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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.
Bruce Roscoe said he hopes he is remembered, more than anything, as an advocate for students in his 16-plus years as Dean of Students at Central Michigan University. Roscoe tendered his resignation to Provost E. Gary Shapiro Monday morning after much thought and deliberation between him and his wife. He said he was not making the decision lightly, but that he is satisfied with it as well.
Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio was elected to be the next president of the Student Government Association with 58 percent of the total vote, with Jackson junior Bryant English as his vice president. “I’m very excited," English said. "This is one of my biggest endeavors on campus. I’m ready to work for the students.”
Cavataio and English received 308 votes in the election, defeating Grand Blanc junior Robert Brooks and his vice presidential candidate Colleen McNeely, a Brighton sophomore, who received 228 votes.
Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio was elected to be the next president of the Student Government Association, with Jackson junior Bryant English as his vice president. Cavataio and English received 308 votes in the election, defeating Grand Blanc junior Robert Brooks and his vice presidential candidate Colleen McNeely, a Brighton sophomore, who received 228 votes.
No matter who wins the Student Government Association presidential election this week, the very structure of the organization will see major changes in the future. Both presidential candidates, Grand Blanc junior Robert Brooks and Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio, and respective vice presidential candidates, Brighton sophomore Colleen McNeely and Jackson junior Bryant English, have proposed changing SGA into a unicameral body.
This election season is unlike most at Central Michigan University. All of the candidates involved are qualified, understanding and respectful of each other’s campaign. The distinction between the two tickets does not relate to capability, rather a fundamental difference of ideals.
There are three things that make a great student body president: experience and knowledge of your organization, real working contacts within multiple levels of CMU administration and a proven track record of commitment to the Student Body. I have all of those qualities and feel I am the best candidate for the Student Government Association president.
Because students are particularly apathetic to changes on campus, it is important to elect leaders who will bring the Student Government Association to the forefront. Those leaders are Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio and Jackson junior Bryant English. The Cavataio and English ticket has what it takes to help make the SGA relevant to the student body again.
Join us to chat with Student Government Association presidential ticket Vince Cavataio and Bryant English. Submit your questions!
Our discussion with SGA presidential candidates Robert Brooks and Colleen McNeely
Students looking to vote in the Student Government Association election next week will have to go somewhere they may have never gone before. Since having been held on http://vote.cmich.edu for several years, SGA elections will be held on http://cmich.orgsync.com, the university’s official network for registered student organizations.
Student Government Association presidential candidates Vincent Cavataio and Robert Brooks touched on the decision making ability and authority of SGA on campus in tonight's debate. Cavataio, a Shelby Township senior is running with Jackson junior Bryant English. Grand Blanc junior Brooks' running mate is Brighton sophomore Colleen McNeely.
There is a trend at Central Michigan University that is sadly not dissimilar to that of the American people: Many eligible voters do not participate in their local democracies. Student Government Association elections for next year's president, vice president, treasurer and senators begin April 4 and students should pay attention.
Two campaigns are gearing up to win student votes in the Student Government Association presidential election on April 4. Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio and vice presidential candidate Bryant English, Jackson junior, will face Grand Blanc junior Robert Brooks and his vice presidential candidate, Brighton sophomore Colleen McNeely.