Israel Buffardi, M.Div. ’19, walked a long and winding path before finding his calling.The Rhode Island native was raised Catholic and from an early age felt a strong draw to spirituality and ritual. At age 14, he decided he wanted to become a priest. This plan changed when he realized he was queer. Coming out precipitated many questions about his faith, such as the acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ people.“I felt like I had a deep calling within myself, but it suddenly became inaccessible to me because of who I was and what was important to me,” he said.During his struggle over faith and spirituality, Buffardi took the first name Israel, a figure in the Old Testament who represents “the one who wrestled with God.”,Buffardi attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., where he worked on food justice, taught children how to garden, and hosted dinner parties for foreign exchange students with his roommate.“There was something really joyful about it,” he recalled. “I was creating community right in front of my eyes.”Still searching for a religion to connect with, Buffardi returned to a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church, and “it clicked instantly.”Unitarian Universalism is characterized by a shared search for spiritual growth rather than by adhering to specific religious texts or sets of rules. He first pursued a UU education at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago through distance learning. Then Buffardi became interested in attending a school that was not exclusively UU, and came to Harvard.,“It’s rare for a divinity school to have such a diverse group of people,” he said of Harvard. “[It allows for] building community with all different types of people and finding connections with each other and the values in their lives.”During his senior capstone class, “Innovation in Ministry,” Buffardi worked as a ministerial intern at the North Parish of North Andover, with the goal of developing a ministry project to implement at the site by building empathy with those being served.Buffardi also worked on the Divinity School garden and led some worship services and rituals. Since the yield from the garden is donated for a community dinner to feed people experiencing homelessness or food insecurity, Buffardi was able to combine his passions for service and food.“A calling doesn’t just have to look like being in a church or a synagogue,” he said. “Ministry gives structure to that calling.”
Red Bluff >> The Red Bluff Spartans swim team hosted Foothill and Paradise Wednesday in a Tri-Meet and the boys finished second behind Paradise, while beating Foothill; the girls finishing second by beating Paradise but losing to Foothill.Six swimmers for Red Bluff won their events. On the boys side Jaxon Balken won both the 100 Butterfly (57.93), the 3rd fastest time in Red Bluff High School’s history and the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.30), which is the 6th fastest time in Red Bluff High School’s …
14 October 2013The Springbok Sevens team finished fourth at the Gold Coast Sevens on the weekend as an extra-time, energy-sapping semi-final loss to the hosts hurt their chances of finishing third, as well as Australia’s chances of victory in the Cup final.It took two periods of extra time before the Aussies won, and that proved too much for South Africa to overcome in the third place match after they had earlier lost captain Kyle Brown to a concussion in a quarterfinal win over Wales.Australia were boosted by their win over South Africa and raced into a 12-0 lead over New Zealand in the title-decider, but the exertions of their semi-final win came back to haunt them as the Kiwis ran out 40-19 winners to lift the Cup.It was a first World Series tournament in charge for coach Neil Powell and there was plenty for him to be happy about.ExcelledThe Blitzbokke excelled on day one of the two-day event, defeating France 29- 5, Spain 38-7 and England 22-14. On day two South Africa then beat Wales 28-21 in the quarterfinals and England tested New Zealand before going down 14-5 to set up the playoff for third place.With South Africa’s energy reserves having been depleted in the semi-finals, which included two stints with players in the sin bin, England ran out 47-0 victors to finish third.Commenting on his team’s performances afterwards, coach Powell said: “The guys all showed a willingness to implement the minor tweaks we spoke about before each game. I also think they showed a lot of courage and commitment, especially against Wales and Australia.”DubaiThe next round of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place on 29 and 30 November in Dubai. South Africa was drawn in Group D for the tournament with Samoa, Argentina and Russia.In Dubai in 2012, South Africa failed to advance to the Cup competition after a shock 10-12 loss to Portugal in pool play. The Blitzbokke went on to finish as runners-up in the plate (10th place) after a 10-14 defeat to Argentina. They’ll be looking for a much better performance than that this time around.Port ElizabethA week after the Dubai Sevens, on the weekend of 7 and 8 December, the third round of the nine-stop series, the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, will be played in Port Elizabeth.After a narrow loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals in Port Elizabeth last year, South Africa crushed Argentina 35-0 to finish third.Only once previously have the Blitzbokke claimed a World Series victory on home soil. That came in George in 2008 and followed a win in Dubai a week earlier. South Africa went on to be crowned the overall World Series winners.TicketsTickets are on sale for the event and are available from all Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets.They may also be bought online through Computicket.
Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Think Major League Baseball’s stats and live video iPhone app is cool? Imagine what Apple could do with technology it was granted a patent for this week: a network of sensors that deliver real-time velocity, impact, rotation and other data from sporting event participants to the web. Imagine your iPhone’s accelerometer placed inside a boxer’s glove, a snowboarder’s snow suit or a NASCAR driver’s car – with the information captured delivered to your iPhone or Apple TV while you watch the competition either in person or remotely.Would you pay a premium for an event ticket that includes real time stats like that delivered to your iPhone? I would. Of course Apple is granted all kinds of patents all the time and only some of them amount to anything – but this one is very cool.MacNN reported in depth today on US patent 7,552,031, (“Personal items network, and associated methods”), filed two and a half years ago and granted yesterday. News-watcher extraordinaire Atul Arora sent us the link as a tip. The patent appears related to the “find my iPhone” technology reported on yesterday, but all the examples in the patent application are based on real-time sports statistic monitoring and are quite interesting.Call it augmented reality, call it ubiquitous wearable computing, call it Web 3.0 if you must. It’s widely believed that networks of sensors feeding data into computers for analysis and visualization are going to be a big thing in the near term future. Value-adds built on top of that data hold huge potential for the development of software we can’t even imagine today. This vision is big in the electrical utility world, but private sector innovators are being hampered by the lack of vision seen in public utility companies. When it comes to the world of sports, the sky could be the limit. Imagine attending a sporting event and being able to select from a variety of apps for the app store, built just for that kind of sport. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#web Related Posts Today, a number of rumors about a potential partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft surfaced once again. Almost a year ago, after months of back and forth between Microsoft and Yahoo, we thought any deal between the two companies was finally off the table, but rumors about potential deals continued to bubble up regularly in the last few months. Now, some news outletsarereporting that the two companies may be close to signing a partnership agreement that would allow them to collaborate on search technology and advertising. Bloomberg’s Dina Bass, citing anonymous sources, reports that a deal could be finalized within the next two weeks.None of these sources, however, seem to be very clear about the exact details of the deal. With Bing, Microsoft has developed a product that can compete head-to-head with Google’s search engine. Yet, even though Bing is slowly gaining ground and now has more than 10% of the search market according to some sources, overcoming Google’s inertia would be a very difficult challenge for any competitor, and a partnership with Yahoo could double Bing’s market share over night. For Yahoo, there is also an incentive to make a deal now, as Bing is likely to steal at least some market share away from Yahoo.$3 Billion?Kara Swisher reports that on the financial side of things, it looks like the latest deal would include Microsoft paying several billion dollars to Yahoo upfront to take over its search advertising business. If this deal goes through, Swisher reports, Yahoo would also take over Microsoft’s display ads business. Concrete numbers are still hard to come by, but 27/7 Wall Street reports that Yahoo would get $3 billion upfront and “will get 11% of the revenue that its searches provide after traffic acquisition costs in each of the first two years. In the third year, that figure would go to 90%.”As always, we will keep a close eye on this story as it unfolds. For now, there are still rumors, but they seem to be quite substantial, and a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo (though not a merger of the two companies) would definitely make sense at this point. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois
A shift to the next generation of televisions known as Ultra-High-Definition (UHD), and sometimes 4K, could cost U.S. consumers an additional $1 billion annually unless further energy efficiency improvements are made, according to our new report.In fact, that energy waste could add up to an additional 8 terawatt-hours of electricity a year nationally — enough to power all the homes in San Francisco for three years. But the good news is that while UHD televisions use an average 30% more energy to operate than similarly sized high-definition (HD) televisions, that doesn’t have to be the case. Our new report shows that some of the best UHD models on the market today are dramatically more energy-efficient than the typical UHD television, using little to no more energy than the equivalent HD TV it would replace. Smart TVs are usually, but not always, so smartMost new televisions include internet connectivity which allows consumers to stream content from the web from applications like Netflix and YouTube without