Northwestern adds two students to academics task force

Sophia Bollag, Editor in Chief

The University will add two students to a task force examining undergraduate academics after students lobbied for more representation on the task force, Associated Student Government announced today.

ASG President Noah Star and Weinberg junior Riko Ohashi came to the compromise with Provost Daniel Linzer after a meeting Wednesday, Star said. Originally, the task force included only one student — Ohashi, the ASG vice president for academics. Now, the ASG president and executive vice president will also serve on the task force.

Students started a campaign in May asking for five students to sit on the committee, which launched in March. Nearly 1,000 people signed an online petition titled “If we pay, we have a say” asking the University to add four students to the task force. Some students also participated in a sit-in this week outside a task force meeting, Star said.

Linzer told The Daily last month he thought adding more students to the task force would be “counterproductive,” saying the committee’s recommendations about academics should be driven by faculty.

Linzer could not be reached for comment at press time.

Star said he believed student activism helped convince the administration to add students to the committee. He said he left the Wednesday meeting happy with the compromise.

“I gave Riko a high-five on the way out of the office,” Star said. “This is a win for students.”

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