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The Charger Bulletin

Interview with newly elected USGA President and Treasurer

by Elissa Sanci | April 8, 2015
Keilar and Berardinelli ready to take on USGA  (Photo provided by Keilar and Bernardinelli)

Kielar and Berardinelli ready to take on USGA
(Photo taken by Samantha Mathewson)

James Kielar

1. What made you want to run for USGA president?
I ran for USGA President because I feel I have a lot to offer both USGA and UNH. I wanted to get involved in all aspects of our school and the position of USGA President will allow me to work with many different student groups as well as administrative offices on our campus. The opportunity I was given this past year of being appointed USGA Sergeant at Arms allowed me to see USGA from a behind-the-scenes perspective and really learn that taking on the role of USGA President was the right next step. I want to help students and RSOs succeed in any way they can.

2. What is the main goal of your presidency?
If I were to choose one main goal of my presidency, it would be to make USGA and UNH more inclusive. There are many under-represented groups on our campus that I feel could be better represented. I feel there is an undeniable divide between domestic resident students and commuters, international students, veterans, and graduate students. We are all students at UNH and we are one family, but if we continue to strengthen the gap that exists, we are falling farther and farther away from one cohesive family. We all have something to offer one another, and we can all complement each other in different ways, we just need to find out what those ways are.

3. What do you think your hardest challenge to overcome as USGA President will be?
The hardest challenge to overcome as USGA President will be reaching out to students who normally do not participate in student activities. I think the best way to overcome this obstacle will be to engage students face-to-face and encourage them to get involved via word of mouth. You must show interest in others if you want them to be interested in you. If you show them you are passionate about something, they will want to get involved to match your level of enthusiasm.

4. What can you to do to better the student body?
I hold efficiency very close to my heart. I believe an efficient behind-the-scenes with paperwork and policies on the USGA side will work to make a successful highlight reel for the clubs and RSOs on campus. We as a university pride ourselves on our 150 clubs and orgs but I honestly believe they are only as strong as their governing body. I think that in every situation there is room for improvement, so if there is a better way of doing something, I think it should be explored; just because we are currently doing things one way, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best or most efficient way. I also believe all options should be explored before settling on a decision. I will work on improving the efficiency of procedures and policies to better the student body.

5. What do you think the most important issue to tackle will be?
I think the most important issue to tackle is improving the communication system at UNH, which in my opinion, is flawed. We receive an almost overwhelming amount of emails each day, which many people just delete; but it’s not their fault. If the email doesn’t necessarily pertain to you, it becomes very easy to just delete it. It almost seems that information doesn’t get across to the students simply based on the method of delivery. Also, I will work on getting more approved posting locations on campus. If you work to publicize events for your club, you’ll know there are only 12 approved posting locations on our campus. It becomes very difficult to spread the word about your event when there aren’t many areas to “legally” allow you to do so.

6. Are there any immediate changes you’d like to make as president?
The immediate changes will be improving USGA and USGA meetings to make it more approachable and more representative of the students. I remember my first USGA meeting and I’m sure everyone remembers theirs. It was probably daunting; it seems very formal, official, and almost overwhelming. If you weren’t involved with USGA the previous semester, you’ll probably feel lost. I will work to make the new USGA representatives better acquainted right off the bat at their first meeting. Even something as simple as index cards explaining the order of business or what a motion is can work wonders to build a feeling of understanding.

Anna Berardinelli

1. What made you want to run for USGA treasurer?
I wanted to run for USGA Treasurer because I thought it would be awesome to be even more involved in USGA. I also felt that my experience and previous involvement prepared me to take on such a role.

2. What is the main goal of your term as treasurer?
My main goal upon assuming the position is to make the treasurer role in each RSO more understandable and manageable. I want to figure out how to make the information that is already available more accessible to each RSO.

3. What do you think your hardest challenge to overcome as USGA Treasurer will be?
I expect the hardest challenge to overcome as USGA Treasurer will be maintaining organization and keeping up with each of the club’s requests, based on what I have observed the past few years.

4. What can you to do to better the student body?
To better the student body I can offer myself as a resource for anyone who may need it, with treasurer duties and any general questions or concerns as well.

