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Responding to: From the Beltway of the SGA (Issue 5)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Dear Rashida,

I’d like to take a minute to thank you for your commentary on me in the Sept. 12th issue of Vision, and I’d also like to respond. You mention that instead of abstaining from voting, I should have voted for the issues or against them. Well, briefly here is why I abstained.

Unfortunately, I had employment problems and missed some initial meetings. I thought abstaining because of that would be my best option. I did not want to resign, because we were short four senators; my resignation would have exacerbated our SGA’s situation even further.

Having said that, I’d like to add that there is more to me and my SGA work than those two instances of abstention. I have been elected to serve my fellow students, and I am precisely fulfilling that idea. I have been bringing up some interesting issues and, in cooperation with my fellow officers, trying to work on them. Here are just a few of them:
I chair a “Vending Machines Issues” committee whose goal is to make the administration and vending companies to place product-related info outside the machines so our fellow students know what they pay for “pre-purchase.” Unprecedented.

I was uneasy with the idea of having a “social security” related question on job applications on campus. No employer needs that info prior to hiring. After contacting the HR department I was assured that our school is gradually doing away with this practice.
I intend to set up and chair a “Sports Supplements” committee that will make it possible to sell sports supplements in the gym.

I chair an “Electronic Student Polling” committee to work with the IT department and the administration to set up an online polling feature to gain feedback from students. Currently we have none.

I intend to chair an “Academic Policies and Grading” committee that will seek to homogenize policies of all the departments so we can have across-the-board policies, as opposed to individual policies.

I hope that we can keep it real for the students (thanks Senator Ben) and that our SGA can achieve unprecedented goals this year.

Senator Vince Huseynli

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