- Around Campus
- Around the Hub
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- The Week’s End
Themes of the afternoon included potential ideas for engagement of the student body amidst a progressively dwindling special fund number.
In fact, the meeting commenced with money awarded to several organizations hosting events. The Black Student Union received more than $500.00 to attend the BLOC Annual Conference at New York University in November, a major networking event for college students and leaders.
Only senior and executive members of BSU will participate, but a reflection workshop is planned for general members.
Elijah Calvi pressed for information about various fees before the motion was unanimously approved.
The History Club was awarded more than $300.00 for a group trip to Salem, just in time for Halloween.
H.U.E.L.L.A.S, or “Helping Unite Emmanuel Latinos to Lead and Achieve Success,” was the SGA Club Spotlight recipient of the afternoon. An event line-up for the fall includes pastry tasting, dance lessons, and a signature “Latin exposure” event.
Dr. Patricia Rissmeyer, SGA adviser, took to the floor to explain an initiative she is pursuing with student leaders in mind. “The mission of my office is to meet the needs of students,” she said. According to Dr. Rissmeyer, the Student Affairs office manages 9 other departments. Under her direction, a task force of 25 students would consider student life on campus and reflect on findings from surveys and general satisfaction.
“I’d like to figure out a way to benchmark the Emmanuel experience against other colleges and universities,” she said. “If we wanted to move the student life experience from good to great, what would we do?”
The SGA made comments about how engaging the student body could be effective and inclusive of people seldom branded as “involved.” But Executive Secretary Tyler Gravelle made note that 25 from a pool of 1,800 undergrads should not be considered “representative.”
A poll for determining how useful SGA council member office hours are to students divided the assembly after the results were tallied and shared. The number of those polled who said they had never taken advantage of office hours was “overwhelming” according to Director of Marketing Meg Moriarty. Class of 2016 Secretary Marycatherine Dunne elaborated. “The word ‘transparency’ is a buzz word on campus,” she said, but found it frustrating that in her entire career as a class senator she could only recall one person ever asking for her time.
Class of 2016 Vice President Eric Cote said he liked the idea of YouCanBookMe, a scheduling service that professors in the science department have recently embraced.
Dan Darcy, co-adviser to the SGA, had surprisingly barbed remarks about a prevailing attitude in the SGA to differentiate each student organization and shame ones that vaguely resembled another. “There is nothing more frustrating or embarrassing when an SGA member says ‘your club sounds like that club,'” he said, not mincing words.
A mysterious general supply closet advertised to student organizations as forthcoming in the basement of St. Joe’s was dispelled some more on Tuesday. “We are working on getting a copy of the key and then the key will be placed at the St. Joe’s desk,” said President Graham.
No serious discussion was had of the increasing financial gap that could result in forfeited special funding requests as the semester rolls on. $6,124.18 remains in Special Funding budget at this time.