Baruch fixes broken elevators and escalators

We’ve just ended the first month of the semester. Ninety-six students had the opportunity to attend Baruch College’s 36th Annual Leadership Weekend. Students had the chance to go on a getaway to the Pocono Mountains and learn more about themselves and how to become leaders on campus. Anyone can apply to Leadership Weekend; make sure to be on the lookout for the Leadership Weekend application next fall!

At the beginning of the semester, Con Edison told Baruch students and faculty to use less electricity at peak hours and to save energy because of the heat wave. However, the NVC elevators and escalators are working fine now. Attempting to use the elevators at the 23rd Street building is also a struggle; some students often wait in line to take the elevators for nearly 20 minutes. Please understand that the elevators are extremely old and need to be replaced.

At the moment, two elevators are completely turned off because they are undergoing a huge renovation. These elevators will be working by the end of December, alongside the two that are already working. The goal is have all six elevators working by the end of 2019. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

As president of our Undergraduate Student Government, I have the honor of serving on the board of directors. The monthly board of directors meeting consists of the administration, two faculty members, six student body representatives and two independent directors. We discuss and oversee the allocation and expenditures of the student funds. All allocations approved by the USG Senate are presented to the board of directors because they require final approval. Every student is allowed to come to these meetings. The next meeting is on Oct. 11 from 12:40 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room B2-290 on the second floor of the NVC.

The first USS meeting of the year was on Sept. 23. During this meeting, the nominee for the Steering Committee for this academic year was discussed. USS is the University Student Senate. A few USG representatives are elected as USS delegates to represent Baruch in the CUNY-wide student government. USS seats will be voted on during the next plenary meeting on Oct. 21.

Please register to vote in the Office of Student Life, NVC 2-210, anytime from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Oct. 12. Although you must be at least 18 years old to vote, you do not have to be 18 to register. You can register to vote as long as you will be 18 by Election Day. Make sure to vote!

Radhika Kalani is the president of USG. She can be reached at Her office is located at 3-272 in the Newman Vertical Campus.