The USG Report: Students must hold USG and state officials accountable

In every competitive election at each level of government, there is a winner and a loser. As I write this column, students have not finished voting on next year’s representatives and, regardless of the outcome, the previous statement will hold true.

It is vital to the success and integrity of the Undergraduate Student Government that members of the Baruch community continue to play an active role in the happenings of student government in the weeks and months following the election.

Casting your vote during election season is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to having your voice heard and your questions answered.

If the person or persons you voted for are elected, continue to hold them accountable for the promises they made during the campaign cycle. If they were not elected, engage with new representatives and work to have them incorporate your ideas into their plans.

This should be used as a model for participating in government outside Baruch as well. There will be times when you feel as though certain elected officials are not living up to their potential nor fulfilling the duties of the office. In these situations, it is the duty of private citizens to act. Organizing, rallying and speaking out are responsibilities of all individuals and these actions work to make our government better.

No matter the leadership, USG will always keep the interests of the undergraduate students at the forefront of all their decisions and efforts during their time in office serving you.

There are countless ways to contribute to Baruch’s environment and better our college community throughout the academic year, regardless of the results of the election.

Regardless of which team wins, USG will continue to host open senate meetings in room NVC 3-270 where students can voice their concerns directly to the senate and executive board and will continue to allow all students to hold positions in the organization. As technology advances, our offices have become more accessible as we have expanded to multiple social media platforms and host a public website.

Following a contentious election cycle, it is sometimes difficult to see a way forward if you end up on the losing side. We must always remember that there is no more important office than that of the private citizen and we all have a role to play regardless of those who hold elected office in our college community.

Daniel Dornbaum is the president of USG. He can be reached at daniel.dornbaum@usgbaruch.com. His office is located at 3-272 in the Newman Vertical Campus.