USG is USC's Undergraduate Student Government. It oversees the almost 19,000 undergraduate students at USC, and advocates for policy change on campus, organizes entertainment and events and helps fund various student endeavors.
One-hundred twenty students hold office, varying from president and vice president to lower directors.
The USG is separated into various divisions, each specializing as a different part of the government.
This branch is in charge of keeping in contact with students and paying attention to issues on campus. They work to find solutions to complaints by students, staff and the community.
They focus on promoting diversity, inclusion, education, and entertainment around campus by throwing events.
This branch is meant to provide transparency for USG, by letting the student body know what the organization is doing.
Members of the funding branch help students come up with funds to further their ideas in various fields of academia.
This branch serves as a court if other branches act in a way that is called into question by other branches or by the USG Constitution.
Essentially a Senate, the Legislative Branch is the decision-maker on campus. Its members try to best represent student interests in USG resolutions.
The president, vice president and senators are elected via popular vote in mid-February. Other executive officers and members of the advocacy, communications, funding, judicial, legislative and programming branches are appointed by a committee.
USG has an annual budget of $2.3 million. It comes from the mandatory Student Programming Fee, which is determined by the total undergraduate population. In spring 2016, the fee amounted to $64 per student.
USG allocated $261,126 to student stipends in its 2016-2017 Budget. However, according to Vice President Austin Dunn, the budget might be changing in the coming year, as "there are tons of members who will say they don't get paid enough, [so] we're trying to shift into an hourly rate."
USG Senate has meetings Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in TCC 350.
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Vice President Austin Dunn said he feels USG has accomplished a lot for the student body. Apart from commencing the free Uber ("Fruber") program last fall, USG has worked toward greater transparency of tuition dollars and lowering fees for students applying to USC.
However, other issues take more time. USG has worked for years to institute a fall break, which not only has to go through the USG Senate but the administration as well. But when it comes to what's possible, Dunn said, "the sky is literally the limit when it comes to student government. The way that student government works is by asking students how can we make this experience better. From the littlest concern to the highest, we're going to advocate on behalf of the student interest and the student voice."
USG facts and figures were provided by usg.usc.edu and Vice President Austin Dunn.