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
James Kielar loves USGA, is a volunteer firefighter and Sergeant at Arms of the Class of 2016. He believes the “Rules should be working for people,” and that USGA needs more involvement from other groups, such as more day programming for commuters and more involvement from veterans and international students because they are underrepresented.
Kayla Wallace is currently the President of the Panhallenic Sororities and Sergeant at Arms for USGA. She wants people to be comfortable on campus and loves the Senator Outreach Program because she wants to bring people out and let them know that their voices count. Kayla wants to find out why people aren’t involved and what USGA can do to get people to be involved.
Colin Weber is currently a Senator for USGA and a Chemical Engineering Major. He serves on the Space Committee in Research & Development. He wants every student on campus to know that they matter and wants them to have the experience of a lifetime. “It shouldn’t just be about that textbook.”
Annalisa Berardinelli is currently Assistant Treasurer under John Foti, Yearbook Editor and President of Women’s Rugby. She says that she would simplify things as treasurer—help other organizations know what they need to know to get money or to get forms in and how to fill them out. She says she has learned a lot about organization from Foti, so she would be able to maintain what he has taught her as well as direct someone in the Assistant Treasurer position because she has experienced it.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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This past week at USGA, changes to the By-Laws and Treasurer’s Manual were passed and take effect immediately. The Legislature also passed changes to the USGA Constitution; those changes must be voted on by you the students. I encourage you to keep an eye on your emails for the survey question approving or denying these changes.
I also would like to bring to your attention that campaigning will be beginning shortly for the positions of President, Treasurer and Senator for the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year. These candidates will be vying for your votes, so remember to ask questions and stay informed.
With Spring Break just around the corner, keep your head up as the hard work will pay off in the end. I would like to leave you with a quote that I think of often.
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Cherokee Proverb
Putting you in USGA!
I hope this week is going well for you. Congratulations to our Greek organizations on their new members and good luck to those individuals who are joining.
I would like to welcome LaDarius Thompson to the University of New Haven as Associate Director of Student Activities. LaDarius’s first day was Monday so make sure to stop by and say hi to the newest member to the Student Activities family.
With the possibility of large winter storms continuing, please use caution when driving and walking. Also, make sure that you sign up for emergency alerts from campus police! For more information please visit http://www.newhaven.edu/student-life/police/emergency-procedures.
This week in USGA, we will be voting on Constitution and By-Law changes so make sure to attend!
“Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” —Mark Twain
Time is running out for Treasurer Training
RSOs, I have mentioned this for the last couple of weeks in USGA, but I’d thought I’d also put it as this week’s treasurers tip. This Friday, Feb. 20, is the last day to comply with treasurer training stipulations to ensure that your organization does not become frozen.
Just to reiterate what the stipulations for treasurers training here they are:
If your organization’s president or treasurer attended treasurer training last fall they simply need to come fill out the treasurer training compliance form which is located on my office door. If your president or treasurer did not attend treasurer training in the fall, they must watch the treasurer training tegrity located on the student activities website under RSO student resources and then come to my office to take a quiz that ensures me that you watched the tegrity.
Both the president and the treasurer must comply with treasurer training stipulations either by filling out the form or taking the quiz! As always if you any questions don’t hesitate to ask or come see me during office hours!
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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With the snowfall continuing, I hope you all stay safe and I encourage you all to read your emails about snowfall removal and potential University closures.
I would like to thank Dr. Juline Mills and her Capstone two class for putting on a wonderful benefit dinner for End Hunger Connecticut.
Remember USGA meetings are on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. I encourage you all to attend as important discussion will be going on this semester.
Putting you in USGA!
I hope the beginning of the semester has started well. This semester looks to be a monumental semester with a lot of events in the works.
Applications for next year’s USGA President, Treasurer and Senators are active on the USGA Charger Connection page under the Forms tab. They are due at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28. If you are interested feel free to contact Samantha Salvio at USGAEA@newhaven.edu or myself.
Just as a reminder, the Add/Drop deadline has been extended to Feb. 6.
This week’s USGA Meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. in the German Club.
Putting you in USGA!