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Jurisdiction and other details were at the forefront of city commissioners’ concerns at a special work session Monday amid discussion over a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.
The law, intended to be an all-inclusive rule preventing discriminatory acts at the local level, was first proposed by a group of city residents in November. On Monday, City Attorney Scott Smith, who’s contracted out of a Grand Rapids law firm, broke down the components of a draft ordinance the movement’s leaders provided last year, spurring several questions over its components and efficiency.
The work session was only the first of several steps expected over the next few months, preceding a formal presentation Feb.
These are stormy times for Central Michigan University.
Strife between faculty and administration has left a rift between the two in which students find themselves floundering.
Now, more than ever, students need leadership who we can feel confident is looking out for our concerns when professors and administrators give us conflicting messages about who to trust.
It was, and still is, a golden opportunity for the Student Government Association to attain long-elusive relevance with their constituent student body; an opportunity its executives have thus far done their best to squander.
Instead of taking a firm stand on the Faculty Association contract conflict, the SGA simply released a statement saying, “We are on the side of the students,” and took no further action.
The strongest allies in the world are not much good if instead of aid and guidance they send press releases.
The Student Government Association adopted to support the creation of a coordinator for fraternity and sorority life on Monday.
Currently, Central Michigan University has only one full-time professional working with Greek Life.
The Student Government administration faced heavy opposition on Monday night as students raised their voices about a proposal to restructure the Student Government Association.
After SGA Vice President and Brighton junior Colleen McNeely reintroduced the proposal for a new unicameral system during the SGA meeting, hands began to rise throughout the auditorium.
A unicameral system would disband the house and relocate all of the governmental power to the senate, where a student-elected committee of senator representatives would handle governmental affairs.
The hours of the Extended Hours Study room and first floor at the Charles V. Park Library have been extended after five months of planning.
The Extended Hours Study and the first floor of the library will remain open until 3 a.m.
More details have emerged about Student Government Association President Vincent Cavataio's public relations internship with Central Michigan University's facilities management office.
Cavataio, a Shelby Township senior, will be paid $7.40 an hour for 20 hours of work per week.
The Central Michigan University Student Government Association has several positions vacant at the beginning of the new semester.
Positions available include the Student Services Chairperson and City Commission Liason, which are both appointed positions.
After the creation of a gender-neutral housing proposal last year and support from Central Michigan University's Student Government Association, many students remain unsure of the current state of the housing policy.
The proposal was introduced in late 2010 before the Office of Residence Life said that language would be added to the housing policy to better accommodate transgender students.
The interim Dean of Students and director of Student Life at Central Michigan University says he does not consider Student Government Association President Vincent Cavataio's new public relations internship a conflict of interest.
Tony Voisin, named interim Dean of Students in August, said Thursday that he has "full confidence" in Cavataio's ability to juggle SGA president and a public relations internship.
"I think his schedule at this point very much will accommodate this type of experience for him," Voisin said.
The Student Government Association president at Central Michigan University has taken an internship with the university's facilities management office.
Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio, elected president of the CMU Student Government Association in April, recently accepted a public relations internship focusing on sustainable energy with CMU Facilities Management, Cavataio confirmed Tuesday to Central Michigan Life.
Last week, the Student Government Association passed a resolution opposing the Residence Life policy requiring paperwork to be filed with and approved by the residence hall director (RHD) in order for guests to spend the night in the dorms.
While the resolution’s idealized outcome is a good one, the logic behind it is flawed.
University President George Ross said Central Michigan University “can’t be everything to everybody” Monday to members of the Student Government Association.
Ross began by discussing Academic Prioritization, the process in which Provost Gary Shapiro ranked every academic program on a scale of 1 to 5, with input from college deans and faculty.
“We are legally obligated to make sure you will complete your major,” he said.
A bear is roaming the campus of Central Michigan University, but there is no need for alarm.
The bear, aptly named Deca bear, is a mascot for CMU’s chapter of DECA, a business-oriented registered student organization, and his goal is to help recruit new members to DECA and assist the group in philanthropic activities throughout this week.
Hartland junior Ryan Takacs, who is also on the DECA board, accompanied Deca Bear on his campus visit.
"We don't ever let him go alone," Takacs said.
Central Michigan University's Student Government Association elected a new Senate leader, Speaker of the House and treasurer during its meeting on Monday.
Sparta sophomore Spencer McKellar was elected as the Senate leader, Westland junior Patrick O'Connor was elected as Speaker of the House and Hesperia junior Killian Richeson was elected to serve a second term as treasurer.
McKellar said some of his biggest goals are to spread awareness about SGA, and make membership more prestigious.
"In the past, SGA has been able to be effective and efficient because of good participation," McKellar said.
Very clearly stated and quite widely used, the mission statement of the Central Michigan University Student Government Association is: “Dedicated to inspiring improvement throughout its community by providing and promoting advocacy amongst and for its constituency, in hopes of developing a healthy and diverse learning environment while fostering a positive image of our university.” Put exceedingly simply, SGA is responsible for promoting ‘advocacy of the students,’ at whole, of CMU and to provide to them a ‘healthy learning environment.’
Not only this, but consider the mission statement of CMU, adopted by the board of trustees in December 2010: “At (CMU), we are a community committed to the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery, and creativity.
Steve Smith considers Monday's decision by the Faculty Association to support job actions to secure its position in bargaining as a "positive development."
One thing is clear since Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio and Jackson junior Bryant English were elected Student Government Association president and vice president — moving to a unicameral assembly is a top priority. A unicameral legislature for SGA will be more efficient and increase the effectualness of the body itself. As one of the primary legs of Cavataio's and English's platform, they want to use a unicameral legislature to create a more attentive student body, which is extremely important. The duo said apathy among members inspired their desire to redesign SGA's structure.
This year, 542 people voted for the next president of the Student Government Association, which is a massive failure for all involved. This year’s voter turnout was 74.4 percent of last year’s 2,121 voters. Many of those involved have laid the heft of the blame on moving the election from vote.cmich.edu to cmich.orgsync.com, in an effort to unify all Office of Student Life and registered student organization goings-on onto the OrgSync social network.
Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio and Jackson junior Bryant English were sworn into the presidency and vice presidency of the Student Government Association Monday. Former SGA president and vice president, Garden City senior Brittany Mouzourakis and Muskegon senior Dave Breed, swore Cavataio and English in at a 6 p.m. ceremony in Bovee University Center’s Gold Room.