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Promote campus change through a new project

We have survived the first two weeks of classes! I hope everyone got their textbooks, attended a bunch of general interest meetings and are enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. Once again, I’ll focus on Baruch College and CUNY-wide issues and what the Undergraduate Student Government is doing on their behalf.

One of our representative senators will be taking the lead on creating surveys to understand the undergraduate population better. We will find patterns from the data collected regarding our audience so we can do a better job marketing USG to all ages, races and years at Baruch. If you’re interested in helping out, please let me know.

Furthermore, the Participatory Budgeting Project allows students to have power regarding making huge changes on campus. First, you start off by submitting your idea. After reviewing all the ideas, a Participatory Budgeting New York City Committee will decide whether or not they want to fund your proposal.

You can propose a project in any field. Whether you want to get more planters for Baruch or add more water bottle filling stations, all ideas are welcome; get creative with it! For more information, a representative from PBNYC will be coming to the USG Senate Meeting on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Newman Vertical Campus in 3-270. Hope to see you there!

In addition, there is a hiring freeze in place at the moment. No more faculty will be hired. If you are interested in what is going on with faculty responsibilities, interests and concerns, there are Faculty Senate meetings on the first Thursday of each month in NVC 14-250 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The vice president of academic affairs and I will be present at all meetings.

After speaking with the USG president from 2013, I thought it’d be a great idea to have a USG hall of fame.

This hall of fame will include pictures of USG presidents and/or the entire USG from the time USG was first created until now! This will be a fun little project and will help the current USG stay connected with previous cabinets.

USG is going to be working closely with the Graduate Student Assembly to plan events. We want to help undergraduate clubs on campus get connected with their graduate counterparts. USG will also try to create an easier way to transition from USG to GSA for potential graduate students.

On that note, I want to thank you for reading our update. Please feel free to voice any concerns you have by stopping by the USG suite.

Radhika Kalani is the president of USG. She can be reached at radhika.kalani@usgbaruch.com. Her office is located at 3-272 in the Newman Vertical Campus.

September 20, 2018

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