Undergraduate Student Government partnered with Residential Student Government on an open forum Wednesday night that allowed students to voice their concerns about student life. The event was meant to give USG and RSG a better understanding of what students want out of their daily lives on campus so they can then advocate for those changes to be made.Voicing concerns · Sera Choi, president of Residential Student Government, listens to students at Wednesday night’s open forum. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThere were four panelists at the forum: RSG President Sera Choi, RSG Vice President of Advocacy David Branson, USG Director of University Affairs Jordan Fowler and USG Vice President Rini Sampath. Alana Victor, USG Co-Director of External Relations, planned the event.According to Sampath, this was the first direct partnership between USG and RSG, but both committees look forward to collaborating more in the future. Sampath reached out to Choi to set up the collaboration. Sampath said that she and Choi met last year when they were part of a task force to address alcohol and social policies at USC. When talking, they realized that it would be a good idea to pool their resources and create a bigger event that would allow for undergraduate students to voice their opinions about campus life.“We’re really excited to have this forum with you all because I think it’s a great way to see where students stand on what they’re passionate about and what students want to see on campus,” Choi said. “Hopefully, we can come up with solutions together and find out and be inspired for future projects during the rest of the year.”The panelists talked about the current projects USG and RSG are working on. One of the first mentioned by USG was improving the printers in residence halls. Students have mentioned that they would prefer heavy-duty black and white printers as opposed to individual use color printers. USG is working on a proposal to get printers that are more reliable.Fowler talked about possibly extending dining hall hours so that they open earlier and close later. Students have also complained about the dining halls being closed during Spring Break. USG is trying to pass a proposal that would keep at least one dining hall open during breaks when some students remain on campus.Sampath addressed the complaints brought up by spring admits. Due to the lack of space in residence halls that are hubs of social activity, spring admits often have to live in off-campus housing and university-owned apartments, such as Cardinal Gardens. USG plans to start working on creating a stronger community in the fall between spring admits.“There is a housing freeze right now, so we can bring spring admits into certain areas. We’re keeping spaces open in first-year communities so they can be integrated into those communities. In the east area, they have isolated pockets so people can be together. That way they are not just randomly set aside with the senior that’s about to graduate,” said David Hong, advisor of RSG and an assistant director for Parkside Residential Colleges.USG panelists mentioned the possible implementation of a bike-sharing program on campus, but due to the small acreage of the University Park, Transportation is questioning whether it would be necessary or even in demand.Another topic of discussion was expanding the LAX shuttle schedule. Students are asking for more shuttles to run to and from the airport during breaks. One limitation to this potential project, however, is a lack of storage space for the shuttles.RSG talked about how they are working with Hospitality. There is a recipe committee that goes over the dishes that are served in all the dining halls. The committee attempts to figure out which dishes are working and which aren’t, but RSG is trying to figure out a way to extend that to the students and get more direct input.RSG and USG talked about improving sustainability. The panelists mentioned that the student government bodies are planning on working with the Environmental Student Assembly to spread awareness about the conservation of water, paper and electricity. Also, RSG has asked housing to add recycling bins to each residence hall.“I think both of our student governments do awesome things, but it’s frustrating to find out that nobody knows about it. We want the students to take advantage of these programs. We’re trying to figure out, how can we effectively communicate to the students of USC? I think that working on promoting these events and programs is a great way USG and RSG can collaborate,” said Michael Tong, national residence hall honorary president.
