered the day’s second individual victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over MSU’s Sarah Andrews and that effort — combined with the doubles point, Tuttle’s win already on the books and Burke’s victory soon thereafter — was enough to clinch a first-round victory for the underdog Badgers and punch Wisconsin a ticket to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.Still, UW found itself playing without sophomore Nicole Beck as she was sidelined with an injury Thursday. However, matters equaled out as Spartan standout Pascale Schnitzer — who almost certainly would have been slated to play against Beck — was also relegated to the bench with an unspecified injury that had her on crutches for much of the contest.”As I said to Michigan State, we’ve been in the position all year long of playing shorthanded,” Henderson said, in partial reference to an injury that claimed Burke for eight weeks of the spring season. “That might have been the first time that [Michigan State] psychologically had to go into a match without one of their players. That might have had something to do with it once we got in control.”Thursday’s victory secures the Badgers a spot in Friday play, where they will take on the third-seeded Michigan Wolverines in a 2 p.m. quarterfinal contest. Last time the two teams met, Michigan emerged victorious in a lopsided 7-0 effort.But it should be noted that the Wolverine win came only 24 hours before that 5-2 loss at the hands of the Spartans — a loss the Badgers finally vindicated Thursday.last_img read more

Badgers play Iona to kick off tournament

first_imgANDREW SCHORR/Herald photoAfter beating up on lowly SIU-Edwardsville Tuesday, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands, starting today against Iona.The Badgers faced two unranked teams in their first two games, but in the tournament, there is a pair of ranked squads aside from Wisconsin. No. 17 Miami (FL) and No. 2 Connecticut are both possible foes the Badgers could face if all goes well.“You have to get good at what you do, and you have to try to excel at things you’ve been working on in practice,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “You have to make the other team stop. Obviously there will be weakness down there, and that’s why people get into these types of tournaments — to get better.”Wisconsin will be following a 30-point rout of SIU-Edwardsville that came after a single-digit scare against Long Beach State. Going into the tournament, senior forward Marcus Landry is pleased the team was able to win like it did on Tuesday.“A win is a win,” Landry said. “If you win by one point, it’s still a good way to go into a tournament. Hopefully guys are confident and feel good about themselves and are going in to make a statement. … I think it most definitely helped us going into this tournament.”Even though the tournament takes place several weeks before the Big Ten season begins, Ryan feels the tough competition is a good way to prepare for conference play.“As the three games play out, we’ll obviously be trying to get in some teaching sessions, but the other teams are trying to do the same thing,” Ryan said. “Everybody’s trying to get ready for their conference.”Last year, the Badgers won the early season America’s Classic Tournament and went on to win the Big Ten title. However, the field did not possess a single ranked team and took place at the Kohl Center. This year, Ryan expects much more difficult competition.“Now we’re going down to a tournament where there are just a lot of good teams, period,” Ryan said. “There will be size, there will be quickness, strength — the caliber of teams in this thing just might be the toughest one that they’ve had. We’ve just got to go down there and mix it up with those teams and see what happens.”Landry feels the Badgers — whose trips have included a visit to Rome — traveling to the Virgin Islands will be a good experience for the team’s younger players who have yet to be on a team trip in their careers at UW.“It’s obviously a great place to be, in the Virgin Islands,” Landry said. “For the most part though, it’s a business trip, and we’re going down there to have fun. There are some great teams down there.“Especially for the younger guys, this being their first trip … being away from school for about a week will prepare them for later on in tournament play,” he continued. “It really prepares them for what we’re going to be doing later in the season.”Though the Badgers have a possible bout with Connecticut in the final round of the tournament, they will first have to get by Iona and either Valparaiso or San Diego first.“There are a lot of good teams,” Landry said. “Nothing’s going to come easy.”last_img read more

MBB : BOSTON RUINS: Syracuse’s dream season cut short by Ohio State in Elite Eight

