Columnist addresses politics and journalism

first_imgAmerican Studies professor Jack Colwell delivered the fourth and final lecture in the Mendoza College of Business Ethics Week series Thursday, stressing the public’s responsibility to stay informed and invested in politics without falling into the trap of “taking things for granted.” Colwell, who is also a political columnist for The South Bend Tribune, framed his discussion of ethics with the interaction between politicians and journalists, two entities that deeply affect the public experience of government. He said the role of the journalist has shifted to accommodate the partisanship and divisive nature of politics today. “Many viewers seek out the news that they want to believe,” Colwell said. “Objectivity is boring and fact-checking is biased if those facts dispute what you want to believe.” The business of journalism affects the content of the message the public receives, Colwell said, and voters today are very willing to avoid logic and rationality in order to doggedly adhere to their political parties of choice. “Voters want to believe what is claimed by candidates and commentators of their particular side of the political spectrum,” Colwell said. “They think the other side must be lying, must be cheating, must be stealing the election, must be defeated.” Colwell discussed the prevalence of negative political advertisements and their success in altering the public opinion of political figures. The ads’ target populations take the policies of their affiliated parties for granted and assume these loyalties should supersede practicality, he said. The parties’ unwillingness to compromise severely inhibits legislative productivity and polarizes news outlets, Colwell said. “In Congress, it is easy to spout anger at any time, for any purpose, in any way and that is not good for democracy,” he said. “Divisiveness and anger in politics is not totally uncommon … but [compromise] is something I fear we lack today.” Colwell said the increased number of news sources, legitimate or not, creates a disconnect between the reality of politics and public awareness.   “Don’t think that [everyone] is providing unbiased news or objective news,” Colwell said. “I hate the term ‘news media.’ The term has come to encompass everything from The Wall Street Journal to tabloids at the supermarket … to Twitter to some blogger writing in the basement in his underwear. “The term now means anything and everything and thus, it now means nothing.” Colwell said the unbiased presentation of facts and political information is an important part of journalists’ duty, and society needs more qualified reporters to take on this mission. “We need reliable news in our democracy, even if it isn’t coming from newspapers delivered on our porch like it used to be,” Colwell said. “We need real journalists. We need real news. We can’t rely on what is said by that blogger in the basement, nor can we rely on what politicians say in their 30-second spots.” The ethical dilemma of the political media relates to the unbiased presentation of facts, Colwell said. The manipulation of public opinion to win elections is a dangerous, ignoble result of the media culture today. “It’s possible, though I won’t say probable, that the voters will stop taking things for granted,” Colwell said. “And if they do, the political consultants will respond. Their job is to win and the negative attacks have won [in the past], but if that changes, their strategies will change as wlast_img read more

Mrs. Mary Margaret (Macrander) Roach

first_imgInterment will follow in the Concord Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Concord Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Mrs. Mary Margaret (Macrander) Roach, age 87, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on February 4, 1929, in Posey Township in Patriot, Indiana to James O. and Naomi Margaret Sue Macrander Rein. Mary was a 1946 graduate of the Patriot High School in Patriot, Indiana. Mary was united in marriage on March 1, 1947, in Rising Sun, Indiana to the late, Earl F. “Rick” Roach and to this union arrived a son, Danny Ray to bless their home on March 24, 1949. Mary and Rick shared 42 years of marriage together until Rick passed away on May 21, 1989. Mary was a former book keeper for the Patriot Water Company in Patriot, Indiana, for several years. She was a member of the Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot, Indiana since 1942. Along with several other young people, Mary was baptized in the Ohio River. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and reading western novels. Mary will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Mary passed away at 7:51 am, Friday, July 22, 2016, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Mary will be dearly missed by her son: Danny Ray Roach of Youngstown, OH; her grandchildren: David Roach of Monroe, MI, Cheryl Roach of Tennessee and Donnie Williams of Nappanee, IN; her great-grandchildren: Ashley Ann, James, Lisa, Marsha, Josh, Kenny and David Wayne Roach II; her great-great-grandchildren: Nathan and Jayden Roach and several other great-great-grandchildren; her step-great-great-granddaughter: Cloe Taylor and her dear friend: Linda Smith of Patriot, IN.She was preceded in death by her parents: James O. Macrander and Naomi (See) Macrander Rein; her step-father: Jacob Rein; her brothers: Louis, Robert and James Macrander.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, July 25, 2016, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.last_img read more

