Keshav Tyagi, a sophomore majoring in biology and health promotion and disease prevention studies, will replace Susan Deng as an Undergraduate Student Government residential senator because Deng is studying abroad for the spring semester.Political messaging · Keshav Tyagi responds to emails during his office hours. Tyagi will be sworn in as a residental senator this month if he passes a proficiency exam. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanTyagi must take an exam to show he has been sufficiently briefed on USG procedures before assuming office, but will likely be sworn in next week if he passes the exam.As a residential senator candidate last semester, he received the highest number of votes without getting a position. Tyagi was asked to fill the position during the first week of November.“I felt taken aback,” Tyagi said. “I was shocked and also very excited.”According to USG Vice President Logan Lachman, senators are rarely inducted at semester breaks. Senators are usually sworn in at the end of the academic year after they are elected.USG President Monish Tyagi, who is not related to Keshav Tyagi, said changes in officials more often occur in the cabinet, whose members are appointed by the president, but replacing the higher position of senator is not unheard of.“People who run for Senate know it’s for the full year, but students’ circumstances change,” Monish Tyagi said.As a residential senator, the sophomore will act as a spokesperson for students who are not affiliated with a Greek organization and who live in the immediate area of USC. According to Lachman, who runs Senate meetings as vice president, Senators must attend meetings of different clubs and organizations registered with USG, attend Senate meetings, write resolutions, work on legislation and advocate for their constituency.“It’s one of the more strenuous jobs,” Lachman said. “There are a lot of extra hours.”To prepare for this new position, Keshav Tyagi said he shadowed Deng for about a week.The incoming senator said he would like to advocate for transgender students by making bathrooms for transgender students more easily accessible and making services for transgender students more available and accessible.“I would like to focus on transgender awareness and transgender acceptance on campus,” Keshav Tyagi said. “I want the university to integrate transgender friendly policies and to increase awareness because that’s still an area that really needs to be improved.”Tyagi is also involved in the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, the InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship, serves as a peer health educator and works as a multimedia assistant in the music school. He said he looks forward to bringing a new outlook to USG because of these experiences.“I’m hoping that I can bring a different voice to the Senate. I feel like I’m lucky to not have had to do it first semester because I was able to get more immersed in USC and gain a new perspective,” Keshav Tyagi said.
The 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off tomorrow, with organisers, players and fans hoping the tournament can thrive in the face of adversity.It was only in November that Equatorial Guinea took over as hosts from Morocco, whose plea to postpone the finals over fears about the spread of Ebola was rejected by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).With concerns over the short time for Equatorial Guinea to prepare, worries about potentially poor attendances at matches in remote parts of the country and doubts about the infrastructure and facilities, football itself has taken a back seat in the build-up to the 16-team event which ends on February 8.Meanwhile organisers have said all players and visitors entering Equatorial Guinea will be tested for Ebola.The deadly virus, which broke out in West Africa in March 2014 and has claimed the lives of 8,386 people in six countries according to World Health Organisation figures up to 12 January, has cast a dark shadow over the tournament.However, there are no reported cases in Equatorial Guinea and the country’s government has taken measures to prevent Ebola from reaching their soil, including hiring the expertise of a team of Cuban doctors. Julia Nchama Abeso Avomo, the administrative attache at the country’s embassy in London, said everyone entering Equatorial Guinea will go through a short medical check upon arrival as a precautionary measure.Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are the countries worst affected by Ebola. Guinea are the only qualifiers for the finals – and their achievement is remarkable given the circumstances.The team were unable to play any matches at home and also suffered because of the stigma of the disease.Borussia Monchengladbach winger Ibrahima Traore says the players were tested for Ebola in the dressing room, just before a vital match against Togo.“We felt disrespected in other countries; to us it was like some people were seeing us Guineans not as human beings but as a disease,” Traore told BBC Sport. “Now we have to forget all that and we have to perform well in Equatorial Guinea. It’s something really important for our country and all the people who are suffering due to this disease.“We want to show everyone a great image of Guinea.“We got a $30,000 (£19,700) bonus for qualifying and I gave that money directly to charities fighting the disease. At the Africa Cup of Nations, we want to fight for the people who are struggling due to Ebola.”