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Candidates Munoz-Proulx, Walsh focusing on gathering student perspectives

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government presidential candidate Jonathan Munoz-Proulx and his running mate Ryan Walsh are hoping to increase the efficiency of Campus Cruiser, open Doheny library 24 hours a day during finals, make student football tickets transferable and better promote student organizations.Research · Candidates Jonathan Munoz-Proulx (right) and Ryan Walsh have focused on assessing students’ needs and researching solutions. – Candice Harbour | Daily Trojan Munoz-Proulx, a junior majoring in theatre, and Walsh, a sophomore majoring in computer science, are the only executive candidates who have never held elected office in USG. They are hoping to win office to help improve students’ experiences at USC.“I would love for the opportunity to spend my last year here working 20 hours a week doing nothing but making this experience as great for everyone as it has been for me,” Munoz-Proulx said.Despite their lack of USG experience, Munoz-Proulx said they are not “overwhelmed or intimidated” because they believe their work experiences, including serving as orientation advisors, are a great strength.Munoz-Proulx is a tour guide and sits on the USG Campus Affairs and University Affairs Committee. Walsh has been a business and house manager for engineering fraternity Sigma Phi Delta.Instead of focusing on experience, the two are running a campaign based on research and preparation. They have, for example, been researching other schools’ student governments and attending Senate meetings.“Whatever experience we don’t have, we’re doing everything to make up for that,” Munoz-Proulx said. “We wouldn’t have gone through all this work if we didn’t think we had a competitive chance at being elected.”The pair has been looking into Harvard, Columbia and other private universities to learn about their student governments.“It’s not until you start researching other schools that you see what’s really possible,” Munoz-Proulx said.For example, he proposes copying Stanford University’s “green student store” by having either an online store available during the summer or a booth during move-in week selling environmentally-friendly items like soap, cups and power strips.Encouraging turning off unused lights, installing solar panels and replacing energy-draining laundry machines are on the platform as well.The duo said its most valuable research has come from talking to students, and it thinks its knowledge of the issues important to students will help it in the campaign.“I’ve heard prospective students and what they want out of a university, admitted students and why they matriculate to USC, and we’ve been learning about current students from four to five meetings a day with student leaders,” Munoz-Proulx said.Walsh said most of their ideas have been developed from student voices, including those he encounters through playing sports such as club rugby and driving for Campus Cruiser.Walsh believes an automated voice or text cancellation service would make Campus Cruiser more efficient. Currently, students must wait up to 15 minutes for an operator to cancel cruisers, which are required to wait five minutes for students.“A cancellation line would actually free up those cars that are wasting their time there waiting,” Walsh said. “I’d say we waste about two man-hours waiting for people that never show up.”Residing outside of Campus Cruiser’s western service boundary, Munoz-Proulx sees demand for increased security west of campus.He wants to develop a professional security escort service that extends past the boundary, so “everyone can have a safe ride home.”Another top goal is to increase contact with students via a weekly e-mail newsletter that would have bullet points of what USG is working on and a poster outside of the new student center to promote weekly events.“[Student leaders] have told us that a lot of advertising for events for students organizations aren’t about, for example, rugby games or lacrosse games or anything like that, so they’d really like to be better represented by USG,” Walsh said.He noted communication issues with the Greek community too. Instead of relying on Greek senators and councils, Walsh wants direct contact with fraternity and sorority presidents.Munoz-Proulx said he envisions small improvements in academics, such as opening Doheny Memorial Library 24 hours a day during finals week to remedy the lack of study space and posting online the teacher evaluations completed at semester’s end.“Students already fill out these evaluations, so why not make them available?” he said.Regarding meal plans, Munoz-Proulx said that for students living at Fluor Tower — which isn’t near either of the dining halls — meals aren’t as effective as dining dollars. He suggested either creating the “Trojan Light” plan — a compromise between the Cardinal plan and the Trojan plan that has been discussed previously — or not requiring a meal plan. He also recommended, similar to the Community plan, the ability for students to use meals for guests.Another proposal calls for the ability to transfer football tickets between two USCard holders or to donate tickets to local schoolchildren.According to Munoz-Proulx, wasting tickets “hurts the university because they’re not making money, hurts the Coliseum because they aren’t selling as many concessions and hurts the students because not as many students can see games.”Walsh said he wants to pressure professors to offer extra credit alternatives to the Joint Educational Project, which allows students to mentor at local schools but fills up quickly.Another point on their platform is offering free HIV testing in the health center all year instead of in February only.Jeff Toye, an undeclared sophomore and the designer of the campaign’s logo that features Munoz-Proulx’s initials “J.M.P.” within a patriotically colored Trojan helmet, said the candidates can reach all Trojans.“They are a real opportunity to make a difference on campus because they have the great ideas, like [all] candidates do, but also the determination and drive to get those done,” he said.To hear Paresh Dave’s full interview with Jonathan Munoz-Proulx and Ryan Walsh, click below.Part onePart twoPart threePart fourPart fivePart sixPart sevenPart eightlast_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

