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first_imgJunior Griffin Smith doesn’t like to admit it, but his teammates insist he’s a perfectionist.Standing at 6-foot-3 and with a lean, athletic frame, Smith is hard to miss when he’s playing ultimate frisbee. He admits he’s not one of the team’s most skilled players, but as the president of the team, his attention to detail has become invaluable.Smith never wanted to be president. He wanted to be a captain, but realized the other players running for the position had more experience and knew the sport better, he said. This year, the club’s leadership made an overhaul by bringing in a new captain, two new coaches and a new president in Smith. He’s in charge of the team’s budget, planning tournaments and ensuring each member has filed the correct paperwork.“I don’t have that much game knowledge, Smith said, “So being able to help with logistics, paperwork, and making sure everything runs smoothly would probably help the team more than any strategy I give.”Luca Serio, one of three captains on the team, said Smith “really accelerated (to) the role of a president through his organization and ability to remain on top of things.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith ran for president unopposed, and now serves as the liaison between the club’s director and the rest of the team. He also coordinates game plans with the three team captains. Though Smith is nursing a pulled hamstring now, Serio said he’s noticed the improvements Smith has made as a player — Smith’s only been playing ultimate since his senior year of high school.“He continues to come to every practice, and he’s helping the other injured kids just get better,” Serio said. “He is determined to become a better thrower than I am, and he tells me that every day, and he does things in practice to prove it to me.”Trevor Kaminski, a freshman on the ultimate team, said Griffin and the rest of leadership made it a priority to foster a family-like bond amongst the team. One time, Smith invited a few rookies to the team house and cooked them ribs and macaroni and cheese. He then walked Kaminski home to Dellplain Hall to make sure he was safe.“I just see him as another resource,” Kaminski said. “He’s always positive and goes out of his way to help people, and it doesn’t matter who you are. He knows a lot about SU and even just life in general.”When Smith’s not on the field or running the ultimate frisbee club, he works as a student supervisor at MakerSpace, SU’s 3D printing and design studio. He’s also developed a Google Drive with homework, quizzes and tests to help engineering students on the ultimate team, Serio said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSmith is a mechanical engineering major, and he spends much of his free time — roughly 10 hours per week —in MakerSpace. He is currently working on two bioengineering projects. He leads a team in building a cheap bone drill for a nonprofit in India, and helps manufacture a rehabilitation device for patients with spinal stenosis.“He is always creating things, like magnets, stickers, and cutouts for t-shirts,” Serio said. “It’s pretty cool for him to be able to do that, and it’s really exciting to watch him go through all that stuff.”Despite a heavy course load —he also minors in computer science and biology — Smith said he’s not challenged by balancing his classwork with MakerSpace activities or the ultimate frisbee team, which practices three times a week and has tournaments on the weekends. Smith avoids all of social media except Facebook, he said, avoiding distractions that would “take away any bandwidth.”Smith spent the past summer working for CELLINK in Boston, Massachusetts, which makes 3D bioprinters. Smith said his dream job is to continue working with bioprinting, particularly the process of 3D printing with cells.“I have always wanted to help make something that can help save and improve people’s lives even after I’m gone, and I think this is certainly a way,” Smith said. Published on October 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm alsafaya@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY The Mason City School Board Monday night approved three issues that resulted from the special investigation by the State Auditor’s office that showed over $2.2 million was not properly disbursed during an eight-year period between July 2009 and August 2017.The board unanimously approved paying back just over $6100 that the Clear Lake Community School District was overbilled for in sharing agreements involving the superintendent, the transportation director, and the buildings & grounds supervisor. The board also unanimously approved paying $19,985 to the State Auditor’s Office for a portion of the cost of the special investigation. The board on a 5-2 vote approved paying seven employees a combined total of $24,183 that the investigation found were underpaid.Board member Jacob Schweitzer says those employees have stuck through the special investigation process and are due the back payments.  “We’re currently in the process of a very lengthy process of trying to correct the administrative pay because of the actions that we’ve been taking over several years were merit or whatever the rationale was between the different payments, but now we have this smorgasbord of pay schedules that we’re trying to work through.”Board member Scott Warren voted against the motion, saying that approving these underpayments could lead to other people coming back to the board wanting back pay they were promised.  “What if somebody 15-18 years ago because we paid those administrators in a discretionary fashion…I’m not saying it was right, but could you open up this whole can of worms for people going back because it always had been in a discretionary fashion, and we as a board, at least in the time that I’ve been present, did not okay each and every raise to that administrative team. We’ve changed how we do that now, but for us to go back I think opens up a whole can of worms and you got to live up to your agreement, and your agreement was on a piece of paper, it’s called a contract.”Board member Doug Campbell says the board has done a comprehensive job of cleaning up due diligence from the past, and paying those employees is the right thing to do moving forward under a new administration.  “It is the primary function of this board to be fiduciary, so we need to do everything we can in a fiduciary sense to set that straight. So I’m going to disregard most everything in the past and try to go forward in good faith with anybody that would ever want to become an administrator here or work here to see that going forward we’re going to take care of it. I quite honestly don’t care what previous boards have done, I want to be a board of good faith, we’re open and honest and want to do the best we can.”Superintendent Dave Versteeg confirmed to the board last night that an investigation is continuing regarding the improper disbursement of funds. “My knowledge is there is a case in overpayment, and it is an ongoing open investigation. So we don’t really have any comment about it, and nobody is commenting about it, but it is still pending.”Warren and Lorrie Lala were the only two board members to vote against the motion to pay those who were underpaid.View documents connected to the school board’s decision by clicking hereListen back to the school board’s discussion via the audio player below:last_img read more

