Allie Gerba: Thoughts on Alternate Senator

Thursday, March 31, 2011

If you are thinking of running for Alternate Senator, here is a sneak peak of the job.
The Alternate Senator is responsible for all duties delegated to him/her by the Senator (hence the title). Luckily for me, Katie Sylvester is an amazing Senator and always makes her meetings and appointments.

The second job of the Senator is to is to manage all the Steinhardt Clubs. In September/October I sent out applications for old and new clubs to apply to be an official Steinhardt clubs. Next I presented each application to the e-board, and together we approved 10 clubs. I work really closely with our awesome Treasurer, Alicia Kim, and together we delegate budgets for each club depending on their size, the kinds of events they plan, and their loyalty to USG. Alicia and I also held a meeting in the beginning of the year with the clubs to go over policies and 'how to be reimbursed.' The club reps, treasurers, presidents and myself email frequently about monetary matters, attendance, and basic questions. I was lucky to work with such great people this year! It made the job really enjoyable.

-Allie Gerba

Professional Development Grant Applications are now available!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Each Spring, a portion of the Undergraduate Student Government budget is set aside to support students in their professional development. Reimbursements are offered on a competitive basis to undergraduate students in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to help offset the cost of various professional activities related to their studies, such as attending professional conferences, research projects, art exhibits, musical performances, speaking engagements, etc. Funds can be used toward conference fees, travel and accommodation expenses, and presentation supplies.

Please Note: These reimbursements are competitive and the application process does not guarantee that funds will be awarded. In some cases, partial reimbursements may be awarded.
Expenses for class related activities will not be reimbursed.

Applications are available online at:

Completed applications with original receipts must be submitted by Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 5pm for consideration. Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered. Grant recipients will be invited to and recognized at the Steinhardt Undergraduate Awards Gala on
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011.

Grant recipients will be notified on or before Wednesday, April 20th, 2011.

For additional information and/or questions please reach out to Allie Gerba at

A Note From The Office of The President

Monday, March 28, 2011

Being President this year of Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government has been extremely rewarding. As President, I am responsible for setting meeting agendas and presiding over all Executive Board and General Assembly meetings of USG. It is my responsibility to delegate all major assignments and projects as well as to support my fellow board members if they need help fulfilling their duties. I also sit on the University Committee on Student Life (representing Steinhardt Undergraduates), as well as the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, which brings the Presidents from every school council together once a month to discuss our individual schools and how we can work together.

Whether it is event planning or policy changing, the President is involved in all aspects of USG. It is a great position if you are looking to gain leadership experience in a management function. If you are interested in running for President, it is important to note that you need to be extremely organized in this role and be prepared to attend University Council meetings on Thursday afternoons. Additionally, the position requires you to meet weekly with our advisor.

If you have any further questions about the President position, feel free to reach out via e-mail at and I would be happy to answer any of your questions.

I highly encourage you to run for President of Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government. We are a dedicated group, work very hard at making Steinhardt the best school possible, and we have a lot of fun.

Jamie Chlebowski
President, Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government

Day of Service!

Hey Steinhardt!

Saturday, April 2 will be USG's spring Day of Service. Join us from 11AM-2PM to make craft kits, sunny
grams, and Surgi dolls, all projects that will benefit Project Sunshine. The event will be held on the 1st
floor of Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East.

We will also be taking a group of volunteers to St. Joseph's soup kitchen. For more information on this
project please email Trent at

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

See you there!

A Word from Your Senior Class President

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Senior Class President position is a position in USG that I have found to be one of the most rewarding. In my fourth year here at NYU and in USG I have taken what I have learned and applied it to creating a cohesion between the class presidents. As Senior Class President I have completed all my duties that are required of me (i.e. running elections and having one program a month.) But I have also used my previous experience to try and have the class presidents work together as a group.

