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On June 25, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced its Anti-Racism Book Initiative, aimed at providing members of the student body a free digital copy of texts by professors in the African American Studies (AAS) department “in a collective effort to educate ourselves as a student body.”
During a Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting on June 13, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter said new Title IX regulations imposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last month “are problematic in a number of ways.”
At an open Q&A with Dean of the College Jill Dolan and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), uncertainty was a frequent response to students’ questions and concerns.
According to a campus-wide survey conducted in early May by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), 63.4 percent of student respondents said they would seriously consider taking a leave of absence or a gap year if the fall semester were held remotely and online.
In the final meeting of the semester, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) reviewed a draft of the position paper in response to the sole Spring 2020 referendum. The referendum, sponsored by Shiye Su ’20, calls on the University to limit the widespread printing of “Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities,” primarily for environmental reasons. It passed with 88 percent of voter support.
In their April 25 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed their upcoming survey to solicit undergraduate preferences for the Fall 2020 semester. The data will be used to draft a report that will be sent to the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, among other administrative offices.
In their April 18 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed the recent Class Government and U-Council elections and students’ questions regarding off-campus mental health resources.
In an email sent to students on April 17, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced the results of the spring 2020 election for Class Government and U-Councilors.
In their April 11 meeting, members of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed efforts to increase transparency, as well as their ongoing student advocacy, especially with regards to how graduate schools, fellowship institutions, and internships will view grades and transcripts.
Seventeen of the 29 students running for Undergraduate Student Government (USG) positions this spring will be doing so unopposed.
During the April 4 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) passed a resolution to extend the 2020 Spring Election voting period by 24 hours and to limit the number of campaign emails that can be sent to listservs to two per campaign for the entirety of the election cycle.
With students sent home for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester, the University Student Government’s (USG) spending on social events planned for the rest of the term is going unused and will be returned to USG’s general budget.
During their second virtual meeting on March 28, members of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed the logistics of the upcoming U-Councilor and Class Officer elections and brainstormed ideas for virtual community building.
Currently showing at the Princeton Garden Theatre, Céline Sciamma’s latest film “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” (translated as “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) explores the dialectics of artist/subject, love/beloved, and viewer/viewed, presenting them as fluid and reciprocal. In the act of viewing, the film posits, oneself is viewed.
In its March 8 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) confirmed five members to its Movies Committee and further discussed its Ideas Incubator. The Senate also heard budget updates from Treasurer Rachel Hazan ’21.
In their March 1 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) engaged in discussions with representatives of DIGSAU, an architecture firm working with the University on Dillon Gymnasium’s expansion and renovation.
I was 14 when I watched “The Social Network” for the first time, but even at this very moment four years later, I still remember everything about it. I especially remember the now-iconic opening scene between Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara — the first time I saw it, I thought that the mile-a-minute dialogue sounded like music. It was the first time I had ever paid considerable attention to film dialogue. Today, I have aspirations of being a screenwriter — and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network” is precisely the reason why.
In the second Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting of the year, the Senate heard updates from various campus organizations, including the University’s Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) and the USG Movie Committee, as well as a proposal for Campus Club to be converted to a co-op dining option.
At this week’s meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed recent developments regarding the Student Speakers Initiative, as well as goals to increase outreach and transparency within USG.
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.