Demand for remote offshore rigs inspections skyrockets due to COVID-19

first_imgBenefits of remote inspections The Bureau risk profiled activities and identified which inspections can be performed remotely and which cannot to help operators and oilfield service companies plan for the year ahead. Several remote inspection solutionsare already in progress for operators and oilfield service companies and therehave been over 20 additional requests since the start of this year. According to BV, inspections and verification are vital for offshore companies to comply with legislation and ensure the efficiency and performance of their assets and equipment. Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV), a provider of testing, inspection, and certification services, has noted a 900 per cent rise in demand for the remote inspection of offshore assets and equipment since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 is demonstrating that working practices cannot only be conducted in a more environmentally friendly manner but also, through technology, businesses can deliver in a much more effective and efficient way to achieve a quick turnaround. Other advantages includereductions in personnel risk, time and cost by eliminating travel to clientpremises and helicopter travel to offshore installations, fewer on-siteinspections, accommodation requirements, improved green credential, and instantaccessibility to a broad spectrum of subject matter experts qualified toperform the task. Shrieve added: “The world will never be the same again, nor should it be. At Bureau Veritas we have been very quick to take the learnings from COVID-19 and implement long-term changes that are both responsible and sustainable as everyone looks to adapt to the new normal”.center_img Furthermore, Bureau Veritas’sremote services have specifically been designed to meet the HSE’s requirementsand future intervention initiatives with the industry during the pandemic. BV said on Monday that requests for its remote inspection, certification, examination, and verification services escalated from a ‘want’ to a ‘need’ this year as businesses seek to keep employees safe from the coronavirus. Through the use of mobile cameras and the existing personnel, BV employees can carry out these essential services remotely onshore, limiting close contact and reducing the need for travel. Paul Shrieve, VP of offshore and services, said: “Previously, the remote inspection of assets and equipment received a limited reception and was thought of as a good idea, something that the industry should get around to. However, since the start of this year demand has greatly increased”. Where physical inspection isunavoidable, an up-front technical and safety assessment underpins thereduction and/or elimination of risk at the site. An immediate health andsafety benefit of remote inspection is the reduced potential for exposure tothe coronavirus for clients and Bureau Veritas staff.last_img read more

Akpoborie: Rohr can’t lead Eagles to the Promised Land

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s DaughterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World Former Nigeria international, Jonathan Akpoborie has said that Coach Gernot Rohr does not have what it takes to guide the Super Eagles to the Promised Land, Sportinglife.ng reports. Akpoborie: Rohr can’t lead Eagles to the Promised Land In an interview session on a social media platform, 9ja Footie Review, the former Hansa Rostock, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg striker said the Franco-German cannot give what he does not have as he lacks the technical depth to guide the national team to glory. While setting targets for the team, the 51-year-old, who represented Nigeria in the junior cadre and earned 13 senior caps with the Super Eagles said, “Anything short of winning the Nations Cup for Nigeria is nonsense. The World Cup is something else. Unfortunately for Nigeria, I don’t believe our coach is good enough to take us to the Promised Land. He cannot give what he does not have. “With a solid coach and given ample time, Nigerian players can surprise the world. We have the skill, the power, the fitness and the confidence, but the most important of all is the tactics and organization,” he said. Akpoborie also opined that it will be difficult for the home based players to make the national team due to the present state of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Loading… center_img “For country like Nigeria that has actually put a big stamp on African football, our league has been very disappointing. I can’t take it on the quality of players because locally, we produce more than enough talents. The organisation has been O even when people call on the LMC. There was one headline I read. That day I was driving from Stuttgart to Zurich, I could not really get an answer. Can anybody tell me why the LMC or the NFF would sign a partnership with a club in Europe? What do you want to do with it? “To be honest, there are so many things wrong in the league, from falsification of players’ ages to the playing turfs that the whole of Nigeria is running to get. The generation before me and my generation never played on Astro turf. The bounces differently and when you put the players on grass, their timing will always be off. super eagles no movement on fifa ranking Read Also: Joshua ready to give Whyte another shot after beating Fury “If I was coach, I would not be able to pick any player from the Nigerian league because the level is just too low. In the development of young players, you need to be moving the bar upwards for the young players every time you see it’s getting too easy for the player. But in Nigeria the level has become so low, that the gifted players start to feel too big for the league and when that happens, he starts loosing the hunger to perform. Plus the home arrangement of the home team defeats all competition that is supposed to stretch the players to their limits,” Akpoborie said on 9ja Footie Review. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Anelka states his case

