USG Brief

Noora Somersalo, Student Affairs Reporter

The general assembly of Case Western Reserve University’s Undergraduate Student Government held its last meeting of the semester in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

As usual, the meeting started off with a presentation. This time, the Student Sustainability Council (SSC) delivered a summary of the organization’s events this semester and explained what plans it has for the spring, including events like RecycleMania and the Sustainability Speaker Series, as well as completing various sustainability initiatives on campus.

A large part of the presentation was dedicated to recapping the Farm Harvest Festival, which took place in October.

The SSC presentation was followed by a presentation by a representative who announced the winner of Pizzalympics, and then showed the assembly a video of the November event.

During the open forum section of the meeting, president James Hale asked the assembly if it could voice opinions on the idea of having all student residence facilities moved to the north side of campus. This plan, which is still in a very early stage, would not be realized in the near future, since it would require a complete reconfiguration of CWRU’s housing system.

There were two additions to the student caucuses. Junior Anise Grant was elected representative for the School of Engineering caucus with 91 percent affirmation, and sophomore Stephanie Chen was elected representative for the Weatherhead School of Management caucus with 97 percent affirmation.

This time, the assembly did not vote on any rolling funding due to the approaching end of the semester.

In committee reports, Hale updated the assembly on the progress of the Executive Committee’s finance project, which aims at creating a more smoothly operating financial system for student organizations. The Executive Committee also approved the co-sponsorship of the Academic Integrity Board’s I-Week for the spring semester.

After deducting the $900 going into the event, the committee will still have $655 left in its co-sponsorship budget.

The Finance Committee then introduced dynamic rolling funding to the assembly. The purpose of this new model of the rolling funding system is to make USG’s funds last beyond mass funding each semester. The funds would come from the disbursements of student organizations, and they would be reallocated to groups in sudden need of money, even if they requested funding late in the semester.

Finally, the Information Technology Committee informed the assembly that the new printers on campus will likely be installed over winter break.