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Gillian Seaman

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: News
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The executive board of the Undergraduate Student Government featured several new faces at Tuesday's General Assembly. Duwain Pinder and Neil O'Brien both attended their first meeting as the new speaker and secretary, respectively, of USG.

The GA was rather short, consisting primarily of announcements and discussions in open forum fashion.

President Myles Nickolich began the GA by congratulating and welcoming the newly elected members of USG. Nickolich also noted that the first Student State of the University Address would take place Thursday at 11:30 at the Amasa Stone Chapel. He stated that the address would cover several topics, including student advising and grading issues, university rankings, and university projects.

In regard to potential changes in CWRU grading policy, vice president of Academic Affairs Jeff Zabinski stated that there will be an open forum regarding the plus/minus grading system on Feburary 12 in a yet to be determined location. Zabinski emphasized that the forum's purpose would be to clarify and address misinformation circulating around campus. "We don't want this to necessarily pass. We just want to make an informed decision," he said.

Vice president of Public Relations Bruce Douglas also expanded upon the need for accurate information in regards to the plus/minus grading, stating "We're definitely going to need to do a lot of work." The Public Relations committee will also be going "viral" in the upcoming weeks. Douglas stated that the PR committee will be posting Youtube videos and that all of GA "would be participating."

In addition to the numerous announcements regarding plus/miinus grading, vice president of Student Life Ali Hasanali stated that the recycling bins had been ordered for Greek houses but that "patience is required" as the order is rather large. Hasanali also mentioned that he is hoping to have an editable prototype of the Student Life Guide.

Vice president of Finance Michael Petrick also announced changes in mass funding and recognition for the pring semester. Because there will be less time between when forms are due and when decisions are made, the committee will be much more strict in granting extensions.

Open forum discussion centered on numerous weather-related issues, including poor heating and issues with dangerous pathways. Representative Keith Lupton raised concerns about the safety issues of Southside bridges that are coated in ice. Other representatives also questioned the safety about icecoated stairways. Unfourtunately, as Hasanali stated, maintenance can't plow the tracts on the stairways without damaging them.

The meeting closed with several announcements, including a reminder that Friday at 12:30 the provost will be giving the official numbers for tuition increases. The freshman caucus will also be selling Valentine's flowers and candy from Feb. 1-7.
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