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!Tweet
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.”
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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.
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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!
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!
Richard J. Rotella
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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?”
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.
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.Tweet
By Katerina Sperl and Nadine Northway
The University’s Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) had their first debate of the year for the candidates running for Treasurer and President of the USGA E-Board. For those who do not know, the E-Board currently consists of Sergeant at Arms, Treasurer, Executive Assistant, Vice President, and President. They help make the decisions on campus for clubs and organizations and how a lot of things are run. Running for President of USGA are juniors Zani Imetovski and Ryan “RJay” Irons, and senior Arnold Lane. Candidates for Treasurer are juniors Enrique “Ricky” Cruz and Isaak Kifle.
Patrick Kelland started off the debate with the question, “What is the most difficult challenge you have ever faced in a leadership position?” Both Treasurer candidates surprisingly answered that they wanted to keep everyone on the same page. Kifle emphasized putting himself out there to be more approachable. Cruz tried to show people why they should care just as much as he does.
“What sets you apart from the other candidates?” Kifle stressed that the variety and length of the experiences he has had in the student government gives him a diverse background. His multitude of organizations allows him to meet very diverse people. Cruz’s experience is a bit more specific. He has been treasurer of another organization for the past two years. “All the forms there are to do, been there done that. I know the treasurer position, forms, problems, concerns.”
Tim Farmer, current Treasurer of USGA, picked up the questions from there. “Which section of the USGA financial system needs to be the most improved?” The candidates finally found something to disagree about. “Conference. The conference benefits the entire student body,” Cruz said. Kifle took a different approach, arguing that people should be better informed of policies. He sees a lack of communication that is leading to denied money requests and shortage of events. He wants everyone to be informed of how the system works so that they enter requests knowing more about the processes.
Farmer proceeded to ask, “If you could change one thing that I’ve done this year, what would you do differently?” They both offered constructive criticism for the Banner system. Kifle advised that USGA creates more comprehensive guides on navigating the system. Cruz suggested more forms to help understand how much money was deducted from the organizations’ accounts.
Pat Kelland took the podium again to ask the presidential candidates a monumental question. “What traditions would you like to see brought to campus and how would you implement them? What is a hot topic issue that needs to be addressed?” Imetovski said, “It begins here, places like this, where you get actively involved in the community… This should be like a second home for us. The student government needs to grow with our campus.” Lane advocated for rallying around athletics, and even suggested a chant. He also brought up the issue of retention, something everyone on this campus has seen occurring. “When I hear the University of No Hope or the University of No Housing, that needs to change.” Irons suggested a Charger Week, improving spring weekend time slots, and improving the housing process to be more fair.
“How would you handle the pressure of being USGA president?” Imetovski said he would make this his sole priority. He joked about investing in stress balls before promising not to take any problems personally. Lane relied on talking everything out and letting out emotions only behind closed doors. Irons answered with a quote. “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
“What is the number one issue that students are facing?” Imetovski brought up that your biggest problems are related to who you are. “For organizations, the fact that you get bumped from rooms and have your budget cut for no reason. For residents, you’re off campus pretty much by senior year. For commuters, parking.” Lane emphasized the high cost of tuition. Irons suggested spreading the knowledge.
After the questions from Pat Kelland and Tim Farmer, they opened up the discussion to questions from students. Unfortunately, Cruz was unable to stay, but the rest of the candidates were there to answer what applied to them.
The first question asked was how they would rectify the media budget problems in the past, should they happen again. Cruz opened with saying that miscellaneous funds are for the student body. They are not for one certain society’s events. Kifle brought up how SCOPE in the past had some issues with submitting forms and this was a heated debate; however, he believes that they have value in what they fund. Imetovski said that the SCOPE issue was emotional; however, they are a way for students to initially meet people and get involved on campus. Lane said he took into consideration the student body when voting as a senator, on whether or not they should get funding. He wishes that the funds would be used for more educational purposes though, instead of iPads and TVs being given out. Irons said that they should not set the amount of events you have to throw because if there is no funding, there is no event.