first_img Press Association Dieudonne, however, has been prosecuted for inciting racial hatred in France, and his supporters have been pictured using the quenelle as an anti-Jewish gesture. The comedian has also been banned from entering the UK. The case is expected to end this week and hinge on whether Anelka had any knowledge of the quenelle’s anti-Semitic connotations, and also whether he could be found guilty of the charge even if he was not aware of the full implications of the gesture. The hearing is expected to be completed by the end of the week and if the case is proved Anelka faces a minimum five-match ban under the Football Association’s new anti-discrimination rules. The 34-year-old striker has been charged by the FA with performing an alleged anti-Semitic gesture during his club’s match against the Hammers on December 28. The charge is of an aggravated offence after making a gesture that was judged to be “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper”. The aggravated breach was that it included “a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief”. Nicolas Anelka has begun his defence in the disciplinary hearing into his alleged anti-Semitic ‘quenelle’ salute.center_img West Brom’s French striker spent a second day at the independent regulatory commission’s hearing at the Grove Hotel in Watford, during which the defence team presented their case. Anelka denies the goal celebration he performed against West Ham on December 28 had any anti-Semitic meaning and was a gesture in support of his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the person who first brought the quenelle to prominence. last_img read more

Cricket News Dhoni half captain of Indian team, Kohli visibly rough without him, says Bishan Singh Bedi

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former captain Bishan Singh Bedi on Monday called Mahendra Singh Dhoni “half a captain” of India’s limited overs team and said his absence made skipper Virat Kohli “visibly rough” on the field during the fourth ODI against Australia.Dhoni has been rested for the last two games of the series which is tied at 2-2, going into the decider here on Wednesday.“I am nobody to comment but we all are wondering that why Dhoni is being rested and his absence was felt yesterday, behind the stumps, with the bat and on field also. He is almost half a captain,” Bedi told PTI at a reception organised by the Australian High Commission for its cricket team.“Dhoni is not getting any younger, he is no spring chicken either but the team needs him. He has a calming influence on the side. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him. It is not a good sign,” said the 72-year-old spin great who took 266 wickets in 67 Tests.Bedi also felt the Indian ODI team is experimenting needlessly ahead of the World Cup, to be held in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14.Also Read | IND V AUS: Dew unlikely to play a factor in series decider in Delhi“I would personally like them to live in the present. World Cup is still two and a half months away. Just play the game. For World Cup, we have been experimenting in the last one year and I am not happy with that at all,” he said, adding, that the IPL, beginning March 23, can pose serious problems for the team ahead of the mega event.“Anyone of them can get injured during the IPL. You can’t expect them to not give 100 percent while playing for their respective franchisees.”Wrist spinners are the flavour of the season with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal leading the pack at the moment. Bedi hoped the team management has adopted the right approach by sidelining finger spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja though the latter remains part of the ODI team.“I hope they are right about wrist spinners but I cannot figure if there is a better all-rounder than Jadeja. What is the need to undermine him?” he asked.Risabh Pant, who played his fourth ODI in Mohali on Sunday and first in the ongoing series against Australia, was sloppy behind the stumps.Bedi questioned the need for resting Dhoni and giving Pant an opportunity with the series very much alive.“Pant is a wild horse. Somebody has to tame him. Who is going to do that? The support staff should be able to do that. He is making the same mistakes again and again and behind stumps, too, he has a lot of work to do, honestly. Your chairman of selection committee (MSK Prasad) is a wicketkeeper, you talk to him at least,” said Bedi.Talking about the areas of improvement in the current ODI team, he added: “Cricket sense must improve. Cricket ability and cricket sense are two different things. You have tonnes of ability but without sense there is not much you can do. Yesterday, it was such a good start from India yet they were struggling to last 50 overs while Australia finished with more than two overs to spare.” last_img read more