Sundowns coach praises Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has hailed the vital goal-line clearance by Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila pin their 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows on Saturday.The Black Stars defender proved his mettle once more again when he came on as a second half substitute to help the Brazilians in their match towards the PSL title.The ex Asante Kotoko loanee has been reliable whenever called upon and did not disappoint after replacing Alje Schut at the start of the second half.Pitso Masomene men took the lead through forward Teko Modiso early on in the game and had to dig deep to maintain the lead as Swallows threw everything at them in a bid to get something out of the game.Rashid Sumaila’s last ditch clearance from a corner kick after goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene had been already beaten earned him rave reviews from his coach who is beginning to feel the trophy in his hands.“That was a close game and I felt Swallows gave their best maybe a point would not have been a bad result but if you win games like this then you begin to dream that this year could be yours,” Mosimane said after the game. “You can clearly see that Rashid [Sumaila] clearance was as important as Teko’s goal and those are the moments which decides seasons.“We can now feel it with two games to go our destinies are in our hands and we have to maintain our nerves.”The win moves Pitso Mosimane’s men six points clear at the top of the table, with second placed Kaizer Chiefs having two games in hand.last_img read more


August 28, 2020 0

State’s lunchbox supplier chose not to attach lead warnings

first_imgBy Chris Bowman SACRAMENTO BEE SACRAMENTO – Tens of thousands of state-issued lunchboxes in California promoting healthy eating would have carried warnings about toxic lead on the vinyl surfaces but for the state’s supplier intervening, according to a company e-mail obtained by the Sacramento Bee. Had the coolers been so labeled, state health officials said they would have rejected the shipments from supplier You Name It Promotions Inc. of Oakland. California’s Proposition 65 requires consumer warnings on products containing “significant” amount of chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm or birth defects. Andrew Halim, vice president of T-A Creations, said the company shared with the Sacramento Bee a Sept. 19, 2006, e-mail from the supplier instructing his company not to attach the warning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There would be no way that any product that might require that notice would be acceptable for us to distribute,” said Dr. Mark Horton, the state’s public health director. As it turned out, some of the giveaway bags tested positive for high levels of lead, which can be absorbed by food and accumulate in the bloodstream. Lead can impair mental and physical development, especially in children. State health officials last Thursday warned consumers not to use the 56,000 green shoulder-bag-style lunchboxes after confirming Sacramento County findings that some of the bags contained “elevated” levels of lead. The boxes have been distributed at schools and health fairs as part of a state nutrition-education program. The state’s action prompted a recall from the bags’ producer, T-A Creations of Los Angeles, which promised to refund the supplier on returns. As a precaution, state health officials warned against the use of an additional 246,000 of its promotional lunchboxes — all colored blue – which are undergoing lead tests. last_img read more


January 3, 2020 0

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka shifted again

first_imgThe Haryana government on Wednesday transferred 14 IAS officers, including bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, who has been posted as Principal Secretary of the Archaeological department. Mr. Khemka has been transferred nearly 50 times in his career.He tweeted: “Again transferred. Again the same thing. Constitution Day was celebrated yesterday. Today, order and rules of Supreme Court were broken yet again. Few would be happy. As reached the last destination. Reward for honesty is humiliation.”Mr. Khemka, who was posted for nearly eight months in the Science and Technology Department, has been now been posted as Principal Secretary, Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department.Mr. Khemka came to limelight after he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company and real estate developer DLF.The other officials who have been transferred include Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Department, who has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department and Cooperation Department.Pranab Kishore Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Mines and Geology Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works Department (Building and Roads) has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Wildlife Department and Medical Education.Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Civil Aviation, Industries and Commerce, Skill Development, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources.Trilok Chand Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Transport, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Transport, Power, Employment, Works related to Implementation of Chief Minister announcements, Skill Development and Industrial Training and Member Secretary, Haryana Governance Reforms Authority.Amit Jha, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Science and Technology Department and Advisor, Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board.Siddhi Nath Roy, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Supply and Consumer Affairs and Cooperation Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department.Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Public Health Engineering Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Public Works (Building and Roads).T.V.S.N. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, Industries and Commerce and Civil Aviation Department.Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department.Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Sports and Youth Affairs Departments, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Mines and Geology, Sports and Youth Affairs Department.D. Suresh, Chief Administrator, Haryana Shaheri Vikas Pradhikaran, has been posted as the Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak.Pankaj Yadav, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak, has been posted as Chief Administrator, Haryana Shaheri Vikas Pradhikaran.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Wednesday Group, Dreamchaser rule inaugural PBS

