Discussion with President Young

Fellow Huskies,

Wonder what our new UW President, Michael K. Young, has planned out for the University of Washington?  Well now is your chance to find out! See below for how you can meet him and other amazing opportunities happening across the UW campus this week!


1. ASUW Student Senate Forum with UW President Michael K. Young

2. Take a Stand Against Budget Cuts.

3. Husky Pride Fund: Husky T Now Available

4. Celebrate the UW’s 150th Birthday on Friday November 4th

5. Digest of News and Events on Campus

1. ASUW Student Senate Forum with UW President Michael K. Young:
The ASUW Student Senate is having a forum with new UW President Michael K. Young this coming Tuesday, November 1st in Gowen Hall 301 from 5:30 pm to 6:30pm. This is a rare opportunity for students to engage in a direct conversation and meet our new husky leader. Come ask questions and listen to President Young’s agenda for your university. Senate meetings are always open to the public.
2. Take a Stand Against Budget Cuts!
Students have bailed out the state budget for too long and as a result have faced skyrocketing tuition increases, the elimination of services and programs, fewer course offerings, exploding classes sizes, and deep cuts to financial aid. To close the budget shortfall, Governor Gregoire has proposed $82 million in cuts to our University and has proposed eliminating the State Need Grant. Over the last three years the University of Washington has lost 50% of its state funding, resulting in catastrophic tuition increases. Take a stand and email your legislators here. Tell them that now is the time to invest in higher education and how the tuition increases have affected the quality of your education and your ability to pay.
3. Husky Pride Fund: Husky T Now Available
The Husky-T and tank top will be available for purchase at the U Book Store this week. $5 from every sale of the Husky T will support the Husky Pride Fund. The Husky Pride Fund is a grant fund that is for students by students. It goes directly to support costs of student emergencies. It will also go to pay for student activities for low-income students so that everyone can share in having a Husky experience.

4. Celebrate the UW’s 150th Birthday on Friday November 4th:

The UW will officially mark its anniversary with “W Day.” There will be a celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Red Square with free t-shirts and Cupcake Royale cupcakes. More information is available here.
5. Digest of News and Events on Campus:

a. The 5th Annual Higher Education Summit:

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate’s (GPSS) annual summit features opening remarks by the University of Washington President Michael K. Young and many other distinguished participants including the President of Washington State University Elson Floyd, Washington State lawmakers Rep. Reuven Carlyle and Sen. Derek Kilmer, and University of Washington Interim Provost Doug Wadden. The overall focus of the summit is on the ability of Washington residents to attain an advanced degree at a public institution given shrinking public assistance and increasing student debt burdens.  There will be Q&A sessions at the end of each panel and a period for open discussion at the end of the program.

b. Express your Opinion on the Transportation Future of Washington State:
Funding for Washington’s transportation system is insufficient over the long term. The Governor has identified that the system needs a 10-year sustainable investment strategy and has charged the Connecting Washington Task Force with reviewing statewide transportation needs, recommending the most promising investment options and revenue sources to address top priorities. Tell the Task Force  what you want them to prioritize by filling out this brief survey.

c. Remember to Vote!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.  Check it! Stamp it! Mail it! Buy stamps at the UW Bookstore campus branch in Odegaard or at the post office at 4244 University Way NE. Can’t buy a stamp? Use that U-PASS!  Ballot drop boxes are located at: King County Administration Building 500 4th Ave & Magnuson Park 6344 NE 74th St. Questions? Want to encourage other students to vote? Contact: Angie Weiss, the ASUW Organizing Coordinator at asuwogr1@uw.edu.

d. Dia De Los Muertos:

Join the ASUW La Raza Commission and constituents in celebrating our annual Dia de los Muertos event! Dia de los Muertos celebration is Tuesday, November 1, at 7:00 pm in the ECC lounge/711E in Condon Hall. Come and participate in sugar skull decorating, face painting, making flor de muerto (flower of the dead), and enjoy free pan dulce and Mexican hot chocolate. Learn about the traditions, celebrations, and history of the day of the dead during Dr. Lauro Flores’s presentation.

e. Free Movie Screening:

Join ASUW Arts and Entertainment and The Husky Snowboarding Team on Tuesday November 15th in Kane Hall for a free UW screening of the Red Bull action sports documentary, THE ART OF FLIGHT. With stunning visuals and cutting-edge filmmaking, the film follows a handful of professional snowboarders as they tackle some of the most beautiful and dangerous mountains in the world.

f. “The Black America, a Divided Community: Different Color Crayons in the Same Box”:

On Monday November 21, 2011 The ASUW Black Student Commission will be holding a forum in the Ethnic Cultural Center Theater on the division caused by different skin tone in the Black Community. How have we allowed it to be relevant in character? “The Black America, a Divided Community: Different Color Crayons in the Same Box” at 6:00 pm.

g. SARVA Volunteers Needed:

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists (SARVA) is now accepting volunteer applications. Our volunteers go through weekly training throughout winter and spring quarters and participate in Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Awareness Month events in April. The application is due Friday, December 2nd by 9pm, and is available here.  For more information, visit our website at sarva.asuw.org!


Conor McLean
Associated Students of the University of Washington
(206) 543-1780
Brittany Pham

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