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USG Brief

Sage Schaff

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: News
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Case Western Reserve University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) had its longest general assembly meeting of the semester this past Tuesday, Nov. 16. Much like last week's, the meeting focused on legislation and taking steps to fill open representative positions.

Before getting to the evening's business, new university librarian Arnold Hirshon addressed upcoming changes in Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). The most immediate revision of KSL's layout will be a new café on the first floor, scheduled to open in conjunction with the beginning of spring semester. Hirshon also wants to expand the Freedman Center's services, create a more welcoming atmosphere by redesigning the first floor, and convert the Flora Stone Mather reading room into a research commons. "I want to transform KSL into a vibrant, open, intellectual community center," he said.

The assembly unanimously passed a bill establishing the USG budget for next semester. "It is estimated that the USG will receive approximately $151,000 for the spring semester 2011 in Student Activities Fee funds and have a rollover of approximately $10,000," the bill says. Rollover comes from funding that student organizations don't spend and is redistributed where it is needed. Representatives also introduced a bill to provide student organizations funding for the spring. Pending passage, the 134 organizations that submitted funding requests will receive $101,770 out of the $334,164 requested. This bill will likely be voted on next week.

USG also welcomed a new representative, Pam Falkenberg. The assembly elected Falkenberg as a College of Arts and Sciences representative. "As a transfer student, I feel that I can bring a fresh perspective to USG," said Falkenberg, a triple major in biology, gerontology, and political science. USG members considered her interdisciplinary academic interests a key factor in her election. "There doesn't seem to be a lot of camaraderie between departments at CWRU," she said. She hopes to build upon her leadership experience from her previous university, where she founded a pre-law society and was president of its Christian Student Association.
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