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SGA approves changes to its constitution

Vice President Dylan Baker presents at the Student Government Association meeting on Oct. 4 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.

In its Oct. 4 meeting, the Central Michigan University Student Government Association House and Senate voted to approve changes made to the constitution by the executive board.

The changes made to the constitution altered association roles and added another equity inclusion officer to better delegate the work of the position. 

"We combined positions that weren't very sustainable for the organization, like historian and parliamentarian, they didn't do a lot. We combined them with current positions and that allowed us to raise the stipends for those positions," SGA Vice President Dylan Baker said. "We're just making sure that the students who are serving in those positions are getting paid more, because they will be doing more work.  

SGA also added the word “sustainability” to their preamble in order to encourage a more eco-friendly campus environment.

“Nowhere in the past has sustainability been a part of (the constitution), so that was one change we felt necessary to add as we have a sustainability committee,” Baker said. “We try to focus on that as much as we can and we also want to maintain that gold status as a sustainable campus. By putting that in there, it's kind of keeping us accountable for that.”

After breaking off into committees, SGA members collaborated to begin initiating the goals they set at the previous meeting.

Some of the plans being initiated by SGA include surveying students to ensure better access to healthcare and utilizing social media to share study tips with students of all majors.

At the next SGA meeting, representatives from campus dining will discuss Chartwells food services this semester.

“They're coming to talk to us about the concerns they've been hearing, and they have some plans in place to improve based off some of the concerns,” Baker said. “We're gonna give them the opportunity to present and then students will be allowed to ask questions.” 

The general board meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 18 and all students are welcome to attend.