Students network at full-time career fair

first_imgSeniors seeking full-time employment, and maybe some free water bottles and pens, descended on the Joyce Center and Heritage Hall on Wednesday afternoon for the full-time employment session of the 2012 Fall Career Expo, sponsored by the Career Center. Senior Brett Cavanaugh, a political science major, said the Career Fair was the first step in his job search. “I’m not sure what I want to do next year and I thought this would be a good place to start my search,” he said. “I picked 10 companies that I was interested in … mostly just Arts and Letters companies I liked, [such as] Target, Abercrombie, General Mills, Boston Consulting Group and Finish Line.” Cavanaugh said this year’s career fair was an improvement on last winter’s event. “That fair [last winter] was a little overwhelming, but I got more comfortable as the night progressed, so I feel pretty good tonight,” he said. Cavanaugh said he spent about an hour researching the companies he wanted to speak with at the fair. “I looked at their websites to see what their objectives are, what they stand for,” he said. “I just want to see what’s out there and get my feet in the water, start networking.” Senior Audrey Hayes, a double major in philosophy and violin performance, said she was at the fair to explore her options. “I’m thinking perhaps a path in consulting or graduate school or teaching English in a foreign country,” she said. Hayes said she searched for companies that fit into those three categories in her pre-event research. “[I wanted to see] what their statements are, how they operate,” she said, “[I picked] the ones I thought were the best fit for me.” Her goal for her conversations with recruiters was to focus on her abilities in the workplace, she said. “I would like to reiterate I’m a hard worker and I’m passionate about the things that I do,” Hayes said. “I want to show that [my skills] translate into any kind of field.” Senior Rory Convery, a history major, is a native of Ireland but is looking for a job in the U.S. “I don’t want to leave the country … I need a visa,” he said. “I’m looking at a lot of consulting firms and financial services. I’m considering law school, but consulting I feel is something I could do for two or three years.” Convery said he spoke to friends who worked at companies he liked to get a better picture of their office environment. “I really liked Acquity Group,” he said. “They seemed like a really young, dynamic company, and I know from friends they have a nice working atmosphere.” Convery said he appreciated Acquity Group’s digital strategy for marketing. “It’s cutting edge and helping companies break into the market through the Internet,” he said. Convery said the next step after the fair was about following through with the contacts he made there. “Hopefully I’ll get some interviews and move on from there,” he said. Senior Mike Georgiadis, a chemical engineering major, said he had pragmatic reasons for being at the fair. “I’ve got to work,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open. I’m looking at consulting today, [and will] probably look at engineering companies next week at the Engineering Career Fair.” Georgiadis said he secured an internship thanks to last year’s fair. “[The internship] went well, [but it’s] not really what I want to do with the rest of my life,” he said. “I was working at Hatch, an engineering company. I was looking at power plants and trying to upgrade to reduce their emissions for the EPA rule that’s come out recently.” Junior Lissa Stolte said she got an email from the company she worked at last summer to visit their booth at the Career Fair. She said she was able to speak with the recruiter about her project for McGladrey, a mid-sized accounting firm, this semester. “I’m actually leading an SIBC project for that firm this semester and we talked about that a little bit,” Stolte said. Even though she is a junior, she said the recruiters personally invited her to stop by and say hello. “It was nice to have them reach out because it’s usually the other way around,” she said. “I updated the main recruiter about what I’m up to and gave her my revised resume.” Tonight the center will host its first Internship Fair at the Joyce Center.last_img read more

