BGSU holding student government electionsWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
BGSU junior Sundeep Mutgi is proud to be a part of Undergraduate Student Government (USG).
“A large portion of what USG does is done outside of the public eye,” said Sundeep Mutgi, who is USG vice president and running for president. Officially, Mutgi said USG is a liaison between the students and administration. Unofficially, USG is an advocate fighting for the rights of the students and working to create future opportunities.
USG also works with the city of Bowling Green on various issues. Mutgi said if elected USG president, he would work against a Bowling Green law that states no more than three unrelated people can live in the same home — no matter how many bedrooms.
Jill Carr, dean of students and adviser of USG, said USG has an executive committee with a president, vice president and chairmen and chairwomen. There is also a 40-person senate and various committees that work on specific issues or events. The students are elected and represent different areas of campus, she said.
USG meets every Monday night and hosts general assemblies. However, the students’ work goes beyond the meetings as they talk with administration and research how other schools handle issues.
Mutgi said USG took action earlier this year when BGSU was threatening to cut international students’ financial waivers, causing some students to be unable to continue school. Members of USG sat down with administration from across campus and worked out ways for international students to find other scholarships. In the end, the BGSU president used their ideas, Mutgi said.
Carr said students who participate often had leadership roles in high school, or are majoring in political science or hope to attend law school.
“Any student can participate in USG,” Carr said. “We encourage as much student participation as possible. If students don’t want to get involved, then they have a senator they can contact.”
The election for USG is under way and will end April 3. Results will be announced April 7.