Current USG Initiatives

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Emily Silfes

Resource List

Working with various organtizations around campus to try and get a definitive list of what things Fordham supplies to its students. This can apply to academic help, mental health resources, practically anything. The goal is to get a list and put it up on Orgsync or the Fordham website, preferably with links or instruction pertaining to each one.

Outfest

Putting on an event in October to celebrate LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day!

Domenic Setaro

Feedback

Improve the means of gathering feedback by what students define as the three most difficult to work with organizations on campus: Dining, ResLife, and OSI. 

Nicholas Abbazio

Fordham Food Run- Completed!

This semester I would like to make it a much bigger event. This would entail contacting all clubs on campus and having them publicize and join in. I am also trying to figure out the logistics of either a dorm competition or something where a prize is involved for how much food is donated. 

Play60

Bringing children from local places off campus to campus. They then would be able to interact with the athletes on campus and well “play” with them. They can run plays with the football team, shoot some hoops with the basketball team, and run drills with the soccer team. It gets them active, great PR or Fordham athletics, gets the athletes to see the bigger picture, and the kids will have something to do after school. Maybe, a little deeper in, the athletes can become something of like mentors to the kids. They come once a week and are able to play, but also receive help in other aspects of their lives.

Carlos Rico

Mic Check: 2020

Currently working on bringing back an event on campus called Mic Check. Mic Check was an event in which members of the Fordham and Bronx Community have a platform to showcase and share their songwriting/raps/poetry skills. It has proven a successful event in the past, with Lana Del Ray performing at Fordham’s Mic Check back in 2004.

Tyler Raciti

Acknowledgement, Inclusion, & Retention of Fordham’s LGBTQ+ Community

These initiatives include — but are not limited to — a plaque celebrating the forgotten LGBTQ+ activities over the course of 100 years, a USG-backed acknowledgment of our LGBTQ+ history, etc.

David D’Onofrio

Walsh Library Marketplace

Working with Walsh Library Staff to effectively invite Aramark to implement a dining option similar to Ram Express in Keating Basement in the Library

Roofing for Outside

I am working to get roofing for the tables and chairs outside urban and pods. Also the strip of gravel near the library should be tables and chairs with roofing. Also all campus transit stops should be like bus stops. No one should wait in the rain.

Liam Leahy

Reform Alcohol Amnesty Policy

I am working to rewrite the existing alcohol amnesty policy in order to clarify university policy. This new policy would replace the seemingly contradictory policies currently in the CARE manual and online.

“The Talk” with Father Lito (with Emma Budd)- Completed!

In line with a similar event held by CSM in fall of 2018, we will be hosting a discussion-based talk with Father Lito concerning issues that have to do with sexual misconduct, sexuality, and the church. We are looking to hold this as a free-standing event, outside of Week of Action.

Bringing Back Venmo

I am working to write a proposal for the creation of a Fordham University Venmo account, which clubs will be allowed to use when fundraising. This is important because currently the application Venmo is not allowed for club fundraising.

Fix Lombardi Weight Room

Lombardi weight room is currently hot trash. I would love to make it better. I’m compiling a list of complaints from gym rats like myself that I will present to whoever I find out to be in charge of that.

Arianna Chen

Gender Pronoun Policy

Collaborating with DAC to establish the gender-pronoun clause (that allows students to freely express their gender identity) as an official amendment in the Undergraduate Faculty Handbook to ensure all academic settings are inclusive and welcoming. 

Reform Civility Programming

Collaborating with DAC and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to review, test, and amend civility core programming to include updated, more engaging pedagogy and bias incident reporting information.

Re-Orientation

Working to make NSO a more informational and accommodating space for people of all identities by working with OSI to have an updated map with gender-neutral restrooms (as created by DAC last year) distributed during the program.

C-ing CCEL- Completed!

Promote visibility of service/direct engagement opportunities on the Fordham CCEL website and under the my.Fordham page “volunteer opportunities”

 

Matthew Heutel

More Sanitary Stations in Academic Buildings

I am going to petition the school to place more hand sanitizing stations across the academic building as a means of promoting better health for all students.

Dining Hours Extension

A fellow student and I seek to extend the Caf’s hours of operations

Baba Juice Student Discount

I will help Baba Juice extend its presence on campus by facilitating a deal that will help both students and the food establishment.

Luke Morgan

The Newsletter- Check it out here!

I designed a headline-focused USG newsletter to expand the student body’s knowledge about Student Government and the initiatives we work on. This newsletter has the unique ability to be sent to the emails of the entire student body — this will no doubt emphasize the importance of USG and the work of the elected body.

Walsh Bulletin

Dedicated to reforming student oureach on campus, two proposed LED bulletin boards outside the Walsh and Metro North Gates would work wonders towards ensuring that many off-campus students and commuters (who often use Walsh Gate) will have easy access to speakers, on-campus events, ect.

Maya Bentovim

Gabelli Major Fair

Fair for Gabelli freshmen allowing them to explore different major and concentration options

Composting

I am currently working on convincing Fordham to compost.

Jonathan Eng

Online Fordham Flea- Check it out here!

Creating an instagram dedicated to connecting students who would like to sell valuable used clothing with other Fordham students who would like to buy the clothing. There will be a submission of clothing, and if it could not fit our criteria for the account, we will recommend that it be donated to Fordham Flea

Discount Document

A list and resource of all organizations and stores in the bronx and city that offer a Fordham discount or a student disount so students have ideas of possible plans and activities or money saving

Alex Chavez

Earlier D-Train Shuttle- Completed!

Currently the off-campus shuttles run from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am from Fordham’s Bathgate entrance to the D train. The purpose of this initiative is to make the shuttles that take students from campus to the D train start earlier.

Whats Going On at LC?

Right now students get emails about What’s Going On? But this is only about the Rose Hill campus. The goal of this initiative is to add a section about Licoln Center events to the weekly updates.

Different Registration Time for Commuters

Registration opens at 7:00 am and many commuters are on their way to school around that time

With this initiative, there could be a selected amount of seats in the 10:00 am to 4:00 pm classes reserved for commuters

Mary Katherine Smyth

Engaging with the Bronx

Considering the vast diversity of the Bronx, I think it would be beneficial to find ways to encourage students to get involved in the community, specifically in non-service related ways. I would like to work towards partnering with local organizations to advertise events going on in the community to Fordham students.

 

Phillip Krehbiel

On behalf of the Caf

Little improvements in dining, such as ice cream cones, trays, and spoons in the Caf. Possibly changing utensil dispenseray for santiation. purposes.

Operation Fix the Printer

Many of the printers in each dorm are either out of ink, out of paper, or just don’t work in general. Therefore the students of these dorms cannot rely on the printers, especially when they have an 8:30 and it’s 8:15. We need to find out which printers need to get back functioning again and implement a maintenance system so we can make them reliable.

Emma Budd 

CPR Day Marketing

FUEMS is looking to do a “Fordham Celebrity” marketing campaign to increase attendance at and awareness of CPR day this year.

Fresh Check Day

Fresh Check Day is a collaboration between the Health Center, CPS, USG, and FUEMS to open up the conversation of mental health on campus. The event consists of multiple booths and activities for students to participate in, learn about resources, and show their support. It will be taking place in March of 2020.

On Your Mind + CPS

Eddie Cush and Will Ierlan (GSB ’20) have been developing an app called On Your Mind that allows users to live chat with counselors about anything, anytime. They’ve been working closely with Dr. Ng on this initiative, and are looking for help from USG with implementation and marketing.