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Voter support for new water system drops in latest poll

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Though a majority of California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to adjust the path of water transportation in order to preserve more than 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat, support dropped by 36 percentage points after being informed of the potential costs.According to a recent poll by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times, 51 percent of those polled said they supported the bill prior to being informed of the $25 billion cost of the project.“There’s no question that Californians understand that something needs to be done to make sure that they have a safe and clean water supply available to them,” said Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics. “They simply don’t trust state government to make it happen, so they’re very supportive of the governor’s proposal, but when they’re told how much it costs or how much it would cost, that support disappears.”Several USC students agreed that California’s water crisis is an important issue and supported Brown’s proposal, despite the cost.“I think the environment is more important than just a piece of paper in your hand because the environment will last forever versus our human civilization, which will not be around forever,” said Hailey Rheinschild, an undeclared sophomore.Gina Oh, a sophomore majoring in communications, also thought the issue was important to discuss.“I believe in long-term rather than short-term gratification, and we are in a water crisis,” Oh said. “So it makes more sense to work towards a long term goal of conserving water because we are definitely going to run out at some point.”Sixty-three percent of Californians polled agreed that there is a water crisis or at least a major problem. Carlos Portela, a senior double majoring in aerospace engineering and physics, admitted that students are not necessarily affected by the water crisis, but said he still supported the bill.“I feel like college campuses and residences where people don’t specifically pay for utilities have no regard for conserving water,” Portela said. “So people should know that there’s a big problem and start using it more responsibly.”In addition, more than 80 percent of those sampled said they have adjusted their personal habits to conserve more water. Students also said they have taken measures to conserve water, as well as to protect the environment in general.“I use a Brita,” said Maren Jorgensen, a sophomore majoring in psychology. “I don’t buy water bottles over and over again. I use the sink and I take short showers.”Experts worried that despite California voters saying they work to conserve water, few are willing to spend the extra money to help preserve water and the environment.“Californians have been living with the threat of a water shortage for a long time, yet most remain satisfied with the quality and availability of their water. This contributes to making it more of an ethereal problem than an immediate problem,” Drew Lieberman, vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, told USC News. “As a result, people have little appetite for spending money to address it now, and the shift away from the proposals once we added in the cost component was, frankly, enormous.”last_img read more

Syracuse tops Clemson 84-75, to open conference slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the conference opener for both teams, No. 14 Syracuse (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Clemson (9-5, 0-1), 84-75, on Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After trailing by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter, Clemson cut SU’s lead to three points before the Orange pulled away late.Syracuse tied its season-high with 16 3-pointers and relied on the deep ball to close out the Tigers, who converted just one shot behind the arc. Five triples by Miranda Drummond helped her pace the Orange with a team-high 23 points, while a season-high seven 3s by Gabrielle Cooper fueled her to 22 points of her own.Cooper’s rapid 3s served as another signifier of her marked improvement from deep. As a freshman, the Lansing, Illinois native shot 28.4 percent from behind the arc. Last year, her rate jumped to 34.3. This season, Cooper’s leading the team with a blistering 42.7 percent mark.“I knew she had a chance to get better every year,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Because she’s a kid that takes advantage of her opportunities, shoots the ball.”Cooper got the Orange going, nailing two 3-pointers off passes by Tiana Mangakahia in the first minute of the game. The Tigers’ offense soon got their feet underneath them though, reeling off 12 points in the ensuing two minutes to just two for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter four misses in a row, Syracuse turned to Drummond for offense. First, the redshirt senior converted a four-point play from the left corner to tie the game at 12. On the next trip down the floor, Drummond hit another triple, this time to push the Orange ahead.The second half of the quarter saw both teams lose their touch from the floor. It took nearly four minutes before a field goal was made, by Clemson’s Simone Westbrook. Cooper responded with the last bucket of the period, a 3-pointer that gave Syracuse a 20-16 lead.“(Cooper) has to do a lot for us on the court,” Hillsman said. “Rebounding the ball, handling the ball. We just need her to continue to do what she does well – catch and shoot and take open shots.”The Orange implemented its full-court press and looked to score more in the paint in the second quarter. After failing to record a point in the area in the first, SU finally tallied two on a layup by Amaya Finklea-Guity 90 seconds into the second.Once Finklea-Guity broke the cold spell, Kiara Lewis began to attack the paint relentlessly. The Ohio State transfer went scoreless in the first quarter but kept the Orange offense afloat in the second, by scoring five straight points in just over a minute to push SU’s lead to eight.Both teams suffered another stretch in which they struggled from the field, as aside from one field goal each they simply traded free throws. The fouls allowed Clemson to slow Syracuse down and slightly chip away at its lead before Cooper caught fire from behind the arc again. Two consecutive 3-pointers gave SU a 41-29 lead with two minutes to go, and a Finklea-Guity layup with three seconds left pushed the advantage to 14 by halftime.“The way we shot the ball tonight,” Hillsman said, “they weren’t going to get any closer than they did. We just made open shots.”The Tigers opened the third quarter with two free throws but were promptly answered by Drummond’s fourth 3 of the game. Mangakahia responded to a Clemson layup with two triples, as she boosted the Syracuse lead to a game-high 19-points and prompted a Clemson timeout.Just as it looked like the Orange were poised to put the game away, however, the Tigers’ offense brought them back into the contest. Fueled by 11 free throws and improved ball security — they had just one turnover in the third period after losing 11 in the first half — Clemson finished the quarter on a 22-12 run, culminating in an and-1 layup by Westbrook that cut SU’s lead to seven. An off-balance floater by Isis Young beat the third quarter buzzer though, and the Orange went into the final period clinging to a 64-55 lead.“We just started fouling them,” Hillsman said as an explanation for the Tigers’ third-quarter run. “They shot 39 free throws tonight. That’s a ton. We need to do a better job of keeping them off the line.”Digna Strautmane’s jumper to begin the fourth gave Syracuse its double-digit advantage back, but it was brief. Scores by four different Tigers were offset only by Cooper’s sixth 3-pointer of the game as Clemson trimmed the SU lead to 69-62. The Tigers continued the pressure, cutting their deficit to five and then three, after another bucket by Westbrook.That was the closest Clemson would get the rest of the game, though, as Mangakahia answered on the other end with perhaps the biggest basket of the game. A 3-pointer of the dribble from the right wing gave Syracuse some breathing room and was followed by Cooper’s seventh 3-pointer of the night. The Tigers never again got within less than seven points and the Orange emerged with their first ACC win of the season.“In the ACC, toughest conference in the country, you gotta go on the road and win games,” Hillsman said. “We just made shots when they were needed to win the game.”Up next for Syracuse is another road ACC game, on Sunday against Virginia Tech. After winning 13 straight games to open their season, the Hokies dropped their ACC opener Thursday against Miami. Comments Published on January 3, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more