Executive Welcome – USF Housing LIVE! – 423

Executive Welcome – USF Housing LIVE! – 423


On our campus you may send and receive mail.
Mail includes letters packages and other shipped items. Know not all mail travels on the ships
sometimes we use cars trucks or even horses. So how do you receive mail? You visit your
campus mail center. The South Campus mail center serves Magnolia Juniper and Poplar
residences. The North Campus mail center is located in Holly H and serves all other residents.
Simply visit the mail center identify yourself and our team will retrieve your mail. If you
prefer to receive a notification when packages arrive please visit the housing portal select
profile information, then again you will see the text message option at the bottom of the
screen. If you wish to send mail please visit the USF post office located north west of
the Marshall Student Center your friends and family may want to send you packages help
them by directing them to USF dot edu slash Housing Residential Experience resident services
then mail service there is an address lookup tool on this page that shows them how to format
your mailing address. Now you should receive many packages while you are living the Bulls
Life! There’s extra support for everyone living
on campus one person you will meet right away is your resident assistant or RA. RA stands
for Resident Assistant as the name suggests this team member will assist you the resident.
They know where things are located how to do things and how to get free things. They
know things you do not know by talking with your RA you will learn new things important
things. Your RA will be friendly and helpful if they are not they are in imposture and
should be reported to a real RA immediately. Your RA is a special person who is here to
help you live the Bulls life. If you live on campus, chances are you will
have a roommate. A roommate is another human sharing your living space for many this may
be a new experience if you are scared that you will soon have a roommate remember this
to them you are the roommate. Are you scary? Before you arrive talk to your roommate we
recommend using mobile devices commonly called phones. Phones may be used to send and receive
text messages you can also speak into the microphone and your roommate will hear you
on their phone. Discuss things like who will bring a refrigerator printer decorations microwaves
eating utensils plate ware capes? When you move in you will meet your roommate for some
this will be your first encounter in the physical world speak slowly and at a reasonable volume
as to not frighten your new living companions. Your Resident Assistant will help you complete
a roommate contract, so you can live together in harmony. Harmony is a good thing. Get ready
to live the Bulls life! Gregory Bowers. Sierra Rose. Maxwell Morinelli. Elysa Goldberg. Nyrin Naomi. Courtney Cadogan. Yeraldine Paredes. June Dickens. Jeremy Lamberti. Taylor Finke. Kailia Wiliams. Brilly Gomez. Chris Herrera. Stephanie Jochman. Wednesday August 1th 2018. Coming to you live from the beautiful University
of South Florida campus in Tampa. Its USF Housing LIVE! Welcome, welcome, welcome, everyone. This is
USF Housing LIVE! I’m your host Gregory Bowers with Housing & Residential Education
at the beautiful University of South Florida in Tampa. Our motto? Best place to live. Best
place to work. Best place to learn. Tonight’s episode is: Executive Welcome. This is a VERY
special episode because this is our 50th USF Housing LIVE! Thank you to all our viewers
over the years and around the world. A reminder to everyone joining us live that we are here
to answer your questions, so you are ready to live the Bull’s Life. If you have a question
no matter where or how you are watching just type it in the comments and we will answer
you in real time. Let’s go ahead and meet tonight’s guests. Returning to the show serving his second term
as the USF Student Body President Moneer Kheireddine. Welcome Moneer. Hey Greg, happy to be here! Happy to have you back also joining us is
a newcomer to the program the Student Government Senate President Sarah Lucker. Welcome Sarah. Hi, thank you for having me! Very happy to have you here so how about you
get a starting to tell us what is it you do here at USF? Sure, so my name is Sarah and I do a lot of
work with our Student Government Senate which is our legislative branch in Student Government.
We have five big committees and Senate that do a lot of initiatives for our student body.
We have two that focus on a lot of funding so whenever you pay your activity and service
fee and your tuition that goes to clubs and departments on campus that provide free services
to you, so those two committees are financed. Where we look at a lot of student budgets
and kind of review those make sure that we’re funding everyone in a fair way. If you’re
a bigger club you’re gonna get more money for those events if you’re small and you’re
still growing, we still want to make sure that you have the money that you need to throw
events throughout the year. We also have grants which allows students to travel to different
conferences, so they can learn more and bring that information back to the USF community.
