Stanford women inch Tara VanDerveer close to history with 68-point win

The college basketball season tipped off on Wednesday for most men’s and women’s teams around the Bay Area, but unlike a typical year, coaches and players may not measure their success in wins and losses.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the country and in nearly every Bay Area county, simply staying healthy enough to play is a victory as dozens of programs were forced to cancel games this week.

The Stanford men’s team had its opener against Utah Valley called off on Wednesday after the Wolverines had a positive test within the program while the Cal men’s team shuffled its schedule to open the year in a non-conference matchup with Pac-12 foe Oregon State after its initial opponent, Colorado State, registered multiple positive coronavirus tests.

Cal had already stopped practices and team meetings earlier in the month due to the coronavirus, so the Bears understand that completing the season will require an unprecedented level of flexibility.

“In a year when disruption is likely the norm, we had to adjust with our own COVID-19 shutdown earlier this month, and now with Colorado State’s situation,” Cal head coach Mark Fox said in a press release. “It was not possible to replace Colorado State on such short notice and playing Oregon State proved to be the best solution because it’s most important that we play when we can safely do so.”

Guard Matt Bradley paced Cal with 21 points in Wednesday’s opener in Corvallis, but it wasn’t enough to save the Bears in a 71-63 loss to the Beavers.

The Bears return to action at 3 p.m. on Thursday against NAIA opponent, Northwest.

San Jose State women upset Cal

The Spartans shot under 29% from the field on Wednesday, but overcame a nine-point deficit after the first quarter to earn a 56-48 win, their first victory over a Pac-12 school since 2009. Three Spartans scored in double figures including senior Tyra Whitehead who recorded her 10th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Ayzhiana Basallo scored the final six points of the game by hitting six free throws in the last 45 seconds.

Stanford women pile it on

Stanford scored at least 21 points in all four quarters and rolled to a 108-40 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs in Wednesday’s season-opener. The 68-point margin was the third largest in program history and moved legendary head coach Tara VanDerveer within four victories of passing the late Tennessee Volunteers head coach Pat Summitt to become the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

Stanford star Haley Jones scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds in her first game action since suffering a season-ending knee injury 10 months ago.

The Cardinal’s next game, a Sunday matchup with the University of Pacific, has already been canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test that forced the Tigers to suspend program operations.

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Stanford women win, USF & St. Mary’s men lose

The Bay Area’s college basketball teams played their first games in more than eight months Wednesday, after the coronavirus ended their 2019-20 seasons during conference tournaments.

The Stanford men had their game with Utah Valley canceled, while Cal switched opponents from Colorado State to Oregon State.

Here is a roundup of the games that were played Wednesday:

MEN’S HOOPS

Memphis 73, Saint Mary’s 56 >> Junior center Matthias Tass scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace the Gaels in their season-opening loss at the Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Boogie Ellis led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, including 20 in the first half, to lead the Tigers. Ellis made a career-high-tying six 3-pointers.

After Saint Mary’s scored the game’s first eight points, Memphis outscored the Gaels 43-18 the rest of the half. Memphis, which missed its first six shots from the field, didn’t score until Ellis split a pair of free throws just under four minutes in. The Tigers didn’t make a field goal until Ellis’ bucket at the 15:25 mark.

Oregon State 71, Cal 63 >> Warith Alatishe scored 16 points, Ethan Thompson added 15, and the Beavers opened the season with a win over the Pac-12 rival Bears in what counts as a nonconference road game.

The matchup materialized because of the COVID-19 scramble when Colorado State was unable to play in the four-team pod. Northwest University is the fourth team and will play the Pac-12 teams over the next two days in Corvallis.

Matt Bradley led the Golden Bears with 21 points.

Cal and Oregon State will clash twice more this season, Jan. 2 in Corvallis and Feb. 25 in Berkeley.

UMass Lowell 76, USF 68 >> The Dons got a combined 46 points from guards Khalil Shabazz and Jamaree Bouyea in their season-opening loss at the Bubbleville Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Shabazz scored 31 points, one shy of his career-high, while Bouyea finished with 15 points and four assists.

USF returns to action Thursday against Towson.

Santa Clara 62, Idaho State 49 >> The Broncos, fresh off a 20-13 mark last season, their first 20-win season in seven years, opened with a win in their Bronco Invitational at Leavey Center.

Josip Vrankic, a three-year starter and the team’s returning leading scorer, paced the Broncos with 24 points. Jalen Williams added 13.

San Jose State-Simpson canceled >> The Spartans’ game against the Redhawks originally scheduled for Wednesday was canceled. There are currently no plans to reschedule. The cancelation came due to an issue preventing Simpson from adhering to Mountain West COVID-19 testing protocols.

The Spartans will now look to begin the season on Dec. 2 at Pepperdine.

