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This Intersession, Princeton students had a third option beyond going home or staying on campus and hibernating for a week. The USG turned Intersession into Wintersession, offering 53 courses taught by a variety of instructors, including fellow students, graduate students, faculty and alumni, ranging from dance workshops to photography classes to introductory Esperanto. Over 1,300 undergraduate students enrolled, as well as over 100 graduate students. Beyond classes, the USG also planned social events, including a game night and a movie screening.
In its final meeting of the year Sunday night, the USG Senate unanimously passed a series of constitutional amendments that require the class governments to report their budgets and hold monthly meetings. Analysis of data for the fourth Committee on Background and Opportunity survey has been completed, Class of 2015 senator Zach Ogle announced.
At its weekly meeting on Sunday evening, the USG unanimously approved amendments requiring each of the four class governments to hold its own monthly public meetings and to publish and report its own budget each semester.
For incumbent USG president Shawon Jackson ’15, reelection would mean “moving forward” and building on his current term.
Despite a late start to campaigning, Zach Ogle ’15 said he will rely on his perspectives as a student in USG and in other campus groups to win the campus vote, emphasizing the importance of increased outreach to student groups.
In a break from recent trends, three of the four USG committee chair positions — Campus and Community Affairs Committee,Social Committee and Academics Committee — have contested elections. The final chair position, University Student Life Committee chair, is the sole uncontested election.
With a platform of student outreach, USG senator and presidential candidate Zachary Ogle ’15 called for a focus on best serving the needs of the student body at the USG presidential debate on Wednesday. Ogle’s opponent, incumbent USG president Shawon Jackson ’15, emphasized improving USG infrastructure along with external outreach.
Class of 2015 senator Zach Ogle will be allowed to run against USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 in the upcoming presidential elections, the USG Senate decided in a vote on Sunday night.
The USG Senate and class governments could become two independent bodies if the Senate passes several amendments in its upcoming meetings.
Current USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 is running for reelection unopposed, chief elections manager Rachel Nam ’15 announcedWednesdayin an email sent to the undergraduate student body by Jackson.
A proposed amendment to the USG constitution would change the relationship between the class councils and the Senate. The USG Senate debated the amendment, which would create a separation between the class governments and the Senate, making the two into separate and equal bodies, at its meeting on Sunday evening.
Changes could be coming to the University’s final examinations period.USG Academics Committee chair Dillon Sharp ’14 presented a series of recommendations for the final examinations period to the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing on Friday. His proposalsranged from giving extensions for Dean’s Date assignments to creating a faculty-student committee that could help formalize how Reading Period is utilized.
U-Council Chair Elan Kugelmass ’14 proposed creating a three-member “USG Transparency Committee” at the weekly USG meeting on Sunday evening.
Students will soon be able to rent mattresses for overnight guests as part of a program initiated by the Undergraduate Student Government. The service, which will allow students to rent air mattresses from the USG for their rooms, will be piloted in the coming weeks despite concerns that have been raised over possible sanitation issues.
The USG Academics Committee will discuss the concerns expressed by students and faculty regarding fall semester final examinations with the Committee on Examinations and Standing on Friday, USG members decided at a weekly meeting on Sunday night. Academics committee chair Dillon Sharp ’14 said the discussion would include the issues of take-home tests, rescheduling exams and exerting pressure on professors to meet grading deadlines.
The candidates for election to the Class of 2017 class council have been announced, according to the USG website. Voting begins on Oct. 1.
The USG has approved a $65,000 funding request from the Social Committee for the fall Lawnparties, according to USG president Shawon Jackson ’15.
BY DAN SANTORO