AFCON FINAL QUALIFIERS TABLE

first_imgGroup A    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Senegal 6    5    1    0    10    162  M’ascar 6    3    1    2    0      103  E’Guinea6    2    0    4    -2    64  Sudan  6    1    0    5    -8    3Group B    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Morocco 6    3    2    1    5      112  Cameroon6    3    2    1    4      113  Malawi  6    1    2    3    -4    54  Comoros 6    1    2    3    -5    5Group C    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Mali    6    4    2    0    8      142  Burundi 6    2    4    0    6      103  Gabon  6    2    2    2    2      84  S’Sudan 6    0    0    6    -16    0Group D    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Algeria 6    3    2    1    5      112  Benin  6    3    1    2    -1    103  Gambia  6    1    3    2    0      64  Togo    6    1    2    3    -4    5Group E    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Nigeria 6    4    1    1    8      132  S’Africa6    3    3    0    10    123  Libya  6    2    1    3    4      74  S’chelles6  0    1    5    -22    1Group F    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Ghana  4    3    0    1    7      92  Kenya  4    2    1    1    3      73  Ethiopia4    0    1    3    -10    14  S’Leone 0    0    0    0    0    0Group G    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Zimbabwe6    3    2    1    5      112  DR Congo6    2    3    1    2      93  Liberia 6    2    1    3    -4    74  Congo  6    1    2    3    -3    5Group H    Team    P    W    D    L    GD      Pts1  Guinea  6    3    2    0    4      122    CIV    6    3    2    1    7      113  CAR    6    1    2    2    -4      64  Rwanda  6    0    2    4    -7      2Group I    Team    P    W    D    L    GD      Pts1  Angola  6    4    0    2    3      122  M’itania6    4    0    2    11      23  B’Faso  6    3    1    2    3      104  B’swana 6    0    1    5    -7      1Group J    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Tunisia 6    5    0    1    8      152  Egypt  6    4    1    1    11    133  Niger  6    1    2    3    -7    54  S’ziland6    0    1    5    -12    1Group K    Team    P    W    D    L    GD      Pts1  G’Bissau6    2    3    1    1        92  M’bique 6    2    2    2    0        83  Namibia 6    2    2    2    -2      84  Zambia  6    2    1    3    1      7Group L    Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts1  Uganda  6    4    1    1    4    132  Tanzania6    2    2    2    1      83  Lesotho 6    1    3    2    -4      64  C’Verde 6    1    2    3    -1      5Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Owen Book Sparks Twitter Row with Newcastle Legend, Shearer

first_imgMichael Owen’s new book has ignited a row on social media between the former England striker and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.One of the more cutting lines in the book includes Owen’s claim that his transfer from Real Madrid to the Magpies in 2005 was a “downward step” and the one move he “really regrets”.The pair exchanged barbed tweets as the story broke on Tuesday – but what is the background of their feud? In Reboot – My Life, My Time, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror, Owen also goes into detail about his relationship with Newcastle’s fans during an injury-hit spell with the club, which ended with him joining Manchester United after the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship in 2009.“I should have followed my gut instincts, I didn’t want to go there – my heart was set on a return to Liverpool,” said Owen – who had left Anfield for Real in 2004 – of his move to St James’ Park.The 39-year-old former England captain also claimed Newcastle were “only a big club in the sense that it has a lot of fans and a big stadium”. Ouch.Match of the Day pundit Shearer, the Magpies’ record goalscorer, responded on social media.Tweeting a clip of Owen telling BT Sport in 2018 that he “couldn’t wait to retire for the final six or seven years” of his career, Shearer posted: “Yes, Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120K a week.”Newcastle’s relegation in 2009 appears to be the catalyst for the pair’s strained relationship, according to Owen’s book.Shearer was interim manager at the time and, going into the final day of the season, the Magpies needed at least a draw at Aston Villa or their 16-season spell in the Premier League would come to an end.Owen claims he was not fully fit but, with Villa 1-0 up through Damien Duff’s own goal, the striker came on as a substitute in the 66th minute.Newcastle could not find a response and were condemned to the Championship, and Owen alleges Shearer was “seething” with him and insinuated the player “had an eye on my next contract”, with his existing deal about to run out.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Etebo Blow for Hearts after Midfielder Joins Getafe

