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UISG makes progress on some goals

BY REID CHANDLER | SEPTEMBER 02, 2010 7:20 AM

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The University of Iowa Student Government has made progress on three of its eight platform goals — creating a director of sustainability in the organization, a student-organization summit, and a UISG radio show on KRUI. The other five goals are still in progress or on hold.

In May, UISG officials hired UI senior Christopher Page, a former Office of Sustainability intern, for the new role of UISG director of sustainability.

The student organization summit is planned for mid-October, said Vice President Erica Hayes, who is leading the project. UISG will partner with the Hawkeye Leadership Conference to invite all organizations to share ideas on collaborative events numerous groups could contribute to. A monthly round-table meeting would follow the summit.

Additionally, UISG has gotten a KRUI radio show that has aired since this summer. The promised UISG blog has yet to be created. As of now, there is a news feed on the homepage of the UISG website to inform students of any updates, said UISG President John Rigby said.

Other promises are still on hold, however. A community-service project collaborating with Iowa City schools has not been planned so far. Rigby thinks it will be complete in the spring, and he would like to do a river cleanup, which he believes would be better suited in the fall.

UISG also promised a Trash to Treasure project that would take any unwanted furniture students don't want and donate it to a store such as Goodwill.

"It's also something that we would do in the spring," Rigby said. "Because we will need preparation time to get a lot of manpower for it, and when students are moving out of campus in May, we can take unwanted furniture."

Keeping the IMU open 24 hours a day — long a UISG objective — could finally become a reality this year, said Rigby said.

The building is open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Patricia Kruse, director of campus event services, said those hours could soon be extended to portions of the building.

"In our planning for flood recovery and renovation, we are adding design elements that will allow us to provide 24/7 access to a portion, if not all, of the IMU," she said.

The UISG also promised campaigns encouraging students to get out and vote. A "Get Out to Vote" campaign is being planned for the fall elections, and Rigby hopes to campaign students to vote on the 21-ordinance as well.

"I'm almost certain that UISG will take a stance against the ordinance," Rigby said. "It is our duty to seek and solicit the student opinion."

But another goal — allowing students to add and drop classes online — won't be feasible this year, UISG officials concluded. Rigby said he hopes changes to the university's registration software will be made within the next few years.

But most of all, he wants to increase students' awareness of the organization.

"We do a lot of things that we don't always have our stamp on," said UISG Chief of Staff Alexander Frescoln. "But we want the student body to know that we are working hard."


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