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A message from the undergraduate student government

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Ignacio Chaparro (left) and Jen Mai, president and vice-president of the USG respectively

Fellow University of Massachusetts Boston students,
Firstly, we the newly elected members of the Undergraduate Student Government would like to take a second to thank everyone for their support and help in winning this election. This campaign trail has been both competitive and invigorating, as our opponents, Ben Whelihan and Phil Gustafson, contributed to a memorable race. We thank them for this experience. As we approach a new beginning with our inauguration, we would like to share our plans to continue working for tomorrow by working for today.
By focusing on the affordability and services that students want, we will strive to lower student costs, diversify dining services, improve Internet access, address parking and transportation concerns, and further enable the pursuit of the careers for which you have so much passion.
With relationships established with the dining services sector, we will work towards introducing wide variations in the available food options. Currently, there are inadequate amounts of gluten-free, halal, vegan, organic, and other alternatives to accommodate our students with dietary restrictions and/or personal choices. In addition, we will encourage the dining services to prominently display all nutritional information relevant to their servings in clear, easy to read signs, so as to enable every student to have an understanding of what they are consuming. These dining options, along with easier access to health information will encourage, sustain, and promote a healthier student-centered university.
In understanding the troubles of the Internet, which burden our students in classrooms and around the university campus, we have already begun to address the Wi-Fi situation. This is in evidence with the passing of a $10,000 investment through the Undergraduate Student Senate.
Working with current Vice Speaker Yen Phan and Senator Ben Whelihan, we have teamed up with the IT Department to purchase 40 new access points that will be placed in areas with Internet connection problems. This process will be completed by the fall semester as the access points will be installed over the course of the summer.  
Besides investing in our campus services, we are paying particular attention to approaches to promoting growth in student life on campus. We strive to ensure that students have access to a variety of opportunities in research, career advancement, leadership skills, and any sets of skills oriented towards his or her chosen career path.
In order to reach such a point, we must aid our student organizations to achieve their goals by having more funds available, which would inevitably lead to an enrichment of student life on campus through the positive externalities reaped from the events they hold.
Over the past three years, we have seen more funds made available to clubs and organizations, and this has aided the promotion and fostering of a student-centered university and community.
We will continue to work with both students and administration in ensuring the continuing success of you the students, in being represented and most importantly pursuing your passions.
This now leads to a final point: transportation. As a commuter university, parking and transportation has been a prime issue on our campus; this has been made all the more poignant by the arrival of new service vendors Paul Revere Transportation and Academy Bus.
We are currently working with the administration to ensure that all shuttle services to and from campus remain safe, effective, and efficient. As we move forward, we are looking into the possibility of expanding shuttle services to include surrounding areas with student residence of high density.
We are also looking into avenues that will make it more affordable for all students to receive the semester pass that is currently offered through the Student Activities and Leadership Office. This program could potentially allow students to pay the fees along with their tuition bill as a waivable option.  
With all of these plans for the future, we hope that UMass Boston students will be able to make the most of their time here through engagement with the university community.
Thank you for entrusting us with the responsibility of representing you as President and Vice President.
We will continue to journey beside you and our student leaders across our campus, working for tomorrow by working for today.  
Looking forward to the future.