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A conversation with: Duwain Pinder, president of USG

Gillian Seaman

Issue date: 9/4/09 Section: News
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Pinder, president of the undergraduate student body, has
Pinder, president of the undergraduate student body, has "always wanted to be involved with USG," and believes he can effect change around CWRU on behalf of the student body.
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Replacing the head of any organization in a university is a difficult process. During the transition period, new leaders must assume various responsibilities and the range of issues that come with them. This transition can either go smoothly or be surprisingly arduous. Duwain Pinder, the new president of Case Western Reserve University's Undergraduate Student Government, is being forced to cope with the latter.

Last spring, Pinder defeated vice president of public relations Bruce Douglas to win the presidency. He was motivated to run because he believed USG had failed to achieve its full potential as a voice for the student body. "Many of my friends would complain about things that they would like to see changed but they really did not know whom to tell," he said. Pinder argued that he believed his presence as USG president would open up the organization to a more diverse population of students and thus lead to greater improvements on campus.

However, Pinder's leadership skills are quickly being tested. The executive board of USG began this school year lacking both a vice president of academic affairs and a vice president of finance, two vital positions. Luckily, representative Max Weber stepped in as interim vice president of finance. But the vice president of academic affairs position, which is also the only student vote on the faculty senate, remains empty. Furthermore, numerous representatives over the summer resigned from their positions, leaving several vacancies in the general body to be filled.

Despite this so-far bumpy transition, several members of USG expressed their faith in Pinder's leadership. Parlementarian Divya Aggarwal opines that Pinder has gone above and beyond his duties as president thus far. "Duwain has done an excellent job training the members of his executive board for this year and making sure they are ready for their respective responsibilities," she said.
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