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Time Management

Joanne Beloy

By Isabel Zhou

Time management is one of the most important skills you'll need in everything that you do. It's not exactly something that people can do overnight; it'll take some time to figure out a system that works best for you. Personally, I like to write down all the tasks I have to do that week. It just helps me visualize exactly how much work and gives me an idea of how much time I might need to set aside (and I also get to cross things off once I'm done which is strangely satisfying). Each task has a different level of priority so I always make sure to make a mental note about what needs to be done first.


I also find that willpower and commitment are the two most important traits you'll need to get things done. Sometimes I would have what seems like an endless list of things to do for that day. Long lists can be discouraging and incredibly intimidating to start, but the hardest part is getting started. Once I push myself to work on my first task, everything else starts flowing from there. If you can commit yourself to your roles and responsibilities, you're already half-way there.

Immerseing Myself in the World of Finance

Joanne Beloy

By Salma Mohamed

This past summer I had the privilege and honor of working as a summer analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and it is there that I not only immersed myself in the world of finance, but also nurtured many of the invaluable skills that are required of both a businessperson and the Chair of Finance/Representative Senator in Undergraduate Student Government at Baruch.

First and foremost is my knowledge of Excel, which was significantly enhanced during my role as a summer analyst. In addition to being able to quickly and comfortably work with Excel, which is essential as the heart of the Finance Committee's work requires the program's constant use, I am also taking advantage of Excel’s unique features, such as its macros, to increase the Finance Committee’s efficiency in fulfilling its responsibilities to the Baruch community.

The acquisition of practical knowledge of Excel was also heavily supplemented by the encouragement to challenge myself to think differently and create solutions to problems encountered—as opposed to presenting problems without potential resolutions. As a Representative Senator, former club leader, and proud Bearcat, I must balance the interests of those who identify with my own roles and of those who do not, which requires that I tailor my thinking outside the realm of its normal decision-making process. My time at J.P. Morgan has facilitated my ability to holistically make decisions, on and off of the Senate table, as well as to simultaneously consider multiple perspectives of a decision, which can impact many (even thousands of) people.

However, the most pivotal and worthwhile part of my learning experience at J.P. Morgan was my comprehension of the importance of producing and maintaining excellence in everything one does—a lesson that I try to bring to my roles in USG. Not only is it necessary to maintain high standards and create outstanding work in a timely manner, it is also necessary to continuously improve as this will pave the road towards future success. I work to constantly keep these rewarding lessons from my time at J.P. Morgan in mind as they have and will continue to allow me to positively contribute to USG and, therefore, to the Baruch community at large.

Rollercoasters of Picking Professors

Joanne Beloy

By Nardine Salama

The process of trying to find the right Professor for me is almost as frustrating as the disappoint I incur when I get my daily order of Dunkin Donuts and it's still not the way I want it. I’ve always championed the motto that if I want something, I’m going to make it happen so I feel as though I do my part. But, when it comes to a subject in which the Professor simply has no desire to teach, then, consequently, I have no desire to learn. At the very least, I need my Professors to be strong and tasteful in their respective fields. One of my favorite Professors, by far, has been the incredible Professor Susan Locke. She was my Professor for PSY 1001 and it’s because of her creative, interactive and informative teaching style that make me the I.O. Psychology major I am today. In high school, I took AP U.S. History with Mr. Patrick Dunphy and he was equally as passionate about History as Professor Locke is about Psychology and it’s because of him that I am minoring in History. Passion is contagious and when teaching is done right, a student can get so engulfed by the subject that they can choose to make it their own.

 

Positivity

Joanne Beloy

By Cherry Aung

Positivity is positive energy.

It's about seeing the best in everyone and everything you do. When you're optimistic and maintain a bright outlook on life, it really changes the way you see yourself and others around you will notice; Positivity is infectious! However, being positive is easier said than done... especially when life throws challenges and unpredictable situations your way.

In times like this, I maintain positivity by surrounding myself with people who bring out the best in me and by evaluating all the wonderful things in my life, even if things aren't going so well. But because we're all searching for happiness, sometimes we forget that it's ok to be negative. It's perfectly normal to have those days when you're down in dumps and feeling small. Take it as an opportunity to consider what you can do differently and how to improve your situation. However, if you find that this negativity is prolonged, uncontrollable, and impacting your life, try seeking help from a friend or a professional counselor. Baruch's health and wellness center is an incredible resource that you can always use if you need somebody to talk to.