O’Neill expects a typical Ronaldo

first_img Bale swapped Tottenham for the Bernabeu in a deal which is believed to be worth a world record £85.3million – more than the £80million the Spanish club paid Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009 – although full details of the fee have not been released. There have been musings as to how the arrival of a player with a price tag to rival his own will affect Ronaldo’s mood at Real Madrid, but his first chance to underline his worth comes when Portugal take on Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifying on Friday night. It would not be unlike the mercurial 28-year-old to produce something special at Windsor Park, but O’Neill does not expect anything different from a player who has rarely suffered from a lack of self-belief. Asked if Bale’s signing created extra pressure on Ronaldo, O’Neill said: “I would doubt that extremely. He will regard himself as the best player in the world and he proves it every time he goes on the pitch. “His aim is to prove that every time. He is a player who has the freedom of the pitch – he’s not just a threat to whoever plays at right-back, he’s a threat to the whole back four. “It’s not just a case of can we get someone to stifle him in that area of the pitch because he will just come to another area to get the ball.” O’Neill’s side have previous form against Portugal, claiming a surprise 1-1 draw in Porto in the reverse fixture last October. That night was supposed to be a celebration of Ronaldo’s 100th cap but the party fell flat when Niall McGinn’s goal ensured the unfancied visitors left with a point. A similar result in Belfast would suit the hosts and O’Neill was unapologetic about the kind of game his team will have to produce to get it. He has encouraged his side to play a passing style during his first campaign at the helm, but warned he would not be asking his men to go toe-to-toe with opposition ranked seventh in the world by FIFA. Press Association Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo will be out to prove a point when he makes his first appearance since Gareth Bale’s arrival at Real Madrid. “We don’t want it to be a beautiful game of football if I’m 100% honest,” he said. “That’s not how we’re going to excel. They’d love the game to be open: they love space, they love to be able to play on the counter attack. “It’s important they have a difficult night and that they know from the word go that they’re going to have a difficult night. “I think it would be foolhardy of us to go and play a really open game and say to Portugal ‘Come and play, you attack us and we’ll attack you’.” O’Neill’s plans for the match have been disrupted somewhat by a string of defensive withdrawals. Three of the back four who helped defeat Russia 1-0 last month are absent, with Aaron Hughes (thigh) and Craig Cathcart (knee) injured and Daniel Lafferty suspended. Ryan McGivern, who would have deputised at left-back for Lafferty, has also been ruled out with a knee problem meaning O’Neill must find alternative arrangements. Alex Bruce and Rory McKeown are in the squad but boast just one cap between them, while Shane Ferguson and Corry Evans are both more comfortable in midfield. It may, therefore, fall to the unattached Chris Baird, who flew in alongside Bradford’s Rory McArdle as cover, to take on Ronaldo and company. He has yet to sign for a club since his release by Fulham but has been training with QPR and has 61 international appearances to call on. “We’ve got to be fair to the player, he’s not had any competitive football since last season…but if I had to call on Chris I know he has got the know-how and the experience to be able to deal with it,” said O’Neill. “It’s testament to him that given his contract situation he is willing to make himself available.” last_img read more