We have relations help us helps us stay in touch with the student body. We do a lot of
surveys we do resolutions on big issues that are affecting students that can be literally
anything so you have an idea about how parking should be different or even national politics
in those issues you can bring that up to your Senators and we can write a resolution about
how the Student Government’s going to take action on that topic. We also do student memorials
for students that pass away. We have a policy committee that looks through all of our governing
documents and SGS make sure that we’re following Florida law and all of our own sets of rules
and then we also have an ethics committee that make sure we’re holding ourselves to
a high level of integrity and then we’re having checks on the other branches when we make
sure that we’re following all of our rules. And then I kind of do a lot of the behind-the-scenes
works I chair all of our meetings and I make the agendas I make sure that we’re following
all the rules that we have we’re kind of staying ahead of things we’re staying on task on time
and getting things done as fast as we can. There you sound very busy. Just just a little
busy right that’s it? Just a tad and so Moneer tell us what is it you do here? Well I appreciate it. Well my name is Moneer
like you said about depending on where students might be watching from I could be mofar so
good way to remember. Easy right? Right? Yeah do we get a laugh track? We’ll get you the left track. And so, my role is yes, I’m serving in my
second term I Student Body President. The biggest piece of my role and the biggest and
most important to me is my opportunity to ensure that any ideas initiatives or thoughts
that our students would like to have done on our campus or like to see improving our
campus have an opportunity to be successful and to be heard. And so for me essentially
I listen to our students and see what ideas they have whether it’s providing free tampons
and pads on campus or it’s giving discounts on ride-sharing programs all those ideas kind
of come to us myself and my Vice President Kent and it’s our job to see if those things
are a reality if we can make them happen. The second piece and the biggest piece is
the opportunity for me to serve on the Board of Trustees representing our student interest
and so the Board Trustees are the group of individuals that oversee the University and
make the biggest decisions regarding our trajectory where are we going kind of whatever what is
our strategic plan things of that nature. And then outside of that I also oversee the
executive branch of Student Government alongside Kent and our goal is to make sure that all
the programs initiative the student government get done and to make sure our students are
represented before our student body and before administration. Thank you and already we’ve got a shout-out
from Gina to both of you Go Moneer! Go Sarah! You’re getting some love out there from our
viewing audience and so I’ve got some more questions here for you. Just got a question
from Gladys who said I found out there are different residential styles at USF do they
have different prices? Gladys that’s a great question make your way to USF dot edu slash
Housing choose Housing application and then hall rates and you could view the hall rates
for all the different options here on campus there are many different price points many
different offerings to serve the needs of our diverse student population so check it
out at USF dot edu slash Housing. So, Sarah tell me a little bit about how a student can
get involved in Student Government? All right so our Student Government USF is
special because there are opportunities for everyone no matter what your major is no matter
what you want to do with your career there’s something that we have to offer you. I’m an
Education major so I might not be your traditional Poli Sci student fit that you would see in
a Student Government role but even in my role there are a lot of skills that I can bring
with me into the classroom and a lot of skills that I learned in my class classes that I
can bring to Senate like training people how to study documents teaching us how to communicate
well and being able to speak in front of a really large group that’s helped me in my
career. And within our Senate we have positions available for people from every single College,
so it’s divided up based on what you’re studying. And then we have seats per how many people
are in that college. So College of Arts and Sciences is really big you’ve got Biomed you
have Political Science students in there you have English majors so that has more seats
so there’s more positions open if you’d like to run to represent that college and then
there’s also positions for smaller colleges like College of Education College of Engineering
College of Business. And we want to make sure that we’re representing based on how many
students are actually registered and that those students if they have questions have
someone they can come talk to you but even outside of legislating we have rules like
creating marketing or creating video production and even planning events so no matter what
your interest is I would encourage you to check it out see how you can get involved
because there probably is something for you. Excellent and it got another question here
from Gladys. When does the fall term start? So Gladys that’s going to be Monday August
20th remember grand opening. That’s the grand opening of the residence halls here that’s
Thursday August 16th. And so, another question for you here Sarah I want to know about the
resources that are available to students here on campus. Yes, something special about USF is it really
is its own community. So, you can say on campus all year long and not really have to leave
to get all the things that you need. This has been my third year living on campus I’m
just finishing it up, so I’ve seen a lot of those resources firsthand there’s a Student
Health Center on campus where you can go if you get sick so maybe you aren’t feeling well
but you don’t necessarily have time to go off campus in between your classes. We have
those services available here for you to make sure that you’re taken care of we also have
a great Counseling Center so if you have any issues you feel overwhelmed a lot of times
people that have never had counseling before when they come to college it can be really
overwhelming really stressful and it is nice to know that there is someone here to talk
to you no matter where you’re from or even if you haven’t met any other new students
yet that resources here. We have great places for you to work out we also have a ton of
Student Organizations that we get to work really closely with in Student Government
and you can be a part of those too and that provides a really great sense of community
but it also provides an opportunity to try new things like we have a Foam Fighting Club.
