Following a resolution passed by the Student Senate before Thanksgiving break, the Judicial Council is restructuring the Elections Committee, which is responsible for ensuring the fairness of student government and Class Council elections. Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez said the existing committee was less effective due to its large size and the fact that its members were spread across campus. “Two weeks before Thanksgiving break, we had that resolution passed to do away with the previous elections committee that was in place, which consisted of the election commissioner from each of the dorms,” he said. “It was always hard to get them together.” The new election committee, which will be significantly smaller, will assist in approving candidates for student government positions and dealing with accusations that may arise regarding candidates’ fitness to run for office, Perez said. “The newly formed Elections Committee, as outlined in the constitution, will deal with the allegations that come forward during the campaign season and will help the vice president to run the elections,” Perez said. “What we did was make it a smaller group so it might be easier to get them together.” The Judicial Council has sent out multiple solicitations to the student body looking for applicants to the reformed committee. “We want to make sure anyone who wants to apply applies,” he said. “Sometimes if you send one e-mail people may not look at it.” Perez said he hopes more students applying to the committee will result in a wider perspective when handling the campaign issues members face. “You need a committee that’s not too divided but at the same time you don’t want everyone having one single opinion,” he said. “That way, if it comes to an allegation, any interpretation of the constitution is made in a fair way, that it’s not just a one-sided interpretation.” The application to the Judicial Council is only the first step for students hoping to become part of the committee. After the Judicial Council selects applicants, they need approval by the Council of Representatives, Perez said. The election committee falls under the Judicial Council’s responsibility of handling elections, which, paired with assisting students facing disciplinary proceedings, makes up the Council’s objectives as defined by its constitution, he said. “I believe in the constitution it says the role of the Judicial Council is to run the elections as well as to help the student body with a better understanding of the rules as outlined in du Lac,” Perez said.
Back home, his family, including his pregnant wife, organized search and rescue efforts. Laga says he could see helicopters flying overhead but they were unable to spot him. He reports he survived by eating insects that tasted like “unbuttered popcorn,” berries and drinking creek water. Laga caught a lucky break when he stumbled into a campsite around 1 a.m., drawn in by the light of the camper’s headlamp. “I was very gifted, blessed and protected,” Laga told ABC. “As much as a lot of things went wrong, there were a lot of key things that went right—if I had not gone that way, if I had met an animal, if it would have been rainy at night, there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong that didn’t.” Learn to fish, backpack and more at an upcoming workshop hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The department will hold a Becoming Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop November 1-3 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, GA. The hands-on workshop is an educational program available to women 18 years or older of all ability levels. The goal is to break down barriers to female participation in outdoor activities. Available classes include wildlife photography, wilderness survival, camping, fishing and more. Between meals and special presentations and events, women can choose from 20 professionally led classes. Registration for BOW is now open. Participants can bring their tent and own gear or stay at the lodge at Charlie Elliott. The cost of the weekend event is between $220- $265, depending on lodging. To learn more or register for BOW visit: www.georgiawildlife.com/BOW Utah native Kaden Laga, 25, was riding horses along the border of Idaho and Montana with his family last week when his brother’s horse went lame. A strong hiker, Laga volunteered to walk. But somewhere along the way, Laga took a wrong turn off of the trail and separated from the group, wandering deep into the woods where he remained lost for five days. Hiker lost in rugged Montana wilderness survives for five days on creek water and berries The Amazon Rainforest is unique because it receives such large amounts of rain that it does not burn naturally. Instead, slash-and-burn deforestation techniques used by humans have started the fires in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. According to Vox, the Amazon Rainforest has experienced a record number of fires this year, with 72,843 reported so far. Like much of the world, the Amazon Rainforest is currently burning Yesterday, day turned to night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as dark smoke from fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest over 1,675 miles away caused a blackout throughout the city. The Brazilian state of Amazonas has declared a state of emergency. The smoke from fires burning in the rainforest is covering large areas of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Women’s Outdoor Workshops offered in Georgia
