Students troubled at event

first_imgAs people stood in lines for hours to see President Barack Obama at the “Moving America Forward” rally on Friday, some said they were uphappy and inconvenienced by the event.Check the box · Students from USC and other schools held up signs encouraging people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 2. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan The rally, which featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, Sen. Barbara Boxer, actor Jamie Foxx and band Ozomatli, brought 32,500 people to Alumni Park and 5,000 people who overflowed into McCarthy Quad.Logistics, many said, were the main issue.Volunteers working at the rally said they felt the event was disorganized and they would have appreciated more instruction from volunteer coordinators.“I understand that it’s really tough to coordinate something that is so huge, [but] there were definitely parts that could have been improved,” said David Luo, a junior majoring in neuroscience who volunteered on Friday.Luo also said he was one of many volunteers who were unable to control where people stood based on their ticket color — yellow, green or blue. Discrepancies over the tickets and what they signified caused major confusion among attendees Friday.“The most unfair thing was the ticketing system,” Luo said. “After a while, there were just too many people rushing through and we couldn’t enforce anything.”From the safety standpoint, officials said the event ran smoothly. The event required the Secret Service, the Department of Public Safety, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department to work together to ensure safety for the politicians and attendees, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“That planning paid off for what ended up being a safe appearance by the president,” Carlisle said. “We didn’t have any major incidents, and I attribute that to all the planning. … It went extraordinarily well.”Several people at the rally, however, were treated for minor incidents, such as dehydration and fainting, Carlisle said.“We had multiple medical calls where we would have to respond EMTs. Most all of them were minor in nature,” said Carlisle, who also said these incidents are not surprising at an outdoor event where attendees are required to stand for many hours.One attendee who drove from San Diego to see Obama said she noticed several people whom paramedics rolled out of the crowd on stretchers.“There was a large crowd gathered on the balcony behind the pharmacy [on the steps,]” said Margaret Hokkanen, 50, a real estate agent. “After they cleared the balcony, people were taken one by one on stretchers.”Hokkanen said she saw one person receiving oxygen while on the stretcher,Students who did not attend the rally also said they felt inconvenienced by the entire event, making it difficult to get to class and walk through campus.Lyn Stephenson, a first-year graduate student studying writing for screen and television, said she attended class at a nearby coffee shop because of the chaos on campus.“As a commuter who takes the train, the shuttle unfortunately dropped me off near the growing lines in the morning. As I walked toward my class, I had to deal with crowds, the event organizers and news reporters,” Stephenson wrote in an e-mail.Stephenson said the shuttles were running late and were crowded with non-USC students, which made her miss her train while trying to leave campus to go home.“[The rally] should have been held at a different time. Even a few hours later would [have been] much more convenient, as the majority of classes would’ve been over,” Stephenson said. “If Obama is dedicated to our education, he shouldn’t have interrupted it.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has faith bullpen will get better

first_imgLEFT OUTWith Caleb Ferguson demoted to Triple-A earlier this week, the Dodgers have just two left-handed relievers in the bullpen – Scott Alexander and Urias.Alexander has never been strictly a lefty specialist and has fared poorly against lefties this season. They are 11 for 31 (.355) with two home runs and a .956 OPS against him while right-handed hitters are 4 for 29 (.138).But Roberts said that won’t change how he uses Urias.“I think with Julio we’re going to continue to like we talked about – when we use him it’s a multiple-inning situation,” Roberts said. “I don’t see him, we don’t see him as a lefty specialist or to use him in short spurts or back-to-back, things like that.Related Articles “It’s a fair question. We thought about it but right now we’re going to stay the course with Scott and count on Scott continuing to get better.”ALSOLeft-hander Tony Cingrani underwent an MRI on his left shoulder as expected. The Dodgers are waiting for the medical staff to evaluate the results. Cingrani has been shut down since Friday when pain in the shoulder returning. …Wednesday’s starting lineup featured five players 25 years old or younger and only one (34-year-old Justin Turner) older than 28. Seven of the nine starters were “homegrown” with only Max Muncy (Oakland A’s) and Turner coming from other organizations.“It’s a sign of a good team when you’ve got youth and talent,” Roberts said.UP NEXTMets (LHP Jason Vargas, 1-2, 5.22 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 7-1, 1.65 ERA), Thursday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, 570 AM Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts is obviously a man of great faith.“I do believe it will pass,” the Dodgers manager said Wednesday of his faith that the team’s bullpen will produce better results than it has through the first 55 games of the season. “I believe in the guys that we have in the ’pen.”Roberts’ faith has continually been tested by those guys. Despite a 15-game stretch at the start of May when the bullpen had a 2.07 ERA, the Dodgers’ relief corps dragged a 4.71 May ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the month into Wednesday’s game – actually not much different than the 4.55 ERA and 1.33 WHIP the Dodgers relievers sported at the end of April.While the Dodgers’ offense leads the National League in runs scored, batting average and on-base percentage and the starting rotation has the lowest ERA in the NL, the bullpen ranks 22nd in ERA, 16th in batting average against and 15th in OPS against. Of the Dodgers’ first 19 losses, 11 have been charged to relievers. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I do believe it’ll pass,” Roberts repeated. “But I do feel that it needs to get better. They understand that. They understand getting ahead (of hitters). They understand limiting damage. They understand getting the guy out, the first guy you’re called in to face, the importance of that.”Tuesday’s bullpen breakdown was a particularly poor example of that. Roberts turned to five different relievers, four in the seventh inning alone. None of the five was able to retire the first batter they faced, a mess that included three walks, a double and Michael Conforto’s grand slam.“Work ahead and be able to put guys away when given the opportunity,” Roberts said of the changes needed. “That first guy when you’re called out of the ’pen, you’re called to get that first hitter out. I think we can be better at that. The track record shows that these guys have been good for longer periods of time. That’s what I’m betting on.”Right now, it is a bet based on faith more so than any direct evidence. Only two relievers in the current bullpen have ERAs under 3.00 – Dylan Floro (who has given up nine runs in his past 4-2/3 innings) and Julio Urias (who had made just six relief appearances). One reliever or another (and often more than one) has allowed at least one run in seven of the eight games before Wednesday.“Ultimately, I think they’re all going to get better,” Roberts said. “It’s just one of those things where a few guys just need to get back on track.”center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more