We have clubs that do like Scuba Diving there’s literally something out there for whatever
you’re interested in, so I would encourage you to go out meet people ask them what they’re
involved in and try to find something for you. So, let’s say there’s a student out there
watching they’re gonna create a new student organization and they want to get funding
from SG how exactly does that work? Well there’s actually a few different processes
so it’s a little bit flexible depending on what your needs are. The first step would
be to go to the CLCE which is the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and that’s
on the first floor of our Student Union the Marshall Center. So, if you go in there you
can ask for help but the helped us to find the exact room, but you must make sure that
your student org is registered with them first and they have a ton of resources for brand
new student orgs. It’s like teaching you how to be a good leader how you can apply for
funding how you can become registered on our campus to get access to free services like
using a free room being able to print things for your club and then from there they’ll
help you fill out your AMS eligibility form and that’s basically seeing if the club is
really open to all students because we want to make sure that our tuition is going to
things that all of us can access. So, if your club is something that anyone can join you’re
usually going to be able to get that AMS eligibility and then you can apply for funding from student
government. And we have an intern process where if you start in the middle of the year
you can get funding for the rest of the year and we also have an annual process where you’re
applying for money for the next year so you’re setting yourself up for success and planning
those events through before that you’re even starts. So, there are different options available
then awesome and so let’s talk about elections. Let’s say a student comes on campus and they
want to run can they do that their first semester? Yeah so, we have opportunities to run right
away in our midterm election which is something that starts at the very beginning of the fall.
It’s that first week you want to make sure you’re going up to the fourth floor and asking
for that application so you can get on the ballot as soon as possible but we also have
a second chance in the spring and our general election which is where we elect the majority
of the seats that’s where you’d be getting your Student Body President your vice president
and all 60 of your Senators and then if anyone resigns over the summer or for example if
one of those Colleges like Education if no one ran the midterm election is to fill up
those empty seats. But for example, if no one from Engineering wanted to run one year
and no one wants to run in midterms those seats become what we call an at-large seat,
so anyone can run so even if I’m an education major I can be representing those other colleges
and that’s something that’s voted on by the entire student body. And you should really
look into running even if it is something that scares you my freshman year I was way
too scared and I ended up running in the spring still really really scared I was an education
major didn’t know what I was getting into right away but it’s been one of the best experiences
of my life and there are a lot of people that are rally around you and support you and teach
you what you need to know if you do step into this position. That’s excellent thank you for sharing your
story that’s awesome so you heard it here first folks get out there and you can run
in the fall. So, it’s time for us a to take a short break to learn about safety on campus.
