SGA signs onto Divest Emerson campaign


By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter

The Student Government Association pledged to support Earth Emerson’s efforts to withdraw the college’s investments from fossil fuels.

The Divest Emerson campaign protests the college’s indirect financial ties to the fossil fuel industry. Earth Emerson Co-President Timothy Jordan asked SGA to support Divest Emerson by signing a petition titled “SGA in Support #DivestEmerson.”

“Students aren’t willing to sort of let this slide,” Jordan said at the meeting. “We want to show that we care, we have at least some understanding of what’s going on, and we want more acknowledged about it.”  

Jordan said Earth Emerson managed to acquire 800 student signatures on physical and online petitions. This accounts for about 21 percent of the undergraduate population.

Executive Treasurer Ian Mandt said he could possibly include Divest Emerson’s goals in SGA’s Financial Accountability Initiative report to the college. The document proposes changes to the way administration handles and communicates their finances.

SGA granted two appeals unanimously. Amigos received $7,603 to pay for printing and promotional costs for Raiz magazine. Photography magazine Developed Images received $4,121 to print their semesterly publication.

A cappella group Treble Makers appealed for $1,979 to send members to the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella Finals in New York City. SGA approved the appeal with two abstentions and nine yes votes.

The appeal balance is $84,457.

Deputy Express News Editor Riane Roldan did not edit this article due to a conflict of interest.