Students joined together in McCarthy Quad Monday night for the annual Conquest spirit rally and concert featuring artists Miguel and ILoveMakonnen. Conquest 2015 was the result of a combined effort by the Office of Campus Activities, Undergraduate Student Government Program Board, USG Concerts Committee and Trojan Pride in anticipation of the crosstown rivalry game against UCLA this Saturday.Conquest included a Bruin Bonfire put on by Trojan Pride, a fireworks show and a Ferris wheel all in McCarthy Quad. Food truck vendors The Boba Truck, Kogi, Coolhaus, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Jogasaki and Farmer’s Belly opened for business at 5:00 p.m., followed by the opening of the Ferris wheel.The next portion of the night was the spirit rally, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The rally included guest appearances from student groups, including the USC Cheer team.“Conquest is really exciting because we know a ton of people are going to be there to watch us,” said Lindsay Luiz, an undeclared freshman on the USC Cheer team. “I’m nervous because it’s our first really big performance, but it’s fun to build up to the game on Saturday. We’ve been preparing for a long time and making a special routine just for Conquest.”Athletes and coaches, the Spirit of Troy, Song Girls, Trojan Dance Force, Spirit Leaders, UnderSCore, Reverse Osmosis and Break Through all made appearances on the Conquest stage.“There are a lot of moving parts to Conquest,” said Alya Omar, one of the student MCs for the rally. “My job is to keep things moving, help with transitions, make sure everything goes smoothly and keep students excited and pumped. This is one of my favorite events because it’s a really good unifier. All of the student groups are so talented and just really fun to watch.”Miguel and ILoveMakonnen were announced as the featured performers on the Conquest Facebook event page on Friday. Miguel, a Grammy-award winning, critically acclaimed artist, and ILoveMakonnen, best known for his song remixed by Drake, “Tuesday,” pumped students up toward the end of the night. Previous Conquest headline performers have included Phantogram, Jason Derulo and Childish Gambino.“I’m not a huge R&B or soul music fan myself, but I think Miguel and ILoveMakonnen are really diverse in their nature. They will appeal to a wide array of audiences in the student body,” said Leah Palacios, a freshman majoring in communication. “For the Welcome Back Concert we had more EDM style artists, which I thought was really cool. Something like pop rock would have been better at really making people pumped up for the game on Saturday.”At the event, five students were randomly selected to predict the halftime and final score of the USC-UCLA game on Saturday. Winners will receive $10,000.The spirit of Conquest began even before the rally and concert Monday evening. Representatives from the Office of Campus Activities and Program Board hosted a variety of activities in front of Tommy Trojan since last Monday, Nov. 16. These mini events included free Conquest t-shirt and goodie-bag giveaways, Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Cheesemanburg citizens have accepted a challenge for each resident to contribute twenty Liberian dollars, from now until November 15, towards the development of the township.The suggestion was advanced by Mr. Joseph Jackie Brown, the former director of Cyber Crime at the Ministry of National Security, during a recent visit to the township.Brown was in Cheesemanburg to express appreciation to its elders for their participation in his recent gowning and certification by the National Governors Council of Liberia for his services to the country.Brown told a gathering of Cheesemanburg citizens that it was necessary for them to begin such an initiative in which every resident contributes twenty Liberian dollars towards the development of the community.“I want you to take the first step in this direction,” Brown said. “You must begin to help yourself and others will see the need to help you.”Responding, Cheesemansburg Township Commissioner, Thomas Cassell, accepted the challenge and said such an initiative could foster a spirit of togetherness “as the community would now realize that something is being done about its development.”Cheesemanburg resident Andrew Cassell called on his fellow residents to be “realistic, reliable and committed to the development of the township,” encouraging them to follow the arrangement and make their twenty Liberian dollar contributions.Following the call, several residents made their contributions, starting with Cole Momoh Dukuly and a three-year-old child. Others followed, and an initial amount of L$520 was raised.In a related development, Brown secured several shovels, hoes and diggers from UMARCO, a local building materials company, to the tune of US$350 and turned them over to the Cheesemanburg commissioner’s office.It can be recalled that Brown was recently gowned and certificated by the National Governors Council of Liberia, representing 16 tribes and 15 counties, for his five years of service as director of Cyber Crime at the Ministry of National Security, without a salary or honorarium. Brown is a retired United States of America soldier who twice toured Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom that toppled the administration of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.He was honored by the former United States President George Walker Bush for his valor in rescuing his colleagues, including his commander, when his unit came under enemy attack in Iraq.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THERE HAS BEEN a huge reduction in the number of sightings of children and young people begging in Dublin city centre.Leanbh, which is an ISPCC service which aims to stop child begging, revealed to TheJournal.ie that sightings have decreased by 94% in the last 14 years from 1999 to 2013.The charity received 2,938 reported sightings of children begging in 1999.That figure reduced to 182 last year. There have been 30 sighting reported so far this year.Here’s a breakdown on the number of sightings reported to Leanbh since 1997. Source: Leanbh via ISPCCAn anonymous child who was helped by Leanbh said, “They talked to me and my parents about the dangers of being on the streets and about the importance of education. They helped me find a school, they also helped me improve my literacy skills and get the uniform and the school books.The ISPCC says that begging has a negative impact on health and emotional well-being of a child, adding that it is associated with neglect and is almost always detrimental to a young person’s education or even literacy.The ISPCC warns that giving money is not the answer to child begging.“Child begging includes children begging alone and adults begging with children or babies either on the street or door to door.“Children begging may be at risk of emotional, physical and sexual abuse.Giving money increases the chances of child begging on a regular basis and does not address the root cause of begging.Instead the charity recommends giving food or a hot drink, talking to gardaí and contacting the ISPCC.“If you have an ongoing concern about a particular child, you can also contact the Health Service Executive (HSE).”Leanbh can be contacted on 01-2342009 or 087 0625198Read: If you see children begging on the street, the ISPCC want you to report it>