Stick around. We will be back with more USF Housing LIVE! right after this! Hey bulls catch up on episodes you may have
missed and see what’s coming up by visiting USF dot edu slash Housing. Select about us
then USF Housing LIVE! choose an episode and get ready to give the Bulls life! Safety is important. Why? Because you want
to be happy and healthy it’s like we’re reading your mind isn’t it? The most important thing
you can do to maintain a safe home is to not let in a stranger. Sometimes you may notice
a tailgater. A tailgater is someone who attempts to enter the residence hall behind you. Don’t
let them in if they live there they can use their USF ID to get into the building just
like you. Please go away. On campus you will see blue light phones everywhere. If you experience
an emergency just press the red button the USF police will respond immediately avoid
pressing a red button for fun the USF police will still respond immediately but it will
not be fun. If you have a mobile phone and experience or witness an emergency on campus,
please dial nine-one-one the call will be routed to the USF Police Department, so they
can respond immediately. It’s up to every one of us to help maintain a safe campus now
you can do your part and help everyone safely live the Bulls Life. National research shows that students who
live on campus for at least one year tend to graduate at higher rates and sooner than
those who don’t. It is important that you graduate if you do not plan to graduate yet
wish to attend college will you speak with anyone who cares about you and share your
plans they will point out the flaw in your logic and may raise their voice at you. Please
do not be alarmed this is to be expected once you arrive you will enjoy having 24-hour
emergency maintenance. If the power goes out our maintenance team can respond anytime day
or night power outages though rare are normally caused by squirrels. USF squirrels are cuddly
creatures with high IQs and a bottomless thirst for wreaking havoc. You may notice that living
on campus means you are on campus classes are also on campus as our activities concerts
group meetings and food. There is lots of food on campus free food. Attend a campus
event and chances are that someone will attempt to feed you this is normal behavior and should
be considered a gesture of friendship. USF students staff and faculty are friendly the
more time you spend with friendly bulls the friendlier you will become. Friendly people
are more likely to get good jobs build positive relationships and we offered food. Food is
good because it keeps you alive eat food stay alive and live the Bulls Life. Welcome back. This is USF Housing LIVE! I’m
Gregory Bowers you’re not and it’s time to chat with Moneer Kheireddine the Student
Body President. Moneer I want to hear from you a little bit about your partner out there
the student body Vice President what is the role the Vice President? Absolutely so Mr. Shaquille Kent my wonderful
Vice President my brother he is currently overseeing all the various agencies of Student
Government. So, there’s three agencies in Student Government that all offer a service
to the students the first is Bulls Radio the second is safe team and the third is Student
Government Computer Services. So, each of those are located either in the Marshall Student
Center and each of them offers something different so Bulls radio for example offers free music
music streaming to our students. The Student Government Services Act gives free access
to all our students for communication in terms of utilizing the computer labs and things
of that nature and then our safe team provides free rides at night to get you from anywhere
you need to go on campus. And so, Kent’s role is to oversee those different agencies serve
as kind of the head essentially and kind of make sure that they do an all right and support
them however he can and then he also serves on the USF Board of Housing board of Directors
Alumni Board of Directors my apologies. And essentially in his role there he’s meant to
represent the students the same way that I represents the Students on the Board of Trustees
and he also has a lot of other roles that are kind of assigned to him throughout the
year so essentially when a Student Body President and Vice President are elected they kind of
split up the different roles that they have and so he’s working on about half of our initiatives
while I work on the other half and we kind of work together to see you know how can we
support each other in those and try to split the work about 50%. Well thank you and so you’re a second term
President. I am. And so, for all our new bulls coming to USF
they don’t know what happened last year and so can you share with us a little bit about
what you accomplished in your first term? Absolutely so there’s a lot that we try to
get done in our first term some of the biggest being regarding supporting us on-campus students
and our students of color and so something we really wanted to do was support our National
Pan-Hellenic Council. Our NPHC organizations on campus known as the Divine 9 and so we
secured funding for them in their organizations to build an open access Plaza that’s accessible
by a USF student that represents in showcases the different work that they’ve done on campus.
Essentially the Divine 9 their organizations have primarily focused on supporting people
of color and giving them access to resources and networking opportunities to make them
as successful as possible and so they’ve done a lot of amazing work here on USF’s campus.
And so we wanted to ensure that they had a space on campus that commemorated that and
our USF Administration agreed with that and so we move forward and secured funding from
our wonderful Student Government Senate that Sarah is currently in charge of and secured
the funding last year to ensure that they could build this space that they’ve been trying
to build for almost 15 years now. But outside of that we’ve also secured a lot of different
funding’s for a lot of different cool initiatives one of the biggest being the free tampons
and pads on campus that was initiative brought to me by a student during the election period
and they had an exciting idea and they were wondering why we didn’t already offer this.
