Students react to new safety plan

first_imgSeveral students said they believe new safety measures announced Tuesday by USC President C. L. Max Nikias are improvements to on-campus safety.The new policies come after four victims sustained gunshot wounds on Oct. 31 in an on-campus shooting. The incident occurred after a suspect, not affiliated with the university, got in an argument with Geno Hall, a former Crenshaw High football star, at a Halloween party promoted by LA Hype in association with the Black Student Assembly.The new security policies include banning outside event promoters and requiring university identification to enter campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The university also plans to increase surveillance and the number of security guards on the perimeter of campus.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said student groups were consulted and briefed before the changes were announced.Several student leaders said the new changes are likely to enhance on-campus security. Mikey Geragos, Undergraduate Student Government President, said banning promoters should give student groups more oversight of their events.“I think we are all in agreement of having party promoters on campus was probably not a good idea,” Geragos said. “When you get party promoters involved … there is always the risk they could advertise to people who they shouldn’t advertise to and you don’t have control of what’s being put out there.”Molly Russell, a senior majoring in public relations, said she supports the policy for checking IDs to enter campus at night, but is not convinced that banning promoters will solve any safety issues on campus.“The ID thing is huge. I think it’s a logical step that should have been taken years ago. This area is not very safe, and that’s always going to be a challenge,” Russell said. “But I don’t think the promoter thing will really help. USC is supposed to be integrated with the community, so I think it’s weird to go back on that by not allowing them to hold events.”According to Geragos, events will still be open to individuals in the community, but USC will be checking IDs at the door.“We wanted to make sure there was a good way to monitor [events] without excluding those guests,” Geragos said.The university expects all new policies to be fully implemented by Jan. 14, 2013 — the first day of the spring semester.Arya Roshanian, a sophomore majoring in vocal arts, doubts that the Dept. of Public Safety will be able to enforce the new safety measures during times when there is a high volume of students on campus.“I’m not sure how it’s going to work with crowds,” Roshanian said. “During finals week, so many people go to campus at night to study and everything. How will they handle it when a big hoard of people is trying to get on campus?”Nikias also said that the university will increase the amount of DPS officers stationed on campus and at campus and residence hall entrances. The banning of outside event promoters will extend to the Row.Student Affairs consulted the Inter-Fraternity Council before announcing the changes. IFC President Michael Madden noted that the ban on promoters does not apply to party planners.Madden said some fraternities have already started checking student IDs at the door -— a policy IFC hopes to make mandatory for all fraternities.“That’s an idea that has been discussed and will probably be implemented next spring,” Madden said. “We are still in the process of working out the logistics of it.”Some students, such as Sheun Alli, a junior majoring in business administration, said that staying safe is mainly up to the individual.“People just need to be careful,” Sheun said. “The school can do whatever they want, but we’re still in South Central.”last_img read more

USbased video ad platform BrightRoll is extending

first_imgUS-based video ad platform BrightRoll is extending its reach into Europe after signing an agreement with data centre company Equinix.BrightRoll has built a new data centre within Equinix’s AM3 facility – which is connected to European interconnection hotspot, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.“The BrightRoll expansion into Europe represents the company’s commitment to building the world’s leading technology platform that enables advertisers to maximise ROI on video ad spend, while helping publishers maximise revenue for their video ad inventory,” the company said in a statement.The move comes after BrightRoll agreed a similar technology infrastructure deal with Equinix in the US last year.last_img

Richard Chambers Amsterdambased multichannel netw

first_imgRichard ChambersAmsterdam-based multichannel network Zoomin.TV has created a studios arm to re–version its digital programmes into broadcaster-friendly long-form formats, hiring a British TV veteran to lead the initiative.Zoomin Studios will also draw on its parent’s network of post-millennial, Gen Z creative talent to develop and coproduce formats and factual programming for TV channels, and mobile and digital platforms.It has brought in former BBC and indie producer Richard Chambers to lead its production efforts. He was worked at prodcos such as IWC Media, Tigress Productios, Icon Films and Touch Productions, and has produced and directed factual shows for Discovery, National Geographic, BBC One, BBC Two and Channel 5.“We know ‘traditional’ TV is by no means dead and just how attractive it remains to YouTube stars and their fans,” said Chambers, who is head of Zoomin Studios.“Our extensive knowledge of the content Gen Z both makes and consumes online, alongside the creative storytelling and high production values needed for long-form TV shows, gives Zoomin Studios a unique ability to source new talent, build an online fan base for them and now, working with coproduction partners, develop formats to bring that ready-made talent and audience to linear TV audiences globally.”Zoomin Studios is already in “advanced” discussions with producers and distributors about coproductions, with Chambers in town in Miami this week for the NATPE market to meet with potential partners about new projects.European broadcaster MTG owns Zoomin.TV, whose Gen Z talent channels amassed around 1.8 billion YouTube views a month, after paying €45 million (US$48.2 million) in July.Overall, Zoomin.TV channels secure around 3.3 billion views across platforms, has 18 offices on four continents, and is now pushing into TV formats.“Traditional broadcasters and advertisers are struggling to provide the right type of content to connect with a Generation Z audience, which has been turning off linear TV channels,” said Zoomin.TV CEO Jan Riemens. “Our talent already has vast audience recognition and loyalty across the 25,000 YouTube channels we manage and Zoomin Studioswill deliver this audience to TV platforms and brands.“Creating Zoomin Studios makes the Company ideally positioned to create a feedback loop between the broadcast and digital worlds and we are uniquely placed to monetise both.”last_img read more