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USG plans to hold two more town hall events

We’re just a few weeks away from the start of finals. Look out for the Undergraduate Student Government’s finals week events. On Nov. 26, USG had its first town hall of the semester. We decided to hold it on a Monday this late in the semester because we wanted to reach students who aren’t always on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We wanted this town hall to be a mid-semester check-in for us. Students brought up issues regarding the lack of resources for immigrants — undocumented and documented — what USG is doing for the LGBT students and how international students can get involved in USG.

I will be working closely with the Office of Student Life to think of ways to address these critical issues. Next semester, we will be holding two town halls, one on a Monday or Wednesday and the other on a Tuesday or Thursday to ensure we reach more students.

Two weeks ago, USG held elections to fill in the University Student Senate delegate position. When the senate was deciding whom to pick as the delegate, we uncovered a lot of new information. In the USS constitution, it states that only students who were elected through campus-wide elections are eligible to run for the position of USS delegate. To continue, the constitution also says, the USS alternate delegate has to step up as USS delegate if a USS delegate leaves. Thus, I will be taking up the USS delegate position and Ray Colon, current chair of appeals, will be the alternate delegate for USS.

If anyone is interested in decreasing MetroCard fares, they should join the BeFare Sub-Committee, spearheaded by Brandon Santiago. Feel free to contact him at Brandon.Santiago@usgbaruch.com. The next meeting will be on Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the USG Conference Room, NVC 3-270. Sign the petition at BeFare.weebly.com.

Reports of malfunctioning laptops that were barely charged  came in; students took them out of the laptop kiosks in the Newman Vertical Campus and the library building. Emma Jorgensen, Kendra Lojano and I reached out to the Vice President of Information Services and the Dean of the Library Arthur Downing regarding this issue. As stated by Downing on Nov. 15, “A defective laptop shorted out the charging device inside the kiosk. None of the units, Dells or Macs, were being charged for at least a day. A new charger is being installed today.” If any students notice further issues with the laptop kiosks, please reach out to my email.

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.

December 3, 2018

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