Taylor Strickland

During their time as Student Government executive alliance, vice president Taylor Strickland (left) and president Kori Rady completed 13 out of 28 of their platform goals.
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In Kori Rady’s and Taylor Strickland’s time as Student Government president and vice president, the executive alliance completed 13 out of 28 of its total platform points.

The remaining 15 initiatives are still in progress, Rady said, although he said he expects them to be implemented in the coming semesters.

“When you see the final product you work on, it’s a nice feeling, and you know you’re helping people,” Rady said. “It’s unfortunate that some of the things we worked on, we won’t be around to see.”

Rady and Strickland are still working to finalize on-campus student tailgating for football games, which they said will occur for the upcoming football season. 

Other platforms they list online as incomplete are increasing student parking on campus, increasing branding at the University, and seeing the use of student ID as a form of voter IDs. The legislature has not yet voted on the final issue.

“We’ve lobbied effectively on our end, but I’d really like to see that — not only for UT, but for the state of Texas,” Strickland said. 

Rady said he thinks he and Strickland succeeded in representing UT’s diverse population as well as completing their most important platform points.

“There’s the larger umbrella that Student Government doesn’t always live up to, which is representing a lot of students and actually getting tangible things done,” Rady said. “We’ve done almost everything we’ve wanted to do. … It proves that Student Government is really effective.”

One of the first initiatives Rady and Strickland completed was the SafeRide/uRide program, which provides students free rides on weekend nights from downtown to on-campus dorms or West Campus. 

Since the program’s implementation in September, Rady said more than 5,000 students have used the service.

“[SafeRide/uRide] was one of the first things we really got confirmed,” Strickland said. “We were able to really see how students used it, how students approached it, what they wanted to see change in it, and we got to modify it as it went along. I really think that was one of our best initiatives.”

The pair also succeeded in extending hours of the Flawn Academic Center to being open 24/7, as well as advocating for a week-long Thanksgiving break. 

The Faculty Council approved the extended break last semester, but it needs to be approved by current-President William Powers Jr. and Provost Gregory Fenves before the break can occur in 2016.

Dean of Students’ Soncia Reagins-Lilly said she enjoys seeing legislative student organizations, Rady and Strickland’s included, make changes at the University.  

“Every year is dynamic, is rich,” Reagins-Lilly said. “It is a journey and a learning experience … to watch the students take on these big roles with these big ideas. That process is incredibly dynamic.”

Rady said being president was a massive job, but it was one he said he believed was worthwhile.

“There’s a lot of pressure — there’s no doubt about that — but you grow, and you learn, and you make mistakes,” Rady said. “You look forward and you do a better job. You can see a tangible change.”

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland are currently halfway through their terms.

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Editor’s Note: With new Student Government President and Vice President Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu being sworn in Tuesday evening, we thought we would take one last look at the accomplishments and failures of the outgoing administration of Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland.

One year ago, the Executive Alliance team of Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland, after winning their election by a hair, came into office with big hopes toward the future. They unveiled an ambitious platform to help the average University student in a variety of ways. This included promises of a more inclusive Student Government, but it also included more specific planks. When it comes to these specific promises, the Rady/Strickland administration has a mixed record in living up to their word. 

For example, the Flawn Academic Center has now extended its hours to be a 24-hour space for students to study or use for other purposes. This comes on the heels of a broader promise by Rady/Strickland to extend hours in student buildings. Certainly, they — and the rest of Student Government — are to be commended for this achievement. However, it is important to note that momentum on this issue was also generated by external sources, such as a Firing Line in the Texan.  

The pair have also had success in expanding the Safe Ride program that prevents drunk driving by transporting students from downtown bars to their homes in West Campus or Riverside.  

On other issues, progress will be slower as initiatives churn through the University administration. For instance, Rady and Strickland promised an extended Thanksgiving Break, which was endorsed last semester by the Faculty Council and will likely take effect in two years. 

