Friends remember graduate student

first_imgWhen graduate student Sneha Polisetti remembers fellow graduate student Akash Sharma, she said she thinks of laughter.“Every memory I have of him is either him laughing or making other people laugh,” Polisetti said. “That was Akash all the time. He was never sad or angry.”Sharma, a third-year Ph.D. student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering program, died Jan. 1. The University did not comment on the cause of Sharma’s death, but friends said he died of health-related causes.Sharma was a native of Delhi, India. He served as co-president of the Indian Association of Notre Dame during the 2012-2013 academic year and was a teaching assistant for several classes. Sharma was also a member of the Notre Dame Men’s Boxing Club. Photo courtesy of nd.edu Polisetti, who is a third-year student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate program, said she and Sharma are both from India and lived in the Fischer Graduate Residences.“I can’t even think of one person who he did not get along with or he had a problem with,” Polisetti said. “He got along with everybody, and anyone you talked to, they’d have a good word to say about him.”Sharma was “extremely giving,” Polisetti said.“He was very willing to help, but I don’t even think he did it consciously. That’s just the way he was,” Polisetti said. “He would not even think twice about doing something for somebody else, going out of his way. He would be happy to do it.”Nick McNamara, who is also a third-year graduate student in Sharma’s program, said he met Sharma in their math class.“He started telling a few of us this story about a problem he was having back in India with a monkey and a dog,” McNamara said. “He was surprised at how much the American students loved hearing about monkeys, because they are so common in India. He told us a bunch of other hilarious stories about monkey antics.”Sharma constantly was smiling, McNamara said.“He always had a huge, goofy grin on his face,” McNamara said. “He was always telling jokes and trying to make people laugh. And he was never mean or rude about it. He was just a genuinely nice and friendly person.”Grief counseling is available to students through the University Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, and International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA).Rosemary Max, director of ISSA, said her office is planning a memorial Mass for Sharma in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Details are forthcoming.Tags: Student deathlast_img read more

North Carolina senior attack Luke Goldstock poses deadly threat to No. 1 Syracuse

first_img Published on April 26, 2017 at 9:44 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 In 2016, Syracuse’s season ended when Maryland’s Matt Rambo torched the Orange for six points. This year, nobody had picked apart the Syracuse defense the way Rambo did — until Luke Goldstock exploded for three goals and three assists two weeks ago. Goldstock, a versatile senior attack in his third year as a starter for North Carolina, led UNC to a near-upset of the top-ranked Orange on April 15.When North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi described his offense, he focuses on Goldstock. His size and strength, ability to use both hands and off-ball skills mixed with an evolving dodging game helps break down and baffle defenses.The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has scored 11 goals and added seven assists in five career starts against Syracuse. Goldstock is a versatile playmaker — he can camp behind the cage, set up from outside and get out in transition, posing as one of the most potent threats Syracuse has seen in 2017. The No. 4 seed Tar Heels (6-7, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) need a win to get to .500 and enter the NCAA tournament discussion, and Goldstock could bring them a step closer to doing that. He will present a challenge to the No. 1 seed Orange in the ACC semifinal Friday at 6 p.m. in Durham, North Carolina.“He can see things develop before they happen,” Breschi said. “He’s at the center of our schemes.”Syracuse coaches and players say Goldstock’s greatest strength is his lacrosse IQ. He spaces the field such that he puts teammates in dodging spots and shooters in shooting lanes. SU head coach John Desko said he’s “very smart.” Goldstock easily backs out of space and shoots from distance, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRegardless, he can score in a variety of ways. His three goals against SU two weeks ago, for example, were nothing alike. His first, also UNC’s first of the game, came on a man-up after back-to-back skip passes. Planted to the right of the goal, Goldstock caught a pass, made a quick move and scored.In the images below, Goldstock camps out to the right of Evan Molloy in goal. He’s left alone for a score two passes later. Courtesy ESPNTwo of Goldstock’s assists came from the behind the cage, where he looks for cutters to the crease on a regular basis. Syracuse’s best defender, Scott Firman, matched up on him early in the game. SU threw a variety of looks on him, including brief matchups with Tyson Bomberry, Cunningham and zone looks. It limited Goldstock’s dodging capabilities, but not those without the ball.“We’d slide and it’d be tough for us to get to the second guy,” Bomberry said. “He’d be wide open.”This season, the Tar Heels have pushed transition more than they have in recent years, SU senior midfielder Nick Mariano said. That’s benefited Goldstock, who can get up and down the field and beat midfielders to spots. When he catches the ball, he doesn’t veer away from contact.“He’s an excellent finisher,” Mariano said.Firman said UNC forced Syracuse to rotate to get favorable matchups. Goldstock’s offensive production didn’t come in the form of dodging. Rather, a lot of what he did came off rapid ball movement and inverts. SU changed its slide package in the second half against UNC, which helped turn a 9-1 Tar Heels run into a 7-1 Syracuse run.North Carolina has dropped four straight to Syracuse since the 2015 ACC tournament. Syracuse, riding a nine-game winning streak, has not lost since Feb. 25 and will look for its third consecutive ACC title. If there’s one guy who could help the Tar Heels shift the tides, it’s Goldstock. Comments Courtesy ESPN His second goal came on a one-on-one fake from behind the cage. He faked a pass right, using the cage to create separation between him and SU defender Marcus Cunningham. He darted left and beat SU goalie Evan Molloy for his second score of the day.“It’s very difficult because if you pay too much attention to him off ball, you leave a hole inside,” Desko said. “If you don’t slide to help out, somebody else can come in and swirl by the goaltender.”His third goal came in transition, off a feed from North Carolina close defender Austin Pifani. Running down the left side, Goldstock caught Pifani’s pass, ran straight to the goal and scored from outside of the crease. Cunningham gambled on the pass and paid the price.Below, Goldstock operates from behind the crease, tying up Cunningham and making a move to the goal. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Woman leaves $240,000 to schools, fund