The next question asked was how do the candidates’ personalities fit the position? Irons answered how friendly and outgoing he is. Lane said he has a bubbly personality that can tend to be corny, but he is overall laid back. He can be stern with his words but he always maintains composure. Imetovski is ready to help everyone. If he does not have all the answers, he will point students in the right direction. He feels USGA fits with his personality, as current Sergeant -at-Arms. Kifle answered that he is analytical and detail-oriented. He works well with the paperwork side of things and has excellent skills explaining things to people. Helping people is his passion.
The final question asked for the night was why the candidates care about the student body. Irons started out by saying how having the opportunity to serve as president of the USGA, you can make the changes that the students want. He believes that with his motivation, eagerness and drive, he can make those changes. Lane believes that he likes to speak for those who do not speak for themselves. Imetovski said that, in the end, the student body chooses the president to voice their concerns so they need to help people out. “You might not always get the credit, but you know you did something right,” he said. Tune in on Monday, March 25, in the Bixler/Botwinik Quad for the second part of the debate. Food will be provided.
My fellow Chargers, my name is Arnold M. Lane, Jr. and I aspire to represent you all as the President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA). For those of you who are unfamiliar with who I am, I am a student-athlete studying Psychology with minors in Sociology and Black Studies, I will be a senior in the fall of 2013, and I serve as a member of the Men’s Cross Country / Track and Field Team. The USGA is a student-run body of government that meets weekly to discuss and address student concerns and allocate funds for the University’s student groups.
Reflecting on my experience at UNH, I can say I have done it all. I have proudly served as the USGA Chief of Senate, USGA Senator, President of the UNH Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), President and Treasurer of the Black Student Union (BSU), Treasurer of the Caribbean Student Association (CSA), and the Sergeant at Arms of the UNH Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As I enter my final year at the University I have made the decision to run for USGA President.
My involvement on campus has shaped me into the individual that I am today, and while some of you may not even know me, chances are we have crossed paths at least once during our tenure here. My desire to serve the student body stems from my willingness to want to change the nature and culture of this University. We hold a rich diversity here, unlike most colleges and universities. I stand proud of that fact and would like to enhance it to make it even better.
My experiences over the past few years have taught me leadership, respect, patience, and reliability traits that would be crucial for this important role. My hope is to change the face of this organization and bring the campus together as a whole. There appears to be a significant divide and lack of communication between the University’s students, student groups, Department offices, and Administration. This is something I would like to change. The UNH experience should foster a more spirited and proud community. When I see lack of interest in Homecoming and Spring Weekend events, heated social media discussion regarding school policies, and spur of the moment Administrative decisions, I take notice. Communication is key in any organization, and lines should be open.
My goals for the USGA include, bringing together the campus community, promoting diversity and embracing the different walks of life each of our students represent, condensing the various USGA documents and making them more cohesive, shifting towards a more sustainable process when submitting forms and documents, pushing for an increase in Educational Programming for the student body, bringing prominent guest lecturers and speakers to the University for meetings and seminars, fostering more community engagement in the West Haven and New Haven areas, and making the University Experience more memorable.
If you believe in my cause and my leadership abilities please stand with me when the time comes. I appreciate your support, VOTE ARNOLD LANE FOR USGA PRESIDENT…Bridging the gap one step at a time.
Hello everyone! My name is Zani Imetovski and I am running for USGA President. I am a junior here at the Univeristy of New Haven and have been very involved on campus. My experience includes serving as Senator, leadership roles in several clubs and currently USGA Sergeant-at-Arms.
My passion has always been in making this campus better as either a Senator, USGA Executive Board member or in the several clubs I am apart of. As a Senator I was chairman of the commuter issues committee and worked on getting commuters and all students more involved on campus. As Sergeant-at-Arms I have focused on streamlining and making the constitution and bylaws more efficient, to help clubs, organizations and the students put on better and more exciting events. I have always made my self-available in the office or in the halls to discuss student concerns and issues, taking the steps needed to solve the problems that they may have. I have always worked hard and take pride in what I do and I will take the experience that I have gained through my various leadership roles with me if elected USGA President.