But elsewhere, progress has been almost nonexisten. Namely, during the campaign, the ticket promised to “lobby for student IDs meeting voter requirements.” Literally, the administration has done this, as the Texan reported time and again last semester. However, these exercises in lobbying don’t seem to have been particularly successful. Anyone can try and fail at a task at hand, but the students expect leaders who can actually deliver results.  

Be it alcohol at football games, forgiveness for first-time parking offenders or more kosher and halal eating options for students on campus, there are a number of other issues that we can find almost no progress on since Rady/Strickland took office. 

Obviously, it would be the height of naivete to completely fault Rady/Strickland for not being able to wave a magic wand and completely enact their admittedly sometimes far-fetched agenda. However, if an idea was not realistic to begin with, candidates have no business wooing prospective voters with its fantastic siren songs. 

Furthermore, much of the platform arguably was stymied by a dysfunctional and sometimes broken Student Government Assembly. Petty internal dramas ate up a considerable amount of valuable legislative time this academic year, leaving far less time for deliberating and debating pertinent issues. Additionally, even when the Assembly resigned itself from superficial squabbles and actually did its job, it was often unwilling to prioritize the big-picture issues with which Executive Alliance candidates’ platforms are replete. Alternatively, the Assembly sometimes valued insignificant and sometimes downright extraneous issues, such as recently wading into foreign policy. 

Serving at the helm of this University’s Student Government is not an easy task. Indeed, both recurring constraints and new challenges beset leaders year after year. Rady and Strickland have faced particularly tough constraints and still managed to accomplish plenty, but they could have done more.

Hopefully, Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu, who will be sworn in as Student Government president and vice president, respectively, Tuesday evening, will be able to learn from their mistakes, but also double down on the countless positive steps that the old leaders were able to fortunately take during their year in office. 

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Members of Student Government are working to bring a mobile safety application to campus in an attempt to give students a better sense of security. 

Taylor Strickland, SG vice president, said the inspiration for the application came from a similar program at Virginia Tech, which a student who was present at Virginia Tech’s 2007 on-campus shooting helped develop.

“I’ve lived in West Campus since my sophomore year, and I’ve actually been fortunate enough to always feel safe, but I know that’s not a universal feeling,” Strickland said. “So any tools we can provide to students to make them feel better and more secure and safe is kind of what I saw this being a great opportunity for.”

Strickland said the main feature of the application would be a tracking system for students walking on campus or back and forth from their homes. It would allow a friend or parent to monitor their progress and show when the student reached their destination.

“This is probably one of the biggest ones because we live on a campus where a lot of students live in West Campus, and a lot of students live within walking distance, even if you’re just on campus and walking at night,” Strickland said. “That way somebody is looking out for you, and it doesn’t have to be super invasive, but at the same time, it’s just an extra sense of security.”

Strickland also said they want the application to connect students to officers from both the University of Texas Police Department and the Austin Police Department, and SG members have worked alongside UTPD officials on the early stages of its development.

Instead of adding more blue emergency call boxes across campus and further into West Campus, Strickland said she saw this as a more feasible and practical solution. 

“We have a great UTPD, they do a lot, but there’s only so much you can do with 50,000 students, and that’s where blue boxes came in,” Strickland said. “So where UTPD can’t be, the blue boxes are there, but now we’ve moved into an age where blue boxes can’t be everywhere.” 

Government senior Mirusha Yogarajah said she liked the idea of a safety application but said she wasn’t sure students would consider the application a viable option for personal security.

“I know I’m sometimes worried about walking home when there aren’t many people around, and this feels like a sense of security,” Yogarajah said.

Corporate communications senior Anna Chamness said she has lived in West Campus for three years and that an application like this would be useful to all students walking to and from campus or walking to different places in West Campus.

“I think the app is a step closer in improving the safety of West Campus and other student-populated areas,” Chamness said. “It’s an easy and convenient way to make sure our friends make it home safely after a night out.”

Strickland said she hopes the application will be available to all students — even those who don’t live on campus or in West Campus.

