Boston College football coach Jeff Hafley wasn’t concerned when the Eagles were blown out two weeks ago, and here’s why

At 4-2, the Eagles are both a success and still a work in progress in their first season under Hafley. Now they’re staring down the same Clemson team that decimated the team they just beat. As it is almost every year, BC’s matchup with Clemson will be their most daunting task of the season.

Here are some game-week observations.

▪ The Eagles clean up problem areas quickly: Yes, Jurkovec is hitting the downfield targets he was missing earlier in the season. And yes, the tackling issues that led to long runs for Virginia Tech were drilled out of existence by the time they faced Georgia Tech. But one play exemplified how quickly BC is learning from its mistakes.

Two weeks ago against the Hokies, the Eagles lined up for what was supposed to be a relatively simple handoff from Jurkovec to Bailey in the backfield. Tight end Hunter Long was supposed to come in motion and set a block to spring Bailey up the middle. None of that actually happened. Instead, Long ran into Jurkovec, blowing up the play on the spot. Jurkovec made things worse by trying to salvage it, flicking the ball for a fumble. It was a mess that Jurkovec called inexcusable after the game.

In the second quarter against Georgia Tech, the Eagles called the same play. This time, it went off without a hitch and Bailey broke loose for an 11-yard gain.

“I don’t think we could simulate the one we did at Virginia Tech where we fumbled if we try to 10 times,” Hafley said. “It was just a fluke play. We run it all the time. We executed at a pretty high level.”

▪ Max Richardson and Isaiah McDuffie fuel the defense: When McDuffie was out last season, the one person who probably missed him the most was Richardson. The two linebackers are the glue that binds the defense together. They wreak havoc and play with an aggression that Hafley wants to see.

They combined for 12 tackles against Georgia Tech. Last year, Richardson finished third in the ACC with 108 tackles. This season, he’s third in the conference, averaging 9.7 per game. One spot ahead of him is McDuffie at 9.8.

▪ The offensive line got a shot of confidence: Even though the Eagles returned four linemen from a year ago, they had to adjust to new roles. Zion Johnson moved from left guard to left tackle. Ben Petrula moved from right tackle to right guard, Tyler Vrabel moved from left tackle to right tackle, and redshirt freshman Christian Mahogany stepped in at left guard.

Two weeks after giving up six sacks against Pitt, the Eagles bounced back against Georgia Tech. “I mean, we rushed the ball for 264 yards and allowed zero sacks in pass protection,” Hafley said. “You want to talk about a step in the right direction.”

▪ Aaron Boumerhi’s quiet consistency: Hitting a game-winning 36-yard field goal against Texas State was validation for Boumerhi after he underwent offseason

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Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base

Artwork: Nasa wants to return to the Moon, but this time it wants to stay

Artwork: Nasa wants to return to the Moon, but this time it wants to stay

Having dropped tantalising hints days ago about an “exciting new discovery about the Moon”, the US space agency has revealed conclusive evidence of water on our only natural satellite.

This “unambiguous detection of molecular water” will boost Nasa’s hopes of establishing a lunar base.

The aim is to sustain that base by tapping into the Moon’s natural resources.

The findings have been published as two papers in the journal Nature Astronomy.

While there have previously been signs of water on the lunar surface, these new discoveries suggest it is more abundant than previously thought. “It gives us more options for potential water sources on the Moon,” said Hannah Sargeant, a planetary scientist from the Open University in Milton Keynes, told BBC News.

“Where to put a Moon base is largely focused on where the water is.”

The US space agency has said it will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 to prepare for the “next giant leap” – human exploration of Mars as early as the 2030s.

Dr Sargeant explained that this meant developing “a more sustainable way of doing space exploration”.

“Part of that is using these local resources – especially water,” she told BBC News.

How did scientists find this lunar water?

The first of these new discoveries was made from an airborne infrared telescope known as Sofia. This observatory, on board a modified Boeing 747, flies above 99%of Earth’s atmosphere, giving a largely unobstructed view of the Solar System.