WOMEN’S HOOPS

No. 2 Stanford 108, Cal Poly 40 >> Haley Jones scored on a layup 14 seconds into the game and wound up with 16 points and 10 rebounds playing for the first time in more than 10 months since a knee injury ended her freshman season early,

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Suspect sought after reportedly grabbing women near Arizona State University in Tempe

TEMPE, AZ — Police are searching for a skateboarder accused of grabbing women in the Arizona State University area early Monday morning.

ASU Police Department was made aware of the first incident around 1 a.m. after a woman reported a man grabbed her buttocks while she was at the crosswalk at Paseo Del Saber and Apache.

A second similar incident was reported by Tempe Police Department about 20 minutes later near Forest Avenue and University Drive. The woman in this incident reported a man on a skateboard grabbed her breast.

The suspect in both incidents is described as a tall, thin White man in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie, dark hat and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact ASU police at 480-965-3456 or Tempe police at 480-350-8311.

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University of Michigan reaches settlement with women who reported sexual harassment by former provost

The University of Michigan reached a $9.25 million settlement Wednesday with eight women who reported they were emotionally and sexually abused by the school’s former provost, according to the school and an attorney for the women.



a man wearing a hat: Former University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert speaks during commencement exercises in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2019. (Max Ortiz/AP)


Former University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert speaks during commencement exercises in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2019. (Max Ortiz/AP)

The case comes at a time when multiple universities are being confronted by claims that they long overlooked damaging behavior by employees and, in some cases, paying out massive settlements.


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Martin Philbert, the chief academic officer at the school until his dismissal earlier this year, had been at the University of Michigan since 1995, when he was hired as an assistant professor of toxicology.

An investigation found that Philbert had sexually harassed multiple women, including colleagues and graduate students over many years, according to a report released by the law firm WilmerHale this summer.

Philbert did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

“The sexual misconduct of the former university provost that has been detailed in a report from the WilmerHale law firm is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement. “The University of Michigan failed on many levels as this individual advanced through the administrative ranks.”

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WilmerHale is also investigating numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by another former University of Michigan employee, the late Robert E. Anderson, who was a doctor at the school for many decades.

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University of Michigan fraternity in legal dispute after admitting women, non-binary members

ANN ARBOR, MI — The national chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity is suing the University of Michigan chapter, claiming that admitting a woman and having a member who identifies as non-binary has caused harm to its trademark, a lawsuit says.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Sigma Phi Society on Oct. 20 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges that the conduct of members at UM’s chapter of Sigma Phi has caused “irreparable harm to the valuable Trademarks, including infringement and dilution thereof, and to National Sigma Phi’s image, identity, and goodwill.”

The national chapter also filed a preliminary injunction to stop the local chapter from using the name.

“I am troubled that an internal dispute (where a) chapter (is) deciding to have more inclusion by broadening their membership has been met by a federal court trademark lawsuit,” said David Nacht, the Ann Arbor-based attorney representing the UM chapter.

Messages left with the Dinsmore & Shoh law firm representing Sigma Phi Society were not immediately returned, but in response to a defense brief, RJ Cronkhite, an attorney with the firm, wrote that the defendants have failed to create a valid argument regarding the trademark infringement let alone rebut Sigma Phi’s preliminary injunction request.

“Instead of focusing on trademark law, defendants’ response principally focuses on falsely accusing National Sigma Phi of violating various inapplicable laws,” Cronkhite’s response says. “National Sigma Phi finds Defendants’ accusations in this regard inflammatory, unfounded, and legally meritless, and will contest them vigorously in the due course of these proceedings.”

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood heard oral arguments from both sides Thursday, but said she won’t issue a written opinion about the injunction request until next week.

Nacht provided background about the case in his response to the lawsuit. He wrote that a Sigma Phi member who identified as a man while rushing and pledging the fraternity began to identify as a woman. Around the same time, another member began to identify as gender non-binary, according to his response.

Members at the fraternity decided they would invite women to rush, and they initiated five women that semester, the response states.

Michigan Sigma Phi began circulating a proposal to amend the National Sigma Phi’s constitution and by-laws so that each chapter could dictate its own membership policy regarding gender. Michigan Sigma Phi’s alumni board told members that the best way to get the policy noticed was to publish the proposal in Sigma Phi’s quarterly newsletter, the Flame.

The publication of the summer 2017 edition of the Flame was delayed until August, and the proposal was not noticed within the 60 days required before a vote.

Shortly after, Michigan Sigma Phi elected its first female student president for the 2017-18 school year, according to court records.

