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SGA appoints 5 officials and approves budget appeals

SGA appoints 5 officials and approves budget appeals

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

February 25, 2019

The Student Government Association appointed five new officials and allocated $22,052 to two organizations at a special meeting on Feb. 21. Following snow cancellations on Feb. 12 and an observed Monday schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 19, SGA did not meet for two weeks. Due to the lapse in meetings, SGA had appointmen...

FAB approves appeals to Flawless Brown, ERA Awards

FAB approves appeals to Flawless Brown, ERA Awards

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

February 24, 2019

The Student Government Association Financial Advisory Board unanimously granted two appeals from the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards and Flawless Brown at their Feb. 21 meeting. FAB approved a request from ERA for $37,319 to pay for technical and production portions of their award show in Ap...

SGA appoints journalism senator, commissioner, assistant PR chair

SGA appoints journalism senator, commissioner, assistant PR chair

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

February 6, 2019

The Student Government Association unanimously appointed a new journalism senator, assistant public relations chair, and an on-campus commissioner at their Feb. 5 meeting. SGA appointed sophomore Molli DeRosa as the journalism senator. If a senatorial position remains vacant in the second semeste...

FAB grants Active Minds appeal to attend national conference

FAB grants Active Minds appeal to attend national conference

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

January 26, 2019

The Student Government Association’s Financial Advisory Board granted $2,064 to the college’s chapter of Active Minds at their Jan. 24 meeting. FAB unanimously voted to provide funds for the organization to attend the national Active Minds conference in Washington, D.C in late March. Treasurer G...

SGA reworks organization recognition process

SGA reworks organization recognition process

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

January 24, 2019

The Student Government Association voted to approve changing the student organization recognition process after discussing a proposal written by Student Engagement and Leadership Director Jason Meier on Jan. 22. There are now two levels of recognition for student organizations: affiliated and SGA-fu...

SGA re-establishes scholarship after 9 years

SGA re-establishes scholarship after 9 years

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

January 13, 2019

For the first time in almost nine years, the Student Government Association allocated $20,000 to a scholarship for seniors with demonstrated financial need at their last meeting of the fall semester on Dec. 11. The scholarship is designed as a nonrenewable award and includes seniors who are inter...

Senior appointed to inaugural SGA POWER commissioner

Senior appointed to inaugural SGA POWER commissioner

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

December 7, 2018

The Student Government Association unanimously approved senior Alexis Fernander as the first Protesting Oppression with Educational Reform commissioner at its weekly Tuesday meeting. The student body voted on an amendment this fall to create the position. The appointment is the formalization of an alliance between the two organizations, ac...

SGA president overrides voting precedence

SGA president overrides voting precedence

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018

Student Government Association Executive President Jess Guida appointed herself as the board of trustees representative without a vote at a Sept. 18 joint session meeting. In an interview with the Beacon, she admitted it may not have been the best choice. The board of trustees representative acts as...

Sophomore wins rare runoff election for WLP senator

Sophomore wins rare runoff election for WLP senator

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

December 2, 2018

Sophomore Anthony Rodriguez won the position of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Student Government Association Senatorial seat after a rare initial tie.   The draw triggered a runoff election between Junior Gianna Gironda and Rodriguez on Nov. 27 and 28. A runoff election is the second round...

SGA Town Hall served as starting point for departmental conversations

SGA Town Hall served as starting point for departmental conversations

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

December 1, 2018

Faculty and students gathered to discuss their academic experiences and help the Student Government Association collect information on potential changes at the SGA Academic Town Hall on Tuesday. Students presented concerns to faculty, including funding voice lessons for musical theater and performing arts students...

SGA fall election voter turnout increases fivefold

SGA fall election voter turnout increases fivefold

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

November 27, 2018

Voter turnout for the Student Government Association fall elections increased fivefold from last year—a stark rise after several years of low student engagement. Six percent of undergraduates, 234 students, voted in the 2018 fall elections whereas only 1 percent, 45 students, voted in the 2017...

Unrecognized organizations receive funding for events

Unrecognized organizations receive funding for events

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

November 27, 2018

The Student Government Association set aside $5,000 in funding for five unrecognized organizations at the weekly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The money will fund one-time events for the organizations who wanted to apply for SGA recognition this year but could not because the Organization Recognit...

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