The Live Outside and Play Road Team has spent two years living and working from a van. We’ve been traveling across the country seeking rutted dirt roads, greasy feasts after summit hikes, and vistas our dog will appreciate (and pose for photos in front of). If you have been following along on our ad-VAN-tures over the years, you’ve heard us talk about how staying organized is a top priority, even over keeping the fridge stocked with chocolate. Keeping our things organized in our tiny mobile living space directly affects our stress level while we’re on the road, and it ends up keeping our minds organized so we can work and play.#Vanhack Number 1: Be Hands-FreeThis may seem silly to even mention, but having a hands-free device for your cell phone is extremely important. Aside from safety issues that by now we’re all aware of, there are many other benefits of using a hands-free device. We have a strict rule in our van– no non-food items in the cup holders. We need fast access to snacks and drinks at all times. We also drive a lot! Having an easy way to view GPS just makes sense. We use the Nite Ize Steelie Windshield Mount Kit Plus. We chose this hands-free kit for its diversity and ease of use. Once you have the magnet on the back of your phone, you’re able to use it seamlessly with a number of Nite Ize Steelie products. We have a Steelie Magnetic Mount by our bed to keep us from losing our phones while we’re sleeping and use the Steelie Bendable Arm and Ratcheting Clamp to watch movies before bed.#Vanhack Number 2: Moisture Is Your EnemyIt’s extremely important to have a place to dry wet clothing and towels. We designed our van to be utilitarian. Having a beautiful Instagram worthy van would be nice, but at the end of the day being insta-famous isn’t that great if you’re uncomfortable all the time. We installed a track system that allows us to rig all sorts of useful #vanhacks, including a clothesline. In a living space as small as a van, nothing is more important, and in some cases more difficult, than keeping moisture (mold) out of your van and off of your belongings. We use our track system and a KNOTBONE Adjustable Bungee to make our own adjustable clothesline inside the van. If we’re at a campsite or another location where privacy isn’t an issue, we use a Gearline Organization System to rig a clothesline outside the van. Repeat after us: In a van, moisture is your enemy.#Vanhack Number 3: Gear Tie EverythingSeriously, Gear Tie everything. It’s amazing how something so simple has revolutionized how we organize things in our van. If you’ve never used a Gear Tie, your mind is about to be blown. They come in seemingly endless variations and sizes to fit any organizational need. A Gear Tie is essentially a strong reusable twist tie. As traveling media professionals, we have a million different cables and cords for various charging needs. We use different cables on a daily basis and if we get lazy in organizing these cables, they turn into the knotted cable nightmare of doom. Thank you Gear Ties! We use Gear Ties to hold our refrigerator door shut, to hold basket organizers to the wall, to hold our back-door shower curtain in place, and for every hanging object in our festival set up. These little Gear Ties are our go-to solution for rigging anything in the van. They are a lifesaver, which really means, a vansaver.#Vanhack Number 4: Have Multiple Ways to Secure Things In Your VanRemember how we mentioned that loose items in your vehicle are dangerous while you’re driving? If you’re in a hurry you can use a Dual CamJam Tie Down System to tie down anything you might want to secure. A Dual CamJam works just like any old tie down strap but better. The Dual CamJam buckle uses two locking mechanisms instead of one. This setup allows you to easily place the webbing tensioner where you want it on your exact setup. That means we can use it both inside and outside of the van, for stacked boxes when traveling to festivals, or 100 pound kayaks pulled on the trailer.#Vanhack Number 5: Embrace the MadnessAt the end of the day, part of living in a van is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Things will break, come loose, and fly across your van during a sharp curve. You will lose things, a lot of things. You will be too tired to organize your stuff after a few days of having fun. Sometimes, all you have energy to do is slide everything off the bed onto the floor and deal with it in the morning. We use all these organizational hacks to lessen the madness, but it is entwined with this way of life. Living the #vanlife is less yoga poses on top of canyons and more attempting to organize dirty clothes in bins directly next to where you sleep. But the freedom of waking up each day someplace new, and being able to see more places in two years than we ever thought possible, makes all the annoying nuances of living in a van a literal dream come true.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2015 at 1:21 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Shortly after the NCAA announced its sanctions on Syracuse University, Chancellor Kent Syverud issued his own response to the penalties in an email. The full email can be seen below.March 6, 2015Dear Members of the University Community:I am writing to update you on the outcome of Syracuse University’s case before the NCAA.The University initially self-reported potential violations to the NCAA in May 2007 and submitted its written self-report in October 2010–after conducting an internal investigation for three years and five months. The NCAA conducted its own review and 11 months later in 2011 issued a Notice of Allegations, essentially confirming the self-report. While the University was in the process of responding to the Notice of Allegations, a subsequent violation occurred prompting a joint investigation beginning in February 2012. That investigation lasted more than 24 months and concluded with an amended Notice of Allegations in May 2014.