“What I would really like to see is this count for more than the 40 Acres because we aren’t always on the 40 Acres,” Strickland said. “There are a ton of students who live on Riverside, and there’s some students who live in North Campus, so making sure that they can still use this app and someone will make sure that [the police] get contacted no matter what the circumstances.”

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland are currently halfway through their terms.

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With half of their year-long terms behind them, Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland said they hope to use their remaining time in office to extend and perfect the initiatives they implemented in the fall semester. 

In the fall, SG members authored a resolution in support of having the Flawn Academic Center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This semester, Rady said the FAC will retain extended opening hours, but cut back slightly to 24 hours a day, five days a week. 

“The plan is to work with [the FAC] to take away 24/7 because Fridays and Saturdays weren’t getting that heavy of usage,” Rady said. “We’re meeting with a roundtable group in the next couple of weeks, I hope, but I don’t want to make any promises. We hope that it’ll be back this semester, as it was
quite successful.”

Cherry Chau, human biology and chemical engineering junior, said she uses the FAC to study late at night because of its proximity to West Campus, but a change from last semester’s 24/7 policy would not interfere with her study habits.  

“Until finals come, people don’t really study on Fridays anyway,” Chau said. “If the [FAC] was open Sunday through Thursday, that would be good. I wouldn’t mind the reduction.”

Rady said the Student Services Budget Committee, a collective effort between SG, Graduate Student Assembly and faculty members, approved $52,000 in additional funding to continue Safe Ride, a student driving service that provides users with rides home from downtown Austin. The additional funds will double the size of the program, Rady said.

“We served over 3,000 students overall [last semester] and gave them rides home for free, preventing drinking and driving and giving them another option to be safe while enjoying the experience that is college,” Rady said.   

Strickland said SG will continue to plan Upperclassmen Shadowing Day, a goal Rady and Strickland introduced in their original campaign platform in spring 2014. The event would pair freshmen with seniors, with the hope that seniors can provide advice about the major selection process. Students will be able to attend classes with their senior counterpart.

“We really like that students have engaged us,” Strickland said. “A lot of things we’ve done have been from students’ recommendations and things that students really want to see. We just want to keep that going … and make this the campus [students] want to be on.”

Rady said SG will push to make student IDs an acceptable form of voter ID, and work to plan a unified student tailgate before football games. Strickland said she hopes last semester’s changes will remain in effect after her tenure ends.

“We’re going to be fighting until the end,” Strickland said. “Nothing is dead in our eyes. We’re going to be pushing for all of our platform points, so we’re really excited to see things develop.”  

We started this semester with a close examination of President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland’s platform points and goals for their administration. Since their terms had begun in April, we evaluated their progress and also looked to establish a conversation on their actions so that they could be held accountable throughout their tenure.

Now, as the semester winds down, we return to that theme and once again assess their successes, failures and chances of notching a few extra wins next semester:

Perhaps the signal achievement of Rady and Strickland’s year in office will be the opening of the Flawn Academic Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This long-frustrated goal of a student named Alexander Dickey was taken up by Rady and forwarded to the Student Government Assembly and administrators. At the time, we lobbied for this change and believe that it will deliver a great deal of good to students.

Rady and Strickland also won big with their successful implementation of Safe Ride, a late-night car service that ferries students home to select areas from their weekend revelry downtown. As the Texan reported in August, the program got off to a slightly bumpy start as the contract with uRide, the company that provides the service, was not signed in time for the originally desired start date of the first week of school. Around the same time, uRide 24-5, which since October of last year has powered a late-night ride-home service from the Perry Castañeda Library, was expanded to West Campus.

The duo have also won chits with the student body by their support of embattled University President William Powers Jr. over the summer as well as their work toward extending Thanksgiving break to the Wednesday of that week.

Unfortunately, however, the team’s good works have, to a certain extent, been drowned out by an intermittent racket of political dramas.

We saw this most recently in the scuttled attempt to impeach Chief of Staff Chris Jordan. Such a move would have done more harm than good and, although apparently popular among a majority of Student Government Assembly members, was clearly a demonstration of political heft and ill-will on the part of certain Jordan detractors. The charges laid against him, while unflattering, do not amount to anything impeachable in our eyes.