first_imgThe move will be a blow to Hearts as the 24-year-old was one of four players from the Championship side linked with a Tynecastle switch.Stoke signed Etebo for around £6million in the summer of 2018 and became an influential player last season.Due to injury and change of manager, the versatile Nigerian has fallen out of favour with new Stoke boss Michael O’Neill noting: “His training has been ok, it’s been no better than ok, so that’s important. There’s no guarantee that anyone comes back and we put them straight in the team.”Etebo, who has 33 caps for Nigeria, joined Stoke from Portuguese side Feirense, while he had previously had a spell with Spanish side Las Palmas.With the capacity to play in the middle of the pitch, on either flank or higher up the pitch he would have provided Daniel Stendel with a number of options.Instead, he is nearing a loan switch to Getafe, who are sixth in La Liga, with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.Overall, he has played 51 matches for Stoke City since he transferred to the club in the summer of 2018, and has scored two goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo will be joining La Liga club Getafe in the January transfer window after Stoke City and Getafe reached a club-to-club agreement over the loan of the central midfielder.Subject to a medical, Etebo will spend the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign on loan at Getafe.The future of the former Warri Wolves star has been the subject of speculation in the British press due to a lack of first team opportunities at the Potters despite his return to full fitness after suffering an injury.He has not featured for his Championship club since October 22, 2019 when he lasted 21 minutes on the pitch against Sheffield Wednesday.last_img read more

LSA and APASA excited about future collaboration opportunities

first_imgAfter successfully collaborating on the multi-cultural event “¿Qué Pasa, APASA?” the Asian American Pacific Student Association and the Latino Student Assembly hope to encourage cultural groups around campus to collaborate.Crafts · Students participate at the orgami booth, one of the eight booths at “¿Qué Pasa, APASA?” an event co-hosted by LSA and APASA. Other booths included language booths and food from Panda Express and LaTaquiza. – Courtesy of Monica Rivera ¿Qué Pasa, APASA? was held last week to bring two cultural communities together to share knowledge about their culture, according to Steven Almazan, incoming executive director of LSA.This event was created to address the lack of collaboration between the two groups. Though LSA has worked with organizations such as the Black Student Union and APASA on an internal basis before, they had never worked with APASA to put on events to highlight both the different cultures and their commonality.Carlos Hernandez, director of LSA, said the event was to help bridge the gaps between the two groups so people can find common ground.“People don’t realize that our cultures have a lot in common with each other in terms of values and traditions,” Hernandez said. “It’s actually interesting to me that there wasn’t more collaboration until now.”Amy Huang, incoming executive director of APASA, said she wants future events to highlight similarities.“There are more similarities between the Latino and Asian Pacific American communities than differences, such as issues of immigration,” Huang said. “And I would like our events to highlight those similarities so that our communities may build multicultural coalitions to achieve our common goals.”Beverly Chiang, vice president of Sigma Phi Omega, an Asian sorority on campus, said she is excited about the possibilities of these types of collaborations and the impact this collaboration could have on the rest of the school.“There’s not that much of a difference between all of us. We are all USC students, a part of this Trojan family regardless of our culture and background,” Chiang said. “It’s really encouraging to be at a school where we constantly try to embrace these diversities among the students instead of suppressing it.”Hernandez deemed the event a success because other communities might see the event as encouragement to work with other cultural groups.“By having these avenues for them to connect, we are able to facilitate the future and that’s why I think it was so successful,” Hernandez said.Huang said she has high hopes for next year.“I am hoping that ¿Qué Pasa, APASA? is only just the beginning to a more collaborative relationship between LSA and APASA,” Huang said. “In addition to the social and cultural aspects of this event, we hope to program more educational and advocacy-based events next year.”Hernandez also hopes other groups would see the event as an example of how beneficial the sharing of knowledge can be.“It sets an amazing example for other communities on campus to realize that in addition to them that there are other organizations on campus doing amazing things,” Hernandez said. “They are doing great things, we are doing great things, and lets do it together.”Hernandez said he also believes collaboration among student groups can only have positive effects.“We are all students, trying to do great things and we all cared about our communities,” Hernandez said.  “We can do something great with these common goals. As simple as it sounds, it just creates more friends.”last_img read more

