“If every person took a moment, just a little longer, and asked “how can we make this little thing we call Northwestern a little bit better?” and helped work with us to get it done. That would be a Northwestern to be proud of.”—Paul David
“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how—the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right will make no difference.”—Lincoln - couldn’t say it any better
Hey everyone - Sorry for the delay, this has been a long time coming. This is the official Minority Enrollment listserv that we’ve all been waiting for. Please bear with me for about a week or so while I try to get my bearing on the whole operation process, but otherwise, I think we’re in good shape. If there is anyone else you feel would benefit from being included on this list, please feel free to have them shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to include them. For now, I just want to say that I’m very excited and look forward to us collectively making moves towards our goal this year. Thank you all,
BNA — Bradley Akubuiro Ambassadors Program Coordinator Undergraduate Office of Admissions Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ‘11
“While we recognize Michael McGee’s bravery for diving into the lake and saving those children from being eaten by rare freshwater sharks, we need to point out that a lack of food is one of the main reasons these sharks are so rare in the first place. Shame, shame on Mr. McGee and ASG for further destroying our environment.”—Witte
At the start of every quarter, students brave long lines to spend hundreds of dollars on their course packets and textbooks. This might change soon if Associated Student Government Academic Vice President Mike McGee can persuade the administration to place course materials online for a reduced cost.
“Yes, yes indeed. Since no one really likes the Kellogg students anyways, with their suits and briefcases and looks of superior contempt as we scurry to collect our precious $5 at Kellogg Study 139258, we’ll kick the whole school out entirely and replace it with a rum-making factory. Every student will work for a few hours a week chopping sugar cane and stoking the distillation fires or doing god knows what you do in a rum factory, and in return, we’ll receive weekly rations of rum and of course, ice-free sidewalks. It might not be as good as having real ice-legs, but it will be pretty pirate-like, with the rum and all. It might even bring Northwestern the unity and cohesiveness that ASG and oNe Northwestern are working so hard for at this very moment. After all, it is Winter Quarter, so if we are going to be getting out of our collective beds at all in the upcoming months, you know we’ll need the support.”—Tracy Fuad - Warning: no student is safe from NU’s treacherous sidewalks
ASG Senator SOTW!!! - Student Group Caucus Whip Edition
It’s time to whip into shape! A little overview — we are considered a “caucus” as the Student Group Senators. (I like, finally figured this all out yesterday after Senate..) We will be meeting weekly to discuss things that go on during Senate, writing legislation, and planning open forums etc. This e-mail will be super efficient and informative, so get ready. I used colors to keep you interested — I’ve attached this e-mail as an Adobe file so that there is no excuse for not being able to read the e-mail. When replying, reply to ALL so that we can all motivate each other to get these simple tasks done! Everyone who meets the Monday Jan 26th deadlines gets a special treat at Senate (and no. I will not be nice and give it to everyone in the end. HELL no.) First person to respond gets a SUPER special prize. Your reply e-mail should be formatted as follows please:
Your name(Insert Group) Senator
1. Julia’s e-mail is…
2. All done on doodle!
3. Feb 9th week: 1) Monday, 2) Tuesday, 3) Sundayand so on…
1. Julia Brooke (SEED Senator) and College Dems Senator
For some reason I cannot find Julia Brooke’s contact information. And I didn’t get a chance to ask her last senate. Does anyone have her contact info? And does anyone know who the College Dems Senator is? Can I have a name and e-mail address please? And if you have their info, please forward this e-mail to them as well!
By: Right now please.
2. Weekly Meeting Time
We will meet once a week — 30 minutes top and in a convenient location. Please visit the doodle page I have listed and enter the times that you are free. You will notice that the hour before Senate on Wednesdays is broken down into 15 minute increments — I’m hoping that we can meet before Senate. Location will be determined after meeting time (we’ll make sure it’s convenient for everyone).
We need to have an open forum (a block of 1 hour) in the month of February. We will spend about 20 minutes talking about what Senate and ASG is up to, as well as have an open discussion about what our constituencies want to change, start, do, whatever. As of now I think we should aim for the week of Feb 9th (that will give us enough time to plan, reserve a room, etc). Please e-mail me saying yes (with your top 3 days) or no (with an alternative idea).
