Time for government to provide free meals to all school kids

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWhen we think of childhood hunger, we usually think of famine-stricken countries abroad or our own industrial-era past.But even in 2018, one in five American children lives in a “food insecure” household — i.e., where the USDA says “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.”This doesn’t mean that 20 percent of children in America are literally starving to death.But kids don’t need to be emaciated to suffer the effects of long-term malnutrition.When kids lack proper meals, it doesn’t just mean an uncomfortable day. It negatively impacts their ability to learn in school. Cognition, retention, test scores, classroom focus and attendance are all demonstrably affected by childhood hunger.Fortunately, there are options for “food insecure” kids.Families meeting certain criteria (e.g., whose income is below 133 percent of the poverty line) are able to apply for subsidized free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals. Sixty-two percent of public-school students qualify.Unfortunately, many kids still fall through the gaps.Of the 1.39 million children in New York who qualified for F/RP meals in 2015–16, about 1.06 million participated in the lunch program and just 484,000 participated in breakfast.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken note, proposing the “No Student Goes Hungry” program, which addresses the enrollment gap in a number of ways and generally improves mealtime at school.First, it ends “lunch shaming,” a perverse Dickensian practice where schools torment kids with wristbands, chores or cold meals for getting F/RP meals or racking up meal debts. Sure, it’s nice to believe that success is just a factor of effort and personal responsibility. And nobody wants to create lazy people who are dependent on handouts.But children are already dependents.Whatever you think of adults on government assistance, kids are not welfare queens suffering from moral failure. There are no “sins of the father” when it comes to school lunch.Poor kids often already grow up in comparatively substandard and unsafe schools and neighborhoods. They lack the networking opportunities and mentoring, tutoring and parenting time that their wealthy classmates enjoy.Giving all students a good meal is the least we can do to give poor kids a fair shot.Steve Keller is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Second, it requires many schools to provide breakfast during school hours instead of before the bell.These kinds of in-classroom meal programs have been shown to dramatically increase participation in F/RP breakfast, meaning more kids start the day with full bellies.Third, it increases funding for vending machines and coolers — as well as the Farm to School program, which stocks schools with healthy, local food.This is all good, and we should support it.But it’s really just tinkering around the edges.Our state should do what New York City has already done: Offer free meals to all students.While ending school-sponsored lunch shaming certainly mitigates the embarrassment of poverty at mealtime, we can’t force the stigma discouraging kids from getting F/RP meals out of existence.center_img Only a policy of free meals for all can make it completely obsolete.By making meals universal instead of a unique handout, this particular resentment towards poor kids would disappear.Free meals for all would also eliminate the meal debt problem. If meals are free for everyone, kids whose families are just barely above the eligibility line wouldn’t have to risk skipping lunch or incurring meal debts.Importantly, no child would go without food because of their parents’ ignorance of the program, negligence in applying, or even abuse and neglect.This seems an obvious policy to me. But I suppose there are counterarguments.If you’re hesitant about expanding government programs, remember that nobody would actually be forced to eat school meals — they’d be free to opt in only if they wanted.If it turns out all of those eligible kids are unenrolled because their families are just fine without the school’s help, this policy won’t make much of a difference at all. We all know the tired maxim that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”In this case, the federal government is likely to bear most of this (relatively small) cost because of the way reimbursements already work.Adding to the deficit is controversial, but if you think that’s “borrowing from our kids’ futures,” consider the child whose future will be impacted by an empty stomach today.Aren’t there charities that help with this?There are. And there’s even a movement afoot to help families pay off their meal debts to school districts.But while charity is nice, getting a meal as a kid shouldn’t be contingent on the willy-nilly goodwill of others.Here’s what it comes down to: Do we believe the old philosophy of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” applies to kids too? Or do kids deserve a fair shot regardless of their station in life?last_img read more

How long must we wait for gun control?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFirst some history: 160 years ago, you could own a slave. People fought to the death for the right for you to own a slave. One hundred years ago, your mother was not entitled to vote. Thirty years ago, you could smoke a cigarette almost anywhere. Twenty years ago, Adam could marry Eve but not Steve.And so, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, effective gun control will come. The critical question is, “How many more children must die until then?”James FogartyNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Dominican Republic tourism website earns rave reviews

