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SGA passes seven resolutions, announces student body presidential candidates


The general attendance of Mar. 20th's SGA meeting votes on legislation in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. 

Student Government Association members passed seven resolutions at their meeting Monday in the Bovee University Center, in addition to formally announcing student body presidential candidates.

Resolutions passed include:

  • An online bump system
  • A policy to expand daily vegan and vegetarian options in cafeterias
  • Healthier food options in the markets on-campus
  • A resolution in support of petitioning Mount Pleasant City Commission’s support of the Line 5 oil pipeline
  • A policy to require that students be notified when professors are assigned to registered classes
  • The formation of an Arab-American History Week at Central Michigan University
  • An extension of university-coordinated pickups from Chicago and Detroit airports 30 days before classes start for new international students

The House voted to table a resolution to mandate that members of registered student organization members must be registered CMU students and all members must abide by university policies. It will resume at next week's meeting.

Presidential Candidates

SGA Vice President Anna Owens is running for president with Derek Sturvist as her running mate. Treasurer Luke Anderson and House Leader Cody Van Buren will make presidential runs. Galen Miller will serve as Anderson's running mate, and Senate Leader Emilee Madison is running with Van Buren. When elected, the students will serve a term for the 2017-18 academic year.

A presidential debate will take place 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the Bovee University Center.

Voting for the election starts March 28 and runs through April 4. Those with any questions regarding the upcoming elections can contact Elections Director Olivia Cyman, at

SGA will also host a Diversity and Inclusion Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. The forum will discuss "how to create and maintain inclusion awareness, and the sensitivity of diversity on-campus," according to the event's Facebook page.

There will not be a SGA meeting on April 3 as President Jazmin Biernat will deliver the State of the Student Body Address at 7 p.m. in the Powers Hall Ballroom.

The meeting began with Caroline Murray, the Registered Student Organization Growth and Development chair, discussing the upcoming “RSO and Growth” event taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Student Involvement Center.

The event is for any RSO representatives or executive board members who are interested in networking with other RSOs. There will be speakers, food, drinks and a workshop from the Leadership Institute.

“Students can get together with other RSOs and we can all grow together,” Murray said.