College baseball: MATC drops World Series opener

The five-game winning streak that resulted in a fourth straight trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series for the Madison Area Technical College baseball team came to an end Saturday night.

North Iowa Area Community College starter Tim Black was nearly unhittable through nine innings, shutting down the previously hot WolfPack bats and handing MATC a 2-0 tournament-opening loss at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla.

The Trojans ace surrendered just two hits — a pair of singles — and struck out 16 WolfPack batters over a complete-game shutout, forcing MATC into an elimination matchup with Brunswick (NC) Community College at 7 tonight.

Former Sun Prairie athlete Nathan Hoffman was impressive in the loss, scattering five hits and striking out eight over eight innings. Nathan Pollock and Dan Schmidt were the only WolfPack players to record hits.

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Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Black (9-2-0-1-16); Hoffman (8-5-1-2-8); Rohrman (1-0-0-0-3). Leading hitters — Verstegen (NIACC).

Pointers remain perfect

Thanks to a three-run eighth inning, UW-Stevens Point rallied for a 4-3 victory over Kean (NJ) University in the NCAA Division III World Series at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

The Pointers — one of just two teams still undefeated in tournament play — took advantage of an error and a pair of wild pitches in the decisive inning to take the lead for good. Four UWSP players had multiple hits on the night.

Stevens Point (41-9) takes on Linfield College (40-7) at 7 tonight,

City could be great college town

A University of Notre Dame architecture class that studied the potential for college town identity in South Bend proposed incremental, targeted projects to link the campus to a downtown revived with housing for faculty and students.

Professor Lucien Steil and some of his students who studied 11 successful college towns — a distinctly US phenomenon, he said — presented To be or not to be a College Town oslash;… That is the Question? to some 50 residents and community leaders earlier this month at Studebaker National Museum.

Middle school aims to get every student on college campus

Ninety students from Garfield Middle School took over the University of Cincinnati campus this past Thursday.

“I want every kid in the building to get a college visit before high school,” said principal Brandon Stanfill.

In his first year at Garfield, Stanfill said students and teachers in class groups have represented area universities. He said teacher teams were previously named after Greek gods.

“We wanted to make sure kids are immersed in the concept of secondary education,” Stanfill said.

The hallways and classrooms at Garfield are decorated with posters and stickers from universities, including Ohio State University, Miami University and University of Cincinnati. The students and staff also dress in school or team spirit wear. Stanfill hopes to add pennants to the hallways this summer.

During the current year, Garfield sent 45 eighth graders to the College of Mount St. Joseph and 90 seventh graders to University of Cincinnati. School staff will work this summer to formalize a college visit program for the 2013-14 academic year.

At Wilson Middle School in Hamilton, there have been occasional college visits to Miami or UC, depending on the availability of transportation funds, said principal Sheryl Burk. She said students in the eighth grade begin a career passport, which is completed in their senior year. Students also take a personality inventory that matches interests with possible careers and education paths.

“One of the biggest pitfalls in the first year of high school is kids don’t understand the weight the GPA has,” Stanfill said. “I don’t think they understand how competitive it is.”

On Thursday near Clifton, the 90 students were split into two tour groups and got to see the entire campus, including recreation center, dining areas, Nippert Stadium, libraries and the five-story trophy case in the Richard E. Lindner Center.

“There are a lot of different opportunities here,” said student Mark Lunsford. “I didn’t think the architecture of the buildings would be so unique.”

Jordan Tolbert said the visit to UC brings his college visits up to three — his sixth grade class at Ridgeway visited Miami last year and his sister attended Wright State University.

“I’ve always wanted to go to college,” Tolbert said. “I liked all the art around, it made the place feel really comfortable.”

Stanfill said he’s pursuing grant opportunities to cover transportation costs of the “invaluable trip,” — about $275 per bus for a round-trip.

“We talked to the kids so much about colleges, we wanted them to come experience it for real,” said teacher Audrey Scarbriel.

Student Breanna Paxton said she has the goal of completing medical school in the future to become a pediatric oncologist.

“It’s gorgeous here; I feel I want to come to UC when I’m older,” Paxton said. “I expect a college to be all work but there’s actually fun stuff.”

Stanfill said the future of the program could consist of up to two college visits per student and a college admissions simulation with practice applications. The program also includes scholarship and financial aid information.

During a scholarship program on Wednesday, the Hamilton Community Foundation distributed 170 scholarships to high school seniors, amounting to $600,000 over four years. Stanfill gave a keynote address to about 200 seniors and families from Greater Hamilton. He encouraged the students to maintain a strong worth ethic in college and “don’t be afraid to follow what brings you joy.”

