COLUMBIA, S.C. – IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock drivers are in the running this season for new contingency awards from RAM Clutches.Top five eligible finishers in both the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region and the Charger Chassis Southern Region receive $50 product certificates from the Columbia, S.C., high performance parts manufacturer.“We are excited to have the Hobby Stock division added to the IMCA program for 2016,” said RAM Marketing Manager Mike Norcia. “This is a market that RAM has some great products for in terms of performance and reliability and we look forward to working with this new division of racers!”RAM Clutches again gives $50 certificates to top five drivers in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern and Southern regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, and in national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings.Drivers in all four divisions must display two RAM decals on their race car, compete with a RAM product and return a completed sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible for those contingencies.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Other products with IMCA applications manufactured by RAM include flywheels, hydraulic bearings and repair parts.“This year the shift in this program from Modifieds to Hobby Stocks targets the highest percentage of drivers with a manual transmission and able to utilize the RAM clutch package,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “They’ve been a great partner for the past four years and IMCA’s future with them remains bright.”More information is available by calling 803 788-6034, on Facebook and at the www.ramclutches.com website.
With less than 24 hours before polls open, student political organizations are hoping their increased presence on campus Tuesday will serve as a reminder to get out and vote.Groups such as the USC College Democrats and Students for Meg will hold events throughout the day intended to increase student voter turnout.Phone banks will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which will become the base for Get Out the Vote activities on Election Day.“We want it to be impossible for you to be on campus and not know it’s Election Day,” said Micah Scheindlin, political director of the USC College Democrats.USC’s chapter of Students for Meg will be out rallying as well, beginning today and continuing straight through to the end of Election Day.“[We] specifically will continue with phone banking and precinct walking, reaching out to voters on a more personal level,” said Anjali Naskar, communications director for Students for Meg. “[Today], we will be on Trousdale [Parkway] informing students of Meg’s plan for California, especially her jobs plan. We will also be dorm storming to talk to students and connect with the undecided voters.”Naskar said the group will continue its efforts on Tuesday along Trousdale Parkway.USC College Democrats faculty adviser Marlene Towns said that she believes the reminders will help increase voter turnout.“When it comes down to it, it’s just a matter of remembering to go vote,” Towns said. “So having these reminders can make a difference. It also keeps people in the spirit of Election Day.”Scheindlin agreed, saying that if people are reminded, they’re more likely to cast their ballots.“I think that the reality is people do want to vote,” Scheindlin said, “but they’re busy and don’t know how to go about it.”Once people know, he said, all it takes is five minutes.“That’s a message that’ll resonate,” he said.The College Democrats will be monitoring polling places in and around campus throughout the day Tuesday to make sure voting goes smoothly.They’ve teamed up with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to hand out voter pamphlets and fliers, as well as Organizing for America to put on the GOTV events.
USC has five games left in the 2018 season, and through the first seven games, one thing has become abundantly clear: USC does not deserve to play in a big game this year. Nearly every one of the Trojans’ wins has been a nail-biter because this USC team does not know how to adapt to any situation.As Floyd Mayweather once said, “A true champion can adapt to anything.” The USC football team is not a true champion. The best coaches are able to recognize not only what their team is doing wrong, but also identify how the opposing team is succeeding in order to respond effectively. Last week in Salt Lake City, there was a glaring lack of adequate mid-game coaching. The Trojans spent the full 60 minutes with the same offensive approach they entered the game with. Utah’s defense is well-coached, and like any well-coached defense, they anticipated USC’s offensive approach and were ready to adapt to any game-time changes.“Tonight was a night where another team again comes in and totally changes their character to defeat what they felt was the strength of our offense,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said after the Utah game.It was extremely frustrating to hear the responses from the USC coaching staff following the Utah game as a sports journalist. I thought to myself, “How do you not change your game plan when you realize it isn’t working?” “I thought they did a nice job with their defensive front, played a lot more cover two than I thought they would play tonight,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Their front played extremely well tonight. We did not run the ball to our capability and that’s on me.” Also take Martin’s roundabout response to my question regarding the failure to convert on third down.“We weren’t converting,” Martin said. “Different things, I have to look at the tape.”Reviewing film is important because a lot is missed in the action of the game. However, that excuse is quickly getting old. The USC coaching staff needs to learn to adapt mid-game. Albert Einstein once defined insanity as repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results.If the coaching staff doesn’t start making mid-game changes soon, I will be compelled to officially deem this coaching staff insane because every game, the same offensive scheme is run play after play, after play.It is absolutely ridiculous that it is still probable, let alone possible, for the Trojans to make a Pac-12 Championship because they definitely don’t deserve to play in a big game. My projection: USC is going to be able to beat the final four Pac-12 teams they play, ending with a 7-2 conference record, while Utah will lose a conference game to either Colorado or Oregon, which will grant USC sole control of the Pac-12 South.USC is most likely going to play at Levi’s Stadium at the end of November. When they do, they will be demolished by the superior competition from the North. None of USC’s Pac-12 victories have been convincing. If there had been an extra 15 minutes of play in each of USC’s wins, I would predict that USC would hold an 0-5 Pac-12 record — a testament to the teams inability to adapt. The Trojans are very fortunate that the remainder of their conference schedule features three teams with losing records because right now I have less than zero trust in the USC coaching staff to beat any team that knows how to adapt to an opponent’s strengths. Sam Arslanian is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays.