Thornton professor gives school $7 million donation

first_imgThornton School of Music violin professor Alice Schoenfeld donated $7 million to the school on Friday to establish the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Scholarship Fund for Strings Students, a scholarship to support violin and cello students.Schoenfeld also gave a $3 million endowment in October 2012 to name and renovate the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall, the school’s symphonic rehearsal space. The facility was renovated during the summer of 2012, adding an updated sounding system and audio and video recording capabilities.Sweet melodies · The $7 million donation from Thornton School of Music professor Alice Schoenfeld will establish a scholarship fund. Schoenfeld donated $3 million to Thornton in October. — Courtesy of USC NewsSchoenfeld’s total donation of $10 million is the largest gift ever given by a long-standing faculty member. Schoenfeld’s contribution is also the largest gift to date for Thornton’s $75 million fundraising initiative, which kicked off Friday. The initiative is part of the Campaign for the University of Southern California, a $6 billion fundraising effort.Schoenfeld has taught violin instruction and performance for more than 50 years at USC and currently holds the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Chair in String Instruction.The scholarship fund is named in honor of Shoenfeld’s sister, Eleonore, a cello professor at the Thornton School who died in 2007. The two sisters, known as the Schoenfeld Duo, toured internationally for decades. Schoenfeld made her debut at age 10 with the Berlin Philharmonic.Before her death in 2007, Eleanore Schoenfeld was a professor at Thornton and the holder of the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello.The $10 million donation is the second-largest gift Thornton has ever received, second to philanthropist Flora Thornton’s $25 million gift to name the school in 1999.Schoenfeld hopes her donation will encourage future generations of musicians to strive for excellence and to really commit to their craft.“True excellence in performance requires long hours, and the more support students can receive, the more they will be able to excel,” Schoenfeld said to USC News. “Performance and competition opportunities around the globe are invaluable in honing their craft and teaching them about the demands of a professional life.”last_img read more

Julian Buescher operates from defensive position in wake of Juuso Pasanen’s injury

first_img Published on October 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Julian Buescher doesn’t have the height of Juuso Pasanen — the two-inch difference preventing him from consistently winning headers. He doesn’t have the physicality either, lacking the ability to muscle opponents off the ball as effectively as his teammate.But for the second game in a row, Buescher will likely have to take Pasanen’s spot on the field.“He has the same role as Juuso did,” midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “Keep moving the ball and be a shield for our center backs.”Pasanen and midfielder Korab Syla both have “a little way to go” before coming back from injuries, head coach Ian McIntyre said. They’re day-to-day, though Buescher is “pretty sure” Pasanen will be back for the postseason.The injuries have pushed Buescher, Syracuse’s most offensive player, back to its most defensive midfield position. It took the Orange almost 75 minutes to score against North Carolina State on Friday, but SU was able to come back for the 2-1 victory. No. 12 Syracuse (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) will try to find a way to do the same in its second— and possibly last — full game with its altered lineup when it heads to Boston College (8-6-1, 3-4) on Friday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU is currently sits at sixth place in the conference. With a win and some help it could earn the No. 4 seed and host a game in the second round of the ACC tournament along with getting a first-round bye.“It went OK on Friday,” Buescher said. “I hope I do better next Friday. I think then I am done with it for the season, but I don’t mind the position at all.”What Buescher lacks in size and physicality he makes up for in ball handling and stamina, Alseth said. Buescher added that he relies on the “big guys” behind him to win the headers coming his way.From the defensive midfield, Buescher can dictate the game a little bit more, he said. In the past, playing the attacking midfield, he’s often too far forward to maneuver the ball around the field and is the one receiving the pass instead of distributing it.Sometimes Buescher edges up in situations where Pasanen would stay back, midfielder Andreas Jenssen said, forcing him or Alseth to cover defensively. Buescher said he’ll try to go forward even more against Boston College and see how it works out.“Getting that balance in midfield without Juuso in there … everyone is adapting and changing their roles a little bit,” McIntyre said.Buescher has been one of the main catalysts for Syracuse’s 16th-ranked scoring offense — leading the team with seven goals, seven assists, 21 points and 47 shots. Whenever his position shifted from center attacking midfielder earlier in the season, it was to a forward position next to Ben Polk.Friday was just the third time all season he didn’t register a shot on goal — a product of his move to center defensive midfielder.“He has been a guy responsible for a lot of the things we’ve been producing forward so it puts some more responsibility on the rest of us playing up there,” Alseth said. “We’ve just got to embrace the challenge. … It’s time for the rest of us to step up.”Polk has emerged as the Orange’s second-leading point producer and defender Louis Cross netted just his third goal in two seasons with SU to win the game against N.C. State on Friday.Even Jenssen had a prime scoring chance that he pushed just wide.Alseth said there were concerns going into the N.C. State game, but the team learned it could win without Pasanen, without Syla and with one of its most dangerous offensive weapons seldom in the attacking third.Against Boston College, Syracuse will have to prove it again.Said McIntyre: “We’ll find a way as we did on Friday.” Commentslast_img read more