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textToday the University received the NCAA Committee on Infractions report.We believe the NCAA’s investigation of Syracuse University has taken longer than any other investigation in NCAA history. The entire process has taken close to eight years and involved a review of conduct dating back to 2001. By comparison, the investigation into the fixing of the 1919 World Series took two months and the 2007 investigation of steroid use in baseball took 21 months.The University and the NCAA devoted massive resources to this process. Hundreds of thousands of documents were reviewed, hundreds of interviews were conducted, and thousands of hours of human capital were expended.Syracuse University cooperated throughout the investigation, and its length is a product of decisions we made separately and together. Nevertheless, when I became Chancellor in 2014, I concluded that the process had gone on long enough, and it needed to reach a prompt conclusion. We have worked hard with the NCAA during the last year to complete this matter, and we have done so.Syracuse University did not and does not agree with all the conclusions reached by the NCAA, including some of the findings and penalties included in today’s report. However, we take the report and the issues it identifies very seriously, particularly those that involve academic integrity and the overall well-being of student-athletes. Syracuse University regrets, and does not dispute, that the following significant violations cited by the NCAA occurred:Local YMCAThe University discovered that in 2004-2005, two men’s basketball and three football student-athletes received a combined total of $8,335, provided by a part-time local YMCA employee who qualified under NCAA rules as a University athletics “booster.” These monies were purportedly for work done at the YMCA, such as refereeing youth basketball games. Regardless, these monies were prohibited “extra benefits” under NCAA rules, and although these payments were isolated to one individual booster, they never should have occurred. In addition, three of these student-athletes received academic credit in the same course for internships at the YMCA they failed to complete. The University rescinded the credit.Drug Education and Deterrence ProgramThe University’s voluntarily-adopted Drug Education and Deterrence Program has been in place for many years, distinguishing our University from those that elect to have no drug testing or rehabilitation program for their student-athletes. Although the NCAA does not require colleges and universities to have a testing program, if one is adopted, a school must follow its terms. The University reported to the NCAA that from 2001 to early 2009 it at times failed to follow the written terms of the program with respect to student-athletes who tested positive for use of marijuana. Although these failures largely were the result of an unnecessarily complicated testing policy and did not involve performance-enhancing drugs, they constitute an NCAA violation, which the University accepts.Academic Integrity MattersThe University reported that in January 2012, a men’s basketball student-athlete committed academic misconduct. The misconduct occurred when the student-athlete submitted a paper in a course he already passed in an effort to improve his course grade and restore NCAA eligibility. The ability to improve a previous grade is open to all Syracuse University students. The paper was prepared with assistance from two (now former) athletics employees, both of whom were aware their actions were improper and wrong. Their actions, done in secret, went against clear instructions that the student-athlete needed to complete the assignment on his own, and constituted a clear violation of both University academic integrity policy and NCAA rules. The University has acknowledged the now-former staff members’ wrongful conduct and accepts responsibility for their actions. While reviewing this matter, the University found information suggesting these same two individuals, and one tutor, may have assisted three other student-athletes with some academic assignments. Detailed information was submitted through the University’s faculty-led academic integrity process. In each case, faculty failed to find evidence supporting a violation. NCAA bylaws dictate that they must accept an institution’s academic integrity determinations. Notwithstanding, the NCAA determined the same conduct constituted an “extra benefit” to these student-athletes. The University disagrees with the NCAA’s position.These mistakes must never happen again. That is why beginning in 2009, the University strengthened its policies and reformed a range of student-athlete support services. These proactive steps include:Fundamentally restructuring the entire student-athlete academic support office, which now reports solely to Academic Affairs, in lieu of jointly to the Athletics Department;Creating a new Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Development and more than doubling the number of full-time academic support staff for our student-athletes;Redesigning the University’s voluntary Drug Education and Deterrence Program for student-athletes, consistent with best practices and peer institutions;Establishing an Athletics Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, that oversees the athletics department and receives reports of athletics issues, including compliance matters;Creating an Athletics Compliance Oversight Committee that includes the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative and a representative from Academic Affairs. This committee reviews the status of athletic compliance initiatives and monitors compliance;Assigning oversight of the Office of Athletics Compliance to the University General Counsel;Implementing new and wide-ranging enhanced