 

Pt. 6 Programming Budget LAST BUDGET

Joanne Beloy

Hello All for the Last Time, 

Like all great epics they must come to an end...so here we are at our last budget blog... But we will end with a bang: The Programming Budget! 

Here is the attachment. 

As always let me know your questions in the comments. 

Until next time, 

Annie Sourbis 

President of The Undergraduate Student Government 

Baruch College-CUNY 

annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com

What was the funniest thing you've seen happen around the club rooms?

Joanne Beloy

By Sau Fong Li

Actually, I rarely go to clubrooms. I spend a majority of my time hopping from one event to another as long as time permits and my body can take it. I attended a variety of events this past semester, evaluating them for the Bernie’s Awards Show. I have to say- one of the funniest moment was at the Saints vs. Sinner Party, which was hosted by Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. It was a black light party; people were dancing with these glow-in-the-dark accessories and could care less if they made a fool of themselves. The smog machine started getting a little crazy and there were just smoke EVERYWHERE. The smoke went outside the multipurpose room. It was also very humid and hot. However, people were interacting with others who they met for the first time and were just simply having a lot of fun. Everyone- and I literally mean EVERYONE- started placing their shoulders on another and formed a choo-choo train. It was certainly a sight to see. We went a couple of rounds until the hosts announced they were giving cupcakes outside.

 

Pt. 5 USG Opp Budget pt. 3

Joanne Beloy

Hello All Again! 

I stand corrected! This will be our shortest blog post together! Forget Scandal, you may even have time to start a new series on Netflix!

You know the drill! Here's the attachment. 

Let me know your questions in the comments!

Always, 

Annie Sourbis 

President of The Undergraduate Student Government 

Baruch College-CUNY 

annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com

ALL YOU NEED … ARE FOUR FRIENDS

Joanne Beloy

By Ehtasham Bhatti

In high school, time management was merely a concept that came and went. I knew it was, but couldn’t care less about it. I knew I would have to experience it eventually, and until then, I would take life as it went and ease my way through every any and every situation. 

Within my first week or so as a freshman at Baruch, I immediately realized my best friend would not be someone from my learning block, my classes, or any club I joined, it was gonna have to be that lonely loser everyone, including myself, ignored – TIME MANAGEMENT! What made it worse was that he (or she) brought along its boring mates, RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNICATION, and COMMITMENT. 

I spent my entire freshman year banging heads with these losers. Everyone saw it – in both positive and negative ways, including my family, professors, and friends. Whether it be dealing with family issues, taking care of homework, or balancing club work, my “loser” friends actually came quite in handy. And by the end of my freshman year, I was glad, actually honored, to have them on my side. 

But our love and friendship for one another was truly bought to the test in my current standing – as a second semester sophomore balancing a corporate tax internship at a Big-4 JPMorgan Chase & Co., a blogging position for the Undergraduate Admissions office, a senator role with the Undergraduate Student Government, and not to mention, my last semester before Zicklin classes.

They key (DJ Khaled would be proud right now) is once again chilling and learning with my four friends – TIME MANAGEMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNICATION, and COMMITMENT. Time Management taught me to balance my workload, and dedicate an efficient amount of time and energy to each of my main duties. Responsibility made me understand how important it was to keep track of everything that’s going on whether it be through an online calendar, sticky notes, etc. Communication forces me to break out of my comfort zone and let other people know if I’m in trouble or need help (which is a hard thing to do for an armadillo head like myself). And let’s not forget, Commitment made me realize that I’m doing all this for the greater and common good – and ultimately, there’s a worthy purpose to all this.  

I was recently was offered a tax internship position with Goldman Sachs, arguably the best firm in the world – it was a huge honor for a sickly little sophomore like myself. And as much as I year end for it, I realized my four friends would not at all be happy with it. It wouldn’t suit their personalities, and only create tension – not something I can afford. 

My advice to you all is to keep those four friends close – they may seem weird, lousy, annoying, but please remember they’re deeply important and arguably the best buds a guy can ask for. 

Wishing you all the best of luck and success!