Undocumented students discuss hardships

first_imgEsmy Jimenez is just like any other USC student. The junior environmental studies and international relations major works at Ground Zero, is a Dornsife ambassador, and is a member of the Women’s Student Assembly. No hint of a foreign accent is audible when she speaks. But there is one thing that sets her apart: Technically speaking, Jimenez is not supposed to be here.The American Dream · Senior Alma Lemus transferred to USC from community college. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojan Jimenez is one of an estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, at least three of whom currently attend USC. Though she lived in Washington state from the time she was one until she came to USC, Jimenez was born in Mexico.“Unfortunately, my biological father was abusive and just not a good individual and so [my mother] was stuck in a really bad place,” Jimenez said. “She recognized that she wouldn’t be able to build a life for herself … so she decided to go up north [and] follow the American Dream.”Every year, thousands of people immigrate to the United States illegally, many following this elusive American Dream. Though most come from Latin America, some, like Amy Lee, come from other regions of the world. Lee emigrated from South Korea with her grandparents when she was in the third grade. Lee’s parents, who remained in South Korea, and grandparents had a similar idea to that of Jimenez’s mother.“They talk about that you have a better education when you come here, it’s all part of the ‘American Dream’ that they talk about,” Lee said.That dream hasn’t always been easy for students like Jimenez, Lee and Alma Lemus, a senior majoring in political science, to live. In fact, the three Trojans had difficulty getting to USC.Though several laws that allow students to apply for financial aid have been passed since Jimenez, Lee and Lemus entered college, when they applied they were not eligible for financial aid.Lee, who received the half-tuition Presidential Scholarship, was only able to come to USC because of some help from her community.“I was a really fortunate case,” Lee said. “I got to meet some great people in high school who set up a private scholarship fund for me, so they pay part of it. Without that, I would have gone to community college.”Lemus took the community college route for both financial and personal reasons before transferring to USC.“I did get a couple of scholarships, but it was still not enough and I wasn’t prepared to go challenge the world with my status,” Lemus said. “I felt like I was still too lost to be able to recognize and fully be able to succeed.”Jimenez was starting to think she wouldn’t go to college at all after she didn’t receive a scholarship to New York University. But in a happy accident, Jimenez checked a box on the scholarship app that allowed other schools to see her application. Later that spring, she received a packet originally thought to be junk mail, welcoming her to the Trojan family and inviting her to interview for a full-tuition scholarship.“My school was so, so good,” Jimenez said. “It was a small school, and they didn’t have many resources but they were really good with community. So they pulled together and paid for my ticket down here and then I was able to interview.”Jimenez received the Trustee Scholarship and quickly decided to attend USC.PAYING THEIR WAYAside from not being able to apply for financial aid, getting employment could sometimes be a struggle for these students as well. Lemus, who grew up just outside of Fresno, in the rural town of Farmersville, Calif., often worked backdoor jobs because of her undocumented status.“I was a farm worker since the age of 14,” Lemus said. “I was working in the fields, harvesting fruit. I would have to carry a huge ladder, a huge sack. It was hard labor, especially because Central Valley gets really, really hot. It will get up to 110 degrees, and it will get really cold in winter as well, it will go to 20 degrees.”Lemus said she often had burns on her skin from the pesticides, as well as bee stings. Despite the difficulty of the conditions, she did not always get a regular wage.“I remember once I only made $8 working from seven in the morning to 3 p.m.,” she said. “They could pay you whatever they would like to pay you.”Opportunities for Lemus have gotten better since June 2012 when President Barack Obama’s administration issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memorandum, which allows those who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and who had not yet turned 31 by June 15, 2012, to have the chance to receive employment authorization. Though the memorandum means young, undocumented immigrants are not in danger of being deported, it does not provide a path to citizenship.For Jimenez, the memorandum meant she could go back to work at Ground Zero Performance Café. She had worked there for six months before the fake social security number she had used for her paperwork was exposed.“I really grew to love this place and I hated the idea that the business was going to get in trouble for any reason because of me so I pulled from it … I remember being really shaken up, they were being so helpful, and that’s when I told them about [my status],” Jimenez said. “And luckily, within the next six months the Obama administration passed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”“COMING OUT”Jimenez’s managers weren’t the first to find out about her status. Since high school, she had written about the topic for sites such as the Daily Kos to bring light to how the issue was affecting individuals and share her own personal story.“After I received such positive feedback from people, I was like I should probably keep writing about this because so often immigrants don’t have the resources to talk about it, they’re not comfortable talking about it, it’s not something that we’re told to do,” Jimenez said. “So I decided if I could have a voice with it, especially in such a privileged place like this, then I probably should.”Jimenez also said she was inspired by Lemus, whom she heard speak about her struggles with her status at a WSA conference. Lemus said she also learned she needed to talk about the issue if she wanted to see change.