Alcohol-related hospital transports at USC from the beginning of the school year through October decreased by 20 percent compared to the same time frame last year.From August through October there were 40 alcohol-related transports compared to 51 from August 2010 through October 2010.Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle said he hopes the drop is a direct result of education efforts on the part of DPS, particularly the ones focused on the Greek community.“We’d like to think it’s the impact of the education of our crime prevention staff,” Carlisle said. “Our officers have been reaching out to the Greek community and have conducted a four-hour program with each house.”Part of the new policy is the designation of risk managers who help ensure parties remain under control on The Row.“What the [risk managers] do is basically be the people designated to be sober at parties, making sure people don’t overindulge,” Carlisle said. “We emphasize the Trojans Care for Trojans program and this is just an extension of a program that already exists in the residence halls on campus.”David Crary, a senior majoring in applied and computational mathematics and economics, said the increased emphasis on safety in the Greek community makes its members more cognizant, leading to the decrease in transports.“Fraternities are being more vigilant about safety, since we understand that transports look bad upon the Greek community as a whole,” Crary said. “Transports shouldn’t even be happening in the first place.”Mina Saffarian, a freshman majoring in global health and a member of the Greek community, said some members of the Greek community have been more careful this year because they know an increase in transports would reflect negatively on the community.“We know that if we get more transports, the Greek system could be penalized, which is a strong deterrent from being unsafe at parties,” Saffarian said.Educating members of the Greek community on the effects of alcohol has been a helpful tool in preventing alcohol-related hospital transports, Saffarian said.“Greek life education could be very helpful to many new members of the Greek community, since it provides real life scenarios that could help someone if they are ever in that situation,” Saffarian said.Isabelle Mason, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business), said the embarrassment of being transported to the hospital after excessive consumption encourages students to be safe when drinking.“Seeing other people being in bad situations and getting transported is a large incentive for most people to be safe while drinking because they would not want to be in that situation themselves,” Mason said.Carlisle said the decrease in transports does not appear to be a consistent trend, as data for November as of Friday suggests transports occurrence is on track for similar numbers to those of last November.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to lead Real Madrid into the Champions League semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg, overturning a two-goal aggregate deficit.Two Ronaldo goals in as many minutes brought Madrid back level inside 20 minutes, and a free kick in the 77th minute completed the turnaround at the Santiago Bernabeu.With Wolfsburg protecting their 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Real Madrid quickly went on the attack, with Sergio Ramos’ looping header striking the top of the bar.Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Dani Carvajal’s cross took a deflection off of Wolfsburg defender Vieirinha directly into the Portuguese’s path.And a minute later Ronaldo had his second from a glancing head following a Toni Kroos corner. From that point Wolfsburg enjoyed slightly more possession, though they could only force some simple saves from Keylor Navas.The visitors’ best chance came when Bruno Henrique found himself with space in the box but a poor first touch allowed Real’s defenders to recover in time to block his shot.Real Madrid thought they had the lead early in the second half when Ramos’ header from a corner glanced off the inside of the post and bounced behind a surprised Diego Benaglio, though the Wolfsburg keeper was able to cover before it crossed the line.A Luis Gustavo foul on Luka Modric set up Ronaldo for a free kick in the 77th minute, and he delivered with a low shot around the Wolfsburg wall that crept inside the post.With 16 goals in the Champions League this season, Ronaldo is one tally away from his own competition record. A Wolfsburg goal still would have put the Bundesliga side through, but they could not find the opportunity and Real actually had the better of chances with Benaglio denying both Benzema and Gareth Bale. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports