Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanIn an effort to motivate students to take action against climate change, Know Tomorrow, a student-led movement spanning 60 college campuses nationwide, held an activity fair and a series of speakers featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in McCarthy Quad on Friday.In partnership with the Undergraduate Student Government Program Board, the Environmental Student Assembly, the Speakers Committee and the Academic Culture Assembly, Know Tomorrow’s event aimed to educate students about community-wide environmental initiatives.Students spent the day learning about the environment from different groups on campus, and participated in activities intended to teach participants about sustainability in an engaging manner.Among these activities were a “Change the Course Challenge,” which showed students the importance of facilitating the Earth’s recovery; a solar-powered popcorn machine sponsored by the California Public Interest Research Group and Environmental Core; Elementerra, a virtual reality video game; and a SolarCity Exhibit featuring solar power ovens, microwaves and air conditioning units.Jessica Zhou | Daily Trojan“[This event] has changed my perspective because it showed me that there are a lot of new, cool inventions and ways to make people aware of this [issue],” said Carrisa Chang, a freshman majoring in business administration.The event also featured professor of earth sciences Will Berelson, youth director of Earth Guardians Xiuhtezcahtl Martinez, founder of Tree People Andy Lipkis, NASA climate scientist Veronica Nieves, YouTuber Derek Muller and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.“I really appreciated the number of viewpoints we had and the way [the speakers] interacted,” said Environmental Core member Zach Manta. “One of my favorite parts was watching the interactions.”Manta was among a group of students initially contacted last spring by Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Vice Dean Steven Lamy about the Know Tomorrow movement. The national event was launched by Wendy Abrams, founder of Cool Globes, who donated money to USC to help fund a climate science campaign.“We originally tried to make this an event that was just a simple shout through many voices, saying ‘Hey, let’s do something about [the state of the environment],’” Manta said. “But it turned into a critical discussion [involving] a lot of people who are already really concerned about the problem.”Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThis event was directed at continuing this discussion on sustainability throughout the University.“I think the fact that USC is trying to change something is really great, but at the same time, I recognize the fact that there is much to be changed,” said Abhishek Sharma, a freshman majoring in biological sciences. “For example, [there are] very small amounts of renewable energy used here on campus, and there’s also lots of issues with [a lack of] recycling bins.”Program Board marketing director Chelsea Zhang, who helped coordinate the event, said she hopes students will be more inspired to take action.“I hope students can see how many other people are here to support [this event],” Zhang said. “Our events are fun, and there [are] a lot of cool organizations out here that are supporting this cause. It shouldn’t be a burden to be more eco-friendly.”Manta added that although he has studied the environment extensively through his major and Environmental Core, he was still able to broaden his knowledge on the subject.“I didn’t expect myself to be so opened up to the world of possibilities and the complexity of the problem and what we can do about it,” Manta said.Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks on campus to reflect on the role of natural resources in work, health and identity as Americans. He reminded students of their responsibility to preserve the planet for future generations as a part of the speaker series of Know Tomorrow. Tal Volk | Daily TrojanTal Volk | Daily TrojanCorrection: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to ESA as the Environmental Student Association. It is the Environmental Student Assembly. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
Jacob deGrom got a new deal just in time for the new season.The Mets have signed the right-hander to a contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the NL East MLB 2019 preview: NL East position battles to watch Teammate and fellow ace Noah Syndergaard had expressed his frustration with deGrom’s contract discussions Sunday.”Jake’s the best pitcher in baseball right now. I think he deserves whatever amount he’s worth. I want to keep him happy, so when it does come time for him to reach free agency, he stays on our side pitching for the Mets. I just think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already,” Syndergaard told reporters.Now the Mets and deGrom will enter 2019 knowing their relationship is cemented for the next half-decade. 🖐 more years of #deGromination. We’ve officially signed @JdeGrom19 to an extension. #LGM pic.twitter.com/pZN7gkXjlh— New York Mets (@Mets) March 26, 2019According to The Athletic, it’s a five-year deal worth $137.5 million with an opt-out after 2022 and a club option for 2024.If the option is picked up, the total money for the six-year deal is $170 million. Related News DeGrom breakdown 10M signing7M in 201923M in 202033.5M in 2021 and 2022Opt out30.5M in 202332.5M club option 2024— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 26, 2019DeGrom, 30, was slated to earn $17 million in 2019 and become arbitration eligible in 2020. The two-time All-Star won the fourth Cy Young in Mets history last year after posting a 10-9 record with a 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings.Earlier this offseason, he set a deadline of March 28 for the Mets to extend him.”I would like to be a part of this team’s future. I would like the feeling to be mutual, but that’s just something that we’re going to have to see,” deGrom said in February. “You play this game because you love it and then you have an opportunity to look out for your family and your future, so I think you just have to see what’s right for you to do. I think that’s going to be a discussion that’s going to have to be had with my agents.”Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen agreed.”Jacob is 100 percent of our future now and hopefully for years to come” Van Wagenen said (via The New York Post) Offers in contract negotiations can be complicated processes. There needs to be analysis done on the club’s side and on the player’s side. We are still going through our considerations on the club side.”The [$17 million] deal that he received, not only did he deserve it, but it was also a recognition on our part that he deserved the highest raise in the history of the arbitration system. That goodwill hopefully now is shifting over to the next phase of our process.”