The Evolution of a Campaign Platform

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(We’ve struck-through everything Shuster deleted in the hours between receiving our email and responding to it.)

[Ed.: Google’s cache now reflects the current website; here is an archive of Shuster’s original platform.]

Platform (Original — 3/19/12 Google Cache here.) Platform (Current — published here.)
Jake is most concerned with improving student life and your experience at Penn. Some of his project ideas for next year are listed below, but these are just the ones that affect a wide range of students.  Of course, he has many more ideas that are geared to specific communities at Penn. Also, send him more ideas if you think there’s something the UA should be working on! Here are some of Jake’s ideas: Jake is concerned with improving student life and your experience at Penn. Some of his project ideas for next year are listed below, and he promises you that these are projects that are tangible and achievable this year.  Of course, he has many more ideas that are geared to specific communities at Penn. Also, send him more ideas if you think there’s something the UA should be working on! Here are some of Jake’s ideas:
STUDENT LIFE STUDENT LIFE
  • Facilitating the procurement of credit cards for student groups
  • Providing a wider variety of dining options on campus, including kosher, halal, vegan, and vegetarian options
  • Improving attendance at athletic events
  • Revamping the Student Conduct process
  • Enhancing the NSO and pre-frosh experiences to make sure you get the information you need
  • Fixing the alcohol policy so that it is easier for student groups and Greeks to host events
  • Expanding Counseling and Psychological Services resources and accessibility
  • Creating a better liaison system and a help@pennua.org so UA members can better serve your needs
  • Finish my project of giving every student group Square devices or other credit card readers by the end of 2012.
  • Improve attendance at athletic events, by engaging different communities.
  • Fix the alcohol policy, to create a smart balance between safety and fun, and ensure that it is easier for student groups and Greeks to host events.
  • Thanks to my lobbying and lobbying of countless other students Counseling and Psychological Services has received a bigger budget for next year.  This is not enough. Next year, I will build on our success and lobby for a one week maximum wait time for CAPS appointments.
  • Create a better liaison system and a help@pennua.org so UA members can fix your problems faster.
ACADEMICS AND CIVICS ACADEMICS AND CIVICS
  • Giving students more control over and flexibility in course sector requirements
  • Pushing the administration for greater diversity of faculty through more effective recruitment and retention practices in a joint effort with the 5B minority coalitions
  • Extending the Pass/Fail deadline so you have more flexibility in your coursework
  • Expanding the range of academic credits, such as A-Levels and IB credits, that Penn accepts
  • Creating a Political Fund to help increase political dialogue on campus
  • Translating financial aid resources into multiple languages
  • Giving students more control over and flexibility in course sector requirements
  • Pushing the administration for greater diversity of faculty through more effective recruitment and retention practices in a joint effort with the 5B minority coalitions
  • Extending the Pass/Fail deadline so you have more flexibility in your coursework
  • Expanding the range of academic credits, such as A-Levels and IB credits, that Penn accepts
  • Creating a Political Fund to help increase political dialogue on campus
  • Translating financial aid resources into multiple languages
SAFETY SUSTAINABILITY AND FACILITIES SAFETY SUSTAINABILITY AND FACILITIES
  • Restructuring both 898-RIDE and the rest of the Penn Transit system so that it can work for student’s needs
  • Streamlining reservations for performing arts groups and ensuring there is ample space for practice during ARCH Renovations
  • Continued expansion of The Late Night study space and resources
  • Achieving bike share opportunities, bike lane renovations, and bike policy updates on campus
  • Fixing the exchange student experience by improving housing options
  • Expanding the bike share program across campus
  • Improving the responsiveness of Facilities to repair requests
  • Restructure both 898-RIDE and the rest of the Penn Transit system, by obtaining a loop around campus proper and allowing students to enter without calling ahead of time.
  • Automate Perelman Quad reservations to ensure that groups have greater certainty in their room bookings
  • The University is in the process of developing their next campus master plan. I will ensure that performing arts spaces are a top priority of that plan. This is the only long-term solution to the PAC space problem.
  • Improve The Late Night, renovating the space, moving Starbucks downstairs and extending their hours.
  • Expand the bike share program, Penncycle, especially to the west side of campus.
  • Improve the responsiveness of Facilities, by increasing transparency of the process.
  • Five years after it was installed, Penn Alerts are still too random in the eyes of many students. We need better research on how to deploy them. That’s why, working with DPS, researchers from Annenberg, and students, I will ensure that Penn Police has the latest and best information on student behavior.
  • Pushing Penn to rigorously enforce Philadelphia’s housing code on student landlords, and make sure Penn provides help and assistance to any student unfairly evicted or subject to shoddy housing conditions
TECH TECH
  • Making your academic life simpler with a Penn inTouch WaitList and the integration of Penn inTouch with PennCourseReview
  • Providing a clearer and easier system for student group reimbursements
  • Making your life easier by creating more applications with PennApps Labs including applications for off-campus housing, a Penn calendar, and others
  • Work with PennApps Labs and the Faculty Senate to design a wait list program for courses that meets student and faculty needs – I will deploy this program in time for Spring 2012
  • Penn Course Review didn’t get implemented into Penn In Touch because faculty demanded a level of technical upkeep unreasonable for unpaid student volunteers. Thus I will lobby the Provost for funding, to a paid point person who will manage Penn Course Review and ensure its highest quality
  • Allow students to book their travel to conferences and competitions through OSA, cutting out of pocket fees
  • Complete my project of creating a single funding application, in which your group can apply for every source of funding available to it
  • Bring PennLets into the Penn umbrella, giving it funding and resources, and establishing a single, transparent register of landlords to ensure no Penn student encounters a bad land lord twice
  • Create a Penn Calendar that students actually want to use by making it customizable to the groups you care about, easily integrating into Google Calendar and other apps, and incentivizing student groups to post their events on it by collaborating with SAC and the DP

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