5. What do you think the most important issue to tackle will be?
The most important issue I would like to tackle is financial accountability of all clubs. Many clubs put on a variety of events throughout the year; however, there can be leftover money in their accounts after the event has occurred. I think it should be up to those clubs to keep track of the amount they spend at each event. Our RSO’s are very good at not overspending, which is great, but I think more attention should be paid to underspending because those leftover funs can be read ministered and reutilized.

6. Are there any immediate changes you’d like to make as treasurer?
Any immediate changes I would make would revolve around making information more accessible to RSO’s, based on feedback of current or prior club members.

 

Roast of Richard Rotella

by Ashley Winward | April 8, 2015

Right on the heels of Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber, the University of New Haven campus got the chance to roast their own “celebrity,” their very own USGA president Richard Rotella.

Members of various organizations Rotella has been involved in, such as Sigma Chi Fraternity, Scope and USGA, filled the room in hopes of getting a good jab in at Rotella, all while enjoying a delicious spread of fried foods provided by Sodexo.

The Roastmaster of the evening was future USGA president, James Kielar, who strolled in fashionably late to the podium. “We’ve gathered together today to honor our current president for the many wonderful things he’s done in the past year…unfortunately President Kaplan could not be here tonight, so we’ll settle for you, Rich,” Kielar began his opening monologue.

Kielar had the room cracking up throughout the night with quips and jokes, adding a bit of awkward silence in for good measure. In between roasters, he stayed in election mode, giving debate lines such as “Thank you, you’ve brought up some really good points” to each and every roaster. He also delivered a crowd pleasing joke that evening: “I want to take this opportunity to list a few things that are more popular than Rich: The new smoking policy, Sodexo, parking and the walk to Harugari.”

Dale Eriksen was first up for his chance at Rotella, and at first it seemed as if he was going to take it easy on his fellow brother of Sigma Chi. He first asked, “What can you say bad about him? He was really likable, admired, you really looked up to him….alright I’ll stop talking about Zani now.”

After making a few nods to previous presidents Zani Imetovski and Patrick Kelland, Eriksen continued through a slideshow of embarrassing photos of Rotella courtesy of Facebook, spanning from his youth to college. “Have you guys seen his pants? It’s like American Eagle meets Skittles,” he commented on Rotella’s current wardrobe much to the audience’s agreement.

He also touched upon the views of the public, noting, “There’s no middle ground with you; you either dislike him or you hate him.”

The next roaster up was Fire Science club president and Sigma Chi brother Matthew Carroll, who also presented with his own embarrassing visual aids (with the help of Dan Chudy). Although he claimed that he did not prepare as much as other roasters, the jokes he came stocked with packed quite the punch.

“I was in Soundview the other day and noticed that the weight limit was changed in the elevators; they now use USGA presidents as a unit of measurement. If you get on an elevator with Rich and Zani after a DPhiE formal, you’re going to get stuck,” Carroll got the crowd going.

There was plenty of audience participation from the various roasters, from knock-knock jokes to seeing a show of hands. Kelland, former USGA president, even brought prizes in the form of pillow cases with Rotella’s Tinder profile and a split shot of Rotella and Josh Peck, tossing them into the crowd. Former president Imetovski also sent a letter, as he could not make it due to work obligations. As with the roast custom of giving the roastee a gift at the end of the evening, Imetovski sent along Rotella a gym membership.

Rotella took the whole night in stride, barely roasting his friends who spent the night making fun of him. He almost took not roasting them as an insult, which was an interesting way to go.

In the end, there were just about as many good things said as bad, highlighting his friendship and leadership and Rotella was nothing but humble for the whole experience.

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | April 8, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

With the warmer weather finally upon us, I hope everyone is enjoying the spring season.

During April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I encourage you to attend all of the amazing programs that many organizations will be hosting this month, and remember it’s on all of us to end sexual assault! During your attendance at these events, hashtag #UNHitsonus and #SAAM to raise awareness for this important effort.

I would like to congratulate all of the Senators that were elected for next year, next year’s USGA Treasurer Annalisa Berardinelli, and a special congratulations to next year’s USGA President James Kielar.

If you ever need anything, my door is always open and I am just an email away.