the need for a computer or supplemental device like Apple TV or a Roku box. While most of the Internet-connected televisions we tested had very low power levels (less than 1/2 watt in standby) and fast reboot times (below 10 seconds), some were much slower.Those TVs generally included a Quick Start feature, which if selected causes the television to transition much faster from standby to full power. Unfortunately, having this Quick Start feature enabled caused some models to use 20 to 30 watts of standby power even though the viewer had “turned off” the television. Unless absolutely necessary, consumers should avoid selecting Quick Start on your new television.It’s increasingly clear that UHD TV will likely be the dominant type of television sold in the next few years, and more bells and whistles are coming. To avoid an upsurge in television energy use and the related higher energy bills and power plant emissions that come from having to generate more electricity, we need TV manufacturers and their suppliers to continue to focus on improving the energy efficiency of their new TVs.And on the policy front we encourage:DOE to update its test method for measuring TV energy use to make sure the latest content and its potentially higher energy use is captured.EPA to reduce the size of the adder it provides for high resolution TVs in its next specification, Version 8.Utilities to offer rebates for the most energy efficient models.Regulators to consider setting minimum state or national energy efficiency standards to remove the least efficient new TVs from the market. RELATED ARTICLES Choosing an Energy-Efficient TelevisionVideo Gamers Could Save Billions in Energy CostsTackling the Plug Load ProblemChoosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorAll About DishwashersAll About Washing MachinesAlternatives to Clothes Dryers Much to our surprise, about one in three televisions sold today has a screen 50 inches and greater. In general, energy use increases with larger screen sizes. One doesn’t have to look too far back to remember when 32 inches was considered a large television.During our analysis of manufacturer-reported energy use, we observed an almost three-fold range in the electricity consumption of similarly sized UHD televisions. This means that while there are some real energy hogs out there, with the worst consuming more electricity annually than a new mid-sized refrigerator, there are some really efficient models, too. The challenge is how to ensure the industry shifts toward the more efficient designs quickly before many of today’s 300 million televisions are replaced by UHD TVs. Settings really matterMost, but not all, of today’s new TVs come with a setting called Automatic Brightness Control (ABC) that automatically adjusts television screen brightness in response to changes in room light levels. From our laboratory testing of 50-inch to 55-inch televisions, we found that when enabled, ABC cuts energy consumption by a huge amount. On average, TVs with ABC off use 50% more electricity than when ABC is turned on. Curiously, some manufacturers include ABC technology in their televisions, but choose not to ship their TVs with this feature enabled. (If they did, more would qualify for the highly coveted Energy Star label, indicating they are among the most energy-efficient models.) We recommend that consumers dig into the menu to look for, and select, the ABC feature to save money.The latest and greatest type of content that will be offered to viewers in the future is called High Dynamic Range (HDR), which promises more colors, brighter scenes, and blacker blacks. Prior to our study there was no published data on HDR’s incremental energy use. We obtained two movies produced in 4K HDR format and measured the power use during viewing on an UHD HDR television capable of playing it. On average, the HDR content on this TV caused the power use to increase on average by 47% compared to the 4K (non-HDR) version of the same movie.As shown in the accompanying graph (see Image #2, below), the power use during playback varied dramatically, spiking during the very bright scenes. We were only able to perform this test on one TV, so we can’t extrapolate the results to all HDR-capable televisions, but these findings should serve as a loud wake-up call and catalyst for additional measurements and updates to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) test method, which currently only uses HD content to determine television energy consumption. Noah Horowitz is a senior scientist in the energy program of the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he works on a wide range of energy efficiency issues. He holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. This post originally appeared at NRDC Switchboard. What exactly is UHD TV?The TV industry is heavily promoting its latest generation of televisions being marketed under the umbrella term UHD. These televisions provide higher resolution and in some cases a wider range of colors and enhanced contrast. Their higher resolution screens have at least 8 million pixels, which is four times greater than HD televisions, and are sometimes called 4K TVs. In order to fully benefit from the higher screen resolutions, a really big 4K TV is needed.
