Metro offers cheap transportation from USC

first_imgUSC station · The Expo Park/USC Metro station, part of the Expo Line, is located directly across the street from Trousdale Parkway, making it easy for students to utilize L.A.’s public transportation. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanHollywood, sunny beaches and the Dodgers are just a few of the things Los Angeles is known for. What isn’t it known for? Stellar public transportation. For years, the city’s public transportation system has had a bad reputation, causing most Angelenos to rely on their cars without a second thought.However, at just $1.75 per ride, the Los Angeles Metro offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to driving. The Metro light rail system is comprised of six lines primarily spreading across the metropolitan section of Los Angeles.Additionally, the Metro is currently working to combat its limited access through several large extension projects. These include expanding the Gold Line to the Inland Empire, the Expo Line to Santa Monica, the Purple Line to Westwood and the Green Line to LAX.So before you open your Uber app, check and see if where you’re going is Metro accessible. Here is a guide to where each line can take you.Expo Line:As the only line with stations directly next to USC, the Expo Line is crucial in Trojans’ public transportation use. Two stops, Expo Park/USC and Jefferson/USC, are easily accessible from campus. Take the Expo Line up to the 7th St./Metro Center station to peruse the FIGat7th shopping center, or to transfer to the Red or Purple lines to go further downtown. In the other direction, the Expo Line heads toward Culver City. And, starting in 2016, the line will give students a quick trip to the beach by extending all the way to downtown Santa Monica.Red Line:In order to access the Red Line from campus, students must take the Expo Line to the 7th St./Metro Center station and transfer. The Red Line provides access to Pershing Square, where students can grab food at Grand Central Market. It also goes north toward Hollywood, bringing riders to popular tourist and entertainment destinations including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal City. On Saturdays and Sundays, passengers can take a shuttle directly from the Red Line’s Vermont/Sunset station to the Griffith Observatory.Purple Line:The Purple Line runs parallel to the Red Line until the Wilshire/Vermont station. While the Red Line continues north along Vermont Avenue, the Purple Line heads west along Wilshire Boulevard, eventually stopping at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue. Both the Purple and Red Lines connect to Union Station, Los Angeles’ major transit hub, which is within walking distance to Olvera Street and Chinatown. They also stop at Civic Center, home to many cultural and political destinations, such as City Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.Gold Line:The Gold Line, starting at Union Station, contains a diverse array of offerings. The line’s southern leg stops in Little Tokyo, Chinatown and the Arts District. The Little Tokyo/Arts District stop brings visitors to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, beautiful murals in the historic Arts District and the Geffen Contemporary Museum, which is connected to MOCA. Heading north, the line goes through Pasadena, where Metro users can find more art in the Norton Simon Museum or window-shop along Colorado Boulevard.Blue Line:The Blue Line shares two stops with the Expo Line: 7th St./Metro Center and Pico. The Pico station’s primary draw is L.A. Live, which includes the Staples Center, the Grammy Museum and many dining options. The Los Angeles Convention Center is also nearby. The Blue Line runs south through Compton, where riders can exit at 103rd Street and admire the historic Watts Towers before continuing into Long Beach, which boasts the Aquarium of the Pacific.Green Line:The Green Line seems most removed from the heart of Los Angeles — it doesn’t directly connect to Downtown or Hollywood, instead running east to west in South Los Angeles. In order to reach the Green Line from USC, riders must take the Expo Line up to the Pico Station then take the Blue Line right back down until it meets the Green Line at Imperial/Wilmington. However, the money saved on an expensive airport shuttle may be worth the triple-train trip.last_img read more

Ninca90 secures back to back World Tipster titles

first_img Submit Share Share Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Stats Perform extends NBL data and streaming deal July 13, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Nemanja Dojcinovic, also known by his community name of Ninca90, has been named World Tipster Champion 2017 by defending champion made a total of 7,123 tips and secured a total unit profit of 5,268, with 54.3% of his winning tips coming from Basketball, followed by football (31.9%), handball (6.4%), tennis (5.3%) and ice hockey (2.1%).Dojcinovic secured a €10,000 cheque and a trip to Copenhagen, home of Better Collective, the team behind, where he was included in a session with a team of specialists aimed at improving the social tipping site.Gavin Moore, Head of Traffic and Brand at Better Collective, said: “It’s remarkable that Nemanja has won it for the second year running, it goes to show he’s certainly one to follow and his consistency is just remarkable. “It was great to have him over to Copenhagen to show him the sights and meet the team. His own feedback about the site was a real eye-opener from a tipster’s point of view and will go a long way to helping us improve the product. “Can he do it for a third year running? You certainly wouldn’t bet against him!”With prize money up for grabs for the tipster who has the highest yield, it is hoped that users can feel safe that the tips being posted are for the aim of being the best on the site.last_img read more

