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Gabby Markoff, Staff Reporter

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In the third week in meeting for The Undergraduate Student Government, many exciting topics were discussed involving CWRU’s campus and student body. President Minh-tri Nguyen spoke to the General Assembly about recent communications with the Ohio Department of Transportation about plans for a cross state passenger rail service that plans to connect Ohio’s largest cities as soon as 2012, which according to Nguyen will be great in the future for students coming to CWRU from the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton areas.

Vice president of Student Life, Divya Aggarwal spoke about this week’s Fire Safety Fair on Tuesday afternoon on the main quad. The Fair was very successful with USG giving away cotton candy to students and various groups recognizing safety concerns on campus.

Aggarwal also addressed concerns about the dining halls previously spoken about in the last week. Aggarwal reminded the General Assembly that even though Leutner is closed on weekdays from 2-5 p.m, it is important to note that L3 remains open during that time. Additionally, Leutner closes at 8 p.m on weekday evenings but L3 is now remaining open until 10 p.m. Whether the dining halls will open earlier on weekend mornings has been brought to the table as a future topic of discussion. The last item mentioned was the Farm Harvest Festival, co-sponsored by USG. The festival will be at CWRU’s farm on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 2-7 p.m. Transportation will be provided for students from Thwing.

Vice president of finance Colin Downey announced that the internal audit of accounts is now complete and that the account balances can currently be found on the USG website.

Vice president of Information Technology Kelly Maloney addressed some student printing concerns that have been raised recently. Students have been concerned about better reliability of printers around campus (in both being filled with paper and being functional), as well as a higher amount of printing allowed in Nord. These concerns are being looked into. A new firewall has also gone into effect that will no longer block students from playing Steam games online.

Elections for the open representative spots were filled. There are still no candidates for the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing position. Elections will stay open until the position is filled.

Four candidates ran for the three open positions in the College of Arts and Sciences and Andrew Brown, Cecilia Li, and Alice Luo will be the new representatives. Becca Rosenberger was the sole runner for the Case School of Engineering spot and won the election. Three candidates ran for the one position on the for the Weatherhead School of Management position, which Mira Lendell won.

During open forum, it was requested that the opening hours of Access Services and Student Employment be extended. It was also noted that the bell that rings on the outside of the Veale parking garage is broken and needs to be fixed. Representative Kaiti Zolton spoke about double-sided printing as an option in Nord and at other printing locations on campus and the Student Sustainability Council is working on implementing this all over campus.

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