By bouncing infrared light off the Moon’s surface, scientists are able to decode exactly what is reflecting that light. Different substances will show up as different colours and in this case, the researchers picked up the exact “signature” colour of water molecules.

The researchers think it is stored in bubbles of lunar glass or between grains on the surface that protect it from the harsh environment.

In the other study, scientists looked for permanently shadowed areas – known as cold traps – where water could be captured and remain permanently. They found these cold traps at both poles and concluded that “approximately 40,000 metres squared of the lunar surface has the capacity to trap water”.

What does this discovery mean?

Dr Sargeant said this could “broaden the list of places where we might want to build a base”.

There are quite a few one-off missions to the Moon’s polar regions coming up in the next few years. But in the longer term, there are plans to build a permanent habitation on the lunar surface,

“This could have some influence. It gives us some time to do some investigation,” said the Open University researcher.

“It doesn’t give us much time because we’re already working on Moon base ideas and where we’re going to go, but it’s more promising.

“We were going to go to the Moon anyway. But this gives us more options and makes

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College basketball: NCAA notifies Arizona of 9 misconduct allegations

Oct. 26 (UPI) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association — college sports’ governing body — has notified the University of Arizona of nine allegations of misconduct, with several linked to the men’s basketball program.

Sources informed ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The Athletic of the violations on Sunday. Five of the nine violations are Level I allegations, the most-serious under NCAA rules.

The allegations follow a multiyear investigation into the Wildcats athletic program and are part of an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Arizona officials on Friday confirmed they received the notice of allegations from the NCAA, but did not detail the allegations. The school’s board of regents is expected to convene Monday for a special meeting.

Arizona has been charged with a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor. Men’s basketball coach Sean Miller and women’s swimming and diving coach Augie Busch have each been charged with a lack of head coach control.

Arizona joins Kansas, North Carolina State, Louisville, USC, TCU, South Carolina and Oklahoma State as the eighth university to acknowledge they received a notice of allegations from information obtained from a federal investigation into bribes and additional misconduct in college basketball.

Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson in January 2019 was one of four former assistants who pleaded guilty for his role in the federal bribery case. Richardson was one of 10 college basketball figures arrested in September 2017 as part of the scandal.

He pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors had accused him of accepting $20,000 in exchange for steering players to managers and financial advisors once they became professional basketball players.

Richardson was sentenced to three months in prison and two years of probation. Prosecutors played a recording to the jury during the federal criminal trials, which featured Richardson’s claim that Miller paid former Wildcats center DeAndre Ayton $10,000 per month when he played at the school.

Richardson also claimed former Wildcats guard Rawle Alkins received improper benefits from Miller during the same recording.

Ayton went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Miller has denied the allegations. Reports of the NCAA’s expected issuance of the notice to Arizona broke last week, but details of the allegations were not divulged at that time.

“I’m not going to comment on anything that is around any investigation,” Miller told reporters Thursday. “That’s really what I’m called to do as a member of our athletic department. I’m not able to comment.”

Arizona’s nine allegations are the most received by any school to date, in relation to the federal investigation.

Several other schools were also investigated, but have not received or confirmed noticies of allegations from the NCAA. Arizona has 90 days to respond to the allegations.

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NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Crew-1 Mission Update, Target New Launch Date

NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Crew-1 Mission Update, Target New Launch Date

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 7:49 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 14, for the launch of the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Managers of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 28, to discuss the upcoming launch, including results from recent testing of the Falcon 9 Merlin engines following unexpected data SpaceX noted during a recent non-NASA launch. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website.

Briefing participants include:

  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston

  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX, Hawthorne, California

Media may ask questions via phone only. For the dial-in number and passcode, please contact the newsroom at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida no later than 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at [email protected]

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch the agency’s astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy.

Crew-1 astronauts will join the Expedition 64 crew of Commander Sergey Ryzhikov, and Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. The arrival of Crew-1 will increase the regular crew size of the space station’s expedition missions from six to seven astronauts, adding to the amount of crew time available for research.

The Crew-1 mission will launch a few days after the Nov. 10 scheduled launch of NASA’s Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a thorough review of launch vehicle performance.