Lakers playing a different tune in Luke Walton’s practices

first_imgThe visual outside of his window usually told Mitch Kupchak some important aspects about his team. With his second-floor office overseeing the practice court, the Lakers’ general manager could see a few key details up close.He could evaluate how often and how hard players worked. Kupchak could also view how a coach organized practice. But as the Lakers continued informal summer workouts, Kupchak witnessed something he called “completely new.”“Sometimes I’m glad I’m in my office rather than on the court because it’s loud,” Kupchak said on Tuesday before training camp started at UC Santa Barbara. “Some of it has to be censored. So we have to be careful with who else is in the gym. I guess that’s part of the times. But it’s a little racy.”Yes, most NBA players love hip-hop music, a genre usually guaranteed to feature a parental advisory sticker on every album. But just as parents may shield children from loud instruments or offensive lyrics, Lakers coach Luke Walton wants to expose his players to their musical choices. The practice stems from a tradition Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr adopted during Walton’s past two years as an assistant for one specific reason. The routine fielded effective results. Told about Kupchak’s remarks about the music, Walton joked, “I enjoy pushing Mitch out of his comfort zone.”“For mine and the players, our viewpoint is the same in censoring the music,” Walton said. “It’s a nice mix we have going on.”The practice reflected Walton’s laid-back personality. How the Lakers conducted the playlist captured Walton’s collaborative style.Video coordinator Will Scott put together an unspecified playlist. Walton plans to shift those responsibilities to others depending on the day.“I leave that to the players. We’ll do something on players’ birthdays where they can make the playlist,” Walton said. “If it’s my birthday, maybe I’ll put together a playlist. But for the most part, it’ll be on whatever players we decided to make captains or whoever likes music the most.”Walton continued creating that light-hearted atmosphere on Tuesday in different ways.He cut out one pre-planned drill out of practice after believing it would be redundant. Walton also gave players the chance to end practice early if they made 15 out of 20 free throws. If that happened, Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw promised he would complete 20 pushups. So when Lakers center Timofey Mozgov sank the last foul shot, Lakers forward Julius Randle hovered over Shaw to make sure he paid his bet.“He wasn’t going all the way up,” Randle said. “I had to make sure he was getting all the way down.”Lakers longtime consultant Bill Bertka then told the 50-year-old Shaw, “you’re too old to workout!”“It’s a way for me to sneak in a workout,” Shaw said, laughing. “I have to get in shape.”Walton did not exactly have his players get in shape with conditioning-heavy drills like former coach Byron Scott did the previous two years. Then, Scott placed trash cans around the gym in case players needed to throw up. Scott usually opened and ended the practices with running drills. Hence, Russell described Walton’s practices as different “100 percent.”But just because Walton may reduce practice time even during poor efforts, his players hardly fooled around. After playing for two Hall of Fame coaches (Lute Olson, Phil Jackson), Walton focused most of his practice preaching fundamentals. So his players went through numerous shell drills that forced the Lakers to communicate together.“We’d like to play more but there’s more teaching,” Walton said. “So it’s kind of counter-productive to have music blaring when you’re trying to teach.”As the Lakers learned on Tuesday, however, it is productive to have music blaring when they’re trying to create a more joyful atmosphere receptive to that teaching. “I always loved playing basketball with music on,” said Walton, who played the majority of his 10-year NBA career with the Lakers (2004-2012). “With the players, you could see some bounce in their step when they had music going. That’s something I enjoyed as a player and I saw it work with the team.”Granted, the Warriors made two consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and won one championship because they had consistent outside shooting (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson) and defensive consistency (Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green). Walton called Tuesday’s practice a “success” mostly because he spent the three—hour session going over team defensive concepts after the Lakers fared 26th out of 30 NBA teams last season in total points allowed (106.9).Yet, the Warriors maximized their talent partly because of the positive vibes stemmed from transforming some of practice into a jam session. The Lakers quickly felt in a good mood on Tuesday because of the music blaring through the loud speakers before practice began.“When I’m with a few of my teammates and we’re playing a certain type of music, the vibe is different,” Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell said. “Then when you play that music that gets you excited, hyped and rowdy, the whole vibe changes.”The Lakers’ musical practices provided a window into Walton’s psyche.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more