SGA: Blood drive, new executive cabinet members, event announcements

Student Government Association Vice President Ryan Biller going over the Diwali Night event coming up at the SGA meeting on Nov. 27, 2023. (CM Life | Courtney Boyd)

Editor's Note: The article has been edited for clarity to distinuish between senators and executive cabinet members.

The Student Government Association, in partnership with Central Michigan University's department of Community Outreach and Engagement, is hosting a blood drive on Dec. 4 that students can still sign up for. The blood donations go to people at local hospitals who need blood transfusions.

The drive will be running from 1 to 7 p.m in the University Center Rotunda in the Maroon, Gold and Chippewa rooms. Slots are still open for SGA members to sign up.

SGA member Ashley Harvey, who also works with Outreach and Engagement took the stage during Monday's regular meeting to talk more about the event. 

"It's really awesome," she said. "We're working on getting blood drive numbers up at Central, because despite us having a large population we have one of the lowest rates of blood donations for the state." 

Harvey is also happy the committee took on hosting a blood drive, because she said there has been a lot of confusion with blood drives on campus in the past.

Additionally, she said that SGA members who donate blood do not have to attend the SGA meeting later that night. Their participation in the blood drive counts towards their attendance.

Five new executive cabinet members

The executive cabinet confirmed five new members into their ranks on Monday night.

The students had two minutes to pitch themselves and their ideas to the Senate and why they should be considered for the cabinet. They also heard one minute of public comment from senators, then stepped out of the room so the seated senators could discuss privately and vote. 

On Monday, every student that pitched themselves passed the vote.

The five new executive cabinet members are:

  • Carolina Hernández Ruiz, junior
  •  Mitchell Basham, sophomore
  • Joseph Marah, senior
  • Anna Laurenz, senior
  • Christian Dunn, sophomore

In Other Announcements:

  • On Wednesday, over 19 departments are sponsoring an event called Holidays Around the World from 4 to 7 p.m. in the U.C. Rotunda and Terrace Rooms. Hernández Ruiz said the event is for students to learn more about other cultures and how they celebrate the end of the year or the start of the new year. She said RSVPs are not required and students can come at any time.
  • The International Student Affairs Committee is hosting Diwali Night starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Finch Fieldhouse. SGA Vice President Ryan Biller said there will be Indian food and music for guests to enjoy, and anyone is welcome to attend.
  • The Academic Affairs Committee had a "mental recharge" session for their committee meeting. Members took five minutes to write on paper reflections on their Thanksgiving break and future plans within the committee. Anna Laurenz, the committee chair, said she came up with the exercise so members could get in the right mindset for another week of school.
  • The last SGA meeting for the 2023-24 fall semester will be on Dec. 4. Biller said that there might be a "little surprise" for any members that attend.