“Being the busiest day of the year, they need to staff it accordingly. They’ve been planning their orders now for the last couple weeks to make sure they have plenty of heart-shaped doughnuts to appeal to everybody,” said Stensland. “You share the love with your favorite somebody, it goes a long way. So you’re going out whether you’re getting chocolate, you’re getting balloons, you’re getting flowers, buying heart- shaped doughnuts, man, that makes a statement,” said Stensland. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — It’s a day of love and lots of customers for Dunkin’ locations. “You could share with your kids classrooms, your favorites over at the office, but again, it’s all about a great week to share some love,” said Stensland. Offering a variety of heart-shaped doughnuts and pink velvet drinks, like lattes and macchiatos. Appealing to the eye, and to the heart. Whether you’re at the drive-thru, or inside, you can bet you’ll be waiting on a bit of a line, no matter the time of day. Stores have been getting ready for Valentine’s Day for weeks. “We’re busy in the morning, but if you’re anything like me, you might be that person on the way home, you want to grab something for that someone special, stop in at Dunkin’ for some heart-shaped doughnuts, they really bring smiles to your kids faces,” said Stensland. Dunkin’ says Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year. “Valentine’s Day is a huge day for Dunkin’ second to national doughnut day pretty much,” said integrated marketing manager Eric Stensland. And romance isn’t a requirement! Doughnuts are a great gift for anyone in your life. Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day products have been offered since the beginning of February and are available while supplies last.
Students have formed planning task forces as part of the next step in creating a house for USC’s black student community.On Oct. 28, the Undergraduate Student Government passed the “Space for Students of Color” resolution, which laid the groundwork to create a house to serve as a designated place for USC’s black students. To advance the project, the Diversity Affairs committee held a meeting on Nov. 20 to create and recruit students to one of four task forces, each with a unique goal in developing the house and the program. The four task forces are: funding/real estate, communications (which includes social media and public relations), education and logistics.Work in progress · The Diversity Affairs committee, a division of Undergraduate Student Government, organized students into four task forces to develop the Black House project in a meeting on Nov. 20. – Kristen Zung | Daily TrojanFor the student leaders on each task force, all signs point towards a project that is organized, has a cohesive vision and is moving forward.The funding and real estate task force is chaired by Skylar Dunn, co-director of diversity affairs for USG, and Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, executive director of Program Board. For Dunn, the challenges of finding an investor are difficult but not insurmountable.“That’s probably the hardest of the four [task forces],” said Dunn, a senior majoring in business administration. “Money and property are the two hardest things to come by in L.A.”The funding task force aims to work with the other three to develop a plan to reach out to investors and educate them on both the mission and vision for the house. Dunn says despite the challenges, after a Daily Trojan article on the project that ran earlier this month, investors reached out to the student leaders wanting to help.“Investors love the idea and the vision that we have — they’ve actually reached out to us,” he said. “[Daily Trojan writer] Jordyn Holman put out a story 2-3 weeks ago, [and] we received an email from an alum who was really impressed with what we were doing and he really wanted to help us out.”Amoafo-Yeboah, a senior majoring in psychology, said the team hopes to carry that momentum into broader cooperation with the Black Alumni Association, an alliance she called “crucial.”“We want to make it clear that their main focus is and always will be scholarships,” she said of the Association’s main goal: providing scholarships to black students attending USC. “But that doesn’t mean that individuals who are donating for scholarships can’t donate for this as well.”The communications task force is led by Maddie Lees, a USG Residential Senator, and Rini Sampath, USG Vice President. Lees described the role of the task force as communicating a broader message to the community of the need for more diversity and inclusiveness on campus.“We want to reinforce the point that this is a stepping stone for other groups on campus who don’t feel comfortable or who feel marginalized,” she said.Levi Powell, co-director of Diversity Affairs with Dunn, stressed the importance of the task force in overcoming the project’s early challenges.“The task force will make sure the ideas and visions for the house are streamlined,” Powell said. “One of the hardest things we had to deal with was communicating the idea to everyone and make sure they understand our vision for this house and this space.”The education task force, also chaired by Amoafo-Yeboah, will focus on programming and adopting successful ideas of existing campus institutions, such as the East Asian studies room in Doheny Library, and making those ideas useful for the needs of the project. The fourth and final committee, logistics and vision, is focused on developing a name and mission statement for the house and a logistical plan for the physical space. The task force is chaired by Powell and Casey Ellis, the co-director of the Black Student Assembly.Powell stressed the need to name the house something that embodies the project’s mission, rather than just the current informal name, “the Black House.”“We don’t want it to be named, ‘the Black House,’” he said. “We are modeling our naming process off of Brown University’s project, which is called the Harambee house, which is Swahili for ‘togetherness.’ Some things we want to incorporate into our name are unity, togetherness, community and family.”The student leaders plan to select assistant directors for the task force in the coming week. Each task force will submit progress reports by the last week of January, and Amoafo-Yeboah said a first draft of the business plan and proposal will be completed by the first week of February. Though the original goal for completion was between two and four years, Dunn said a more realistic expectation was between five and 10.“We have to buy property, do all the refurbishments to the house, figure out a sustainability model to keep the house running, and have to have the university as well as alumni support to set all of this up,” he said. “We don’t want to rush this; we want to have patience and wait it out in order to get that big dream that we want.”
The Nigerian Tennis Federation, NTF, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lagos-based Tennis Management Company Limited on the Nigerian Tennis Majors. The event was conducted at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Arena recently.The first of the majors will be the Abuja Open in June, and that will be followed by the Lagos Open in November.Signing on behalf of the NTF was its president Ifedayo Akindoju, while the chairman of TMCL Barrister Anire Kanyi signed on behalf of the organisers.The Nigerian Tennis Federation president Ifedayo Akindoju, who signed on behalf of the federation, was happy about the ambitious plans for the majors.â€œThere is reason to be optimistic. The majors will offer players the biggest prize money in the history of Nigerian sports. We also expect increased popularity for the sport and hopefully this attracts lots of fans and sparks serious investments in the game.â€ Akindoju said.On his part, TMCL Chairman Barrister Anire Kanyi promised Nigerian tennis fans a big treat with the majors: â€œWe want to take tennis to the next level. We promise Nigerian fans years of epic triumphs and fight-backs. The majors will revolutionise domestic sports in Nigeria and across Africa.â€Managing director of TMCL Kenneth Ezaga noted that Abuja had no showpiece sports event and that their plans for the open is just what the nationâ€™s capital needs. He said: â€œTennis is a popular sport followed by the well-heeled in society. The Abuja Open is planned to be that stage where the most powerful leaders in business and government in Nigeria, and even Africa, meet yearly to have a great time and either form new ties or strengthen old ones.â€After signing the MOU the leaders of both organisations visited with the minister of the FCT Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello who promised his administrationâ€™s support for the Abuja Open.Plans on the Abuja Open will soon be released to the media.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
New pictures have been leaked online of the brand new Nike football set to be used in the Premier League next season.First things first, the ball is extremely colourful!Official named the ‘Nike Ordem 2015-2016 Premier League Football’, the ball is bright red, white, with a neon yellow Nike swoosh logo on it.Technology wise, there doesn’t appear to be anything new with Nike’s new football.Like this season’s Nike Ordem 2014-15 Premier League ball, the ball is said to be the most innovative, technologically advanced and aerodynamically tuned ball to date.The new ball is set to be on sale from July 2015. In addition to the Premier League’s new ball for next season, pictures of Nike’s new ball for La Liga have also been posted online.Pictures of the new balls can be seen above and below.(