SGA grants appeals to em Mag, CPLA, and Emertainment Monthly

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Student Government Association granted appeals for two organizations: the Communication, Politics, and Law Association, and Emertainment Monthly.

CPLA appealed for $4,875.92 to finish financing their networking trip to Ireland. The organization fundraised $841.08 and received a co-sponsorship from Emerson Forensics, the college’s speech and debate team, which donated $500.

Christina Safford, CPLA president and a sophomore political communication major, said during the trip, members will have a series of meetings with professionals working in politics, media, and advocacy. Safford said she expects students to be able to get feedback on global issues like the UK decision to withdraw from the United Nations, and the current refugee crisis. 

“As a political, professional organization for students, it is important for members to gain perspective and understanding about governmental and political systems outside the United States,” Safford said.

Emertainment Monthly appealed for $2,850.10 for travel and lodging for a trip to San Diego Comic Con in July. Emily Solomon, president of the publication and a junior visual and media arts major, said the organization has already fundraised $1,400. Solomon is also the Executive President of SGA. 

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 Organization budgets reset mid­summer, just before the convention. In the interest of cutting costs, Solomon said, the three attendees will be covering their food expenses out of pocket.

“Same-day coverage of different panels and events [at the convention] leads more readers to Emertainment,” Solomon said. 

SGA attended the Faculty Assembly meeting last Tuesday, and therefore held last week’s joint session on Thursday. At that meeting, they granted an appeal to em Magazine for $3,389.21 to print and publicize their spring issue.

Every semester, em Magazine prints 500 copies, costing roughly $8,500 each issue. Founded in 2008, it publishes writing and photography on culture, lifestyle, and fashion. 

Austin Wilder, a junior visual and media arts major and editor-in-chief of the magazine, said they were not allotted the amount for two issues at the beginning of the semester.

With the funds from the appeal, em Magazine will put the money towards their spring launch event. The money will also go towards photo shoots for the publication, and stickers and launch event posters. 

There is $61,554.34 remaining in the SGA appeals budget.