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 58 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Dominican Republic tourism website earns rave reviews by: – August 16, 2011center_img Share Share In photo: Dominican republic award wining website. Photo credit:biz.yahoo.comSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Build your dream paradise vacation on Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism’s award-wining website. Since its launch in January 2011, the social media-friendly site is impressing visitors and tourism marketers and has earned prestigious ADDY® and Summit awards for its clever design and function.The global, interactive website showcases key selling points of the destination, providing site visitors with in-depth information about the country, its alluring destinations, diverse activities, luxurious accommodations and travel information, and includes a dynamic event calendar to help travelers plan their next trip to the top Caribbean travel destination.Among the most prominent features, the site’s “My Paradise” allows users to create their own personal itinerary by adding elements to their paradise section, including cities or towns of interest, activities, events, images they discover in the country while they browse the site. They can write their own notes and even share their paradise on 200+ social media platforms. The site also features a sophisticated “Interactive Map” that adds geo-location and mapping capabilities throughout the website, making it a true, state-of-the-art trip planning tool.“Dominican Republic is a charismatic and unforgettable island nation boasting intricate architecture, rich culture, amazing accommodations, world-class golf courses, pristine beauty and unlimited eco adventures. Dominican Republic’s official and innovative new website has become the primary source for Dominican Republic travel information, consumer engagement and booking for travelers from around the world,” said Magaly Toribio, DR Ministry of Tourism’s vice minister of international promotion.The site also has a media center where more than 1,000 high resolution images, 25 videos of the country, a calendar of events, press materials, brochures and more can all be downloaded. And, with the click of a button, the site can be translated into six different languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian.According to Evelyn Paiewonsky, DR Ministry of Tourism’s e-marketing director, “GoDominicanRepublic.com satisfies the need in the online market for visitor interaction and appeal. The dynamic website achieves our objectives connected to promoting the country’s tantalizing regions, which have a lot to offer both residents and visitors alike. GoDominicanRepublic.com continues to be the number one source of comprehensive tourism information about Dominican Republic, and therefore we ensure that the site is fresh, dynamic and innovative for our global audience.”GoDominicanRepublic.com was developed by BVKmeka with special emphasis on cross-platform interoperability and open standards; the vibrant, multi-lingual site was built using the latest Web technologies such as dynamic HTML, CSS3, jQuery and Ajax, along with Joomla, one of the world’s leading content management systems (CMS), in order to make it work seamlessly across computers, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices.Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, Dominican Republic has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, Dominican Republic boasts 25+ designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Most watched event of 2019: AJ fight floors champions League final

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua II (December 7)Champions League: Tottenham vs. Liverpool (June 1)Champions League: Liverpool vs. Barcelona (May 7)Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev (November 2)KSI vs. Logan Paul II (November 9)Champions League: Tottenham vs. Bayern Munich (October 1)Serie A: Milan v Internazionale (September 21)Champions League: Ajax vs. Tottenham (May 8)Champions League: Barcelona vs. Liverpool (May 1)Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs (May 4) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Despite DAZN wanting the fight in New York, AJ-Ruiz II beat both legs of Liverpool’s epic Champions League win over Barcelona, as well as Canelo’s fights with Sergey Kovalev and Danny Jacobs. Read Also Joshua targets early knockout against Wilder Since launching in 2016, UK-based company DAZN have spread to nine countries – Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Here are the top 10 most watched events that broke the ceiling in 2019 The December 7 2019 clash between Nigeria born British boxer Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jnr may have come and gone but impact of the bout is still kissing the headlines. It has now been confirmed that the heavyweight rematch was the most watched event on burgeoning streaming platform DAZN in 2019. The Saudi Arabia rematch broke UK pay-per-view records and now Sportsmail can reveal that the event also eclipsed the Champions League final and many other sporting highlights among DAZN’s worldwide markets. The streaming service, which hit 8million subscribers late last year, have not released the official viewing numbers but they are understood to be significantly higher than the 1.8m reported elsewhere. Champions league champions Liverpool second most views of 2019 after AJ fightAdvertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Boastful Helenius ready to test might with Joshua