By: Monday, Jan 26th
4. Talking Points
If you have any ideas that you’ve been thinking about, or any things you think we should highlight in our open forum, start writing them down and getting it together. You can either e-mail them to everyone and we can get an e-mail thread going, or save them for our first Caucus meeting. We are a small number, so instead of using Hubble or something external, I think we can just work via e-mail… is that ok with everyone? Example: I think we should make a google calendar that one person from each student group has access to (Start with Student Group Senator Caucus, ASG PR Chair, StuCo/T.W.I.S.T. listserv manager, ExComm members and SAFB members). When a group is planning an event, they can enter it in the google cal so that other groups know. Why this could be handy? SASA’s fund-raiser dinner was the same day as Big Bite Night — by the time Big Bite Night was advertised, our plans were already set. The SASA Show 2008 was on the same night as Celebrasia 2008. NUlink tells you the week of — a show is planned MONTHS in advance.
Start: You should already have started!
By: Our first caucus meeting
5. Facebook Group
If we make a Facebook group as a Caucus, we can invite our entire constituency to the group. This way we can notify them of open forums and what not. OR we can use the Facebook group for just us, and then we can use the group to make events, and invite our constituencies individually. If we each make Facebook Lists of our constituency, it’ll only take one click to invite our peeps! Let me know what you think of this idea. And if you are interested in being the Facebook person, please please let me know!
By: Monday Jan 26th
6. Office Hours
We should each hold office hours each week for 1 hour. This way it makes us, and ASG look more approachable/accessible. But wait! Are you really busy and don’t think you’ll have time? Here is the easy solution! Just allot one hour each week that you are in your dorm/living quarters. Then, we will post them on the Facebook group and have a number available. Chances are people will not want to trek all the way to where you are, but at least they have a one hour time slot that they can call and comment/complain/whatever.
Example: The SASA Senator, Sheena Agarwal, will be holding Office Hours every Sunday from 9-10pm in Elder Hall. Can’t make it? Just call at 847.332.5366!
By: Monday Jan 26th
7. Individual Jobs
When we were picking a Student Group Senator Whip last quarter, I was willing to take the job because everyone said that they would help out. I would really appreciate it if everyone could please find a job that they would like to be in charge of. Here are a few examples of jobs, but please keep thinking of some more: Open Forum Secretary, Facebook Coordinator, Talking Points Point Person (hehe) etc etc etc…
By: First Caucus Meeting
I understand this e-mail was pretty overwhelming — believe me, it took quite a while to compile. Other caucuses have already met and started planning. I know our late start is mostly my fault, so please please help me, yourselves, your groups, your ASG, your SCHOOL out by giving your all with these simple tasks. I’ve tried my best to format it in such a way that is easy to work with. Instead of sending 15 emails, I just put everything together. We are a brilliant group of people with a lot of ideas, passion, creativity and just pure badass-ness. So let’s show em how it’s done and get our shit together! I’m not going to check my e-mail until Monday Jan 26th (I’ll be at Phillyfest) — I can’t wait to see the 14 responses all at once!
Thumbs up to Associated Student Government for finding a way to cut through administrative red tape.
ASG successfully launched it’s third web site in a month this week, continuing it’s efforts to provide students with services they actually need. The three sites - including the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Database, Off-Campus Housing Evaluations and Rideshare - are intended to improve the quality of student life and so far, so good.
Oh, and the best part? ASG just saved the student body about $15,000. Because they’re working outside the framework of university administrators, these web sites are faster, better and (most importantly) cheaper. Perhaps this marks a shift in the bureaucratic BS we usually see from NU officials? Whoa! Dream big.
It was a pleasure to meet each one of you the other night and hear your thoughts on ASG and on the PR Committee. As I said, there is no point in being involved in ASG if what you’re working on isn’t something you like. In order to make sure that the rest of the quarter is beneficial for you all, please answer the below questions so we can move forward and find out what you would like to do. We really need help with marketing the current services we are launching- for example ASG OCHE, ASG-NURD, and others, so please mention below if you have any interest in that. Also, if you have some other ideas, please mention them below. The opportunities with ASG are endless so if you have some ideas on how you want to publicize something, we can find a way for it to get done.
The below is meant to be an outline so I can better understand where you’re at and how we can move forward. Feel free to write me a note with whatever you would like to tell me about how you think we should be doing things in the committee, etc.
Some questions, please get them to me by Saturday night so we can move forward. Remember I’m action oriented, so let’s hit the ground running!
1. What do you want to do on the PR Committee? Do you want to market specific services, host different events, deal with the media? What do you want to do?
2. What would you like to see the committee do as a whole?
3. How do you think the committee could improve?
4. What do you expect from me?
Let’s meet again in the next week and make that our permanent time. Can you all please fill out the following doodle? If possible, can you all meet from 4pm to 5pm this Sunday?
Thank you very much, I really think together we can make a big difference on this campus.
Bill Pulte Vice-President, Director of Public Relations Associated Student Government Northwestern University