With about 100 days remaining in the 43rd Senate, the Undergraduate Student Government will hold its annual State of the University address at the Ohio Union tonight.
USG President Micah Kamrass, a fourth-year in political science and economics, is expected to comment on issues such as the two-year campus residency requirement, potential tuition increases, environmental sustainability and discrimination in student organizations.
USG Senate, Executive Cabinet, university administrators, leaders from student organizations and students will gather to reflect on past successes, future achievements and budding projects.
“The State of the University is the opportunity for me as student body president to really announce to the student body what USG has been doing, what’s going on in the university, how we’ve been involved with it, and most importantly, what we plan to do with our last 100 days in office,” Kamrass told The Lantern on Tuesday.
One of USG’s most recent resolutions passed last week, nullifying senators’ ability to request secret ballot voting.
Sen. Niraj Antani, a second-year in political science and philosophy representing the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, expressed excitement for the event and eagerness to make the most of the last 100 days of the term.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure that the policies that benefit the social and behavioral sciences students here at Ohio State really go through so I can finish my term out strong and leave solid groundwork going into the semester conversion,” Antani said Tuesday.
Sen. Nick Messenger, a second-year in economics representing south campus, emphasized the importance in students understanding what USG is and what it accomplishes on their behalf.
“All of these things that we’re doing are student-oriented and we’re trying to get done for students here at Ohio State,” Messenger said Tuesday. “I just really want to see these next 100 days be student-oriented and see what we can do and hope we can get the most done that we can for all 50,000 students here at Ohio State.”
The State of the University address will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall Meeting Room at the Union. The event is open to the public and there will be food for all students in attendance.
“I hope (students) will be excited about our initiatives and be wanting to work with us on them. I hope that they’ll have a clear understanding of what USG does and has been doing,” Kamrass said. “I hope they’ll be proud of their student government for working so hard on their behalf.”