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img BOSTON – Half a hallway separated the dichotomy. A short walk provided the distance between two entrances, one of unreached goals and another of still-achievable dreams.Past the first entrance, the Syracuse locker room, was silence. Dead silence. Dion Waiters sat with a towel over his head, avoiding the media at all costs. A sobbing Scoop Jardine hugged C.J. Fair as Jardine attempted to come to grips with the conclusion of his Orange career. Kris Joseph spoke with sniffles in between sentences.‘I just can’t believe it’s over,’ he said.Further down the hall, past the second doorway, was exultation. The Ohio State locker room was euphoric, filled with East Regional championship paraphernalia and smiles abound. Lenzelle Smith Jr., stitches above his right eye, said he was in pain, but his wide grin showed no agony. Deshaun Thomas wore his championship hat backward with a piece of the recently clipped net hanging off the plastic snaps.The Buckeyes’ run continues to New Orleans for the Final Four. But Syracuse’s dream ended in Boston. Though it was a close game that at times in the second half was within one possession, the Orange trailed for the final 18:16. Syracuse threatened Ohio State’s lead, melting a 10-point deficit down to one or two occasions, but did not make the shots it needed to pull ahead in a 77-70 loss in front of 19,026 in the TD Garden on Saturday. Top-seeded Syracuse (34-3) entered this game as an underdog to the No. 2 Buckeyes (31-7), and after 40 minutes, left a loser.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We got 10 down. We made an unbelievable comeback, got it to one,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘All year we’ve been able to make a play in that situation, and we just didn’t.’The defeat concludes one of the most successful and tumultuous seasons in program history. Syracuse overcame the adversity of molestation allegations against Bernie Fine, the ineligibility of Fab Melo for three regular-season games and the NCAA Tournament, and reports of failure to follow university athletic drug policy in the last decade to win 34 games.There was just too much to overcome against the Buckeyes.The Orange’s 35.7 first-half shooting percentage kept it from taking advantage of Jared Sullinger’s foul trouble and could not beat a Buckeyes team at full strength in the final 20 minutes. Sullinger led Ohio State with 19 points and seven rebounds, 15 points coming in the second half.In the first half, Sullinger picked up two fouls in the first six minutes, one on the offensive end and one defensively. He departed for the final 13:42 of the first half with Ohio State leading 13-11. But Syracuse failed to capitalize.‘We could have gotten to the basket more and made some more layups,’ James Southerland said. When the Orange did get to the hoop, it fumbled away its opportunities. Joseph, Jardine, Waiters and Brandon Triche shot a combined 5-of-20 in the first half.Meanwhile, Syracuse also committed 12 first-half fouls. Boeheim was on the referees all half and received a technical foul with 6:28 left.Despite Sullinger playing just six minutes, the game was tied at halftime.‘I just thought we lost a little offensive patience in the first half,’ Boeheim said. ‘I thought we forced some shots in some situations when we should have been a little bit more patient. I think our offense just hurt us tonight.’Joseph and Waiters, SU’s two leading scorers, shot 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) for the game.With Sullinger back on the court, Ohio State asserted itself and took command of the game. He scored four straight points, including a miraculous hook shot over Joseph to put the Buckeyes up 45-36. One free throw later, OSU had its largest lead of the game.Syracuse needed to make a run to save its season.‘We knew we were going to make a run and we did,’ Jardine said.Back-to-back drives and layups from Jardine brought the Orange within 52-50. Two minutes later, Triche received a pass at the top of the key and drilled a triple to bring SU within 55-54 with 6:52 left.A new hop in their step, Triche and Jardine backpedaled into the 2-3 zone, grinning and clapping. They could smell the lead that had eluded them for most of the half.It just was not enough.‘If we would have taken the lead once I think we would have won this game,’ Jardine said.Ohio State stretched its lead back to 60-55. Joseph drove to the hoop from the left wing, but he fell into William Buford on the baseline and dribbled the ball out of bounds. Sensing a missed opportunity, he grasped the ball with both hands and held it to his mouth, biting into it in anger.Joseph made an errant pass on SU’s next possession, off Triche’s hand out of bounds. Smith made a rainbow floater over Rakeem Christmas to push OSU’s lead to seven and silence the majority of the crowd in orange.Syracuse cut the lead to three with 37 seconds to go, but Ohio State made 11-of-12 free throws in the final minute.Smith and Sullinger hugged near the 3-point line as Ohio State continued its run from preseason top-5 team to the Final Four. Meanwhile, Waiters sat on the bench with a towel over his head, and the Orange, another preseason top-5 team, trudged off the court.SU had the most successful regular season in program history, astoundingly enduring one of the most controversial seasons off the court. But it was a postseason cut short.‘It’s heartbreaking,’ Waiters said. ‘Honestly, I’ve never been a part of a team like this and it’s sad, and it’s something I’m not going to be able to get over for a while.’mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse-Duke rivalry grows after controversy, disdain at Cameron Indoor