As USGA President I will like to focus on solving the large problems students have with campus like parking, shuttle service and residential life issues. I would also like to develop the quad to make it more of a gathering place when it’s warm out. One of the improvements to the quad that I would like to accomplish is to place artificial turf so that it can be more optimally unitized. A major thing I would push is for development and promotion of more tradition and school pride on campus, so that we can grow closer together as a campus community.
In conclusion I would like to say that I will work hard for the student body and will make sure that the changes I will make will transform our campus to be an even better place to get an education.
Ryan “RJay” Irons
My name is Ryan Irons, known as RJay, and I am currently a junior here at the University. Over the past few years, I have been involved in many organizations as well as participated in multiple student organization events and have witnessed first-hand the importance of a student body government. I currently serve as a Senator for the student body and being able to work with each of you and learning the developing issues around campus gives me the proper information in order to solve those concerns for the most part. As a senator, you can only do so much with the duties of the position and I believe that with a position such as the USGA President, I will be able to assist students in furthering their knowledge of the University as well as the policies or departments in order to assist them with their complaints or questions. Being a tour guide with the Admissions Department for the past 3 years has also allowed me to also hear about what students look for when coming to the university and taking their ideas into consideration about the campus. Sometimes, it takes a fresh pair of eyes in order to realize something you’ve been seeing for so long may be ineffective. Communication between the University and the Students is an extremely important slice of the college pie. A student should never be blind-sided by university changes without at least prior notification. I believe that students should be given the time to voice their concern about any changes that could affect them.
I believe that the students should be afforded the rights to a student government president that is proactive rather than reactive. 9 times out of 10, students are going to take to social media networks to rant about what they don’t like rather than submit a formal complaint. I believe the President of USGA should be reaching out to those students to see what they’d like to see differently and attempting to reach a solution rather than leaving the problem unnoticed.
Some of the ideas that I have looked into developing further:
1. Keeping you, the students, IN THE LOOP with university decisions
2. Regarding the Shuttle Services
a. Courtesy van on special request to shop rite & charger plaza during certain times
b. University Sponsored Housing shuttle should run late on week days as well instead of ending at 11pm
3. Regarding Dining Services
a. The opportunity of Grill 155 delivering food
4. Reworking the co-sponsor system amongst Gold and Blue status organizations to lay out the difference between financial, manpower, and/or items to assist other organizations
5. Hosting Presidents Round Table to see how the USGA can assist RSO’s in their success
6. Hosting more campus-wide events to intersperse the student body to create a close-knit community where students will gain memorable experiences on campus as a whole.
These are just some of the ideas I have going into the position if elected but working with each and every one of you, together, we can make UNH better than before. So remember, “A Vote for Me Is a VOICE for YOU!”
By Cliff Vosberg
Every year, the new president of the United States of America delivers a speech. The State of the Union, to be exact. This speech outlines what this president plans on doing in their upcoming term. Our fantastic President Barack Hussein Obama just delivered his on Feb. 13. Our president, I must first say, is fantastic. Let’s first go through some things he did in his first term, shall we?
He made $500,000 on the job! Oh, but wait, we lost $600,000 with him in. But wait, we are stopping global warming by being green! Oh, but wait…all those emails were uncovered a couple of years ago, where all the scientists where saying how it was a natural cycle, but a great way to make some money. So that doesn’t help our argument about how great he is either.
What about Obama Care? That’s great! It’s going to raise everyone’s taxes and give health care to people who don’t work and live on welfare! Also it’s going to put a whole bunch of health insurances out of business. And one more thing—you have to pay for this! It’s a mandate; you pay a fine if you don’t.
But wait a second…America is a democracy, not a socialist government, so Obamacare is just going to screw over hard working tax payers and force socialist government on Americans. That’s not so good either. I could go on, trust me, but this is about the State of the Union.
In President Obama’s State of the Union, it has been estimated that he has lied 13 times to the American people, or just said things that contradict or are hypocritical to his true plans. The first is when Obama was talking about what built America, saying that America must go back to a time where any hard working person can come to America and, if they are hardworking, make a life for themselves.
Last summer, Barack Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” So every small business that an entrepreneur started didn’t actually build that according to Obama.