first_imgLittlerock High also will get $12,000 every year for five years to provide college scholarships. Sweet’s scholarship donation is the largest ever in recent memory in the Antelope Valley Union High School District, officials said. “Everyone was delightfully surprised,” Littlerock guidance counselor Melissa Vattioni said when Olsen said she wanted to donate the money. “It’s very generous.” Desert Christian Schools will get $60,000 for a tuition fund, and Olsen will set up an elder-abuse victim fund. The $240,000 was what was left over after Sweet’s “Skyland” ranch was sold for $310,000 in March 2006 and loans and bills were paid off. The 2,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home on Devils Punchbowl Road, built by her and her father in the hills above Pearblossom, was at the center of a criminal case involving Alan Pennington, 53, the man who took advantage of the aging Sweet. Pennington was a telephone repairman who made a service call to Sweet’s home in February2000 and befriended her. He began helping Sweet, who was alone with no children, and took over her finances, assuming power of attorney, sheriff’s investigators said. And he took advantage. He was charged with felony theft of elder property and grand theft in October2005 after he started remodeling Sweet’s house while Sweet lived with a caretaker at a home in Sun Village following cancer surgery in 2004, sheriff’s Detective Janet Homan said. In November 2005, Pennington pleaded no contest to the theft of elder property as a misdemeanor. He was placed on two years’ probation, ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to Sweet, and told to move out of Sweet’s house within two days, court records show. Pennington’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment. “The problem was he was using her money to fix up the house, but she wasn’t gone yet,” Homan said. “He did some good things but just overstepped his bounds, and maybe if he would have waited and did it the right way she would have given him everything.” After Sweet had surgery in the summer of 2004, Olsen and other neighbors began wondering what had happened to Sweet. “I got involved because we recognized she wasn’t in her house. A man was living in her house,” Olsen said. They would ask Pennington where Sweet was, and he would not tell them, Homan said. “He felt sorry for her. No one was helping her out, and he stepped in,” Homan said. “He thought the neighbors were being nosey and butting in. He wanted to take care of her.” Eventually, neighbors found Sweet at the Sun Village house, and she told them she wanted to go home, Homan said. Homan, who began investigating the case in May2005, said Sweet was heartbroken about what Pennington had done to the house. Walls had been painted purple, a rock fireplace had been torn out, and floors had been ripped up, Olsen and Homan said. “She didn’t have dementia and knew what she wanted, and her desire was she wanted to go back home. “She told me she didn’t want anything to do with him after what he did to the house,” Homan said. “She was very spunky and sharp, and she was able to recall things from way back. As she got older, she got more crankier.” Sweet got her house back, but she never lived there again. Her cancer came back, and she had another surgery in August2005, but this time doctors discovered it had spread to her abdomen and said she wouldn’t live more than two months, Olsen said. Then in a wheelchair, Sweet’s illness required around-the-clock care, and she lived out the rest of her life in board-and-care homes, Olsen said. Olsen, who worked as an emergency room nurse for 30 years, said she would take Sweet up to her house on occasion. “I would take her there, and we would sit outside,” Olsen said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Olsen said Sweet, who worked in Washington, D.C., as a secretary and was postmaster at the Valyermo and Palmdale post offices, was an avid reader with a passion for education. One of her two ex-husbands, Henry Sweet, served on the Keppel Union School District board for 23 years beginning in 1930. “Education was a no-brainer for her,” Olsen said of the diminutive Sweet, who was 4feet11 and 80pounds. Olsen arranged to give AVC $12,000 each year for five years. This year, six students will receive scholarships of $1,000 each, and 12 students $500 each. “It’s going to help a tremendous number of students, and we are always grateful for any donors thinking of us because it will help continue the investment in our community by educating our students,” said Bridget Razo, Antelope Valley College’s executive director for the Office of Institutional Advancement and Foundation. “It was a wonderful legacy for Mrs. Sweet to leave for us.” JUNIPER HILLS – Dorothy Sweet left her mark. The Juniper woman – who homesteaded a 25-acre ranch with her father in 1947, served as a local postmaster, and then in her late 80s fell victim to financial elder abuse – has willed $240,000 to three schools and a fund to help elder-abuse victims. Sweet, who died at age 92 in September after a battle with colon cancer, gave $60,000 each to Littlerock High School and Antelope Valley College to provide scholarships, $60,000 to Desert Christian Schools for tuition assistance, and another $60,000 to set up the victim fund. “She looked like the granny on the `Beverly Hillbillies.’ She was just the most amazing lady. She was bright and sharp, and had all of her marbles until she died,” said Diane Olsen, a friend who had power of attorney over Sweet’s affairs. last_img

Funds available for traffic calming

first_imgVancouver – If there is a problem with traffic in a city of Vancouver neighborhood, now is the time to try to fix it.Applications for traffic calming projects will be accepted through June 23. More details can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/trafficcalmingprogram.The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is in its fifth year and works closely with the citizen-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance. This year’s program will allocate $300,000 for traffic calming projects.last_img