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USG Brief

Sage Schaff

Issue date: 9/3/10 Section: News
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Case Western Reserve University's Undergraduate Student Government (USG) blazed through the agenda Tuesday evening at its General Assembly meeting. Officers and representatives highlighted the week's important topics, focusing especially on the rapidly approaching USG elections.

USG president Minh-Tri Nguyen opened up the committee reports part of the meeting with one of the hottest issues on campus: the SEC Greek Life referendum. Many on campus oppose the Student Executive Council's (SEC) decision last semester to cut 20 percent of Greek Life's Student Activities Fund allocation. The Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council teamed up to create a petition for a referendum in the hopes of reversing the SEC's decision. Nguyen announced on Tuesday that the referendum will run concurrently with USG elections, which are to take place next Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8 and 9.

He cautioned that "the SEC has promoted a non-partisan approach" to the referendum with regards to student advertising around campus, asking students to promote their causes with consideration and respect.

Vice president of student life Divya Aggarwal spoke about last week's safety meetings in the freshman residential colleges. She praised Officer Mark Chavis and Dr. Kenney for educating students about campus safety concerns, especially around the intersection of Cornell Road and Euclid Avenue.

Aggarwal also vocalized students' recent complaints about the quality of the food served in campus dining halls. She said she plans to inquire about adding more card swipe stations to reduce the lines at the entrances. She will be meeting with Jim O'Brien of Bon Appétit on Friday, Sept. 3 to discuss these concerns.

On a more leisurely note, representative Alayna Dorobek announced that USG will participate in intramural sports this school year, including flag football. She hopes it will help USG members take a break from their busy schedules and better learn to work as a team.
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