’SC Facebook page spreads kindness

first_imgDaniel Rothberg contributed to this report. Online gossip, hurt feelings, bullying — as a generation that grew up on the internet, most college students have felt the burn of a nasty anonymous email or message.Enter “USC Compliments,” a new Facebook page created by a group of anonymous USC students that allows the USC Facebook community to spread kindness by messaging the account with a compliment for a fellow Trojan. The administrators then post the comment on their page with the name of the compliment’s recipient, leaving the sender completely anonymous.Two administrators, who asked to remain anonymous, said they created the page in hopes of counteracting the online bullying that happens far too often on the Internet.“So much gossip and bullying occurs on social networking sites these days, and we are hoping to do our part to help people realize that a positive word can be so much more transforming than a negative one,” the administrators said in an interview Thursday.After only three days of operation, the administrators have posted more than 150 compliments and have received a great amount of positive feedback from students and faculty. Kate Kulaga, a freshman majoring in architecture, says that USC Compliments has already been a helpful force in the USC community.“USC Compliments is an amazing idea because though it has the potential to be funny to read, it really just creates a positive environment through which students can feel closer to the Trojan community,” Kulaga said. “It is such a great portal for acknowledging people’s positive traits and expressing opinions, especially when it’s anonymous because there’s sort of a ‘no shame’ type of attitude when posting.”Many students who have received compliments are also supportive of the page, claiming that a single Facebook post changed the outcome of their entire day as well as their outlook on USC in general. Christie Cyprus, an undeclared freshman, said the page demonstrates a certain sense of community within the Trojan Family.“I’m really glad the USC Compliments page was started, as it really does make a positive impact on the community,” Cyprus said Wednesday, after receiving a compliment earlier that day. “When students see nice things written about themselves and fellow students, it inspires them to want to compliment others and share their appreciation. Overall, it seems to promote a much more encouraging and friendly environment.”Some administrators have noticed the facebook page, as well. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs Gene Bickers said he first heard of USC Compliments when a former student submitted a post about him.“I think it’s a really nice idea. It actually made me feel good. It was the highlight of my day,” Bickers said on Wednesday.Other students, however, find the page slightly overbearing at times. Milan Bhatt, a sophomore majoring in economics, said that he is starting to regret liking the page on Facebook.“I think it’s a good idea, but to be honest, I’m considering defriending the page,” Bhatt said. “My news feed is constantly flooded with posts about people I don’t know – I can barely find anything on my Facebook about my friends while I’m still connected to the page.”Nonetheless, the response to USC Compliments has been overwhelmingly positive, according to the page’s administrators. And nice words about their peers have not been the only good thing to come out of the page — the administrators said the page has morphed into a place for USC students to meet online.“We’ve also noticed that new friendships have been triggered as a result of the page; for example, the recipients of the compliments will sometimes comment asking to meet up or exchange numbers with the person who sent the message,” the administrators said.Administrators of the USC Compliments page hope it is the start of a broader promotion kindness around campus.“We want to show all of USC how far kindness can truly go, and we think this Facebook page is a great way to start,” the administrators said. “We have both been so shocked by the positive response to the page, and we’re excited to see where it goes.”last_img read more

Gfinity announce Team Endpoint to the Elite Series

first_imgAfter the announcement of the first five teams in Gfinity‘s Elite Series, speculation has been rife as to who the next teams in the series would be. This, alongside the recent oversubscribed pricing to raise funds, led to the tournament being delayed. Now, the sixth team has been announced – Team Endpoint.Team Endpoint are one of the UK’s strongest esports brands at the moment, hosting what many believ is one of the top two UK CS:GO sides. This could be seen most recently when they were in action at the Copenhagen Games, where their CS:GO team came top 32.  The organisation hasn’t been active in many other esport titles in the past. Starting with Overwatch, they signed their current CS:GO team before more recently picking up a team in H1Z1. The entry into the Elite Series means Endpoint will make their first entries into Rocket League and the Fighting Game Community via Street Fighter.Neville Upton, CEO Gfinity PLC said: “The addition of Endpoint to the Gfinity Elite Series is hugely significant as it supports our quest to back UK talent and will make the competition even more exciting for everyone involved. Their expertise and standing, even as a relatively young team in esports shows that we are serious about our intention to take esports in the UK to the next level. We are passionate about investing in home-grown players and teams and the Gfinity Elite Series is a fast-paced and thrilling way for us to do this.”Adam ‘Adz’ Jessop, CEO Endpoint Esports Ltd added: “It’s an honour to be invited to compete within the Gfinity Elite Series. Since returning to the UK esports scene and founding Endpoint, the progression and opportunities within the UK have been rapidly evolving and I believe that the Gfinity Elite Series marks the next big step in that evolution. We have been working hard to position ourselves at the top of the UK scene whilst also embracing the community wherever possible, and we are proud to be able to continue that work as one of the 8 Elite Series franchises. Competing within such a prestigious competition will help us continue our rapid growth, whilst enabling us and our partners to reach a wider audience.”Full announcement can be found on Gfinity’s website.Esports Insider says: After over a month of limited-to-no news on what’s happening next with the Elite Series, finally they announce their sixth team. There’s still two more to be announced and we eagerly await further information.last_img read more

Zombie film is a treat for Hollywood

first_img“`Halloween’ was far beyond anything we’ve seen on Labor Day,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. The industry finished the summer season with record receipts of $4.18 billion since the first weekend in May. Factoring in higher ticket prices, though, movie attendance did not set a record. Media By Numbers estimates 610million tickets were sold, the fifth-best figure for modern Hollywood. Unlike Carpenter’s original, Zombie’s “Halloween” delved into the childhood of unstoppable slasher Michael Myers to explain why the masked madman wages his own personal war of terror. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters are according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Halloween,” $31 million. 2. “Superbad,” $15.6 million. 3. “Balls of Fury,” $13.8 million. 4. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” $13.2 million. 5. “Rush Hour 3,” $10.4 million. 6. “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” $8.1 million. 7. “The Nanny Diaries,” $6.4 million. 8. “Death Sentence,” $5.2 million. 9. “War,” $5.1 million. 10. “Stardust,” $3.9 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Released by the Weinstein Co. and MGM, “Halloween” also topped the $29million Labor Day gross for 1999’s “The Sixth Sense,” which had been the biggest-grossing movie over the holiday. That blockbuster ghost story was in its fifth weekend when Labor Day came around. Sony’s comedy “Superbad,” the No. 1 movie the previous two weekends, slipped to second place with $15.6 million, raising its total to $92.4 million. Focus Features’ “Balls of Fury,” a comedy about a washed-up pingpong player recruited by the feds to help bring down a criminal mastermind (Christopher Walken), opened at No. 3 with $13.8million. “Death Sentence,” 20th Century Fox’s revenge thriller starring Kevin Bacon, debuted at No. 8 with $5.2 million. Led by “Halloween,” Hollywood set a new overall record for Labor Day, with the top-12 movies taking in $119.6 million, surpassing the previous high of $106.1 million in 2003. By David Germain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “Halloween” came early and closed Hollywood’s strong summer season with a record-breaking Labor Day weekend debut. Rob Zombie’s new take on John Carpenter’s 1978 horror sensation “Halloween” slashed its way to a $31 million haul over the four-day weekend, surpassing the $20.1 million gross for 2005’s “Transporter 2,” which had held the record for best Labor Day opening. last_img