first_imgHeavyweight contender, Robert Helenius, is flying high after winning a WBA eliminator with an unexpected knockout victory over undefeated top contender Adam Kownacki. Loading… “I think it would be a very interesting fight [against Joshua],” Helenius told Sky Sports, “I would like that very much. It would be fireworks and tactics, of course, but I think it would be a very, very interesting fight for me. “I was very surprised that he got knocked down [by Andy Ruiz Jr]. He made mistakes, but he did well in the second fight. Ruiz and me are very different fighters. We are the same height, Anthony and me. I’ve been there in a sparring camp with him. I have nothing personal against him, he’s a very good guy. I think very highly of him and I like him a lot, but I think I would beat him.” Helenius credits his recent success for being able to fight without any type of injuries. “I think it’s because I’ve been training injury-free for a couple of years now. I had a lot of problems after my shoulder injury and shoulder operation. Dealing with a lot of problems with hand operations and stuff like that. I was sick, I had a lung disease, and I think I’m bouncing back,” Helenius said. Read Also:Dillian Whyte ‘100% confident’ of knocking out Anthony Joshua “I hope I will get the biggest fight. I don’t really care who I’m fighting next, so I’m going to be ready for whoever comes in my way.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Helenius dropped Kownacki twice, before stopping him in the fourth round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Helenius believes he is one win away from potentially getting in line for a world title crack at WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Helenius is very familiar with Joshua, as the two boxers have sparred with each other in the past. The Viking Warrior was shocked when Joshua was dropped four times and stopped inside of seven rounds back in June 2019. Joshua got revenge in the rematch, which took place in December, with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Audry Glenna Lloyd, 86, Brookville

first_imgAudry Glenna Lloyd, age 86, of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville, Indiana.Born August 9, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Robert & Helen (Blum) Jahn. A homemaker, and mother, in her leisure time she enjoyed making crafts, and painting.Survivors include six children, LuAnn Winters of Brookville, Indiana, Kathy Rowell of San Diego, California, Sidney Simmons of San Diego, California, Benny H. Simmons of Atlanta, Georgia, Sheldon Simmons of Brookville, Indiana and Diana Reddig of Brookville, Indiana; thirteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four children, Arthur Simmons, Danny Simmons, Bobby Simmons and Lori Dennison; as well as five brothers & sisters.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, with burial following in Big Cedar Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Whitcomb United Methodist Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Audry Lloyd, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Police Blotter 06-08-2020

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Schmidt backs Marshall to shine

first_img Press Association Despite D’Arcy’s illness, Schmidt admitted he still nearly pitched the Leinster centre into action on the opening Six Nations weekend. “It was a very, very close call,” Schmidt said. “Because it was a tight call, Luke got a little bit more of the training time and would feel a little bit more comfortable. “Gordon played as well as I’ve seen him against the All Blacks in the autumn, so he will be important for us across the tournament. Isaac Boss takes a seat on Ireland’s bench for Sunday’s Scotland showdown, with Eoin Reddan ruled out through calf trouble. Wing Luke Fitzgerald is battling an ongoing hip complaint, paving the way for Andrew Trimble to make his first international appearance since last summer. Backing Ulsterman Trimble to seize his chance, especially against Scotland’s hefty wing duo Sean Maitland and Sean Lamont, Schmidt admitted he does not know how long Reddan and Fitzgerald would be sidelined. “Eoin and Luke are both in the same basket,” he said. “I guess we won’t know until next week whether either will be right for the second round, against Wales. “The one thing we felt with Luke was that if we tried to push too hard this week we might lose him for more than next week anyway. “Andrew brings a bit of size, up against Lamont and Maitland. “We just don’t have that many sizeable men, barring dragging Shaggy [Shane Horgan] down from the commentary box! “We don’t have too many men of that size and stature, so Andrew is a good contrast for us. “And, to be fair to Andrew, he’s played very well in the last couple of games, and from that respect he deserves an opportunity.” Stalwart centre D’Arcy, 33, returned to full training after suffering a stomach upset at the start of the week, but was off the pace. The 75-cap centre will therefore not get the chance on Sunady to extend his glittering, long-term partnership with Brian O’Driscoll, who will win a record 129th cap against the Scots. But former New Zealand schoolteacher Schmidt backed four-cap Marshall to shine this weekend, especially when flanked by Johnny Sexton and O’Driscoll in Ireland’s back line. “Gordon’s stomach bug was the sole selection criteria, really,” Schmidt said. “Luke Marshall has played really well in the Heineken Cup in big games. “He played in the Six Nations last year and played very well against Scotland. “I thought he played well against Australia in the autumn too. He made a defensive error at one stage, but he’s learning all the time. He’s working hard at everything we’re trying to do. “He’s between Johnny Sexton and Brian O’Driscoll, so experience-wise, he’s a bit inexperienced but either side of him he has two players who can help him navigate his way through the game.” Scotland centres Alex Dunbar and Duncan Taylor have just nine caps between them, but Schmidt said that played no part in promoting Marshall. And Schmidt has hailed Ulster centre Marshall’s Heineken Cup form as the deciding factor in giving the 22-year-old the nod to step in for D’Arcy on Sunday. Marshall helped Ulster complete their first-ever 100 per cent group-stage record in the Heineken Cup, including doing the double over Leicester and winning in Montpellier. Gordon D’Arcy’s stomach bug is the “sole” reason for in-form Luke Marshall starting Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland, according to head coach Joe Schmidt.last_img read more

