“DPS has confirmed with South Los Angeles Gang Interventionists and LAPD’s Gang Unit that there is no evidence to support the social media rumors,” DPS tweeted. The vigil was held at Marathon Clothing on Slauson Avenue, the store that Nipsey Hussle co-owned and outside of which he was shot and killed Sunday. The Grammy-nominated rapper and two other men were standing outside the Hyde Park store when the suspect — who the police identified as Eric Holder, 29, of Los Angeles on Tuesday — approached and spoke with them multiple times before opening fire, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore said at a news conference. DPS and LAPD have the following recommendations for students to stay safe. Thomas said he emphasized the importance of working with police and playing a larger role in the community when he met with black students Monday night. Nipsey Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, is remembered by city officials as a passionate advocate for his native Crenshaw community. He was scheduled to meet with LAPD leaders and representatives from Roc Nation, rapper Jay-Z’s entertainment company, to ideate efforts to help local children and stop gang violence. Following Nipsey Hussle’s death, rumors of a gang-related crime spree taking place in South L.A. circulated on social media. USC DPS announced Monday that there is no reason to believe these rumors are credible or that there is a threat in the USC area. “Our community has gotten to a point where they are willing to work with the police because that’s the only way we’re going to [stop] some of this,” Thomas said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “The best tribute to Nipsey is that he was willing to work with the police. You have to be engaged and you have to work in concert with law enforcement if you want to have … mutually inclusive, respectful relationships that are designed to provide for a safer community.” “I was telling our students … that if they really want to do something constructive to be a part of some of the dialogue in the community relative to gang violence as opposed to just reacting and responding irrationally,” Thomas said. “Get involved and be a part of the solution. Get involved and work with interventionists if you so desire.” Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas echoed Garcetti’s sentiments and attributed strides made by the community to combat gang violence to the rapper’s advocacy and outreach. Violence broke out at a vigil held in memory of rapper and South Los Angeles community activist Nipsey Hussle Monday night. Fire officials said 19 people were transported to hospitals, with two in critical condition and two in serious condition, following a stampede that broke out as a result of panic due to a pulled handgun. “He was working closely with the city to help save lives and transform lives, even as he was doing that for himself,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the news conference. “He was a tireless advocate for the young people of this city and of this world, to lift them up with the possibility of not being imprisoned by where you come from or past mistakes.” “[We] are being extra vigilant in their patrols and ask that students are careful to practice safe behaviors such as not walking alone off campus after dark, taking Campus Cruiser or Lyft, and immediately reporting any suspicious circumstances to DPS,” DPS tweeted.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Piacentini stands a few steps in front of the double doors that lead into the Syracuse locker room. She turns, thoughtfully, and points to the set of benches to her left just over her shoulder.“I still remember,” she said. “It was this bench right over here against Lindenwood.”Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer is talking about the only time she was ever benched.Piacentini wasn’t playing up to her abilities, and Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan pulled her out and didn’t put her back in. It happened right before Christmas break during her freshman year. Piacentini had a month to mull things over.“It made me sit back and think about my mistakes and think about how I had been performing back then,” Piacentini said. “It really made me mentally focused and come back ready to be stronger.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiacentini called it the “best coaching decision” Flanagan had ever made for her. The move came at the perfect time and she was forced to view things through a different lens. Four years later, one of the most decorated players in Syracuse ice hockey history is gearing up for her final ride. Last season, Syracuse lost in the College Hockey America conference finals. With one last chance, Piacentini is hoping to take care of last season’s unfinished business. “Honestly I can’t say enough good things about her,” Flanagan said. “I’m already dreading losing a player like her to graduation.”Despite standing just 5-foot-2 on the ice, Piacentini can’t be missed. She’s a scrappy, physical player, and has already notched three goals and an assist in two games this season. Goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan played her first season at Syracuse in 2014 after transferring from New Hampshire. She went head-to-head against Piacentini twice, and remembers the shifty, speedy player with a nose for the puck.“Every single time there was a loose puck in front of the net, I just remember her being right there,” she said.In the third period of Syracuse’s season opener against Clarkson on Oct. 6, Piacentini corralled a loose puck off a deflection on the left side of the net and wrapped around to the right side, flicking the puck into the goal.She’s made a living of using her small size to dig out pucks around the net in her time at Syracuse.Gilligan joked that even during practice, Piacentini gets in her grill, acting as a “pot stirrer” in front of the net. After experiencing it from both sides, Gilligan is content just watching. “Every single time I’m in the net against Tini, I just shake my head because I’m like, ‘Thank goodness I don’t have deal with this again against her,’” Gilligan said. Yet for all the fire Piacentini brings to the ice, she also brings to it a sense of calm. In her four years, Flanagan said that Piacentini’s greatest development has been in the cerebral part of her game.From the moment she walked onto the ice as a freshman, Flanagan said, her fundamentals have always been ahead of the curve. Her progression has been a matter of polishing the little things and refining the mental parts of her game. “I think I’ve grown as a person,” Piacentini said. “Just being in the locker room they kind of instill those different life lessons in you and the mental toughness aspect of it all. I think over the years, I’ve just grown to become more mentally strong in terms of staying focused.”As a freshman, Piacentini found herself looking on from afar with four weeks to think things through. Now, she’s better adept at reading and handling situations and recognizing her own mistakes. “Her hockey knowledge just seems to calm everybody down on the team,” Gilligan said. “When she’s out there, we don’t panic as much as maybe we necessarily should.”Against Clarkson, Piacentini skated out for her final home opener. But the emotions were kept in check, and the focus was solely on winning the first CHA conference title and proving Syracuse could compete against anyone. And this time, Piacentini wasn’t on the bench. “I think Tini’s just going to do Tini,” Gilligan said. “…She’s just going to go after it and get done what she needs to get done and I think everybody else will follow after that.” Comments