Students can play games, enjoy food and try their luck for the new year at the Asian American Association’s (AAA) annual casino night in the Coleman Morse Lounge on Friday in celebration of the Lunar New Year, lasting from 9-11 p.m.Crystal Chen-Goodspeed, junior and treasurer of the AAA, said the event will give students the chance to compete for tickets and enter into the raffle for prizes, which include a Kindle and Beats by Dre headphones.“There is free reign to play any game [visitors] want … There will be Asian-themed goodies and red envelopes during the course of the event to really convey the many messages of Lunar New Year,” Chen said. “At the end of the night, everyone will submit their raffle tickets and drawing will commence to distribute prizes.”Khanh Mai, junior and vice president of AAA, said the games will incorporate a range of meanings and traditions.“Some of the games are seen as traditional to the respective culture, such as bau cua of Vietnam and mahjong of China. Others are more prototypical of casinos, like blackjack and poker,” Mai said.“It is like your normal casino night with an Asian flair,” Chen-Goodspeed said.According to Chen-Goodspeed, gambling and games are traditional celebrations of the Lunar New Year.“A big part of the holiday is large family gatherings and gambling. It is believed that if you have good luck in gambling during the celebration, then you will have good luck for the remainder of the year,” Chen-Goodspeed said.Mai said this event is important because it allows students to maintain their Lunar New Year traditions even while away from home.“It’s important for ND students to celebrate partly because it may be a glimpse of home-away-from-home for them,” Mai said. “I know that my first time away from home during Lunar New Year was especially rough; I would equate it with not being home for Christmas.”The AAA — who partnered with the Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Chinese Culture Society and Japan Club, as well as the multicultural commissioners from Siegfried, Pasquerilla West, McGlinn, Carroll and Breen-Phillips for the event — encourages all students to attend, even if they have never celebrated in the past.“It’s always insightful to learn about different cultures and their own special way of seeing and celebrating the world,” Mai said.Although celebrations of Lunar New Year vary around the world, the AAA hopes their casino night will encompass the core tradition of the holiday, Mai said.“Families tend to gather in the days preceding Lunar New Year to indulge in family time and begin festivities; [Casino Night] plans to do the same. It’s time for us to spend with one another, and amidst the fun, think back on the year past and look forward to the future,” Mai said.The entrance fee of $5 at the door gives each student 15 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased if needed.Tags: AAA, Asian American Association, asian american association casino night, Casino Night, coleman morse lounge, crystal chen-goodspeed, khanh mai, lunar new year
The announcement took all of 30 seconds to say, but the ramifications are still being felt.Ever since senior quarterback Matt Barkley declared his intention to return to school for his senior season on national television, USC has been lauded as the preseason favorite to win the national championship.When the “experts” talk of such predictions, the discussion usually centers on Barkley and Co. on the offensive end. One of Barkley’s main targets, sophomore receiver Marqise Lee, made some sensational plays in practice on Thursday.“[Lee] was the MVP of today,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Obviously he’s a great player and he has the potential to be a real star player.”The Trojans do not just feature an experienced offense, however. With eight starters returning from last year’s squad that was third in the conference in points allowed, the Trojan defense is not to be taken lightly.“As a defense, we just come out and do what we’re supposed to do,” junior cornerback Nickell Robey said. “All we’re worried about is winning on third downs and getting off the field.”Robey, a starter since his freshman season, has taken on more of a leadership role this year and has made it a point of emphasis to help the younger players adjust.“We have a lot of young guys, so we’re trying to get them acclimated to the system. When we can do that, we’re going to be better as a defense.”On Thursday, the defense got the better of the high profile offense, forcing turnovers and making it difficult for the offense to move the ball.“The defense kind of dominated today for the most part,” Kiffin said. “It’s always hard to evaluate the offensive line and the run game when you have no pads on.”With the loss of three starters on the defensive line from last year’s unit, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is relying on newcomers to step up.“We have to show up inside. That’s where it all starts,” Orgeron said. “If you’re weak inside, you’re not going to have the type of team you want.”Orgeron is hoping for solid play from returning seniors Devon Kennard and Wes Horton.“Devon and Wes are coming. Those are guys I expect to play well,” said Orgeron. “Last year, Devon had some missed sacks, some missed plays. But he’ll get them this year.”If Thursday’s practice was any indication, the defense will turn some heads this season.