compliance training programs for all student-athletes and coaches focused on NCAA, ACC and University rules and policies;Taking action to separate employment with two former athletics staff members found to have been involved in academic misconduct andDisassociating non-SU affiliated persons responsible for, or involved in, violations.In addition to these important changes, the University already self-imposed a series of significant penalties that include:A one-year ban from 2014-15 post-season competition for men’s basketball;A voluntary, two-year term of probation for the Department of Athletics;Elimination of one scholarship for men’s basketball for the 2015-2016 season;Elimination of a men’s basketball off-campus recruiter for six months during 2015-2016;Vacation of 24 men’s basketball wins (15 in 2004-05 and 9 in 2011-12) andVacation of 11 football wins: (6 in 2004-05; 1 in 2005-06; 4 in 2006-07).To learn more about the NCAA Investigation, visit http://www.ncaaupdatesyr.com.Although the University recognizes the seriousness of the violations it has acknowledged, it respectfully disagrees with certain findings of the Committee. Specifically, the University strongly disagrees that it failed to maintain institutional control over its athletics programs, or that Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Boeheim has taken actions that justify a finding that he was responsible for the rules violations.The University is considering whether it will appeal certain portions of the decision. Coach Boeheim may choose to appeal the portions of the decision that impact him personally. Should he decide to do so, we would support him in this step.Some may not agree with Syracuse University’s positions on these important issues. However, we hope everyone will agree that eight years is too long for an investigation and that a more expeditious and less costly process would be beneficial to student-athletes, public confidence in the NCAA enforcement process, and major intercollegiate athletics in general.As we move forward, we can celebrate the many positive changes we have made, the academic success of our student-athletes, and the scholarly achievements of each one of our 21,000 students. As we do, I am confident every part of our University will continue to flourish in the years ahead. Comments
“There is always an excitement when you start conference season, and there’s definitely an excitement when we play Stanford, knowing that historically they’ve been at the top of the conference,” McAlpine said. Don’t overlook sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, whose 7 goals tie junior forward Tara McKeown for the team lead so far this season. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) “I like our discipline and defending, and I think that’s going to give us a chance to score goals,” McAlpine said. “It’s about limiting goals and limiting opportunities.” McAlpine said the team needs to limit Macario’s opportunities for shots on goal. “If you can keep [Macario] playmaking instead of being the one on the [receiving] end of the ball … then you’ve got a chance to be really successful on the day,” McAlpine said. This matchup will be critical later on in determining who will win the Pac-12 title this season. Both USC and Stanford have yet to get into the brunt of their schedule, but both have already been tested. So far, Stanford has come away with hard-fought wins over two solid teams in Penn State — who had the No. 1 recruiting class — and West Virginia, while USC defeated former No. 1 Florida State. “I think the people who have been here for a few years have really thought about the games in the previous years, and last year was really tough because we lost in overtime,” sophomore forward Penelope Hocking said. “I think we will all have that in the back of our heads … [We will] use that as motivation.” No. 3 USC women’s soccer faces rival No. 2 Stanford Saturday in one of the most anticipated Pac-12 matchups of the season. Stanford’s offense has been carried by the outstanding play of junior forward Catarina Macario, who already has 10 goals and six assists this year, including four multi-goal games. Along with USC junior forward Tara McKeown, Macario has been one of the frontrunners for the Pac-12 Player of the Year. For the past several years, Stanford has dominated the Pac-12 and the NCAA as a whole, winning the last four Pac-12 titles. In that time, USC has only beaten Stanford once; it came in 2016, the same season the Trojans won the national championship. McAlpine emphasized USC’s need to turn defense into offense. Although the win against the Seminoles was certainly an important one for the Trojans, head coach Keidane McAlpine emphasized the significance of the team’s first Pac-12 match. USC is coming off a 2-2 overtime tie at Baylor. While Stanford has one loss and the Trojans are still undefeated, Stanford came away from last week with two solid wins over UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara, pushing the Cardinal ahead of USC in the rankings. McAlpine also noted that Stanford and USC match up well player-to-player position-wise. Stanford has consistently dominated opponents by overwhelming them with its offense, while USC has notched four shutouts this year. USC’s backline has allowed few goals this season, but it can’t lapse like it did against Baylor, when USC allowed two goals in a five-minute period. Stanford is too good for the Trojans to make mistakes. The team must play a clean, consistent game to snap its two-year losing streak against the Cardinal. With 7 goals and three assists already this season, Hocking will look to rival Macario’s offensive output on Saturday. She is currently on pace to top her 14-goal total from last season. “I just have to stay true to what I know and stay confident in my own play,” Hocking said. “I have to work off my teammates and work with [McKeown] to get goals.”