Interest low, Viterbi council forced to fold

first_imgEven after extending its application deadline, the Viterbi Student Council’s Executive Board received only one application, causing the council to become inactive for this school year.The VSC is an umbrella organization that coordinates monthly meetings between the presidents and board members of various Viterbi organizations and the Viterbi administration.Paul Ledesma, associate director of undergraduate admissions for Viterbi and last year’s VSC faculty adviser, said he was not sure why there was so little interest in the VSC Executive Board this year.It is the responsibility of the outgoing Executive Board to organize and publicize elections, Ledesma said.“It’s possible that it wasn’t advertised adequately by last year’s leadership, but it’s also possible that students who may have run for the position found it more important to hold leadership positions within their specific engineering student organizations,” Ledesma wrote in an email.William Wu, last year’s VSC vice chair, said the organization had slowly moved away from its original role as a resource for students.“I think [VSC] is becoming obsolete because [organizations] were just going to it for money instead of using it as a resource and building a relationship with the administration,” Wu said. “It could have a big impact and could really make engineering present at USC. Right now, I don’t think there’s a need for it. Maybe there’s not a want for it.”Internal issues might also have played a role in this year’s suspension of the Executive Board, according to Wu.“The Board had its own separate communication issues to deal with [and] VSC also had to learn how to adapt to the regulations set by the administration, which previous Board members thought was always challenging,” Wu said.Wu noted that he doesn’t think an overarching committee is necessary.Traditionally, the VSC treasurer oversees the VSC Funding Board, which is responsible for allocating funds to various Viterbi clubs. This year, the Funding Board will continue to function as a separate entity despite the lack of a VSC Executive Board.“The Funding Board is operating as it always did,” Ledesma wrote. “With the exception of a few procedural changes and an updated, streamlined application, there are no changes to the Funding Board’s operation.”In fact, some club presidents feel that a separate funding board is more efficient than the funding board that was part of VSC in previous years.“The only change that has been made is pretty positive. They streamlined the [funding application] procedure,” said Lynn Ho, president of the Society of Women Engineers. “There’s only one form to actually get the money. Before, you would apply and it was harder.”The new funding board is also functioning well without a VSC Executive Board, according to those involved.“I’m kind of the person who is communicating between the [administration] and the student organizations right now, since there’s no VSC,” said Ken Diedrich, director of the Funding Board.Ledesma said the transition to a separate funding board has been a smooth one.“Ken made sure to inform student organization leadership of the change and reassure them the funding sources would remain unchanged at our first event of the year,” Ledesma wrote.After speaking with the leaders of various Viterbi organizations, Ledesma said he believes these groups will be unaffected by the lack of a VSC Executive Board.It has yet to be determined whether or not VSC will be active next year, but it will largely be based on student interest, Ledesma added.He wrote, “If students want to get VSC back up and running, I look forward to working with them,” he wrote.last_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar’s message to the world in fight against Coronavirus: It’s time to rise…

first_imgAdvertisement 5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaan0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E870l2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qWould you ever consider trying this?😱gzCan your students do this? 🌚ad1w9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Former Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar, has asked people to rise above religion and economic status in order to help each other during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also urged his fans to work as a “global force” and strictly follow the guidelines issued by the respective authorities; in a video on his YouTube channel. Advertisement “Request all my fans all across the globe. Coronavirus is a global crisis and we have to think as a global force, rise above religion. Lockdown is happening so that the virus does not spread. If you are doing interaction and meeting in places, it will not help,” the speedster said.Advertisement “If you are hoarding things, please think about the daily wage workers. Stores are empty. What is the guarantee that you will live after three months? Think about the daily wage worker, how will he feed his family? Think about people, time to be a human, not Hindu, Muslim. People will have to help each other, collect funds. Stop hoarding!”“Rich will still survive; how will the poor survive? Have faith. We are living like animals, live like humans. Try to be helpful, please stop storing stuff. It is the time we look after each other. No time to be divided, we have to live as humans,” he added.Advertisement Previously, the 44-year-old voiced out his dissent towards the Chinese people, claiming that they are solely responsible for this global pandemic.“I don’t understand why you have to eat things like bats, drink their blood and urine and spread some virus across the globe…I’m talking about the Chinese people. They have put the world at stake. I really don’t understand how you can eat bats, dogs, and cats. I’m really angry,” Akhtar was seen saying in a video posted on his Youtube channel earlier.“The whole world is at risk now. The tourism industry has been hit, the economy is badly affected and the whole world is going towards a lockdown.”“I’m not against the people of China but I’m against the law of animals. I understand this may be your culture but this is not benefitting you now, it is killing humanity. I’m not saying you boycott the Chinese but there has to be some law. You cannot go on and eat anything and everything,” he said.The deadly Coronavirus, has spread over 100 countries, contaminating more than 3,00,000 people and has claimed over 13,000 lives so far.Pakistan has registered around 800 confirmed cases with five deaths as of now. You may also like:All sportspersons that have been infected by the novel CoronavirusIrfan Pathan gives valuable advice to Indians on how to fight Coronavirus Advertisementlast_img read more

ERC to launch harmony campaign, unity play

first_imgThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is set to launch the first part of its 2019 harmony campaign on Friday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown in its bid to foster cohesion in society.The activities are scheduled to commence from 18:00h with a national unity song performed by prominent Guyanese artistes Mark Ferdinand and Tshanna Cort. Adding to the excitement, there will be five harmony-themed public service announcements, four posters, a harmony “passport”, and designs for two billboards and the Commission’s new website, which will also be presented as the night unfolds.Meanwhile, a stage play, “I AM US”, which speaks to “unity and which examines some societal factors that impact on social cohesion”, will also be presented to the public for the first time.The theatrical presentation will feature prominent Guyanese actors and actresses, and will be staged on March 2 after the gala opening ceremony and on March 3, at the National Cultural Centre. Both performances are slated to begin at 19:00h and admission is free of cost.According to the Commission, this campaign seeks to promote its constitutional mandate of establishing good relations and a sense of togetherness among the people of Guyana.“The Commission firmly believes this campaign, which is in keeping with its constitutional mandate to promote harmony and good relations, is vital in helping to enhance the environment to foster unity among all Guyanese. It remains optimistic that Guyanese will find useful the materials which will be made available and will be conduits to aid distribution countrywide.”All are requested to attend and the invitation is extended to all stakeholders.last_img read more