“Continuing your education continues to be a wise investment; a challenge with a genuine payoff,” said John Guidugli, president and CEO of Hamilton Community Foundation.

The median income for young adults without a high school diploma is $21,000; the amount increases to $29,900 with a high school diploma; and further increases with an associate’s degree ($39,000) and bachelor’s degree ($45,000), according to the US Department of Education.

“There are some families where it’s no question they will go to college,” Stanfill said. “And others where they will be the first to step onto a college campus.”

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Even Undocumented Students Need Aid for College—and Now They May Get It

Undocumented students may be the biggest beneficiaries of the immigration bill headed for a full vote by the Senate as early as June 3.

The DREAM Act provision of the proposed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S 744 would put students who entered the country illegally as children on the fastest track ever to legal permanent residency.

So-called Dreamers would be on a five-year plan to obtaining legal status–an eight-year short-cut over other undocumented immigrants for whom the immigration reform bill has laid out a 13-year path.

Dreamers who moved to the US before the age of 16, have lived here since Dec. 31, 2011, and have either a high school diploma or a GED, qualify for the comparatively speedy change in legal residency.

Another bonus for Dreamers: They may soon be eligible for federal financial aid thanks to an amendment introduced by Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii that was passed Tuesday, surprising DREAM Act legislation advocates.

“We were amazed that [the amendment] got through,” said Wendy Feliz, communications director for the American Immigration Council.

If it becomes law, it will extend federal student loans and work-study programs to students but it is unclear if it also includes Pell Grants.

“If we’re going to legalize these kids then let’s get them educated,” said Feliz.

The Immigration Policy Center, the research arm of the AIC, estimates about 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year, and only 5% to 10% of them go to college, due in large part to the prohibitive costs of higher education.

In all but 14 states, undocumented students pay out-of-state tuition at public colleges regardless of whether or not they meet residency requirements. Feliz says that’s hurting the national economy.

A 2010 study by the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center estimates that the total earnings of DREAM Act beneficiaries over the course of their working lives would be between $1.4 trillion and $3.6 trillion.

A 2008 study from Arizona State University found that an individual with a bachelor’s degree earns approximately $750,000 more over the course of his or her lifetime than an individual with only a high-school diploma.

But there’s still a long way to go before the bill gets through Congress and it’s possible that the controversial amendment will not survive the legislative process, as happened with the 2010 DREAM Act.

Federal student aid suffered another blow this year due to across the board cuts of the sequester. That, plus slashes made in previous years and skyrocketing enrollment have opponents arguing that idea of extending federal financial aid to undocumented students is ill-timed.

But most higher education policies are made at the state level, and in the absence of federal legislation, many have sponsored their own Dream Acts. Fourteen states offer undocumented students in-state tuition rates if they have obtained temporary documentation under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Iris Godes, president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said the biggest boost to enrollment by Dreamers has been at the community college level because “It’s the most affordable.” But, for the most part, undocumented students are still shut out of four-year institutions.

The average cost of a year at community college in the state is about $5000 whereas a year at University of Massachusetts schools is just under $12,500.

Only three states–Texas, New Mexico and California–offer Dreamers state financial aid, grants and scholarships.

In California, undocumented students will be eligible for Cal grants–about $1.3 billion dollars worth of state aid–starting in the 2013-14 school year.

The complete immigration reform bill is now headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

The battle to pass a federal DREAM Act has been waging for over a decade. And, though some advocates fear the Senate’s immigration reform bill will face staunch opposition from Republicans, especially in the House where they control the majority, many are confident that the Dreamer movement has enough momentum to carry it through.

What are your thoughts on undocumented students having access to federal financial aid? Let us know in the Comments.

Senators’ SALNs out: Villar the only billionaire, Chiz the poorest

Sen. Manuel Villar remained the only billionaire member of the Senate last year, with Sen. Francis Chiz Escudero the poorest, based on their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2012.

Villar, whose family owns a highly successful real estate business, declared P1,452,615,408 in assets for 2012. He has no listed liabilities. His combined net worth with his wife, incoming Senator Cynthia Villar, was the only one that broke the billion peso mark.

Escudero, who was re-elected in the recently concluded midterm polls, meanwhile has the lowest net worth at P4,017,082 a dip of almost P6 million from his P9,867,082 net worth in 2011. The decrease occurred after his marriage with Christine Elizabeth Flores was annulled.

Based on his 2011 SALN, Escudero owned two condominium units in New Manila, Quezon City, a 1995 Range Rover Classic, a 1969 BMW 2002, and a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser. But in his 2012 SALN, the condo units were no longer declared under his real properties, Also, his finances went down by P300,000 and his jewelry and other properties by P450,000.