The Accidental Social Life

Joanne Beloy

By Agata Poniatowski

People always ask me how I got involved around Baruch. In all honesty I can say it was on accident.

My freshman year I joined Lexicon on Convocation Day because someone I met that day told me that if I like photography thats where I should go. So I followed them up to the Lexicon suite. After that I was at almost all the events I had time to attend. It was so much fun taking pictures of people having fun at all these different events Baruch has; social, educational, professional, or athletic. At these events I met a lot of people who encouraged me to join their clubs. They took my email down and said they'd add me to their lists. I still have no gotten emails from many of them, but the ones I did get emails from I joined. I started working for the Ticker as a photographer, started interviewing for Humans of Baruch, and I also began attending committee meetings for Campus Affairs, and Arts Committee in USG. People were always asking me, "Who are you!? I see you everywhere!" I was having a lot of fun, meeting a lot of people, but also had so much work to keep up with. 

The more responsibilities I took on, the more I realized I wouldn't be able to work to my full potential on any of them. So towards the end of the year I had to begin making decisions as to what to continue for my sophomore year.

In the end I was elected Chair of Public Relations in USG for 2015-2016, and still work in the Ticker. Even though I am involved in less I feel like I am still all over Baruch, running around like a chicken without a head, but I still love it.

Pt 4. USG Opp Budget Pt. 2

Joanne Beloy

Hello All Again, 

This post I believe will be out shortest in this series. So you should have time to still catch Scandal! You're welcome! 

As always please ask your questions in the comments! 

Here's the attachment

Annie Sourbis 

President of The Undergraduate Student Government 

Baruch College-CUNY 

annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com

Weird Encounters

Joanne Beloy

By Candice Chatterpaul

Being a senior, and being involved with club life since my freshman year, I’ve been exposed to a lot of different people. I also, and I have this and love this about myself, have an approachable face. The reason I say this is because many people, many strangers, feel comfortable enough to randomly speak to me. It’s great because that’s how I make friends, but it’s funny because that’s why a whole lot of weird things happen to me. 

The weirdest thing I’ve ever experienced was two years ago, my sophomore year. My first club ever was Women in Business, and by sophomore year, I sat on the board as the VP of Marketing. That meant that I spent a lot of time in our club room doing work. Also, fun fact, I drink a lot of water. You know what happens when you drink a lot of water? Yup, you pee a lot. 

I was working in the club room one evening and I had to pee, so I walked over to the bathrooms closest to the club area – which are the bathrooms near the game room and near USG. The second I turned the corner, this guy was by the water fountain double fisting cups of water. As he was filling them up, we made eye contact, so I politely acknowledged his existence with a smile. STUPID CANDICE STUPID

This is the weird part. 

He looked at me and he held out one of the cups of water towards me. 

Offering it to me. 

He was a stranger. 

That’s weird. 

So I just said no thank you. You know what he said? I’ll tell you. 

HE SAID WHY

All I could think in my head was “what. WHAT. What do you mean why? Because you’re a stranger. Because you could literally drug me right there if you were a psycho.” But I just said “because I need to pee” which was a valid reason because I did need to pee, and because why am I going to drink water if I need to pee? So he goes “okay, I’ll leave it here for you then” and I say to myself “nah this guy is messing with me” so I sarcastically say “okaaaaay” and go into the bathroom. 

I finish up in the bathroom, but I linger there for an extra few seconds in hopes of avoiding another awkward encounter with this guy. Eventually, I stepped out of the bathroom, and I see the cup of water on the floor, waiting for me to take. So I looked around and no one was there. All that was in my mind is “what really just happened here, I don’t know what to do”. I ended up just picking the water up, dumping it in the water fountain, and throwing the cup away. 

Because that whole situation was weird.

Why I'm Interested

Joanne Beloy

By Tranesa Houston

I initially became interested in USG in the spring semester because of all the cool events they set up. I liked how they tried to have the student body participate in voting for who would represent Baruch; you could really see everyone's sincerity. I decided to join USG after seeing how much they helped student life organize the leadership weekend which was a really awesome outdoor experience from start to finish. I joined the Public Relations Committee that organizes events, puts out the newsletter, and trying to get the student body more involved with USG. They were responsible for the awesome homecoming last semester that brought students of baruch together with pumpkin painting, food, movies, and dancing. The Public Relations Committee as well as USG as a whole is very welcoming, always looking for new ideas and trying to figure out a way to get closer to what bearcats need from student government. USG wants bearcats to have the best college experience and they do that by leaving most of their meetings open to the public where anyone could have their voice heard. I feel very at home with the PR Committee and I am looking forward to future experiences.

