Thornton professor gives ’SC $3 million

first_imgLong time professor and classical violinist Alice Schoenfeld donated $3 million to fund a new symphonic hall, the USC Thornton School of Music announced Monday.The 3,700-square-foot symphonic hall will be named after Schoenfeld and her late sister, Eleonore. Previously used by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the hall was refurbished this summer. It now has complete audio and video recording capabilities, lighting and suspended flooring for sound isolation and flexible acoustic design. This new design will better accommodate larger performing groups, such as the symphony and wind ensembles.Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, Robert Cutietta, emphasized the importance of a new symphonic hall.“It’s time the USC Thornton Symphony and Wind Ensemble have a custom designed space where they can rehearse,” Cutietta said in a press release. “These two ensembles are recognized as among the best collegiate groups in the country, and it is essential that we have a dedicated orchestral rehearsal hall.”The USC Thornton School has one of the strongest strings departments in the country, along with being consistently ranked among the finest conservatories and international music schools.The dedication of the hall occurred Sunday and included performances from Schoenfeld’s former students. The dedication was followed by an open house and student concert on Monday.Schoenfeld, the holder of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Chair in String Instruction, has been teaching violin instruction and performance at Thornton for more than half a century. She remains active with classical music instruction with students and additionally practices between two and four hours each day.The Schoenfeld sisters comprised the Schoenfeld Duo and were internationally acclaimed classical performers who toured music halls around the world.Before her death in 2007, Eleonore Schoenfeld was also a professor at USC Thornton and the holder of the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello.Schoenfeld wanted to contribute to Thornton because of her and her sister’s dedication to the school and its program.“I thought I’d leave a legacy,” Schoenfeld said in a statement. “I’d like to perpetuate the name of my sister, as she was very active here for so long.”USC President C. L. Max Nikias recognized the Schoenfelds’ influence at the university and abroad.“Through their dedication as teachers, and their generosity as philanthropists, they have nurtured some of the greatest musicians in the world, while creating an extraordinary legacy for themselves and for USC Thornton,” Nikias said in a press release.The donation from Schoenfeld aligns with the goals for the Campaign for the University of Southern California, an initiative to raise at least $6 billion from private donations, foundations and corporations that will grow the university’s endowment and extend its influence in the world. The university plans to use $1 billion toward capital projects.Earlier this month, another donor contributed money to benefit the USC Marshall School.last_img read more

Rough 5th inning sinks Syracuse, 5-1, against North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The entire North Carolina bench mobbed home plate during the fifth inning as pitcher Brittany Pickett was taking her celebratory lap around the bases. She hit a three-run dinger past the fence to round out an explosive inning for the Tar Heels.Syracuse wouldn’t answer for the rest of the game.The game ended in UNC’s (28-24, 15-7 Atlantic Coast) favor, 5-1, after its offense erupted in the fifth inning to secure the win over Syracuse (27-19, 8-12) on Friday afternoon at Skytop Field. The explosive inning capped off one of SU pitcher Alexa Romero’s worst performances in the circle this season.“They executed things, they used their small ball, they used their speed,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “Sometimes it’s not completely all what we do but the opponent does something well in the inning and they took advantage.”The Orange entered the top of the fifth with a lead after Bryce Holmgren scored in the fourth. After four batters in the top of the fifth, UNC tied SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPinch runner Hailey Cole was on third when Leah Murray reached first on a fielder’s choice. Cole ran home for UNC’s first run of the game. Left fielder Destiny DeBerry replaced Cole on third and Murray stole second to put two runners in scoring position.The next batter, Kiani Ramsey, reached first after Gabby Teran dropped a fly ball and DeBerry scored. Teran threw home to keep the runner who had just reached third from scoring and Ramsey was able to take that opportunity to get to second.Then Pickett hit one over the fence for three runs and sent Syracuse into a hole it couldn’t climb out of.“She’s just a great power hitter,” SU pitcher Alexa Romero said. “…I tried spinning it and she just got ahold of it. It was a good hit on her end.”During the top of the fifth, before Romero let up the home run, the infield joined in the circle. Romero said they met to help her “refocus and regenerate.” A few of the assistant coaches also approached the circle and started looking at Romero’s left hand – the hand she pitches with. According to Bosch, Romero developed a blister on her finger as a result of pitching repetitively.Romero struck out three batters in the four and 2/3 innings she pitched. It was her lowest strikeout total this season when she pitched two or more innings. The five runs she let up were tied for her second highest season total.“Almost everything was working,” Romero said. “They just, you know, hit me early and they got some bloopy little hits.”Romero was pulled after Pickett’s home run in favor of freshman Miranda Hearn. Hearn didn’t allowed any runs off the two hits batters got off her.Overall, UNC did better than Syracuse in all offensive categories. UNC had six hits to SU’s three and left two fewer runners on base than the Orange.“We know that UNC is a fast team,” Holmgren said, “and I think that today we got to see how fast and so they took advantage of some extra base situations and kind of put the pressure on us.” Comments Published on April 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected]last_img read more

Trump Might Host 2020 G7 At His Doral Golf Resort in Florida

first_imgTrump said the large property could easily accommodate the G7 leaders, delegations, and international press. As President Trump departs the 2019 G7 Summit in France he is already thinking about next year’s summit that will be hosted by the United States.Today the president says he’s “possibly” considering hosting the 2020 G7 summit at one of his golf resorts in Florida.Trump said today he hasn’t made a final decision on where the U.S. will host next year’s summit, but unnamed officials, as he put it,”haven’t found anything that’s even close to competing” with his Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort. last_img read more