Tags:#Apple#iPhone jon mitchell If you’re an Apple watcher that isn’t too busy focusing on the present, you’re probably wondering what Apple has cooking for the near future. While Wednesday’s critical earnings report will reflect on the health of its existing products, the smart money is on whether or not Apple’s got new magic in the pipeline.Looking at the successful models in the Android world, much of the mobile geek chatter is about Apple’s conspicuous lack of a phone in the five-inch screen range. Apple showed with the iPad Mini that it isn’t above letting other manufacturers beat it to market with a new device size. It just waits to enter the market until it makes sense internally to do so.Well, Rene Ritchie at iMore has a pretty spotless record of figuring out when it makes sense. Instead of fiending over rumors, he just uses math and common sense and says, “look, here’s how Apple could do it.” He was right about the iPhone 5. And this week, Ritchie has taken a look at a variety of five-ish-inch phone form factors and figured out which ones are plausible for Apple to actually do.He considers a stretched-out 1136×640 pixel-doubled, the same resolution as an iPhone 5, on a theoretical 5-inch phone. This would have a lower pixel density than the 5’s retina screen, but still not bad. He also looks at 3x and 4x possibilities, which would make for some very nice displays, but given that Apple just made developers rework everything to get to 2x resolution — and that work is still not done — this new display density seems farfetched.Ritchie also looks at more outlandish possibilities. It’s well worth reading.Apple fans are resistant to believing that this device size matters. Just because there’s a market for five-inch Android phablets doesn’t mean that an iThing in the same size would sell. But Ritchie plays devil’s advocate on that and shows why people might very well be interested in a five-inch iPhone.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
OverviewProgress is the goal for 2nd year coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks as they continue to undertake what the Kansas City Star called “college football’s greatest challenge”. The last two trips to Lawrence have required a 99 yard return by the Cheetah and JW Walsh holding off a late KU surge for a couple of close wins. Through the first half of the year, 2016 hasn’t been great to KU losing a heartbreaker to TCU and getting blown out by Baylor and the Memphis Tigers. While KU has some talented players, points per drive is often an good indicator of team performance, and KU is 115th in the country with -1.47 net points per drive (meaning they are outscored on a regular basis). OffenseThe Jayhawks bring a familiar spread offense this week, most often splitting four wide receivers out and at times bringing in a tight end. Not a particularly potent group, the passing attack has been stronger as they’re nearly in the top third of the country (45th) averaging 255 yards per game (8th in the Big 12). The rushing attack hasn’t been quite as prolific where they average under 85 yards per game in conference play. Ultimately, the power in the offense lies in a couple of playmakers on the perimeter who are counted on to do the heavy lifting. For the third straight week, OSU faces the possibility of another two-quarter back attack as sophomore Ryan Willis took over the starting position in game 5 for the veteran dual-threat Montell Cozart who couldn’t get things going. Willis is more of a pocket passer while Cozart doesn’t have a problem making plays with his feet. Willis has the arm to make a lot of good throws but a couple of things have plagued him: Coach Beaty talked recently about how he’s still learning the offense and having trouble interpreting defenses as a result, and thrown six interceptions (and lost a fumble) in his past two games. To highlight this, the Jayhawks are 127th (out of 128) in the FBS for turnover margin with 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost on the year giving the other team nearly two extra possessions a game (-1.83 margin). Cozart hasn’t played a snap since he was benched against Texas Tech but could make an appearance as KU searches for a spark. Whoever is throwing the ball has a couple of quality receivers that Lawrence hasn’t seen in a while in junior transfer LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims, Jr. who has three 100 yard games this year. Gonzalez returns kicks, punts and plays out wide where they put him in motion, hit him on quick hitches and run him downfield. Sims, Jr. has five scores on the year and is averaging 16.18 yards a catch, on pace for a solid season. The Jayhawks throw it around some with five receivers with double digit catches and tight end Ben Johnson has been a part of the gameplan at times. At running back, Ke’Aun Kinner returns for his senior season after leading the team last year but the backfield is a committee with sophomore Taylor Martin and the freshman Khalil Herbert. Martin is perceived as the fastest, most explosive back and Herbert had an awful slippery run against Baylor last week. The rushing attack hasn’t been that strong as Kenner leads the team with 264 yards rushing. The offensive line has contributed it’s fair share to the offensive struggles (as we understand far too well). The returning starter at left tackle prematurely retired as a result of concussions and the next man up was a true freshman in Hakeem Adeniji. Senior D’Andre Banks at right tackle is the elder statesmen in the group, but there’s not a lot of experience across the board for a unit often perceived as a weakness. DefenseThe defense is definitely the stronger side of the ball for the Jayhawks, evidenced by how they held the prolific Seth Russell to 144 yards on 9/22 passing for the game (worth noting that he was pulled before halftime). While the Bears were able to run the ball well, gashing