Pt. 3 USG Operations Budget Pt. 1

Joanne Beloy

Hello All!

Is this the most exciting mini-series of all time or what??

Anyway I have attached the first part of the operations budget as a PDF attachment and all of the remaining budget posts will be too. This is because I am somewhat (very) technologically challenged and cannot figure out how to put a chart into a blog post on this website. 

That said this is the 3 installment of the total 6 posts (we are almost there)! Probably even better news for you the remaining posts will be shorter than the last two! Just to remind all of you faithful readers I have decided to breakup the budgets in order to help you process the budget in pieces, focus your questions for me, and to help increase the traffic on this site (kidding, sort of). 

Lastly, please remember to ask your questions in the comments or email me at annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com

P.S. here is the link to the CUNY Bylaws as I mention in the attachment. 

Always, 

Annie Sourbis 

President of The Undergraduate Student Government

Baruch College-CUNY 

annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com 

 

"A Month Abroad Didn't Seem Like Nearly Enough Time"

Joanne Beloy

By Rebecca Clabby

Since starting college, I have been told that studying abroad is an irreplaceable, unforgettable
experience I shouldn't miss out on. Sophomore year I began trying to figure out how to fit a semester abroad into my schedule. With my Zicklin major, I didn't think it was possible. After visiting the study abroad office and speaking to someone about my course situation, they suggested going abroad for a shorter winter or summer session. The winter session that I chose was about three weeks long. I didn't have to miss Christmas at home and I was back in time for syllabus week! 


The application process had to be done through two separate schools since the program was
hosted by CSI (the College of Staten Island). The process became quite convoluted; getting lengthy emails from multiple offices made it hard to keep track of all the paperwork necessary to go abroad. I recommend visiting the study abroad office once every week or two to ensure you don't miss out on an important document that may cause an issue. CSI was fairly organized and sent updates and reminders frequently, so if you go abroad through CSI, just be aware you also need to apply through Baruch.


I began looking into the different places I could go and was amazed by the options. I was
stuck between two in particular: Florence, Italy or Cooperstown, South Africa. Florence is a culturally and historically rich city, but South Africa appealed to my adventurous side, especially because the class I was considering was about South African wildlife. After much thought, I ultimately decided to go to Florence. A few of my friends had studied abroad in Florence during their Spring semester, and I only heard amazing things about the school and the city.

Having officially decided on Florence, I began to look into other countries to visit during my
stay. People always talk about how easy it is to travel among countries in Europe, so I decided to try it out myself. I took high-speed trains from Switzerland to all over Italy to Germany and back to Switzerland for pretty unbeatable prices. I used trenitalia to travel between cities in Italy and Bahn to travel between countries. A few of my roommates also spent a weekend in Paris after booking a flight that was less than $20 using Rynair.com. 

My experience abroad was definitely unforgettable, as I was told it would be. I took a graphic
design course and covered three different Adobe softwares: InDesign, Photoshop, and illustrator. Since the class was only two and a half hours, I was left plenty of time to explore the surrounding area. I went to a museum just about every day, my favorite being the Uffizi gallery. I'm also a huge Italian food lover, so the endless pasta, pizza and gelato was a major plus. A month abroad didn't seem like nearly enough time, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to travel and study abroad. It's an experience that I hope every student has the chance to partake in.

What is BOD?

Joanne Beloy

By Samuel Rubinstein

BOD. The scariest three letters in all of USG. We are mentioned possibly in every senate meeting, but not everyone (including some senators) understands how it works.

For starters, BOD stands for Board of Directors. For the most part, we oversee the financial expenditures of USG (and all the student organizations that USG supports), WBMB, the Ticker, Encounters Magazine, the Early Childhood Center, and other Baruch entities. For example, even if the USG senate approves a $25000 budget for the Chemistry Club, the BOD has the final say and unless it is something drastic or toxic, it is more or a less respecting what the senate voted on. If you are into British politics, think of us as the House of Lords and the senate as the House of Commons. If you aren't into British politics, I don't blame you. It's very boring.