As the Senior Class President not only does your constituency look up to you to do do programs and try and represent their ideals and beliefs, but the younger class presidents look up to you to make an example and as a sort of guide. So what I will say to those thinking about applying for Senior Class President is that you should be a person who doesn't mind getting asked questions about things happening in USG or about process that people go through (you are going to get a lot of questions when it comes time for elections) and you should be a person who is willing and able to work well with others. This is not a position where you work by yourself, there is a lot of time you will be required to collaborate with people and that is something to keep in mind.

Being Senior Class President was one of the best decisions that I ever made and wouldn't change it for the world. I'm so happy to have been a part of USG for the past four years and look forward to seeing how USG continues when I leave!!

-Mitchell Weaver
2011 Senior Class President


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Throughout the entire month of February the four classes have been competing in an epic battle of wit, sass, and of course class spirit. Through various games at General Assembly meetings as well as their own outside class events, each team has been accumulating points to see which class will come out on top. The winning class will be allotted a larger budget for bigger and better events in the rest of the semester. All of these small activities led up to the final Classwars showdown, the SCAVENGER HUNT.

Last Sunday a few of us braved the rain and came out to the square to compete in the scavenger hunt. Classes were asked to complete as many of the given tasks as they could in an hour, and make it back to the steps of Kimmel in time. Teams took pictures in the fountain, designed outfits for our own Devon Pryor, checked out books with their name in title, came up with cheers, and did about eight more tasks in order to complete the hunt in time. Before the showdown began the Freshmen led with 39 points, followed by the Juniors with 37, Sophomores with 31 and the Seniors trailing behind with 27 points. However, after all was said and done the Junior class won the scavenger hunt winning Classwars for the second time in a row with a whopping 77 points!

Thank you to our GA members and everyone in Steinhardt who participated, it has been lots of fun! Juniors, keep your eyes peeled for emails from your class president about upcoming events, they should be pretty crazy!

-Ezra Plancon

ELECTION INFO - Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government

Monday, March 21, 2011

Want to join Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government?? Here are some facts you should know before you get started. And a list of positions and their responsibilities.

You must be a currently enrolled Steinhardt undergraduate student in good
academic standing

Campaigning is the sole responsibility of the candidate. If you wish to post flyers, a copy must first be sent to for approval. Campaigning will take place from Monday, April 3 through Monday, April 11.

In order to be eligible for any USG Executive Board or Council position, the candidate must be available Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:45pm or at a different time for Executive Board and General Assembly Meetings as decided by the Executive Board.

Online elections will take place Monday, April 11 through Monday, April 18th.

Please attach a picture of you that you want to use for your candidate picture for elections (note: this is optional. Picture will appear by your name on online voting ballot).


In accordance with the Constitution, the President shall:

1. In conjunction with the Board, develop a goal statement at the beginning of each academic year; report progress on these goals at mid-year and at the end of the term.
2. Preside at the Executive Board, Council, and Assembly meetings of the USG.
3. Coordinate the organization of the agenda for these meetings.
4. Serve as a member of, or appoint an alternate to, the Committees of the University Committee on Student Life (UCSL).
5. Attend meetings of the Faculty of The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development or appoint an alternate to attend.
6. Serve as, or send, a representative on the Dean’s Budget Advisory Committee.
7. Represent or appoint representation for the USG Assembly at School and University functions and meetings.
8. Review the Constitution to confirm its accuracy.
9. Delegate additional responsibility to Executive Board members as s/he sees fit.
10. In conjunction with the Executive Board and Council, propose a calendar each semester of planned activities of the USG.
11. Be the official voice and representative of The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Undergraduate Student Government.

Vice President

In accordance with the Constitution, the Vice President shall:

1. Conduct meetings in the absence of the President.
2. Be responsible for coordinating and implementing Assembly motions.
3. Serve as an ex-officio member of all internal standing committees.
4. Initiate and oversee internal committees of the USG for proper functioning.
5. Succeed the President in an event of the resignation or removal of the latter.
6. Carry out all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.


In accordance with the Constitution, the Treasurer shall:

1. Implement the budget plans as outlined by the Executive Board.

2. Be informed of the financial standing of the USG and report monthly, or as necessary, to the Executive Board, Council, and Assembly.

