Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tips To Start Your Business While In College

Starting your own business is challenging on its own, and it requires all your time, effort, and resources. But it’s more difficult when you choose to build your business while still in college. But when you’re struck with a million-dollar idea, you wouldn’t to just dismiss it.

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Below are tips to start your business while in college.

Prioritize: Define your what you want to focus on in the present, and then determine your short-term and long-term goals and how school fits into them. The best way to prioritize is to identify your most important priority and schedule around it.

Choose the right courses: Pick courses that will actually help with the business you’re venturing on. Choose a major elective that benefits your business model. Not only will you excel in school, but you'll also be ahead of the competition in the business side of things as well.

Connect with other students: In business, networking is essential to boost the growth of your business. Fortunately, your school has almost unlimited number of networks through its students. Some of them may be recruited. Then there are those who may be up for collaboration while others may refer potential clients.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Dribble Drive Offense For Guard Oriented Teams

The St. Andrew Knights are not the most outstanding players in the league right now.  But they are certainly not to be taken lightly.  They may have fewer offensive options than other teams, but enough talent and grit to give the competition a run for their money.  Perhaps they can look at the dribble drive offense.

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The Knights are a guard-oriented team, which is exactly what the dribble drive offense was designed for.  In many cases, the dribble drive does not focus on one player alone, which gives the team that uses it a certain amount of flexibility and unpredictability.


It all starts with an offensive move from the point guard, who takes the ball closer with a short cut towards the middle of the field.Then as he cuts outward, the rest of the players will adjust, according to how the defense is holding them.


In principle, the dribble drive offense always will leave a man open to take a three point shot.This is why an offense such as this one should be executed by a shooting team.In essence, the dribble drive does not work for any team which does not have a lot of sniping options.


This also means that passing the ball should be accurate, which is also made more predictable in the offensive sense if the players without the ball know where to position themselves with respect to the defense of the other team.

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The forwards and centers are also advised to be able to take medium range shots consistently, so that the defense does not solely focus on the outside.


This just might be what the Knights need.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lockdown Defense: Tips For Better Perimeter Defense

Lockdown Defense: Tips For Better Perimeter Defense Defense wins games. Sure, you need to outscore your opponent to win the game but to do that you need to prevent them to get baskets. Defense is all about heart, will, and skill. And if you’re tasked to defend your opponent’s best player, you’ll need this perimeter defense tips.

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Stay low

Make sure your shoulders and your head are lower than the person you’re guarding. When you keep your body lower than your opponent, you’ll most likely get to the spot before the offense.

Never lose balance

When you lose your balance, you’re beaten. Your opponent will blow past you. Stay in wide stance and take shorter choppier steps when getting to a distance. Once your feet get close together you lose your balance. Your heels should not touch the ground so you can move quickly. The key is to put your body in front of your opponent.

Have active hands

Your hands should serve as a distraction. Use your hands to try to deflect a pass or poke the ball as you anticipate a drive. Coaches call this “riding” a player out.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Wrestling Clinchers: How The Knights Held Off Truett

The first seasonal win of the St. Andrews Knights wrestling team was nothing short of amazing when they faced off against Truett-McConnell University.Things started off the right way with Brennan Patton, a 125-pounder junior Knight from Broadway, North Carolina.  He utilized several takedowns and a huge 6 point move against his opponent during the first period of the match up, leading to an 18-9 major decision victory.  Because of his efforts, St. Andrews University was able to go up 4-0.

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Next up was freshman Dylan Rossetti, whose comeback sadly fell short at 8-5. Senior Tyran Taylor then went on to win his first match by forfeit.  His second match didn’t go as planned after losing 6-3 at 149 pounds.Freshmen Zeke Lee, from Adger, Alabama, then competed and performed excellently as he was able to win in the second period because of the huge fall he gave to Truett-McConnell, giving St. Andrews the 16-6 lead at intermission.

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Truett wasn’t going to let SAU have their way, demonstrated by their winning of the next four bouts with falls.  Just like that, the opposition was able to catch up in an instant giving the chivalrous Knights a scare.  Luckily, junior Kavoris Perry from Henderson, North Carolina, who was able to win with a 6-1 decision at 174 pounds, and heavyweight Chris Anglin, who was able to win by forfeit, were there to bail out the Knights.  At the end of regulation, SAU was able to come out the narrow victors at 25-24.



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Play Softball Better: Tips On Hitting Techniques

If there’s one thing you need to be good at in playing softball, it should be ball hitting. The skill ceiling of ball hitting is high that coaches really look for players who possess this talent. Here are some of the techniques to improve your ball hitting skills.

1. Grip

It is important to remember that when gripping the bat, the hitter applies pressure with the fingers, and not the palms. If you’re a right-hander, your left hand should be your bottom hand that controls the bat. The top hand supports the hand loosely.

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You can either choke grip the bat, meaning you hold the bat several inches up from the knob, this form makes for better control but has less power. The closer your hands are from the knob, the more hitting power you’ll have but you sacrifice your bat control.

2. Swing

A good swing not only uses the hands but the whole body. Practice using your hips, legs, and shoulders. Always follow through when hitting, don’t stop short.

3. Watch the ball

You’ll know when the pitch is a ball or strike when you focus your attention on the ball. Of course, swing if it’s a strike, don’t if it’s a ball. Just remember, keep watching the ball. The difference between a great hitter and a novice can be as simple as knowing where the ball is going.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

College Athletes As Endorsers: Should We Be Ok With It?

College basketball is somewhat of a tricky little space in professional sports, especially in basketball. In a perfect world, the balance has to be between being a product of a school’s education, and playing basketball superbly. This is the role of a student-athlete. However, in practical realities, college basketball becomes a scouting ground for the teams in the NBA.

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So typically, the college player plays to impress. He strains himself literally, just to be a cut above the rest. College stars are successful at this. They get so good at their game and are quite successful in getting the attention of NBA scouts. Essentially, they are the future stars of the NBA after all.

For this reason, they also get the attention of brands that are willing to pay them hefty amounts of money for an endorsement.

This is what bothers a lot of educators. They feel concerned about their student’s upbringing and formation. This is what a school stands for after all. The concern is legitimate, and to prove this further, many athletes have wasted away, overwhelmed with all of that financial success that seemed to come in too early.

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On the other hand, capitalists simply argue that there’s nothing stopping anyone from earning whatever amount, as long as there’s a contract to back it up.

This is a tough nut to crack, and it has well divided people for many years. Some basketball players have failed at early success, while others have breezed through it gracefully.

The question remains: Should we be okay with it?

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Monday, January 23, 2017

A Brief Look At The History Of St. Andrews University

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Although Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, North Carolina, was founded all the way back in 1896, it wasn’t until almost 60 years later, in 1958, that it merged with Presbyterian Junior College, to establish St. Andrews. It was in September 1961 that Presbyterians all over North Carolina began their higher education endeavor.

St. Andrews was actually a labor of love of the Synod of North Carolina of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. The main objective was to create a stronger Presbyterian higher education system in the east part of North Carolina.

There were a number of proposals as to where to build the new school, but in March 1956, the Board of Trustees decided on Laurinburg in Scotland County. The history of the area, with the early immigrants being Highland Scots heavily influenced the decision. These settlers placed much importance on education and created numerous institutions in the area, which were absorbed in one way or another by St. Andrews.

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The groundbreaking was held in April 1959, somewhere on the east end of Lake Ansley Moore. Construction soon began at the 800-acre site, south of Laurinburg. The college administration was set, and all the important people were given their respective titles. By September of 1960, the Board of Directors officially named the new school the St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

One year later, the first 750 students entered its halls.

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