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Zarnab Virk ’20 is the departing president of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). The Daily Princetonian sat down with Virk for an exit interview to reflect on her tenure. The following interview transcript has been lightly edited for clarity and concision.
In her inaugural President’s report at the first Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting of the year on Sunday, Chitra Parikh ’21 announced her plans for the new administration to execute the five-point platform she ran on, which focuses on mental health; Title IX and sexual misconduct; housing, dining, and transportation; sustainability; and accessibility of resources and information.
After an insufficient number of candidates during the regular election cycle, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has appointed three Class Senators and five U-Councilors to its voting body.
In their last meeting of the semester, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) appointed Wells Carson ’22 as the next clerk and subsequent chair of the Honor Committee, confirmed the creation of an ad-hoc Committee on Eye Health, and heard committee updates.
Chitra Parikh ’21 was elected to be the next Undergraduate Student Government (USG) president with 74 percent of the student body vote, according to an email announcement by USG sent on Friday morning. Both of the proposed referenda on the ballot passed with overwhelming percentage of the votes.
On Wednesday, the Undergraduate Student Government’s Sustainability Task Force released a “Climate Progress Report,” summarizing the University’s carbon emissions trends since 1990, measures the task force and affiliated groups have implemented this year, and recommendations of personal sustainability for undergraduates.
Though the Undergraduate Student Government (USG)’s election handbook devotes 6,195 words to legislating contested elections and only 43 on uncontested ones, a majority of this year’s USG candidates are running unopposed.
During its last weekly meeting of 2019, held on Sunday, Dec. 8, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) approved funding to bring a speaker to campus, eight new clubs, and a resolution to the Executive Committee. They also discussed incubator feedback and an Indigenous Studies letter.
In a debate held Thursday night, University Student Government (USG) presidential candidates David Esterlit ’21 and Chitra Parikh ’21 strongly disagreed on the role they each believe USG should play on campus.
Two Undergraduate Student Government (USG) referenda have been announced, one regarding a change to the current pass/D/fail (PDF) policy, and another calling for the implementation of a standing Sustainability Committee. Students will be able to vote for them from Dec. 9 to 11 before they can be presented to the appropriate administrations.
On Nov. 29, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced candidates for 2019 Winter Elections in an email to the student body. Out of nine positions up for election this winter, four will be attained without opposition.
In its Nov. 17 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) affirmed the language of three referendums regarding the Pass / D / Fail (P/D/F) system, a proposed standing Sustainability Committee, and a call to the University to investigate the quality and ease-of-use of the paper used in examinations. The sponsors will begin collecting signatures tomorrow.
At its weekly meeting on Sunday, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed University Health Service’s (UHS) upcoming plans for a new building to replace McCosh Health Center.
Fatinah Albeez ’23, Melissa Chun ’23, Jafar Howe ’23, Taryn Sebba ’23, and Sophie Singletary ’23 (listed in alphabetical order) will represent the Class of 2023 on the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Class Council. The results of the class-wide election, held last week, were sent in an email on Friday, Oct. 18.
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed voting procedures concerning the upcoming election for first-year representatives during its weekly meeting on Sunday, Oct. 13.
At their weekly meeting on Sunday, Oct. 8, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Senate heard a presentation on Wintersession 2021 and a proposal for a transportation task force, confirmed a new senator for the Class of 2021, and voted on a resolution that established a new USG Senate Ad Hoc committee.
At their weekly meeting on Sunday, Sept. 29, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Senate gathered to review Monday’s Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) meeting, approve new positions, and discuss newly approved clubs.
At their weekly meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Senate weighed in on new task force proposals and listened to a presentation on a potential new guest speaker invite system on Sunday, Sept. 22.
The University Student Government (USG) social chair Heavyn Jennings ’20 announced that Lawnparties this year would feature an unprecedented three co-headliners.
“Bold and outspoken Chicago rapper” Elizabeth Eden Harris, known professionally as “CupcakKe,” will be performing at Lawnparties this September.