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ATHLETICS

FIX THE BUS SYSTEM

  • The current bus system is chaotic and stressful, with buses leaving on whims without following the schedule

    • We must incorporate driver breaks into the schedule 

    • The administration must work with coaches to increase synchronicity with peak practice times

  • The athletic bus website is far inferior to the overall Yale shuttle system site, with less accuracy and accessibility

    • The athletic buses should be added to the Yale shuttle app

    • The infrastructure is already in place so the cost would be as low as $20 for GPS

INCREASE SCHOOL SPIRIT

  • While Yale boasts some of the best athletic teams in the country, the bleachers are often empty

    • The administration must  publicize events and accomplishments across Yale in weekly newsletter

  • We will make athletic events more fun with food and free merch

    • Yale should partner with local business like Tomatillo and Ashley's to issue free food or discounts to students who come to support athletes 
    • The YCC should cater for each team’s biggest competition

  • Work with the YDN to expand athletic coverage

    •  “Athlete of the Week” program

INCORPORATE ATHLETE FEEDBACK

  • Administrators are out of touch with the needs and feelings of athletes

    • Similar to the system in place for professors and classes, the athletic department should send out a feedback form every semester to collect feedback from athletes

    • The form will ask about their team culture, mental health, coaching staff, administration, and ask for suggestions

  • Athletic trainers are understaffed, with one trainer helping up to 100 athletes. It is not realistic to expect comprehensive care at this scale

    • Athletes must be able to submit themselves for routine blood work for iron, vitamins, and other key nutrients

ACADEMICS

INCREASE ACADEMIC ACCESSIBILITY

  • Students tuition is more than enough without additional add/drop fees

    • ​Students should be able to make changes to their courses in accordance with their interests and time commitments at no additional cost
    • We wish to support intellectual diversity in Yale courses by incorporating student feedback into the professor hiring process.

  • We will remove add/drop fees to make classes more accessible and level the playing field for FGLI students​

IMPROVE YALE STEM MAJORS

  • Individuals come to Yale with all kinds of backgrounds and experiences

    • Intro level STEM sections must be student-centered to help everyone succeed

    • We will help tailor sections to suite individual needs ​

    • Some should be aimed at less experienced students while some should be more advanced

  • Some majors allow the use of the credit/D/F on one or two classes but none of the STEM majors allow this option

    • We will expand the use of credit/D/F across all majors​

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SUPPORT ROTC STUDENTS

  • ROTC students take up to seven classes per semester but do not receive credit

    • We will advocate for ROTC students and make leadership classes count for credit

    • Students put as much time into these classes as others. We must acknowledge their efforts​ and commitment to career development

  • Training blocks and events can result in absences from class and section

    • We will ensure that ROTC students can find help and get Dean's excuses​

EXTRACURRICULAS

FUND A CAPPELA GROUPS

  • A Cappella groups are one of the hallmarks of Yale, but they are not well supported by the administration

  • Almost all the groups practice in the basement of WLH when there are dozens of theaters on campus​

    • We will restructure the room reserving process to keep allow edits to existing reservations while maintaining your slot in the que

  • Yale acappella groups are self-funded and must pay Yale to use their facilities​

    • We will ensure that the partnership between Yale and its clubs goes both ways​

FUND CLUB ATHLETICS

  • At a D1 school like Yale, most club teams are talented and some serve as feeders to varsity teams

  • Recently,​ the club volleyball team could not go to the national tournament they qualified for because of a lack of funding

    • Yale must not only support its varsity programs, but also its club teams​

    • We will ensure that club teams can reserve practice areas and are equally represented with the administration

  • An improved bus system would also support club athletes as everyone takes the same buses​

EXPAND EXTRACURRICULAR GRANT

  • All students should be able to participate in clubs without worrying about financial barriers

    • The extracurricular grant instituted this year is making a difference in the lives of students and should be expanded​​​

  • We are committed to working with the senate to continue and expand on successful programs from past administrations

