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FAB votes to restrict organization’s access to ice sculptures

FAB votes to restrict organization’s access to ice sculptures

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

January 24, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted to require “advanced permission” for student organizations to purchase ice sculptures at their Thursday meeting. The advanced permission designation means ice sculptures will require special approval from the Student Government Association's Executive...

SGA condemns swastikas in Piano Row stairwell

SGA condemns swastikas in Piano Row stairwell

By Jacob Seitz, Assistant News Express Editor

January 23, 2020

The Student Government Association, in a statement released Thursday morning, condemned antisemitic graffiti found in the stairwells of Piano Row this week.SGA says it hopes the administration will not allow for these “deplorable actions” to disrupt the Emerson community’s commitment to ...

Financial Advisory Board delays vote on “unnecessary spending” items

Financial Advisory Board delays vote on “unnecessary spending” items

By Ashley Onnembo, Correspondent

January 17, 2020

Ice sculptures are set to become "unnecessary spending" under new FAB treasury policy.

SGA establishes executive cabinet, appoints VP

SGA establishes executive cabinet, appoints VP

January 16, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously approved a sweeping change to the organization’s executive structure and appointed a new executive vice president Tuesday at the first joint session meeting of the semester. Executive President Will Palauskas’ first major act was to introduce a proposa...

SGA Executive Treasurer to introduce new financial advocacy board

SGA Executive Treasurer to introduce new financial advocacy board

By Tomas Gonzalez, Deputy News Enterprise Editor

January 16, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple is poised to unveil the new Financial Equity Board at Tuesday’s joint session meeting on Jan. 21.  Semple told The Beacon that the new board will act as an advocacy group, with 8–12 members who would hear students’ financial issues...

Ice sculptures may be considered “unnecessary spending” in proposed treasury handbook revisions

Ice sculptures may be considered “unnecessary spending” in proposed treasury handbook revisions

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

December 14, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board, in an informal meeting Thursday which lasted around 20 minutes, discussed potential changes to the Student Government Association’s Treasury Handbook for the coming semester.  The main potential change, suggested by Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, would limit o...

Academic initiative ratified at last joint session of the semester

Academic initiative ratified at last joint session of the semester

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

December 11, 2019

The Student Government Association unanimously ratified an updated academic initiative at their weekly joint session meeting Tuesday, effectively setting their agenda for the coming semester. The initiative, which underwent months of workshopping in SGA’s senate under Executive Vice President Will...

Palauskas campaigns on experience at SGA press night

Palauskas campaigns on experience at SGA press night

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

December 10, 2019

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Will Palauskas used his previous experience in the governmental body to sell himself to potential voters Thursday during SGA’s Candidate Press Night.  Palauskas’ stump speech, the same speech posted in the description of his campaign’s ...

Hoppe talks ongoing campus construction with SGA

Hoppe talks ongoing campus construction with SGA

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

December 4, 2019

Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe spoke with members of the Student Government Association Tuesday about construction projects at the college, announcing that the sidewalk expansion on Boylston Street will conclude for winter in the coming weeks. Hoppe said the city of Boston requires the c...

Palauskas joins SGA presidential race amid dropouts

Palauskas joins SGA presidential race amid dropouts

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

December 4, 2019

The race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency was thrown into turmoil last week after the two candidates originally slated to compete for the position abruptly withdrew from contention, leaving it at risk of vacancy.  Following mounting pressure from peers to bring experience to th...

SGA Academic Town Hall highlights prevailing college issues

SGA Academic Town Hall highlights prevailing college issues

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

November 19, 2019

Hundreds of students and faculty crammed into the Lion’s Den Tuesday at the second annual Student Government Association Academic Town Hall to air grievances with the college’s newly restructured dance program and limited class availability across multiple majors.  The town hall was structured...

SGA approves largest appeal of the semester

SGA approves largest appeal of the semester

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

November 16, 2019

The Student Government Association voted to approve the largest appeals request of the fall 2019 semester on Thursday for Alpha Epsilon Phi’s annual Ribbons on the Runway fashion show. The request, totaling $13,974.07, first received approval from the Financial Advisory Board on Wednesday after...