Leonard credits Toronto’s strategy for one of the most impressive individual playoff performances in recent NBA history (30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and a league-high 939 total playoff minutes). The Raptors took home the title, and teams took notice.”If we didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be here right now for sure.”Kawhi Leonard tells @Rachel__Nichols that the Raptors’ load management plan for him helped in the long run. pic.twitter.com/KtyxtjBJi7— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2019MORE: When will Paul George make his Clippers debut?When Leonard became a Clipper this offseason, the team made it clear his health would be a top priority. And why not? If it worked for Toronto, why shouldn’t the Clippers follow the same path?But load management is a sensitive subject. When the Clippers announced Wednesday that Leonard would miss the front end of a back-to-back set, the debate once again took center stage.ESPN analyst Doris Burke got the fireworks started on the “Golic and Wingo” show ahead of the Clippers’ matchup with the Bucks. Los Angeles ruled Leonard out of the first game of the back-to-back, taking away the excitement of a Kawhi vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo showdown.”It is mind-boggling to me that Kawhi doesn’t want to play against the reigning MVP and he’d rather play against Portland [the next day],” Burke said. “I believe the league has a long-term problem. When it pinches them, I don’t know. But Kawhi not playing, to me, is ridiculous at this point. I don’t understand it. He is a great player. He is compelling to watch. If you’ve watched any of his games, he’s been absolutely brilliant in the fourth quarter and won them a ton of games. And the Clippers obviously have a responsibility to Kawhi and to winning and to long term.”But the league also, I believe, is and should be concerned that their best players are not playing on nights when they’re on national television. The NBA ratings took a hit last year. People tune in — we know this for a fact, guys — people tune in because they want to see the stars who are so compelling. There are few players who are this compelling at this stage in their careers.””Kawhi not playing, to me, is ridiculous at this point. … To me, the league has a problem.” @heydb addresses the impact of Kawhi and other stars missing nationally televised games. (via @GolicAndWingo) pic.twitter.com/r4uSAy684g— ESPN (@espn) November 6, 2019Burke’s point of view isn’t out of bounds. The NBA depends on big names to generate ratings. It’s a league that leans on star power more than any other sport, particularly during a regular season that is often deemed as irrelevant.But the media and basketball fans can’t have their cake and eat it, too.Players are judged on one thing and one thing only — championships. Charles Barkley is regularly mocked on TNT by Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal because he retired without a title. James Harden is viewed as just another great statistical player incapable of carrying a team to a championship. Past or present, the rings conversation reigns supreme.For fans hoping to see a star in their city, the disappointment is understandable. NBA tickets aren’t cheap. Families pay an arm and a leg to watch players like Leonard just one time in a year. When organizations decide to rest their stars at the last second, it can be a major blow to paying fans.But what do they value more? An enjoyable regular season experience in November? Or witnessing the best of the best battle it out on the biggest stage and lifelong fandom finally paying off in May and June?What must be decided now is how the NBA views the new trend. And it seems that the league is just as conflicted as the rest of us.The NBA initially accepted the Clippers’ reasoning for why Leonard missed Wednesday’s game.NBA spokesman Mike Bass on Kawhi Leonard: “Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league’s resting policy, and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers injury report. The league office, in consultation with the NBA’s director of sports medicine..”— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 6, 2019Bass continued: “…is comfortable with the team medical staff’s determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time.” https://t.co/UfoVeWC513— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 6, 2019MORE: Doc Rivers rants about new coach’s challenge ruleThen one innocent statement altered the league’s stance on the situation.”[Leonard] feels great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “But he feels great because of what we’ve been doing. We’re just going to continue to do it. There’s no concern here. But we want to make sure. I think Kawhi made a statement that he’s never felt better. It’s our job to make sure he stays that way. That’s important.”But he played a lot of minutes in the playoffs last year. So, it’s not a health thing really. It is in some ways. We want him to just keep feeling better and getting better.”So it’s not a health thing, but also, it is? Rivers’ comments forced the NBA to quickly change its tone with a $50,000 fine.Remember, NBA doctors evaluate the medical info provided by the Clippers. The league doesn’t take the team’s word that Clippers aren’t violating resting rules. Essentially, Rivers is trying to be supportive of Leonard in public — and it comes at cost of $50K for franchise. https://t.co/CmXSGXVIwh— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 8, 2019″For me, I’m on [Rivers’] side, you know what I mean?” Leonard said when asked about the league fining the organization. “I’m a Clipper. He’s my coach. That’s just disappointing. It feels like they want players to play if they’re not ready.”Load management is a confusing idea for all. On one side, the NBA wants to be seen as a league that supports its players and doesn’t wander into dangerous territory by publicly doubting the legitimacy of an injury. On the other, allowing stars to sit is terrible for the fan experience and the NBA’s TV partners.Regardless of how the league handles the issue moving forward, load management is here to stay. As long as it’s all about the “Larry O-B” trophy, the NBA’s elite will continue to sit during the regular season and prepare for the playoffs. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich may have kicked off the load management era, but Kawhi Leonard is the poster boy.In his first and only season in Toronto, Leonard played in just 60 of the Raptors’ 82 regular season games. From a fan perspective, it was hard to stomach. There’s no arguing with the results, though. “I got to do what makes me healthy and is going to help the team be successful, and that’s me being able to play basketball games for us,” Leonard said.The fans won’t like it. They won’t be waving “load management” flags at their favorite arenas. But they might just enjoy the end result.And isn’t that the only thing that matters?