  • We all know that Frocos are underpaid for dealing with us all that first year

    • We are committed to helping Frocos in their fight to get free room and board​

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

SUPPORT CULTURAL HOUSES

  • Students from Southwest Asia and North Africa should have their own cultural houses

    •  We will work to lay the groundwork for its foundation and work to make Yale renews its commitment to supporting an intellectually and ethnically diverse student body

  • Cultural houses are greatly underfunded with student employees often working for free

    • ​We will work with the senate to expand upon the YCC grants given this past year ​​

SUPPORT FGLI AND OFFER JOB SUPPORT

  • Currently, any amount of scholarship money after $5000 is factored into the amount of financial aid a student receives.

    • We will work to increase this amount, or eliminate the cap altogether so as to not discourage students from applying for more scholarships

  • Expand living expense stipend opportunities for FGLI students.

    • Expenses such as textbooks, dorm items, and professional attire add up and can quickly become a financial burden

    • We will ensure that each student has equal access to such necessities regardless of financial situation

INCORPORATE SPECIAL PROGRAM STUDENTS

  • Transfer and Eli Whitney students come to Yale with the same wonder and inexperience as first year students. We must ensure they have access to the same type of peer-mentoring services as first years. ​

  • We will make the same resources accessible to first years, available to transfer and Eli Whitney students

    • These include move-in assistance and multiple course ​registration work shops

HOUSING AND DINING

ACCELERATE HOUSING DRAW

  • Other YCC platforms have made unrealistic promises about moving up housing draw and failed to make the necessary changes.

    • We will standardize and move Froco selections to the Fall so that the housing draw can happen at the beginning of the Spring

    • An earlier housing draw would allow students to make plans for housing earlier to smooth out the housing shortage and decrease the stressfulness of the process

  • If Yale cannot offer housing to all students then they must be willing to support students in finding alternative options off campus

IMPROVE DINING ACCESSIBILTY

  • We all know that Yale excels at making vegan options of every menu item but allergen cards are often incorrect and options lacking

    • Yale must do more to support students with dietary restrictions that allow them to eat at every dining hall without worrying about their health​

  • Dining halls differ in their policies across residential colleges with their use of to-go boxes

    • We will make to-go boxes and utensils readily available in every dining hall, not hidden behind a counter

    • We will make Schwarzman more accessible for second servings

  • We will look into expanding dining hall hours​

IMPROVE HOUSING
EQUITY

  • Some basic amenities are prevalent in some residential colleges but absent from others, such as double-ply toilet paper

    • We will standardize these commodities across redisdential colleges​

  • The bathroom experience of a student is worth the extra nickel

  • Religious accommodations must be streamlined across colleges. Right now, some are super helpful, and others are not

    • There must be a formal religious accommodation process for students on campus to be able to adhere to their beliefs

HEALTH AND ACCESSIBILITY

EXPAND ACCESS TO HEALTH PRODUCTS

  • Health and accessibility are critical for all students. Yale must meet these needs.

    • We will advocate for providing free menstrual and sexual health products in all public residential college bathrooms 

  • Student safety is our most important priority. As additional needs arise, we are committed to tackling health and logistical issue​​​

EXPAND ON MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Yale students and the administration offer several mental health counseling services between YU Matter for athletics, Walden peer counseling, YC3 and a host of other options

    • These approaches are powerful and demonstrate a renewed commitment to mental health, but we must unify these approaches under one umbrella to ensure greater accessibility 

  • Mental health is a serious component of success at Yale and elsewhere. We must break the stigma around getting help and publicize these resources

IMPROVE FINANCIAL HEALTH

  • Minimal progress can be made towards mental or physical health on campus without first ensuring that each student has a certain degree of financial security.

    • We will set the groundwork to implement financial peer counseling into the Peer Liaison program with payment options for student employees.

    • We will expand more approachable avenues through which students can seek financial advice from peers who have undergone similar experiences

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