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Organizer Destine Javelona said the league resumes on Oct. 14. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Makati-based teams Wednesday Group and Dreamchaser Basketball hacked out thrilling victories on Saturday to rule their respective divisions in the inaugural Premium Basketball Showcase held at Kerry Sports at Shangri-La at the Fort.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kanter believes Westbrook will stay in OKC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Shooting guard Roy Cayanan scattered 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Wednesday overcame Goto Pilipinas, 79-77, to claim the Spartan division crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutForward Jake Diwa and burly center JR Casulla also shone for Wednesday, which stunned R. Lapids, 74-73, in the semifinals of the division limited to recreational players.Earlier, center JM Agustin took charge with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lift Dreamchaser to a 66-62 triumph over erstwhile unbeaten Compadres-Wilmer in the 18-Under finals of the tournament backed by PMT Clothing, Basketball TV and Nike Park.last_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

India vs Australia: Mitchell Starc replaces injured Billy Stanlake for 3rd T20I

Mitchell Starc has been called upon to replace Billy Stanlake in the Australian squad for the third and final T20I against India in Sydney after the latter was ruled out of the match.Stanlake was replaced by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the playing XI for the second T20I in Melbourne with the tall pacer straining his ankle during a warm-up ahead of the start of the match at the MCG.Aaron Finch ruled Stanlake out of the final match with him injuring his ankle on the boundary line while having a catching practice as part of the warm-up for the Melbourne T20I, which was eventually washed out.Australia have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-T20I series after they won the first match in Brisbane by four runs and the second was washed out.Starc, who was origially preparing for the Test series against India, will now playing his first T20I for the country since September 2016. Starc last played a T20I for Australia against Sri Lanka and Colombo and at home, his last T20I was at the SCG in February 2014 against England.”[Starc has] got so much experience in the limited-overs games as well and we’ve seen how dominant he can be when he gets it right with the ball,” Finch said.”We’ll have a look at the wicket this afternoon and discuss the side but coming straight off a Shield game with an eye on the first Test, his preparations will be really good.”advertisementEven though Stanlake will miss the final T20I against India, he has a moderate grade ankle sprain and should return to the Big Bash League with the Adelaide Strikers.Also read – Australia fined for slow over rate in Brisbane T20I against IndiaAfter his 1/27 off three overs in Brisbane against India, Finch said he was beginning to find good rhythm and would have featured in Melbourne if not for the injury.”He started to find some really good rhythm in Brisbane and he’s been around the mark for quite a while,” Finch said.”He obviously had a tough tour of England and to come back and have that time to get his body right and start to feel good again, it’s unfortunate he tripped on the rope and went straight over [on the ankle].”Finch only found out about Stanlake’s injury when he was “halfway out for the toss”. Initially, it was thought that the injury was not serious but scans on Saturday showed it was enough to rule him out of the third T20I.The final T20I of the series will be played in Sydney on Sunday.Also watch – read more


November 17, 2019 0

TFA Launches The Hard Wrap

first_imgTouch Football Australia launched it’s new publication The Hard Wrap at the National Touch League in March. Participants & spectators at the event each received a copy and affilates will receive complementary copies of the magazine in the coming weeks.Free electronic versions of the magazine are also available, please contact [email protected] to obtain your copy.last_img


November 7, 2019 0

State of Origin

first_imgBoth parties still held opposing views over the recommendations of the NEC produced in 2008, that the State of Origin is best served biannually in March in line with the NTL, with NSWTA in favour and the QTA against. After discussion, negotiation and review of a reinvigorated proposal put to both parties by Touch Football Australia of a 2004 NSWTA suggestion, an acceptable common ground result has been achieved. Both bodies have agreed to invite Touch Football Australia to once again be a part of the State of Origin and accept their invitation to hold the event in line with the National Youth Championships biannually. It was also agreed that while both NSWTA and QTA will remain primarily in charge of the direction of the SOO, TFA will play an integral part of the delivery of this high end market product. Meetings will now be scheduled with all three parties to map out the plans for the 2012 event. Both bodies, while feeling that the position of the event is not optimal are extremely pleased that a solution to allow SOO to resume from 2012 has been found.last_img read more


November 7, 2019 0

10 months agoREVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmark

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmarkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCesc Fabregas doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he plays his 500th English game.The Irish Independent says the Spanish midfielder missed the victory over Crystal Palace with a neck injury, but could return to the squad for tomorrow night’s game against Southampton.He has made a combined 499 appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal, and one more would see him reach his target ahead of his expected departure.Having moved to Arsenal as a 16-year-old, Fabregas has spent over 12 years in English football and has been one of the best ever Premier League players.He is second only to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the all-time assists chart, despite having spent three years in Spain at Barcelona, and has won every English domestic trophy including two league titles with Chelsea. last_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

a month ago​FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attacked

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion. last_img read more


October 28, 2019 0