Five USC students plan to launch the bike-share program, Ryde, on campus this upcoming fall semester.Ryde allows students to use bikes located all over campus. Ryde is controlled by an app where users can pay by use or through subscription. The app allows users to locate bikes near them and also reserve a bike when they are on the way to receive it. The team is also developing a feature that allows the bike to lock itself after use or when left idle.The Ryde team includes Pranav Sudesh, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; Ashan Marla, a freshman majoring in computer science; Caroline Zhong, a senior majoring in international relations (global business); Jon Koehmstedt, a junior majoring in computer science; and Spencer Pearlman, a freshman majoring in business cinematic arts.The team has received help from Paul Orlando, an adjunct professor who runs the USC Incubator, during their program’s development.According to Sudesh, Ryde will improve student transportation on campus.“You don’t have to worry about owning a bike [or] maintaining it, but it’s always there when you need it,” Sudesh said.Sudesh said bike sharing can help free up space on campus.“Administration is not so pleased with the number of bikes on campus,” Sudesh said. “Bike sharing has a lot more potential than just giving out free bikes, because … it’s pretty easy for people to share 100 bikes. On the other side, you’re removing 200 bikes from campus, because all of those people, instead of owning their own bike[s] … are sharing a system that declutters the area.”Ryde was a finalist in the USC New Venture Seed Competition and is still waiting to hear back on who won. Ryde also participated in Startup Equinox and and a SparkSC event: Arts, Grooves and Food.Marla said Ryde will begin in fall 2015.“We’re aiming to roll out a soft launch in this coming fall,” Marla said. “We will be somewhere supplying somewhere between 10 to 20 bikes and just seeing whether USC is ready for bike sharing and whether this bike-sharing system that we’ve developed [can] work on campus. We also want to see how students react to it, because at the end of the day, this is for the students.”The bike share program also worked with USG to create a plan to implement the sharing system that targets future freshmen.Marla said USG’s help has been important for program development.“USG has been the leading advocacy for Ryde up until now and we’re here and we’re going to be launching as a result of them supporting us so much,” Marla saidMarla said Ryde could possibly branch to other campuses if the USC system is successful“We’re first trying to see ‘does USC respond well to it’,” Marla said. “We’re trying to really tailor … [this] service to the Trojans [but] later on if it works, awesome, that’s something we can share with a lot more people, but right now our focus is just enhancing and making it optional for a USC student just to hop on a bike.”
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will face their in-state rivalry Saturday with Marquette at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are coming off a pair of Big Ten games against Ohio State and Penn State that they split 1-1, which featured a blowout loss at home to the Buckeyes and a tight road win at State College.Wisconsin and Marquette have split their last two matchups, with the road team winning each time. But Wisconsin (4-5) currently holds the all time series record of 64-55. The Badgers have been struggling with inconsistency in the early season and had a tough time rising to the challenge against top competition. The matchup against the Golden Eagles will give the Badgers another opportunity to make up for their early season disappointments.Head coach Greg Gard has been tinkering with his lineups recently to see what groups of players perform best together. A lot of those lineups have featured freshmen, giving the young team hope for future seasons. Four of their top eight players in minutes per game are freshmen, which means this team is inexperienced but with room to grow. Although the Badgers have endured challenges in the early season, they have time to prepare for January’s Big Ten play. Marquette will be another tough test for Wisconsin.Badgers in the NBA, where are all of your favorite former UW players currently at?The time has officially come for the NBA to shake off the dust on their uniforms and get back onto Read…The focal point on each end of the floor so far this season has been 2017 Third Team All-American forward Ethan Happ, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding, as well as in assists and blocks. Happ has managed to be the anchor on defense while being main scoring option, which is no easy task.The Golden Eagles are led in scoring by Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey, who average 22.4 and 21.6 points per game, respectively. They have been shooting the lights out so far this season with 3-point shooting percentages. Both players hover around an impressive 40 percent.This will be a tough challenge for the perimeter defense of Wisconsin, who has had a lot of trouble with opposing 3-point shooters this season, particularly against Xavier and Ohio State. The Badgers will have to limit these two perimeter scorers in order to take down Marquette. It is likely that Coach Gard will play Brad Davison to log heavy minutes in an effort to limit their offensive production.Tipoff for Saturday’s rivalry game will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kohl Center, and will be available to stream on FOX Sports 1.