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AOC Denounces ‘Classist’ Trump After He Questions Her College Education

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) attends a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2020.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced President Donald Trump for engaging classism after he baselessly questioned whether she went to college during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.

Trump questioned the education credentials of Ocasio-Cortez while mocking her environmental policies at his rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania on Monday, derisively referring to her as a “great student of the environment” before remarking “I don’t think she ever took an environmental course in college… she did go to college, right?”

“I could say yes, but who cares?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to the president’s comments. “Plenty of people without college degrees could run this country better than Trump ever has. As much as GOP cry about ‘elites,’ they’re the ones who constantly mock food service workers, people w/o degrees, etc as dumb. It’s classist & disgusting.”

“I’ve hired people w/o degrees who have done incredible, effective, & strategic work,” she added later. “The more college costs soar, the more degrees become a measure privilege than competence. Our country would be better off if we made public colleges tuition-free & cancelled student loan debt.”

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2011 with a degree in economics and international relations. As a high school student, she competed with students from around the world to win a second-place award in microbiology during the 2007 International Science and Engineering Fair.

Trump previously claimed that Ocasio-Cortez was a “poor student” and “not even a smart person” during a Fox News interview in August. She responded by challenging the president to release his college transcript to be compared to hers.

“Let’s make a deal, Mr. President: You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on August 13. “Loser has to fund the Post Office.”

Trump has not released his transcript. He graduated in 1968 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. In a secretly recorded phone conversation, the president’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry said that he “got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams.”

In 2011, Trump disparaged the education of former President Barack Obama during an interview with the Associated Press, demanding that Obama release transcripts while saying he had “heard he was a terrible student.” Obama graduated from Columbia University

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Arizona Supreme Court explains education tax ruling

PHOENIX (AP) — A trial judge misconstrued an earlier court ruling when he blocked a voter initiative over the summer that the state Supreme Court later revived, the high court said in a Monday ruling that explained its reasons for reinstating the Invest in Education Act to the November ballot.

The high court said the judge went much further than it intended in a 2018 ruling that blocked a similar initiative from appearing on that year’s ballot.

The Supreme Court said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury erred when he said the 100-word summary on petitions voters signed inaccurately described the measure. The court also upheld Coury’s finding that a petition circulation company violated a law that bans paying petition gatherers per signature, but that not enough signatures were affected to keep the measure off the ballot.

The unanimous ruling written by Vice Chief Justice Ann Scott Timmer also sought to clarify the court’s guidance on the short summary voters see when they sign petitions to qualify a measure for the ballot.

She noted that sponsors, opponents and courts have struggled with a law that says that summary must contain the “principal provisions” of a measure, leading to repeated court fights. She went on to lay out a new and simpler legal standard.

That standard defines “principal” as the most important, consequential and most primary features.

“They are not all provisions,” Timmer wrote. “The 100-word description serves as the ‘elevator pitch’ that alerts prospective signatories to the measure’s key operative provisions, enabling them to decide in short order whether to sign the petition, refuse to do so, or make further inquiry about the measure.”

Courts can then move on to decide if the summary accurately lays out those principal provisions. It should only disqualify a measure if the summary “either communicates objectively false or misleading information or obscures the principal provisions’ basic thrust.,” Timmer wrote.

And courts should not take expert testimony from both sides to see if a description is clear.

“Reasonable people can differ about the best way to describe a principal provision, but a court should not enmesh itself in such quarrels,” she wrote. “If the chosen language would alert a reasonable person to the principal provisions’ general objectives, that is sufficient.”

The unanimous Aug. 19 ruling the court explained Monday was a major victory for proponents of the initiative who turned in signatures from more than 400,000 voters to qualify it for the ballot.

It will go before voters on Nov. 3 as Proposition 208.

Backers of the Invest in Education Act see it as a way to pump about $940 million a year into the state’s underfunded school system. The proposed initiative is backed by many educators and the state teachers union. It would impose a 3.5% tax surcharge on income above $250,000 for an individual or above $500,000 for couples.

