What I Will Do
- Foster an environment of club collaboration and easy event planning. Here's how:
- Pressure the Office of Conference and Events to follow through with their idea to create an online event management system. In this system, students would be able to view and request space online, thereby making it easier for clubs to plan events. This is crucial for student clubs.
- Create a system to facilitate requests of co-sponsorships for events and other programming. This past year, clubs ran very low on finances and vital events and programming were lost. In this new system, clubs will be able to see what events still need monetary and logistical help. This would encourage clubs who otherwise wouldn't think to work together to co-sponsor an event. This enriches the quality of events and programming.
- Increase the quantity and efficiency of student input on budget cut issues. Here's how:
Expand and institutionalize the Clubs in Service Program.
- Administrators are now facing more budget cuts with even more of an effect on students. I will make sure that every single budget cut committee that is formed has student representation. If the cuts are going to affect us, we should have a strong voice.
- Create a system of instantaneous student feedback. The Student Union needs an organized way of knowing how students feel about the issues, including the implementation of the new Justice Brandeis Semester.
Expand the amount of food covered on a meal at Einstein's.
- This program encourages all clubs to have a community service component. It is an amazing initiative, which fosters a sense of connection with the Waltham community. I think this program will make Brandeis a better community and world citizen.
Commit the Student Union to more eco-friendly projects.
- The fact that you cannot put all of the sandwiches and salads on a meal is absurd. At the beginning of this year, the Dining Committee was in negotiations with Aramark regarding what can go on the meal. Progress was made but then the budget crisis hit, and negotiations were put on hold. We need to return to negotiations with Aramark and convince them that in this case our needs outweigh their profit margins.
Strengthen the Office of Student Rights and Advocacy
- The introduction of Deis-Bikes and the Brandeis-Riverside shuttle program (now in its final stages) are just two examples of how the Student Union can get involved with projects that not only better the Brandeis community but are also eco-friendly.
- These project ideas come from the student body and projects that individual students are working on. I hope to encourage you to bring your ideas to the Student Union, so that we can work together to improve the Brandeis community.
Encourage the Student Union to do more outreach projects. The Student Union is supported by you and needs to connect more with the Student body.
- Effective enforcement and knowledge of student rights are important on this campus. This past year, a new Executive Board position, Director of Student Rights and Advocacy, was formed. I remain committed to having this position on the Student Union Executive Board.