first_img Published on February 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Michael Gbinije stood in shock underneath the basket at Cameron Indoor Stadium.He looked toward the baseline official wide-eyed and opened his mouth slightly.The Syracuse sophomore guard, who transferred from Duke before last season, had just been called for fouling Amile Jefferson on a rebound with 11:11 left in Syracuse’s 66-60 loss to Duke on Saturday.“We don’t miss you,” the Cameron Crazies to his right chanted. “We don’t miss you.”Gbinije paused for a second, but gritted his teeth and jogged back down the court. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was a jarring moment that highlighted a night sprinkled with discontent and disdain. And in between those points, the Duke student section, which tried to pack all 1,500 occupants of Krzyzewskiville into the wooden bleachers that stand behind press row, injected more intensity into the new-forming rivalry with each possession.In only two games, Syracuse-Duke has become something special. It’s proven that it could grow to be one of the greatest rivalries in college sports. While Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said the best rivalries are built on respect after the first game on Feb. 1, it’s clear this matchup has a bit more than that now.“Those people up there, they can make all the noise they want,” Boeheim said of the Crazies. “They don’t score any points.”The Crazies pumped Cameron with noise more than an hour before tipoff. As the SU players took part in their early shoot around, many were yelled at and taunted.The fans came with signs defacing everything from Boeheim to Wegmans.Gbinije, more than anyone or anything else, though, was on the receiving end of the hate.“Gbi-ni-je, still can’t play,” the Crazies shouted as Gbinije smiled through most of warm-ups, ignoring the fans.“It was louder than I expected it to be so early because of the student section,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “It felt like a packed house and it really wasn’t.”As the game wore on, the Crazies continued to rain flecks of blue paint and spittle out toward the court.But while the tone of the game may have raised the intensity on the court, and hostility off it, that’s not to say some didn’t appreciate the atmosphere.“This is how college basketball should be,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “The students should be really close to you, right on top of you. It’s just a fun place to play. “Compared to Pittsburgh and how the students are laid out, it definitely makes the game better.”In the teams’ first matchup at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 1, five rows and a large aisle separated the Syracuse student section from the court.The signs and the chants were there, but the intensity and effect on the game wasn’t the same. That environment helped build the rivalry, but the game at Cameron on Saturday changed it.“These are the games you want to play in in college,” Cooney said. “You come to college to play good games like this against good teams.”Depending on how the rest of the regular season shakes out, it’s possible there’ll be a Round III in the Atlantic Coast Conference or NCAA Tournament.With all that’s transpired in the 85 minutes of basketball Syracuse and Duke have played so far this season, it’s incredible to think about what could happen on an even bigger stage.Said Fair: “I’d like to play them again, especially in the ACC tournament or in the (national) championship. Some way to break the tie.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gilligan returns, helps steer Syracuse to 2-2 tie against UConn

