Battle : D-III player Raridon works as player, custodian for North Central

first_imgDerek Raridon can’t stand the smell of sweat-drenched athletic tape. But somehow, after every North Central (Ill.) College home game, the used tape is strewn across the Cardinal’s locker room for him to pick up.‘Ankle tape is the worst to clean up by far,’ Raridon said. ‘I tell my teammates to pick it up because someone has to. That someone is generally me, though.’When Raridon isn’t playing on the court inside Merner Field House in Naperville, Ill., he’s cleaning the court, locker rooms and weight room at the facility. The 6-foot-6 forward for Division-III North Central works 20 work-study hours each week during the season as a member of the school’s custodial staff. On the floor, Raridon is a key part of North Central’s lineup. The forward is a two-time All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Second Team selection. He has averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season, and he became the 23rd player to score 1,000 points in school history in December.But as a custodian, Raridon picks up trash after home games, buffs the floors before basketball and volleyball games, and — unfortunately for Raridon — collects what’s left behind in the home and away locker rooms. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’ve picked up some gross stuff,’ said Raridon, whose father, Todd Raridon, became the head coach of the Cardinals eight years ago.And Derek Raridon isn’t the first in his family to hold such a unique position. His older brother, Mitch, was the first to help the Merner Field House custodial staff during their father’s first four years at North Central. Todd Raridon said his eldest son needed to find work to offset the costs of attending North Central.‘There’s no such thing as a scholarship D-III athlete,’ Todd said. ‘Mitch started off cleaning the courts, and when Derek moved to Naperville, he started helping out, too.’Raridon was a 16-year-old high school student when his father started coaching the team, and he was in need of a summer job. Five years and probably hundreds of discarded balls of sweaty ankle tape later, Raridon considers himself a grizzled veteran of the trade.‘I’m pretty much a professional custodian,’ Raridon said, laughing. And being a ‘professional’ custodian means being ready to clean at any time, whether he’s on the clock or not. When the Cardinals returned from their holiday break to practice before a home game against Manchester (Ind.) College, they found the floors of the 81-year-old Merner Field House covered in dust. Much to the amusement of his teammates, Raridon broke out the broom and cleaned the court. And on a newly cleaned court, the Cardinals beat Manchester, 62-38.While his teammates joke with Raridon about his job as a custodian, they have a much tougher time ridiculing his basketball skills.Todd Raridon admits his son’s game is well ahead of what it used to be.‘Derek used to stay behind the (3-point) arc because he was a little scrawny,’ Todd said. ‘He’s certainly changed since then.’That change came about because of Raridon’s dual role as a player and custodian. After 40-hour work weeks during summer 2010, Raridon found himself sticking around the athletic facility.He would work on his low-post moves. He’d practice his foul shots. And after a summer of weightlifting, Raridon wasn’t the same scrawny 3-point shooter his father once saw him as. ‘I was right there (at Merner), so I felt like I’d miss out on an opportunity to improve,’ Raridon said. ‘There was no excuse to tell my dad that I didn’t stick around and work on my game.’That change helped save the Cardinals season last year, when injuries decimated the North Central frontcourt. Todd Raridon knew his son could handle the forward position, and after a summer of hard work, Raridon proved him right.Todd Raridon, the CCIW Co-Coach of the Year last season, can easily draw the connection between the time his son spends cleaning the court at Merner and his on-court performance. ‘The place has become a second home to Derek,’ Todd Raridon said. ‘He’d really do anything to improve as a player.’That improvement may come at the cost of picking up sweaty ankle tape, but if it helps his level of play and his team, Raridon is willing to keep cleaning.‘It’s actually fun to be a janitor,’ Raridon said. ‘And being in the gym is a nice perk, too.’Games of the weekGeorgia Tech 79, No. 15 Virginia 77Thursday, 8 p.m.The Cavaliers could be due for a letdown after coming so close against Duke. Glen Rice Jr. and company could take advantage here for a signature Atlantic Coast Conference win on Thursday night. No. 1 Syracuse 84, Notre Dame 66Saturday, 6 p.m.Notre Dame is a team that sorely needs some consistent scoring. Expect Syracuse to stick to what it does best: score in transition and play strong zone defense for another win.No. 3 Baylor 89, No. 5 Missouri 74Saturday, 2 p.m.Marcus Denmon isn’t enough for Missouri to give the Bears a loss here. Baylor is among the deepest teams in the nation, and even if it gets tripped up by Kansas, that’s not a testament to its talent. Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy should carry their team in this game. Tennessee 84, No. 13 Connecticut 81Saturday, 4 p.m.UConn’s inconsistency trips the Huskies up again. But don’t think this will be an easy game for the Volunteers. Tennessee should lean on the experience they gained by taking Kentucky to the brink of an upset to actually pull one off here. No. 21 Marquette 77, Providence 66Darius Johnson-Odom, Jae Crowder and the rest of the Golden Eagles should be too much for the Friars to handle. And although head coach Ed Cooley has his team playing well, it seems the Friars always play well enough to lose. Buzz Williams won’t let his team come out flat against an inferior opponent. [email protected] Published on January 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SHI Gets ABS Cyber Approval for Smart Ship Solution

