USG addresses past, looks toward future

Undergraduate Student Government held their first Senate meeting of the 2011-12 year Tuesday night to address several issues that have carried over from the previous year.

Presiding over the meeting was USG President Jacob Goulding, the first president to serve two consecutive terms. He began the meeting by citing several issues that will be addressed such as government transparency and bike traffic issues, among others.

One of the main concerns from the year prior was the transparency of USG, which Goulding has taken steps to remedy. A new USG website was created that Goulding said was easier to navigate, updated regularly and under the full control of student government.

Goulding also highlighted the success of the safety escort service as well as the bike co-op, both of which were created by USG.

However, the meeting was not held simply for reflection on past successes.

“The reason I ran again was because we felt that some things needed an extra year to complete,” Goulding said. “We felt that we had the best intentions for the student body so we’re going to continue through this year and create the best Sun Devil experience yet.”

USG has ambitious plans for the upcoming semester, such as the creation of an ASU Town Hall, which would give a youth voice in the parent organization, Arizona Town Hall.

In addition, USG is going to great lengths to register student voters, discourage a potential bike and skateboard ban on the Tempe campus as well as work with the national government to discourage cuts to federal student loans, such as Direct Stafford Loan.

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