The measure is opposed by a group in large part funded by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Restarting most Minnnesota college sports tied to COVID testing dilemma

MANKATO – Hockey practice at Minnesota State Mankato starts after lunch, but first, coach Mike Hastings and senior goalie Ryan Edquist need to make a quick trip across town.

Heavy snowfall creates a snow globe as the pair climb into Hastings’ SUV for a nine-minute drive to a Mayo Clinic Health System facility located in a commercial complex that also houses a post office and brew pub.

They arrive just before 1 p.m. Within minutes they are back on their way to campus after undergoing a test for the COVID-19 virus.

This process — conducted at a higher frequency — will determine when the bulk of Minnesota college sports teams will be able to resume competition.

COVID testing remains the fulcrum of return-to-play efforts for thousands of athletes at the 22 Minnesota colleges and universities in the Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. For each school that balance includes the challenge of how to fund testing expense reaching six figures with budgets already strained by the pandemic.

Tuesday has the markings of a pivotal day for those leagues and all collegiate sports.

A meeting of the NCAA’s Board of Governor is expected to possibly act on recommendations proposed in late September suggesting all athletes be tested three times per week during the season. The recommendations were specific to basketball, but realistically, they apply to all winter sports.

That frequency — three times weekly — felt like a gut punch to schools in conferences that lack the money of Power Five goliaths such as the Big Ten, which provides daily antigen testing to its teams.

“That certainly got the attention of athletic directors at our level because most of us are still trying to figure out how we’re going to do one-time-a-week testing in terms of how to execute it and how to afford it,” said Kevin Buisman, Mankato athletic director.

NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind called it “a curveball.”

Officials across all NCAA divisions are waiting to see if the organization keeps those recommendations as just that — recommendations — or if they mandate that teams test three times per week.

Either option creates a dilemma.

If it is required, schools must figure out how to get access to thousands of tests. And then how to pay for them with budgets already stretched thin by significant revenue loss from the pandemic.

If testing remains recommendations, each league will be left to decide its own standards, knowing the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute recommends testing three times.

“When it’s guidelines, think about that conversation that has to happen at every league level,” Lind said. “What type of risk are we willing to take on?”

Both the NSIC and MIAC suspended competition until Jan. 1. MSU Mankato’s men’s and women’s hockey teams play Division I so they compete at a higher level in different conferences. The Mavericks are hopeful to begin play in mid-November with testing three times per week.

The uncertainty that has ensnarled college sports

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Biden’s Plan for Student Debt and Education Policy

Education has become a major issue in the 2020 presidential election, driven in part by the growing burden of student loan debt. About 42 million Americans currently owe money on student loans, according to the Brookings Institution, which estimates the total debt load at about $1.5 trillion. That makes it second only to mortgage debt, Brookings says, and larger than credit card debt. This article looks at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s higher-ed proposals, which his official campaign website calls “The Biden Plan for Education Beyond High School.” 

Key Takeaways

  • Joe Biden’s higher education proposals would make public colleges and universities tuition free for families with incomes under $125,000.
  • Community college and workforce training programs would also be free for many students.
  • Students with federal undergraduate loans would not have to pay more than 5% of their discretionary income over $25,000. After 20 years of payments, the balance would be forgiven.

Biden’s Student Debt Proposals

The Biden website lists 10 major initiatives to address the cost of higher education and the availability of financial aid to help pay for it.

1. “Make public colleges and universities tuition-free for all families with incomes below $125,000.” Biden credits this proposal to Sen. Bernie Sanders, who, with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, introduced the College for All Act in 2017.  Biden’s plan would also make up to two years of community college tuition free, apparently regardless of income.

2. “Target additional financial support to low-income and middle-class individuals.” Biden proposes to double the maximum value of Pell Grants and significantly increase the number of Americans who qualify for them. Unlike student loans, Pell Grants never need to be repaid, except in rare instances. The current maximum Pell Grant is $6,345 per school year.  Biden’s plan would also make Dreamers eligible for financial aid if they meet other requirements for that aid and restore financial aid eligibility to people who were formerly incarcerated. 

