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Conference discusses diversity

first_imgThe Mendoza College of Business kicks off its fifth-annual diversity conference this weekend in hopes of exploring diversity found in the workplace. Graduate student Jay Xie, co-chair of the conference, said the event is geared toward building awareness of diversity both on campus and in the business world. “We want to look at what diversity means in the global environment,” Xie said. “With the information and technology we have, the market is moving at a quick rate and organizations have to make decisions quickly. We want to see how diversity plays a part in these decisions.” Several companies will participate this weekend, including Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola, Bank of America and Deloitte. “Diversity is a really important issue for the participating companies,” Xie said. “A lot of these companies want to talk about the success and challenges they face by working with a diverse employee base.” Xie said the conference would allow these companies to strengthen their connection with Notre Dame students. “They are coming here to hopefully establish a deeper relationship with us,” he said. “A lot of these companies are actively recruiting or considering recruiting on campus.” Based on the success of the conference in its previous four years, Xie said he hopes it continues to generate dialogue among professionals, faculty and students. “We want a wide array of people to be able to share their experiences,” he said. “But I think the ones that will get the most out of it will be students.” Xie said the conference would help Notre Dame students understand the benefits of employees and co-workers from a multitude of backgrounds. “I think students would take away from this conference a greater appreciation for what diversity offers in the workplace,” he said. Although the diversity conference is hosted by the College of Business, Xie said the event is designed for students of all majors. “The undergraduate population can get the most from this conference,” he said. “I think when these conferences pop up, they are really good opportunities for all students to learn from the experts, build up their network and find opportunities.” The conference will commence Friday at 1 p.m. in the Mendoza College of Business and a closing address will be held Saturday at 3:15 in the Jordan Auditorium of the College.last_img read more

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LA Clippers beat Portland on buzzer-beating shot by J.J. Redick

first_img“At the last minute, they switched Dame (Damian Lillard) off of me and put Plumlee on me and I was just looking at the way that Ed Davis was guarding DJ (DeAndre Jordan),” Paul said. “He was playing off of him and I knew DJ was the screener.“Plumlee started jumping and I really couldn’t see JJ and he jumped high enough to where I could bounce-pass it basically between his legs. And DJ got a clean screen and I just tried to look behind JJ to see if it was going in.”It did. Players celebrated as fans went nuts.“Obviously, I had to get open and DJ had to screen, but there was a moment where I could have gone kind of over the screen and at the last second I went under the screen and DJ changed the angle and I was worried Chris was going to kind of throw it like I was going to go over the top, and I probably shouldn’t have worried,” Redick said.“Chris doesn’t panic, so he made a hell of a pass.” Paul and Jamal Crawford scored 25 points a piece for the Clippers, who shot 45.1 percent from the field – but just 21.1 percent (4 of 19) from 3-point range. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Redick scored 11.Crawford scored 19 of his points in the second half, 12 in the fourth quarter. As clutch as Paul and Redick were, the Clippers would not have been in position to win were it not for Crawford, who shot 11 of 21 – 3 of 6 from deep.“Wins like this can catapult you,” Crawford said. “You can use it as a foundation just to recalibrate and get things going.”This was not necessarily a well-played game. Both teams played Wednesday and then had to fly to Los Angeles. Each team committed 16 turnovers. Not only were the Clippers coming off a 1-4 road trip, they had lost seven of their past 10.Even though Rivers knew the game was kind of sloppy, he’s happy to get the victory.“You go through the lulls during the season,” he said. “When you win a game, you feel great. When you lose a game, you don’t. The win is nice. It makes practice Saturday better, for sure.“You just feel like each game, right now for us, we have to grind it out.”Lillard led Portland (37-36) with 18 points, CJ McCollum had 17, Davis scored 12 off the bench Plumlee – the Trail Blazers’ center – scored 11.Plumlee was philosophical about the defeat and the way it happened.“That’s the NBA,” he said. “You have big-time players making big-time plays.”Meanwhile, Rivers was again asked about the status of Blake Griffin, who missed his 41st consecutive game Thursday. He sustained a partially torn left quad tendon at Christmastime and a fractured hand on Jan. 23.Asked if there was an update, Rivers said there was not. He was queried as to what exactly is going on with Griffin.“He’s just trying to get back on the floor, really,” Rivers said. “I mean, we’re not trying to hold dark secrets here or anything. Blake is cleared with his hand now and we’ve gotta get his leg right.“He’s getting closer. And that’s what I keep hearing. But until he’s out on the floor, we won’t know anything and so, hopefully, that is coming very soon. But I don’t have any basis of saying that. Just telling you what I hope.”Rivers said Griffin is doing quite a bit.“Yeah, he’s doing all the conditioning,” Rivers said. “He’s running, shooting, so his next step is going through a practice.”What can’t Griffin do? Rivers was asked.“Well, nothing, except where he hasn’t played in contact,” Rivers said. “That’s his next step.”The Clippers are now 27-14 without Griffin. Through the legs of Mason Plumlee to J.J. Redick went the pass from Chris Paul. Redick buried a 21-foot jump-shot at the buzzer and the L.A. Clippers and their fans wildly celebrated a 96-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers before a sellout of 19,359 Thursday at Staples Center.It was the Clippers’ first victory since winning at Houston on March 16. The Clippers (44-27) snapped their three-game losing streak.“(Coach) Doc (Rivers) always says that it’s hard to win a game in this league,” Paul said. “So to win this game, everything is just a little bit better when you win. Food tastes better, no arguing with your wife. None of that. Everything is better when you win and we hadn’t seen what that felt like in a while.”Paul described his inbound pass to Redick with 1.1 seconds to play.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more