This week, Princetonians will vote in the winter Undergraduate Student Government (USG) elections. The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board endorses Mayu Takeuchi ’23 for USG president and supports the one referendum on the ballot.
In the last year, Takeuchi served as chair of the USG Sustainability Committee. In this capacity, Takeuchi has led discussions on environmental justice, expanded access to environmentally-friendly menstrual products, and pushed for greater student representation in the University’s decision-making process related to fossil fuel divestment.
We endorse her not only due to her strong track record, but because we are also impressed by her vision for the future. In particular, we are impressed by Takeuchi’s resolve to improve student access to mental health resources. This board also supports her goal of moving towards the elimination of the student contribution from financial aid packages (a policy that Yale adopted earlier this year). Additionally, we similarly echo Takeuchi’s call for more flexibility in leave of absence policies — an issue emphasized by the difficulties facing international students amid the pandemic.
This board also celebrates some of the proposals made by Takeuchi’s opponent, Jasman Singh ’23. While we remain unconvinced that the University meal plan should include food-delivery services and see Takeuchi’s community dining proposal as more practical, we wholeheartedly concur that there is an urgent need for the expansion of gender-inclusive restrooms on campus. We also appreciate Singh’s years-long dedication in encouraging students to be more involved with USG.
Beyond elections of USG officers, students will also vote on one referendum this week which includes several measures to increase feedback from faculty during midterms.
This effort is unlikely to demand much of faculty, but has the potential to greatly increase students’ abilities to make informed decisions about grading options and evaluate their academic performance. We endorse this measure without reservation.
You can read the full text and explanation of the referendum here. Online voting began Monday, Dec. 6 and remains open through Thursday, Dec. 9 at 12 p.m.
145th Editorial Board
Zachariah Sippy ’23
Shannon Chaffers ’22
Won-Jae Chang ’24
Kristal Grant ’24
Harsimran Makkad ’22
AG McGee ’22
Zachary Shevin ’22
Mollika Jai Singh ’24