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Celebrating its 95th year, the Student Government Association kicked off the start of their 2015-2016 year with a birthday party in the basement of the Bovee University Center.While some students on campus question the necessity of having a student government on campus, without their continued assistance the university would not be what it is today SGA President Chuck Mahone said in the night’s opening speech.“SGA is actually the organization who got the SAC built, and while obviously we’re not the ones who funded it, we showed through over half of the campus’ votes that this (activity center) was a need that students wanted,” Mahone said.
Central Michigan University’s Campus Programing Fund will not be seeing an increase for this academic school year.In Feb.
For the final SGA meeting of the year, Senator Rebecca Detroyer has been elected Senate Leader for the 2015/2016 school year.
Registered Student Organizations thinking of applying for financial aid in order to pay off registration fees for conferences may need to think again.The Student Budget Allocations Committee (SBAC), responsible helping RSO’s be able to attend conferences by paying off registration fees, bringing in guest speakers for their organization and helping fund RSO centered projects, has run out of money.SBAC Chairperson, Shelbe Klebs, says that this is nothing out of the ordinary.“(SBAC) runs out every year,” Klebs said.
Sworn in Monday night at the U.C. Rotunda, Chuck Mahone and Maggie Blackmer will serve as SGA president and vice president for the 2015/2016 school year.
As of Monday, April 6, Chuck Mahone will be the first ever SGA president in CMU’s history to win two terms in office.
Voting for SGA President and Vice President, Treasurer, and Senators will continue all throughout this week with polls closing Friday, April 3 at 11:59 P.M.
A bill for the use of medicinal marijuana on campus for students with chronic illnesses passed Monday night in the House.
After four consecutive years of service to CMU, the only thing that current SGA Vice President Mariah Urueta regrets is spending too much time caught up in the nuances of SGA and not enough time focusing on legislation.“It’s really funny how our current student government is parallel to our actual US Government,” Urueta said.
Despite a low turnout Wednesday night, SGA delivered a Women in Politics panel in Park Library Auditorium which encouraged attendees to challenge what they knew about the political sphere and women involvement.Panelists included current SGA Vice President, Mariah Urueta, former SGA President, Marie Reimers, student activist Portia Brown and CMU alumna, Hayley Alderman.Opening the panel, Reimers gave a brief introduction on notable women in politics.
Though Monday night’s SGA meeting will not feature a meeting from either the House or the Senate due to the Presidential Press Conference, it will still be one week since Senate has been called for recess.
Monday night’s SGA Presidential Press conference illuminated the key points in which President Chuck Mahone and running mate Maggie Blackmer intend to hit during their 2015/2016 time in office.Their talking points included getting bigger desks for students to use in classrooms and making attaining rooms around campus easier for RSO and SGA sponsored events.The desk issue, Blackmer said, derives from a need to accommodate students of all shapes and sizes.“We believe that it is extremely embarrassing and plain absurd that a student who may be bigger set is unable to sit in those types of (small) desks and have to, unfortunately, sit in a handicapped seat in the classroom,” Blackmer said.
As of last Monday’s SGA meeting, there will be no more senate. Unable to meet quorum for their final two weeks in session, not having at least 15 members present so as to vote and pass legislation, no new legislation will be passed through the Senate.President Chuck Mahone says that this quorum, though uncommon, is “not unheard of”.The inability to meet quorum comes as a combination of senators who had to resign due to academic reasons and senators who took on a workload without fully knowing what the situation entailed.“In this context, were we’re at legislatively, this (inability to meet quorum) isn’t stopping us from doing anything we want to do,” Mahone said.
For the first time since the creation of the Student Government Association, the 2015/2016 presidential race will be uncontested.
A new bill introduced in the House and Senate at Monday night’s SGA meeting may allow it so that students with medical marijuana cards may access and use their medicine while on campus.Senator Ian Elliot, the bill’s creator, says that his intention is not for students to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes, but to assist students who require the drug for ailments such as Multiple Sclerosis and cancer.“(This bill) would not allow for the use outside of anything that the state already allows, or what physicians are already recommending students,” Elliot said.
Taking the stage at Monday night’s SGA meeting, SAPA member Joshua Taylor drew a square on the whiteboard.
For the first time in nearly 14 years, Central’s Campus Programming Fund will be seeing a potential increase of $150,000.
SGA President Chuck Mahone was pleased to announce an approval for an increase in Campus Programing Funding for the Student Government.“On January 14th myself and (SGA) Treasure Taylor Gehrcke presented to the Budget Priorities Committee and have just received feedback,” Mahone said.
Just in time for tax season, SGA has unveiled their new tax website with hopes to guide students through the confusing world of forms and filing federal taxes.The website, myfreetaxes.com, allows for students to file taxes online or in-person with an IRS-certified volunteer income tax preparer.
To kick off the start of the 2015 election season, the Student Government election forum hosted Monday announced a list of seats which will be eligible for individuals to run for.