Last year they
brought you wifi on the lakefill and created specialty committees including the
University Diversity Council. But what does ASG have in store for Northwestern
I spoke with ASG
president Victor Shao and Vice President Brad Stewart to find out.
"Our whole theme for the year is connecting Northwestern so a lot of the stuff that we are working on is basically bringing communities together," said ASG Vice President Brad Stewart.
To connect students with other students, ASG kicked off Welcome Week with Northwestern's first Deering Days. It was a three hour event featuring free food, music and prize giveaways.
"There are a whole range of events we plan and host to help students find what they need whether that is a group that they are interested in or off campus housing for next year. And so we are going to continue to do a whole lot of that," said ASG President Victor Shao.
ASG is also looking forward to make changes internally. Their fist order of business will be creating a brand new website, which will operate like the popular site Reddit.
"Students will be able to go in, suggest an idea. Other students can vote up or down the idea based on if they like it or not. And then people within ASG can go in and comment on it and let them know if it is something already be worked on or what the steps moving forward are," said Stewart.
This summer ASG responded to several student complaints about residential life. Dorms now have revamped mail rooms, making it easier for students to get packages. There is also a new work order system in place.
"In the past if you had a problem in your room, the process was kind of like you go tell your ca about it who would tell their area coordinator about it and it kind of got passed up the food chain. Now you can actually go online and submit the issue in your room right online and it gets given right to facilities management," said Stewart.
"Our organization has definitely gone through some rough times recently. So we are really working to improve it to make it a more engaging experience for everyone that's involved," said Shao.