first_imgzoom Classification society ABS has granted a Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance for Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) Smart Ship Solution.As explained, the goal of SHI’s Smart Ship Solution is improving vessel efficiencies using real time data from hull and equipment sensors in collaboration with land-based technical and fleet managers.Real-time data transfer between ship and shore facilities — to enable automated operations — presents a growing cybersecurity challenge for the marine and offshore industries, ABS said.According to the classification society, the shipbuilder’s solution adheres to ABS Guide for Cybersecurity Implementation for the Marine and Offshore Industries and ISO 27000 series, IT Security Control Code of Practice.“SHI Smart Ship Solution was successfully tested and evaluated for compliance with the ABS Cybersecurity Guide,” Paul R. Walters, Director of the Global ABS CyberSafety® program, said.“ABS is pleased to be working with SHI to ensure the next generation of vessels is better equipped to address the increased level of cyber risk they will certainly face,” Walters added.“Gaining the ABS Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance is an important first step to apply the Smart Ship Solution in the marine and offshore industries. Through the ABS/SHI Joint Development Project, SHI is proud to acquire the world’s first ship system ABS Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance,” Dong-Yeon Lee, SHI Ship and Offshore Performance Research Center Vice President, commented.ABS said it will work with SHI on next-generation cybersecurity technology for smart ships focused on both the ship’s onboard architecture and its onshore fleet management cybersecurity architecture going forward.last_img read more

Hybrid Human Faces Could Populate Google Street View

first_img Citation: Hybrid Human Faces Could Populate Google Street View (2008, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Visualizing a quantum crystal: Imaging the electronic Wigner crystal in 1-D From left to right: the original photo, a photo selected for swapping certain features, and the resulting hybrid. Due to privacy concerns, Google has been blurring the faces of people caught on Google Street View cameras. But rather than blurring people’s faces and diminishing the reality of the scene, researchers have demonstrated a new way to automatically depersonalize the faces – by creating hybrids. The new face-swapping technology, developed by Neeraj Kumar and colleagues at Columbia University in New York, finds faces in a photograph and swaps their features with those from a library of faces, such as picture-sharing sites like Their software then automatically chooses one or more suitable faces for swapping the eyes, nose, and mouth out of the original image, resulting in a facial composite.As a final step, to weed out inferior replacements, the system ranks the resulting images according to how well the hybrid face fits the surrounding region in the original photograph, and chooses the highest ranked replacement for insertion.Unlike other programs, the new technique is fully automatic, and generates plausible results across a variety of lighting conditions, viewpoints, and skin tones. The researchers performed a case study in which they asked participants to identify real and fake faces from a set. They found that people are almost equally likely to classify real facial images and the hybrid facial images as being real. Of 12 people tested, 58% of the hybrid face images were misidentified as real, and 75% of real images were correctly marked real.Besides de-identifying faces, the same technology could be used by photographers for creating an optimal group photograph from several similar shots. As the researchers explain, the “burst” mode found on most cameras can take several images at once. Then, an automatic face replacement technique could be applied to swap blinking or frowning faces with better faces taken from the other images. The result would be a single composite image with all the best faces.More information on the researchers´ face-swapping technique can be found at New Scientist last_img read more