Archive for September, 2007

Our recent decision to publicly voice concern with ASG has started to draw serious attention across the state. Hopefully this attention will lead to serious reform. For the Appalachian Online, Nick Ianniello covers this story:

“ASG is just a huge drain of money right now for basically zero results,” UNCC SGA President W. Justin Ritchie said.

“I think that what the [UNCC SGA] was saying when they went through
with this was that if enough campuses say ‘you know what, I’ve had
enough,’ that maybe a few would get cut,” said Ritchie.

While UNCC will no longer be actively participating in ASG meetings, Ritchie also plans to continue his involvement.

“There’s so many overarching issues that the delegates there didn’t
think that their presence was helping UNC Charlotte,” Ritchie said last
Friday. “As of last night we are effectively withdrawn from ASG.”…

Many people say that the best way to fix these problems is to scale back ASG.

“I feel that ASG has tried to become something that it can’t be,” said Ritchie. “It’s too big.”

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On the way back from our Executive Branch retreat in Ararat, VA we were about 20 minutes away from Charlotte, passing by Exit 68 on I-85 when traffic came to a halt and we realized that we were stuck. I then realized that this would either make or break the retreat… and oh… did it make it. The cabinet bonded closer than ever as we took advantage of the situation in the many ways depicted below.




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John Avery Wins a Prize

At Lancaster’s BBQ in Moorseville, NC John Avery exercises his mechanical hand skills

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The Executive Cabinet headed out to Jane’s Cabin in Ararat, VA so that we could spend some time getting to know each other and so we could set some goals for the year. The retreat started off with a tour of the health center and then we headed out to the Cone Center to load up our cars to head out to Lancaster’s BBQ in Mooresville, NC. They did a great job accommodating our large group by allowing us to set up a group menu and providing great service. Then we got stuck in traffic on I77 for about an hour as we went through Elkin and when we finally got on I-74 to Mount Airy, one car had a significant lead over us. The cabin we were headed to was way out in the middle of nowhere… when two of our cars arrived I realized that one of the turns was missing a road sign! Oh no! And cell phone reception was down… fortunately I set off in a vehicle search with Simon and we found the missing vehicle pretty quickly.

Then, we set up camp and did a few icebreaker games like writing down 5 things that nobody would know about yourself and placing those slips of paper in a hat. Then by passing the hat around we can learn cool stuff about each other. Joey played his Mandolin for us and then we went to sleep.

In the morning we ate breakfast and set off on a hike. Our picnic lunch didn’t work out because the picnic site was on an open fire ban! So we had to head back to the cabin to grill our dinner where we set our goals for the year and then headed back to Charlotte. Or at least we thought…

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The new UNC Charlotte health center opens Oct 10th, right after fall break. On Friday before we left for the retreat, the executive cabinet took a tour of the new facility.


Most of the Executive Cabinet could make the tour time… pictured on the right is Health Center Director David Rousmaniere

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Did You Know?

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Pay Me! Pay Me!

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I had to miss the Men’s Soccer home opener vs. Davidson on Saturday where we won 5-1 because I was just getting back from the Senate retreat. But I definately made it out to our matchup vs UNCG on Wednesday night. For some reason we all thought that UNCG was ranked #20… but they weren’t as I found out after I recorded this podcast. Haha… oh well.


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