USC Hospitality unfazed by intensifying competition with LA Live

first_imgWith the LA Live shuttle up and running, more students are leaving campus in favor of exploring entertainment and dining options in Downtown Los Angeles, but USC officials say they are not concerned about losing student business at USC’s restaurants.When USC Hospitality opened The Lab, McKay’s and Rosso Oro’s Pizza in the spring, the idea for the LA Live tram had not yet developed. Six months later, though, USC Transportation and LA Live have partnered to provide students with an easy way to get away from McKay’s in favor of the Yard House or the other dining options Downtown.Eating in · Despite the new, free shuttle to LA Live, USC officials are not worried about losing business at The Lab, one of USC’s three new restaurants on Figueroa Street. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanBut Hospitality insists it is not afraid of losing business to the competition further down Figueroa Street. Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, said Hospitality and Transportation, under the umbrella of USC Auxiliary Services, considered the implications of adding the free shuttle before giving the plan the go-ahead.“[Auxiliary Services does] a ‘SWOT’ analysis … strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats,” Klinger said. “So providing a shuttle to LA Live outweighs quite a few of the costs we’ve considered.”Michael Roth, vice president of communications for AEG, the company that runs LA Live, said the venue has seen a jump in student customers since the launch of the new shuttle.But Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation, said it seems those students are going Downtown more for entertainment than for dining.“In the end, USC Transportation has seen students using the shuttle when they are going to the movies at Regal Cinemas, to go bowling or to attend a sporting event,” Mazza wrote in an email. “But not necessarily when they are looking for dining options.”Ryoko Yoshida, a senior majoring in communication, said if she were just looking for a meal, she’d be more likely to go to The Lab because going to LA Live takes more planning.“You’d have to wait for the shuttle and then wait even longer when you get [to LA Live] to be seated, when you could just call Campus Cruiser and head over to The Lab,” Yoshida said. “But, if I was going to a concert or something at the Staples Center, then I’d probably want to eat at one of the restaurants [at LA Live].”In addition to restaurants, Roth said, LA Live offers other entertainment activities like attending a Clippers or Kings game, a concert, going to the movies or bowling ­— all at the same location. Still, he acknowledged that it takes a little more time to get to LA Live than The Lab, McKay’s or Rosso Oro’s Pizza, and said that might factor into students’ decisions.Roth said the decision to eat near campus or at LA Live may also be based on the slightly higher costs at the restaurants Downtown. The Yard House, for example, has a very similar menu to The Lab and McKay’s, but appetizers and entrées cost between $2 to $5 more on average.“We’re all on budgets and are supposed to make choices and selections based on that,” Roth said.Klinger said students might also choose the Hospitality restaurants for the atmosphere.“I think it’s a more unique environment. There’s only one Lab and there’s a couple dozen Yard Houses, and it’s going to be mostly students at The Lab, whereas at the Yard House it’s going to be a mixture,” Klinger said.But Yoshida said the collegiate atmosphere has a negative effect.“Being older, I might want more of a diverse crowd at LA Live,” she said.Yoshida said older students over the age of 21 could end up going to LA Live over The Lab with the intention of going out to Downtown bars and clubs.Ramona Jhunjhnuwala, a freshman majoring in business administration who has used the LA Live shuttle to go out to eat with friends, said it’s about personal preference, regardless of the price.“LA Live might be more expensive, but I liked it better,” she said.last_img read more

Letter: A Unique Red Bank Story, The T. Thomas Fortune House

first_imgContributed by D. Robin Blair |I appreciate The Two River Times front page article of March 1-8, “Opening This Fall: Tribute to Overlooked Red Bank Legend.”T. Thomas Fortune and family moved to their Red Bank home “Maple Hall” in August of 1901, according to a Red Bank Register article of that year. The Fortune home was subsequently deemed significant by its inclusion in both the National Register of Historic Places (Dec. 8, 1976), and in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places (Aug. 16, 1979). As a tradition for Black History Month in February, the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation participated in the 28th Annual African-American Read-In at both the Red Bank and Long Branch libraries with their “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages.” This event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Literacy Association. The goal is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.Thank you for bringing attention to this unique Red Bank story. The story starts with the son of a slave becoming the editor of the most influential African American newspaper in the nation. With his position, he befriends many of the most notable 20th century figures, e.g. Frederick Douglass. But the story continues with the current rehabilitation of his home made possible by Roger Mumford. In this public private partnership, Mr. Mumford will provide the nonprofit T. Thomas Fortune Foundation with a magnificently restored building to be named the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.For information about the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, visit: tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org.D. Robin Blair Member,Board of DirectorsT. Thomas Fortune Foundationlast_img read more

Leafs hold off pesky Bruins to win eighth straight, host Rockets Saturday

first_imgThe Grand Forks lost for the 19th straight time Friday night in the Boundary City.However, don’t tell the Nelson Leafs those 19-straight loss Bruins are easy ponits on the schedule.Grand Forks pushed the Leafs for most of the game before surrendering a 4-1 decision in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win was the eighth consecutive for the Green and White, leaders of the Murdoch Division. After a scoreless first period, Grand Forks opened the scoring minutes into the second frame when Jacbo Jeske beat Cody Boeckman in the Nelson nets.Casen Willans got that one back before team captain Colton Schell notched what proved to be the winner with five minutes remaining in the period.Goals by Cole Arcuri, on the power play, and Jacob Boyczuk ten seconds apart sealed the hard-fought win for Nelson.Nelson, improving to 14-5-1, out shot the Bruins 47-30.Grand Forks goalie Robert Dunsmuir was outstanding in the home nets.The Leafs host Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell finished the game with three points while defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Matthew Naka each had two assists. . . .Schell is on a six-game point streak with 14 points duirng that time. . . .Nelson rookie Colton McCarthy was a minus-1 in two games for the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Tribe lost 2-1 to Calgary and 5-2 to Medicine Hat. Moose Jaw plays in Cranbrook Saturday against the Ice. The coaching staff wanted to get a look at McCarthy, property of the Warriors, and asked the Leaf rookie to play on this three-game western road swing.last_img read more

Bochy, Rodríguez provide Giants with intriguing contrast in home opener

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–During the first week of spring training, the Giants began preparing for a special tribute.Bruce Bochy announced the 2019 season will be his last as the team’s manager on February 18, giving the Giants more than six weeks to plan a way to honor the legendary manager at the team’s home opener on April 5.Shortly thereafter, Bochy also began planning for the day. He wanted to set his rotation so right-hander Dereck Rodríguez would take the ball as the Giants’ starter.“We just …last_img read more

Will reach out to Congress on GST bill: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) Keen on getting the much delayed GST bill approved by Parliament in second half of the Budget Session beginning next month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said he will reach out to the Congress again to persuade it to support the legislation. “Left to myself, I will continue till the last moment to persuade the Congress,” he told PTI in an interview. The Goods and Services Tax bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in May last year and is pending ratification by the Rajya Sabha or Upper House, where the ruling NDA does not have a majority. Congress is opposing the bill in current form and demanding that a cap on GST rate be included in the Constitution Amendment Bill. “I am in agreement with them that the taxation rate must be reasonable. I also agree with the spirit of suggestion that it should not go beyond 18 per cent. I have no difficulty with that,” Jaitley said. But the tax rate cannot be prescribed in the Constitution Amendment Bill, he said. “There is only a difficulty about prescribing tax in the Constitution because you never know unforeseen emergencies. Therefore the Congress will have to see the reasonableness of this particular view.” The GST Bill, Indias biggest indirect tax reform since independence, seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies, transforming the nation of 1.3 billion people into a customs union. After it is approved by the Rajya Sabha, the legislation needs to be ratified by half of the 29 states so as to roll out GST possibly by October 1. Asked if the government would reach out to Congress again, the Finance Minister said, “We discuss with them frequently. I will again be speaking to them.” The government, Jaitley said, had the numbers in Rajya Sabha to get the Bill through after considering support of non-NDA parties like TMC and BJD for the legislation. “Numbers are in our favour but my preference is to do it with consensus because after all it is states which also have to implement this,” he said. The Bill was not intended to be brought in the first half of the Budget Session and it was targeted for second half beginning April 25. he said. “I would prefer to do it in the Parliament as soon as possible.” Asked if traders, who have been traditionally supports of BJP, were opposed to the GST regime, he said, all trade and business organisations want GST because they want simplification of tax. “They dont want ten different departments to visit them and I think their concern is a valid one. You must have taxation system which is simple, which is hassle free and ultimately a trader does not gain by evasion because taxes are normally passed on to consumer. And as far as BJP is concerned there is unequivocal support as far as GST is concerned,” he said. MORE PTI JD DP CS ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more

Team India won’t take Zimbabwe lightly, says Dhawal Kulkarni

first_imgGujarat Lions’ fantastic performance in the debut season was largely because of their bowlers. The finesse and accuracy at display by the likes of Praveen Kumar, Dwane Bravo and Dhawal Kulkarni was laudable. Kulkarni led Gujarat’s attack and finished as the highest wicket-taker for his franchise with 18 wickets in 14 matches, earning a call-up to the Indian team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.The touring Indian side led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is relatively young. The Indian pace battery consists of Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Jaydev Unadkat and Kulkarni. With three relatively young and new bowlers in the set-up, Kulkarni being the senior most, debuting back in 2014, has to put his hands up and perform if he has to retain his place in the squad.THE MAGIC FORMULAKeeping it simple. That’s exactly what Kulkarni  has done throughout the IPL and it paid dividends, with his return into the Indian set-up being the best.Talking about his performance before leaving for Zimbabwe, Kulkarni said: “Everywhere you go and wherever you play, you have to stick to your basics and back your stock ball and my stock ball is to hit the right line and length and that’s what I kept doing with the new ball. There has been a lot of practice behind that and that’s what helped me in this IPL. The difference was the number of wickets that I got. I have been consistent, it’s just that the hard work put in for my bowling paid off in the IPL and looking forward to the Zimbabwe tour. ” (Also Read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni sidesteps captaincy debate ahead of Zimbabwe tour )RESPECTING OPPONENTSadvertisementThe Zimbabwean side has never been the same once the likes of Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Heath Streak retired. Time and again they have tried to stand up and have got some talented players like Brendan Taylor and Charles Coventry in their ranks but none have really replicated the feats of those players back in the early 2000’s.However, talking about the Zimbabwean team and India’s new look side, Kulkarni sounded respectful and talked about performing when the opportunity arrives for the youngsters. (Also Read: MS Dhoni to lead India in Zimbabwe, uncapped Shardul Thakur in Test squad )”I feel you have to keep your mind clear and not underestimate any opposition and perform no matter what the opposition is. This is a young team and energy levels are high. There are few experienced players, they are have played a lot of domestic cricket, so won t say they are inexperienced, this is a good team, players have performed well in the IPL and the confidence will be high.”The first ODI of the three match series is scheduled to be played on June 11, followed by the 2nd match on 13th and third on 15th. All the matches will be played at Harare.last_img read more