The Baruch College Undergraduate Student Government met for its 13th Spring Semester 2022 Senate meeting on May 10.
It was his first in-person meeting since Senate meetings went virtual in March 2020.
Philanthropy Chairman Jason Galak provided an update following the May 5 Faculty Senate meeting.
Vice President of Information Services and Dean of the Library Arthur Downing spoke about email malfunctions reported by faculty this week. Although students’ emails are not affected, they are advised to contact their professors via Zoom or in person.
Provost Linda Essig reported on Baruch’s hiring for the 2021-2022 school year. It authorized 42 professorships.
This year, 35 positions have been filled, including 21 with new lecturers and additional full-time professors. There have also been 19 retirements this year.
For the 2022-2023 school year, Essig will authorize the hiring of 36 new teaching positions at the three schools and the William and Anita Newman Library.
Glenn Petersen, professor of anthropology, asked if Baruch could plant flowers to beautify the Clivner=Field Plaza. Galak said this could be an initiative for the next USG administration, but noted that the city owns the square, which could lead to potential obstacles.
Peterson then discussed the presence of the Central Intelligence Agency on the Baruch campus. In 2017, the CIA announced extensive cooperation with Baruch to familiarize students with employment programs. The move sparked controversy for former Baruch chairman Mitchel Wallerstein.
Carla Bellamy, an assistant professor of anthropology, said she was concerned for the safety of students and their friends and families in countries where the CIA targets its work.
Essig replied that the collaboration between the two entities ended 10 months ago. Petersen then asked Chairman S. David Wu to issue a statement announcing the end of the partnership.
Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Gorman then said freshman applications are up 10% from last school year and Baruch will have its largest freshman class in fall 2022. .
Associate Provost Dennis Slavin spoke about Baruch’s new online bookstore slated to launch in the spring of 2023. The bookstore, Akademos, already exists on 18 other CUNY campuses. Baruch’s current lease with Barnes and Noble, Inc. expires in December 2022.
Vice President of Legislative Affairs Karina Chiqui attempted to introduce the USG climate resolution passed at a previous Senate meeting. She said Baruch Faculty Senate President Terrence Martell declined to allow the resolution to be considered.
“I think it is totally inappropriate for the Faculty Senate to reject such an important resolution when it impacts students on environmental issues,” said Executive Vice President Richard Reyes. “I urge (Martell) to set aside any difference and truly vote on issues that benefit Baruch students, let collaborations be evenly distributed.”
Finance Chairman Tyler Yang released a statement regarding two 2022-23 club budgets, including Partners in Conversations, which were not presented to USG. He said he will work with the 2022-2023 finance chair to create their budgets.
Vice President of Campus Affairs Erika Cumbe spoke about replacing the terrazzo flooring on the first floor. Construction is expected to be completed by late fall 2022.
One of the library’s door replacements has been completed to make it Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.
Reyes, President Alison Lee, Treasurer Lesli Cuamani and Executive Secretary Yam-Yu Li all delivered remarks during their last senate and introduced next year’s board.
The 2022-2023 Board of Directors will consist of President Laiba Hussain, Executive Vice President Osvaldo Garcia, Treasurer Julie Margolin and Executive Secretary Abdullah Mahdi.