Undergraduate Student Government President Austin Dunn, Vice President Morgan Monahan and the USG Senate were inaugurated for the 2017-2018 school year at the USG meeting on Tuesday. The 2016-2017 Senate delivered its final remarks and summarized its achievements before the new USG president, vice president and senators were sworn into office. This was followed by an inauguration speech from Dunn, who reflected on his term as vice president, his service alongside former USG President Edwin Saucedo and his plans moving forward as USG president. “Throughout the duration of Edwin’s and my term, we’ve made great strides in fostering dialogue with constituencies that USG had not directly worked with in the past, such as spring admits, commuter students, students with disabilities [and] transfer students, but that is only the beginning,” Dunn said. “Moving forward, Morgan and I have plans to turn these discussions and dialogue into action and policy change. We want to build on the narratives of all students, and therefore we will continue to work with students from these communities to ensure adequate resources and representations for all students here at USC.”Dunn said the three major goals of his presidency will be to remove students’ financial barriers, increase campus safety through bystander intervention and active shooter training and increase the accessibility of USG. Following Dunn’s inauguration speech, the 2017-2018 USG Senate held its first meeting, where Dunn presented the USG directors for the upcoming term and detailed the application and hiring process for these directors. After receiving 136 applications for 59 positions, Dunn blacked out all applicants’ personal information and photos to prevent bias in the screening process. These applications were then sent to the USG Executive Board, who voted on which candidates deserved an interview. “This process has been totally revamped and done to the best of our ability due to continuous nepotism claims,” Dunn said.
Nicole Drought from Roscrea has been nominated for Irish Motorsport’s Young Driver of the Year award, and is hoping to win the main prize of a funded season of single-seater motor racing worth €50,000.21-year-old Nicole will test drive a 300 brake horsepower SEAT Supercopa at Mondello Park next Friday, after scoring 5 podiums in her first season.She also hopes that being the first woman ever to be nominated for the award will encourage more young women to get into the sport.
Added Sugarman in his own statement: “This weekend my family and I tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately quarantined and began to follow the established protocols. At this time we are all doing fine and experiencing only mild symptoms.”NBC Sports’ Peter King noted Monday that Sugarman “has been one of the league leaders in formulating anti-COVID plans for team facilities.” Sugarman recently took King behind the scenes at the Vikings’ facility in Eagan, Minn., to provide an example of how NFL teams had prepared for the players’ arrival.Minnesota has installed four COVID-19 testing bays and a single entry point, complete with temperature checks and sanitation, at its facility. The team also established social distancing protocols in its locker room, cold/hot tubs, showers, training rooms, meeting rooms and cafeteria. The Vikings announced Monday that the man in charge of the team’s COVID-19 protocols has tested positive for the virus.Eric Sugarman, the team’s head athletic trainer who recently was appointed Minnesota’s infection control officer as part of its effort to start the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, has not had recent contact with players, according to the team, and no additional cases within the Vikings front office have been identified. The last of Vikings veterans are scheduled to report to training camp Tuesday, but players are not permitted to enter the facility until they receive three negative COVID-19 test results during an initial testing period. As is the case for all NFL teams, the Vikings’ training camp activities for veterans are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 with physicals and equipment distribution.MORE: Explaining the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for camp”We learned over the weekend Minnesota Vikings Head Athletic Trainer and Vice President of Sports Medicine and the team’s Infection Control Officer Eric Sugarman, along with members of his family, tested positive for COVID-19,” the Vikings said Monday in a statement. “Eric immediately shared his results with the organization and began to follow the previously established comprehensive protocol created by the NFL and national and local health experts. Eric and his family are currently in self-quarantine and providing daily updates on their well-being.”We have followed the team’s protocol for sanitizing the facility and for notifying any personnel who may have been in close contact with Eric. Those individuals have been tested and are returning under the established guidelines. …”Eric will continue to fulfill his role as the team’s ICO virtually as much as possible, and his athletic training staff and other Vikings personnel will assist where necessary. We wish Eric and his family a quick and full recovery and look forward to him returning to the Vikings when appropriate.”