Indiana (13-22) called timeout to set up a game-winning attempt, but Roy Hibbert’s wild shot from the top of the key at the buzzer wasn’t close and the Lakers and their fans celebrated as streamers fell from above.Bryant, who will not play tonight at Portland as he is now getting rest from coach Byron Scott, said he was feeling good at the end.“It’s the style of play, too,” he said. “I’ve gone to more of an old-man game instead of beating guys off the dribble. I don’t stop and go, that wears down the joints.“I just back them down. I take my time. That saves a lot of my legs.”RELATED: Kobe Bryant to sit out Monday’s game in Portland Just imagine, the Lakers scored just 27 points in the first half the first time they played the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 15 at Indiana. The Pacers led by 33 points at halftime on their way to a 19-point victory.They say revenge is sweet, and the Lakers on Sunday got a nice taste of that when they overcame a lousy first quarter to defeat the Pacers 88-87 in a thrilling rematch before a sellout crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center.Nick Young led the way with 22 points. But Kobe Bryant was the winning-time hero. He scored 20 points, including nine in the final 2 1/2 minutes, and made the game-winning 4-foot basket with 12.4 seconds to play.PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant hits game-winning shot to lead Lakers past Pacers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers (11-23) got off to a quick start and led 9-2. Before they knew what hit them, the Pacers outscored them 26-6 the rest of the quarter – including a 14-0 run at the end – to lead 28-15. Scott afterward said he did not think, “Here we go again.”“No, I mostly said to myself, ‘Just hang in there, keep getting stops, the offense will start to fall for us,’ because we got off to a great start offensively and then we went ice-cold,” Scott said. “(Donald) Sloan hits (a 3-pointer), C.J. Miles comes in and hits (three) 3s, (Solomon) Hill hits a 3.“And we just said, ‘Look, we’ve gotta close those guys out a bit better, be a little bit tougher with them, but just stay the course and we’ll be OK.’”RELATED: Julius Randle to undergo right foot surgery on TuesdayMiles led Indiana with 19 points, but he scored only two in the second half, thanks to the defense played on him by Young.“It took me 34 games to figure out that he can play defense,” Scott said of Young. “Now I’m going to have to demand that of him every night. He did a hell of a job on C.J. Miles the second half.” Sloan scored 16 for Indiana and Hibbert had 12 points and 11 rebounds.The Lakers trailed 48-41 at halftime and 69-63 after three quarters. With 5:55 left in the game, Hibbert was assessed a technical foul after he was fouled – and pushed to the floor – by Carlos Boozer and then got off the floor and took a mad rush at Boozer and pushed him. Players quickly intervened. Upon review, Boozer was charged with a flagrant 1 foul.“I saw Booz push him down,” Scott said, laughing. “I saw him come at Booz. It was a foul on Booz and the big man comes at him and gets a technical on him. I asked all three referees to explain to me what a flagrant foul is from now on because I have no clue. I really don’t.” The Lakers also got 12 points off the bench from Boozer, 11 points and six rebounds from Ed Davis and 10 points from Jeremy Lin. Like his coach, Davis wasn’t worried in the first quarter when the Pacers were putting it on his team rather well.“No, it was definitely a totally different game from the first time,” Davis said. “C.J. Miles had it going in the first quarter (with 11 of his points) and once we slowed him down, we were right there back in the game. And even though we were down 13 … we were still in the game.“We knew we had to just keep fighting and chip away.”The Lakers were outrebounded 50-37 and shot just 38 percent from the field. But they shot a season-high 93.3 percent (28 of 30) from the free-throw line, with Young going 12 for 12.Indiana coach Frank Vogel was upset out about the result, especially the nine free throws the Lakers shot and made in the fourth quarter.“We marched them to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and they shot 93 percent from the foul line,” he said. “We need to defend without fouling all the time; we didn’t do that.“I thought we had opportunities in the third quarter to separate from them. We failed to do so, let them hang around, and great players made great plays.”Lakers small forward Wesley Johnson sustained a strained right hip flexor in the first half and did not return. He will have an MRI today and will not accompany the team to its game at Portland tonight.