Brian Reardon & Abigail Kedik

Candidates For the Executive Ticket

Endorsements

  1. Daniel Stroie & Elisha Simon, Current Executive President and Vice President of USG
  2. Special Olympics Club at Fordham
  3. Rose Hill Society
  4. Asian Cultural Exchange
  5. PRIDE Alliance
  6. Slainte: Fordham Irish Dance
  7. Gaelic Society
  8. FlipSide
  9. College Democrats
  10. Residence Halls Association
  11. UNICEF at Fordham
  12. Mock Trial

Platform

Our Goal

The overarching goal of our candidacy is to promote the betterment of each student at Fordham University at Rose Hill, and to do so by bridging the gaps where the voices of students are too often lost.

Fordham has always been a place where wisdom and learning are supported and encouraged. We believe that we can aid in cultivating this culture of curiosity which involves all members of our University and Bronx Community. Growing the voice of the student body is a key feature of our campaign and our plan for our term as the Executives of the USG. Our student body is made up of hundreds of engaged individuals, who are working towards a better Fordham. We hope to tap into our student body to give agency for the support of showing members of our faculty and administration that students know what they are talking about and their ideas should be taken seriously.

The second part of our mission includes bridging gaps. We would like to help bridge the divide between the student bodies of Fordham College at Rose Hill and the Gabelli School of Business. Moreover, we will push for better treatment for our Commuter students, who make up a large percentage of our university population and bring with them a unique breadth of experience and knowledge many of our residents do not have.

In total, we believe every Fordham student has the right to a voice, we believe we can help that voice be heard, and we believe we have the ability to bridge the divides where that voice is lost.

 

Introducing Ourselves:

Brian Reardon

I’m from Stony Point, NY, which is a tad north of NYC, but I will go to my grave before I say I’m upstate!! I’m in the Class of 2018 and I am going towards a Double Major in History and Theology with a minor in Irish Studies and the Honors Concentration in American Catholic Studies. Currently, I am the VP of FCRH for USG this year and I love every second of the work that I do! I’m also on RHS as a University Ambassador! Finally, I’m a RamVan Driver, so there’s a chance that I’ve had the opportunity to drive you down to LC!!

 

Abigail Kedik

I am from Albany, NY which is legitimately upstate!  I am in the class of 2018 and am studying Political Science, American Studies, and French.  Currently, I am a Resident Assistant in Loyola Hall, the Secretary of the UNICEF Club on campus, and intern.  I am excited to be running for Executive Vice President, as I have worked with USG in the past through UNICEF and believe I can bring a unique perspective.   

 

Our Jesuit Identity

The Jesuit Tenants which structure and fuel much of Fordham is essential to our identity.  We would like to expand upon these tenants as they relate to Social Justice and our place in the Bronx.

The Jesuit Tenant of “Men and Women For and With Others” permeates every part of a Fordham Education/Student life. As Jesuit trained individuals we are to live in the dichotomy of internal education and external work; taking what we learn in this University and using it in the world. The tenant of “Cura Personalis” challenges every Fordham student to stand in solidarity with others.  Finally, “Magis” pushes Fordham students to continuously seek improvement, and not settle without justice.  We are a Fordham community but we are also the greater Bronx community.  With this in mind we have a responsibility to be engaged members of the community.

Some of our initiatives include:

  • Become an active and vocal ally for the continued fight for justice that our students are challenged with and push to include racial, cultural and religious diversity into all facets of the University
  • Coming from a two sided approach: Greater visibility for our existing groups on Campus  as well as new initiatives to include all members of the Fordham University Community  
    • Bolstering our service opportunity centers/clubs on campus, who connect student volunteers to organizations in need of service-minded individuals:
      • GO!
      • Pedro Arrupe Council
      • Dorothy Day Center for Social Justice
      • Circle K
    • Fordham University Day of Service
      • Along with bolstering these on Campus Service groups, it is imperative for the Fordham student body to break outside of the gates and learn about the place that they live in. A clear way to do so is by working closely with Bronx Community Board 6 in order to have a multifaceted approach with the goal of connecting students and our community.
      • Working with local volunteer organizations to allow students to have the opportunity involve themselves with groups such as: The Bronx is Blooming, Creston Ave Baptist Church Soup Kitchen, Siena House, etc.
  • Restructuring the Social Justice Leader (SJL) Program
    • The SJL Program, as a subsect of the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, is one of the most popular vehicles for the student body to find ways to seek justice and to work interdependently with the Bronx Community. Currently, it is going to be suspended for the next semester in order for it to be restructured. It is our hope that, as the executives of the USG as well as students, we can work with the Department of Mission Integration and Planning to aid in this restructuring by adding and vocalizing student opinion. Moreover, it is our hope that this program can be reinstated in a timely fashion so the Social Justice Leaders and the hundreds of people they worked with can begin their endeavours once more.