But who sits on this mysterious board? There are 4 USG representatives (including your lovely author), the USG president, the GSA president, the chair, and then a mix of 2 Faculty, 2vAdministration, and recently, two independent directors.

Is there drama? Of course there is! What students want sometimes do not relate to what the Administration wants. Completely normal, but I noticed that in the past, everything tend to be unanimous. Unlike procedural votes, there needs to be some divide on the substantial votes. This year, the USG representatives have been bringing up points, debating issues, and fighting the status quo. It's tense and a lot of fun.

Where and when are the BOD meetings? First of, the BOD meetings are open to the public. They are once a month and if you ever want to know the date, email me or ask anyone in USG! They tend to be in Room 2-290 NVC on Thursdays, during club hours.

Pt 2. The Myths, the Legend...mostly the myths

Joanne Beloy

 

Hello All!

Let's start off with some truths and myths!

TRUTH: USG is Funded by the Student Activity Fee which is paid by YOU

Every Baruch College student is required to pay the Student Activity Fee each semester. Students who are matriculating pay $125.00 while students who take classes part-time pay $85.00. This money goes towards what it sounds like it does: activities and programs for students. There is a number of advantages that the student activity fee has, including that isn’t tax levied, nor is it controlled by the State or the CUNY system. It is a completely private fund that is allocated by the Baruch College Association’s Board of Directors. That Board consists of six students who serve  as voting members, including the USG President, the President of the Graduate Student Assembly, and four students voted on by the student body.

 

MYTH: The entire Activity Fee Goes to USG

$125.00 x 15,000 undergraduate students (to keep it simple we are assuming that they are all matriculated students) x 2 semesters equals….. So what I am trying to say is the fund is dispersed among a large number of organizations on campus for the sake of the student body.

But who controls this large fund? Well it’s controlled by the students and maintained by the Board of Directors. Let me explain:

  • Students can petition to change how much the Student Activity Fee is and how much would go to each entity.

  • In order for any of those things to change, a minimum of 10% of the Undergraduate Student Body must sign a petition in support of the increase, followed by a vote where a minimum of 10% of the Student Body must accept those changes.

  • The Board of Directors every year approves each entity's’ planned budget for the following year. For example every year USG, The Ticker, Encounters Magazine, etc. must present a budget to the Board of Directors in order to receive their budget for the following year.  

If you want to see a brief explanation of each part of the Association and how the student activity fee is broken down for part time students and summer students please click here.

Breakdown of Student Activity Fee for Full-time Students

This is measured in dollar amount.

MYTH: Every Time USG has an Event Clubs get Less Money

This is a rumor I hear all the time and I cannot believe it every time I hear it. But I also understand that people may assume this since the everyday student does not understand how the budgets work.

To break it down, USG has "control" over four budgets: 1) Clubs & Organizations, 2) Clubs & Organizations Surplus (aka Appeals Budget), 3) an USG Programming Budget, and 4) the USG’s Operational Budget. Just to be clear USG's "control" over the first two budgets is different the last two. USG has the responsibility to distribute the Clubs and Orgs and Appeals budget to clubs to spend, but USG is not allowed to spend this money on our own projects. On the other hand we are allowed to spent the Programming and Operations budget on USG's initiatives. When USG has an event or spends any money from its Programming Budget or its Operational Budget, it has zero affect on any club’s or organization’s budget They are completely separate from USG’s own monies. The reason why the Clubs and Organizations budget is referred to on paper as the “USG Clubs & Organizations Budget” is because the USG--like at all other colleges and universities across the Country--is responsible for maintaining that budget. That includes ensuring that the budget is being spent in a diversified manner by leiu of the Undergraduate Student Senate. In short, the USG has the responsibility to allocate the Clubs & Organizations Budget but it cannot spend it. We do have the ability to spend the Programming Budget and USG Budget only.

Today, I will briefly define the Programming and Operations budget and explain the appeals and clubs and organizations budget.

Clubs & Organizations Budget (Power to Allocate not Spend)

This is the sum of money that is used to allocate the budgets for all clubs on campus for the academic year. This is the money that USG’s Finance Committee must work with to give each club or organization the fairest possible budget. This is $12.00 that every full time undergraduate student ($6.15 for part time) is expected to pay. The key thing to notice is the word “expected.” There is a larger number of students than one would think that don’t actually end up paying their student activity fee for whatever reason that is. So it is usually about 80% of students that end up paying their student activity fee. So every year the total amount that USG is able to allocate to clubs is give or take $280,000, which is to be distributed amongst 125 clubs of all different sizes.

