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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...

A Financial Advisory Board meeting in September 2019.

SGA’s Financial Advisory Board meetings grind to a halt

By Charlie McKenna
October 24, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board has not met in four weeks, due in part to a lack of appeals for additional funding from student organizations.  The gap in meetings, Executive Treasurer Thomas Coughlin...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting. Photo by Yongze Wang.

Vacancy issues in SGA persist under new model

By Charlie McKenna
September 21, 2020

The Student Government Association faces a slew of vacancies in its first semester under a newly established structure, despite filling several positions across its legislative branch in the last month. As...

SGA at a Fall 2019 Joint Session meeting.

SGA appoints three students to new Student Experience Senate

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
September 3, 2020

In the first Student Assembly meeting of the new semester, the Student Government Association made a series of appointments to fill vacancies across different areas of the organization, including the newly...

An SGA meeting. Photo credit: Yongze Wang

FAB approves over $4,500 in appeal requests

By Charlie McKenna
February 28, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board, in a meeting that lasted approximately 15 minutes, voted Thursday to approve a spring annual budget request from Theyta, an on-campus multicultural organization for gender...

FAB delayed appointed new voting members and delayed an appeal at their Thursday meeting Photo credit: Yongze Wang

FAB appoints new members, declines to vote on appeal

By Charlie Mckenna
February 23, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board voted at their weekly meeting Thursday to appoint two new voting members and delayed a vote on a $2,900 appeal request from Sigma Pi Theta after Sigma failed to provide specific...

The Student Government Association at their weekly meeting. Photo credit: Charlie Mckenna

FAB allocated two appeals worth $30,000

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 13, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests and one budget request totaling over $30,000 in their meeting Thursday afternoon.If both requests are officially approved by Joint...

FAB approves appeal requests totaling over $55,000

By Charlie Mckenna
February 10, 2020

The Student Government Association's Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two organization appeal requests totaling over $55,000 at their weekly meeting Thursday.The Emerson Recognition and Achievement...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting. Photo by Yongze Wang.

Structural changes reshaping student government following rocky semester

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
January 29, 2020

Following a somewhat tumultuous semester at the college, the Student Government Association is proceeding with unprecedented adaptations to the organization’s fundamental executive structure, which are...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

FAB votes to restrict organization’s access to ice sculptures

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
January 24, 2020

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted to require “advanced permission” for student organizations to purchase ice sculptures at their Thursday meeting. The advanced permission designation...

FAB delays Ribbons on the Runway appeal vote

FAB delays Ribbons on the Runway appeal vote

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
November 8, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board met on Thursday for their weekly meeting, but did not address any official business as they did not have the required number of voting members. The Student Government Association...

FAB Reviews the proposal to bring The Haze to campus. Photo by Andrew Brinker / Beacon Staff

FAB approves request to bring “The Haze” to campus

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 31, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved an appeals request from the class of 2021 on Wednesday that will bring “The Haze,” a one-woman production about survivors of sexual assault, to the...

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...

Assistant Director of SEAL Andrew Donahue gives a presentation on EmConnects community impact at SGA joint session.

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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...

Abigail Semple (left), Raz Moayed (middle), and Will Palauskas (right) discuss Semples policy proposal at joint session. Christopher Van Buskirk / Beacon Staff

Semple faces questioning over policy proposal

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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...

A Financial Advisory Board meeting in September 2019.

Vote on controversial fee amendment postponed

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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...

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

SGA Treasurer proposes abolishing org admission fees

By Carlee Bronkema, Staff Reporter
September 12, 2019

The Student Government Association could prohibit organizations from charging admission fees for events after Executive Treasurer Abby Semple proposed the idea at the first Financial Advisory Board meeting...

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