While she knows that’s not enough to make them fluent, she hopes the exposure will pique their interest and that they’ll want to learn their grandparents’ language later on in life. “I don’t want (Spanish) to die with them. I don’t want them to grow up and not know what it means to be Latino or not know what it means to be Mexican American,” laments Condes. “I don’t know who they’re going to marry, so I would love for them to learn Spanish and as much about our culture as I can teach them.” Condes’ anxiety is justified, according to Rivera-Mills. “Interlinguistic” marriages, as she likes to call them, have played a significant role in the steady decline of Spanish usage among Latinos. “The home, by far, continues to be the last and strongest enclave for language to be transmitted from one generation to the other,” says Rivera-Mills. “And when the home is eroded, then that transmission becomes weaker and weaker.” Liliana Awori agrees. Awori’s bilingual Honduran mother opted not to teach her Spanish. So when Awori married an immigrant from Kenya and later became a mom, she figured the only way to prevent the disappearance of her heritage language would be through bilingual education for her children. She enrolled the eldest of her three daughters in a dual-language immersion program at an elementary school in Pasadena, Calif. The daughter is taught mostly in Spanish, and Awori couldn’t be happieror more proudof the results after only one year.
Oracle Team USA again denied Emirates Team New Zealand an America’s Cup-clinching victory on Friday, snatching the lead in Race 13 and riding it to the finish. Caption SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle Team USA again denied Emirates Team New Zealand an America’s Cup-clinching victory on Friday, snatching the lead in Race 13 and riding it to the finish. The win by the defending champion came after what appeared to be a certain Kiwi victory was thwarted by light winds that caused the day’s first race to be abandoned due to a time limit to complete the race. The USA must still win six more races in a row to keep New Zealand from the one victory it needs to wrest yachting’s coveted Cup from the hands of Oracle team owner Larry Ellison. “It was really a great day,” said Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Sometimes things go your way, and we’re going to take it.” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker described the day as “frustrating,” saying “we know we can win this thing.” In the race that was completed, the Kiwis beat the USA over the starting line and rounded the first mark a few seconds ahead of Oracle. The defending champion snatched the lead back in a cross-over that resulted in New Zealand being tagged with a penalty. Oracle dodge to avoid colliding with New Zealand but jumped ahead and grabbed onto a lead that grew through the pivotal upwind third leg of the race. The USA remained in control of the race and crossed the finish a minute and 24 seconds ahead of the Kiwis. The Oracle victory came in a Race 13 rematch after light winds forced the first attempt at the race to be halted when the 40-minute time limit was reached as the Kiwis sailed unchallenged toward the finish. The Kiwis and the defending champions were nearly even at the start and the USA was ahead slightly as the catamarans crept slowly around the first gate. After days of high-speed racing on the bay, the AC72 catamarans seemed to be moving in slow motion as the teams jockeyed to catch puffs of the capriciously shifting breeze. New Zealand seized a lead that continued to grow, rounding the third gate more than two minutes ahead of the USA.
At 4 p.m., he took part in a public forum at USAs Mitchell Center. Before a crowd of about 200, he gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining his goals and ideas for the university, then took questions from the audience. Gilberts goals included improving the universitys retention rate of 68 percent and its graduation rate of 37 percent; creating more of an international focus for the universitys research programs; and attracting more businesses to the universitys Technology & Research Park. Doug Marshall, president of USAs Faculty Senate and a member of the presidential search committee, started the question-and-answer session by asking Gilbert if it was important, given the size of USAs health care division, to encourage the health care and university divisions to become more collaborative. The more we can get them working together, the better, Gilbert responded. I would do all that I could try to do bring the two divisions together as often as possible. Marshall also asked how Gilbert envisioned a typical faculty members workday in the future. Across the country, things are changing for faculty members, Gilbert said. Theyre more focused on research as we go forward. There is going to be more demand on faculty to be involved in knowledge creation and research. An audience member asked for Gilberts opinion on the universitys reliance on faculty adjunct professors. I think there is a place for a variety of different faculty types, Gilbert said, but relying too heavily on adjuncts is not a good idea. Other questions focused on ideas for expanding campus activities, enhancing the universitys role in the community and improving campus communication. Gilbert was also asked about his favorite charities (Habitat for Humanity, a foundation to assist public schools, the Starkville arts council); which professional journals he reads (The Chronicle of Higher Education); and his favorite book (1776 by David McCullough). It was great to field all the questions, Gilbert said after the session. He emphasized his goal to expand the universitys partnerships with Mobiles businesses and industry. I think theres a great opportunity for Mobile to do integrated research projects, and advance the university and businesses in the area, he said. Paul Pietri, a professor of management and director of USAs Business Resources Center, exited the session with a big smile.
The United States women’s soccer team will face New Zealand in a pair of exhibitions next month, a rematch of their meeting in last year’s Olympic quarterfinals. The Oct. 27 game at Candlestick Park will be the first time the U.S. women have played in San Francisco in their 28-year history. The teams will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a game on Oct. 30. The United States is 9-1 against New Zealand, including a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics. The Americans went on to win their third straight gold medal in London and are currently the top-ranked team in the world. “New Zealand is a much-improved side over the past few years,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni, who saw quite a bit of the Kiwis during his two stints as head coach of Australia. “Qualifying for World Cups and Olympics have helped them significantly, and now they are a very composed and competitive team that plays with a great deal of confidence.” The United States Soccer Federation also announced that it will play Australia in an exhibition game on Oct. 20 at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The top-ranked U.S., the defending Olympic champion, is 9-0 in previous indoor matches. The Americans beat the Matildas 2-1 and 6-2 last year in the final two matches under coach Pia Sundhage, who left to coach her native Sweden. She was succeeded by Tom Sermanni.
Pal Joensen is a blossoming talent in distance freestyle, and with the Americans still rebuilding the elite ranks in distance swimming on the men’s side, the Europeans could use that to their advantage. The rosters for the Europeans will continue to fill up in the coming days and weeks, and I’m willing to bet just about all of my life savings that Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu will race in Glasgow. She participated in the 2011 Duel in the Pool, only winning the 400 IM. The way Hosszu has been swimming this year, it would be foolish for the Euro All-Stars organizers to not beg and plead for her to be a part of the team. She could be a clutch performer in all three individual medley events, as well as … well, just about anything. Unfortunately, she might have a limit to the number of events she can swim, but since there’s cash on the line for winners, I’m sure we’ll see the Hungarian Energizer Bunny in Scotland this December. As for the rest of the roster of the Euro All-Stars, it depends on who wants to race one more time after the European championships. Just about all of the All-Stars who raced in 2011 came to Atlanta after the European championships, and some did not perform very well, citing jet lag. With this meet being held in Europe, the chances are high that some of Europe’s best — including world record holders Rikke Moller Pedersen, Ruta Meilutyte and Daniel Gyurta — could give the Americans their first loss in the Duel in the Pool. The major selection criteria for choosing the USA team — a maximum of 22 men and 22 women — is picking the fastest American in all the Olympic events and second-fastest in the 100 and 200 free. On paper, that gives the USA a slam-dunk win in the Duel, but not all of those top swimmers will accept the invitation to race in Glasgow. What handicaps the American team is the collegiate season.