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As the first month of the administration of Undergraduate Student Government President Rachel Yee ’19 draws to a close, the USG discussed the Ivy League Mental Health Conference, budget proposals and committee appointments, and elections resolutions during its weekly meeting.
In the wake of the fall Honor Code reform, USG members proposed a new schedule for class government elections and USG referenda. Four new members of the USG Honor Committee were also introduced.
Following their weekend transition retreat, the Undergraduate Student Government discussed official endorsement of the We Call BS: Princeton Rally for Gun Reform, possible revision of the first-year advising system and Princeton Preview, and review of the USG budget during its weekly meeting.
The Yee administration began in earnest on Sunday, when USG discussed a potential collaboration with the polling platform College Pulse, an adjustment in voting procedures, and new position appointments during its weekly meeting.
On Jan. 4, 2017, former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne ’49 died at his home in Livingston, N.J. Nicknamed the “The Man the Mob Couldn’t Buy,” Byrne served two terms as New Jersey’s chief executive from 1974 to 1982. Byrne was 93 when he passed from a lung infection.
“If you vote for me, you’re changing the game,” said Ozminkowski. “You’re inspiring the underclassmen to know that USG isn’t an insular group; it’s something that can get people excited, that can get people happy and engaged with the school community as a whole.”
“Throughout this process, I have been called sexist, a zealot, undemocratic, unfair, secret, manipulative, and it is beginning to wear on me,” Flanigan said. “I think it is time the students vote.”
Undergraduate Student Government presidential candidate Ryan Ozminkowski ’19 drew criticism from his opponents after buying the domain names for their websites. Further comments by Ozminkowski during the USG presidential debate prompted the question: how seriously should USG take itself?
After weeks of allegations and petitions, the Undergraduate Student Government has passed a resolution regarding the sexual harassment case against electrical engineering professor Sergio Verdú.
Graduate student Yeohee Im alleged that Verdú sexually harassed her on multiple occasions over a two-month period. In response, the University required Verdú to attend an eight-hour training session. Verdú remains employed by the University.
U-Councilor Pooja Patel ‘18 presented Senate Resolution 5-2017 at the Senate meeting on Nov. 19, urging the University to “elevate its disciplinary actions” against Verdú, who was found responsible for sexual harassment in a recent Title IX investigation.
“There is just a huge disparity in power between a Ph.D. student and advisor that can affect you really for the rest of your professional career,” Patel said.
“To those concerned by the creeping one-state reality, let me say I don’t see one,” economist and politician Salam Fayyad said. “Rather, I see what should be of even more concern, namely the creeping trouble of a four-state reality.”
“If we were to get a calendar approved at the end of this academic year by the faculty, I anticipate we would have another two years under the current calendar before the new calendar would go into effect,” Colagiuri said.
The Princeton Department of Public Safety issued an email warning to the University community regarding an unarmed bank robbery in Princeton on Oct. 26.
The Princeton Police Department reported that the bank robbery occurred at 4:27 p.m. A man walked into Santander Bank at 188 Nassau Street, handing the bank teller a note demanding cash.
The Undergraduate Student Government discussed Tigerbook confidentiality concerns and new position appointments, among other issues, in its weekly meeting on Oct. 15.
In a small room in Jones Hall on Thursday, a four-person panel gathered to discuss this program, as well as the overall political and cultural bond between the United States and Japan.