Clubs & Orgs Surplus Budget (aka Appeals Budget) (Power to Allocate not Spend)

The Appeals Budget is for clubs their to help clubs who need more money for their events. All clubs are welcome to apply for any of their events for additional funds. Now where the appeals funds come from is slightly more complicated than the rest of the budgets. The Appeals budget comprises mostly of the money that clubs did not spend of their prior budget in the prior year. Plus the buffer that the appeals committee is required to have.

To explain the budget that club leaders have grown to know and love as the “Appeals Budget” is really the Surplus of from last year’s original Clubs and Orgs Budget.

To give an example...Let’s say Baruch consisted of two clubs: Accounting for Geminis and Upsilon Sigma Gamma. They both were allocated a budget of $500 for the academic year of 2015-2016 but both did not spend $100 of their respective budgets then a total of $200 will go to the appeals budget for the year of 2016-2017. This would be added to the buffer that USG had to keep in mind (usually 15-20% of the original appeals budget). Every year the Appeals budget ends up being somewhere from $80,000-$100,000 every year.

Programming Budget (Ability to Spend)

First off, I want to answer the question that everyone has which is: why does USG get two budgets? This is a great questions and the answer is because USG (as at most CUNY colleges) has been given the job of two organizations found on most college campuses in the U.S. The responsibility of acting as the Student Government and acting as the Student Programming Board.

At most colleges, there is a Student Programming Board that throws large-scale events for the student body and is run by students. The Student Programming Board is typically completely separate from the Student Government. But at Baruch, the Student Programming Board and its Student Government are the same. Therefore, the USG is responsible for holding large-scale events for the College and to represent student interests as its Student Government. All-in-all, this is why you see the USG holding large events throughout the year.

Student Government Budget (Ability to Spend)

This is the budget that is also known as USG’s Operations Budget. It’s what allows it to operate on a day-to-day basis. I will pretty much leave this explanation here for this week because it the first one that will be broken down on this blog.

So that’s all I will bore you with for today. Please comment and leave your questions! Next week will be the first part of The USG Operations Budget!

I look forward to your comments!
 

Best,

Annie Sourbis

President of USG 2015-2016

annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com

"The first step is going to be hard but once the first step is taken than it will be a smooth journey."

Joanne Beloy

By Viral Shah

“Baruch” has become a part of my family. I send more time at Baruch rather than athome which is why it feels really sad that I would be leaving it and wont be a part of it. 

Never would I have ever thought 3 1/2 years back that I would Baruch would become such a huge part of me. It has been such a great journey from taking all the boring classes to being part of an exceptional club life. I have learnt a lot throughout this journey and still learning till date about how I can improve myself to the little time that is left for me at Baruch. The most interesting part of the whole journey was stepping out of the comfort zone and joining TSO, which was the first club that I ever joined in my life. It was really hard to do it but I kept on saying myself “The first step is going to be hard but once the first step is taken than it will be a smooth journey”. I still go by that thought and still believe today that if I didn’t take that first step than I would have been the same kid who goes to class and library.

There have been different obstacles that I have faced throughout my time at Baruch and the one thing that I learnt from all that were that I should not let anything affect me. The other thing I learnt is to choose your friends wisely as there will be time where people will step over you and back stab you to make themselves look better over you. I would really miss being part of the club life which is were I spend most of the time till today at Baruch even being a part time student. Being part of the Student Government made a great amount of impact in my life. The best part about student government is that everyone becomes a part of the family and work as a family not just during events but also during your part off campus too. 

I feel there is too much to write about but I don’t have enough space to write but I would like to end this blog with a phrase, which I always go with is by Nelson Mandela “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”

Starting New

Joanne Beloy

By Isabel Arias

Starting your freshman year at college is always tough. Everything comesnew, new classes, new people, new place to call home and it can be a very challenging transition for many college freshman. I was no exception to this rule so given the opportunity to attend the club fair I intended to make the most of it. I visited many booths but one stood out due to the club leaders making an outstanding effort to talk to people. At this booth they were not just aiming to talk to a large quantity of people but to really attempt to make a connection with each group with which they spoke. As I watched these exchanges taking place I decided to go over and speak with someone myself. I was able to speak to a leader in the club who not only showed that he had a large amount of knowledge about the school, but he also showed an enthusiasm and true excitement about what student government does for Baruch and its students. Because of this first interaction, I became excited about Baruch and excited to join U.S.G. 

