How I learned to stop worrying and love the Co-Op

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I graduated from college during the Great Recession. The financial meltdown gifted me and my friends with no job prospects, significant student loan debt, and four years of constant worry. Many of my friends left with a diploma in hand but with no job offer. Sadly, not many of them were up on the news and didn’t realize the extent to which the global financial meltdown would impact their futures.I had always known about credit unions — my mom has been a member of hers since before I was born — but I began to truly understand what makes them different when I witnessed their recovery efforts after the economic catastrophe of the late aughts. For that, I will forever be loyal to my credit union.Like what you’re reading? There’s more where that came from. A subscription to Callahan provides the right mix of content and data insights to help your organization grow. Learn more.That being said, I have a hard time convincing my friends to leave their big banks, or even consider a credit union for a car loan or mortgage loan, for several reasons:last_img read more

Season’s results thrown away for USC-UCLA game

first_imgHeading into the USC-UCLA game, neither team’s record is supposed to matter.For the Trojans, that should be comforting.Ready · Senior quarterback Mitch Mustain, who got his first start of his USC career last week, is preparing to start his second game on Saturday. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan At 7-5, the Trojans likely wish they could forget their record along with the many moments they fell short this season. They don’t want to make Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game at the Rose Bowl another one.“It’s a must-win game for us, hands down,” said senior cornerback Shareece Wright. “We got to go out and get that victory. We can’t leave that stadium without a win.”UCLA has had more than its share of troubles as well. The Bruins (4-7) are coming off two lopsided losses to Washington and Arizona State. After starting 3-2 and beating two ranked teams in consecutive games, UCLA’s season took a turn for the worst.The Bruins’ lone win in their last six games, however, did come over Oregon State, the same team that dominated the Trojans 36-7 a few weeks ago.USC, which seemed a lock to win 10 games before playing the Beavers, is trying to avoid ending the season on a three-game losing streak. The Trojans are also in need of a morale boost after a devastating loss to Notre Dame last week.The status of sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, who did not play against the Fighting Irish because of a high-ankle sprain, is still in question. USC coach Lane Kiffin said at one point this week that Barkley would definitely play, but later backed away from that statement.Barkley, whose participation was limited in Wednesday’s practice, said the status of his ankle has been improving daily.“Hopefully it stays at this rate every day and three days from now it will be three times better,” Barkley said.Backup senior quarterback Mitch Mustain made his first start of his USC career last week, completing 21-of-38 passes for 183 yards and one interception. Mustain nearly led the Trojans to a comeback, but his effort was derailed by dropped passes.As for who will start Saturday, Kiffin is still leaning toward Barkley.“[Matt] continues to look better every day,” Kiffin said. “He’s throwing the ball fine and his movement is coming around, so I would anticipate him playing.”Beating UCLA might not salvage USC’s season, but losing would be unthinkable, senior cornerback Shareece Wright said.“We definitely can’t afford that as a program to lose both to Notre Dame and UCLA in the same year,” said Wright.Added Barkley: “Our season’s at stake, our offseason’s at stake, the pride of this school is at stake.”Wright, who will look to enter the NFL draft next year, said a win over USC’s crosstown rival would help the program move forward going into next season.“Just to carry it on to next season and keep the momentum going and end on a winning note and start off on a winning note next season for these young guys,” Wright said. “It’s going to be real important for them.”last_img read more