“Having to explain myself constantly made me realize that if I don’t constantly share that part [of me], how are people going to understand my situation, how are they going to be able to help me?” she said. “So that’s why I’ve learned to be vocal about it and not be afraid to ask for help when I need to ask for help.”Hearing Lemus served as an opportunity for Jimenez to connect with other undocumented students at USC. She had been searching for a support network, and one had actually been created just a few years prior.In the spring of 2011, Billy Vela, the director of El Centro Chicano, was in his office when he was approached by a student who was struggling with his immigration status.“I was … having a conversation with a newly admitted undocumented student and he was talking about his frustrations about not having a place he felt he could go,” Vela said. “There didn’t seem to be a lot of different resources here on campus that seemed visible about dealing with his particular personal issue, so I spoke to him about creating a club and organization.”From that meeting, Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success — better known as the IDEAS Movement — was born. Jimenez, Lee and Lemus have all been part of the organization at one time or another, but Lemus said the group has more allies than undocumented students.These allies are still a minority at the school, however, since no one knows exactly how many undocumented students attend USC, and many don’t know there are actually any at all.“This population doesn’t come out and say ‘Hey I’m here, I’m undocumented.’ It’s much more reserved,” Vela said. “Some of them are not sure quite if they can be upfront and honest in the sense of just saying ‘this is who I am’ and it won’t have any repercussions.”Aside from the community not making itself known to other students at USC, sometimes undocumented students don’t realize that they have resources like the IDEAS movement. Vela said he believes many of these students have difficulty feeling comfortable in their own skin.“Feeling like they can be themselves and feeling like they can say [they’re undocumented], they can talk about it, they can be who they are without fear of any sort and just feeling completely like they can be themselves here at USC,” Vela said. “I think that’s a challenge I’ve seen and heard when I’ve talked to many of these students.”Those who have reached out to a wider community at USC have mostly done so with positive results.“More than anything I’ve been shocked and very, very happy that people choose to become part of the network … It’s good to know people now know the honest part about you, and they still respect it, and they’re not rejecting it,” Jimenez said. “They’re embracing it instead.”As for those who don’t react as well, Lemus said it’s all a matter of brushing it off.“You do encounter those kind of people who try to tell you that what you’re doing is wrong, who kind of try to tell you that you’re in the wrong place and you don’t belong here,” she said. “But, for me, you just always have to move forward from it.”CLIPPED WINGSDespite the fact that all three girls plan on staying in the United States after graduation, all three also mentioned a desire to travel outside the country — a luxury they don’t currently have.“One thing I’ve always wanted is actually to meet my grandparents,” Lemus said. “They live in Mexico. Because when I’m here in the United States, I don’t feel like I have a huge family … But in Mexico we have so many cousins, so many uncles and aunts.”Lee also wishes she could go back to South Korea to see her parents and extended family. She said she last saw her dad when he came to the United States about five years ago and her mom comes to visit every other year.“I haven’t visited South Korea since I came here,” Lee said. “I’d love to go back.”Another college activity unavailable to undocumented students is studying abroad.“Everybody talks about study abroad and people always ask: ‘Why don’t you apply?’” Lee said. “I’m like ‘yeah I will,’ but you just kind of say that because in the back of your mind you’re saying, ‘I’m not even going to think about it because that’s not possible.’”DREAMING ONJimenez, Lee, and Lemus each had different ideas about just how “American” they were. Lemus said she is caught somewhere in the middle, a hybrid of Mexican and American that the community has come up with a term for: chicana/o.“If I were to go to Mexico, they would call me a gringa, they would call me an American, but for me I don’t feel like I’m that American because when I’m here they tell me ‘Oh no, you’re not American, you’re from Mexico, you’re not even born here,’” Lemus said.Jimenez, however, saw the issue in a less ambiguous light.“I am American by default, whether or not they give that to me,” she said. “I don’t need their letter of approval in order for me to identify as American.”Some in Congress, however, are working to let students like Jimenez take the first steps toward becoming officially “American.” The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (or, DREAM, in perhaps some wishful thinking) Act is a measure that would provide permanent residency to some immigrants. Introduced in 2001, it still has yet to be passed, and many question if it, or any other immigration reform, ever will be.“I joke about it like ‘Oh I’ll just marry somebody,’ but I really think that’s the only way I could [become a citizen] with the current situation,” Lee said. “I guess I’m not naive about the DREAM Act being passed, and I’d rather stay realistic and not get my hopes up.”But politics is not about to stop these three students from living their lives.Lemus has clear plans about her future. Though she wants to take a year off after she graduates in December to participate in fellowships and internships, Lemus eventually plans on either going to graduate school to help work against human trafficking or toward immigration reform.“I grew up in a very poor low-income family, so seeing the system, you know how it doesn’t really help everyone else,” Lemus said. “It’s really difficult for some people to get out of that cycle, that circle, so it kind of pushes me to go for social justice. I’ve been … reading a lot about human trafficking and about how the majority of the trafficked individuals are immigrants.”Until then, though, Lemus, along with Jimenez and Lee, is just another Trojan. Lee said that despite her status, she still feels that she’s living the American Dream.“Look at me, I’m going to USC, I’m majoring in computer engineering,” Lee said. “I have so much opportunity even as an undocumented student.”This post has been updated.last_img read more

