Resolution calls for limits on smoking

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government weighed in on the debate over creating a smoke-free campus Tuesday night by passing a senate resolution calling for the enforcement of designated smoking areas and a clarification of current smoking policy.The administration will take an official position on changing smoking policy on the University Park Campus once it has heard from the different constituencies for faculty, staff, undergraduate students and graduate students, according to USG Director of Campus Affairs Jared Ginsburg. The other three constituencies’ representatives have passed resolutions, which are used to formally communicate interests to administration.Residential Senator Marissa Roy, a co-author of the resolution, sees the legislation as an intermediate step toward possibly establishing a smoke-free campus in the future.“We may be in the direction of becoming a smoke-free campus one day,” Roy said. “[Clarifying designated] smoking areas will be a first step to gauge reaction and get students used to the idea of seeing smoking limited on campus.”Nearly 65 percent of 1,485 respondents to a USG online poll supported limiting smoking on campus, according to the resolution. A plurality of about 46 percent of the respondents favored a smoking ban and 40 percent favored a change in the university’s smoking policy that includes clarifying the location of designated smoking areas.“I support a campus-wide ban on smoking contingent upon USC actually enforcing it,” Matthew Prusak, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business) said. “Smoking poses a health risk and it seems like the right thing to do from a health standpoint.”USG Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Vinnie Prasad, who cast the only dissenting vote, said the resolution does not address the plurality’s views.“While I agree with the spirit that we need to clarify all rules, I think we should have considered the 46 percent,” Prasad said.USG had initially planned to vote on the resolution last week but tabled the legislation to settle confusion between two groups of senators — those who wanted administration to take action and those who wanted to clarify the current policy, Roy said.The new draft added clauses aimed at clarifying and publicizing current USC smoking policy along with asking the administration to take action.“Students don’t know what the policy is,” Ginsburg said. “They just don’t understand it. We are calling for a very clear announcement by the administration as to what the policy is and where the university falls on the issue.”The USC Academic Senate and the USC Staff Assembly, the representative bodies of faculty and staff respectively, passed resolutions in 2010 advocating for a smoke-free campus. The academic senate’s resolution cited research findings and recommendations from the Provost’s Work and Family Life Committee, which conducted focus groups on both campuses.“It’s not out of the realm of the really possible,” said Christopher Chomyn, a senior lecturer in the School of Cinematic Arts and the committee’s chair. “We are not leading this trend. We are way behind the curve for universities adopting smoke-free policies.”At least 586 colleges have adopted smoke-free campus policies as of Oct. 7, including schools with large campuses such as the University of Michigan and Oregon State University, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.In September, the Graduate and Professional School Senate expressed its opposition to a smoking ban with a strongly worded resolution that called smoking bans “an encroachment of personal rights.”“The lack of enforceability was a big problem we talked about,” GPSS President Ryan Estes said. “We thought there could be a lot of alternatives to create a healthier campus than a flat-out smoking ban.”Chomyn, however, said a ban probably wouldn’t be heavily enforced.“It’s not meant to be punitive,” he said. “It’s meant to improve the general welfare of our community.”Because of the negative health effects associated with secondhand smoking, some smokers support the enforcement of designated smoking areas despite the inconvenience they cause.“I’m a smoker, but I agree with the designated smoking areas,” said Jin Yong-Moon, a junior majoring in music industry. “I may harm other people if I smoke in open areas.”Chomyn said his committee’s research showed opposition to a ban mostly comes from non-smokers, rather than smokers.“Most of the people who are smokers seem to be in the favor of it, or at least open to it,” he said. “The push back has been from non-smokers.”Roy also said she hopes the resolution’s urge to clarify policy will mean students learn there are already designated smoking areas on campus.“Students in the survey were asking for something that already exists, but they didn’t know were already there,” Roy said.In the coming months, USG will continue to work on expressing the student body’s opinion regarding USC’s smoking policy.“USG is going to be the stalwart voice of students,” Roy said. “We want to keep our personal views out of it.”The resolution will remain effective for two senate terms, taking advantage of a new bylaw amendment that allows each senator to submit one strongly supported resolution to the subsequent senate.last_img read more

