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 https://www.uicvote.net
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 uicvote.net. or various polling places throughout campus.
for more info: http://www.uic-usg.org/whats-new/metra-pass-referendum/
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: http://www.uic-usg.org/whats-new/green-fee-referendum/
UIC Student Trustee Candidates:
We contacted Seyed, but we did not hear back from him. Please click the link below for more information.
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_179188022126377
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.
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=309559026399
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.
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenneth-L-Vasser-for-UIC-Student-Trustee/121718214566319?ref=ts