USG addresses college affordability

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Goverment Senate convened for its first session of this semester Tuesday night. The session’s focal point was a presentation by USG President Rini Sampath, in which she discussed, among other topics, the issue of the cost of college.“College affordability is an issue for all students, but especially for low-income students and students who come from middle-class families,” Sampath said.Sampath said students have reached out to her regarding difficulty with tuition increases and the financial aid office.“Many students are coming to USC expecting their college tuition [to be]covered by these different aid programs,” she said. “But from the emails that I’ve been getting from students, they are having issues with the financial aid office, and they are having issues with the costs going up. Tuition went up $2,000 this year, and we don’t know where that money is going.”After the session adjourned, Sampath said that it “breaks  [her] heart” to know of students transferring out of USC, taking leaves of absence or stopping their education altogether because of rising tuition costs or insufficient aid packages.Alec White, USG residential senator, stated that he personally knows of two friends who had to leave USC because of tuition difficulties. He added that other universities are tackling these issues.“Other schools have policies that work well,” White said. “For example, Stanford had one policy that said that if your parents make $125,000 a year or less, you get free tuition. Some schools, like Penn State, have had tuition freezes.”Sampath also commented on other universities’ tuition policies. She mentioned George Washington University, a private college that charges students the same tuition all four years.“For example, let’s say that [coming] into USC with a tuition of $42,000 a year, it will cost [this amount] the rest of the four years; it will not increase,” Sampath said. “Whereas, as Alec was saying, since we came into college, tuition has increased by a couple thousand dollars. That’s just not OK. If you adjust on inflation, it doesn’t even reflect those numbers, so I don’t think the excuse of inflation really works as a college affordability stance.”Sampath and White delineated their advocacy strategy, which will begin with a student survey.“We are going to be doing advocacy work on all fronts, in terms of talking to the communities most affected by these types of problems,” Sampath said. “We are going to be reaching out to different cultural assemblies to see how their constituents are affected by college affordability. We will urge students to share their college affordability stories with me personally, to email me and to meet with me.”Another important issue discussed during the meeting was the mental health of the student body. USG will work with the Academic Culture Assembly and Wellness Affairs to “tackle mental health on campus.” USG is also looking to implement a fall break — contingent on a vote from the faculty senate — and expand cultural resource centers.last_img read more