Vice Provost of Undergraduate Programs Andrea Hodge sent a memo to Topping scholars and Governing Board members regarding changes at the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund for the new school year on Wednesday including the addition of five more graduate scholars.The memo provided updates that have been implemented since the summer. In addition to selecting incoming transfer and graduate students for this school year, the Board decided to include 10 graduate students in the Topping Fund — twice the number of graduate students in the past.Additionally, the Topping Fund hired Brie Ortega as a temporary staff member. Ortega, who received a master’s degree in social work at UCLA, will be aiding the Board members as they “[develop] a strategic plan to guide our expansion efforts.” “She is available and ready to provide guidance and support to all Topping scholars,” Hodge said in the memo.Other changes include the already completed renovations in the Topping lounge, as well as selecting new Topping Governing Board members for the year, which will now include representatives from the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments.
Fernando Alonso will start Sunday’s Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix from the back of the grid.The McLaren driver has been handed a 30-place penalty.The two-time world champion will test an updated engine – which takes him over the number of changes permitted.
Asante Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani says he is satisfied with the 1-1 result against Hearts of Oak on Sunday.The champions fought from a goal down to force a draw against their arch rivals at the Accra Sports Stadium.Kotoko equalized through midfielder Michael Helegbe early in the second half after Winful Cobbinah had given Hearts a deserved 27th minute lead.A win could have seen the Porcupine Warriors clinch top spot in the Ghanaian top flight.But coach Dramani insists he is satisfied with the result while praising his team for the fight-back against Hearts.“We had come to win and so we were still very positive at the time we were down and was throwing everything at the game,” he said. “Once we wanted the three points and we couldn’t get it and we had one point, we feel it was a very good result.”Kotoko are now second – just a point behind new leaders Berekum Chelsea with six game left.The champions will now face dethroned leaders Medeama on Wednesday in Kumasi.
Ghana U20 Women’s coach Masud Dramani says his team will not lose focus in their quest to qualify for next year’s Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.The Black Princesses made a giant step towards qualification to tournament after drawing 2-2 with Ethiopia in their final round qualifier first leg in Addis Ababa.Ghana took the lead after Hassabi Muso scored an own goal very early into the game. Ethiopian Loza Abera pulled level in the 15th minute before adding another in the 22nd minute to make it 2-1.Princesses striker Kate Addo however scored barely 10 minutes to full-time to brighten Ghana’s chances in the second leg which is in a fortnight. “We are always very positive about how we go about things, we have also been guided by the issue of really keeping our direction, keeping our focus and picking the games as it comes,” he told Joy Sports“Ethiopia is very formidable i remember in 2011 they eliminated Ghana from the Olympic qualifiers which i was the assistant coach. “So we are guided by some of these historic events, football is global now and so you need to respect your opponents and be guided by the sense of complacency.”The return leg game has been scheduled for the Baba Yara Stadium in a fortnight.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.