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Local foundation launches fund in Lauren Hill’s name

Local foundation launches fund in Lauren Hill’s name

first_imgHill graduated from Lawrenceburg High School and currently plays basketball for Mount St. Joe’s.LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. —The Dearborn Community Foundation, Inc., (DCF) has established the Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund in honor of the 19-year-old, who has inspired so many around the world while she battles inoperable brain cancer.DCF established the Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund at $100,000, and is also making a $10,000 contribution to The Cure Starts Now Foundation, a charity Hill has helped to raise hundreds of thousands dollars to find a cure for cancer.“Like so many others in our community, across the nation and around the world, the Foundation board of directors and staff are inspired by Lauren Hill and her determination to live life and make a difference in the lives of others even in the face of terminal brain cancer,” said Fred McCarter, Executive Director of DCF.“Through this endowment fund, we hope to help Lauren inspire others to strive to make a difference in our community in perpetuity!”Hill, of Greendale, Indiana, is a 19-year-old former Lawrenceburg High School basketball player and a current freshman player at NCAA Division III Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati. She is also a phenomenal fundraiser for The Cure Starts Now Foundation.The Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund will enable the current and future DCF Board and staff members to make grants in perpetuity to address the changing needs in the community, following Lauren’s fine example of philanthropy and her motto to “Never Give Up.”“I’m very happy that this will help others,” said Hill. “It’s more meaningful and fulfilling to help others than it is to help yourself. This gives me a great sense of purpose that I can make a difference like this. Paying it forward makes me so proud.”Hill’s parents, Brent and Lisa said they are thankful the Foundation is encouraging others to follow Lauren’s lead to make a difference in their community. “We’re very happy that her inspiration will keep on going,” said Brent Hill.McCarter says the fund also honors Lauren’s family. “Brent and Lisa along with Lauren’s brother, Nate and sister, Erin, are fine examples to all of us,” he said. “They’ve unselfishly shared their daughter and sister and her message with us in an effort to comfort others and to find a cure for cancer.”Anyone can contribute to the Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund. Contributions of any amount are accepted by the Foundation. Checks written to the Dearborn Community Foundation with a note designating the contribution to the Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund can be mailed to the Foundation office at 322 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. Please contact the DCF office at (812) 539-4115 for more information.last_img read more

Trojans come up short against Colorado

Trojans come up short against Colorado

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team began its last regular season road trip Thursday with a 70-66 loss to No. 18 Colorado in Boulder, Colo. The loss prevented USC from avenging its 21-point Feb. 1 defeat to the Buffaloes, dropping the Trojans’ conference record to 8-6.  The loss mirrored the last minute effort that came up short against No. 24 Arizona nearly two weeks ago during an 85-80 loss. For a team on the bubble of making the NCAA Tournament, Thursday’s loss dealt a critical blow to the Trojans’ hopes of making the Big Dance. The game came down to the last minute and 20 seconds when USC cut Colorado’s lead to 3. Unfortunately for the Trojans, they couldn’t produce off their next possession. Senior guard Daniel Utomi traveled while about to take a 3-pointer during the game’s final seconds, giving the Buffaloes the ball and the game. Colorado hit a free throw during its last possession and escaped with the 4-point win.  Senior guard Jonah Mathews offered an admirable performance Thursday, shooting 63.6 % and scoring 17 points. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) From the start of the second half, it was clear Colorado had made the necessary adjustments and was ready to perform on offense. In the first three minutes of the half, the Buffaloes scored 12 points without missing a shot, overcoming the first half deficit and establishing a lead USC would never take back.  Much of Colorado’s comeback was predicated on exceptional ball movement. This left USC’s man-to-man defense scrambling and allowed for open looks both beyond the arc and in the paint against USC’s top defenders in freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu and senior forward Nick Rakocevic. Colorado finished the game with 16 assists in comparison to USC’s nine. USC’s offense still dominated in the paint and shot over 50% in the second half, but this couldn’t make up for Colorado’s lethal 3-point shooting. The Buffaloes dwarfed the Trojans with 24 points from beyond the arc compared to just 6 from USC. Okongwu’s offensive production kept USC hanging around. The star freshman was coming off of two missed games due to a concussion but didn’t stray much from his season scoring average by putting up 21 points.  Unlike Okongwu, USC’s bench was not up to the challenge Thursday. The Trojans’ subs shot 2-of-17 from the field. The only bench player to come off the bench and score was sophomore guard Elijah Weaver, who chipped in with 4 points.  Colorado shot 23% from the field through the game’s first 10 minutes. This improved to 34.5% by the half while USC’s offense began to lose its rhythm, leading to frantic shots and turnovers that reduced its 14-point lead to just 3 by halftime. “We’re happy to have [Okongwu] back,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “I thought he played a really good game tonight. Unfortunately, when it’s crunch time, we need all five guys to not make mental mistakes.” Early in the game, the Trojans looked like they could limit the Buffaloes’ offense, forcing seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes and establishing a 14-point advantage. Colorado fell into a five minute scoring drought but was revived by junior guard Tyler Bey. Bey’s drives to the rim repeatedly drew fouls and chipped away at USC’s lead.  The Trojans travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes Sunday. Tip-off is at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Breaking up with provider can be costly

Breaking up with provider can be costly

first_imgThe advantage to the customer is easier billing and usually a price break. But the down side is if they drop one of the services to pursue a better deal elsewhere, they lose the discount. Loyal customers produce steady, predictable revenue. Churn is an important measure when Wall Street analysts evaluate the health of subscriber-based companies. It remains to be seen whether penalties for Internet customers will cut down on churn. Consumers Union in its annual cell phone survey found that nearly half of all cell phone subscribers who were considering switching carriers were deterred from doing so because of early termination penalties. The organization surveyed several broadband service providers and found that the two largest cable companies, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., do not assess early termination fees. AT&T Inc. charges a $99 early termination fee, but subscribers get a month’s service free for signing a long-term contract, according to the survey. Verizon charges $69 for its FiOS fiber optic broadband service and $79 for its digital subscriber line (DSL) service, but the penalty can be avoided if service is canceled in the first month. Qwest Communications International Inc. charges a $200 early termination fee on a two-year contract, according to the survey, with rates the same as month-to-month service. But customers are not subject to future price increases. Earthlink charges a $149 early termination fee on a one-year contract. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jeannine Kenney, a senior policy analyst with the group, said the penalties “deprive consumers of the benefits of competition.” Broadband companies that assess termination fees, such as Verizon Communications Inc., say they are justified because customers who sign up receive a special low rate and other benefits. Bobby Henson, director of media relations for Verizon, told Consumers Union that the company charges the fee to “regain what we have been giving the customer for free.” Henson said in addition to offering free installation and sometimes free equipment, customers also save $2 to $8 on their monthly rate. Pricing broadband competition can be difficult. Broadband is rarely priced as a stand-alone service. Whether offered by a telephone company or a cable company, it is usually bundled with other services such as voice and video. WASHINGTON – Breaking up with your Internet service provider isn’t hard to do – but it may cost you. Customers who subscribe to a high-speed Internet plan may pay $150 or more if they terminate their service before their contract has expired, according to a new survey from Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. The practice is well known among cell phone providers – early termination fees in that industry run from $150 to $240 per line, according to the group. The goals of the fees are largely the same – to cut down on “churn,” the process of customers dumping one service provider to pursue greener pastures with another. last_img read more