Parikh plans to work with CPS to expand resources, foster survivor-centered community for victims of sexual misconduct, ensure more wheelchair accessibility, integrate sustainability into the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE), and make USG support more available to student entrepreneurs and activists.
Jacob Gerrish ’21, Tom Salotti ’21, and Bradley Phelps ’22 were appointed Class Senators, Salotti after the Jan. 24 extension. Sarah Elkordy ’21, Julia Garaffa ’23, Sahil Jain ’23, Riley Martinez ’23, and Juan Nova ’23 were appointed as U-Councilors.
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 percent of the votes.
The progress report comes on the heels of a proposed USG referendum that would establish a standing Sustainability Committee. Wayner ‘22 said she views getting this referendum on the ballot as the Sustainability Task Force’s single greatest accomplishment.
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.
The presidential candidates presented their campaign platforms and answered questions sent in ahead of time, which pertained to the candidates' visions for the role of USG President and issues of inclusivity, advocacy, cooperation with University administration, and mental health.
Two Undergraduate Student Government (USG) referenda have been announced, one regarding a change to the current P/D/F (pass/D/fail) 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.
“USG spends around half of its budget on party planning and movie nights,“ Presidential candidate David Esterlit ’19 wrote. “The USG of today has abdicated its responsibility, and, on election day, with your help, I mean to restore it.”
Olivia Ott ’20, Academic Chair, and Ben Press ’20, U-Council Chair, discussed recent key changes to the Honor System in the past two years, including updates to the Honor Committee’s website, and additions of a dean on call and professional investigators to Honor Committee proceedings.
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.
According to USG President Zarnab Virk ’20, the current voting platform used by USG — known as Helios — is outdated. She therefore called for a switch to a platform more up-to-date with today’s technological advancements. The new platform used will be Election Runner.
Lutfah Subair ’21 presented on the new clubs approved by the Student Groups Recognition Committee (SCGC). Those clubs were the Latino Medical Students Association + Princeton University, Our Health Matters, and Hip-Hop Empowerment Conference Planning Committee.