ESI Gambling Report: A new opportunity in the NBA 2K League

first_imgAs esports as a collective continue to surpass a number of sports in viewership, its lucrative betting precinct is growing rapidly alongside it.Sportsbooks have carried markets on esports for quite some time now and whilst at most you’ll typically come across odds on only a select handful of esports, a brand new market was recently unchained into this hemisphere – the NBA 2K League. Believe it or not, the basketball league’s virtual equivalent has a great deal to offer in the betting galaxy, so it’s somewhat unsurprising to see the title appear across so many bookmakers spreads so early. As such we took a closer look as to what distinguishes the newest esports addition as a viable betting contest in this week’s ESI Gambling Report.There’s a lot of speculation as to how large the esports betting market actually is at the moment; Business Insider clocked the industry at $900 million at the beginning of this year while a recent report from Juniper Research estimated the combined value of skin gambling and loot boxes would equate to roughly $50 billion by 2020. Whilst this report seems to have undoubtedly gotten carried away and prone to serious overstatement, whatever the actual number is, the market is there and it’s growing. Moreover it’s to be expected that bookmakers are among those factions trying to wedge a hand into the honey pot. One of the most boisterous endeavors in sports and esports collaboration recently gave birth to the NBA 2K League, and companies are already starting to harvest the opportunities. 2K enters the ringWhen seeking to bet on esports, you’ll encounter a familiar group of suspects; League of Legends, Dota and CS:GO are among the most prevalent in the scene, and it’s also normal to see a bit of variation in that lineup across different sportsbooks. Some esports just don’t fit the bill when it comes to betting though – this ultimately depends on the market, volume of events and audience that will determine whether or not a title can be a sustainable betting line. As the highly anticipated 2K League commenced less than just two weeks ago, we’ve already seen the name featured in full across a catalog of bookmakers. Popular books parading NBA 2K on their roster include EGB, Betway, Pinnacle, Arcane Bet, and Xbet, among others. Although the newest title has only just opened its betting market for business, we’re wagering the 2K League will continue to pop up on other sportsbooks and here’s why:Why bookmakers are betting on 2KThe swift influx of bookmakers opening markets for 2K seems a bit out of the ordinary considering its fresh launch, however, its implementation isn’t unreasoned.NBA 2K offers a number of advantages to sportsbooks that routine esports don’t. First off, the 2K League has a season structure that mirrors the NBA – providing a consistency unmatched by many other esports. While most esports revolve around tournament schedules that occur somewhat sporadically, the 2K League’s first season will feature 15 weeks of matchups where multiple teams will clash at a time. This system affords bookmakers a reliable streamline of bets to offer customers, bolstering their esports division quite significantly.Las Vegas ReviewBetting on basketball has historically been a widely popular activity, so the transition towards its digital counterpart actually makes a lot of sense. With the 2K League’s similarity to its predecessor, the new market also has the chance at drawing in some of its traditional NBA clientele into esports; a bridge a lot of organisations are vigorously trying to build. Above all, NBA 2K is familiar – it’s a game reflecting a global sport we’ve come to love over two centuries, thus the crossover between basketball and 2K is embraced.UltraPlay announces 2K live bettingIn a recent announcement by UltraPlay on May 9th, the online betting solutions provider made NBA 2K League pre-match and live betting possible through the company’s esports data feed. UltraPlay would become the first to offer in-play betting options on the emerging esports league – an element likely to heighten its betting plane. Basketball traditionally offers a collection of in-play lines that allows bettors to wager on more than one aspect of a match; being that the NBA and 2K are essentially one in the same, the live betting option should be a complete and thrilling addition once fully-implemented. Why bet on 2K?As a punter, the 2K League is just as enticing as it is for bookmakers; for one, there’s a relatively low-barrier of entry for those looking to get into it. Regardless of whether you’re a newcomer to NBA 2K or an expert, its resemblance to a timeless global sport makes it comparatively much less intimidating than complex esports titles like Dota or League of Legends. Being that the 2K League is so fresh, bookmakers are still trying to finetune the odds; a bettor with some knowledge in this area may be able to turn a quick profit while still in its adolescent stages. We perceive that the 2K League will be an entry for bettors looking to take their introductory steps in esports.Esports Insider says: Overall, the 2K League would appear to be a great addition to the everyday esports betting cast; the game hits all of the points that would qualify it as a blue-chip betting market. The 2K League’s strongest attributes are in the form of its consistent schedule, volume of games and familiarity that truly establishes itself as a colossal opportunity for bookmakers.last_img read more

