Senate Meeting: USG allocates funds to VSA



Emanuela Gallo, Editor-in-Chief

Baruch College’s Undergraduate Student Government held its third Senate meeting of the spring 2021 semester on Feb. 16.

Chair of Appeals Irine Thomas spoke about the Vietnamese Student Association, which appealed for $2,000.

The amount is for contracts with three performers for the club’s “Paris By Night” event, which is predicted to be attended by over 100 students.

VSA President Jeannie Chen represented the club at the meeting. She spoke about the club’s negotiations with several performers to lower their prices after reaching out to approximately 20 of them.

The motion to allocate $2,000 to their contracts category was passed.

Vice President of Legislative Affairs Richard Reyes then discussed a legislative newsletter that will launch in March on social media.

He and Chair of Public Opinion Laiba Hussain have planned an initiative to help businesses Baruch students patronize, not only near campus but also in their respective communities within the five boroughs.

The project is intended help connect students to the world outside of Baruch and its campus.

It would not be an endorsement but would put a spotlight on small, family-owned businesses to help with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The establishments can be restaurants or any type of specialized business. There may be discounts available for Baruch students depending on what each business decides.

Reyes also talked about future events, one of which is a climate change panel that is currently being planned. Another event being planned surrounds the upcoming mayoral primaries.

Vice President of Campus Affairs Steven Le provided an update on the technology fee committee, which met with Vice President for Information Services and Dean of the Library Arthur Downing last Monday.

The meeting addressed goals such as adding charging kiosks and new portable Wi-Fi hotspots, improving the Wi-Fi and purchasing 3D printers.

Rep. Sen. Erika Cumbe discussed an upcoming event on March 18 highlighting immigration resources for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applicants.

Hussain brought up the “BLS Open House” event on Feb. 18, which covered topics surrounding the Black and Latino Studies major.

She also announced that USG’s resolution to cut purchasing contracts with CORCRAFT, which passed at the last Senate meeting, was posted to all social media.

Vice President of Student Affairs Yam-Yu Li spoke next about USG’s “Bearcat’s Resource Farming Guide: The Definitive Quarantine Edition” event, which will highlight 10 student service departments and their resources for students.

USG then spoke about the possibility of a Credit/No Credit policy for the spring semester.

The idea of inviting the interim provost and others in the administration to a Senate meeting to allow for students’ voices to be heard was pitched.