Articles by Nebi Mema
Oct. 23, 2015
M. and w. tennis pick up wins before alumni weekend
Drexel University’s tennis got off to a roaring start this season with a complete sweep of wins Oct. 17, outscoring their opponents 20 to 1. The men’s team got off to a quick start versus La Salle University with Xabier Saavedra winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Sinan Orhon, Balaji Lakshmanan and Daniil Ginzburg all proceeded to win their matches in straight sets, thereby guaranteeing Drexel their first win of the season. Kashyap Ashok and Vuk Subotic completed the singles sweep for the Dragons with their shutouts in straight sets. In the doubles tournament, Orhon and Ashok won the first game 6-2. Saavedra and Lakshmanan then got the second doubles win with a 6-0 shutout. The final and seventh point of the shutout came when Ginzburg and Subotic won 6-3.
Oct. 16, 2015
Ginzburg leads tennis to Princeton Invitational title
The Drexel University Men’s tennis team took to the courts at the Princeton Innovational in Princeton, NJ in preparation before the first couple of regular season games, back to back, on Oct 17th. Freshman Sinan Orhon was the first Dragon on the courts in the Singles Flight 2 sets, where he advanced to the quarterfinals before losing in straight sets. From there, Orhon was narrowly edged in the consolation ladder match in three sets with the third set ending in a 13-11 loss.
Sep. 25, 2015
Tennis competes at Saint Joseph’s Invitational
Both the Drexel University men’s and women’s tennis teams completed in the Saint Joseph’s invitational this past weekend. The men’s performance was highlighted by the play of freshman Sinan Orhon, who advanced to the Flight 1 semifinals in his first collegiate play. In the first flight, he cruised past his opponents in straight sets with the third game being on in three sets. In the singles Flight 2, Xabier Saavedra lost his opening match in three sets before winning the next two consolation ladder matches. He went on to lose the final consolation ladder match in three sets.
Aug. 7, 2015
Cloud tax may be what’s in store
The city of Chicago recently announced a new nine percent cloud tax. To make a long story short, this tax would apply to “patrons of amusement” using services such as Netflix and Spotify, among other cloud products such as Amazon Web Services. As a former state and local tax aficionado, this kind of thing was a long time coming. City governments have been cash strapped for years and continue to look for other alternatives in raising revenues. Notwithstanding that most tax codes are written from the New Deal era, cities and states will try to stretch the meaning of the words to cover services such as cloud data access. As more and more people move to the cloud for movies, music, etc., cities will continue to see their sales tax revenue from brick and mortar stores decline. What Chicago is doing will be mimicked by cities and states across the country, should it be successful, as America is a copycat country (although for some reason no one seems to follow Ohio’s Commercial Activity Tax). The problem with that tax is that it can be avoided very easily. As long as your billing address isn’t in Chicago, you just avoided the amusement tax, congratulations! Chicago officials maintain that this interpretation is not a new expansion of current laws, but in line with them. The ruling reads: “The amusement tax applies to charges paid for the privilege to witness, view or participate in an amusement. This includes not only charges paid for the privilege to witness, view or participate in amusements in person but also charges paid for the privilege to witness, view or participate in amusements that are delivered electronically.” The issue is the legal challenges that people think it will face. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Tax Freedom Act are two statutory pieces of legislation that might stop Chicago’s ambition of taxing Netflix. The fundamental problem is that the federal government tried to outlaw taxes on internet services when the Internet, as an entity, was in its infancy 20 years ago. They wanted the internet to grow and not be stunted by taxes. I don’t think a nine percent tax will cause the internet to suddenly shut down given how our demand for it is inelastic to no end. I mean, if Philadelphia implemented this tax (certified lock that it will happen), would you really cancel your internet service because you’re paying 72 cents more for Netflix? Second issue: Government revenue. Chicago finally wised up to the new internet economy and realized they’re missing out on millions in tax revenue. People hate taxes but also hate less government services. It’s kind of a Catch-22 that for some reason doesn’t really resonate. The negative reaction to the tax supports the phrase: Not In My Back Yard. NIMBY was originally used to describe how residents opposed new housing developments that were too close to them but also believed that the new developments were good for society. Well don’t we generally agree that government services should not be cut? Yes. But we also don’t want to fund those services via our own taxes. For people who are determined to avoid paying the extra 90 cents on their monthly Spotify subscription, there is hope! As clever as city governments such as Chicago are in coming up with this tax, they’re not as clever as they might seem. It’s a known fact that the governments take ages to catch up with change and technology and the issue will be the fact that not everyone is buying in. If city governments across the country don’t buy in the tax in a short time frame, then people could easily avoid the tax by using a billing address outside the city limits. Make no mistake, I’m opposed to this tax because I wouldn’t want to shell out about $8 more for Netflix a year. However, taxes on these Internet services will be more common and more widespread as governments seek alternative sources of revenue to fund services.
Jul. 10, 2015
NBA Free Agency: Who won? Who lost?
After allegedly entering a verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan reneged on his commitment and signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers just hours after NBA free agency began. (Wikimedia)WINNERS
Apr. 17, 2015
Fresh off program record, women’s tennis ready for CAAs
Sophomore Lea Winkler sizes up an incoming ball. Winkler and the women’s tennis team won a program-record 15 matches this season. (Ajon Brodie – The Triangle)The Drexel University women’s tennis team kicked off a back-to-back April 11-12 against Towson University and the University of Delaware.
Apr. 10, 2015
W. tennis rolling after win at Hofstra
Freshman Hamza Laalej follows through on a swing earlier this season. The men’s tennis team fell to Hofstra University April 5. (Photo Courtesy – Drexel Dragons)In the run up before the Colonial Athletic Associationchampionships, the Drexel University tennis teams finished up their split against Hofstra University April 5. The women’s team won its 14th match of the season, while the men’s team fell to the Pride.
Mar. 13, 2015
Tennis climbs to 16-1 combined record at home
The Drexel University men and women’s tennis teams traveled to West Point, New York, March 6, where they went up against the U.S. Military Academy and Fordham University, respectively. The men’s team went up first with senior Badr Ouabdelmoumen taking the court, where he fell in straight sets. The team quickly fell into a 2-0 hole when Kashyap Ashok tried to get the Dragons on the scoreboard. Alex Fioravante then lost in straight sets by only one point, 7-6. The Dragons finally got a point when Xabier Saavedra won in three sets. However, that was their only point in the singles games as the team would drop the next two matches. With the match out of reach, the team tried to look to the doubles games for more success. They didn’t find it as they went on to lose all three doubles matches, leaving final score to be 6-1 in favor of Army. The loss dropped the team to 9-5.
Mar. 6, 2015
Men’s tennis gets back on track, women’s ends streak
The Drexel University men’s tennis team got back on the winning track March 1, beating St. Francis University 4-3. After being blanked by Monmouth University Feb. 25, 0-4, the team came into their St. Francis battle 8-4 and 3-3 in their last six.
Feb. 20, 2015
Men’s tennis drops match, women’s succeeds at UMBC
The Drexel University men’s tennis team traveled to face University of Maryland, Baltimore County without first choice senior Badr Ouabdelmoumen, who suffered an injury the previous week against Lehigh University. Head coach Mehdi Rhazali emphasized the loss of such a player. “Badr has a record of 16-6 at No. 1 last year, and this year he is at 7-3 record. He has won many CAA awards. When you have a player with these results it makes him a threat for other teams, and it also helps with the depth of our team’s line-up. We were challenged this past weekend, and it did affect our confidence and focus levels. We are practicing smart and with more purpose, the players are doing much better and looking forward to the Villanova match on Friday,” he said.