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SGA finalizes election timeline, eliminates requirements

SGA finalizes election timeline, eliminates requirements

By Charlie Mckenna, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously voted to eliminate several constitutional elections bylaws at their weekly Joint Session meeting Tuesday in an attempt to streamline their elections process.While the change was not on their agenda, SGA eliminated bylaw 302 sections 2a, 2b and 2c, which...

SGA Executive Treasurer cements financial power without a treasury team

SGA Executive Treasurer cements financial power without a treasury team

By Tomas Gonzalez, Deputy News Enterprise Editor

February 20, 2020

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, who has voiced complaints throughout the 2019-20 academic year regarding the workload associated with her position, will not hire a treasury team during her second semester on the job—effectively consolidating her power around a million dollars in student or...

SGA knowingly ignored election rules during fall and spring 2019 contests

SGA knowingly ignored election rules during fall and spring 2019 contests

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

February 20, 2020

An examination of the recent execution of SGA’s election policies revealed a systemic, and at times purposeful, failure to adhere to elections protocols—exposing much of its executive membership as illegitimately elected and the oftentimes vague framing of the constitution. The string of oversights effectively delegit...

FAB allocated two appeals worth $30,000

FAB allocated two appeals worth $30,000

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

February 13, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests and one budget request totaling over $30,000 in their meeting Thursday afternoon.If both requests are officially approved by Joint Session this coming Tuesday, approximately $88,000 will remain in the appeals account for the rest ...

Financial Equity Board in limbo after weeks of delay

Financial Equity Board in limbo after weeks of delay

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

February 13, 2020

The future of Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s proposed Financial Equity Board appears uncertain after several votes on the proposal encountered roadblocks in past weeks. Before last Wednesday, the proposal, which initially surfaced at the beginning of the se...

Joint Session members approve over $55,000 in appeals

Joint Session members approve over $55,000 in appeals

By Charlie Mckenna, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously approved two appeals totaling over $55,000 from the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards and The Berkeley Beacon at their weekly joint session meeting Tuesday.The ERA Awards appealed for $41,799—$25,565 of which will go toward the purchase of a new ...

FAB approves appeal requests totaling over $55,000

By Charlie Mckenna, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

The Student Government Association's Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two organization appeal requests totaling over $55,000 at their weekly meeting Thursday.The Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards submitted a $41,798.87 request that included a $25,564.89 lighting rig to be used f...

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour: SGA Treasurer discusses eligibility

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour: SGA Treasurer discusses eligibility

By Ryan Ribeiro, Radio Host

February 10, 2020

Host Ryan Ribeiro and SGA reporter Andrew Brinker are joined by SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple to talk about eligibility questions raised in the past week and how it affects the future of the proposed Financial Equity Board. Later on in the show, Stephanie Purifoy joins Ribeiro to talk about...

Chief Justice says constitution is “pretty straight forward” regarding ineligibility

Chief Justice says constitution is “pretty straight forward” regarding ineligibility

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

February 8, 2020

Student Government Association Chief Justice Joseph Johnson would not take a stance on the two potential grounds for ineligibility in SGA against Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple laid out last week by The Beacon. Instead, Johnson said the language in SGA’s constitution referenced by The Beacon—spe...

SGA delays Financial Equity Board vote for third time

SGA delays Financial Equity Board vote for third time

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

February 6, 2020

The Student Government Association held an “auxiliary” Joint Session meeting late Wednesday night in a last-minute effort to push Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s Financial Equity Board proposal into practice, but no vote took place.The proposal, which would effectively create a ...

SGA Treasurer faces possible impeachment over questions of eligibility

SGA Treasurer faces possible impeachment over questions of eligibility

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

February 6, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple faces questions about the legitimacy of her initial election to the organization and current eligibility bringing to light the possibility of impeachment.  The Beacon identified multiple potential oversights of Student Government ...

SGA delays vote on FEB proposal, appoints two new senators

SGA delays vote on FEB proposal, appoints two new senators

By Charlie Mckenna, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

A highly-anticipated Student Government Association vote on the newly proposed Financial Equity Board was delayed again Tuesday, following several weeks of discussion regarding the proposal and initial approval from the Financial Advisory Board last week. The FEB proposal has appeared on both of Joint...

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