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September 19, 2023

USG to pass two new resolutions

Steven W. Echard

Eric Juzkiw speaks at USG meeting.

The student government passed two resolutions Monday night pertaining to the Not in Our Town and “Ay Ziggy Zoomba.”

Not in Our Town is an initiative to help promote tolerance in communities across the nation.

Internal Affairs Chair Eric Juzkiw wrote the resolution to support this initiative.

“Approving this resolution would mean that we as a student government will fully support and help push this initiative forward,” Juzkiw said during the meeting.

The resolution was almost unanimous and passed, with full support from President Alex Solis.

“This is a grassroots effort and seeing that [Undergraduate Student Government] supports this shows the core values of the University,” Solis said during the meeting. “This speaks volumes of what we are and what we support.”

The other resolution was to support moving the unofficial fight song “Ay Ziggy Zoomba” to be an official fight song along with “Forward Falcon.”

The resolution also passed with an almost unanimous vote.

Off-Campus Senator Matt Mazur wrote the resolution and is proud it was passed.

“It feels good,” Mazur said. “It’s a step forward into establishing a new tradition for the University.”

Although most of the USG seemed in support for the resolution, At-Large Senator Kyle St. Peter was worried about the title change for “Ay Ziggy Zoomba.”

“I have been talking with students, and there are some in higher levels of higher spirit that are worried about moving it to official status,” St. Peter said. “With the promotion of “Ay Ziggy Zoomba,” “Forward Falcons” will end up being thrown away. I think there is an inherent risk “Forward Falcons” will disappear because the other song is more popular.”

However, Student Affairs Chair Nick Puccio believes the resolution is a great idea.

“We have two mascots,” Puccio said. “Why not have two fight songs? It’s not going to take away the value of “Forward Falcons” but more of giving it equal standing.”

Solis is going to be working on the resolution, passing it to President Mary Ellen Mazey for a seal of approval then showing a it to Vice President for Student Affairs Jill Carr.

“Carr has been with us every step of the way, so this will come as no surprise to her,” Solis said. “We are working with a tough timeline, but if everything goes according to plan, we will be presenting the resolution to the Board of Trustees October 5th.”

If the Board of Trustees passes the resolution, USG plans on revealing the status change to students homecoming week, Mazur said.

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