Folk Choir hosts 25th Annual Concert for the Missions

first_imgThe Notre Dame Folk Choir will be presenting their free 25th Annual Concert for the Missions entitled “Catch the Spirit” on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the Basilica to benefit the Holy Cross Missions.This year, the Folk Choir is doing a concert consisting of African-American sacred music in preparation for the Folk Choir’s upcoming pilgrimage to mission sites in East Africa.  Folk Choir’s director J.J. Wright said the choir will be performing a wide variety of African American sacred music including, line songs, spirituals and jazz pieces from the 20th century and contemporary music.Fifth year student and choir president Greg Demet said this concert is important because it exposes the community to a wider cultural tradition of music.“[It] might be music that people at Notre Dame aren’t always exposed to … We’re focusing on African American sacred music where some of it is Catholic and some of it is other Christian music,” he said. “So the whole experience is kind of interesting because … we’re all American so in a way it’s very much American traditional music, but in a way it’s sort of removed because most of us in the choir are white and most of us don’t have that kind of direct experience so it’s sort of a rediscovery of general American sacred music through lenses that we haven’t looked through as much before.”Wright that when putting this concert together, there were some questions that had to be answered.  “The idea for the concert is to build a baseline level for living in discomfort and part of the discomfort is that when you encounter African American music, which is ubiquitous, we hear it every day,” he said. “But when you encounter it and you’re asked to perform it and sing it … all kinds of ideas come up like, ‘Am I allowed to sing this?’, ‘What are people going to think?’, ‘Am I appropriating this music?’ and these are the right questions to ask because they start to guide us towards a more thoughtful position where we can understand where the music comes from and perform it in such a way as to be informed by it.”Demet echoed this sentiment.“We tried to give the music our full respect and show through the way we performed it,” he said. “We don’t want to act like we’re the creators of this message, but be stewards of it.”Both Demet and Wright discussed the issues of performing African American sacred music with a group of predominantly white students at a predominantly white school.  “When we sing this music and we look at the people around us we realize that Notre Dame is a place that is predominantly white,” he said. “I think that, especially in the Basilica, most of the music that we do is Western European. By opening the door and welcoming this type of music into the Basilica, I think is a first step towards creating a more inclusive environment for African Americans in our life of faith on campus.”After the concert Friday, the Folk Choir will then prepare for their journey to East Africa.  Every year the Folk Choir goes on a tour after graduation. Last year, they toured in Texas and performed at various churches, universities and even a hospital.  However, for the 25th anniversary of the Concert for the Missions, the group wanted to do something bigger. “It’s not going to be a traditional tour … In fact we’re trying not to call it a tour … I think we’re trying to call it a pilgrimage,” Demet said.The group will be traveling to three East African countries: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania where they will visit Holy Cross mission sites, get involved in the communities and perform. The group is also taking a one credit class to prepare for the trip which brings speakers in so that way students can learn about the history and culture of the countries they will be visiting.“Traveling to Africa is really hard,” Wright said. ”It’s a fun thing to be able to do. It’s a great prospect … But the reality of the trip is that you get there and the standard of living is totally different.  You go from being a majority culture to a minority culture instantly. The whole idea around pilgrimage is that we want to take a journey and discover where God is calling us to be.”While in Africa, the Folk Choir will be visiting health centers in Kenya and mission sites in Uganda — including the cities of Kampala, Fort Portal and Jinja. They will also give several concerts.Demet said while in Africa, the Folk Choir also hopes to “learn music in the actual East African traditions.”The Folk Choir will then perform these songs at the Concert for the Missions next year, Demet said.“We are saving that for when we get back,” he said. “So this year we’re not trying to have a showcase of that mission per say.”The Folk Choir also regularly sings at 11:45 a.m. Mass at the Basilica.  The group consists of 65 students of all different majors and of which all but two are undergraduates.  Tags: Concert for the Missions, Folk Choir, Holy Cross Missionslast_img read more