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‘Madden 20’ release date, cost, new features, editions: A guide to everything you need to know

first_imgPlus, with other modes such as Franchise, MUT, online and exhibition returning, there are plenty of ways to appreciate Madden this year.Here’s everything you’ll need to know ahead of the “Madden NFL 20” release on Aug. 2, including cost, the difference between editions, new features, players ratings and how to play the game a few days before everyone else.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsContents:Madden 20 release dateHow much does each edition cost?Standard EditionSuperstar EditionUltimate Superstar EditionMadden 20 player ratingsNew featuresCover starWhat consoles is Madden 20 available on?How to play Madden 20 early’Madden NFL 20′ release dateJuly 25: If you have EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier you can get “Madden NFL 20” on this dateJuly 30: “Madden NFL 20” Superstar Edition releasesJuly 30: “Madden NFL 20” Ultimate Superstar Edition releasesAugust 2: “Madden NFL 20” Standard Edition releasesAug. 2 is one of the earliest standard-edition release dates in the history of the franchise, which typically rolls out its new game toward the end of the month. That will allow gamers more time to get a feel for “Madden NFL 20” before the 2019 NFL season begins Sept. 5.’Madden NFL 20′ price: How much does each edition cost?There are three versions of “Madden NFL 20″ coming out: Standard, Superstar and Ultimate Superstar. Here’s how the prices vary by edition and what you’ll get for your money.’Madden NFL 20′ Standard Edition: $60This game has all of the typical features you need. As the name suggests, it’s your standard version of Madden with no added features or MUT upgrades.’Madden NFL 20′ Superstar Edition: $80This version releases three days early and also contains 12 Gold Team Ultimate packs and one Training item. So, if you want to start on the sticks early, or if you’re really into Madden Ultimate Team, then this version might be for you. Otherwise, it would make sense to wait and save the extra $20.’Madden NFL 20′ Ultimate Superstar Edition: $100Similar to the superstar version, you get to play the game three days early, but this version comes with a few extra features like one QB Legend for your Ultimate Team, 16 Gold packs, one Core Elite player from any team and one Training item. If you enjoy Madden Ultimate Team, it’d make sense to go ahead and splurge for that extra $40. Otherwise, you’re better off waiting three days for the standard version.MORE: Here are all the players with Superstar and X-Factor abilities in ‘Madden 20”Madden NFL 20′ player ratingsThere are only four 99 overall players (Aaron Donald, DeAndre Hopkins, Khalil Mack and Bobby Wagner). Patrick Mahomes takes the best QB spot (97 overall) with Todd Gurley being the best RB (97 overall) and Hopkins being the best WR (99 overall).The Eagles have the best overall team rating (89) with the Dolphins being the worst overall team (74).Here are the top 10 overall players in “Madden NFL 20”:Player NamePositionOVRAaron DonaldRE99DeAndre HopkinsWR99Khalil MackLOLB99Bobby WagnerMLB99Antonio BrownWR98Julio JonesWR98Luke KuechlyMLB98David BakhtiariLT97Todd GurleyRB97Patrick MahomesQB97We’ve listed all of the top players at each position here and you can view the entire overall team ratings here.MADDEN 20 RATINGS:Player ratings at each positionOverall team ratingsBest offensive teams to useBest defensive teams to use’Madden NFL 20’ features, old and newQB1 and College Football (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/71/qb1-madden-20_13qxsl0497e911o1dzfnixllwr.png?t=-69504909&w=500&quality=80 EA Sports https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/bc/madden-20-release-date-ftr_elkl7d9tqx9a1oschdlwzuc41.png?t=-62228589&w=500&quality=80 What console is ‘Madden NFL 20’ available on?Xbox OnePlaystation 4PCMadden 20 is available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC users, as well as PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, Xbox One X and Xbox One S.EA Sports no longer makes Madden NFL for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles and the game isn’t available on Nintendo Switch like its FIFA counterpart.How to play ‘Madden NFL 20′ earlyYes, there are several ways to play early. The Beta version available in June is no longer an option, but if you purchase one of the special editions or join one of EA’s subscription services you can play the game a few days earlier than others. NCAA Football is back! … kinda.While the game itself is, unfortunately, not coming back anytime soon, gamers can play college football again in a