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The loudest voice for social change on Central Michigan University’s campus is telling us that we’re all going to Hell.
Soulwinners Ministries has repeatedly sent boisterous representatives to campus – using less-than-polite language – to spread its version of the gospel and to help “exhort campus ministries to biblical holiness and evangelization.”
While anyone with a message to send is entitled to their right to deliver it, it’s alarming that radical viewpoints – one that most students appear to disagree with – can serve as the predominant voice on a campus of nearly 20,000 students.
College campuses, filled with generations of future politicians and industry leaders, have traditionally served as the breeding grounds for social change.
Candidates running for Student Government Association office will be waging a war of words Monday evening at the presidential debates.
SGA President Marie Reimers and running mate Margaret Blackmer will debate opposing candidates – Senate leader Charles Mahone and House leader Mariah Urueta – at 8 p.m.
Candidates for the upcoming Student Government Association elections were announced at the general board meeting Monday night.
Students running for office now begin their campaigns leading up to the elections March 31 to April 4.
SGA President Marie Reimers is running for reelection with treasurer Margaret Blackmer as vice president. They are running against Senate leader Charles Mahone and House leader Mariah Urueta.
During her first term, Reimers worked on a number of projects that are still in progress, including the Campus Programming Fund reform.
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A resolution to amend Central Michigan University's policy on marijuana has been passed by both houses of the Student Government Association.
The legislation changes penalties for students who violate the universities controlled substance policy regarding marijuana.
Students who desire to be elected senators no longer have to roam campus looking for signatures to be placed on the ballot.
The Student Government Association made the announcement on its Facebook page and during Monday evening’s general board meeting.
In previous years, students had to collect 250 signatures from other students on campus to be placed on the ballot during the spring elections.
A new resolution passed by the Student Government Association's House of Representatives might change Central Michigan University's policy on the penalty for marijuana possession.
The legislation, presented by Student Advocates for Medical and Recreational Cannabis, passed the House on Monday but after debating for 45 minutes, was tabled by the Senate until the SGA meeting next week.
The resolution would amend Residence Life's policy to no longer classify marijuana as a controlled substance.
The Student Government Association held Senate elections Monday evening to fill vacant seats, but was unable to fill every opening.
There were eight open seats to be filled in the 23-seat Senate, but only five candidates sought a seat and were elected, leaving three vacant positions.
“It’s a shame we didn’t have enough (candidates), but this happens sometimes in the spring,” said SGA President Marie Reimers after the election.
To fill the remaining seats, the Senate will have to vote to open another election.
The Student Government Association is one of the largest advocates for student interests on campus, but sometimes finding students to serve in the organization can be a challenge.
According to its mission statement, SGA is dedicated to inspiring improvement throughout the community by providing and promoting advocacy among and for CMU students.
President Marie Reimers said SGA’s influence stretches from smaller things, like installing pencil sharpeners, to significant decisions on the academic calendar and CMU’s operating budget.
However, though it serves such an important purpose on campus, the most recent SGA elections were far from competitive.
CMU’s SGA is the largest in Michigan, boasting one House representative from each registered student organization on campus.
The Central Michigan University Student Government Association is holding elections to fill open Senator positions at 8 p.m.
A resolution requesting the Campus Programming Fund be increased to $1.8 million passed Monday night at the last Student Government Association meeting of the semester.
The resolution passed both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives with a vote of 80-21, sending the resolution to SGA President Marie Reimers for her approval before introducing it to the board of trustees on Dec.
Central Michigan University is investing $6 million into its merit scholarship programs this year in hopes of expanding the packages available to incoming freshmen.
Bringing total investments to about $61 million, up from last year's total of $54 million, the program will continue to offer scholarships based on grade point averages and ACT scores.
The GPA requirement was lowered from 3.5 to 3.0 and ACT scores must be at least 21 for students to be eligible. To continue the award, student must maintain a GPA of 3.25.
Although admitting the expansion could help address enrollment reductions at CMU, Student Government Association's press secretary and Royal Oak sophomore Kai Niezgoda worried the initiative does little to address retention and the continued success of CMU's current student body.
"I think it's a really good move on the part of CMU to make education more affordable," Niezgoda said.
Students were astounded Tuesday morning when President George Ross walked into their classroom with a backpack over his shoulder and sat down to attend their class in place of Student Government Association President Marie Reimers.
To gain a better understanding of what each office does throughout the day – and to get a better view of what’s going on around campus – Ross and Reimers swapped lives for the day yesterday for the first time ever.
Ross got the idea of the switch from one of his old bosses back in the '90s, William Stacy, former chancellor of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
A resolution to increase the Campus Programming Fund hit a legislative wall Monday evening after the Student Government Association Senate and House of Representatives voted in opposition to one another.
The resolution requests that the CPF – which funds programs including the SGA, Multicultural and Academic Student Services, Student Activities and Involvement, University Recreation, Greek Life and the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center – be increased to $1.8 million to be on par with what it should be, as the fund hasn't been adjusted for inflation since its creation in 2001.
Despite cordial meetings, Central Michigan University officials have rejected calls from a student activist group to divest, or remove, the university's investment in fossil fuels.
Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Barrie Wilkes said doing so would be in direct conflict with his "fiduciary obligations" to the university's donors and investment board.
"We have a responsibility to the donors that have given money to our endowment," Wilkes said.
The Student Government Association is moving ahead with its plan to encourage the university to increase the Campus Programing Fund to $1.8 million.
SGA Vice President Patrick O’Connor presented a draft resolution asking for the CPF increase at the special committee meeting Monday.
The Student Government Association Senate and House unanimously adopted an amendment to the free on-campus legal clinic’s bylaws, expanding the clinic to better support students in legal disputes with landlords.
The amendment was passed at the SGA general board meeting Nov.
Student Government Association representatives on Academic Senate helped draft and pass an amendment allowing them to retain a seat on the governing body's Committee on Committees.
The vote taken at Tuesday's meeting put an end to weeks of panic within SGA, which only learned of the proposal to take away its committee membership after the measure was presented as an agenda item on the A-Senate floor last month.
SGA Senator and A-Senate student representative Sandy Lane said he was thrilled with the outcome and what it meant for the future of student involvement on other A-Senate committees.
"I'm very pleased at the entertainment of our motion and our amendment and that it passed," Lane said.
Student Government Association representatives might soon be excluded from a top Academic Senate committee if a proposed membership change passes at today's meeting.
The membership amendment directly applies to the A-Senate’s Committee on Committees – a non-policy making committee that helps populate other policy-making committees.
Among the proposed changes, the amendment calls for the removal of three seats allocated for SGA representatives appointed to the A-Senate body.