Murals keep LA’s once-bustling streets company

first_imgAs the pandemic surges on, museums and community galleries are no longer convenient weekend getaways. Luckily, Los Angeles continues to serve as one of the most culturally rich galleries in the world, home to an intimately curated collection of towering outdoor installations.  The Masked Kiss Although not as independent or organic as street art in its most traditional sense, a comprehensive evening is best concluded with a brief trip to the entrance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There you’ll find 202 antique street lamps standing in a grid that change angles and arrays depending on the placement of the viewer, forming a stunning sculpture best enjoyed at night.  Street art on Venice Beach never lasts long, but Pony’s art has a powerful, distinctive quality that leaves a hard-to-erase impression. Striking in both its timeless beauty and immediate relevance,the piece went live a few days before L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti set forward a face covering mandate and is.  Technicolor Drip She has a familiar demeanor almost similar to a grandmother of your own. Contributing artist Joseph ‘Nuke’ Montalvo puts it best, telling the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, “A blanket carries so much weight. It holds our dreams. But do we often wonder who weaves the blanket, or what they were thinking? La abuelita, she thinks of us when she weaves. It is not so hard to imagine that God is a grandmother.”   Resting on the side of the American Hotel in the Arts District, Abuelita is a portrait of Navajo weaver Martha Gorman Schultz, who has spent the entirety of her life practicing the Indigenous art form through her geometric tapestries. In honor of her craft, Abuelita came to life with the help of three street artists, El Mac, Kofie and Nuke, each weaving their stylistic elements into the frame of a larger creation tale. The side profile of Abuelita is painted in neutral beige and gray tones, looking up at the stars.  These convention-breaking pieces tell forgotten stories and breathe themes of vibrancy, rhythm and freedom throughout the city, taking risks and coloring daily commutes. Get ready for the most unforgettable road trip around the city possible in these trying times, because whether these vivid works stay displayed for decades or just a handful of hours, one thing is for sure — they’re all located across the street.  Let’s be honest, we’re all sick and tired of the Paul Smith Pink Wall on Melrose; it’s crowded, basic and runs out of flavor faster than, well, bubblegum. If you’re looking for a new crush, meet the pink wall’s drippy, trippy, psychedelic cousin: the Technicolor Ooze Wall.  It’s hard to remember a time when L.A. grieved harder than the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in early January. Although Kobe Bryant Day has passed (Aug. 24), the memorial mural on La Brea earns an honorary mention. The day was celebrated this year with Figueroa Street soon to be named Kobe Bryant Boulevard, between Olympic and Martin Luther King Boulevards, demonstrating that memories of the basketball star live on.  The Kobe Bryant Memorial Mural  RETNA @ The West Hollywood Library The mural itself was completed by street artist Thierry Guetta, more commonly known as Mr. Brainwash, and depicts the smiling former Lakers player with his arm around Gianna. The background is accented with pops of color set against newspaper prints detailing Bryant’s achievements in the NBA. Other casualties of the Calabasas helicopter crash are recognized as well with their names written in purple on a yellow backdrop, a nod to the Lakers’ team colors. The sheer detail in the piece makes for a breathtaking tribute that doesn’t take a basketball fanatic to appreciate.  Painted by artist Jen Stark, whose work adorns the Miami International Airport and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., “Technicolor Drip” pays a modernist homage to the coloring process most prevalently featured in 20th-century film. With its candy-like hues, this bright baby brings to mind the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.” The iconic film was captured in Culver City, where the Technicolor wall resides today, dripping down the side of the parking structure at PLATFORM.  The West Hollywood Library was dull and dilapidated before RETNA, the street and studio artist born Marquis Lewis, took charge of the situation. He paints his signature cryptic calligraphy in decadent blue against a white background, a color combination seemingly strange among a sea of typical jewel tones and neons. Influenced by a cocktail of Arabic calligraphy, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Hebrew, Blackletter and Indigenous American typographies, his script is rapturing and those familiar with his work can spot his trademark style from a mile away.  Urban Light Art by Alexandra Abrams Tattoo artist, model and street artist Pony Wave is better known for her appearance on the reality tattoo competition show “The Inkmaster.” Still, her latest mural featuring two lovers kissing while separated by cloth masks is a show-stopping standalone piece. The faces are monochrome, but where their lips meet, flowers bloom. Its redefinition of what it means to love others during these desperate times has never been more necessary, an eye-catching pro-mask reminder decorating Venice Beach.  In mid-2019, when Tetris took its last breath, a generation of flash game enthusiasts weeped virtual tears and lovingly packed their go-to time-killer away. For the block stacking lover, “The Saskia Mural” sprawled across the wall now occupied by Animal Kingdom’s Santa Monica location brings back nostalgia with a simplistic and summery twist.  Joe Nicoletti, owner of the company Chameleon Paintworks and father of the turquoise and sunshine-yellow creation, chose to paint each brick of the once gray wall a different color, but for a reason that is far less obvious. The colors were inspired by and specifically ordered to match a bra owned by Nicoletti’s girlfriend, Saskia, hence its namesake, “The Saskia Mural.”  Abuelita  The Saskia Mural Considering the building that it calls its home, the quote that he transcribes onto the stone walls couldn’t be more fitting. Emblazoned on the wall is a quote from the author Salman Rushdie that roughly translates to, “Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination, and of the heart.”  Fun fact: Tech giant Lenovo actually liked the mural so much that it was used in the background of one of its advertisements without credit to the artist, unintentionally entering a lawsuit from which Nicoletti walked away with a handsome settlement. Who says art doesn’t pay?  With 16 different street light models represented, each light once faithfully lit the streets of L.A. The bulbs are solar-powered and switch on and off by way of an astrological timer. Its original artist, performance sculpturist Chris Burden, bought the first lamp at a Rose Bowl flea market before it became an obsession he could not stop. Each lamp is painted the same shade of gray to better demonstrate the structural differences each presents. At night, Burden was fond of describing the sculpture as a “building with a roof of light.”last_img read more