Doc Rivers, Clippers searching for the right mix

first_imgDOUBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLESThe combination of Marjanovic and Montrezl Harrell in the post proved fruitful for the Clippers.They both notched double-doubles; Marjanovic had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Harrell added 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench — just the second game this season two players on the same squad had double-doubles from the center position.PRECAUTIONARY TALE? BUTLER TO SITThe Timberwolves are coming to town to face the Clippers on Monday, but first they had a game scheduled Sunday in Portland against the Trail Blazers.Late Sunday morning, the team announced that forward Jimmy Butler — the source of trade rumors since before the season began, including some indicating that his preferred destinations included the Clippers — would not play against the Blazers, citing “precautionary rest.”Butler is averaging 22.3 points through seven games for Minnesota, which enters Sunday’s contest with a 4-5 record. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Right now, it says that the team is willing to do that. Good teams are always willing to do that. We have to see how long we can do that and if guys will accept that. If guys don’t accept that, that creates chemistry problems and all that stuff, but this team so far has been very good with change.”Gortat — who is averaging 3.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game in his first season with the Clippers — was supportive on the bench during Friday’s 120-95 victory. But afterward, he retweeted Clipper Darrell, the team’s most famously vocal supporter, who wrote on Twitter: “This Broke My Heart When I Saw This about @LAClippers Center @MGortat Consecutive Game Streak!!! Why Do You Bench Someone Only 8 Games in the Season?!!!” Against the Magic on Friday, that meant giving Boban Marjanovic his first start as a Clipper, a move that proved to be a tall task for host Orlando, which had to contend with the 7-foot-3 center as well as starting forwards Danilo Gallinari (6-10) and Tobias Harris (6-8).“We’re not small, we’re big, so let’s not try to be small,” said Rivers, noting that the Clippers can also present a smaller lineup, with Gallinari at center and Harris at power forward. “I would rather have the versatility that we have than not having it. Some teams, their small lineups give them an advantage. (With) this team, our big lineup can give us an advantage.”Rivers said it’s “most likely” Marjavonic would start again Monday in place of Marcin Gortat, who was in the starting lineup for the Clippers’ first eight games to extend his personal streak of consecutive starts to 172.Gortat never removed his warmups Friday, but he is healthy and available, Rivers said, adding, “this is not like a controversy or anything. I decided to start Boban.”“(Gortat) wasn’t thrilled, but it wasn’t to a point where he was upset, you know?” Rivers added about the 6-foot-11 center, who was shooting nearby. PLAYA VISTA — Nine games in, fresh off a trip that featured a disappointing collapse, a disappointing rally, a delightful blowout, and ultimately, one win and two losses, the Clippers’ head chef said he’s going to keep experimenting with the ingredients, but that he likes what’s brewing.“We’re just still finding each other,” Coach Doc Rivers said before practice Sunday at the Clippers’ training facility, where the team prepared to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I love how we’re playing overall and so I’m satisfied with that. I just like the team, I like how we play, like how we compete. Execution is just gonna keep getting better. Guys are just gonna keep figuring each other out.”Rivers is working on that too, he said, blending analytical data with his own senses to produce the best on-court pairings, depending on the night.last_img read more

Why Nick Mullens was the 49ers’ only logical choice to start vs. the Giants (and beyond)

first_imgWally Pipp probably deserved better.While the reason is subject to debate, the Yankees starting first baseman did not play on June 2, 1925, making way for a young backup named Lou Gehrig to get into the lineup.Whether it was a small slump, his trouble hitting lefties, or — the most popular story — a headache, it cost Pipp his starting job for just more than the day; Gehrig started against the Washington Senators and played for 2,129 consecutive games after that, becoming baseball’s all-time …last_img

Indian pharma opens new plant in SA

first_img3 September 2010 Future expansion possible The company also offers high-quality, affordable, generic anti-retroviral medicines to needy patients in Africa, supporting African governments in their efforts to control the HIV/Aids epidemic. The design of the new facility is determined by the current tablet and capsule production requirements, and the plant is capable of producing approximately 1.75-billion units and packaging of two-billion units, annually. Possible expansion could bring about the addition of new products. The facility was opened this week by Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, Indian High Commissioner to SA Virendra Gupta and representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry. “The opening of this new manufacturing facility further emphasises our commitment towards the African continent and South Africa in particular.” Ranbaxy Laboratories is India’s largest pharmaceutical company, and is majority-owned by Japanese global pharmaceutical major Daiichi Sankyo Group. The facility, Ranbaxy’s second in SA and third in Africa, will manufacture analgesics, cold, cough and flu preparations, as well as a comprehensive range of over-the-counter medication. Ranbaxy South Africa, headquartered in Centurion, is engaged in the sale and distribution of generic prescription products in the South African healthcare system. “The capacity to manufacture locally will meet the South African government’s intention to strengthen the local pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and is expected to further the company’s aim of becoming a more significant provider of pharmaceuticals to the state,” said Ranbaxy South Africa CEO Saxen van Coller. Affordable generic medicines Indian pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy Laboratories has opened a US$30-million (about R215-million) state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Plant, in Roodeport to the west of Johannesburg. “Ranbaxy has a long-standing relationship with Africa. We were the first Indian pharmaceutical company to set up a manufacturing facility in Nigeria, in the late 1970s,” Ranbaxy MD Arun Sawhney said at the launch. “Over the years, we have established a strong presence in 43 of the 54 African countries with the aim of providing quality medicines and improving access. The new facility is equipped with the latest technology and meets international specifications. It is designed to meet local regulatory requirements and also World Health Organisation standards. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

