USC Undergraduate Student Government held its first open house Tuesday night to recruit new members for the 2013-14 school year. Students who attended the event at the USG office in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center received pizza, Red Bull along with information about USG’s various programs and committees.
Representatives from USG’s Senate, Program Board and Executive Cabinet attended the event and met prospective members. USG Senior Director of Communications Olivia Diamond organized the event.
“It was exciting to see a lot of new faces out here … We want everyone to know that joining USG is a great opportunity; it lets you make what you want to happen at USC happen,” Diamond said.
Student applicants arrived with various ideas on improving on-campus events, such as concerts and social gatherings. Some students had already attended open meetings that USG’s Program Board held last year.
“I like the meetings the Program Board has, and I want to get more involved,” said Jesse Torres, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering. “Most of all, I want the student body to be entertained, and [for there to be] a good atmosphere around campus.”
Other students, particularly freshmen, said they were interested in USG because of previous experiences they had participating in high school student government.
“Student government was sort of the peak of my time in high school,” said April Sandoval, a freshman majoring in business administration. I learned a lot about myself as a leader, and I want leadership to be a part of my college experience as well.”
The open house is USG’s second major recruitment event this week, following a promotional event near Tommy Trojan on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m really pleased with the overall turnout,” said USG President Christian Kurth. I think of all the recent years, this is the biggest turnout we’ve had, especially for the first night.”
USG officers will host a second open house Wednesday night for students who were not able to attend the first. USG officers are optimistic about the upcoming event.
“Tomorrow we’re expecting even more people. We’re looking for students who are involved and ambitious,” Kurth said. “I’m hoping to break some records with applications.”
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