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USG Minutes

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: News
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Nov 24th

GA began with president Duwain Pinder recapping events from the previous Student Executive Council meeting, and explained that SEC would soon be making reforms regarding the spirit wall and posting policy. Vice president of public relations Jacklynn Sanford announced that there would be a USG-sponsored baby product toiletries drive in Thwing Atrium through Dec. 9. Students interested in donating can place products in the purple containers in Thwing. Representative Jared Bell announced that the annual Thwing Study Over will take place on Monday, Dec. 7 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The Nursing Caucus reported on their Cupcakes for Compliments program, and announced that they would be hosting an alumni tea on Dec. 4 in the Alumni House. Engineering representative nominations continue to be open, and all nominations are to be sent to parliamentarian Divya Aggarwal. A new bill containing the Spring funding information for student groups was introduced. There were 331,000 requests and 146 groups that filed for funding. A total of $113,173.66 was allocated to these requests. Nathan Mackowski was voted into the arts and sciences caucus as one of their latest representatives. An open forum was held before the meeting closed in which the representatives discussed the possibility of using CaseCash at Dave's Markets, safety issues regarding elevators and laboratories, and potential ways to make the SafeRide and the Greenie systems more efficient.

Dec. 2

At the beginning of this week's GA, president Duwain Pinder announced that it was the last GA of the semester and thanked the representatives for all of their hard work. Vice president of finance Max Weber announced that they would be voting on the spring semester's mass funding bill later in the meeting. The bill was subsequently passed by the assembly. Nominations for two spots in the engineering caucus continue to be open; all nominations can be sent to Divya Aggarwal, parliamentarian. The GA passed a resolution that recommended to university administration that the awarding of merit scholarships to undergraduates should be changed to include all undergraduate students, regardless of previous scholarships held. This would open up all seven scholarships awarded at the end of the academic year open to all students. Students would have the opportunity to apply for a higher merit award, and if they previously held a lower merit award, they would vacate that award so that another student could apply for it, so that the number of scholarships available remained the same. A second resolution was passed that recommended the University to place blue lights on all emergency phones, update the maps showing locations of emergency telephones, and replace all yellow phones with the more uniform blue light system. Again, an open forum closed out this week's GA, in which the representatives discussed elevators around campus that are still not working, as well as potential changes to Class Officer Collective and USG elections next semester.
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