first_img“And then he will report if he sees adult mosquitoes and another crew will go out at night to do adulticiding around that neighborhood,” Unlu says. Heavy rainfall throughout South Florida in recent weeks has created a breeding ground for disease-spreading insects.The Miami-Dade County Department of Health announced Thursday that two more residents have been infected with West Nile virus, bringing that county’s total to four cases for the year so far.There are currently no reported cases in Broward or Palm Beach, but the presence of the mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Dengue fever is of concern to officials.“It’s a problem when we have encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain,” says Dr. Isik Unlu of Miami-Dade mosquito control. “That’s the part that is scary.”Ahn Ton of Broward mosquito control adds, “The type of mosquito that carries that type of virus is prevalent in our area and already we’re seeing them popping up around our area.”There is no evidence that suggests the mosquitoes can spread COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization, since coronavirus is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose, not from blood.“Right now, on average, we’re getting about 300-400 requests a day,” Ton explains. “During the slow season, just to put it in perspective, just a couple of months ago we were getting 20-30 requests a day.”With more than 250 calls a day, Miami-Dade’s mosquito control teams are also trying to kill larvae before they hatch. Adulticiding is the term used for killing adult mosquitoes.Officials add that people need to protect themselves by getting rid of standing water and avoiding the outdoors during peak hours from sunrise to sunset. If you must be outside, try to wear protective clothing and use mosquito repellent.Health Department Confirms Second Case of West Nile Virus in Miamilast_img read more

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain sprays champagne to himself on the podium after winning the Spain Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 11, 2014.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth straight one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday in a dominant performance that does not bode well for the rest of the Formula One field.Hamilton took off from pole position and stayed ahead of Rosberg — despite the German closing to less than a second in a tense final lap — to record a fourth consecutive victory and move ahead of his teammate in the overall standings.Hamilton’s 100 points after five races put him three points ahead of Rosberg, who failed to find a way in front of his main rival for a fourth straight time after winning the season opener.His 26th career win gave Hamilton one more than former world champions Niki Lauda, who now works for Mercedes, and Jim Clark.Hamilton set himself on course to add to his own title from 2008. He hadn’t led the championship since June 2012 after winning the Canadian GP with McLaren.“This is our fourth one-two, it’s just unreal,” Hamilton said after Rosberg helped douse him in champagne to celebrate his first victory at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.“Getting my first win here after trying for eight years, it is difficult to put into words my feeling. I have never had a car like this. I have never had a gap like this. I am grateful I was able to keep (Rosberg) behind me.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third for his first career podium after coming close on three occasions this year.Four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel had a flawless drive to move up from a 15th-place start to finish fourth, with his Red Bull finally not having any problems following two days of it stalling in practice and qualifying.Valtteri Bottas of Williams was fifth, followed by struggling Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in sixth and seventh.Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Force India pari Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the points.McLaren made no progress with Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen coming in 11th and 12th.Not even a three-week break for their rivals to improve their cars prevented Mercedes from earning its fifth win in as many events this year in a disheartening display for the other 10 teams. Ricciardo ended up more than 48 seconds slower than Rosberg.Alonso was left in a distant third place in the standings with 49 points, followed by Vettel with 45.Mercedes increased its lead in the constructor’s championship race to 197 points. Red Bull is second with 84 points, with Ferrari trailing in third with 66.After executing a clean start, the Silver Arrows focused on protecting their tires and preparing a final fight at the end of the race to decide which driver would to settle with being runner-up.The two opted for different pit stop strategies, with Hamilton pitting first to change to a faster pair of medium tries before Rosberg went in to get a second set of slower, but more resistant, hard tires.It appeared Rosberg’s tactics to then finish on his set of faster tires was going to pay off as Hamilton’s advantage evaporated, but Hamilton kept his nerves in check and his vehicle in front until the 66th and final lap.Hamilton led all of the way, but he asked his team for help on several occasions — as well as complaining about the tire strategy — after never being able to shake Rosberg.And although this race didn’t see any close calls between the drivers, as happened in Bahrain earlier this season, they were close right down to the last turn as Hamilton crossed 0.6 seconds ahead of Rosberg.“I think if I had had one more lap I could have given it a go,” Rosberg said. “I could have gone for a kamikaze move, but that wouldn’t have made sense. I will try to get that little extra bit and edge him out next time.”Only two cars didn’t finish, Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso.Vergne retired during the 26th lap due to an exhaust problem. That brought an end to an error-plagued weekend for Vergne, who was penalized 10 places when his wheel flew off in Friday’s practice. Earlier on Sunday, the vintage car that was supposed to ferry him through the pre-race drivers’ parade puttered to a stop, forcing Vergne to hitch a ride with Marussia’s Max Chilton and his chauffeur.last_img read more