Undergraduate Student Government President Monish Tyagi spoke about USC’s “forward-moving mentality” and signed a commendation of the football program on Tuesday night at the State of the Student Body address.Tyagi revived a USG tradition of delivering an annual speech, which has not been exercised for several years.“Starting about a month ago, the senators decided it would be cool to bring this back,” Tyagi said before the speech. “I’m glad we were able to.”In his speech, Tyagi said student life at USC is defined by progress.“When you take away all of the tangible items — the programs, the projects, the meetings, the events — student life at USC, at it’s core, really boils down to a feeling of connection,” Tyagi said.He said this connection between USC students was most evident when the Trojans across the country watched junior quarterback Matt Barkley announce that he would return next season. Tyagi paraphrased Barkley’s remarks because he said they were emblematic of USC’s desire for constant improvement.“We have some serious unfinished business to attend to, and [we] intend to play a part in it,” Tyagi said. “That is the USC mentality. That is the USC way. There is always unfinished business.”Though Tyagi highlighted many achievements from his term, which expires in early April, he said he wanted to avoid a “laundry-list recitation of accomplishments.”While Tyagi noted the importance of future work, Tyagi said his administration achieved both of its primary goals: relationship-building and addressing student needs through advocacy and programming.“In my mind, the state of student life and the state of the student body at USC has never been better,” Tyagi said.Before delivering his speech, the USG Senate unanimously passed a resolution commending the football team for its season. The resolution was sponsored by Residential Senator Jordan Vieira and sponsored by Greek Senator Cody Rapp and Residential Senator Samantha Coxe. Resolutions officially communicate the student body’s opinion on an issue.“They also reinvigorated the Trojan spirit and fervor in a way that will intimidate any team we play next year,” USG Greek Senator Cody Rapp said.Director of Football Operations Jeff Fucci, redshirt junior quarterback John Manoogian, freshman offensive guard Cyrus Hobbi, redshirt junior punter Kyle Negrete, senior defensive end Armond Armstead and redshirt senior cornerback Boomer Roepke attended the event.Hobbi and Roepke spoke after the resolution’s passage. Though Hobbi thanked USG for passing the resolution, he hopes fans at the Coliseum will be more enthusiastic next year.“We need to get a little louder in the Coliseum,” Hobbi said. “We have great support [in the students section], but we need to pick it up.”
The second iteration of the Esports BAR is heading to the United States following the success of the first in Cannes, France last February. Reed MIDEM, the Paris-based organiser of international B2B markets in entertainment that include MIPTV and MIPCOM for the television and digital content industries and Midem for the music sector, has announced the second edition of Esports BAR in Miami from 18-20 September.Reed MIDEM has suggested that the aim of Esports BAR is to allow companies operating in the esports ecosystem to negotiate related rights, foster business relationships, and create new contacts.Esports BAR in Miami will bring together over 100 pre-selected leading executives from esports teams, leagues and tournaments, game publishers, brands, advertising agencies and related television and online platforms. “This selection process is what makes Esports BAR unique. The idea is to bring together the 100 people who will benefit most from meeting each other. It’s a system of business relationship brokering,” commented Jérôme Delhaye, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Entertainment Division.Designed as a global event bringing together executives from more than 20 countries active in the worldwide esports industry, the upcoming edition of Esports BAR is expected to attract a particularly strong participation from the United States, Latin America and Canada.The event will be comprised of a 1-to-1 summit offering leading executives a full diary of guaranteed pre-scheduled meetings. Business insight sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the esports market and will showcase best practices related to the esports sector. Miami will also see numerous networking events designed to develop relationships within the expanding esports community.“The second edition of Esports BAR is a direct result of the phenomenal reaction we got from delegates when we launched the concept in Cannes in February,” said Reed MIDEM’s Jérôme Delhaye. “We had a 96% satisfaction rating and clear demand for a second event in 2017. What set the inaugural Esports BAR apart from other esports events was the high quality of professionals gathered in one place, dedicated to growing esports into the entertainment of the future. Reed MIDEM aims to accompany the strategic development of this rapidly-evolving industry, just as it has built essential platforms for the growth of the TV and music industries over the past decades.”Among senior delegates who voiced their support for the Esports BAR format was Alban Dechelotte, Senior Entertainment Marketing Manager for The Coca-Cola Company. Speaking at the end of Esports BAR in Cannes, he commented, “This format is exactly what I was dreaming of – meeting the whole esports industry at the same time and in a great place. This is the most efficient event I’ve attended so far.”To provide the most productive esports matchmaking experience possible, Reed MIDEM is supported by an advisory team of esports professionals, which includes Stuart Saw, Twitch’s Director of Esports Strategy, Matthieu Dallon, Esport Strategy Director, Webedia and President, France eSports, Sidney Kim, CEO of Rox Tigers and ROX Orcas OverWatch Team, Ralf Reichert, CEO of ESL, Mike Sepso, Senior VP Activision Blizzard, Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of Fnatic, and Arnd Benninghoff, EVP, MTG and CEO of MTGx Ventures. In its first edition, held in Cannes from 15-17 February, Esports BAR was sold out with a final number of 115 pre-selected leading executives from 69 companies and 18 countries. Among the major companies attending, Esports BAR in Cannes welcomed digital platforms Twitch, Facebook and YouTube, media giants Orange, Vivendi, Univision and Discovery, game publishers EA, Activision Blizzard, Bandai and Rovio, esports key players such as ESL, ESWC and Webedia, teams SK Gaming, Vitality, Fnatic, and major brands and agencies including Lagardère Sports, IBM, Sennheiser and The Coca Cola Company. The company has also revealed that it shall be expanding its Cannes offering for 2018. Disclaimer: ESI was media partnered for Esports BAR Cannes 2017.