On the other hand, Escuderos earnings from his endorsements, however, were noticeably missing from his 2012 SALN. These include his endorsements of meat products, a herbal supplement and a computer school. GMA News Online was still trying to reach Escudero for comment as of posting time.

Below are the 24 senators of the 15th Congress and their respective net worths based on the 2012 SALNs they submitted to the Senate Secretariat.

Sen. Manuel Villar P1,452,615,408
Assets: P1,452,615,408
Liabilities: 0

Sen. Ralph Recto P468,467,036.10
Assets: P530,573,252.53
Liabilities: P62,106,216.43

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. P437,238,356.18
Assets: P471,345,128.35
Liabilities: P34,106,772.17

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada P193,580,509.92
Assets: P215,236,601.96
Liabilities: P21,656,092

Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. P169,141,387.21
Assets: P251,778,835.81
Liabilities: P82,637,448.60

Sen. Edgardo Angara P159,092,565.24
Assets: P229,017,646.67
Liabilities: P69,925,081.43

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile P118,626,539
Assets: P118,625,539
Liabilities: 0

Sen. Sergio Osmena III P111,779,000
Assets: P115,879,000
Liabilities: P4,100,000

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago P77,694,821Assets: P147,694,821
Liabilities: P70,000,000

Sen. Pia Cayetano P72,958,612.33
Assets: P79,799,253.44
Liabilities: P6,840,641.11

Sen. Vicente Sotto III P62,220,571.60
Assets: P154,035,072.52
Liabilities: P91,814,500.92

Sen. Franklin Drilon P51,754,262.78
Assets: P85,816,972
Liabilities: P34,062,609

Sen. Loren Legarda P45,956,803
Assets: P67,481,803
Liabilities: P21,525,000

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III P43,496,472.16
Assets: P111,701,594.30
Liabilities: P68,205,122.14

Sen. Panfilo Lacson P28,856647.46
Assets: P41,458,617.46
Liabilities: P12,601,970

Sen. Lito Lapid P26,000,000
Assets: P99,000,000
Liabilities: 73,000,000

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano P23,308,333
Assets: P25,840,367
Liabilities: P2,532,034

Sen. Gregorio Honasan II P21,087,050
Assets: P21,087,050
Liabilities: 0

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III P16,989,225
Assets: P16,989,225
Liabilities: 0

Sen. Francis Pangilinan P14,375,209.01
Assets: P15,537,084
Liabilities: P1,161,874.99

Sen. Joker Arroyo P11,050,000
Assets: P11,050,000
Liabilities: 0

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV P4,432,000

Assets: P11,012,000
Liabilities: P6,580,000

Sen. Francis Escudero P4,017,082
Assets: P4,017,082.09
Liabilities: 0

Based on the Salary Standardization Law, a senator has a P90,000 monthly salary, while the Senate president receives P103,000 every month. Patricia Denise Chiu/KBK/ELR, GMA News

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Pacquiao gets richer in 2012, still wealthiest congressman

Pacquiao, whose net worth was at P1.3 billion in 2011, had real properties worth P1.03 billion, personal properties worth P990 million and liabilities worth P258 million, a summary of the House members statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) sent by the House secretariat to the media showed.

track and field: State College relay teams come up with lucky sevens at state …

SHIPPENSBURG Saturday was a lucky day for the State College track and field teams.

They kept rolling sevens.

Three Little Lion relay teams reached the medal stand on the final day of the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University#x92;s Seth Grove Stadium, and all three teams stood in the same spot.

After the 3,200-meter relay teams on both the boys#x92; and girls#x92; side had each reached the mark, the 400 relay team knew the command.

#x93;Our other teammates were like, #x91;You can#x92;t get below seven,#x92;#x94; senior Lauren Bonness said. #x93;It#x92;s seven or up. We made it happen.#x94;

The teams were the three Centre County medal winners on another blustery, but at least sunny and warmer, final day of high school track in the state.

The first seven was rolled by the girls#x92; 4×800 team, turning in a time of 9 minutes, 24.45 seconds.

#x93;I#x92;ve never won a medal before, so it#x92;s definitely very rewarding to have my last race in high school being a medal at the state championships,#x94; said senior Hannah Grubb, who ran the lead leg after competing in the 1,600 meters on Friday.

While Grubb had to wait until her final high school race to medal, freshman Natasha Fedkina, who was next to run, didn#x92;t have to wait quite so long.

#x93;It#x92;s just so great to get a medal my first year,#x94; said Fedkina, who confessed she didn#x92;t feel any pressure before the race.