Best regards,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

The Spring 2015 USGA Candidates

by The Charger Bulletin | March 25, 2015

Meet this year’s USGA candidates

by Miriam Correia | March 19, 2015

Monday, March 9, the candidates for the USGA elections were formally introduced in the Bartels Programming Space.  Current USGA President, Richard Rotella, hosted and brought a lighthearted attitude to the event.

Rotella opened the event and introduced every candidate: three for Presidential, one for Treasurer and 26 for the 23 Senatorial Positions.  Each candidate that was present was given the opportunity to stand up to put a face to the name.

After everyone was introduced, Rotella opened up the floor for questions and for any of the candidates to say a little bit about themselves if they wanted to.  Most of the candidates said something and asked each other and answered questions.  It was an informal way to get to know who the candidates are; some are repeaters and some are new, but they gave reasons why some people want to continue on in USGA against the reasons that the new people want to be involved.

There are 26 candidates for the 23 Senate positions, so as Rotella said, “It will be a real competition this year.”

The candidates for Senate are: Benjamin Atwater, Kellie Bundschuh, Thomas Coby, Mathew Chrusz, Daniel Chudy, Joseph Delayo, Nicholas Demko, Kelly Dowd, Steven Gillette, John Houllahan, Benjamin Laplante, Seamus Mahon, David Marucheau, Samantha Moul, Nicholas Mroczka, Timothy Muyano, Virginia Paino, Stephanie Palermo, Christopher Sang, Melina Singer, Rachel Spotts, Michael Swift, Mark Sylvester, Jerome Ware, Daniel Waterman, and Nathan Zuba.

Annalisa Berardinelli, who is currently Assistant Treasurer under John Foti, is running unopposed for USGA Treasurer, but she does need 51 percent of the votes to win so the position will not be handed to her.

James Kielar, Kayla Wallace, and Colin Weber are all running for USGA President.

The group of candidates all seemed to be familiar with each other, for the most part; whether they are in USGA together or are in various sororities and fraternities, they seemed to make it more comfortable for each other by just being themselves and joking with each other but also asking each other thought-provoking questions.

One question that was posed for all candidates to answer was whether Greek Life has a positive or negative effect on USGA since so many of the leaders are parts of Greek Life.  A few people were able to answer this question as their turns came about but some of the answers that stuck out were that Greek Life has a positive effect on USGA because the Senators bring the voice of the campus as a whole so they need to be unbiased and separate the needs of their organization from the needs of the campus.  Another person said it made her proud to have so many members of Greek Life as part of USGA because it shows that leaders do come out of Greek organizations.

The night was a success and the more visibility the candidates have the more information the campus will have to make informed decisions.  Make sure to go to all the election events!

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | March 11, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

I would like to wish you a safe and fun-filled spring break! With campaigning fully underway, I encourage you all to keep an eye on your email for lots of information about the candidates. We will also be hosting a series of debates, which I encourage you to attend. I would like to leave you with this quote:

“If you sometimes get discouraged, consider this fellow: He dropped out of grade school. Ran a country store. Went broke. Took 15 years to pay off his bills. Took a wife. Unhappy marriage. Ran for House. Lost twice. Ran for Senate. Lost twice. Delivered speech that became a classic. Audience indifferent. Attacked daily by the press and despised by half the country. Despite all this, imagine how many people all over the world have been inspired by this awkward, rumpled, brooding man who signed his name simply, A. Lincoln.”
Warmest regards,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | February 18, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

With the semester in full swing, remember to make time for yourself and take a step back from the hustle and bustle. I also want to remind you to look at the email that Health Services sent out about the flu, and the email Provost May sent out about the class schedule change.

If you are interested in running for next year’s USGA President, Treasurer or Senator, please submit the form found on Charger Connection by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28. If you are interested in being next year’s SCOPE President or Vice President, Charger Bulletin Editor or Assistant Editor, or Chariot Yearbook Editor or Assistant Editor please submit the form found on Charger Connection by 11:59 p.m. on March 13.

This week in USGA, we will be discussing potential By-Law changes, which will have a lasting effect on USGA. That being said, I encourage you all to attend. Our meetings are on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

Stay warm,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 22, 2014

Chargers!