And so that’s something within our first few months as Student President and Vice President
we secured the funding for partner with wellness to ensure it could happen and so now they’re
currently being distributed at the fit which is located in The Village is a new Athletic
Center and it has within the I believe it’s the females restrooms and now has a dispenser
where any students for you to take three tampons or pads and we’re also looking at installing
new ones in the Marshall Student Center. But, if you’re in the MSC you can also grab them
from the Wellness Center and there currently. So that’s another big initiative that we accomplished
last year some of the others include for example the umbrella sharing program and so that’s
something is gonna be rolling out this fall but we’ve secured both the umbrellas the ponchos
and kind of the negotiating contract work with various campuses campus entities to offer
free umbrellas and punches whenever it’s raining because as you know we live in Florida consistently
we’re kind of getting down poured for it a little bit and so we want to make sure you
have access to a an umbrella or a poncho if that happens. And you’re not exactly prepared
in that moment so those are some of the little initiatives I’ll be working on of course is
there’s a bunch more, but I could talk about that for hours. Well I got something new for you to talk about.
I want to ask about your initiatives for the upcoming year. Yeah so for the upcoming year we have a lot
of things different different things planned some of which we’ve already started some being
already really strongly in motion. One of the biggest that we actually just secured
funding from from our Student Senate again was in regard to providing a free ambulance
service on campus. And so essentially as you know when someone gets injured on campus if
you have to call an ambulance it can cost anywhere from five hundred to a thousand dollars.
You never know how quick it’s going to take them to get there things of that nature and
so we partnered with USF Health on campus and a wonderful student organization that’s
offering to actually run this service for free a student orgs and trained services trained
EMT services. And things of that nature and essentially we secured funding for the ambulance
itself so basically it’s going to be a bit of a smaller ambulance that’s able to get
in between spaces on campus and any students actually gonna be able to call when they call
USFPD directly they’ll actually be able to dispatch the ambulance and get it to you for
free and take you to on-campus help and get you the help and support that you need. It’s
equipped with everything a regular ambulance would have so that’s a really cool initiative
and it’s a really great service to offer our students because it’s gonna save them so much
money in terms of the costs associated with calling for out because as you know that could
be an issue but we’re also trying to make sure that our students just know that we have
services and any service that they feel that they need we’re able to offer them. And so
that’s one of the big services we’re also looking at building and creating a USF climbing
wall within our Campus Recreation and so we almost secured the full amount of funding
we’re looking into the last few steps but essentially the goal is for that to be built
in the Spring Semester and to give students access to climbing which almost every other
Institution in our state currently has an opportunity to do so we’re also looking into
different ways for us to essentially support our students with discounts and services.
And so we’ve secured funding for a discount and services center on the first floor of
the Marshall Student Center thanks to our collaboration with dining. And so with dining
we’re hoping to essentially give a space on campus in the first floor where you’re gonna
be able to go and see all the different services that Student Government has so for example
we have three green books which are books that you used to take different math courses
and tests on campus and so instead of having to pay for them we’ve bought them in bulk
and so you can actually go to this space pick them up for free. You and currently pick them
up on the fourth floor but you’re also going to hopefully have access to discounts and
services such as discounts to universal discounts to Disney and things of that nature coming
following months and on top of that hopefully we’re just finishing up our discounts with
Busch Gardens as well and so that would be something that’s offered as well. Thank you I know that’s been a popular question
is Busch Gardens. So, I I got a follow-up on that so is there going to be a Busch Gardens
discount? There is going to be one and I think our students
are gonna be very excited to see what the discount is I can’t officially reveal it just
yet it’s gonna be revealed in the next few weeks but we’ve been working hard all summer
with wonderful partners over at Busch Gardens to secure it it’s gonna have a very inclusive
and all-inclusive price tag and there may be a few bonuses that students gonna be really
excited for so I can’t reveal too much but you should see it come out on an exploit in
couple weeks. That’s very cool thank you for sharing that
with us. Question here, first Sarah there and probably also Moneer and there are different
branches in Student Government so how do these branches work together? So, something special about our Student Government
is that we all are a part of the same team and we all have that one common mission and
goal is serving the student body and improving the student experience here at USF. And we’re
constantly collaborating with each other and working together on everything that we do
our office it’s really big but all right next to each other my office is right next to Moneer
office and we see each other almost every day we’re able to go back and forth and bounce
ideas off of each other and to make sure that all of our branches are working towards the
same goals. So, there are a lot of different positions within the branches and we build
off each other’s strengths and weaknesses to be able to have the best possible team.