One of those charges is his supposed complicity in the “cover-up,” as some have called it, of the internal and external appointees’ interview notes. Previous Student Government internal rules required that they be disclosed to the Assembly, but in August, the UT Office of Legal Affairs determined that releasing them would violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This requirement has thus been removed from the new governing documents, which were adopted earlier this month. Whether Jordan should have released the notes remains a point of contention, but given the decision by the University’s lawyers, it is clear he had good reason to be concerned about the propriety of such an action.

That does not absolve Jordan of all blame, however. There are many areas in which his behavior could stand to improve next semester. First of all, he absolutely must improve his tone of communication with certain members of the Assembly and the student body. Politics can at times devolve into a blood sport, but Jordan can’t let his own personal animosity toward certain people affect his everyday business interactions with them. Not only does it lower the tone of the body he represents, but it also poisons the atmosphere.

Another issue, not mentioned in the articles of impeachment, is Rady’s likely inadvertent release of a number of internal and external appointee candidates’ GPAs by not blacking them out on their resumes, which were released to the media. If Jordan was erring on the side of caution, then Rady erred on the side of recklessness, a much worse crime than the former.

Rady and Strickland have a great opportunity to finish out their terms strong next semester. They will finally have the chance to enact certain state legislative goals that will really be able to gain steam in January. Some of these include their desire for a state-approved student ID that could be used at the polls as well as, more generally, a more robust presence for Invest in Texas, a nonpartisan campaign designed to advocate on behalf of UT students and students at other institutions of higher education across the state.

Next semester, Rady and Strickland should try to move on from the drama of the past and focus solely on doing substantial good for the student body.  

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland released an update Monday on their accomplishments since taking office. 

The address, which is available to view on the Texas Student Television YouTube channel, clocks in at just under two minutes but packs a potent, if at times misdirected, punch. The pair start by boasting about their accomplishments with increased branding on campus. As Strickland gleefully puts it, they want to make sure “you see burnt orange everywhere on campus.” 

This seems like a waste of time to us. School spirit for these two is the name of the game, but leading with it is an imprudent use of the University’s time and money when there are more important issues to tackle.

Luckily, the two get to some of these issues in due course. From their dilettantish dalliance with campus color coordination, Rady segues into a worthier account of their time in office. He outlines the successes of SafeRide, a program that has offered 1,200 rides home from downtown to students living in the Riverside and West Campus neighborhoods, though not the Far West neighborhood, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights since its launch in early September. We support the pair’s moves to decrease drunk driving from Sixth Street and are glad to see them sharing the good news with the student body. 

Safety is another issue the executive alliance has focused on. Strickland mentions a “mobile safety app” in the works that they hope we will see “very, very soon.” Rady told the Texan Tuesday that the exact design and features of the app have yet to be finalized, but our interest is certainly piqued. 

Rady closes by trumpeting what is perhaps their most impressive accomplishment yet: the 24-hour FAC. As we have chronicled in the Texan, this hard-fought achievement will offer students yet another space to study late at night. The Perry-Castañeda Library currently stays open for 24 hours, five days a week during select parts of the semester. However, we recognize that the demands of essays, projects and exams extend beyond the bounds of the middle of the semester.

All in all, the update covers a number of important issues. What concerns us, however, is the way in which they have chosen to present their successes. By leading with branding, we feel that Rady and Strickland may have misplaced some of their priorities. We don’t disdain their attempts to energize the student body but find it slightly vexing that they placed the greatest importance on that particular item. While Rady and Strickland are doing the important work we expected of them when we endorsed them in February, we worry that they may be valuing show over substance. 

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When the student body elected Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland as president and vice president in February, transportation was a significant part of the duo's campaign. Rady and Strickland focused on points such as the expansion of uRide, to take students home from the study rooms in the Perry-Castaneda Library, as well as the implementation of Safe Ride, to take students home from the bars on Sixth Street. Earlier this month, Rady forwarded The Daily Texan an email he said he had sent to the Student Government representatives, which listed the initiatives he and Strickland have been working on. Naturally, the Texan fact-checked the list, and although most of what he said was accurate, Rady did exaggerate some of SG's accomplishments, causing some initial confusion about important agreements and contracts necessary for his initiatives to be completed.

