William Ray Allen, age 69 of Aurora, Indiana passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. The son of Grady and Lorah (nee: Beaver) Allen was born on July 9, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio.William loved being outdoors. He liked to go fishing with his brother Don and enjoyed trout fishing the most. The avid reader was also quite the Nascar fan. Mostly he just liked spending time with his grandkids and spoiling them like grandpas do.He is survived by his daughters, Melonie Stephenson of Sunman, IN and Sarah Allen of Trenton, OH; four grandchildren, Geryn, Liyah, Alayna and Morgan; along with his brother Don Allen and sister, Connie Bailey.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Allen and sister Helen Baxley.The family chose cremation, services may be at a later date. Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family.You are welcome to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on William’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.
The USC Credit Union has recently partnered with Yoobi, a classroom supply company that donates to a local school after one of their items is purchased.The partnership is the brainchild of alumna Samantha Paxson, who is currently on the board of the USC Credit Union and is the chief marketing officer of CO-OP Financial Services. Paxson, who graduated from USC in 1997 with a dual degree in broadcast journalism and social sciences, stated that her background in journalism has been a major influence on how she has approached her own career and how she pursues potential partnerships like the one with Yoobi.“What I’ve gained from my journalism degree and all of that background is the idea of storytelling,” Paxson said. “I’m very passionate about storytelling and the intersection of storytelling, creativity, innovation and purpose.”According to Paxson, when she first heard about Yoobi’s products and their philanthropic aims, she immediately thought about how they could benefit the USC community.“It got me thinking, — USC is in a community that is surrounded by several underprivileged schools, and the Yoobi mission is very much aligned with the Credit Union mission. I talked to the CEO of USC Credit Union [Gary Perez] and said, ‘There might be a partnership opportunity here.’”When she brought this idea to Perez, Paxson said that her main selling point for the partnership was the positive impact it would have on the local community.“We talked about being able to impact the grammar schools, the elementary schools that are directly in USC’s neighborhood, by being able to generate these classroom packs that Yoobi donates to kids in need,” she said.The Credit Union plans to incentivize the purchasing of Yoobi products by giving discounts to members. The partnership is currently being finalized and Paxson estimates that it will be available to students at the bookstore and online at the USC Credit Union’s website by early next school year.“Not only are you buying something that you need for your school supplies, but you’re also helping the local community and the local elementary schools ensure that they have the right tools,” Paxson said. “Teachers, on average, pay out of pocket $500 a year to get the supplies for their students. This is a way that they don’t have to do that.”The initiative is currently being tested by CO-OP Financial Services and their member credit union in addition to the USC Credit Union and Yoobi. The program will initially start with five local schools. In addition to school supplies, Paxson said that Yoobi will also give local schools financial planning kits that will help teach schoolchildren basic financial skills.“When they buy Yoobi school supplies, not only will school supplies be given to the surrounding elementary schools, but financial literacy kits called ‘money mammal’ kits will also be delivered,” Paxson said. “So we’re helping to give the community within USC the USC footprint to help them in their whole lives going forward.”The hope is that these skills in financial planning will not only help elementary schoolchildren immediately, but also later in life.“Our goal was not only to help [local students] with their educational supplies but their financial wellness,” Paxson said. “If we can help them build saving strategies at this age, by the time they’re 18 years old our hope is that they go to college and that it will improve the community as a whole.”Correction: A previous version of the article said that the financial literacy kits were called “money manual” kits. They are called “money mammal” kits. The Daily Trojan regrets the error
In all fairness, the Trojans put up a fight.That seems to be the season-long trend that has afflicted this year’s USC men’s basketball team. Game in and game out the Trojans (10-13, 1-9 Pac-12) have shown flashes of brilliance, putting together stretches where it seemed as if head coach Andy Enfield’s squad had finally put it together.Worthy effort · Junior guard Byron Wesley led all scorers on Saturday night with 27 points, but could not push his team past UCLA. Wesley excited the home crowd by making four consecutive three-pointers in the first half. – JoJo Korsh | Daily TrojanUnfortunately, paradise for these Trojans does not last, and, more often than not, the brilliance is followed by borderline basketball incompetence. This time around, the Trojans lost their promising halftime lead just minutes after the break.Saturday’s clash with crosstown rival UCLA (18-5, 7-3) was no different.The Trojans came firing out of the gate, building a double digit lead off of some stellar outside shooting and great defensive work. Junior guard Byron Wesley was once again impressive, finishing the first half with 18 points, going 4-4 from beyond the arc en route to a 27-point performance. Wesley’s scoring tally led both teams.The wheels came off in the second half for USC, though, with the Bruins finding their footing from outside and the Trojans losing their composure on offense. UCLA went on a 14-1 run early in the second half to build a 13-point cushion, and coasted to the finish on their way to an 83-73 win over USC and a season sweep of their rivals.Enfield, visibly frustrated with his team’s performance in conference play this year, was complimentary of his opponent. The Trojans’ head coach gave UCLA credit for the win.“They have exceptional players,” Enfield said. “They’re very well-coached, and they played at an extremely high level today.”The former Florida Gulf Coast coach, however, did note his team’s inability to respond to runs like the Bruins had in the second half as a major issue plaguing the Trojans.“Teams have gone on runs and we haven’t been able to stop them,” Enfield said. “We need to handle those runs a little better.”Fans and players alike are finding it difficult to find silver linings in these conference losses. The Trojans are dead last in the Pac-12, meaning they have a likely first round date with juggernauts Arizona or UCLA in the conference tournament looming ahead. Enfield was aware of his team’s tendency to keep games close — only to end up losing when time expires.“We’ve been ‘in’ a lot of games we lost,” Enfield said. “I know our players are frustrated but they are working hard.”Freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic has been one of the few bright spots on this year’s squad, and, like most of the players, is choosing to look ahead to the next game instead of dwelling on the mounting losses. The first-year player out of Serbia preached Enfield’s message of improving as a team.“We just need to play more as a team and be focused,” Jovanovic said. “Just team effort.”Jovanovic, Wesley and every member of this year’s squad have put forth considerable effort in attempting to turn USC into a contender.Enfield was brought in not only to help with that task, but to bring excitement back to USC basketball and bring fans into the Galen Center.Many fans did show up on Saturday, and the Trojans had a prime chance to give their long-suffering loyalists a glimmer of hope for the future.Instead, USC showed once again that it is not on the same level as the conference elite, and the Trojan faithful went home disappointed.USC will stay at the Galen Center for their next set of games, hosting the Utah Runnin’ Utes on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Colorado Buffaloes on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Trojans will still be seeking an elusive second conference victory. The USC men’s basketball team suffered another conference loss Saturday night at the Galen Center when they fell to the visiting UCLA Bruins, 83-73.