3. Maintain all expense receipts, issue checks, balance ledger, and set next year’s budget and club allocations.

4. Attend all meetings of the USG Council and Assembly.

5. Carry out all other responsibilities delegated by the USG President.


In accordance with the Constitution, the Secretary shall:

1. Keep the minutes of the Executive Board, Council, Assembly, and other special meetings.
2. See that cumulative minutes, committee reports and correspondence are maintained and made available upon request.
3. Take and keep records of attendance at each meeting.
4. Draft communications at the request and approval of the Executive Board.
5. Maintain an up-to-date contact list of the active members of the Assembly.
6. Review and respond to general USG voicemail messages and e-mail correspondence.
7. Carry out all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.


In accordance with the Constitution, the Senator shall:

1. Attend meetings of the University Senate.
2. Attend meetings of the Student Senators Council (SSC) and University Committee on Student Life (UCSL).
3. Submit reports to the Executive Board, Council, and Assembly of the USG reflecting the current issues of concern before the Senate.
4. Keep a file of all minutes and reports of the University Senate at the office of the USG for further reference.
5. Carry out all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.

Alternate Senator

In accordance with the Constitution, the Alternate Senator shall:

1. Assist the Senator if need be.
2. Replace the Senator in the event that the Senator can no longer remain in office.
3. Serve as the Alternate at any meeting the Senator is unable to attend.
4. Regularly review the attendance of club representatives and status.
5. Regularly report to the Treasurer and Executive Board regarding the status of USG-sponsored clubs for review.
6. Organize and maintain club status and application.
7. Carry out all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.

Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Presidents

In accordance with the Constitution, the Class Presidents shall:

1. Help project the needs, concerns, and wishes of their respective constituents.
2. Conduct at least one event per month for their student population as is fitting and appropriate for the class.
3. Attend all meetings of the USG Council and Assembly.
4. Serve as advocates for their class in decisions of the USG.
5. Preside over regular meetings of a committee consisting of their respective populations.
6. Attend, and perhaps preside at, class-specific committee meetings (i.e. Senior Legacy Committee, USG Election Committee, etc.)
7. Carry out all other responsibilities as delegated by the President of the USG.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Senior Class President Mitchell Weaver at

1831 Fund. Seniors, Leave Your Mark!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hi Steinhardt Seniors!

I hope you are enjoying your Senior year! I can’t believe it is already March and we will be graduating in a few weeks.

Last month President John Sexton and Student Senators Council Chair Katie Sylvester (also a Steinhardt senior) e-mailed our class regarding the 1831 Fund. All money raised through the new 1831 Initiative will go directly toward financial aid. It is our hope that by increasing financial support to future students, we will instill a new sense of pride and satisfaction in earning an NYU degree.

It is especially important for you to give towards the 1831 fund because President John Sexton will match every $1,000 you raise for incoming Steinhardt students. Additionally, the school with the highest participation rate with receives an additional $5,000 scholarship for incoming freshman. Since Steinhardt is a smaller undergraduate school, we have a good chance of having the highest participation rate if everyone gives $18.31 towards this year’s Senior Legacy.

Please join us in our efforts and give your $18.31 to this Fund! To learn more information or donate now, please visit to leave your mark!


Jamie Chlebowski

President, Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government

Hello all!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

As the Junior Class President, I try to create fun programs that I know juniors will want to attend. Last week, I took juniors to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Although the entire menu will make you salivate even on a full stomach, the unusually warm weather called for shakes. We were in luck, as Shake Shack had released the Car-Mallow shake in honor the newest Knickerbocker, Carmelo Anthony. The shake has a vanilla custard base with caramel sauce and marshmallow flavorings. Though likely that it would cause a cavity or clog your arteries if consumed in large quantities, this is definitely a shake to order at least once, especially since it'll only be offered for a limited time.

Thanks to everyone who came out that day. We had some good laughs in the park!

Otherwise, I'm always open to ideas for future programs!