 

Making a Sustainable Switch

The support and expansion of current sustainability efforts is a key point in looking forward to Fordham’s future.

The Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill recently installed a “Green Wall,” where plants grow vertically on a lattice and insulate the area that it is in. This reduces costs on heat and provides for a beautification of the area. This initiative shows that the University takes sustainability as a real issue and it is our goal to push for more sustainable actions on Campus. As the Executives of USG we will:

  • Work with facilities to have more of the high-efficiency water fountains throughout campus, including wate rbottle filling stations
  • Fight for the expansion of paperless initiatives throughout all departments (i.e. RamVan)
  • Work closely with the Faculty Senate to suggest increased environmental consciousness in the classroom (i.e.: encouraging double sided printing, automatic lighting, online readings,etc)
  • Work with the Administrations of FCRH and GSB to expand sustainable initiatives, such as these green walls, into more academic buildings

 

Working With Administration

As the Executives of the USG we have the privilege to work with the administration of the University, especially in Student Life and the Undergraduate schools at Rose Hill.  We see one of the biggest hurdles for any student leader is scattered nature of the University Administration and lack of transparency.

One of our goals is to lift the veil on this structure to inspire greater transparency between students and the Administration. Creating better transparency for the Administration allows for greater contact between the students and the Administration, which lends itself to better relations for all. One of the hardships on the part of the Faculty and Administration is the lack of student input in many of their initiatives, information sharing between these groups can solve that problem. Our goals with working with the Administration are:

  • Encouraging all departments to share information effectively, efficiently, and in clear readable ways
  • Engaging with Career Services, Information Technology and Alumni Relations in order to create events that aid in Student’s personal development and connect students with Alumni in their fields
  • Work with the administration of FCRH to take $10 out of every FCRH student’s tuition and immediately placing it into the student’s printing balance
  • Working with the administrators of Student Life to hold information sessions on using OrgSync in the most effective of ways
  • Creating an interactive map of the University Structure to show student leaders and the student body who to contact for various initiatives
  • Holding town halls with Administrators and Students to inspire on-going conversations

Transparency of USG

Moreover, this goal of transparency applies to the United Student Government, which can suffer from a lack of visibility.

To achieve these goals of transparency for the USG, we plan to utilize multiple forms of Social Media to send out our meeting minutes, visibility initiatives to get our name out to the student body, and greater outreach with clubs to use the USG as a tool rather than just an oversight. The USG, while being an enforcer of regulations, is also a club where students are given agency to complete tasks that they feel will better their fellow students and the University as a whole. We would like for the USG to be an essential tool for students to use in order to create united initiatives, such as diversity, to tackle these multifaceted issues.

  • Greater advertising and awareness on campus of USG events, co-sponsored events, progress updates, and current initiatives
    • This will lead to more support among Administration and councils
    • This will also aim to increase student interest and input
  • Greater interaction with USG
    • Town hall meetings
    • Advertised Office hours and Residence Hall Tabling
    • Introducing new forms of social media such as Text Reminds
    • More resources and information for students to take advantage of involvement and opportunities to express their concerns to USG

 

Internal USG Initiatives

Aspects for an Executive ticket is to look at ways that the USG can run more efficiently.

