USG introduces resolution on campus climate

first_imgBeverly Pham | Daily TrojanThe Undergraduate Student Government introduced a resolution tackling campus climate reform at its weekly meeting Tuesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. On Monday, the same resolution was presented to the Graduate Student Government, adding to the conversation about campus diversity that has gathered momentum over the past few weeks.The members and directors of various student assemblies — among them the Latina/o Student Assembly, APASA, Women’s Student Assembly, Diversity Affairs and the USG Senate —  authored the resolution. USG President Rini Sampath, also a key author, led the presentation of the resolution.Sampath began by showing a photo of herself when she received her USC acceptance letter, using it to illustrate the difference between the experience she expected and the one she has had.Climate change · Rini Sampath, Undergraduate Student Government president, was one of the authors presenting the resolution to the Senate. – Beverly Pham | Daily Trojan“This is a picture of me looking pretty disheveled at 17, clutching my USC acceptance letter because I was so, so stoked to get into this school,” Sampath said. “I was beyond happy. It was my dream school. And I’m sure many in this room know that feeling, of being able to get accepted into one of the best universities in the country.”Moira Turner, director of diversity affairs, also showed a past photo of herself.“This is my freshman year, with a couple of my friends, and I was super excited to be part of the USC campus, really starting to get my foot in the water with USG,” Turner said.Sampath and Turner then discussed the idea of the Trojan Family, and how it is vitally embedded in USC culture.“[The Trojan Family] has this underlying notion of inclusivity, having everyone be part of this very large family, a ‘happy family’ kind of thing,” Turner said.Sampath elaborated on the University’s public commitment to diversity and how it relates to reality.“The word ‘diversity’ pops out a lot in the marketing materials,” Sampath said. “We talk about having one of the most diverse student bodies, a huge international student community. But in reality, what does the word ‘diversity’ actually mean? Is it just a marketing ploy to get students into the room? What are we doing to support those diverse groups of students? Are they feeling left out? Excluded?”Beverly Pham | Daily TrojanThe reality of the campus climate, Sampath argued, is much different from that depicted in the materials  presented by the University.“This conversation isn’t anything new — we’ve been having it for years now,” she said.Sampath showed video of an incident in May 2013, where more than 70 LAPD officers, some in riot gear, responded to a noise complaint and shut down a student party. The result was a sit-in at Tommy Trojan led by then-student Nate Howard and other supporters. They spoke out about how students on campus were feeling, holding signs with slogans such as “I want to be a part of the Trojan Family” and “Why does the color of my skin matter?”Sampath also talked about the “I, Too, Am USC” campaign, in which students spoke out against micro-aggressions experienced on campus. Sampath showed another image of student harassment in which students appeared to be carrying a fake gun and mocking Arab culture.Sampath and Turner went on to express frustration at the progress made with the Awujo house, a space for programming centered on the African diaspora. The resolution to institute the House, Sampath mentioned, was passed a year ago but and has gathered little administrative support since.Before presenting the resolution, Sampath concluded by explaining the process of advocacy at USC.Beverly Pham | Daily Trojan“Student input is gathered through forums and meetings, student government meets with administrators [and] then there starts to be unsustainable change because we hear no responses — there is no action on their side and an incident occurs. It is a continual loop,” Sampath said. “That’s why we need your support to create sustainable activism and get the administration to make a commitment to reform USC.”The resolution calls for a series of actions from the University administration, including the hiring of a vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and on additional Title IX investigator, a $100 million fund to support underrepresented students and tenured faculty positions for underrepresented minorities, additional resources for cultural centers and mandatory diversity and cultural competency training for graduate students, student leaders and faculty.USG will vote on the resolution during their meeting next Tuesday.last_img read more

Tipp men hoping to lead Ireland to Nations Cup success

first_imgNations Cup action is due to begin at 3 o’clock later this afternoon. Ireland will be represented by two Tipperary men – the Olympics-bound Greg Broderick and Denis Lynch. Cian O’Connor and Bertram Allen are the other members of the team that will jump third today behind the United States and Great Britain. Team Ireland currently lie in sixth place in the Nations Cup series, with Dublin being their last event where they can pick up points. Seven of the 10 countries that have competed in Europe Division I this season will qualify for Rio.last_img

No strolling down the red carpet, please

first_imgThere were no Vera Wang gowns and not much cleavage shown. Warm-up jackets and hooded sweat shirts were the fashion trend of the evening. Gift bags were also barred in 2007. They were SO last year. However, every patron did receive a bucket of goobers with his favorite libation. Now let’s get Grill-ing: Best director award at the CIF-Masters Meet, Carter athletic director Joe Paluba, for putting on a reportedly fine event. Best supporting directors: Carter wrestling coaches Kevin Hennessy and Aaron Loepp.. … The Grill toasts football player Chris Polk of Redlands East Valley for signing early with USC. … Thumbs up also to the Redlands High School girls’ water polo team, which has made the section title match at 6 p.m. today at the Belmont Olympic Pool against Murrieta Valley. … Thanks to Stuart Scott, we may have an entire generation using “straight redictified” in everyday speech. … There were plenty of fashion “misses” on the red carpet outside The Grill on Sunday night. The patrons filed into their favorite watering hole to take in the Oscars and maybe some sports highlights. center_img Those throwback “The City” uniforms the Golden State Warriors wore against the Lakers on Sunday were nifty, but what they really needed were Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond. … The eyes glaze over and the mouth utters “Oh, jeez” everytime some talking head launches into “bracket-ology.” Wake us when Santa Clara or Weber State upsets a high seed with a last-second shot. … The chic point of view these days is that March Madness is America’s premier sporting spectacle. Wrong. We’ll take the NFL postseason any day. … How `bout those Washington Wizards’ uniforms? They look like the idea of a misguided middle school athletic director. … Can’t agree with Kaiser basketball coach Bill Hughes who thinks recruiting at private schools is more prevalent than at public schools. Los Angeles Westchester won the state basketball title three years ago, a year after recruiting a 6-11 center out of private-school Verbum Dei. There are plenty of other examples. … As far as recruiting goes, students may enroll as a freshman at any school they desire, public or private, as long as the school has room to admit them. That’s how former San Bernardino hoops star Tyson Chandler wound up at public-school basketball powerhouse Compton Dominguez. … The Cajon girls’ basketball team needs to strengthen its schedule, probably by entering some more competitive non-league tournaments. Some closer games in the nonleague season wouldn’t hurt the team in the playoffs. … The Riverside Poly baseball team is ranked 12th in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker. Los Osos is 90th. … Norco football players Brandon Anglin and Josh Foley, among 600 tested at Hayward’s Chabot College, made the 24-man All-NIKE Combine Team. … Arroyo Valley basketball star Joseph Richard has unusually big hands, explaining why he was able to snatch three rebounds one-handed in a playoff win last week against La Habra. … We still want to attend an Arena League football game one of these days, perhaps taking the 6-year-old son. Sounds like a good time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img