first_img Published on October 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse Goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan slapped her stick on the ice after making her 12th save of the night.Leah Bures had just unleashed a wrist shot from 15 feet away that Gilligan collected in her glove.“I thought she did a real good job,” said head coach Paul Flanagan when asked about his goalie’s play. “She handled the puck well. We’re excited about the experience she brings and she’s been pretty consistent so far.”Flanagan was happy with his goalkeeper’s 17 save effort as Syracuse (1-1-4) played UConn (2-3-2) to a 2-2 overtime tie on Sunday afternoon at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Gilligan allowed two goals in the second period – one on a power play – but was otherwise solid between the pipes.Making her return after sitting out Saturday’s 3-3 tie against Providence — she missed three days of practice earlier in the week with an injury — Gilligan stopped a Huskies offense that peppered the net early with 18 of its 19 shots coming in the first two periods.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a four-on-four situation nine minutes into the second period, UConn’s Sarah MacDonnell played the puck to Theresa Knutson. She failed to score on a backhand shot but buried her own rebound in front of the goal.Flanagan said he thought the Huskies just caught Gilligan sleeping.UConn went ahead 2-1 when, from the top of the right side of the blue line, Rebecca Fleming threaded a pass to Emily Snodgrass.She pushed the puck underneath Gilligan’s right pad and into the left corner of the net. The goal came after sophomore left wing Morgan Blank was called for a two minute holding penalty, giving UConn a power play and the scoring chance.“Power play goals are always so difficult,” said Gilligan. “Obviously, it’s an extra attacker so there’s a lot of puck movement, a lot of bodies in front, so I’m just doing my best to cover the low ice and it somehow managed to get past me.”The one shot that Gilligan faced late came on a third-period slap shot from Lum about a foot in from the blue line. Lum gathered the puck and fired a shot that went high on Gilligan’s glove side. The junior goalkeeper snagged the puck with her glove.Flanagan called the save “huge” as it kept he game within reach for the Orange, allowing SU to tie the game on a last-second goal from Jessica Sibley as regulation expired.Gilligan credited UConn’s lack of opportunities to her defense and the rest of the players in front of her.“We came out in the third and showed some character,” said Sibley. “That’s a good thing.” Commentslast_img read more

Pete Sala to serve as interim director of athletics following Daryl Gross stepping down

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu | @Brett_Samuels27 Pete Sala, managing director of the Carrier Dome since 2005, has been named interim director of athletics, Kent Syverud announced in an email Wednesday.Sala will take over for Daryl Gross, who had been director since 2005. Gross stepped down from the role Wednesday, and will now serve as vice president and special assistant to the chancellor. He will also be an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, where he will teach sport management.Floyd Little, special assistant to the athletics director, will counsel Sala during his time as interim director, Syverud said in the email.Sala is a graduate of Jamesville-DeWitt High School and completed a program in turf management at the University of Massachusetts. He has been at the Carrier Dome since 1982 when he began working as a production assistant. He worked his way up, taking jobs as production manager in 1988 and operations manager in 1991.He served as assistant director of facilities operations for the Dome from 1991 until 2005. He was promoted to associate director of athletics for facilities in June 2005, and took over as managing director of the Dome in 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn that role, Sala is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the facility, including scheduling events, running the box office and overseeing necessary building maintenance, according to Cuse.com. In addition, Sala supervises a full-time staff of 35 people and a part-time staff of nearly 400 people that assist in Dome operations and facility changeovers.Sala is also the construction manager for all athletics facility upgrades and new building projects, according to Cuse.com. That includes recent additions to the football weight room and the remodeling of Manley Field House into a multi-use indoor practice facility.Sala did not respond to an email Wednesday afternoon. Commentslast_img read more

Program analyzes tweets to predict Oscar winners

first_imgWith the Academy Awards coming up Sunday, the Annenberg Innovation Lab hopes its new tool will help predict Oscar winners.The Oscar Senti-meter, developed in partnership with the Annenberg Innovation Lab, the Viterbi Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab, and the Los Angeles Times, analyzes opinions using thousands of tweets about the Academy Awards to chart popular opinions.The device uses language-recognition software Streams to find tweets about best actress, best actor and best picture nominees and plots the results on a graph.Annenberg Innovation Lab director Professor Jonathan Taplin said the lab used the IBM-donated software for several other projects before the Senti-meter.The lab first used the software to analyze political tweets, then moved to track the success of the box office.The team first became inspired with the idea for the Senti-meter by the software’s accuracy at predicting the success of movies, Taplin said.“We saw that Cowboys and Aliens was going to bomb in the box office when the studios thought it was going to be a big movie,” Taplin said. “We saw The Help was going to do well when Disney wasn’t too sure about it.”Taplin said the Senti-meter measures anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 tweets each day.Shrikanth Narayanan, director of Viterbi SAIL and a professor of psychology, linguistics and computer science, said the lab had previously used the software for understanding language in settings such as marriage counseling, but Twitter presented a new challenge.“The power of Twitter is in using only a few characters to pack a lot of your emotions and feelings into the message,” Narayanan said. “What we try to do is see the kind of words people use and how they use them to map it to their sentiment.”The shortness of tweets, however, can also make them more difficult for the software to read. But now the Senti-meter can understand complex features of language such as emoticons and sarcasm, though Taplin said achieving that result took hard work.“What we do is we have students look at 5,000 or 7,000 tweets and compare their meaning to what the computer thought they meant,” Taplin said.Nuances in meaning that humans naturally analyze in speech patterns can be difficult for the computer to read as well.“Sentiment expressions are very complex to quantify. People might say one thing but mean the opposite, such as when they are being sarcastic. But if you look in context, you can try to figure out what the words really mean,” Narayanan said.Narayanan said he hopes to put the technology to use in other areas.“One of the big problems that interest us a lot is to watch for patterns over time, see how opinions change over time and see how long opinions last,” Narayanan said.The Oscar Senti-meter will be updated on the Los Angeles Times website.last_img read more