Former UCLA basketball player Nicole Kornet was too good to win a car

first_img WATCH: Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson nails half-court shot to send game vs. Seton Hall into OT The university later clarified that Kornet knew she wasn’t eligible for the prize and was allowed to participate because it was her birthday. Kornet made a layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot in succession during a promotional halftime contest in UCLA’s matchup against the Fresno State Bulldogs.I JUST WON A CAR. THAT WAS EASY. pic.twitter.com/LICabfPgw2— Nicole Kornet (@NicKorn1) December 8, 2018The usual prize for hitting all four shots is a car, but as a former player for the Bruins women’s basketball team, Kornet was ineligible to win. Related News Make a half-court shot and win a car, right?Well on Friday, Nicole Kornet did more than that. “Nicole was selected to do the supershot game at halftime, but there was no prize on the line, and the game was not represented as such,” a UCLA spokesperson told ESPN via email Saturday. “They were aware all along that she was ineligible for any prize, as was Nicole. She did not sign a contract, and there was no mention of her playing for a car — or any prize — during the game.”UCLA let Kari and I know beforehand we would not be receiving the car if we were to make the half court shot. They allowed us to participate in such a fun half time tradition and for that I am very grateful. It was an amazing birthday! I love being a Bruin!— Nicole Kornet (@NicKorn1) December 8, 2018Kornet, 25, began her collegiate career at Oklahoma before transferring to UCLA. She started seven games for the Bruins in the 2016-17 season and averaged 7.7 points. Her brother, Luke Kornet, is on a two-way contract with the Knicks and has appeared in six games this season.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Rankings, sleepers, draft strategy for every position

first_imgThe 2019 MLB season has officially started, but plenty of owners are still yet to hold their fantasy baseball drafts. We get the procrastinators ready for the season by breaking down every position — rankings, sleepers, prospects, strategy — you name it, we touch on it in the debut episode of the Hot Corner Podcast.We start by looking at our positional rankings and figuring out who you’d wind up with if you’re the last person in your league to draft a starter. Multi-position eligibility can make it tough to narrow it down, but from there, we decide if it’s OK to wait or if you should prioritize higher-ranked players. At some positions, you might be fine waiting even longer. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetAlong the way, we make plenty of esoteric spring training/ baseball rehab references that only fantasy baseball owners will appreciate, try to guess Matt Chapman’s next contract, debate if there are more fantasy baseball owners who played catcher in Little League, establish as fact that Rays players hit 30 HRs then join a new team and don’t hit them anymore, make stink faces about Josh Bell, coin the catchphrase “double it”, confess our love for the Reds, passionately argue over whether Rougned Odor can hit .270, lobby for more job creation in the form of the DH in the National League, discuss whether “Wil”, “Mat”, or “Erick” is the worst first name, come to the conclusion that we’d like Max Muncy more if he hit 28 HRs last year instead of 35, complain about people who talk about their keepers too much, warn about David Dahl’s weird injuries, advocate for always leaving a spot open for a two-start streamer in weekly leagues, lament the lack of reliable closers, and much more.Fantasy Baseball PodcastTimestampsCatcher (4:30): “Catcher — you just look at it and want to punch yourself in the face.”First base (10:22): “[Luke Voit] has got that weird part in his hair that I don’t trust.”Second base (19:18): “[Jonathan] Villar has been here before.” “Failed before! Failed hard before.”Shortstop (29:02): “Would you rather [Amed Rosario] hit nine? Go pitcher eight, hit nine?” “You know what I’d rather have? A DH in the NL.”Third base (38:49): “Just draft him. Just draft Max Muncy. You’re not gonna be disappointed.” Outfield (50:33): “So you’re saying [Red Sox lefthanded batters] have to be on PEDs like [David] Ortiz to hit homers at Fenway?”Starter (1:02:56): “Would you take a pitcher in the first round?” “No.” “Not at all?” “No.” “[Max] Scherzer is on the board at eight — ” “No.”Reliever (1:12:50): “We have no lives. We’re waiting for [closer changes]. We’re charting bullpen usage.”last_img read more