VINTON, Iowa – The 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for seven sanctioned divisions ends on Sunday, Sept. 27.Final races are scheduled that day for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Bonus points for applicable track and/or special series championships will be figured and national champions and rookies of the year announced as soon as possible.Local track officials will have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 26 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point standings before all standings for those divisions become official.Final weekly events for the 2015 IMCA Late Model point season will be Sunday, Aug. 30.The national champion and unofficial state and local track champions will be announced as soon as all race reports from that weekend are received and tabulated.Late Model point standings become official at noon CST on Monday, Sept. 28.Any questions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215.
The School of Cinematic Arts will offer a new minor in media and social change starting in the fall of 2015.The minor will teach students how to make impactful media by studying the professional practices of creating, analyzing and distributing media centered around social change.Some of the courses offered in the minor include documentary production, writing and social change, nonfiction film and television and gender, sexuality and media.Michael Taylor, executive director of the Media Institute for Social Change, said that the program’s courses will prepare students to create social change in their fields.“It’s really to provide an opportunity for students who are interested in media content creation and research to take classes in a focused curriculum on various aspects of media for change,” Taylor said. “Students will gain insight into the professional practices of creating media content and analyzing existing content and learning how they can influence the future by integrating social issues into the work they are doing in related fields.”Taylor created the minor after students came to him and asked how they could include issues of social change in their fields. Taylor said students wanted to use the social change skills to strengthen their work.“What became clear to me was that so many students, not just in the School of Cinematic Arts, but from all over the university were starting to realize that media is the language of the 21st century,” Taylor said. “They can better do what they do by learning to speak that language and they can better do what they do in terms of spreading the messages that they want to spread- — having to do with various social issues — by working across disciplines with people from all over campus, and that’s what this minor is really intending to provide for students.”According to Taylor, the minor strives to bring students from different majors together.“It’s a pretty broad curriculum that’s really meant to appeal to people across various disciples, because what we are thinking is that by bringing people together from different schools [and] from different programs all around this subject of media and social change, it will enrich everyone’s point of view and everyone will be contributing a slightly different point of view,” Taylor said.Students will benefit from working with other students with different majors, Taylor said.“By working across disciplines and learning something about business, something about journalism, something about filmmaking, something about documentary filmmaking, fictional filmmaking, [and] by bringing public policy and sociology and education all together, I think it makes everyone stronger and enriches what everyone does in whatever career path they eventually take.”Currently, there is a minor in photography and social change offered through Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a nonprofit social innovation program in the Price School of Public Policy. Both programs are similar to media and social change in that they inspire social change and innovation.
The No. 9 men’s tennis team comes back to Marks Stadium after over a month on the road for two back-to-back conference matches against No. 16 Cal on Friday and No. 36 Stanford on Saturday.USC is 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12 after losing 4-3 to Washington on Friday and beating Oregon 4-3 on Sunday.The Trojans have four singles player ranked nationally. At No. 25 is senior captain Max de Vroome, currently enjoying the best ranking of his college career. No. 55 is junior Nick Crystal, followed three spots behind at No. 58 by freshman Logan Smith. Another freshman, Jake deVine ranks at No. 109. The only doubles pair is composed by Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven, currently at No. 38.The first opponent for the Trojans is No. 16 Cal on Friday. The Golden Bears are 10-3 on the season and undefeated in the Pac-12 after beating Arizona 4-0 and Utah 4-3 last week.Four Cal players are currently ranked nationally in singles. At No. 17 is junior Andre Goransson, followed at No. 28 by junior Florian Lakat. At No. 40 is sophomore Billy Griffith, while at No. 62 is senior Oskar Wikberg. The Golden Bears have two doubles pairs in the rankings as well. At No. 44 is junior Filip Bergevi with Lakat, who is also ranked at No. 76 with Goransson. The last meeting between USC and Cal dates back to last year, when the Trojans defeated the Bears 4-2 on the road in Berkeley.USC will play No. 36 Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal are 10-6 overall, and they have an undefeated 2-0 record in the conference.The Cardinal have four players in the rankings. Sophomore Tom Fawcett leads the team at No. 6, followed at No. 56 by another sophomore, David Wilczynski. At No. 101 is freshman Sameer Kumar, while senior Maciek Romanowicz is currently at No. 110. Romanowicz is also in the doubles rankings at No. 64, pairing up with senior Nolan Paige.The Trojans beat the Cardinal 5-2 in a non-conference match earlier in this season on Feb. 26. In that match, the Trojans were able to come back after losing the doubles point, recording five wins in the singles matches. The only loss in singles came from Court 5, where freshman Jack Jaede lost at the tiebreak of the third set to Romanowicz.The matches will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday.