With one of the largest single donations to a dental school in history, the USC School of Dentistry has become the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, named after alumnus and benefactor Dr. Herman Ostrow.All smiles · President Steven B. Sample, donor and alumnus Herman Ostrow and school of dentistry Dean Avishai Sadan announced the naming of the dental school today in front of a crowd of more than 400. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan Ostrow, who graduated from the school of dentistry in 1945, donated $35 million to name the school of dentistry, President Steven B. Sample announced Wednesday before a crowd of more than 400 people. The donation makes the school of dentistry the 11th school at USC to be named and the eighth named during Sample’s presidency.“This announcement promises to solidify the dentistry school’s stature amongst the nation’s elite dental schools, and it will touch the lives of all who study, teach, work and receive oral health care at USC,” Sample said when the gift was announced.The $35 million will be used as an endowment, Dean Avishai Sadan said. He told the crowd that the donation and the naming represents the strong attachment alumni feel to their alma mater.“The naming of a school signifies the highest bond between a school and a donor whose philanthropic act enabled the promotion of the school’s vision and mission in perpetuity,” Sadan said.Sample described the announcement as one of the most significant in USC history. Sadan had similar praise for Ostrow’s gift.“His amazing act of generosity will prove to be transformative for the university,” he said.The naming of the dental school is just one of many recent changes at the school. Earlier this year, the school welcomed Sadan as the new dean, and it is currently working on upgrading its clinic.Current dentistry students are well aware of the strides the school has been making and of the impact Ostrow’s large gift will have.“Usually large donations take a long time to develop, so it probably won’t happen in our time here, but it will provide at least a history that we can be proud of even after we leave here,” said Daniel Mease, a third-year dentistry student. “Even though we might not see it ourselves, it will at least benefit the students who are under us.”Andy Yu, a third-year dentistry student, said the gift not only represents the potential for future growth but also reflects the school’s history.“It shows there’s a powerful foundation of alumni that our school has created and it shows the integrity and how dedicated our alumni are to our school, so it’s just a wonderful example of how they can keep supporting our school,” Yu said.
A familiar story for the Wisconsin men’s tennis team (12-11, 4-7), this season has been to dig out the all-important doubles point but fail to win enough singles matches to earn a team victory. In Friday’s contest with the Iowa Hawkeyes (1-20, 0-10), however, the Badgers were powered by junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Rod Carey to seize four of six singles matches to clinch a 5-2 win.After sealing the doubles point with partner sophomore Fredrik Ask, Bertha worked quickly to earn his seventh singles victory on the season, 6-1, 6-0. The captain dominated his match with a powerful first serve, dropping only a single game and finishing first.Bertha was relentless in his pursuit of a win, putting his team on top early.“The kid was missing a lot, so it was easy to get a rhythm, and once I hopped on him pretty quick, he went away,” Bertha said.Consistently playing at No. 4 and 5 throughout the season, Bertha has adopted the No. 6 position as a comfortable homebase since returning from a back injury. He has won three consecutive matches at the final singles spot.Bertha was winless in Big Ten singles play prior to the injury, but performing well lower in the lineup has helped him gain momentum in the final portion of the season.“It’s been good to get a little confidence,” Bertha said. “(I’m) playing better now, and hopefully I’ll keep improving and keep winning out the rest of the matches.”Carey has conversely been climbing higher in the singles lineup, winning 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 2 position. The Bahamas native has won his last two matches at that spot, after being catapulted up the lineup from his previous No. 5 station. Carey displayed striking mental toughness in the second set by rebounding from a difficult stretch where he surrendered four consecutive games after leading 4-1. Carey stopped the bleeding by holding his own serve and breaking his opponent’s, winning the final three games of the match.Although he demonstrated a subpar effort in his doubles loss, Carey was able to bounce back by jumping to an early lead in his singles contest.“I think I had a good start; I started off pretty confidently,” Carey said. “I think I did a good job of just getting it going early in the singles, and I think that helped a lot.”Head coach Greg Van Emburgh has been pleased with the way his lineup has evolved over the course of the season. He was forced to tinker with the lineup due to Bertha’s injury and has given other players opportunities to improve their standing in singles.One player who has taken advantage of his playing time is freshman Quinton Vega. Despite a tough three-set loss at No. 3, Vega has sustained significant improvement since making his move to the third singles spot, in which he owns an even 2-2 record. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was not able to practice or train in the fall season because of lack of certification but lately has shown his ability as an upper-echelon singles player.“Q’s done a great job,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s really starting to play great tennis, he’s really composed, he’s getting mentally tough out there and every time that he’s out there you know he’s going to fight the fight.”Although the conference season has not been as successful as they would have hoped, the Badgers are looking to pounce on any potential opponent they may face in the Big Ten tournament. The recent conference wins could help boost the team’s confidence.Van Emburgh likes the potential of the current lineup from top to bottom in the upcoming conference tournament.“I think the lower part of the lineup right now is really solid for us,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got some high-level potential guys up top of the lineup that really could play with the top players in the conference.”