360 Video Launches on Vimeo

first_imgNot just for streaming, 360-video creators can now sell 360-degree content on Vimeo.All images via Vimeo. The major Vimeo updates just keep coming. Following the new video review pages and Premiere Pro panel, Vimeo has now gone full 360!Today Vimeo takes on immersive storytelling with support for 360 video.Vimeo’s creator community is known for pioneering new video formats and pushing the boundaries of storytelling. With this launch we hope to usher in a new wave of immersive content that sets the standard for cinematic quality and powerful narratives in a 360 environment. We believe Vimeo creators are the missing piece to taking 360 video from nascent to mainstream — Anjali Sud, Vimeo Creator Platform SVP & GM360 Video Launches on Vimeo – Mobile AppVimeo supports high-res 360 video up to 8K. To give viewers the optimal playback experience, users can stream or view HD offline in the Vimeo mobile app. Vimeo will support both monoscopic and stereoscopic video, and it will allow users to add metadata or customize the player embed settings as well as capture email or insert a call-to-action directly in the embedded player.The 360-video player includes a compass to orient viewers, and it will allow creators to set their field of view to choose the exact point where the video begins.Vimeo has always been committed to preserving and delivering the highest quality video and our move into 360 expands our premium video technology solution to 360 filmmakers. Their stories now benefit from our advanced video compression and player customization tools, along with streaming and offline viewing in up to 4K. — Sara Poorsattar, Vimeo Director of Video ProductFor those new to 360-degree content, Vimeo is also launching 360 Video School — offering educational resources to help creators learn the basics with in-depth tutorials on 360 cameras, shooting, and post-production.As with traditional Vimeo content, PRO and Business users will have the ability to sell the 360 videos through Vimeo On Demand. Creators can choose to rent, sell, or offer subscriptions — with the ability to set prices and distribution regions. Vimeo promises that users will take home 90% of revenue after transaction costs.You can experience Vimeo 360 right now with a curated collection of 360-degree videos from the likes of Staff Pick alumni and organizations like the American Museum of Natural History.You can view 360 videos now on iOS and Android devices through the Vimeo mobile app. Currently compatible with smartphone-powered VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, Zeiss VR One, and Google Daydream, Vimeo 360 will soon be available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.What are your thoughts on Vimeo 360? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

TFA HIGH PERFORMANCE HERALD NEWSLETTER – VOLUME 4

first_imgTouch Football Australia have released the fourth edition of the High Performance Herald Newsletter. The Christmas edition gives the latest news and views from deep inside the Australian Camp as the seven National Teams approach the closing stages of their preparation phase for the Federation of International Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa 17-21 January 2007.Please open the below attachment to read the High Performance Herald – Volume 4.Related Fileshigh_performance_herald_volume_4-pdflast_img

Univision Local Media Raises 35 Million For Children Battling Cancer

first_imgUnivision Local Media joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to host the annual Promesa y Esperanza (Promise and Hope) radio event, helping to raise $3.5 million on February 5-6.St. Jude patient Neisha and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina VegaMillions of Hispanic radio listeners tuned in to Univision Radio and their broadcast aimed at raising awareness and support for St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.“I am very proud of how every year the community rallies around such an important cause by supporting the St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza radio event,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “As a mission-driven Company, we value the work of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital team and are privileged to share these efforts with thousands of radio listeners.”Univision Local Media dedicated more than 30 hours of radio programming to support St. Jude. During the event, listeners were asked to call in to their local Univision Radio stations and become Angeles de Esperanza (Angels of Hope) by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20. Thanks to individual contributions, such as listener pledges, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“The dedication and support we receive from Univision and its staff allow us to reach Hispanic radio listeners across the country and create awareness about our lifesaving research and treatments,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Every Angel de Esperanza that pledges their support is helping St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The financial support and the commitment of the Univision family and their listeners will help us reach the day when every child can be saved.”Social media was also a very active platform for the radio event this year, where fans joined in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook via @StJude and using the hashtag #StJudeUnivision. The St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza radio event was also supported by Univision Local Media’s portfolio of media platforms, including Univision America, Univision Radio’s AM radio network, its local television stations, online, mobile and social media channels using the official hashtags #StJudeUnivision.Several Univision popular on-air personalities supported the event including: Javier Romero of Desayuno Musical, Dra. Isabel of Univisión América, Raúl Brindis of El Show de Raúl Brindis, Alberto Sardiñas of Intimo, Enrique Santos of El Show de Enrique Santos, Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano of El show de Omar y Argelia, Raúl Molinar, Sylvia del Valle and Andrés Maldonado of El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo, Rene Pineda and Pancho Mercado of Uforia Nation, Pamela Silva Conde of Primer Impacto, Lily Estefan of El Gordo y La Flaca and Ilia Calderón of Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna.Among the participating Hispanic artists were: Luis Fonsi, Chino y Nacho, Grupo Intocable, Barbara Padilla, Ismael Cala, Frankie J., A.B. Quintanilla, Los Huracanes del Norte, Grupo Control, Duelo, Leslie Grace, Gerardo Ortiz, Banda El Recodo, Ricardo Montaner, Roberto Tapia, Saúl “El Jaguar,” 3BALLMTY, Kevin Ortiz, El Dasa, Regulo Caro, Banda Los Recoditos, among others.To learn more or pledge a donation, visit promesayesperanza.org.last_img read more

