Torero Tidbits: Virtual ASG Debate, Election; International Expo; USD Athletics

Torero Tidbits: Virtual ASG Debate, Election; International Expo; USD Athletics

Associated Student Government Hosts Virtual Debate, Online Voting

Associated Student Government leadership for the 2020-21 academic year will debate and then voted for and decided this next week. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, though, all activities connected to the decision process now will be handled virtually and voting will take place by signing onto the MySanDiego portal.

On Wednesday, April 15, a virtual debate will take place, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Joseph Abeyta is the lone finalist for ASG President. Also, two ASG Vice President candidate finalists, Justin Daus and Edward “Andrew” Schneider, will debate.

The debates will be held on Zoom, but it will be streamed to the public via YouTube. A link for the debate will be announced on Monday, according to Manda Sayegh, USD’s associate director of student activities and involvement.

Here is a link to meet the candidates who will debate and be on the ballot when the 48-hour online voting window on the MySanDiego portal opens at midnight on Thursday, April 16, through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Election results are expected to be announced on Monday, April 20.

Furthermore, students interested in applying for an appointed position must first attend a virtual informational to get the application. Deadline is April 20. Go to or email For students interested in applying for an ASG senator position, this election has been postponed until Fall 2020.

Instagram Stories Showcased USD’s 35th International Expo and Cultural Fashion Show

International students may be missing being with their University of San Diego friends and on campus, but just like a Zoom happy hour with friends can keep them all connected, so, too, did the 35th International Expo and Cultural Fashion Show presentation on the @usdoiss Instagram account April 6, 7 and 8.

Each of the day-long Instagram stories provided an opportunity for students to share images and information about their country’s traditional fashion, cuisine, fun facts, and students were also encouraged to showcase popular spots they’ve visited in their country.

April 6 highlighted the 561 students and scholars from 27 countries in Asia who have a USD connection. April 7 had 24 European countries represented by 155 students and scholars. The April 8 story showed Africa, The Americas and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) with 152 students and scholars from 19 of those countries.

International Student Organization board members from India, Slovenia and the United States each offered a quick introduction before the day’s story was unveiled.

Although this event is over, the USD Office of International Students and Scholars wants to stay in touch with all international students, whether they’ve returned to their home countries or chose to stay and take part in online courses locally. Don’t forget the email address if you need to connect with the OISS, it’s

Follow USD Athletics Website for Feature Stories

The 2019-20 athletics season ended abruptly for USD women’s basketball, which was likely to qualify to play in a postseason tournament. Spring sports teams whose seasons had not gone much more than a month, they were suddenly done. That’s the power of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. It literally shut down all competitions across the nation — professional, college, recreational and youth levels — and left Torero student-athletes, coaches and staff to make sense of it all.

While there are not games to play or promote now, the USD Athletics staff is passing the time staying safe and healthy. But the department is also reaching out and sharing stories of current student-athletes through question-and-answer stories, features and “letters” from various sports teams and individuals who are reflecting on the loss of their season but are staying positive in these uncertain times.

Recently, several Torero athletes contributed to a video message to thank health care providers and first responders for their work during this pandemic. Some of the student-athletes also have relatives in the medical field gave them a shout-out.

Be sure to check back in from time on the USD Athletics website. In case you’ve been more focused on your remote learning, take a break and check out the following articles up right now:

From the Players: Dear 2019-20 Season (by Basketball’s Myah Pace)

An 8K Catch-up with Molly Klein, women’s cross-country and track

Chasing Dreams in Uncertain Times (Football’s Reid Sinnett and Michael Bandy)

Men’s Basketball: Five with Yauhen Massalski

Get to Know: Marvin Schaber, Men’s Tennis

Letter from Men’s Tennis Coach Ryan Keckley

Letter from Softball Coach Jessica Pistole

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

USD's top Associated Student Government leaders will be voted on next week. An ASG debate takes place April 15, voting is April 16-17.USD's top Associated Student Government leaders will be voted on next week. An ASG debate takes place April 15, voting is April 16-17.

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