Susan McNeil, 59, Argonia: May 10, 1954 – Aug. 30, 2013

first_imgSusan McNeil, of Argonia died Friday, August 30, 2013 at the age of 59.Susan was born the daughter of Ed and Letha Saunders on, May 10, 1954 in Wellington.On January 10, 1981, Susan and Mike McNeil were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage.Susan was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, daughter and sister. Before Susan attended nursing school, she worked at the Slate Creek Depot in Wellington. She later worked 10 years as a registered nurse at the former Wellington St. Luke’s Hospital. She later joined with her husband to work at the family business of McNeil Woodworks in Argonia. Susan’s greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren, she loved them greatly. She enjoyed gardening and loved antiques. “You’ve taught me so much, I’ve watched how you live, how you chase after life, you inspire me to greater things”.Survivors include her husband, Mike McNeil of Argonia, mother, Letha Saunders of Wellington, brother, Michael Saunders and his wife Kelly of Lafayette, Colorado, daughters, Brynn Richardson and her husband Tim of Wichita, Kelsey Curry and her husband D.J. of Wellington, son, Brett McNeil and his wife Julie of Andover, grandchildren, Alex Richardson, Samuel Richardson, Jackson Curry, Makenzie Curry, Elizabeth Curry, Elliott McNeil and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her father Ed Saunders.Visitation will be held at the Day funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Susan will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Harvey in Wellington.Interment will follow at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road Suite 200 Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Judge Ends Criminal Case Against Jeffrey Epstein

first_imgA judge has officially ended the criminal case against financier and former Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein.U.S. District Judge Richard Berman granted prosecutors’ request on Thursday to dismiss charges against Epstein, after he hanged himself in jail on August 10 while awaiting his sex trafficking trial.Berman’s ruling comes after a hearing he held on Tuesday, at which sixteen women detailed how Epstein allegedly abused them. They said that he used his financial power and social circle of famous people to make the women vulnerable to sexual attacks that sometimes lasted for years.Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department plans to pursue the individuals who enabled Epstein to carry out the sex attacks.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Favored Bal a Bali burst clear with a furlong to run and went on to a convincing one length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Richard Mandella, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali made an impressive U.S. debut as he covered a mile on turf in 1:35.69.Idle due to a case of laminitis since winning a Group I in Brazil 11 months ago, Bal a Bali, a 5-year-old horse by the Honour and Glory stallion Put It Back, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eight horses aged 3-and-up and he paid $5.00, $3.80 and $3.00.“He did a great job today,” said Prat, who split horses three off the rail a furlong out en route to winning his second race of the day in combination with Mandella and his third overall. “He’s just a really good horse. I had a little trouble on the turn because it was his first time on a short turn like that, but he can run longer than this. He can run a mile, he’s a great horse.”Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farms, LLC, Bal a Bali, who won four Group I races last year, including the Brazilian Triple Crown, got his 12th win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $570,078.“It really is fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he really had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis,” said Mandella. “The podiatrist at Rood and Riddle (in Lexington, Ky.) named Vernon Dryden (DVM) did an unbelievable job of getting him back like this…I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Talco, who made an eye catching run around the far turn under Victor Espinoza, settled for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gabriel Charles. Off at 9-2, Talco paid $4.80 and $3.20.“My horse ran an awesome race,” said Espinoza. “I decided to make a run around the turn and he was really running, but the winner got through inside of us and he was too much.”Gabriel Charles, who was full of run around the far turn under Tyler Baze, angled off the rail a furlong from home and was a clear third, finishing one length in front of second choice Winning Prize. Off at 8-1, Gabriel Charles paid $5.40 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. BRAZILIAN-BRED OVERCOMES LAMINITIS TO REGISTER IMPRESSIVE U.S. DEBUTlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2015)–Saturday’s Opening Day Grade I La Brea Stakes, which has attracted a field of ten 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, looms a wide open affair as it’s comprised of five locally-based runners and as many well-accomplished Eastern shippers. First run at Santa Anita in 1974, this year’s lineup includes no less than five graded stakes winners.Idle since winning the Grade III LA Woman Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, trainer John Sadler’s Ben’s Duchess, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings, is at the top of her game, having earned a career-high 100 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., she’ll again be handled by Joe Talamo.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Rattataptap cuts back in distance off a smashing 4 ½ length allowance score on Nov. 21 at Del Mar and will be bidding for her first graded stakes victory. A grey daughter of Tapit, she’s owned by Mark DeDomenico, Jerry Durant, LLC, and Michael House.A winner of the prestigious Grade I Test Stakes going seven furlongs on Aug. 8 at Saratoga, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s Cavorting has three graded stakes wins to her credit and looms the horse to beat in the La Brea. A winner of five of eight starts, the Kentucky-bred filly by Bernardini is by far the leading money earner in the field with $902,000 on deposit.Idle since running fourth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths in the Grade I, seven furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland Oct. 31, Cavorting will retain the services of Irad Ortiz Jr., who has ridden her in all of her eight previous races.An 8 ¼ length winner of the seven furlong Safely Kept Stakes on Nov. 14 at Laurel, trainer Linda Rice’s Hot City Girl was a handy 2 ½ length winner of the Grade III Charles Town Oaks going seven furlongs on Sept. 19 and enters the La Brea on the heels of a three-game winning streak for Lady Sheila Stable. A New York-bred daughter of City Zip, she has two wins and a second from four starts at seven furlongs.Trainer Dale Romans’ Birdatthewire, who is winless in three starts since taking the Grade II,       1 1/16 miles Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 28, is undefeated in her lone try at the La Brea distance, as she annexed Gulfstream’s Grade II Forward Gal Stakes on Jan. 24. A Kentucky-bred filly by Summer Bird, she’s owned by Forum Racing IV.Third, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos a year ago, Bob Baffert’s Maybellene has been idle since running second, beaten a neck (and subsequently placed first via DQ) in the 1 1/16 miles Sunland Park Oaks March 22. Owned by his wife, Natalie, Maybellene is well-seasoned, with an overall mark of 10-3-1-2.The complete field for the Grade I La Brea, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 120; Hot City Girl, Jose Ortiz, 118; Cavorting, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 123; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Lily Pod, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 118; Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 118; Pleasant Tales, James Graham, 118; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 118, and Finest City, Gary Stevens, 118.                  First post time on Opening Day is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. –30–last_img read more