In October 2019, members tried to put forth a proposal at the fraternity’s General Convention, but the proposal was blocked, Nacht wrote in the response. Female members of Michigan Sigma Phi were not allowed to participate or even

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10 Women Share The Biggest Career Risks They Ever Took (And Why They Paid Off)

Taking risks is always intimidating. It can be scary to leave comfort and safety behind and leap toward a potentially difficult and life-altering decision. But anything worth having rarely comes from taking the easy path.

To inspire you to take that “big chance” you’ve been dreaming about, we asked 10 members of Young Entrepreneur Council about the biggest career risks they’ve ever taken. Below they shared their stories about what happened and what they learned from following their instincts.

1. Jumping Into My Business With Both Feet

I left the comfort, safety and security of a full-time legal job to continue building my companies. I had a mortgage and monetary commitments, but luckily all the risk was on me. I had not started a family at that point, so I felt confident that, even if things didn’t work out, I could still dig down and rebuild. There is never a perfect time, so you just have to jump in with both feet and do it. – Lisa Song Sutton, Sin City Cupcakes

2. Betting On Myself

The biggest risk I’ve taken was starting Lunya. It was a huge bet on myself and, in hindsight, I think the mountain that decision set me off on was far bigger than I could have imagined. Looking back, the journey has taught me to value myself, time and the human connection more than I could have guessed. – Ashley Merrill, Lunya

3. Giving Myself Six Months To Achieve Startup Success

The biggest risk I took was quitting my job to start my own business. I gave myself six months, knowing it doesn’t work out 99% of the time. Six years later, Fattmerchant’s success has been crazy. When taking big risks, be confident in your ability to make the sacrifice. Nothing is guaranteed. In the end, you have to bet on yourself, always with the mindset that you’re OK walking away with a loss. – Suneera Madhani, Fattmerchant

4. Making A Quick Career Change

My biggest career risk was switching from nursing to web development rather quickly. I didn’t expect to enjoy web development as much as I did, but I also knew that staying where I was wasn’t an option either. I haven’t had a single regret about my decision, and if I could, I would do it all over again.  – Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms

5. Buying Out My Business Partners

In 2018, I took on a loan through the SBA to buy out the two partners in the business I had co-founded. It was a risk because we had to take a loan and put our house up as collateral, and I needed to restructure our leadership team. I could not be happier that I made this decision, and I know that it’s been key to our team getting through this Covid crisis as well as we have. – Kelsey Raymond,

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Mohegan Sun firming up plans for ‘bubbleville,’ to host more than 35 college basketball teams, including UConn men and women

The Mohegan Sun is finalizing details that will bring as many as 40 college basketball teams into its “bubble” environment for nonconference games between Nov. 25 and Dec 5.

The UConn men and women, both of whom are committed to playing in multi-team events that have been scheduled or moved to Mohegan Sun, will be part of the plan, conceived as a way to save nonconference games amid the pandemic .

The Naismith Hall of Fame and the Gazelle Group, which run several of the early season tournaments, were the drivers of the nonconference bubble concept, which has been in the works for months.

“It’s an enormous undertaking,” said Greg Procino, VP of basketball operations for the Hall of Fame. “and it’s changing every day, but we have a lot of firm pieces. We expect 35-plus teams to play about 40 games.”

The UConn men will play in the Legends Classic, originally scheduled for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Dec. 2 and 3. Southern Cal, Vanderbilt and BYU, which replaced Notre Dame, are the other teams in that group. The UConn women will play in the Hall of Fame Showcase Nov. 28-29 with Quinnipiac, Maine and Mississippi State.

But with many other teams there, the UConn programs could schedule other games before leaving the property. For instance, the UConn women will play Louisville on Dec. 4, and a UConn men’s matchup with North Caroline State has been discussed for Dec. 5, once UConn and Florida resolve their game scheduled for Gainesville, Fla., Dec 6.

Teams in Mohegan’s “bubbleville” will decide how long they can afford to stay, and how many games they want to play. Teams involved in the Legends and Empire Classic (also moved from New York) and the Hall of Fame’s men’s and women’s events will all be in the bubble. Other teams will be coming in for separate nonconference games.

The NCAA has set Nov. 25 as the start date for the season, and is allowing teams to schedule up to 27 games. There could be as many as seven games per day at Mohegan Sun, some in the Expo Center.

“Some teams are playing four games, some teams are playing one game,” Procino said. “It’s a mixed bag.”

Meanwhile, UConn is working on its own plan for playing games at Gampel Pavilion starting Nov. 25, and Gov. Ned Lamont expressed confidence that the university would be able to manage COVID-19 risks.

“When it comes to UConn basketball, one of the things I think they’ve done really well is keep the teams in a bubble,” Lamont said. “They work together. They eat together. They study together. Given that, what you saw in the NBA is a similar program for all we can do at UConn. So I feel pretty confident that they’re able to manage their sports, including basketball, well.”