Rady has been working with UT's Parking and Transportation Services over the summer to implement Safe Ride. Initially, Rady told The Daily Texan the program had been completed and would begin the first week of school. A few days later, PTS spokeswoman Blanca Juarez said the contract hadn't been signed yet, and without a contract, everything could change. Granted, because Juarez is a spokesperson, she has to err on the specific, technical side when discussing new programs and services, but the fact remains that the program was not, in the literal sense of the word, "complete." PTS director Bobby Stone did say last week that the operational details Rady told the Texan  professional drivers will drive students home, free of charge, from the downtown area Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.  line up with Stone's and Rady's discussions, and on Monday, Juarez confirmed these details. After the Texan asked Rady about the contract, he quickly acknowledged that it hadn't been signed at that time, and that he had "jumped the gun." While his exaggeration could demonstrate his excitement about the program more than any intentions to mislead people, future exaggerations like this may pose a problem.

The 24/5 PCL uRide program, which gives students rides home from the PCL between midnight and 3 a.m., is another transportation program Rady is working with, but his main objective here is to expand the program to West Campus. When Rady said uRide had been expanded, the uRide company hadn't signed the contract yet, meaning this expansion wasn't finalized, though on Friday, the company sent the contract to PTS, according to Juarez. 

In his email, Rady said, "We have also found a way to create sustainable funding for the endeavor fund, an endowment, through a new agreement with the Co-op. The agreement will give us a percentage of revenue from the sale of some new blazers they are putting in stock." This sounds like the agreement is finalized and secured, but when the Texan asked him for more information about the Co-op agreement, he immediately said an agreement with the Co-op hadn't been signed. Hulan Swain, University Co-op corporate secretary, said the Co-op and SG have discussed such an agreement, but she had nothing to tell me "until (and if) we have an agreement." The fact that Rady quickly clarified what he meant by "a new agreement" is nice, but it's interesting that he phrased it like that in the first place, and that Swain included the phrase "and if" in her response. 

Rady also seemed a little too earnest when he said the UTexas app for Android will be released around the first week of school. Mike Horn, UT's director of digital strategy, said it is unclear how much time UT and the four student developers require to finish the contract. One of the students who developed the app, Anurag Banerjee, said the developers and the Information Technology Services department still need to finish some "departmental legal work" before signing the contract, but they are on track to finish by the first week of school. So, while it sounds like UT will release the app by then, the lack of a completed contract means no one can guarantee that the app will hit the Google Play store by the time Rady said it would. 

The rest of Rady's email, which discussed less concrete issues that require more development, seemed pretty devoid of overstatements. Rady mentioned more banners and branding on campus, which was one of the campaign's platforms in the spring. He and Strickland have submitted a design to the University, and Kathleen Mabley, director of brand marketing and creative services, said UT is exploring the feasibility of banners around campus.

Another work-in-progress is a process called the Strategic Student Vision, which SG, the Senate of College Councils and the Graduate Student Assembly are working on. Rady said this would be a survey for students to contribute ideas for how to improve campus. Mark Jbeily, a member of the President's Student Advisory Committee, said the process' objective is to identify student life and academic issues, which will create continuity and "allow administrations to carry on shared goals."

Vice provost and registrar Shelby Stanfield said last week that a few months ago, SG representatives met with him to discuss improving the course schedule, so the schedule now includes a link that eliminates the need to write down each unique number and then manually enter it into a different window to register for a class. SG also worked with Harrison Keller, executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, to increase the visibility of course instructor surveys during registration.

Another initiative is first-time parking ticket forgiveness, which Strickland has discussed with PTS, but this one doesn't appear likely to happen. Stone, the PTS director, said for permit holders, each year PTS dismisses up to three failures to display a parking permit — in other words, PTS already has a type of parking forgiveness program implemented. Stone said he is still considering Strickland's ideas, though.