limited capacity. “Madden NFL 20’s” QB1 Mode is an extension to Franchise Mode that allows you to play as a custom quarterback. This essentially replaces Superstar Mode, but instead of picking any position, you’re stuck with just quarterback.Still, this mode looks pretty exciting. You get to play in college to build up your rating, play on the big stage in the College Football Playoff, advance to the NFL Combine and begin your career as an NFL star.Franchise ModeThis isn’t a new mode, but it’s a classic.You can choose to play as a player (position of your choice), a coach or an owner. You can choose single player, or you can compete in a multiplayer online league with up to 32 teams. You play the preseason, regular season and playoffs on a quest to win the Super Bowl and build a dynasty.MORE MADDEN 20: Listen to the soundtrack | Who are the announcers?’Madden NFL 20′ Ultimate TeamMadden Ultimate Team is back, and if you purchase one of the special editions of Madden you get some nice upgrades.Here’s how EA Sports explains MUT:Do you like Fantasy Football and the idea of building a winning team from scratch? Do you like opening packs of items to enhance your line up, sell in an auction environment, trade with your friends or even put in collections for more players, packs, or in-game currency? MUT has all of these things and more!Madden Ultimate Team is packed with collections, solo challenges, and a complete multiplayer head-to-head “Seasons Mode,” which lets players challenge their friends’ Ultimate Team for ultimate bragging rights! Ultimate Team also provides never-ending content and promotions throughout the year. With Madden Ultimate Team, the football season never ends.With MUT continuing another year, we can expect an even better version than in years past.’Madden NFL 20′ online, exhibition playOther classic features being continued into “Madden NFL 20.” If you just want to practice your skills against the computer, you can play offline in the traditional exhibition game mode, or if you want to go up against other gamers, you can play online. These game modes allow for single or multiplayer options. You can customize everything down to the time, rules, stadiums and uniforms.’Madden NFL 20’ Superstar X-FactorThis is a new feature added to Madden. Here’s how EA Sports explains it:At launch, there will be 50 players in Madden 20 who have Superstar X-Factor Zone abilities. These Zone Abilities can be unlocked during gameplay by completing objectives tailored to that player. There are offensive and defensive abilities. Some of these abilities include Bazooka (max distance increased by over 15 yards), Blitz Radar (highlights extra blitzers after the ball is snapped), Double Me (wins aggresive catches versus single coverage), Fearmonger (chance to pressure the QB while engaged with a blocker), Shutdown (tighter coverage and more interceptions on contested catches) and many more. MORE: Here are Madden’s 50 Superstar X-Factors and how to use themOther ‘Madden NFL 20′ featuresPlay the Pro BowlUnique PlaybooksNew Option PlaysPump Fake UpgradesMUT MissionsOn Field TrainerNew CelebrationsEA Sports has introduced RPOs (run-pass options) into the game and improved playbooks as a whole. In the past, playbooks were pretty similar team to team, but EA Sports says we’ll see a bigger variety in “Madden NFL 20.” In addition, some new trick plays have been added in to the game, such as the Philly Special. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/d/philly-special-madden-20-ftr_17y8d1trheal1rfgvnnvvxci4.png?t=-68072525&w=500&quality=80 The “Madden NFL 20” release date is almost here and the popular video game series looks to take an extra step this season.There are plenty of new features (which you can read all about below) that should excite football fans. Perhaps the most interesting part is the QB1 mode in which you will be able to play at the college level. You can only choose from 10 teams, but it has been so long that we’ve been able to play college football in a video game that we’ll take whatever we can get. The On-Field Trainer doesn’t sound too exciting for experienced Madden players and it’s a way to assist players at getting better at the game. There’s nothing more irritating than just trying to play a quick game and having something pop up on the screen constantly.The new celebrations should be a fun addition to the game. EA Sports already showcased one of them by failing to give Tom Brady a high five.Celebrating your record breaking performance in #Madden20 … https://t.co/aBanGx3rup pic.twitter.com/gS8ZjqRD5q— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 15, 2019Being able to play in the Pro Bowl again and upgrading the pump fake are also nice small changes to the game that should improve overall gameplay.’Madden NFL 20’ cover star Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made the cover of Madden this year. He’s one of the game’s Superstar X-Factor players.last_img read more

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