Senate Meeting: USG gives updates on November events, ‘Charity Week’



Emanuela Gallo, Editor-in-Chief

Baruch College’s Undergraduate Student Government held its ninth meeting of the fall 2020 semester on Nov. 3.

Executive Vice President Briana Staten began by encouraging USG members to vote in two contests. The first is the Superstar Senator of the Month, which will be awarded to a senator who contributed greatly during the month of October.

The second contest is the Dedicated Member of the Month, which will be awarded to someone who is not on the Senate table but is an active participant in USG.

She then announced two potential events for November. The first is the “Bearcat Chit-Chat Watch Party,” scheduled for Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m.

The second event is “Making Friends in COVID,” scheduled for Nov. 19 at 6:00 p.m. Staten indicated that the government will try to make this event occur monthly.

Chair of Philanthropy Osvaldo Garcia then gave an update on “Charity Week.”

He reported that they had raised close to $14,000 so far. The deadline to donate is Nov. 13, which allows more time to reach their goal of $15,000. Social media events held next week will help encourage these donations.

Members of the Baruch community may donate to Charity Week here.

USG President Tony Chen gave a shoutout to Chair of Arts Kristina Khabarov, Chair of Graphics Cindy Chen, VP of Campus Affairs Steven Le and volunteers for all their hard work.

Tony Chen also spoke about his meeting with the International Student Organization, where they drafted ideas for winter graduation.

They discussed making a video congratulating and saying goodbye to the winter class of 2020, as well as a watch party after finals.

Rep. Sen. Tomasz Horczak encouraged members to promote the Computer Science Major questionnaire, which will determine the demand for the major. The survey, which can be found here, has also been posted to USG’s social media and is closing on Nov. 4.

Staten spoke next about the resolution sent to the Baruch administration regarding the Credit/No Credit policy for this semester.

USG is still awaiting a response from Baruch President S. David Wu and Interim Provost James McCarthy.

Staten also congratulated her colleagues on their work on “Homecoming,” pleased with the upkeep of Bearcat pride in a virtual setting.

This was also Matthew Sanchez’s first USG meeting as Rep. Sen., as he was chosen from five other applicants after a vacancy on the table opened up. Their video applications were reviewed at the last meeting on Oct. 27.