There could be a limited number of fans allowed at UConn, depending on which reopening phase the state is in. Parts of the state, now in

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ENTITY Academy Set to Provide A New Generation of Women With Affordable Education Thanks To Leif

It’s a feeling we are all familiar with: you graduate and are filled with a pride that quickly turns to a laser-sharp focus on finding the answer to a seemingly impossible question, now what

It is in this time period, as post-grads metamorphose into professionals, that many young women find themselves wading in a sea of self-doubt – who to trust, what mentors to follow, and how to conduct themselves professionally in a manner that is both advantageous in building a strong network and clear career path. 

10 years ago, the above may have seemed like an insurmountable task to accomplish. Thanks to ENTITY Academy’s mentorship and guidance, a new era of post-undergrad education has been born, built specifically to serve this need. 

According to their website, ENTITY first launched in 2016 as a fast-growing women’s media platform, serving as a home for thoughtful dialogue between a new generation of leaders, doers, and tastemakers. Each summer since inception, ENTITY has hosted women from across the country for a digital marketing training program that includes high-touch mentorship. The curriculum is curated to fill the skills gap between college and career in a way that has never been done before.

“The writing is on the wall, a college degree is no longer enough to get ahead in life,” explains the academy. “In fact, research shows most employers now believe students graduating from college lack the necessary hard and soft-skills needed for a modern workforce. This is why at ENTITY we take a four-pillar approach to education, which includes hard skills, soft skills, mentorship, and career success services — all in order to address the whole person and prepare them for the Future of Work. By attending ENTITY Academy, whether online or in person, you’ll gain the competitive edge you need to build the career you want and join an ever-expanding network of #WomenThatDo.” 

Simply put, ENTITY Academy strives to address the problematic gender pay gap by training, mentoring a new generation of young, professional women to accept nothing less than what they deserve. Through rigorous training and one-and-one mentorship with some of the biggest female leaders in their chosen career field, graduates of ENTITY find themselves better able to secure 21st century careers in their field, with the titles and pay their experience calls for. 

What makes ENTITY Academy possible? The better question would be who.  

Jennifer Schwab Wangers is the Founder and CEO of ENTITY, and she has one goal in mind: to support and empower women through education and mentorship.

“When I began my corporate career out of school, I was shocked to see how few women held senior positions,” explains Jennifer. “I was even more shocked to see how women viewed their compatriots at the office as competition. Instead of banding together to help each other, they would often torpedo and discredit each other.”

“I wanted to create a mentorship platform to get women on the fast track right out of school,” she furthers. “This eventually morphed our

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women to get checked; Support Education Matters team | Letters

Mammograms save lives

Once again it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, like the great comic Lily Tomlin, I’m looking for intelligent life on the planet … or, more specifically, some meaning for my own personal experience with the disease.

It really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when a woman tells me she got a mammogram because I brought the matter to her attention (sometimes I just bug the hell out of someone until she makes that doctor’s appointment) and once someone told to me that I saved her life. Terrific! That’s as good as it gets.

To all my sister survivors, I urge you to try to get at least one woman, who has not been attentive, to get a mammogram. Of course, I would suggest skipping the scare tactics … just not a good way to achieve your objective. And if you can muster enough physical and emotional stamina, you might find it rewarding to be an advocate for some beleaguered lady who just received the bad news.

And, if you can’t do that, no problem.

One disease does not fit all physically or emotionally, and it’s up to the individual as to what she can or cannot handle. The first article I ever did on this subject years ago emphasized that early detection via a mammogram wasn’t lucky, it was smart. Now, never getting a mammogram and never getting breast cancer is lucky — just like playing roulette.

The late singer/actress Nell Carter was once in a public service ad saying, “Girl, if you don’t get your breasts examined, you ought to get your head examined.” Whoever wrote that bit of philosophy was sooooo right. So, again, as I say every October: Stay well … stay vigilant … and stay alive.

Jeanette Kronick, North Bergen; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research advocate

Re-elect BOE incumbents

When Jersey City schools closed on March 16, I certainly did not expect to be here in early October proctoring Zoom sessions for my 6-year-old twins in between juggling work assignments. But here we are — in the middle of a world health crisis that has altered American lives in ways most of us found unimaginable only seven months ago.

It is easy under these circumstances to point fingers and find faults, but not to single out merits or give credit. But I write to you today to do just that.

Before COVID-19, I was, at best, mildly interested in our Board of Education and the inner workings of the Jersey City School District. With so much at stake, mildly interested was not going to cut it this year.

For the past seven months, I have forced myself to listen through each lengthy JCBOE meeting, gritting my teeth through the minutia, the time-consuming protocols; the unanswered and unanswerable questions; the frustration of parents and teachers alike; and the technical difficulties. I expected contentious interactions, animosity, finger-pointing and unworkability. What I heard was not that.

As I sit here, filling out my election ballot

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