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Amelio talks campus climate survey at SGA

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2017

The Emerson360 Climate Survey was presented to the Student Government Association by Robert Amelio, director of diversity and inclusive excellence on Tuesday. The survey assess if work environments promote healthy and supportive conditions. This is the second time since 2014 that Emerson is offering ...

Candidates to run unopposed in SGA special election

Candidates to run unopposed in SGA special election

By Dylan Rossiter, Managing Editor: Business and Operations

September 28, 2017

The Student Government Association set a special election for Oct. 11 to fill six empty seats within the organization. "We had a great number of vacant positions due to some positions not being filled in the spring elections, as well as a couple resignations over the summer," Chief Justice Ally MacLean...

Spears talks social justice at SGA meeting

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2017

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears challenged the way the Emerson community looks at inclusivity during Student Government Association Tuesday meeting. Junior Ally MacLean, chief justice for SGA, also shared her proposal for a directory of answers to general campus life questio...

SGA selects Board of Trustees representative

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2017

The Student Government Association moved Tuesday to appoint new commissioners in various divisions of student life and the SGA representative to the Board of Trustees.  Three members of SGA, sophomore Christopher Henderson-West, class of 2020 president; sophomore Raz Moayed, visual and media arts sen...

SGA presents plans for academic improvement

SGA presents plans for academic improvement

By Shafaq Patel

April 20, 2017

The Student Government Association approved an initiative that calls for improvements in the college’s academic departments and changes across the campus that would help the students.  SGA compiles an academic initiative every year that it sends to department chairs and other faculty members, Gregor...

Depa delegates executive treasury duties

Depa delegates executive treasury duties

By Laura King

April 19, 2017

A student came into the Student Life office last year, apparently frustrated that John Depa had not answered her email in a timely fashion. Andrew Donahue, the office’s assistant director, remembers informing her that Depa was not in the office because he was in class, and the student seemed surpri...

Solomon reflects on SGA presidency

Solomon reflects on SGA presidency

By Laura King

April 19, 2017

Emily Solomon accidentally became executive president of the Student Government Association. The two top vote-getters for the position turned it down, and then-freshman Solomon’s name was the next highest on the list with 12 votes—though she had not been running. Solomon accepted the role in spring 2014, a...

SGA works toward transparency

SGA works toward transparency

By Shafaq Patel

April 13, 2017

The Student Government Association members brainstormed solutions for communication and transparency issues within the organization, like student outreach. “It’s never too late to change things,” said Gabriela Kula, executive vice president. “I know there are a couple meetings left, but I don’t car...

Next SGA president hopes to improve communication

Next SGA president hopes to improve communication

By Shafaq Patel

April 13, 2017

After joining the Student Government Association her second semester freshman year, Anne Makielski said her involvement in the organization is one of the most valuable experiences she’s had at college. The junior political communication major was elected to the SGA executive president position las...

SGA constitution amends funding requirements

By Shafaq Patel

April 13, 2017

A new amendment to the Student Government Association constitution will allow organizations with restrictive memberships to file for SGA recognition and funding as long as they maintain the college’s mission of Inclusive Excellence. SGA recognized Flawless Brown, an art collective for women of color, last fall ...

SGA talks religion with campus chaplain

SGA talks religion with campus chaplain

By Shafaq Patel

April 6, 2017

Emerson’s new Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Chaplain Harrison Blum discussed potential spiritual and religious events with the Student Government Association at Tuesday’s meeting. Blum started at the college in January and introduced his goals to the members. He is piloting “C...

SGA-student communication falls short

SGA-student communication falls short

By Shafaq Patel

April 5, 2017

Problems with communication and engagement are part of the reason that all the Student Government Association candidates on this year’s ballot are unopposed and most are current members, said Anne Makielski, class of 2018 president. “[Since I’ve been here], it has been a few years of just people not...

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