I attended my first U.S.G. Senate meeting about a week later and loved the environment. The room was full by the time I arrived I don’t even think it was entirely because of the free food. When I heard them speak about all of their agenda items I couldn’t believe just how much power these students had, how much their input could actually make a difference in the school. In any given week they could be planning four different events, plan construction to improve campus, and even plan a trip to Albany to speak to state legislators. They each had so much responsibility given to them yet when one person would suggest an idea for a new project they would all volunteer to help. What stood out to me the most though was, even considering I didn’t know anyone there, the same person who spoke to me at the booth at the club fair came up to me to make sure I had somewhere to sit and introduced me to some other people in the club. The fact that this person who probably met hundreds of people that same day remembered me and went out of his way to make me feel comfortable was remarkable. I have gone to many senate meetings following this and gotten involved on committees and each and every one has welcomed any new ideas and aimed to make a lasting difference on the lives of Baruch students. I am so happy that I made the decision to get involved in U.S.G. and 

I hope that you all come to check it out too.

Pt 1. The Budgets are Coming!

Joanne Beloy

 

Hello All!

I guess I should start with why I am posting the USG Budget online and more so even… why I am posing it in blog segments. I have been in USG for four years and people have been asking to have access to the USG Budget for as long as I can remember. Before I explain it in a series of blog posts line by line, I just want to make it clear that the USG Budget is complete public information (just as any budget in the CUNY system is). The reason that I personally have not posted the Budget online to date is because I was afraid that without the proper commentary behind each line item, people could make incorrect assumptions about how the Budget is being spent and how it has been spent in the past.

 

I have never been shy to sit down with anyone and break down the budget line by line, but to say the least: this is a long process. Budgets across the CUNY system consist of earmarked funds, mandatory spending items, and items that are included per agreements that are reached between multiple departments and multiple associations. If I was to explain it with every person who wants to have it broken down in front of them, I think we can all agree that this would be a never ending process.

 

It recently dawned on me to post the Budget on our website in parts with corresponding blog posts to give readers some context to how it actually works. This will help everyone by avoiding any rumors or false assumptions as to how the USG uses it to serve the Student Body at-large.

 

The reason why this is important to me is because rumors--some harsher than others--have been said about how the USG utilizes its budget in all of the years that I have been in it. While there are not too many rumors about USG that keep me up at night, I do take rumors about how the USG spends its portion of the Student Activity Fee very seriously.

 

I think I take the misconception about how we spend our activity fee most seriously because I also take it personally. I take this personally because I know first hand how hard my team and I work to serve the student body and to protect its student activity fee.

 

That said, I am delighted and proud to announce that the USG Budget and the breakdown of the Student Activity Fee will be posted in five upcoming, weekly installments that will be posted every Thursday evening. It will be posted in the following order:

 

Pt 1. The Budgets are Coming! (The one you are reading)

Pt 2. The Myths, the Legend...mostly the myths (Student Activity Fee and overview of USG Budget)

Pt 3. Operations Budget pt. 1

Pt 4. Operations Budget pt. 2

Pt. 5. Operations Budget pt 3.

Pt  6. Programming Budget

 

I’ve decided to present the USG budget in parts because (as you probably can already tell) I am a bit long-winded and this would be a very long one blog post. More importantly I want you, the reader, to have time to digest and understand our budget and ask me questions about each part.

 

That said, I beg you to comment on each blog post if you have any questions, comments, concerns. Anything at all! I want to have an open dialogue about it and I want to answer your questions and give you the information you want to to know. To reiterate from what I mentioned earlier in this post, I am posting these budgets to avoid any rumors and misconceptions about how and why the USG Budget is organized the way it is, so please ask me any questions that come to mind.

 

I look forward to your comments!

 

 

Best,

 

Annie Sourbis

President of USG 2015-2016

annie.sourbis@usgbaruch.com