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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

Letter: Abigail Semple ’20 on being SGA Executive Treasurer

By Abigail Semple
November 17, 2020

Being the Student Government Association Executive Treasurer was both the best and worst year of college. Though it may shock some, I am shy and never imagined I would have taken such an active role in...

An SGA meeting at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

SGA treasurer won’t run for re-election, leaving crucial vacancy for spring

By Charlie McKenna
November 17, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Thomas Coughlin is not running for a second term, presumably leaving one of the organization’s most crucial positions vacant for the spring as no candidates...

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Jehan Ayesha.

Former SGA presidential candidate Ayesha takes over VP, completing quiet shakeup of top leadership

By Charlie McKenna
August 17, 2020

The Student Government Association appointed rising sophomore Jehan Ayesha to its executive vice presidency Monday after a sudden shake up of the organization's top leadership positions last month, SGA...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting.

SGA finalizes election timeline, eliminates requirements

By Charlie Mckenna
February 20, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously voted to eliminate several constitutional elections bylaws at their weekly Joint Session meeting Tuesday in an attempt to streamline their elections process.While...

Abigail Semple (top left), Jason Meier (top right), Sharon Duffy (bottom left), and Will Palauskas (bottom right)

SGA knowingly ignored election rules during fall and spring 2019 contests

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
February 20, 2020

n examination of the recent execution of SGA’s election policies revealed a systemic, and at times purposeful, failure to adhere to elections protocols—exposing much of its executive membership as...

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour: SGA Treasurer discusses eligibility

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour: SGA Treasurer discusses eligibility

By Ryan Ribeiro
February 10, 2020

Host Ryan Ribeiro and SGA reporter Andrew Brinker are joined by SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple to talk about eligibility questions raised in the past week and how it affects the future of the proposed...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple during an SGA meeting in February 2020.

SGA Treasurer faces possible impeachment over questions of eligibility

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
February 6, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple faces questions about the legitimacy of her initial election to the organization and current eligibility bringing to light the possibility...

Financial Advisory Board delays vote on unnecessary spending items

Financial Advisory Board delays vote on “unnecessary spending” items

By Ashley Onnembo, Correspondent
January 17, 2020
Ice sculptures are set to become "unnecessary spending" under new FAB treasury policy.
SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

SGA Executive Treasurer to introduce new financial advocacy board

By Tomas Gonzalez , Staff Writer/Photographer
January 16, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple is poised to unveil the new Financial Equity Board at Tuesday’s joint session meeting on Jan. 21.  Semple told The Beacon that the...

Ice sculptures may be considered “unnecessary spending” in proposed treasury handbook revisions

Ice sculptures may be considered “unnecessary spending” in proposed treasury handbook revisions

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
December 14, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board, in an informal meeting Thursday which lasted around 20 minutes, discussed potential changes to the Student Government Association’s Treasury Handbook for the coming semester.  The...

Brian Basgen, then-Assistant Vice President of IT, at an SGA meeting in 2019.

IT apologizes to SGA for server crash, Workday issues

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
November 7, 2019

The college’s IT department apologized to members of the Student Government Association Tuesday for a string of recent issues in the department. Assistant Vice President of IT Brian Basgen acknowledged...

Executive Vice President Will Palauskas updated SGAs website on Oct. 30 to include the previously missing meeting minutes.

SGA secretary admits to misplacing joint session meeting minutes

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 31, 2019

The Student Government Association failed to publicly post joint session meeting minutes 48 hours after their approval for the weeks of Oct. 1 and 15. The constitution dictates that Executive Secretary...

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 27, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests worth just over $3,500 on Thursday, while two additional requests were dismissed. XeCult, an organization dedicated to promoting...

The Financial Advisory Board approved thousands in appeals for Emerson Cheerleading Squad, Atlas Magazine, and Films from the Margin. Andrew Brinker / Beacon Staff

FAB approves over $12,000 worth of appeals

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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...

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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...

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

Students question executive treasurer’s motivation behind fee amendment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
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...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

SGA officials denounce Treasurer’s proposed fee amendment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
September 19, 2019

Update 9/19: The Financial Advisory Board did not vote on the proposed fee amendment. A discussion and potential vote are scheduled for Sept. 26  at 3 p.m. in the Student Government Association office...

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

EIV business manager secures SGA executive treasurer despite losing race

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
April 10, 2019

Junior Abigail Semple will assume the Student Government Association executive treasurer position for the 2019–20 academic year after sophomore Joseph Davidi and freshman Brady Baca both declined the...

Members of SGA watch as freshman Brady Baca gives an impassioned speech during spring election press night two days before announcing his departure from the executive treasurers race. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Baca drops out of SGA executive treasurer’s race amid criticism

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
March 31, 2019

Freshman Brady Baca dropped out of the Student Government Association executive treasurer’s race on March 28, leaving junior Abigail Semple as the only actively campaigning candidate for the position. Baca...

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