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SG Cabinet recap: Veterans Day 5K, life after college panel

Student Government held its weekly cabinet meeting Tuesday discussing a recap of the Veteran's Day 5K and an upcoming life after college panel and experiences.

Bobby Herpel, the secretary of veterans affairs, discussed the more than $13,000 donation from the Veterans Day 5K to Friends of Fisher House for a construction for lodging and transportation for veterans and their families as they get overnight or extended treatment at a VA hospital. University President Bob Caslen was one of the runners along with a 92-year-old veteran. 

Last year, the event raised $3,000, which was more than quadrupled this year with the 400 runners who participated, Herpel said. Also, Herpel said Caslen suggested a 5K and 10K hybrid run for next year's event.

"The momentum we have going into next year, it's like, you know, the sky is the limit," Herpel said of his hopes to have 1,000 runners. 

Turner Finnerty, deputy secretary of alumni relations, discussed an upcoming life after college panel which aims to expose students for what's to come after graduation. Finnerty said the panel will discuss alumni's experience on the first day of their first job after college, finding an apartment and other questions.

Finnerty said he wants a broad range of professionals with experience to relate to USC students with varying degrees of success. Finnerty said alumni relations has a problem of only focusing on alumni with a decorated resume and work-related accomplishments so he said the panel would broaden exposure to many types of alumni.

"I think that's really disappointing and discouraging to students, that they feel like if they don't have this like insane internship or insane job offer, then did they really succeed in college," Finnerty said.


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