SG also appears to be trying to focus on some initiatives that aren't limited to just UT students. In June, the presidents of Senate, GSA and SG signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Invest in Texas, a student-led campaign that advocates for higher education during the biennial legislative session. This is in the preliminary stages, though. SG still needs to discuss and vote on the platform and budget, according to Rady.

Another organization that involves the whole state is the Texas Students Association, a group of student government leaders from Texas colleges and universities. The association has not been active recently, and although Rady said it is planning to be active during the next legislative session, it is unclear how likely the association's re-emergence is.

Texas Exes and SG are working on an advocacy program that will pair one student from each of the 31 Senate districts in Texas with that district's senator, along with an alumnus from that district. The idea behind the program is to help students engage with alumni and allow the students to meet with the senator periodically throughout the legislative session, according to Daniel Becka, Texas Exes director of advocacy. Rady said the program will probably release the application in September. 

Overall, Rady and Strickland seem to be attempting to follow through on many of their campaign promises. Rady seems to mean well, but his exaggerations certainly give us pause and will keep us watching him over the coming year.

Student Government President Kori Rady speaks at a debate on February 25. Three of the Rady’s male student nominations for the Student Government Executive board are currently in the spirit group Tejas.

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Of the five nominees for Student Government Executive Board made by SG President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland, four are men, and three are members of Tejas Club — a spirit organization to which Rady belongs — leading some SG members to express concerns about the board’s diversity.

The SG Judicial Court issued a decision requiring Rady and Strickland to make their appointments for the board public before 7 p.m. Sunday. SG representatives will vote to confirm or deny Rady and Strickland’s nominations for executive board positions Tuesday. These positions include internal financial director and external financial director and are voted on by the assembly.

University-wide representative Taral Patel said he was concerned about the lack of diversity on the executive board.

“I have a lot of friends in Tejas, but I think the executive board should be very diverse because they are going to be reflecting not only the platform point of the Rady-Strickland campaign but working on executing those platform points of a very diverse student body,” Patel said.

Patel, who is serving his first term on SG, said he is the only non-white University-wide representative and said he has heard complaints from students who want to see more diversity in the organization.

“I want to make sure those concerns are addressed and everyone is included in the conversation, not just folks that have been involved in SG,” Patel said. “We need to broaden our horizons and get more students involved.”

Liberal arts representative Tanner Long said the fact that a majority of the candidates are in Tejas did not concern him as much as the lack of diversity on the board.

“That shows that [Tejas] has something working, and I want to translate what they’re doing into other student organizations that don’t necessarily have the representation they need in Student Government,” Long said. 

Long said he plans to thoroughly question the nominees during the Q&A portion of Tuesday’s meeting to determine how he’s going to vote. 

“It’s really going to come down to how effectively they can communicate their ideas,” Long said. “I don’t think it should be an easy process for them to be appointed and be on the executive board.” 

Philip Wiseman, former chief justice for the SG Judicial Court, said a rule implemented in 2011 to increase transparency requires SG to make agendas public.

According to the court’s decision, Rady and Strickland were advised to make interview questions and application materials public to the assembly. Wiseman said all information was sent in Sunday night except for transcripts of the interviews, and it will be up to the assembly to decide if this affects their ability to make a decision.

Rady said he has made an effort to make everything public for the assembly for the benefit of the newly elected representatives. 

“I think [the judicial court] felt the need to make sure all the representatives who are relatively new [are] able to understand what the entire process was,” Rady said.

Clarification: This story contains a quotation that is not completely accurate. There are two non-white University-wide representatives: Taral Patel and Shannon Geison. 

UT Student Body President Horacio Villarreal (right) and Vice President Ugeo Williams ended their terms at the Studet Government meeting Tuesday night.

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As newly-elected Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland were sworn into their respective positions Tuesday, outgoing executives Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams concluded a year of platform points centered on inclusion, safety, service and accessibility.

