USG Report: Campus upgrades seek to help more students

As midterm season is upon us, I want to first wish you luck on upcoming tests, quizzes and essays that will be looming in the next week or so. This is a rough part of the semester for many students, but have no fear, the smell of Thanksgiving is almost here.

Even during busy times, your Undergraduate Student Government does not stop working. I would like to highlight a few things around our campus that may have gone unnoticed due to the intense studying over the past few weeks. First, as a part of our ongoing effort to make our campus greener, many of our regular water fountains have been converted into water bottle filling stations. We hope students will join us in decreasing our plastic use and will instead begin to carry reusable bottles.

Second, it is our goal to ensure that all undergraduate students feel secure and safe while on campus. Our bathrooms now have signage that alerts students that they have the right to use any restroom that is “consistent with their gender identity or expression.” While single occupancy gender-neutral bathrooms are in the works and will soon be added to our community, we hope students will feel more accommodated by these upgrades.

The third update is regarding campus dining. Passing by the cafeteria, you may have noticed a change in scenery. Avenue C, the new food vendor for Baruch College, launched its new vending machines on Halloween. Students now have the option to load money onto an account and then use the system as “grab-and-go” or purchase items individually. The new style of catering is a trial run and we will be looking for students to give us feedback on the new vendor so we can continue to make sure that students are able to enjoy on-campus food.

My final update revolves around Park Bench Philosophers, our monthly radio show with Baruch College President Mitchell Wallerstein. On the first Thursday of every month, we host a live radio show on WBMB. Students have the opportunity to call in and discuss anything they would like with the president. I urge students to call in and partake in the discussions as all topics on the show relate to the student experience and opportunities at Baruch.

As this is my last article before Election Day, I want to leave you with a quote from Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis: "The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” It is our duty to vote on Nov. 8, even with school consuming much of our daily lives.

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