Get to know the two candidates vying to be the next mayor

first_imgProsko, meanwhile, is seeking to be elected to public office for the first time in this year’s election. Most recently serving as Taylor’s community services director for four and a half years, Prosko previously owned Prosko Group Productions Inc. – a public relations and event management company based in Vancouver and Toronto. She also worked with former premiers Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark, along with Liberal MP Hedy Fry.The two mayoral candidates, along with other council candidates, took part in an all-candidates forum hosted by the District last Thursday.Both candidates were provided with a list of eight questions so that residents can get to know them and their policies. Their answers are listed below. Why do you want to become mayor of Taylor?Fraser: I feel I still have more to give back to the community that has supported me and my family for 26 years.Prosko: I would like to become Mayor of Taylor because we need good governance, leadership and a policy focused council. Taylor is a gem in the heart of the peace region and it needs a clear vision for the next four years and for future prosperity. TAYLOR, B.C. – While this year’s municipal election in Fort St. John has been a relatively tame affair, things are a bit more exciting in the District of Taylor.Unlike in Fort St. John where mayor Lori Ackerman has been acclaimed for the second election in a row, this year’s election will be the second in four years in which residents will get to choose which candidate they prefer to be the District’s next mayor.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser is seeking re-election after winning the race in 2014 to succeed Fred Jarvis, who retired after serving as Taylor’s mayor for 28 years. Fraser won that election with 53 percent of the vote, beating Brad Filmer and Wayne Wilmot. Prior to 2014, he was a councillor in Taylor for 12 years and also worked for the Worker’s Compensation Board for ten years after a career in the oil and gas industry. What are three things Taylor needs to spend more money on?Fraser: Safety of our staff, the safety of our community, and preventative maintenance.Prosko: The District of Taylor needs to be more effective with public engagement and consultation to ask the residents and stakeholders what they would like to see for their community. After speaking with many residents while doorknocking on my campaign, three things for Taylor that keep coming up are – 1) upkeep and safety of our infrastructure, 2) police presence and public safety and 3) before and after school care for our family-friendly community. What are three things Taylor needs to spend less money on?Fraser: Everyone would like to see the subsidies to all services come down.Prosko: The District of Taylor should aim to reduce subsidy on the medical clinic which is currently at $8000.00 per month and reduce subsidy on the Lone Wolf golf course. The current council implemented a meeting fee per diem, over and above their renumeration, and I don’t believe a meeting fee per diem is the right thing to do as it can get out of hand quickly. Where do you see Taylor in 4 years?Fraser: Taylor will continue to be a dynamic partner in the region. Its responsible growth will attract residents and business to locate here.Prosko: I see Taylor in four years as a safe, family friendly community with a developed commercial core including a grocery store, restaurants, small businesses and entrepreneurs. It will be back on track with the vision in the official community plan that includes walkability, safety and a thriving community. What’s your favourite movie?Fraser: I have two; “Old Yeller” as one of the first movies I saw and the life lessons it teaches; “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” for its theme of leadership under trying conditions.Prosko: One of my favourite movies is on repeat at my house as my daughter and I both love it: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. I also love “The Zookeepers Wife” – a poignant and important film. What are five albums you’d take with you if you knew you would be stranded on a desert island for five years.?Fraser:Marty Robbins “Gunfighter Ballads”Eagles “Greatest Hits 1971- 1975”Trooper “Hits from 10 Albums”Garth Brooks “In Pieces”Bryan Adams “Reckless”Prosko:Neil Diamond “Greatest Hits”Lenny Kravitz “5” (as I worked on that album to help market it while I was with Virgin Record Label, incredible experience)Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire”Michael Jackson “Thriller”Anything by Barbra Streisand or the Bee Gees!center_img What area of governance is the District currently excelling at?Fraser: Governance in Taylor is working well. Our council has been working hard at developing a culture of accountability and responsiveness. This culture is growing. Some people thrive in this type of environment, others do not.Prosko: The main reason why I am running for Mayor is that there has not been an area of governance that I have seen as progressive for our town within the past four years. The council has been very involved in staff operations, there have been multiple firings and positions left vacant which has been detrimental to operations. Council’s job is policy. What area of governance needs improving at the District?Fraser: Taylor is 60 years old. There is a need for a review of our services and delivery of those services. Our council has been advocating for a core services review, a service level review and an asset management plan.Prosko: My main focus would be a complete policy review. There are policies over two decades old. My opponent is working off the John Ronald report from 1989. I believe we should have policies and a vision for 2018 and going forward for our community, residents and stakeholders.last_img read more

