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GSC CampusCare Committee Vote

The GSC CampusCare Committee has been working hard in collaboration with the Undergraduate Student Government, GEO, and incoming Student Trustee Ken Thomas to put together a request for information and transparency from CampusCare.

GSC Representatives have been sent an email with the following information asking for their support in voting to signing the GSC name to this letter:

GSC colleagues,

On behalf of the GSC CampusCare Committee, I am asking you to approve a joint letter ( ) asking CampusCare to improve transparency and communication.

This letter was authored by representatives of our GSC CampusCare Committee, the Undergraduate Student Government, Ken Thomas (who is the incoming student member of the Board of Trustees), and GEO staff, and it has been approved by a “yes” vote within the GSC CampusCare Committee. We propose to send this to the relevant administrators as soon as we can, if a larger GSC vote approves it. Time is of the essence, so we cannot wait for next month’s GSC meeting, but we apologize for bothering you between meetings like this.

We are asking you to electronically vote within the next 5 days. Each and every vote is very important and time is a major factor with potential Spring Break distractions. Finally, we have proposed a yes/no vote on this letter without amendments or additions, because other groups are also voting on it as is, and we need to avoid confusion.

This letter passed the USG unanimously and it also passed the GEO steering committee after GEO reps helped to put it together with the other groups.

Thank you for your time and effort!

Sincerely yours, Stephen Davis, GSC CampusCare Committee member

Please vote here (current UIC Graduate Student Council representatives only):


We want the GSC Representatives to read the letter and vote online before March 23rd.   As a way to voice your ideas, concerns, suggestions, thoughts, etc., we have started this blog post.  Please feel free to comment on the letter if you choose.  We welcome your thoughts!


2011-12 UIC Student Elections Results

The 2011-12 UIC Student Elections results have been posted.  The information  below was taken from the UIC Undergraduate Student Government website (

Student Trustee: Ken Thomas

Metra Program Referendum: Yes.  Student voters are interested in having the USG pursue a program with Metra that would reduce costs for riders.  There will be another vote when the USG has more solid numbers.

Green Fee Referendum: Yes, student voters voted to create a fee of $2-$5 to support green initiatives on campus.

Congratulations and thanks for voting!

UIC 2011 Voting and Elections


Please vote on March 2nd and 3rd (2011) for the UIC student trustee and fee issues.  There are two issues on the ballot that involve potentially, new fees.  Please read them carefully. To preview the ballot, click here

Fee issues:
Metra Pass Referendum

The METRA Pass initiative began in February 2010. The Coalition of Chicago Colleges voted to create a survey that would try to gauge the opinions of students at Chicago universities on a METRA Pass or discount. With the leadership of UIC’s Coalition Delegates, Saad Jamil and Ken Thomas, the survey went viral and there was a mass mail sent out on the UIC campus. The survey would rise to the number 4500 respondents of which 1500 of those were UIC students.

METRA did like the idea of a METRA Pass, though, because the U-Pass program is already in place and can be used to set up the METRA system. We have been in constant communication with the METRA to get an official proposal on the METRA Pass which is in the works. The process of getting a new student fee approved involves a referendum which is the step we are at now. This METRA Pass could save many students money because a lot of students commute using the METRA. The Undergraduate Student Government has voted to support the METRA Pass Referendum. In order to keep moving forward we must approve this referendum. Voting takes place from March 2 at 12 a.m. until March 3 at 4 p.m. at or various polling places throughout campus.

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Green Fee Referendum:

The Green Fee would be a two to five dollar student fee that would go towards creating a greener campus.

Some projects that would be executed because of the fee consist of solar panel installations, creating green roofs, permeable pavements, additional bike racks and routes,  effective recycling programs and more. If the fee is instituted, a Green Action Committee will be established and will oversee green initiatives and the projects.

for more info:

UIC Student Trustee Candidates:
Seyed Mirzamani

We contacted Seyed, but we did not hear back from him. Please click the link below for more information.
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Ken Thomas
My name is Ken Thomas and I am running for Student Trustee.  I have served
in Undergraduate Student Government for the past two years.  In the
position I have accomplished many goals including successfully lobbying
for the MAP Grant and creating a Textbook Scholarship Program.  I think I
would be a good Student Trustee because that person needs to have a desire
to represent all students on campus, not just undergraduates.  I promise
to do that.  Over the past two years, I have already been fighting to make
the University better for all students including working on Campus Care
issues and graduate student workers contract issues.  I have been formally
endorsed by the Graduate Employees Organization because they felt that I
could best represent their graduate students.  Unlike the other
candidates, this is not a new thing to me.  I am fully aware of what the
job of the Student Trustee is and how to execute it.  I promise that if
you give me a chance, I won’t let you down.
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Kenneth Vasser
Kenneth L. Vasser is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is currently a double major pursuing his degrees in Sociology and Urban Planning and Public Affairs. He graduated from St. Anne Community High School in 2007. After graduating High School he enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard.  Shortly after enlisting, he was called so serve our county in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He is the founder and current president of a Student Organization at UIC known as Brothers Reaching Out, which was developed for Mentoring, Academic, Professional, and Social Development for black males at UIC. His work in the community includes, Mayor Daley’s Committee on Human Relations Youth Advisory Council, Illinois High School Association Basketball Official, and Chicago Organization Fund Review Committee.
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