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Richard Rotella (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fall Break and is ready to get back to work in order to have a successful end of the Fall Semester.

This week looks to be exciting with Charge-A-Palooza full of many fun events, like Midnight Madness on Wednesday Oct. 22, Charlie’s Birthday and the Reality Check Game Show on Thursday Oct. 23, the Third Annual Swimsuit Sprint & Concert on Friday Oct. 24, and the Homecoming Football Game, USGA/GSC Pig Roast, & Homecoming Chariot Races on Saturday Oct. 25!

On Saturday Oct. 25, the USGA/GSC Pig Roast begins at 11 a.m.at the North Campus Parking Lot, so make sure to come and enjoy some delicious food. Please also join us in cheering on the several organizations that will be competing in the Homecoming Chariot Race to see who will be make history in being the first Champion! We will also have a limited number of Homecoming t-shirts and thunder sticks, so get them while you can!

Remember to have fun and, more importantly, be safe during this Homecoming!

 

Go Chargers!
Richard Rotella

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 8, 2014

Chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Photo by Chariot Yearbook)

I hope that everyone is enjoying the fall weather and is getting ready to for the Fall Break!

This past week I, along with other student leaders, attended the American Student Government Association National Summit in Washington, DC. At the Summit, we met many other student leaders and learned of many new ways to improve USGA. At the Summit, we also spoke one different ways to unite not only USGA but the other Student Governments in the area.

I wish you all safe travels to wherever you are spending your fall break. For some of us, it is a time to relax and step back and prepare for the rest of the semester. For others, it is a time to catch up and to strive for success!

Remember USGA Meetings are on Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge! Come join us and get more involved!

Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Presidential Candidates

by The Charger Bulletin | March 27, 2013

 This week, the Charger Bulletin Staff asked Presidential and Treasurer candidates to answer a question regarding their perceived goals. We graciously thank all of the USGA candidates for their willingness to demonstrate their dedication to the UNH student body. Please do not forget to vote!

Question: “As President, how would you seek to improve communications between the USGA and the general student body?”

Zani Imetovski

As USGA President I will improve communication between the student government and the students we represent by first always making myself available to the student body. This will be done by going table to table in Bartels and asking directly from the students what issues they feel need to be addressed. For a large part of the student population they don’t even know what Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) actually is or does, so I believe I must also not only improve communication but also create channels of communication between the USGA and those students, therefor making the USGA transparent and available to everyone. Advertisements and social media will help us in getting the word out about the USGA, but it also needs to be personal interactions between the USGA President and the students we represent. In the end USGA needs to listen to the issues brought forth by the students and then voice those concerns to the administration. The USGA president must also provide ideas and be proactive in solving those issues.

 

Ryan “RJay” Irons

If I was President of Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA), I would seek to improve communications between USGA and the general student body by using all popular social media that the students use. Popular sites and resources like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Charger Bulletin, WNHU, Campus TV services in each building, and more are the go to places for students. By having a USGA account that students could follow or information at places readily accessible, would allow for the students to see what’s going on with the University and with USGA as a whole. A lot of times, students do not want their inboxes flocked with emails and by using these social media sites, it will allow for quicker access to the information students are seeking. By posting important topics that will be discussed at the upcoming USGA meetings, would enable the general student body members who normally do not attend meetings to attend and voice their opinion which I believe would be a change from previous semesters. As a small campus, our students are able to have their voice heard and are more of a name than just a face in the crowd and if elected, I challenge myself to seek out to meet as many of you as I can so that I can properly represent you as your elected student body official.

 

Arnold Lane

Communication is key in any organization. My hope for the USGA would be to get student involvement promoted in the classroom. The dynamics of social media and email messages are overwhelming, so much that people bypass important events, workshops, dates, etc. If we as a University start talking about the student government, leadership development, and getting involved in classrooms throughout the different colleges, it would be the best way to get the word out and communicate what’s happening in the USGA. Students use Facebook and Twitter to complain about campus issues, but if University professors provide them with the necessary outlets of where to go and who specifically to speak to it would serve our organization to the fullest. Campus involvement has to come from everyone, keeping the University staff and faculty in the loop is probably the best way to improve communication with the student body.

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