Photo courtesy of Kelly LampotangKelly Lampotang hacks — and she wants to see more women take a crack at it, too.Lampotang, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science, founded AthenaHacks after participating in hackathons her freshman year and realizing she was frequently the only female team member.“Every single time, I was always the only girl on my hackathon teams,” she said. “The friends that you would usually go to hackathons with were always guys. There aren’t many women in hackathons.”Less than 20 percent of hackathon attendees are women, according to Lady Problems Hakathon, an organization that examines issues regarding women in technology. A hackathon features developers of varying skill levels banding together to cultivate technology solutions to issues in everyday life.After attending an all-female hackathon in the Bay Area, Lampotang was inspired to host one for Southern California and expand the idea of an all-female hackathon to the region.“I expected it to be really great, but it was not as great as it could have been,” Lampotang said. “I wanted to make something for SoCal that was as great as a real hackathon, but also all females.” Fellow Viterbi undergraduates Catherine Chung, Ilona Bodnar, Sampurna Basu and Yingyu Sun joined Lampotang as the five co-founders of AthenaHacks. They then recruited 10 other women to help plan the event and work toward their mission of supporting and nurturing women in tech.Yingyu Sun, a sophomore majoring in computer science, is one of the five founding females of AthenaHacks. She also recognized the need for such an event to take place.“This is something that’s pretty rare,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of all-female hackathons in the country even.” In addition to hosting the hackathon, AthenaHacks will host a slew of skill-building, social and professional workshops for all who identify as female. According to Lampotang, the workshops range from introduction to programming to advanced skills and technical specialty workshops; however, they are normally for beginners.“These are usually geared towards people who haven’t been to a hackathon before,” Lampotang said. “Find something that you want to work on, gain some basic knowledge, then go in with your actual team and build something from what you learn.”Sun also said she wanted AthenaHacks to focus on beginner’s workshops. “Hackathons can be pretty scary to start, especially if it’s your first time,” she said. “What we really want AthenaHacks to be is a way for beginners to learn more about what they can do and have that support system there for them to do what they want to.” Corporations such as Facebook will send representatives and host a workshop. Others, like Zynga, will sponsor prizes. Marsela Sulku, a sophomore majoring in computer science, stated that the accessibility of companies surprised her. “It’s cool to know how connected we are,” she said. “It opened my eyes.” According to Lampotang, a diverse array of companies were willing to help. “A lot of companies are excited about the idea [of having] an all-female hackathon for the diversity aspects,” she said. “And I think that they recognize that there’s a huge imbalance right now in how many women currently attend hackathons.” Sulku and Sun both acknowledge that they have seen this imbalance recently. They were the only two girls in a group of six for a group project. “I think people use girls in tech almost as a token of diversity,” Sun said. “But I think there’s more to that than just having them be there. People need to realize that we’re not just there to make things diverse.” Sun credits faculty and staff from USC for helping bring the vision to life and rallying for their cause. “People are really responsive, and if they can’t do anything, they’ll forward us to someone else,” she said. “It’s nice to know that people out there care.” The hackathon will also be providing free feminine products and donating money to local women-centric charities in the hackathon’s winners’ names. “I think AthenaHacks provides an area where everyone’s on the same boat,” Sulku said. “It’s the first step to feeling more comfortable in this industry, which is important.” AthenaHacks will be held from April 8 to 9. In addition to undergraduate and graduate students, high school girls are also eligible to participate. “The whole goal is to get more women to go to [AthenaHacks],” Lampotang said. “Maybe they’ll see that it’s a good environment, be less intimidated by the whole thing and go to more hackathons.”
Share Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 SBTech CEO Richard Carter spoke to SBC about the major new deal announced this morning which sees the company bring on major brand Mansion as a client which and also herald the launch of Mansionbet. SBC: This is a pretty major deal – how did it come about?Richard Carter: As a group Mansion was looking to move into sports betting. It is well established as a gaming brand but has never really ventured into the betting vertical and was looking for a tier-1 sportsbook platform to harness the exposure it has gained in the UK through major sponsorship deals it has had over the past 10-15 years.The fact that Mansion is able to build on this strong brand awareness means players will see the Mansionbet name and know it is part of a well established and trusted gaming company group that has been investing significantly in UK sports sponsorship over many years.SBC: Why is the SBTech solution so well suited to Mansion’s brand?RC: Speed to market, flexibility, and a powerful BI and sportsbook engine are just some of the strengths we offer as the leading supplier of sports betting and gaming solutions to the industry.These features, combined with the fact that we are 100% regulation-ready and also provide a full platform solution that includes casino, mean operators are always contacting us to discuss new projects and launches.SBC: How much of a competitive advantage is having casino, sportsbook and platform from the same supplier?RC: As mentioned above, this is a key feature of SBTech’s offering and a major differentiator when compared to other platform suppliers. The fact that Mansion is able to run its flagship brand across the two key verticals of sports betting and casino is a major plus for all parties: significant efficiencies are achieved thanks to integration being carried out once across the platform; operationally the group can organise and manage all the different elements of its offering via a single back end.SBTech is unique in being able to provide these services and is a major reason why we have grown so much in recent years.SBC: It’s a great way to start off the year – do you have more in the pipeline?RC: Thank you and, yes, we are preparing to launch a number of major new clients across regulated markets such as Denmark, France or Spain in the coming months; of course not forgetting the US market potentially coming onstream later this year.SBC: How has M&A, both from an operator and a supplier perspective, changed the supplier market? Are there more or fewer opportunities?RC: M&A has always been part of the industry and while there are different challenges in 2018 to what we might have encountered 10 years ago, both operators and suppliers have learnt to adapt and grow in these new environments. The prospect in 2018 (and beyond) of a regulated online betting and gaming sector across many major regions presents SBTech with a fantastic opportunity to further consolidate its place as the leading platform supplier in the industry. Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020