Newt Gingrich speaks on China, politics at Bovard

first_imgDuring the event, titled “Facing America’s Biggest Threat,” Gingrich spoke on the economic and political relationships between the United States and China. The USC chapter of Young Americans for Freedom hosted Gingrich as part of a tour to promote his new book “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Biggest Threat.” He criticized American infrastructure, saying the U.S. is falling behind other nations like Japan because of excessive bureaucracy and regulation. Gingrich said without sufficient infrastructure, such as improved public transport and better education, China would be able to dictate American economic interests. Gingrich argued that the U.S. government should protect domestic companies from Chinese buyout. He cited the NBA’s recent decision to bow to pressure from the Chinese government, saying that it is an early example of China’s economic power.  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called for a more aggressive stance toward China to an audience of nearly 300 at Bovard Auditorium Tuesday.  “They’re looking to position China as the next Russia,” Ollivier said. “Because the Republican Party has always done best when they have a clear enemy that they can target outside of the country.” Newt Gingrich visited USC Tuesday as part of a promotional tour for his book “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Biggest Threat.” The event was hosted by conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom. (Catherine Lyang | Daily Trojan) Earlier this year, YAF hosted political commentator Michael Knowles as part of his speaking tour. His talk, entitled “Men Are Not Women and Other Uncomfortable Truths,” prompted students from Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, Queer and Ally Students Assembly and other groups to organize a walkout over transphobic comments Knowles has made.  Alix Ollivier, a class of 2019 alumnus who attended the event, disagreed with Gingrich and said his rhetoric painted China as a foreign enemy. “Definitely [China is] a threat to America,” Wnuk Lipinski said. “It’s crazy that some liberals in America want to do the same thing that they’re doing in China, in the sense of censorship, in the sense of data collection. There’s literally no privacy there.” TAPP also called for the University to stop recognizing YAF as a registered student organization because it believes the organization has broken University anti-discrimination policies.  “We can’t get our act together to build anything,” Gingrich said. “I was recently in Japan, riding around on a bullet train. Then I get on Amtrak the other day. I mean, it’s embarrassing.” Ava von Wnuk Lipinski, a UCLA student, agreed with Gingrich and said the U.S. should take a harder stance against China. USC YAF holds speaking engagements for notable conservative figures on campuses across the country. “We are in a competition,” Gingrich said. “At the end of which either we will either be doing what the Chinese want or we will be sufficiently strong that the Chinese will avoid fighting with us and avoid trying to put pressure on us because we will be too dangerous.” YAF also hosted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro last October, sparking protests outside Bovard Auditorium. Tuesday’s event faced little opposition. While Kailee Evans, a business administration major and YAF activities chair, said that a few posters advertising the event were torn down, there were no protests leading up to or during the talk.  “He was our former U.S. Speaker of the House. I don’t think Ben [Shapiro] or Michael Knowles are controversial figures, but a lot of people do,” Evans said. “I don’t think Newt has that same connotation in most people’s eyes.”last_img read more

Star forward Stephanie Grossi returns from injury for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Two years ago, Syracuse was in the middle of its conference tournament run when captain Stephanie Grossi was presented with an award at a banquet. But a professor did not allow Grossi to miss class to join her team to receive the award, she said, so she arrived at the team hotel late that night and readied herself for what would be a triple overtime thriller the next day.“She was so excited to be there,” said SU head coach Paul Flanagan. “She played the whole game.”Running on almost no rest and playing the equivalency of two games, Grossi scored the game-winning goal, pushing the Orange to the College Hockey American championship. Two years later, the senior captain has led Syracuse in goals each year, but as the season began she suffered an undisclosed injury that caused her to miss two weeks. Last week, Grossi returned to the ice against Northeastern but Syracuse (1-6-1) won only one game in her absence.“She has a twofold effect,” Flanagan said. “On the ice she does what she does, how she carries herself. She is a fabulous student, extremely organized and is so dedicated.”Entering the year, one of Grossi’s goals was to be a leader on-and-off the ice. It helped push Grossi to battle back to full strength after a two-week absence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you’re out you really realize how much it means to be on the ice with your teammates,” Grossi said.Victoria Klimek, who is tied for the team-lead in goals (three), will now have another offensive threat with the return of Grossi. She said Grossi gave the team that extra push before game time.Klimek recalled Grossi’s first game of 2017, when Grossi wrote on her hand “Be relentless,” before the game. She urged the rest of her line mates to do the same. Then, she gathered her line mates together and screamed, “What are we going to be?” The team responded by screaming “Relentless.”To her team Grossi is a special player, someone they can look up too and gravitate toward. And Grossi is all about her team, putting Syracuse ahead of herself in all instances.“If anybody wants to look at how I should act as a Division I student athlete, look at her,” Flanagan said. “She is never me, me, me, she is always about us, us, us.” Comments Published on October 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edulast_img read more