USG senator resigns from table as the semester comes to a close
Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mark Vilk announced his resignation from Baruch College’s Undergraduate Student Government on Nov. 27. The announcement occurred during the weekly USG senate meeting.
Vilk is currently a senior at Baruch and a transfer student from Kingsborough Community College.
Before being elected to his former vice president seat as a part of Project Now during last year’s school-wide elections, he served as a representative senator on the table.
He took that position late last spring after the resignation of former Representative Sen. Tarak Chowdhury, a time when many USG members were resigning.
Along with his vice presidency, Vilk was also serving as a University Student Senate alternate delegate before his resignation and has taken part in USG’s Marketing Committee and Constitutional Review Committee during his time in student government. Vilk did not respond to requests for comment on his resignation.
Vilk’s announcement comes shortly after the departure of former USS Delegate Liam Giordano from the student government, as well as a few months after the resignation of USS Delegate Jasper Diaz from USG.
Because of the wording of the constitution, however, only USS alternate delegates can fill in a USS delegate vacancy, unless a candidate is voted in by the majority of the entire student population. With Vilk resigning, there are no USS alternate delegates left, as the other alternate, Razieh Arabi, took over Diaz’s role before the start of the fall semester.
USG President Radhika Khalani must now either take on the role of a USS delegate herself or hold another school-wide election to determine who will fill the vacant spot.
Vilk’s former role on the table, however, will be filled after an in-house vote from the remaining sitting members of USG.
The Dec. 11 senate meeting will allow potential candidates for the spot to give a one-minute speech about why they should be elected, followed by a Q&A session from the table.
The vice president of legislative affairs role bridges the gap between Baruch students and their local, state and federal governments through the Legislative Committee.
According to the USG constitution, the next person in this position is expected to conduct initiatives and lobbying efforts that involve and would help connect Baruch students with their student government and politics on a higher scale.
An important example of this task is taking over the planning of USG’s annual trip to Albany for the 2019 New York State Assembly Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus.
Applications for the vice presidency are open until Dec. 11 for students who have at least a 2.5 GPA, are taking six credits minimum, are not on any other club’s e-board and can attend the weekly senate meetings.