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USG wants to reduce MTA fare for students

Isn’t it crazy that the semester is going to end in almost a month? Keep hustling, bearcats!

It’s been almost a year since CUNY Chancellor James Milliken stepped down during the beginning of the 2018 academic year. CUNY’s Board of Trustees will hopefully name a new chancellor by mid-December, even though the initial deadline was in August.Appointing the new chancellor is extremely important because the president-elect of Baruch College will need to work closely with them.

Congratulations to Razieh Arabi, Baruch’s Undergraduate Student Senate delegate, for becoming the vice chair of fiscal affairs for USS. This is the first time in a few years that someone from Baruch has held a position in the steering committee.

From every CUNY student’s tuition payments, $1.45 is used to fund USS. Arabi and I both look forward to creating a CUNY-wide event alongside other USS delegates for next semester.

Are you interested in being one of the two students who represent all of Baruch at CUNY-wide meetings?

Would you like to help out with lobbying and pushing initiatives with the support of all 500,000 students who attend CUNY?

Now is your chance! Apply to become a USS delegate at http://bit.ly/USSDelegateApp by Nov. 16.

The chair of the #BeFare Subcommittee, Brandon Santiago, is currently looking for any passionate students who want to help with reducing the MTA fare that Baruch students pay.

Baruch’s Undergraduate Student Government will be hosting a Town Hall on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Bearcat Den to hear what students think we’re doing well, what we aren’t and any other issues on campus that we can help out with. Make sure to voice your concerns here: http://bit.ly/usgtownhall.

If you’re interested in representing Baruch at the annual black and Puerto Rican caucus and are passionate about meeting state government officials who represent our district as Baruch alumni, please speak to Mark Vilk, USG’s vice president of legislative affairs and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/usgalbanytrip.

Last week, Hillel held a vigil. The main message I want to pass on is you can only fight hate with love. Please keep this in mind and welcome everyone of different sexes, ages, religions and cultures with open arms.

On that note, I wish everyone a safe few weeks, and remember to stay humble and be thankful for all you have!

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.

November 19, 2018

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