Letter from USGA President, Julia Poirier

Posted on: October 6th, 2012
Greetings Fine Loyolans,

If you are at all like me you are counting down the hours to the much-needed fall break. I know we have all been working diligently this semester and we deserve some time to reflect.

I wanted to make the student body aware of an event to check out before they mentally check out for break. The Unified Student Government Association (USGA) will be holding their first ever State of the Students Address tonight (Wed. Oct. 3) in the 4th floor of the IC from 7p.m.-9p.m. The State of the Students Address is an interactive dialogue around the USGA’s initiatives for the 2012-2013 term. As president, I will be speaking about the USGA agenda on issues of diversity, sustainability, and tuition. My speech is then followed by a panel of student leaders within the organization follow up with a question and answer session. The student government wants to hear from you, the students, and this is a time to share ideas as a collective student body. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity for you to express yourself!

We also know that this is an election year and we want to promote voting in the general election this Nov. 6. We will be teaming up with various political student organizations on campus to help register LUC students to vote in Illinois during the event. Come ready with the last four digits of your social security number for this!
Also, following the State of the Students Address, we will be showing the first presidential debate. This election, college-aged students have been a focal point for policy discussion. Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt, leaving the country’s graduates in more than a trillion dollars of debt. Let’s take advantage of our central role and shake up the conversation here and on a national level.
We can’t wait to see you at the State of the Students Address and to have you contribute to a better Loyola experience. We know that in the past that USGA has been seen by the student body as inaccessible–our goal is for this address to increase transparency and student involvement. My hope is that future Loyola student government presidents will continue the address and consider it a tradition.

Let’s kick it off big tonight! I want to hear from you!

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