The Student Government Association's (SGA) academic diversity surveys, which SGA senators began distributing to students last week, were called into question by several SGA members and concerned students at the general body meeting on Oct. 19.
The surveys were designed by the College's chapter of Students for Academic Freedom (SAF), an organization that is often categorized as conservative.
After swearing in its newly elected members at its meeting Sept. 28, the Student Government Association (SGA) discussed the success of the online election as well as new developments in the PrintSense policy for student organizations.
Despite the sharp increase in voters this election, Dario Silvestro, alternate student trustee and election chair, noted that the number still only represents less than 20 percent of the student population.
At its meeting last week, Student Government Association (SGA) members discussed how the organization is addressing the College's recent contract renewal with its food service provider, Sodexho Dining Services.
Annelise Catanzaro, SGA executive president, and Jasmine Charl?n, SGA vice president, said they met with Toni Pusak, assistant director of auxiliary services, to voice concern with the lack of student involvement in the contract renewal process.
The constitutions of two new clubs, the Manhunt Club and Flow Hip-Hop Dance Team, were approved by the Student Government Association at its meeting Sept. 14, making the clubs official organizations of the College.
The Manhunt Club, which gives students the opportunity to play manhunt and other games such as capture the flag and jailbreak, is open to all students of the College.
Annelise Catanzaro, this year's Student Government Association (SGA) student trustee, was elected SGA executive president last week, winning with just over 50 percent of the vote. Ravi Kaneriya and Keith Jeronimus trailed behind Catanzaro with 27.5 percent and 18.3 percent of the votes, respectively.
Ravi Kaneriya, candidate for executive president in the Student Government Association (SGA) elections, criticized the platform of opponent Annelise Catanzaro at the candidate forum held April 12. He said her platform is "rhetoric" and full of "empty promises.
At the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting last Wednesday, Pedro Khoury, executive president, announced that Matthew Civiletti, vice-president of administration and finance, resigned from his position.
Also at the meeting, the SGA addressed the recently passed Equity and Diversity referendum, the Student Finance Board (SFB) budget retreat and a failed Election Petition Bill.
The Student Government Association (SGA) referendum to create the position of vice president of equity and diversity was approved by the student body this week, having passed the two-thirds requirement with 134 supporting votes and 53 opposed votes.
There were 187 votes cast overall, which accounts for just 3 percent of the student population at the College.