Noah Affolder’s freshman struggles help in 2nd year

first_imgNoah Affolder’s love for running began in the fourth grade — running with his grandfather.About a decade later, at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin, Affolder crossed the finish line in 24 minutes and 26.3 seconds, the second best time among Syracuse runners and good for 35th overall.For Affolder, it was more than another solid showing in what has become a breakout sophomore season. He recorded fourth and fifth place finishes at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational and the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, respectively. Last year on the same course in Madison, at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Affolder made his collegiate debut. But he placed 217th out of 234 runners, more than a minute and a half slower than he ran in Madison this season.“There were definitely some flashbacks of this is where I blew up last year,” Affolder said. “People started calling me a high school burnout.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBlessing Emole | Digital Design EditorAffolder was a dominant runner in high school, winning a cross country and an indoor mile state title in Pennsylvania as a senior. Affolder’s success meant that, going into his junior year of high school, he was already looking at colleges, with Syracuse at the top of his list.Syracuse was only an hour away from his home at the time, in Watertown. Affolder was so impressed by the program and the coaching staff that he committed during his junior year.“I just felt like Syracuse is a place where you can build your own legacy,” Affolder said, acknowledging 2017 seniors Colin Bennie, Philo Germano and Justyn Knight.Initially, it would take some time for Affolder to contribute as he started his freshman year injured. Tendonitis in his peroneal tendon, the outside of his ankle, kept Affolder sidelined for six months, costing him training time in the summer before his freshman year.Combined with a slow and careful rehab, frustration began to mount for Affolder. The adjustment from the best runner in high school to barely qualifying for the ACC Championships proved to be a challenging transition, Affolder said.By the start of the outdoor track season in the spring, Affolder knew he had to make a change. That’s when he saw a sports psychologist four or five times.“That’s what I needed at the time, someone to listen to what I was going through,” Affolder said. “She was someone who didn’t know me at all, but could understand the situations I was going through and could give me an outsider’s perspective.”Using some of the techniques he learned to clear his mind before competitions, Affolder was able to have a more successful outdoor track and field season. The season culminated in qualifying for the NCAA steeplechase final along with one his mentors on the team, junior Aidan Tooker.“It’s really awesome going out and competing with someone that you are really confident in,” Tooker said of Affolder. “Whatever you’re gonna give that day that he’s gonna give the same or better.”This past summer, Affolder was able to train extensively rather than spending it injured like last year. It gave him the preparation he didn’t have going into his freshman year.Now, as arguably the Orange’s second best runner behind Tooker, Affolder is as important as ever. Helping fill the leadership void left by Knight, Germano and Bennie is part of what Affolder attributes his strong sophomore campaign to.And as Affolder continues his breakout season, he stills remembers the valuable lessons a difficult freshman year brought.“It was more frustration that I wasn’t good enough at the time to be running,” Affolder said. “That just made me more determined to be successful.” Comments Published on October 22, 2018 at 12:03 am Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more