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SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 23, 2019

Tensions erupted on Tuesday between members of the Student Government Association and The Berkeley Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Van Buskirk over a proposed amendment to SGA’s constitution that would end the newspaper’s affiliation with the group. The amendment, initially scheduled to be dis...

FAB approves over $12,000 worth of appeals

FAB approves over $12,000 worth of appeals

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 17, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved three student organization appeals requests on Thursday that totaled over $12,000. The largest of the three requests came from the Emerson Cheerleading Squad, who submitted an appeal for $10,369.57. Before the request, the organization had $1,465.95 rem...

SGA special elections to proceed without balloted candidates

SGA special elections to proceed without balloted candidates

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 16, 2019

The Student Government Association announced on Tuesday that it will hold its upcoming special elections without any officially balloted candidates. SGA Executive President Raz Moayed told members at Tuesday’s joint session meeting that no students completed the required election packet in order to ap...

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 16, 2019

Student Government Association members clashed on Tuesday over rising tuition costs and the college’s ongoing expansion at their weekly joint session meeting.  The discussion began after class of 2021 President Arasha Lalani requested discussion topics from members for her meeting with Emerson...

SGA approves Skunks’ budget request, talks Voice Your Choice

SGA approves Skunks’ budget request, talks Voice Your Choice

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 13, 2019

The Student Government Association approved a late annual budget request and hosted representatives from the Department of Institutional Advancement, Emerson’s office for financial donations, during the group’s weekly joint session meeting Tuesday. Towards the conclusion of the meeting, SGA w...

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 13, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board, in a rare decision, denied part of one of the first appeal requests of the year on Thursday from Emerson’s Esports team. The request, which totaled $2,111.19, was brought to FAB by team president Andrew Geiger and vice president and treasurer Brian Hutnicki, who exp...

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 4, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board met in a closed executive session on Thursday to discuss a late Annual Budget Request from the Emerson Skunks, the college’s newly affiliated ultimate frisbee team. The meeting, which was closed to the public as discussions regarding ABRs typically are, did not end in a vote on...

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

October 2, 2019

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership spoke with Student Government Association members about the progress of EmConnect, the college’s website for student organizations, during their weekly joint session meeting on Tuesday. SEAL Director Jason Meier and Assistant Director Andrew Donahue ...

Controversial fee amendment bill voted down

Controversial fee amendment bill voted down

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

September 26, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted down a controversial policy proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging participation fees during Thursday’s meeting. The vote featured four of the five voting members of FAB—class of 2022 Vice President Philip Leary, class of 2020 ...

Students question executive treasurer’s motivation behind fee amendment

Students question executive treasurer’s motivation behind fee amendment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 25, 2019

Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s fee amendment that would bar some student organizations from charging participation fees follows a months-long hiring dispute with the EVVYs.  The EVVYs twice rejected Semple’s application to work in mid-level management roles for their 38th production, causi...

Semple faces questioning over policy proposal

Semple faces questioning over policy proposal

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

September 25, 2019

The Student Government Association clashed on Tuesday over Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s funding proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging admissions or submissions fees for events. The joint session meeting, which comes in advance of the Financial Advisory Board’s...

Vote on controversial fee amendment postponed

Vote on controversial fee amendment postponed

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

September 20, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on a controversial amendment that would impact future funding for the EVVYs and other campus organizations. The policy, proposed by Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, would prohibit student organizations that receive SGA money from ...

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