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Senate Meeting: USG discusses ‘Charity Week’ and the cancellation of the ‘Lip Sync Battle’


The Undergraduate Student Government held its seventh weekly senate meeting of the semester on Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Vice President of Campus Affairs Steven Le began by discussing the Homecoming Talent Show, which will be held on Oct. 30.

In addition to six student performances, there will be fun activities including riddles, hangman, jeopardy and Family Feud.

The winner will be chosen by the students in attendance. All votes will count once, but those who donate have the opportunity to increase their influence. For example, a donation of $2 will count as two votes, and so on. It is unclear exactly where these donations will go.

Another topic was Charity Week, which will span two weeks with the goal of raising donations.

Events will be held in the first week. During the second week, no events will be hosted. Instead, USG will increase its social media presence to raise money.

Osvaldo Garcia, the chair of philanthropy, spoke next about a request he received. Nicole Souza, who is a part of alumni affairs, asked USG to create a video that shows the daily life of Baruch students.

This video will be posted to help raise money toward “unrestricted funding,” which can be used for multiple departments and purposes, such as COVID-19 relief or mental health.

The Chair of Graphics Cindy Chen, briefly addressed her colleagues about submitting a graphics request form, which asks questions about events that need to be promoted.

She will work with Christine Gajdos, the chair of marketing, to use this information and the Zoom recordings to create marketing materials.

Nancy Sea, treasurer, spoke next about late budgets. Bangladesh Student Association had four unpaid late vouchers for their event titled “Defying Gravity.” A motion to allocate them a total of $179.97 was passed.

Executive Vice President Briana Staten also encouraged USG members to continue their good work, speaking about how proud she was.

Genesis Calle, the executive secretary, echoed these sentiments. She brought up the difficulty of balancing USG responsibilities with schoolwork, especially during an unprecedented pandemic.

She also reminded everyone that communicating, being respectful of others’ time and duties and supporting whenever possible is helpful.

Staten also spoke about the Representative Senate form, through which USG receives applications for the position.

Since there have been no submissions, she considered extending the deadline and encouraged USG to promote the form on their social media.

VP of Student Affairs Yam-Yu Li announced that the Lip Sync Battle has been canceled for this semester due to the fact that only two groups signed up.

Li also informed USG that the Counseling Center asked for their help with an event titled “Cuffing Safely in COVID.” It will take place on Nov. 12.

It is a program that will address dating and relationships during the pandemic, empowering students with realistic cautions they can take while socializing.

Taji Sanders, the VP of academic affairs, asked about the Credit/No Credit policy of this semester, pointing out that Baruch has not announced any new information since the spring.

Richard Reyes, the VP of legislative affairs, discussed the survey that will gather data on how students feel about online learning.

After further discussion, USG agreed to send the survey out soon so that it could be closed by Saturday. This will allow the Provost to have access to the information by Monday.

This information may be factored into the decision about a Credit/No Credit policy.

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