A s the University of Colorado's Student Government, we get the honor of helping CU rise to excellence by giving the students quality services through the 7 Cost Centers under our control and to also act as the bridge between the students and the administration. Currently, the PULSE ticket is in office, under the leadership of Brittni Hernandez, Tyler Quick, and Logan Schlutz, and their staff of 20. This executive staff is responsible to creating events and projects that in addition to helping the students also aligns with PULSE's platform, which has a couple of main areas of focus.
Health and Safety has been a main focus for CUSG. CUSG staff members Lexi Weiner and Chris Schaefbauer have taken an active approach in evaluating and improving lighting on campus and the Hill in collaboration with Facilitates Managements and the Boulder Community. Also, in collaboration with Legislative Council, CUSG passed legislation to reform the Safety Buffs Coalition, a coalition of students designed to ensure student voice is leading every safety conversation across campus.
Sustainability and Green Initiatives are also important to CUSG. CUSG executive staff member Matt Ribarich has led initiatives and discussion to reduce the energy bill of the newly renovated Rec Center, which is projected to use half of the energy it currently uses. CUSG has revamped campus wide Zero Waste initiatives to meet our zero-waste goals by 2020.
Increasing diversity and a creating a positive campus climate for every student is another one of the major parts of the PULSE platform. Currently all executive staff members have been trained in anti-racism and are LGTBQ Safe Zone certified. Also, Co-Directors of Diversity Andrew Trevino and Emma Harsin Drager through conversations with administration have institutionalized Project 4 Unity, which is a retreat for underrepresented students on campus. CUSG has also been in the process of advocating for gender neutral spaces in all new buildings and renovation, including the UMC Glenn Ballroom renovations.
CUSG has also tried to increase student involvement in campus events in a variety of ways. Led by Julia Harrington, Director of Legislative Affairs and the organization New Era, CUSG helped register thousands of students to vote by improving registration access and contributed to a 93 percent voter turnout. Also, Brianna Majewski, Homecoming Director, helped organize a successful Saturday morning Homecoming parade on the Hill. CUSG's Logan Schlutz hosted a Marijuana Symposium to discuss both sides of the marijuana debate in regards to Amendment 64. Another example of increased student involvement is through the CU vs. CSU busing, in which CUSG partnered with Athletics to provide 8 buses for students to ensure safe transportation and student presence at the Mile High Showdown at Sports Authority Field.
Finally, CUSG has increased these goals and many others through legislation passed by Legislative Council. A new Election Code Reform passed, Student Group Funding Board reform, which was led, by Ellie Roberts SGFB Chair, Student Fee Regulations Reform, and a Resolution on ASSET. Information on all of these can be found at cusg.colorado.edu.
Next semester CUSG hopes to continue upholding the PULSE's platform and to continue being a voice for the students. Look out for the University Hill Innovation District and the CU Collective, Spring Student Government Elections, Launch of the Student Activist Archive, Day Without Hate, and Conversations of 4/20.