USC alum experiences convention as Calif. delegate

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Though Bertrand R. Perdomo-Uclés didn’t win the April election to be named a California delegate for this year’s democratic convention, he didn’t stop trying.Politico · After studying public policy, management and planning at USC, Bertrand Perdomo-Uclés wanted to serve his city and party. – Eric Burse | Daily TrojanPerdomo-Uclés, a 2011 graduate of USC with a major in public policy, management and planning, worked full-time last spring on his campaign to be elected a delegate — making flyers, canvassing neighborhoods, meeting with his campaign team and raising money. He came up only a few votes short.“I wanted to be there to represent the community I grew up in,” Perdomo-Uclés said. “I’ve always loved to serve others.”Convention delegates vote for the party’s presidential and vice-presidential nominees and also vote on the party’s platform on behalf of their constituents.“The party platform issues delegates get to vote on, such as the economy, education, healthcare, housing and immigration, are critical for our nation’s and my own community’s health,” Perdomo-Uclés said.He admitted he was distraught after the loss. But through keeping in touch with the California Democratic Party after the election, Perdomo-Uclés received a call this summer letting him know room had opened up for him to become a delegate.“When I got that phone call, I knew this was a special time for me,” Perdomo-Uclés said. “It was a time for me to serve my party and my voters in Los Angeles.”He knew he had to attend the convention after receiving that information — even though he needed to raise $1,700 in just a few months.Perdomo-Uclés turned to GoFundMe.com and enlisted help from a cinema school friend to film a video for the campaign. He invited his professors, neighbors, fraternity brothers in Delta Omicron Zeta and colleagues to support him by donating.“Proud of you Hermano! ¡Sigue luchando por nosotros!” reads a message donor Charlie Arreola wrote on Perdomo-Uclés’ GoFundMe.com page with a donation of $100.“I’ve known Bertrand for years and he has continued to be such a great support for me,” wrote Karla Barajas, who donated $5. “I know he will represent us well. Fight On Bertrand!”“Your making all of your friends and family proud bro,” wrote Christain Rodriguez, who donated $30 online. “Represent the great state of California. I love you like a brother man, and proud to have you as a mentor.”Similar messages and donation amounts lined Perdomo-Uclés’ page. By Aug. 20, he had raised $1,660 from 49 donations, just $40 shy of his goal.“A lot of people went out of their way to give … they really believe in me,” Perdomo-Uclés said.Now that Perdomo-Uclés is at the convention sitting in prime seats with the California delegation, he says the convention experience is better than he ever imagined.“Not winning the election in April makes this all the much better. It’s making me appreciate the experience even more,” Perdomo-Uclés said.Perdomo-Uclés said that studying public policy, management and planning at USC was a great set-up for an experience like the DNC.“I want to make the world a better place through policy, but after attending the convention I now see that politics has to be in the mix too,” Perdomo-Uclés said.His flight out to Charlotte was an experience in itself. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, congressional staff and fellow California delegates were all on the same flight.“It was an awesome feeling knowing we were all headed to the same place where the party is going to be united,” said Perdomo-Uclés.Perdomo-Uclés shook Michelle Obama’s hand at an event Wednesday morning — something he said  as though it wasn’t a big deal. He attended a presentation by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and said he has been networking with policymakers and politicians from around the nation.“What an experience already, and today’s only Wednesday,” Perdomo-Uclés said. “Being around so many elected officials was definitely a highlight for me.”last_img read more