We believe that it comes from the limiting the size of the Executive Board as a way to give more agency to members of USG Senate. Giving agency to the Senators creates a more engaged group of driven individuals, which promotes progress and intentionality. Some immediate internal changes in USG include:

  • Create a Facilities Committee
    • The Chairperson of this committee will be a Senator from one of the four class senates and will be populated by members of the Fordham University student body
    • Encompassing Dining Services, Facilities improvement and any Facilities concerns
    • Will also act as a channel for communication between Facilities Management and the Student Body, acting similarly to the Administrative/Student Committees ran by the USG
    • This will require a change in the USG Constitution, which requires a quorum to ratify
  • Limiting the size of the E-Board. This initiative will consist of ratifying a constitutional amendment and the approval from the Office of Student Involvement
    • Moving the VP of Health & Security and VP of Sustainability out of the Executive Board and into the Senate. These positions will be renamed: Chair of Public Health and Chair of Sustainability, respectfully.
      • Before the amendment creating the position of VP of Sustainability, the position of Chair of Sustainability was held by a Senator, making this change simply a turn back.
      • The Chair of Public Health will therefore become the Chairperson of the Committee on Sexual Misconduct, which is currently held by the VP of Health & Security.
    • If these two amendments are ratified, then the Senate will be the Chairs of the 5 out of the 10 Committees of the USG: Facilities, Sustainability, International Integration, Sexual Misconduct, and the Diversity Action Coalition

 

Commuters

As a University in an Urban setting, we are populated by both residents and commuters. Yet, many residents forget that our commuting students make up a large part of the University population.

As a USG, we have had many commuters in our ranks and have the difficulties they face compared to residents.  The people that commute to Fordham bring unique knowledge and experience and should be used to foster greater interaction with those that have the ability to reside on Campus. As it sits right now there is a great divide between the residents and the commuters simply because there is very little interaction between the two outside of the classroom. We believe that it is high time to close this gap in the effort to create a more united community. By working with the Commuting Students Association, the Resident Halls Association and the Assistant DIrector of Commuting Student Services, we aim to:

  • Build better relations with between residents and commuters by aiding in specialized programing to increase interaction, such as Commuter Week and collaborating with the CSA
  • Working with OSI to expand lounge/study spaces for our commuter students
  • Commuter Breakfast: Work with the members of OSI, CSA as well as Fordham Dining to set a plan for the future of Commuter Breakfast and work on moving the breakfast back to a more central location  
  • Advertising and promoting the Same-Day Commuter Guest Passes

 

Greater Interaction with Clubs

There is little interaction between the Clubs and USG after the initial meeting, despite the great interdependence. We believe that this relationship between student leaders on Campus can and should be closer.

Having a more fluid relationship between student leaders leads to greater chances of co-programing between clubs and better programming. In the beginning of the Fall semester, immediately following the Club Fair, there is a Student Leader social where student leaders meet to interaction with one another. We believe that this short interaction needs to be expanded and continued throughout the year through efforts such as:

  • Increased USG and Club interaction through
    • More Socials and Dinners to discuss greater issues in the Fordham Community, and learn where USG can better support clubs on Campus
    • USG taking a more active role in learning about each club and its members to better assist them and provide support
  • Increasing the amount of co-Sponsored programs with the other members of the Big Four (RHA, CSA, CAB)
  • Inspiring Clubs to interact more with one another

 

Fordham College at Rose Hill and the Gabelli School of Business

The two undergraduate schools at Rose Hill (FCRH and GSB), while growing with one another in recent years, have grown apart in many ways. Students from both schools have a lot of concerns over this growing divide because it supports a culture of separation in an already tense world.

We aim to work closely with the Deans of FCRH and GSB (as well as the USG VPs of FCRH and GSB) to increase the amount of interaction that students from each college have with one another and create lasting bonds that are made outside of the classroom.

  • TEDx FordhamU is an amazing success for this type of initiative, because it brings students from each college together to plan and execute the event. Additionally, funding from both of the schools giving the Deans the ability to work closer with each other
  • Combined Town Halls to have students voice their concerns together
  • Working with the Dept of Mission Integration and Planning to have combined service opportunities where there will be a focus for FCRH and GSB students to come closer together

Ultimately, we would like ort platform to be only the first step in our efforts with USG.  If elected, we would like to hear from the students to focus our time and energy on issues truly important to our community.  To reiterate our goal, we would like to be representatives to the administration for all students, and be a catalyst for change with students.  Committed to community, dedicated to progress.

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