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Merrimack Student Government Association Weekly Rundown – 4/4/23

Merrimack College Student Government Association

Scott Logush

Sports Editor

We are back with another weekly rundown of Merrimack’s Student Government Association. We are covering their meeting from last week on April 4th, 2023. There is a new organization on campus, Pizza With The President, and Merrimack Student Government Association Executive Board election updates are all here!

President’s Report: Nicholas Barber (Class of 2023)

Barber motioned for Her Campus to present before he began his President’s Report, and the motion was approved. Her Campus presented to the Senate to become an SGA-recognized organization. Senator Jill Getchell (Class of 2025) inquired about what the club’s mission was. The organization clarified that they were an online magazine targeted at the female college student demographic. Senator Scott Logush (Class of 2025) asked about the difference between Her Campus and The Beacon. Her Campus clarified that the organization would have a much broader focus than The Beacon, which is mainly focused on Merrimack College information. After a Senate vote, Her Campus was approved as a student organization. The Senate was informed about when and where the SGA banquet will occur and a Google Calendar invite has been sent out. Pizza with the President has officially been canceled for this semester.

Barber motioned for a hand vote on doing a Spring Concert Pop-Up event as a tabling opportunity to help promote this year’s Spring Concert.

Barber elaborated on the election procedures for the coming semester. Here are the details

  1. Super Wednesday Election tabling will occur on Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at various locations across Merrimack’s campus.
  2. There will be a maximum of two shifts for executive board candidates and said candidates will not be able to distribute their own materials at the event.
  3. Some possible locations could include the Sullivan Quad, outside the McQuade Library, Mainstreet of the Sakowich Campus Center, the circle adjacent to the townhouses, or Gladstone Plaza.

Vice President’s Report: Abby White (Class of 2023)

Nothing new to report.

Secretary’s Report: Max Beland (Class of 2024)

Beland went over the remaining SGA tabling opportunities for Senators who have not yet fulfilled all of their tabling requirements. The final Admitted Students Day will occur on April 16th, joining SGA’s Relay for Life Team will count as a tabling credit, SGA’s Spring Concert Pop-Up Promotional Event will count as a tabling credit, and tabling for Super Wednesday Election Day will also count as a tabling credit.

Treasurer’s Report: Kiley Martel (Class of 2023)

SGA Crewnecks have been ordered. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has been approved for a $300 supplemental budget request. The Supplemental Form closed on Saturday, April 8th, 2023. The final day to order items is April 17th, 2023. WMCK requested a supplemental budget of $2970, they did not request an initial budget, and the breakdown for their request is as follows:

  • $570 for two events
  • $1400 for three swag items
  • $500 for marketing
  • $500 for “other”

The Finance Committee recommended $1,750 based on policies in place for swag items. The Senate voted on their request, and the Finance Committee’s recommendation was approved.

Parliamentarian’s Report: Anthony Gentile (Class of 2023)

Nothing new to report.

Publicist’s Report

Nothing new to report.

Advisor’s Report: Peter Rojas

Rojas announced that there would be a dinner at the Friary for SGA on Thursday, April 20th, 2023. Any Senators who are interested in attending should fill out the form that has been sent out by SGA Secretary Max Beland.

Graduate Fellow Report: Conner Nickerson

Nothing new to report.

Academic Affairs Committee: Nicholas Stawczyk (Class of 2026)

Nothing new to report.

Campus Infrastructure Committee: John Liddy (Class of 2023)

Nothing new to report.

Career Affairs Committee: Liz Johnson (Class of 2024) on behalf of Loraine Rodriguez (Class of 2024)

Nothing new to report.

Dining Affairs Committee: Amanda Lee (Class of 2023)

The Everyday AP issues should be fixed, and if more concerns arise students should address the Dining Committee. Students have asked for an increase in staffing at locations during busy times. An example of this would be more baristas at McQuade and more employees at the Sparky’s Omelet Station in the mornings. The committee requested another toaster in Sparky’s to prevent congestion.

Diversity Affairs Committee: Freddy Monroy (Class of 2023)

The Diversity Affairs Committee is exploring doing a table for the SGA water bottle initiative around Earth Day.

Environmental Affairs Committee: Liv Orlowska (Class of 2023)

Nothing new to report.

Information Technology Committee: Brianna Leccese (Class of 2025)

Nothing new to report.

Residence Life Committee: Hannah Loan (Class of 2024)

Housing forms will be open until April 18th, Residence Life will work to ensure the forms are filled out correctly. Forced triples are a possibility for on-campus housing next year.

Wellness Committee: Kaylie Sheffield (Class of 2026)

The Office of Wellness Education is holding events for SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) throughout the month of April, it will conclude with an off-campus event on April 26th. They are looking for individuals that are Van Certified that may be interested in attending this event. The Wellness Committee is also looking toward assessing data gathered from the Healthy Minds survey that was conducted a few months ago. The data will help fuel a number of wellness-associated campaigns when students return to campus in the Fall of 2023. Some examples are social norms, drinking, campaigns geared towards incoming freshmen, etc.

Unfinished Business

There was no unfinished business.

New Business

Class of 2024 Senator Adam Roczniak expressed concern about the soda machine in Monica’s Kitchen being unreliable and consistently out of order. Dining Committee Chair Amanda Lee said that she would address it with the committee.

Announcements

There were no new announcements. Beland (Class of 2024) took roll call and the meeting was adjourned until Tuesday, April 11th, 2023.

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