Commentary OSU should be title contender with Bradley Robys return

Ohio State football coaches are currently working hard to recruit incoming freshmen to fill out the team’s roster for next season, but the Buckeyes got their most important commitment from a current member of the team on Saturday.OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, a second-team Associated Press All-American this season, told The Columbus Dispatch on Saturday he will return to OSU next season rather than declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.The Buckeyes figure to be among the top contenders for next year’s BCS National Championship Game, and Roby’s return increases the likelihood of that possibility.Although banned from the postseason, OSU became one of the nation’s best teams in 2012, winning all 12 of its regular-season games. A big reason for the team’s success was Roby, who blossomed into one of the nation’s best cornerbacks under coach Urban Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs.On a consistent basis throughout the season, Roby matched up in one-on-one coverage against the opposing team’s best wide receiver – and shut his opponent down.Roby consistently showed his ball skills and playmaking ability too. With 19 passes defended in 11 games, Roby had a rate of 1.73 passes defended per game, the best rate in the nation according to cfbstats.com. He also scored three total touchdowns, one each on an interception return, fumble return and punt block return.The Buckeyes’ pass defense was very shaky at times during the 2012 season. They gave up 243.5 passing yards per game, ranking just 78th nationally in yards allowed, and gave up 32 passing plays of 20 yards or more according to cfbstats.com. Those shortcomings, however, were rarely a result of mistakes by Roby. When targeted during a game, Roby has proven to be far more likely to come up with a big play than the opposing receiver.The Buckeyes already had a number of key players from this year’s defense not returning next season. Second-team AP All-American defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins declared for the draft as a junior, while six senior starters graduated, including defensive end John Simon, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and linebackers Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren.None of those losses, however, will hurt the Buckeyes next season as much as losing Roby would have.Returning safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, who will both be seniors next season, are physically-gifted playmakers but inconsistent in deep pass coverage. Roby was the Buckeyes’ only consistently strong performer in the secondary this season, and with fellow cornerback Travis Howard lost to graduation, the Buckeyes would have had to replace both of their starting cornerbacks.With Roby’s return, what could have been an area of major concern looks like a strength for the Buckeyes. He will lead a talented trio of returning starters in the secondary, while OSU has numerous talented young players to compete for the other starting cornerback spot.Sophomore Doran Grant showed promise as the team’s nickel cornerback this season and freshman Armani Reeves is a gifted young talent at the position too. Defensive backs Eli Apple and Cam Burrows, both rated as four-star recruits by Rivals.com and Scout.com, are enrolling early this semester as incoming freshmen.By making the decision to return to OSU, Roby surpassed the opportunity to be a first-round pick in this year’s draft. He was expected to be the third cornerback selected in the 2013 Draft, following Alabama’s Dee Milliner and Mississippi State’s Jonathan Banks. Even so, his decision to return could result in personal dividends.By coming back and making OSU’s national championship chances stronger, he puts himself in position to potentially leave Columbus with a championship ring, even if he declares for the 2014 Draft.In the process, Roby could go from being one of the top cornerbacks in college football to the best at his position.Assuming Milliner declares for the draft as a junior, both first-team AP All-American cornerbacks and all three Jim Thorpe Award finalists from this season will have moved on to the NFL, leaving the door wide open for Roby to be college football’s top defensive back.Roby will have plenty of competition to be the top cornerback drafted in 2014, including Florida sophomore Loucheiz Purifoy. But Roby made significant development in his play between his freshman and sophomore seasons, and could do so again as a junior.By returning to school, Roby takes the risk of having a disappointing season and having his draft stock fall as a result. That risk, however, comes with big potential rewards: the chance to be the best cornerback in the nation, and perhaps most lucrative of all, the chance to help lead the Buckeyes to their first national championship since 2002. read more