The Germany-based supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it intends to create a new scholarship for students at the University of Oxford studying German at a graduate level, as well as establish a support fund for students on their year abroad.Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, Lidl will provide for one student working towards a Masters in Modern German and will also sponsor a new competition, the Lidl Undergraduate Prize in German Studies.Chair of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Professor Ian Watson, said: “We are delighted that, at a time when the teaching of modern languages in the UK is facing considerable challenges, a major German company in the shape of Lidl has stepped forward to offer its support.“The package of support that Lidl is so generously donating will allow us to raise the profile of the subject of German at Oxford at all stages of the undergraduate degree as well as for postgraduate study.”Oxford’s first Lidl Graduate Scholar, Clara Coiler, said: “I am very grateful to Lidl for giving me the opportunity to study at Oxford. Through their generosity, I hope to deepen my knowledge and enrich my contributions to the study of German literature and culture.”Although Lidl is a multi-national business and began operating in the UK in 1973, the company still requires the use of German at management level, and Professor Watson describes this as “a reminder that a thorough understanding of foreign languages and cultures is of practical as well as intellectual benefit.”Lidl is keen on encouraging German education in the UK, where the study of the German language seems to be under threat – the study of German at A-Level falling by 16.5% in the UK last year.
Wisconsin (6-15-7, 1-10-3) wrapped up their eight game home stand with a series loss against Michigan State (9-20-3, 5-10-1) this past weekend. The Badgers came up short Friday, losing to the Spartans 4-3, and fell 3-1 in the series finale Saturday.In Monday’s press conference, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves spoke about the importance of resiliency for his team as this tough season winds to a close.“If it wasn’t [a theme] when we started, it’s certainly one that we have to build and include in our repertoire, and we’ve demonstrated that,” Eaves said.Eaves said he wants his team to look at the positives from the season and not look too deep into what the record says. Eaves said he hopes to pass this message along to his players as they continue to try to improve in these final games.In a season with many lows and few highs, Eaves said he likes the progress some of the younger players made and is impressed with the improvement freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik has made.“I think that because of the responsibilities that are on a goaltender’s shoulders,” Eaves said. “He’s faring pretty well. He’s got a lot of storms he’s had to go through and he’s making progress and he’s still climbing.”Last week, Eaves mixed up some of his lines, but said he plans to start this week with similar lineups to those he used at the end of the weekend series. Eaves said he liked what he saw from those combinations against Michigan State.This weekend, Wisconsin will travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on another struggling Big Ten foe, the Ohio State Buckeyes (9-17-2, 4-8-2), a team Wisconsin lost to and tied with earlier in the season. Eaves said smart play will be key to beating a Buckeye team, which possesses the ability to score with their wide-open play.“Playing Ohio State, they’re a team that can get up and down the ice,” Eaves said. “If you’re sloppy, they can score. They’re opportunistic. We need to continue to do what we’ve been doing and preaching about playing the right way to give ourselves a chance to keep forging ourselves into the type of team we want to be.”The face off will start 5:30 p.m. Friday, and will air on the Big Ten Network. The puck drops 6 p.m. Saturday.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As in, are they ever going to win a game?History tells us the Lakers will eventually notch a ‘W.’ And probably before matching or surpassing the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, who lost 17 straight games to start the 1988 and 1999 seasons, only to be topped by New Jersey’s NBA record 0-18 start in 2009.So there is that, at least.The question now is, when?And against whom? After five occasionally ugly, semi-competitive losses, the Lakers have showed few signs they are capable of beating anyone on any given night.Quite the contrary, in fact.All they’ve shown is they can get blown out by anyone, anytime.You have to wonder just how long this losing streak will drag on.You almost don’t want to look at the Lakers’ schedule.But since we like to live on the edge, we’re going to do it anyway. STORY: Will Kobe Bryant’s career end the same way as Michael Jordan?There is a win there somewhere, right?Sunday vs. Charlotte at Staples CenterCome on, it’s the Hornets. This has to be a win, right?Not so fast.You may not have been paying much attention, but turns out Charlotte owner Michael Jordan pried himself away from the golf course long enough to help build a decent team.The Hornets made the playoffs last year — they were still the Bobcats at the time — and even though it was in the watered-down Eastern conference, a pretty nice foundation was formed.There is youth, talent and motivation in Charlotte for the first time in years. With opponents rolling into Staples Center intent on kicking the Lakers while they’re down, don’t expect anything less than a thorough effort from the Hornets.The Lakers have little to give in response.Sorry, guys. I’m putting this in the loss column.Final result: Lakers 0-6Tuesday at MemphisThe Lakers have had their troubles in Memphis for years, even when they fielded good teams.The Grizzlies are 5-0, and as usual they are tough, rugged and vicious.And they love playing at home.No chance the Lakers win.Final result: Lakers 0-7Wednesday at New OrleansEverywhere you look, everyone seems to have improved in the NBA.The Pelicans are no different, featuring the second-best overall player in the game in Anthony Davis and a young, talented supporting cast.That’s just more bad news for the Lakers.The Pelicans understand they need to feast on the bottom-feeders to help keep pace with division neighbors San Antonio, Houston and Memphis. The Lakers, then, become a necessary punching bag for New Orleans.Final result: Lakers 0-8Nov. 14 vs. San Antonio at Staples CenterThe Spurs can sit Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — and probably will — and still beat the Lakers on their own court.Final result: Lakers 0-9Nov. 16 vs. Golden State at Staples CenterI’m sure most of you watched the Warriors blow the doors off the Clippers on Wednesday night, right?So did I.Final result: Lakers 0-10Nov. 18 at Atlanta HawksThe Hawks are not that good.But neither are the Lakers.On the road, three time zones away?Just don’t see it happening.Final result: Lakers 0-11Nov. 19 at HoustonA back-to-back against the 5-0 Rockets on the road?Are we really even having this discussion?Final result: Lakers 0-12Nov. 21 at DallasThe Mavericks have quietly rebuilt a nice team around Dirk Nowitzki again, their 3-1 start thus far indicative of where they stand.Kobe Bryant, revved up by facing a fellow middle-ager in Nowitzki, brings it with a turn-back-the-clock performance.But he gets no help from his supporting cast.Final result: Lakers 0-13Nov. 23 vs. Denver at Staples CenterSunday night games at home after road trips are tricky, but with the Lakers sitting at 0-13 and their frustrated fans begging to remember what a win feels like, Kobe & Co. deliver with a double-overtime nail-biter.It’s a win, thankfully and finally, for the purple and gold!Final result: Lakers 1-13.Of course …Setting the stage for another long losing streak. When the Lakers lost out on free-agent targets LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony last summer, then essentially cut bait on any other impact additions, even their most hopelessly optimistic fans had to understand a rough season awaited.But even their most ardent haters could not have dreamed a scenario in which the Lakers were this bad.By every measure, though, the Lakers are downright terrible. And just one week into the season, hope has given way to downright panic.