The second lie was about Medicare. Obama wants those who care about Medicare to accept modest reforms. Obama care will cut $716 billion from Medicare, hardly modest. The next was on budgeting. The democratically-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in four years. That’s how long Obama has been in office. On top of this, Obama said, “Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America.” America’s credit rating has fallen for this first time in the country’s history under Obama.
The fifth lie was on oil. Obama said that the USA is producing more oil than we have in the last 15 years. When Obama took office, gas prices were $1.86. Now they are on the upwards of $3.40. Obama has done nothing but stop American oil drilling by shutting down offshore drilling, drilling bans and stopping the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
The sixth ignorant comment was about the housing market. Obama said that the housing market is finally healing after the 2007 crash and home prices are rising. Also, that home purchases are up 50 percent. The home prices are rising because the prices have finally stopped dropping or are dropping slower. I know that my house is currently worth thousands less than it was. So it is currently a great time to buy because homes are worth next to nothing.
The next comment was about preschool, saying that every state needs to have a state-run pre-school. I guess having four-year-olds playing with blocks and singing miraculously drops crime rates and will up high school graduation rates. I’m not saying pre-school is bad, I went and it’s a good system, but I went to a private pre-school. There are tons of them; billions of dollars do not need to be spent on this.
The next comment that I found humorous was about the border. Obama said; “Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.” Let’s look at America: what job can you get without a GED? Nothing. You will not get hired almost anywhere. So why would anyone want to illegally immigrate to America now? There is still great opportunity here, but you have to have qualifications. It’s becoming more risk than gain to illegally immigrate to the USA now, which is why the rates are dropping.
Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour across America. There is a federal minimum wage, then a state-set minimum wage. As a poor college student, this sounds great! But this will make it extremely difficult to find a summer job because this will drop employment due to business not being able to afford as many workers. The government hires more employees than the private sector at this time; this is not good.
The next is on foreign relations. Israel is our best ally in the Middle East. Obama has been ignoring cries for help from them; he has destroyed foreign relations with them. Also, Benghazi: for those that do not know, Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty all died in a terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi. The Embassy begged multiple times for extra security and it was ignored. When the terrorist attack came, two former Navy SEALs gave their lives to try to save the ambassador and were killed in action. According to Obama, in the beginning this was not an act of terror. He has now switched to saying this was an act of terror. Obama is trying to cover up the fact that neither himself, nor anybody else, did anything to prevent this attack.
The next was on gun control. This topic has been chewed up and spit out, and I do not wish to go deeply into this argument. But Obama turned his whole speech into an anti-gun rally. He talked about a shooting in Chicago, in his home state of Illinois. Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, so I’m not sure what Obama’s argument states. It does show that strong gun laws do not stop gun violence. In 2011, there were 496 murders in which a hammer or club where used, compared to 323 connected to a rifle. Looks like we need to register our hammers and have stricter laws on those bad boys!
The next was on voting. Obama said, “We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours…Desiline is 102 years old.” Seems like people in North Miami are just mean! I don’t know about you, but if there was a woman who was 102 years old and I was in charge, I would let her vote and be on her way. I’m not sure who is proud of forcing a 102-year-old woman wait six hours to vote. But I do tip my hat too Miss Victor on exercising her right at the ripe age of 102!
Lastly, Obama’s last words, “God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.” I ask God to bless America every day. This is one thing that I can agree with Obama on. He has increased my faith in God through fear for my future in this great nation.
We live in a nation where when a singer overdoses and dies, Obama orders all flags to be flown at half-staff and gives a speech about it. However, when Chris Kyle, an American hero, gets murdered, Obama does nothing. Chris Kyle has the most confirmed sniper kills in American history. It scares me to think that Obama will do so much for Whitney Houston and so little for Chris Kyle. Kyle was an American hero and needs to be respected and remembered as such. I am disappointed and ashamed that Obama did nothing for this man.
I love this country. America is a beautiful place where opportunity flourishes. You and I have a dream that we know we can achieve. I want my children to be able to have their own dreams. It scares me that they may not if the country continues on the road that it is on with President Obama. God bless America. God bless every dream that any person in this nation has. You may need every blessing that God can give.