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New SGA initiatives aim to improve college

New SGA initiatives aim to improve college

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2018

The Student Government Association introduced three expansive documents suggesting solutions to what it claims constituents view as the college’s most pressing problems—academics, finance, and transparency. The Academic Initiative, a document produced by SGA every year, calls for wide-ranging changes ...

Organizations request more funding than 2017-18

Organizations request more funding than 2017-18

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2018

The Student Government Association’s annual budget requests totaled $901,326, a $153,465 increase from last year. ABR allows SGA-recognized organizations, and SGA itself, to apply for a yearly budget. Once organizations turn in their requests, SGA holds a private meeting to decide each organiza...

College apologizes for caterpillars in Dining Center food

College apologizes for caterpillars in Dining Center food

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2018

The college’s Sodexo liaison apologized for serving broccoli with insects at a town hall meeting on April 6. Division of Student Affairs officials, Erik Muurisepp and Duncan Pollock, joined with Sodexo’s General Manager of Dining Services, Patrick Griffin to host the forum and address student...

SGA under fire for lack of innovation

SGA under fire for lack of innovation

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2018

An unknown party posted flyers criticizing the Student Government Association on the door of the Multi-Purpose Room on April 3 before the organization’s weekly meeting.   About 80 fliers and 10 Berkeley Beacon newspapers hung outside the MPR with phrases such as “#Fiveyearsofwhitefeminism” a...

SGA signs onto Divest Emerson campaign

SGA signs onto Divest Emerson campaign

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018

The Student Government Association pledged to support Earth Emerson’s efforts to withdraw the college’s investments from fossil fuels. The Divest Emerson campaign protests the college’s indirect financial ties to the fossil fuel industry. Earth Emerson Co-President Timothy Jordan asked SGA to support Divest Emerson by signing a p...

Guida wins SGA executive president

Guida wins SGA executive president

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 31, 2018

Student Government Association Class of 2019 President Jessica Guida garnered enough votes to win the executive president position over challenger Christopher Henderson-West. Guida managed to draw in 146 votes compared to Class of 2020 President Henderson-West’s 105. In total, 251 students voted in the...

Two candidates run for SGA executive president

Two candidates run for SGA executive president

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2018

Polls for the Student Government Association election opened midnight March 28. The race for executive president pits SGA Class of 2019 President Jessica Guida and Class of 2020 President Christopher Henderson-West against each other. Polls close March 29 at 11:59 p.m. The executive president se...

SGA debates openly supporting gun control reform

SGA debates openly supporting gun control reform

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2018

Senior Matt Mogavero asked the Student Government Association to increase their involvement in the state-level gun control debate at their weekly joint session meeting on March 27. Mogavero spearheaded both the walkout on March 14 and March For Our Lives Boston—two events aimed at lobbying for improved gun legislation and honoring the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooti...

Students fees to fund student leadership scholarship

Students fees to fund student leadership scholarship

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2018

The Student Government Association discussed plans for a student-leader scholarship funded in part by the appeals account on March 20.     While most of the specifics of the grant are still under debate, Executive President Annie Makielski said it would not be available to new incoming student...

WATCH: SGA holds press night ahead of election

WATCH: SGA holds press night ahead of election

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2018

The Student Government Association held its elections press night for spring 2018 candidates on March 20. Press night gives candidates a platform to read speeches and field questions from potential voters and on-campus media outlets. A Beacon reporter was the only representative of on-campus media...

Students say “Enough!” to gun violence

Students say “Enough!” to gun violence

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2018

Freshman Eliana Ulloa said she remembers feeling her crying mother’s tight grip after mass school shootings like Sandy Hook. Ulloa felt school was no longer a safe environment. A few weeks before the Parkland shooting, a high school classmate of Ulloa’s committed suicide after accessing a parent’s fi...

SGA approves two appeals on snow day

SGA approves two appeals on snow day

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 14, 2018

The Student Government Association approved two appeals for the Communications, Politics, and Law Association and Alpha Phi Omega online via Google Forms on March 13. The snowstorm on March 13 led college officials to close the campus, so SGA decided to cancel their weekly joint session meeting an...