So in our Legislative Branch we have a lot of people that are really skilled with funding
and finances and being able to communicate with students we see ourselves kind of as
the ground floor going out and actually talking to people every day and getting their feedback
and seeing what we can do to try to improve that experience for students and then exec
is like our big visionaries they come in with a lot of ideas at the start of every year
and we try to work together as a team to make those things actually happen we try to make
sure that it’s feasible on our own. And something that we can really afford to do and something
that’s going to help in the long run for all of USF. And then our Judicial Branch is kind
of like our mediators they’re very reactionary they help us make sure that we’re following
all of the rules that we’re supposed to be following and they mediate between any disputes
or any disagreements that we have about governing documents and they also help students out
if they have parking appeals that they want to bring up. If you get a ticket unfairly
you have somewhere that you can go where a student can have to help you through that
process and see what you can do and make sure that you know those rules later and know what
your rights are on our campus. Thank you Moneer, anything you’d like to add? I think at the end of the day it’s just important
to note that no matter who you are, no matter what your background is, no matter what you
studying there’s space for you in Student Government there is always a role that you
could take on and a way for you to get engaged especially with the role that Student Government
takes on. It’s a unique one you know there’s a lot of responsibilities entrusted to Student
Government whether it’s the seventeen million dollars in student fees that we are entrusted
to allocate or a lot of the different responsibilities we have with making sure initiatives happen.
So for example creating programs such as FIT there are students that actually make that
program happen the negotiate the contracts they get this amazing experience to learn
how these types of things work and so no matter whether you have a business mindset you have
a marketing mind say you have a programming mindset there is a role for you in student
government and so I just highly encourage everyone to make sure they stay commutative
in terms of what we’re offering so checking on our Facebook page check in our Instagram
page and always check the USF careers website to see what jobs are available. Well thank you I’ve got a few live comments
that have come in here. And so, at Elysa Goldberg you may know is our camera operator here and
we would like to wish her mom a happy birthday. Happy birthday and we wish you many many more.
We have a question here from Chris who would like to know what it would take to have cameras
installed in some of the older classrooms on campus is that something Student Government
has ever worked on? So in terms of cameras on campus, so something
we are currently researching and looking into is the possibility for cameras in the various
bike lots to ensure that there’s man cameras in those spaces because students have brought
that to us as a concern in terms of old classrooms I’m not too sure no student has really discussed
that with us but that could be a potential for an initiative. I’d be interested to know
what the intent would be but yeah it could be a possibility. Excellent so you heard it here just reach
out to student government and share your ideas I’m sure everyone’s willing to listen in
the air what you are interested in doing. So, folks it’s time for a few special announcements.
There is still space on campus, but it won’t last forever. Make sure to visit usf.edu/housing
and follow the links to start the housing application process. Our website has everything
you need to know as you explore the many traditional suite and apartment style options. There’s
only one way to live and that’s living the Bull’s Life. If you already have a housing
assignment check your USF email or visit our homepage and follow the link to see the fall
arrival information, so your ready for the big day, Grand Opening Thursday August 16th. Do you like Publix? Silly question I know.
Get excited because a Publix will be opening on campus early in the spring 2019 semester.
We’ve been told that “Pub Subs” will be offered Bulls so get psyched! There is more parking coming to campus. Just
east of The Village a new parking lot for residents will be opening by the summer of
2019. For those living in The Village this fall and spring know that resident parking
spaces will be available just north west and south of your residence hall this upcoming
year. Well that is just about all the time we have.
But before we go I want to remind you that USF Housing LIVE! airs every Wednesday at
7 p.m. eastern time. There is only one episode left! Join us for the season finale Live the
Bull’s Life on August 8. We will be discussing fall arrival and week of welcome. 10 Days of free food your gonna love it. You can
watch at facebook.com/usfhousing the USF Class of 2022 Facebook group or in full 1080p high
definition at youtube.com/usfhousing. USF Housing LIVE! is produced by Housing & Residential
Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Our motto is best place to live
best place to work best place to learn. Thank you to tonight’s guests Moneer Kheireddine
and Sarah Lucker for joining me this evening. Thank you to our production crew to you our
viewers and of course there is always just one last thing GO BULLS! Goodnight everyone.

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