Rady and Strickland ran their campaign on over 22 platform points, including an extended Thanksgiving break, expansion of the uRide program and creating a basketball game at Gregory Gym. 

“Hopefully, we can push Student Government to be a positive light on campus,” said Rady, a government and corporate communication senior. “I think, with the platform points, the way we’re delegating our platform points and meeting with administrators, we can do
great things.”

Strickland, a corporate communication junior, said she hopes to expand the uRide program to transport students safely home from downtown on the weekends. The program was created by Villarreal and Williams in the fall to give students rides home from the Perry-Castaneda Library.

Strickland said the first things she will begin working on are a campus safety phone application and expanding branding on campus. She said she also plans to continue the programs Villarreal and Williams created, such as upper-division tutoring, a cultural showcase and intramural sports games against Texas A&M University.

Villarreal said creating the Intramural Lone Star Showdown was one of the things he was most proud of during his tenure. The intramural football and basketball event was designed to continue the rivalry with Texas A&M, and, according to Villarreal, attracted between
80-100 players.

“That was something I really liked because it strengthened the relationships between a lot of different parties, and it showed Student Government can really reach out outside of its realm,” Villarreal said.

Villarreal and Williams split some of their platform points at the beginning of the year to complete more of their goals. Villarreal established upper-division tutoring at the Sanger Learning Center, and Williams created a cultural showcase in the fall to display student diversity. Williams said outside of just achieving their original platform points, he was proud of staying visible to the student body throughout the whole year.

“I wish we could have achieved more outreach, but, again, we were present and visible a majority of the time,” Williams said. “Staying visible throughout the whole year can be hard to do because there is so much going on.”

Villarreal said he was confident that Rady would be able to take over the position of SG president because of his experience as external financial director on the executive board.

“I’m going [to] be rooting for them every step of the way with their platform,” Villarreal said. “I just want to see them continue to be genuine, be in it for the right reasons and continue to get things done that benefit our campus.”

Elected students in University-wide representative and college representative positions were also sworn in Tuesday to the 108th SG Assembly.

Student Government held it’s last meeting in Horacio Villarreal’s and Ugeo Williams’ tenures as SG president and vice president on Tuesday.

Kori Rady, government and corporate communications senior, and Taylor Strickland, corporate communications junior, will be sworn in as president and vice presdent at next week’s SG meeting. Williams said the transition will be a little emotional and pointed out that students around the University are also doing good deeds.

“Next week, we have to comeback for [Rady and Strickland] to be sworn in and that’s something that we have to do,” Williams said. “[Villarreal] was texting me during the meeting telling me just, you know, how it is bittersweet and it is, but, at the same time there’s so much more that is — that could be done and there’s so many students on this campus that are doing great things too.”

Villarreal was not in attendance at the meeting.

Also at the meeting, Sanger Learning Center director Michelle Jewell said the center offered 93,000 hours of instruction to 27,000 students during the 2012-2013 academic school year. Jewell also said the center expanded its appointment tutoring to upper division courses this year as part of an SG initiative.

“One of our largest divisions [at the center] is tutoring, amongst that is appointment tutoring in about seventy or so difficult courses,” Jewell said. “One of those programs supported the initiative by [the SG] president this year to offer more tutoring for certain upper division courses because appointment tutoring has traditionally been for sort of lower level core courses.”

Jewell said that the achievements are due largely in part to the fellow student teachers and tutors who work for the center.

“The real reason why the Sanger Learning Center can provide these sort of opportunities to you and your fellow UT students is because of the 255 or so peer educators who work for us,” she said.

Braydon Jones, SG Executive Board chief of staff, updated his effort to create new logos for various student agencies.

“As of April 2013, when I took this position, I promised that by the time that I was done we would have seventeen new agency logos. Well we didn’t quite meet seventeen. We did get 12, and I have five to go,” Jones said.

Jones said he plans to work alongside the new chief of staff to complete the rest of the logos.

“Once [Rady and Strickland] choose the next chief, my job is to have their permission to kind of work with them and finish the last five,” Jones said.