3. “More than halve payments on undergraduate federal student loans by simplifying and increasing the generosity of today’s income-based repayment program.” Borrowers who make $25,000 or less a year wouldn’t have to make payments on their undergraduate federal student loans, and those loans wouldn’t accrue interest. Others would pay 5% of their discretionary income over $25,000 toward their loans. After 20 years of regular payments, the remaining balance on the loan would be forgiven. Biden’s plan would also change the tax code to make debt that’s forgiven through an income-based repayment plan nontaxable.

4. “Make loan forgiveness work for public servants.” Biden proposes to revamp the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, launched in 2007, which has failed to deliver relief for many applicants. He would also create a new program to provide $10,000 of undergraduate or graduate student debt relief for every year of national or community service the applicant performs, up to five years.

5. “Create a ‘Title I for postsecondary education’ to help students at under-resourced four-year schools complete their degrees.” This initiative

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College students make a last-ditch effort to make Election Day an academic holiday

“As it stands, there’s nothing really stopping us from making this holiday a reality,” he said. “For a university president to say that this doesn’t work doesn’t hold as much water now as it used to.”

Organizers at Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Boston, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Harvard’s various schools fixated on the initiative this month, following the lead of several colleges across the country, such as George Washington University and the University of Utah, that now recognize Election Day as a holiday or “non-instructional day” — largely thanks to student advocacy this year.

Members also point to states, including Illinois, New York, and West Virginia, that deemed the day a public holiday.

The Boston-based collective, which is unnamed and unofficial, was created in the first weeks of October and has about eight members.

In that short time, they have contacted on-campus organizations that are spearheading registration drives. They’ve pumped out legislative proposals at student senate meetings and on Zoom calls with the Boston Intercollegiate Government. They’ve garnered endorsements from boards, big and small, with power in their universities.

By banding together, group members have gained clout and confidence, said Boston College junior Dennis Wieboldt.

“We’re trying to leverage the connection we all have between our schools and show a united front,” said Wieboldt, chairman of the Boston Collegiate Government. “Start with schools, and build from there.”

Students at multiple institutions now involved in the Election Day initiative have tried to sway administrators to adopt the idea in years past — and failed.

More than 40 million people have already voted in this year’s election, including nearly 1.2 million in Massachusetts. But many faculty and staff members may still be planning to cast their ballots on Nov. 3, and nothing should stop them, said advocate and Northeastern junior Jackson Hurley.

“It’s one day,” he said. “We know it may be a minor inconvenience to [declare the holiday] on short notice, but the overwhelming benefit it will provide for the community as a whole — especially faculty and staff — overweighs the cost.”

Universities like MIT and Harvard set aside a few hours of paid time off for employees during Election Day. Others, like Northeastern and BU, encourage professors to be flexible to students’ scheduling needs and make necessary accommodations.

Still, most of Boston’s prominent institutions stand by the notion that an entire day off is unessential, especially since the majority of college-connected voters do not cast ballots in person.

“Given the large number of students who are voting by mail and voting absentee in other states, we do not think a single day off is warranted,” a Northeastern spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to the Globe.

But student organizers say an academic holiday would encourage their peers to engage in different parts of the voting process, such as volunteering at the polls and replacing older workers more directly threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping with same-day

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During Covid-19, Technology Can Help You Find a New Career Path

If Covid has thrown your job, company or career for a loop, this may be the moment to think about not just a next move, but a larger career change.

Of course, such a move is impossible—or at least close to it—for many people who don’t have the contacts or resources to make it happen. But for those lucky enough to take advantage of it, technology can help address some of the obstacles to making a midcareer shift—especially right now, when so much of the professional world has moved entirely online out of necessity.

By putting a range of professional conversations and communities at your fingertips, the internet makes it much easier to figure out which fields are the best fit for your interests and talents. And through low-risk, low-cost options for trying out new professional contexts—such as taking online courses or doing remote pro bono work—you can assess a new career direction before you take a leap.

Here is how to tap into all that to help plan a career change.

Assess your options

Before you start to make a move, get a feel for your options by eavesdropping on other fields and getting familiar with the cultures and opportunities they offer, as well as the kinds of people and tasks that are involved.

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