New Student Government Leaders Focus on Sustainability

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April 16, 2018
Eric ChenNew Student Government leaders at The University of Texas at Dallas were elected with a campaign to engage students in more sustainability efforts and expand common space for students to gather on campus.Incoming president Eric Chen, a National Merit Scholar and an actuarial science junior in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and vice president Carla Ramazan, a McDermott Scholar and an undeclared freshman who plans to attend law school, are experienced Student Government leaders who hope to impact the campus for future generations.“To be a Comet in the fullest sense is to give back to people, to do meaningful things on campus. It’s our responsibility to ensure the longevity of our projects, serving the campus in a way that lasts over time,” Chen said.Ramazan believes their platform goals resonated with students, and their ability to connect with diverse groups on campus tipped the election results in their favor. The new leaders hope to engage students who have been typically underrepresented by Student Government, including international, graduate and nontraditional students.“We had a lot of energy, and did a good job of reaching out to people who agreed that the projects we had would be awesome,” Ramazan said.Among their sustainability proposals is a freshman bike project that would help free up parking space and encourage a more bike-friendly campus. New freshmen who leave their cars at home would be eligible to win a new bicycle, helmet and lock.Carla Ramazan“The project would help us reduce our carbon footprint and whittle away at the parking problem we have now,” Chen said.Another proposal is to have “eco-coins” that can be exchanged for reusable bags and to-go boxes in dining areas.Ramazan also hopes to see more flexible dining options on campus, including at least one $5 meal offered by each …

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