Transcript of the SGA update during the WMUA 91.1 FM news cast at 5:30 PM.
Hello everyone, this is Tiff Tai, and welcome to the Student Government update.
This week, the Senate approved the Judiciary appointments that President Yevin Roh made. The SGA appointed 4 people to the Judiciary. They are Jeevan Matthew, Avery Fuerst, Beyang Kima-Tabong, and Daria Capone. These are undergraduate students who act as Justices in the student government. Their job is to hold the student government accountable to its own rules. The Justices will soon appoint a Chief Justice and an Associate Chief Justice. The Senate also needs to approve Christina McCabe, who was unable to attend the Senate meeting this Monday.
The Senate Committees are all ready to go for the year. Committees were formed and their chairs appointed. The Committees are Administrative Affairs, Ways and Means, Finance, State & Federal, and Student & Academic Affairs. Check out our website at www.umass-sga.com to find out more about these committees, how they can serve you, and what their meeting schedule is.
There has been talk about a new building for University Health Services. The proposed location is the parking lot by the Visitor’s Center. SGA President Roh and Student Trustee Tina Kennedy have expressed that a new UHS should not be funded by student fee increases. The planning committee for this new UHS building has said that they will look to different sources of funding, such as private donations, and that raising student fees will be an absolute last resort. Vice Chancellor Jean Kim will be releasing a report in November about the plan for the new UHS building.
If you want to start a new RSO, those applications are due on the 23rd. If you cannot make this deadline, don’t worry, you can apply in the spring. If you are just thinking about starting your RSO, you will want to look at meeting the spring deadline, not this fall deadline. Definitely come in to the SGA office in the Student Union room 420, and we can help you out.
If you belong to an RSO, know that the Student Government has just implemented a new internal budget transfer policy. What this means is that you as an RSO should now find it a lot easier to use all of your funds for the year. Please stop by the SGA office if you would like more information about the new internal budget transfer policy.
Homecoming Week is coming up! The SGA and UPC have been working together to bring you not just one but two weeks of excitement. Next week, we have 2 great events to help you get excited for Homecoming. The first is one is on Monday, which is the SGA’s Day of Service. Everyone is welcome to help us clean up our campus from 4-6 PM. Bring a group of friends, represent your RSO or place of work. Meet us on the Student Union steps on Monday at 4:00.
The second event is a can drive, hosted by the UMass Amherst Community Kitchen, also known as UMACK. UMACK is a student group working to alleviate hunger in the Amherst community. This cming Wednesday, UMACK will be accepting non-perishable foods on the library lawn from 10-4. Anything you can donate will make a difference, especially in these hard times.
The Orchard Hill Area Government is hosting a Falloween carnival, which will include pumpkin carving and painting, caramel apple making, and a costume dance. This will be on Saturday October 29th.
Now on to campus events:
The Northampton Slutwalk has changed the event name to “Stomp & Holler: Because We’ve had Enough!” and it is happening this Saturday from noon to 3:00 PM. The march will start at the Lampron Park next to the Bridge Street School and will continue to the steps of City Hall. If you would like to make signs and meet people before the march happens, you are free to go to the Lampron Park a half hour earlier at 11:30 AM.
This coming Monday is Food Day, hosted by the UMass Nutrition Association. From 10-4 on the library lawn, there will be a farmer’s market and an expo of campus groups that support the core values of Food Day.
There will be free and anonymous HIV and STD testing on Tuesday from noon to 3 PM in the Campus Center, room 101. This event is hosted by the Stonewall Center, and the testing will be conducted by Tapestry Health.
Financial aid can be extremely confusing. The Cape Verdean Student Alliance is hosting a representative from Financial Aid tonight at 7:30 on the 12th floor of Coolidge. Come get your questions answered about paying for college.
The Craft Center is having an open mic this Friday. Sign up starts at 7 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.
The Black Student Union is hosting their biannual Comedy Show featuring upcoming comedians. This event is open to all Five College students. The Comedy Show is happening on Friday at 8 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium.
Do you ever worry about how your social media might affect your chances of getting a job? Tomorrow from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in Herter 117, the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority is hosting a workshop called “Facebook and Your Future.” Come learn abou the Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook and Twitter and how to exemplify yourself to others and your future career.
Why are diamonds controversial? Come to a workshop on the diamond industry tomorrow at 7 PM in Herter 107. This event is hosted by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.