Two orgs appeal and constitution changes at SGA meeting


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The Student Government Association unanimously approved appeals by Emerson’s chapter of the American Marketing Association and Zeta Phi Eta, a campus fraternity. Members also voted on changes to the constitution. Students will be able to approve or deny the amendment in the spring election.

Emerson’s American Marketing Association was allocated $1,425.30 in appeal money to attend an all-day conference in New York City hosted by PSFK, a media consulting company.

Olivia Martiniello, president of Emerson’s American Marketing Association, said the event will focus on creative advertising and marketing. Martiniello, a junior marketing communication major, said during the appeal that the conference would serve as a networking opportunity to meet prominent people within the marketing field.

The five students that comprise its executive board are attending for the first time, although Martiniello said the group hopes to expand attendance if it goes to the conference again.

The total cost of the trip is $1,683.31; the remaining $258.01 will be provided by the organization, according to the appeal packet. This will cover the cost of registration, round-trip MegaBus tickets, and Metro Cards for the five students. Students will be paying for their own food and other expenses, according to Martiniello.

Hilary Fan, vice treasurer of SGA, spoke in favor of the appeal. The freshman marketing communication major said that she saw a lot of value in the American Marketing Association.

“The [conference] is something that I think would be really beneficial to a lot of the marketing majors,” Fan said. “For marketing, a huge part of it is networking.”

No one spoke against the appeal.

Zeta Phi Eta appealed for $523.50 for its 13th annual Bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Stonewall Community Foundation. Stonewall invests money in grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer organizations in New York, according to its website. The fraternity chooses a different charity every year.

The event will take place April 13 at Kings, a bowling alley in Boston. According to the appeal packet, Zeta Phi Eta will provide $50 of the $573.50 needed for food, posters, and promotional pins.

Marissa Ziets, president of Zeta Phi Eta, said the Bowl-a-thon usually raises $500 to $1,000. The junior visual and media arts major said that a maximum of 80 people can bowl, according to the alley’s rules. Participants are charged a $20 entry fee, according to Ziets, which will be donated to Stonewall after costs for food and bowling are deducted. She said that previous Bowl-a-thons had not reached the maximum number of people.

There is $46,287.20 left in SGA’s appeals budget.

SGA also approved several changes to the constitution. Many of the changes to the constitution were slight clarifications or deletions of extraneous words and phrases.

More substantive changes included changing the title of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender commissioner to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual commissioner.

Members also voted to remove the secretary’s responsibility to handle all of the president’s correspondences, as the president does that without assistance, and reallocated the secretary’s responsibility to organize the SGA office to the president.

The minimum GPA requirement to serve on SGA was increased from 2.5 to 2.7.