When the first two legs were done, however, State College was in ninth place in the 12-team race, and it was up to Emma Cousins and Victoria Crawford to pick up at least one spot to reach that medal stand. The two juniors did their part.

#x93;I just wanted to get a medal for my team,#x94; Cousins said. #x93;I believed in Victoria, but I didn#x92;t want to put all the pressure on Victoria to beat them. I just wanted to fight for it and do whatever I could for the team.#x94;

#x93;I knew I had to stay with the pack and at least keep us in eighth place,#x94; Crawford said.

The group was joined for the infield celebration by Kaelyn Yoder, also a junior, who ran one of the relay legs in Friday#x92;s preliminaries.

As the four girls were waiting on the infield to pick up their medals, they also had good seats to watch their male counterparts, and while the girls#x92; race saw the field spread out across more than 200 meters by the race#x92;s midpoint, the boys were in a much tighter group and the Little Lions were anywhere from sixth to 11th during their race.

#x93;I knew I had to get up and pass as many guys as I could,#x94; Chris Golembeski said. #x93;(We had to) try and stay in front of Carlisle, stay with the guys I knew I could run with and get it to Kyle (Adams) in the best position possible.#x94;

#x93;All these guys we#x92;re running against out here, we know all their names, we know all their times,#x94; Adams said. #x93;Once you get the baton, you know the guys next to you, you know who you can keep up with, who you should be passing. It#x92;s just doing your job.#x94;

Running the lead leg was Sam Bollinger, the lone senior among the foursome, who faced a different kind of pressure a year-and-a-half ago when he helped the State College soccer team reach the PIAA semifinals before they lost in a shootout.

#x93;That was also very nerve-wracking,#x94; Bollinger said. #x93;(There was a) way bigger crowd for this. There you#x92;ve got 11 other guys. Here you#x92;ve got three other guys. More nervous here than there.#x94;

Will Cather had the anchor and he surged to as high as fourth before losing a little gas at the end and was passed, but he and Adams managed another feat by matching the finish of last year#x92;s 4×800 team #x97; seventh.

#x93;When you have three other guys working their hardest,#x94; Cather said, #x93;as an anchor trying to get you in the best position, you just want to take it home as fast as possible.#x94;

That left the run of numbers to the 400-meter relay girls. Unlike the 3,200 relay races which had 12 teams, this foursome knew all they had to do was not get disqualified and they would pick up a medal. But they also wanted to run fast.

#x93;We all were just excited to run, and go out there and give it our best for the end,#x94; Bonness said of the team#x92;s best time of the season at 49.11 seconds.

After Bonness ran around the turn on the lead leg, she handed the baton to Olivia Watkins, who had one pressing thought.

#x93;#x91;Get it to Hayley,#x92;#x94; Watkins said of third-leg runner Hayley Crawford. #x93;I was just running. I was just going so fast. I saw people beside me, I was just like, #x91;I#x92;m not going to let them get me.#x92; You know? With the sun on my back I just felt great.#x94;

Crawford, a freshman, also knew she had a chance to match her older sister Victoria and pick up a medal of her own.

#x93;She just said, #x91;Good luck,#x92;#x94; Crawford said.

The team was running a race otherwise filled with teams from either the Pittsburgh or Philadelphia suburbs, along with Easton, which was later disqualified.

#x93;It was well earned for us,#x94; said anchor Niara Valentine after closing out the day#x92;s final seven #x93;We worked hard to get here, show them our place here.#x94;

Penns Valley#x92;s Grace Gover, who started the run of sevens on Friday, returned from her seventh-place medal in the high jump by placing 12th in the triple jump with a top leap of 35 feet, 3 3/4 inches. Teammate Nicole Beinert was 18th in the discus at 96-2.

In the javelin, Tiffany Bertothy of Philipsburg-Osceola finished 21st at 100-11.

In the long jump, State College#x92;s Bryce Williams injured his quad during the triple jump on Friday and made only one attempt in the long jump Saturday, covering 19-8 1/4, before scratching out of his last two attempts.

In the 3,200-meter runs to start the day, State College#x92;s Sarah Almarzooqi was 24th in 11:38.42 on the girls#x92; AAA side, and Bellefonte#x92;s Mitchell Smith was 27th in 9:55.83 in boys#x92; AAA.

New college graduates find job market unwelcoming

University of Georgia graduate Blake Johnson attends his commencement ceremony at the school in Athens earlier this month. Although there have been recent hiring improvements, new college graduates face unemployment of 8.8 percent. (McClatchy Newspapers file)