the unit for 250 yards, the defense is constantly put in tough positions with the offense’s tendency to turn the ball over frequently and seems to be more solid than the numbers would show. The Jayhawks did a solid job at home slowing down a prolific TCU offense that averaged 43.4 points per game to only 24. Even more impressive was the nine tackles for loss the Jayhawks tallied; this defense can be aggressive. KU is 14th in FBS with 51 tackles for loss. Ends Dorace Armstrong, Jr. and Cameron Rosser are one of the most productive pairs in college football and experts at dragging down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, combining for 13 tackles for loss. Armstrong averages a sack each game and is really the standout on this defense. These stats are made possible by tackle Daniel Wise, who made the ESPN Mid-Season All Big 12 team where he was noted as one of the more disruptive players in the conference.Senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts, a transfer from South Carolina, was productive last year with 71 tackles and a pick-six, giving some leadership to the defense. Courtney Arnick has filled in well for injured captain Joe Dineen, Jr., pulling down four tackles for loss and seems to be nearly always around the ball. Another leader is team captain Fish Smithson, the perennial leading tackler for the team. The senior safety has a couple of interceptions and leads the team with 32 tackles. True freshman corner Mike Lee is an impact player who was a late qualifier and the four star recruit left behind offers from Georgia, Texas, A&M, Mizzou and Texas Tech to come help the KU secondary right away. The key to this game could be turnovers. If KU continues at an FBS leading rate and OSU continues to force turnovers at a rate near the top of the conference, the odds are slim the Jayhawks pull the upset. A few sophomores on the roster (Sims, Jr., Armstrong, Wise, Rosser, Martin) look to be impact players and building blocks for Jayhawk teams of the future. Overall, former Texas high school football coach Beaty and the Jayhawks are trying to rebuild a losing culture with an influx of talent from Texas high schools (more than half of 2016 class was from TX) and solid team speed. Nobody expects the Jayhawks to be ranked but getting out of ESPN’s weekly “Bottom 10” would be progress. Beaty should have at least another year or two to do that unless he very unfortunately hits the most popular person in Kansas with his car. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Brendan VaughnLB15Freshman I like Hill in the No. 5. Shades of Keith Toston. I’m not as excited about Stoner in the No. 17. I thought 80 was a solid look for him. Jelani in No. 18 is obviously solid although I think we could get him to look about 7’7 wearing No. 11. Dillon StonerWR1780 Justice HillRB527 Lamarcus MortonCB13Freshman Korie FraustoWR83Transfer Patrick MaconLB44Transfer Kevin HenryLB3328 Tyron JohnsonWR13Transfer Arlington HambrightOL51Transfer Jelani WoodsQB18Freshman Oklahoma State likely won’t have new uniforms for the second year in a row, but the threads some players wear will have a different look. Redshirt freshman Dillon Stoner and sophomore Justice Hill are among those who have changed numbers going into 2017.Newcomers like Tyron Johnson, Patrick Macon and early enrollees Jelani Woods and Lamarcus Morton have also chosen their digits. Here is a look at the numbers to know as spring ball rolls on in Stillwater. Taaj BakariDT9098 Tyler MooreOL77Transfer A.J. GreenCB422 PlayerPosition2017 Number2016 Number Philip Redwine-BryantS3883 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.2019 QB Grant Gunnell commits to Texas A&MOklahoma State’s top target at quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, committed to Texas A&M this week over OSU and dozens of other offers.Gunnell is rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country and a top-60 national recruit.“A&M feels like home to me,” Gunnell told Scout. “This university I love it, the academic side of it, I feel like even if I was not playing football I would want to go to it.”OSU and Mike Yurcich had been recruiting Gunnell from the jump and made a big impression on an unofficial visit in the process. But Mikey Y. must now move down his board that includes Grant Tisdale and Bo Nix.Big name recruits visit Oklahoma State for campAmong the heralded recruits who visited this week for camp were 2018 OSU quarterback commitment Spencer Sanders, 2019 defensive end target Marcus Hicks, 2018 safety commitment Kanion Williams, 2018 defensive tackle target and Ole Miss pledge Israel Antwine, and 2018 cornerback target Eddie Smith.Sanders has been a longtime firm OSU pledge; Hicks, a Kansas-area recruit, holds offers from a dozen schools including OU; Eddie Smith, a Louisiana cornerback, is tops on the OSU radar and could be nearing a decision soon.We’ll have more on Eddie Smith later this week. But just that list alone is a sign of a rising tide in Stillwater as the Class of 2018 continues its rise in the national recruiting rankings, with more potentially on the way.2018 WR Gabe Lemons offered by OSUFollowing an unofficial visit, 2018 wide receiver Gabe Lemons of Coppell reported a scholarship offer. Lemons is a 6-2 talent whose offer list includes Illinois, Air Force, Rice and Texas State.As you can see, OSU is now the 247Sports crystal ball favorite for him. As a junior last season, Lemons exploded on the scene with 616 yards, 43 receptions and 7 touchdowns.2019 WR Jeffery Carter offered by OSUAnother pass-catching talent offered this week is Jeffery Carter, a 2019 talent from Aledo. The 6-foot speedster has exploded in the past week with offers from Texas Tech, Illinois, Baylor and now OSU.Carter had 217 yards last season for Aledo but is bound for a big junior season for the Texas powerhouse. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.