Trojan Family praises 11th USC president

first_imgAfter two months in office, university President C.L. Max Nikias’ leadership and communication with students has received positive reviews from student leaders and administrative officials.Hands on · President C.L. Max Nikias has met with the Undergraduate Student Government to discuss students’ goals and concerns for the year. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Nikias took office on Aug. 3, but will be inaugurated today as the university’s 11th president.“He really cares about the experience students have at this university,” said Nehi Ogbevoen, vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government. “He understands that we are truly here for more than a degree, but this is also where we eat, sleep, network and learn outside of the classroom.”Ogbevoen said Nikias has taken the time to sit down with USG and discuss student concerns.Nikias has also been receptive to graduate students, said Graduate and Professional Student Senate President Jenny Novak.“After his appointment to office he called a meeting to meet with the GPSS Exec Board regarding our agenda for the upcoming year and our greatest concerns as graduate students,” Novak said. “I have been impressed by his accessibility and his enthusiasm for his new position.”Novak said the president has supported GPSS’ goal of providing housing for first-year graduate students, along with other projects.“We would like to work with him to expand summer funding opportunities for Ph.D. students, as well as give graduate students more teaching opportunities on campus to make us more competitive on the job market,” she said.Administrators said they have also felt that Nikias is an effective leader who is willing to connect with all members of the university.“On a personal level, his energy and enthusiasm for USC are really incredible,” said Jean Morrison, executive vice provost for academic affairs. “He understands the DNA of the university and because of that is able to lead the university to really great new places.”The president sponsored a welcome event for Ph.D. students and scholars that was an important occasion to speak to students, Morrison said.“He really gets the fundamental character of USC,” Morrison said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Max Nikias as our new president.”At the beginning of his presidency, Nikias said one of his goals was to regularly connect with students by hosting afternoon teas, of which student leaders said they have enjoyed.“He has been more than willing to take time of his extremely busy day to sit down with us and listen to issues that we find important,” Ogbevoen said. “I love the intimate teas that he has with students, really makes us feel special. It is amazing how receptive he is with our ideas.”Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, a senior majoring in theatre, said Nikias has been influential in many aspects of the university, from engineering to arts.“I’m a huge fan of President Sample,” Munoz-Proulx. “I didn’t think it could ever get better, but Max Nikias is doing an incredible job.”last_img read more

What the NCAA’s name, image and likeness news could mean for SU athletes

first_img Published on April 29, 2020 at 1:20 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA took another step toward allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness during its Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday. Reform in this area will greatly affect college athletes across the nation, including at Syracuse. The Board of Governors, the NCAA’s highest governing body, expressed support for recommended rule changes, releasing an updated list of guidelines and “guardrails.” This comes after California passed the Fair Pay to Play Act in September and as many other states, including New York, have discussed legislation to compensate college athletes.Here are some important points from the NCAA’s conference call Wednesday morning: Athletes will be permitted to “receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics.” That includes being social media influencers, starting their own businesses and receiving payment for personal appearances.In advertisements or otherwise, athletes won’t be allowed to broadcast their trademarked school or conference logo.Universities and boosters can’t pay athletes for name, image and likeness activities in recruiting. Big East commissioner Val Ackerman called this issue “the source of the most concern.” The NCAA said it will need help from Congress to help regulate and monitor NIL rule changes.NCAA video games and replica jerseys remain “unworkable,” one official said. The lack of a player’s union prevents group licensing required for those entities. It will not be a free market for athletes. The NCAA is considering prohibiting certain companies from endorsing athletes due to previous involvement in rules infractions.Athletes can hire agents to help find marketing opportunities, but not professional sports opportunities.Athletes will have to disclose their contracts with their athletic departments to ensure compliance within the guidelines.There will be no cap on how much an athlete can be compensated by a third party, but the regulations limit some opportunities. The board expects the NCAA’s three divisions to move toward drafting NIL rules next January and implementing them for the 2021-22 academic year. “I think they need a year to work it out,” men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim recently told Brent Axe on ESPN Radio Syracuse. “It will pass, it will be granted. Obviously there are a lot of things that could happen in that … Are you going to be comfortable with the quarterback getting a $100,000 commercial at Alabama and the lineman getting nothing or less? In professional sports, the linemen, even though they don’t get as much as the quarterback, they get paid.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf approved, Syracuse athletes will be able to make money off the field by fall 2021. Then, quarterback Tommy DeVito will be a redshirt senior, shooting guard Buddy Boeheim will be a senior, and incoming 5-star center Kamilla Cardoso will be a sophomore. Colleges will now have to prepare for the changing marketplace. Nebraska, for example, is partnering with a company that specializes in helping sport organizations and athletes monetize their social media followings and build individual brands. At Syracuse, sport management professor Dave Meluni started a “Brand Athletes” project in his SPM444 class where students create virtual athletes and develop their social media presence over a semester, eventually connecting them with brands. Meluni supports name, image and likeness compensation, and mentioned training camps, social media influencing and autograph signing as obvious marketing opportunities. “There’s brands out there that are looking for the influencer engagers on social media,” Meluni said. “And I think that’s going to be a huge piece.”Joseph Girard III has the 57,900 followers on Instagram, the most of any current SU athlete. Class of 2022 five-star commit Dior Johnson has 516,000. If adopted, the rules likely would impact athletes with bigger platforms on revenue-generating teams like football and men’s basketball than those on less popular Olympic sports. There likely would be exceptions, however. For example, women’s basketball star Tiana Mangakahia has more Instagram followers (11,900) than DeVito (11,700), indicating a high market value for endorsements. An athlete like women’s lacrosse attack Megan Carney, who’s in one of Meluni’s classes, may be able to go home to Texas — where the sport is growing rapidly — and hold a camp for kids. Maybe she can make $500, Meluni said, which could pay for her flight home for break. “I think for the non-revenue generating sports, there’s certainly an opportunity,” Meluni said. “And I don’t want to hear that there’s not.” Still, many hurdles remain. It’s unclear how the NCAA will enforce some of its “guardrails” in regards to agents, recruiting and fair value of endorsements. Meluni pointed to a potential conflict in multimedia rights deals and companies that sponsor schools — if Syracuse is a Pepsi school, could DeVito star in a Coca-Cola ad? There’s also uncertainty surrounding the capacity in which Congress will be able to help, especially as it’s currently trying to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.“You can’t overemphasize that there’s a lot to be determined going forward,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said. Commentslast_img read more