Voting — it is one of those tasks that all too often falls into the category of routine chores. Too often, voting seems no more important than taking the car in for an oil change, going to the dentist or picking up the dry cleaning.In the midst of hectic daily grind, it can seem easy for a task as simple as casting a ballot to slip through the cracks. But a task as crucial to the democratic process as voting should not be pushed off the to-do list.A vote in an Undergraduate Student Government election might not seem like a civic duty, but it is an important first step. By voting in this USG election, students are acting as members of the USC community. Votes are investments — in this case, in the university and in the future of the student body. Choosing not to vote leaves voices out of the process and removes you from the conversation.Low turnout rates aren’t only a problem in student government elections. The 2012 presidential election only garnered 58.2 percent of the vote, and the tally was even lower in California. State government elections usually tend to do worse than national elections, and local elections typically draw only between a quarter and a third of registered voters.This special edition of the Daily Trojan is meant to change that. As reporters and editors who cover student government, we understand the impact student leaders can have on the USC community. The power of student government to enact change on this campus would be immeasurably enhanced if more students paid attention and got involved.Take this opportunity to participate. Students can vote online from midnight Monday morning to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and USG will have polling stations set up all over campus throughout the week. Visit elections.usc.edu or one of the polling stations on campus and let your voice be heard.
Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE sign long-term strategic partnership June 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Forming a joint-venture agreement, customer experience marketing agency A GAME ABOVE has partnered with player protection specialist Beanstalk, to launch a ‘regulatory support product’ – Yield Sec.Bringing Yield Sec to market, A GAME ABOVE and Beanstalk have stated that they have developed the first tool helping governments and regulators, monitor and remove ‘black market threats’, obstructing the progress of regulated marketplaces for licensed incumbents.Yield Sec will support regulatory authorities, with a real-time solution and database actively monitoring the activities of illegal black market websites targeting individual marketplaces and vulnerable customer segments.A GAME ABOVE brands Yield Sec as a vital tool for regulatory teams looking to maintain ‘effective regulation and upholding player protections’, with its solution providing further resources for the monitoring, policing and enforcing regulated market actions.Commenting on the launch, Steen Madsen, CEO of A GAME ABOVE, said: “The operation of a sustainable marketplace, with cared-for customers and practically excluded minors and at-risk audiences, whilst raising valuable taxation revenues for society, predictably, is the perfect way to support our shared mission across A GAME ABOVE and Beanstalk: the customer experience.“Player protection and the operation of a sustainable, responsible industry, onshore and subject to regulation, are, in our view, simply facets of the customer experience, overall.”The product will allow governments and regulators to establish a ‘regulatory ring-fence for all licensed and soon-to-be licensed markets’, which A GAME ABOVE and Beanstalk hope will prevent ‘the failure to fund good causes and the outright theft of legitimate tax yield by illicit black market operators’.Leading Yield Sec’s product development, Beanstalk is the igaming player protection agency which operates multi-device igaming website/app blocker Gamban – an application recognised as one of igaming’s most effective player protection tools.Jack Symons, Co-Founder and Director of Beanstalk, added: “After an intensive period of research and development, we’re pleased to be announcing the launch of Yield Sec. Across most markets today, those at risk of gambling-related harm do not know where to effectively turn when facing a problem.“Escaping a spiral of continued, compulsive play is almost impossible when no gambling cessation helpline or tool has historically worked to effectively exclude the black market. Yield Sec will achieve this and provide for meaningful player protection. Caring for the vulnerable is ineffective if we only place conditions upon licensed operators but then leave the unregulated black market openly available.”Yield Sec developers stated that an effective black-market monitoring solution is needed during a time of disruption across multiple markets, in which government & regulators aim to harmonise regulatory measures balancing player protection and taxation yield measures.Bill Pascrell, III,President, North America for A GAME ABOVE, concluded: “For governments and regulators, Yield Sec is a tool for our time and the sustainable future of regulated online betting and gaming.“Despite the loss of nearly all professional sport over the COVID-19 crisis, it is clear that black-market betting and gaming sites and apps benefited enormously – at no other point in history have we seen the broad presence and availability of so many unlicensed, unregulated offerings, none of which pay any tax, protect any players or provide for those at risk.“In targeting regulated territories, these black market operators are effectively stealing taxpayers’ money and avoiding the contributions that licensed, responsible operators make to good causes and the prevention of gambling-related harm.” How Yield Sec is removing black market influences July 28, 2020 Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Submit Share read more