Undergraduate Student Government plays a vital role in representing the student perspective and culture on campus.
“We act as the liaisons between students administration and other departments on campus.” stated Jon Paz, the USG Student Body President.
The USG actively listens to ideas and complaints to see if they should be developed into proposals for university administrators.
One of the major developments this semester is the safe ride program.
“It is like a driving service, we only drive home from places, so theoretically everyone has a designated driver. It keeps students safe, as well as ensuring the safety of the surrounding citizens in Golden” Paz said. The initiative is nearing completion and is developing the insurance and legal parts of the proposal.
“We’re trying to reach beyond establishing organizations. We are trying to affect the campus culture. It’s one of our major goals this year.” commented Sevy Swift, the student body Vice-President. Students have voiced desire to receive extra care from faculty and staff during their time at Mines.
“Its called the fish philosophy. It has four principles, play, make my day, be there , and choose your attitude. We’ve made it a goal this year to have fish philosophy apply to faculty and staff,” Paz said.
The hope is that the fish philosophy will be widely accepted by the faculty and staff as it is concentric with President Johnson’s desires for culture change.