What's Up SG? January Edition
Jan 11, 2016 by Joanne Alexandria Rodriguez
What’s Up SG?
A monthly update on Student Government happenings.
Fall State of Student Body Address Summary
Back in November, Student Body President Andy Rodriguez spoke to students in the Fall State of the Student Body Address. Rodriguez updated the student body on the accomplishments of the executive branch, the successes of Student Government as a whole, and the acts of social activism students have been displaying on campus. The entire speech can be found here.
Spring WOW Events:
Student Government will be involved with Spring Week of Welcome, happening the first week of the spring semester, starting on Jan. 11. Come visit us at our events and other Spring WOW events! Some of the things we will be doing include:
A "Find SG" flyer will be handed out to students throughout Spring WOW events that has a list of WOW events Student Government staff will be attending. Students can find SG staff at these events, and students will receive a stamp on their flyer once they find SG at the event. If students collect two or more stamps before SG’s Debate-A-Bull event on Wednesday, Jan. 13, they will receive a free USF OUR shirt at the event. If students collect three or more stamps before SG's Welcome Back BBQ event on Thursday, Jan. 14, they will receive prizes and a food line hop pass to skip the food lines at the event!
Attend different Spring WOW events this spring, get acquainted with SG staff, and earn prizes!
In light of the bills regarding concealed carry on college campuses that are currently being debated in Tallahassee, we are hosting an event to help students learn more about this very relevant topic. The event will be held in the MSC Amphitheater on Jan. 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Two teams of two debaters will present their sides of the issue, and take questions from the moderator and the audience. This event is meant to educate students, and give them a chance to have their voice heard. No opinion discussed in this debate is a USF Student Government sponsored opinion.
SG Welcome Back BBQ
Join Student Government on Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the MSC Amphitheater for our annual Welcome Back BBQ. Enjoy some free, delicious BBQ and learn more about getting involved with Student Government!
Day at City Hall
USF Day at City Hall will be held on Feb. 10. This event will give students the chance to meet members of Tampa City Council, learn about how local government functions, and lobby on behalf of USF based on a student-created agenda of priorities. This will be a half day event, with transportation to and from City Hall included, and lunch provided for students who attend. Check back in the spring with more information about this event!
General Body Elections
If you are looking to get involved on campus and LEAD THE HERD, apply to run for office in Student Government! Students can apply to become one of our 60 Senators, or run for the offices of Student Body President and Vice President. Applications open on the first day of classes, Jan. 11 and close on Feb. 5.
What do Senators do?
Senators represent their colleges within the Legislative Branch of Student Government. They participate in weekly Senate meetings and have the opportunity to be involved with committees that further the student experience, such as the Activity and Service Fee Recommendation Committee (ASRC), which recommends what departments and organizations to fund with the $14.6 million Activity and Service Fees budget. Senators also help enact bills in Senate meetings that affect the way Student Government runs, the way money can be allocated and spent, student life, and in recognition of Fallen Bulls or achievements by the university.
What do the Student Body President/Vice President do?
The Student Body President represents USF students and their interests on numerous committees; to university administrators; to local, state, and US congress members and politicians; and to all other bodies of interest. The Student Body President also serves as the head of the Executive Branch of Student Government, which is puts on all of the programs and services that Student Government is most known for, such as free prints across campus, student tailgates, USF Day at the Capitol, Mr. & Miss USF, and many more. The Student Body President spends a majority of his/her day in meetings all around campus, attending events, and communicating with students and officials.
The Student Body Vice President sits on various representative committees across campus, including the USF Alumni Board of Directors and helps oversee the Executive Branch of Student Government. He/she also oversees the Student Government Agencies: SAFE Team, SG Computer Services, and Bulls Radio. The Student Body Vice President assumes all duties of the Student Body President in his/her absence.
How to Get Involved:
If you’re not sure if you’re interested in running for office but still want your voice to be heard, don’t forget to vote for your new senators and student body president and vice president! Voting opens Feb. 29 and remains open until March 3. You will be able to access voting via your MyUSF homepage, or at sg.usf.edu/vote once voting opens on Feb. 29. There will also be polling locations around campus to vote in person. Whether you choose to lead the herd or let your voice be heard, be sure to participate in this year’s General Body Elections!
More to come
There is much more to come from Student Government this spring, so stay tuned! Join our BullSync page and follow USF Student Government on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@usfstudentgov) to stay updated on what SG is up to.
Student Government wishes you a great first week of spring classes!