Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Scott Kieffer

New members welcomes as the old say goodbye

Eric Pasternack assumed his new role as executive president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at last week's meeting. This year's executive board members shared some parting words and then stepped aside for the new administration. Annelise Catanzaro, this year's executive president, formally swore in Pasternack, who then swore in the rest of the executive board, class councils and senators.

Kelly narrowly escapes forced resignation

Longtime resentments were put to rest last week when Kevin Kelly, vice president of legal and governmental affairs, avoided a forced resignation by a 20-17-4 vote at the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. Kelly apologized and shook hands with senator Dan Beckelman, whom Kelly had exposed as the SGA Insider.

Pasternack elected SGA president

People Over Politics won the top spot in the elections for next year's Student Government Association (SGA) when Eric Pasternack defeated S. Lee Whitesell for the presidency. People Over Politics and its opponent Real Leadership each got three of the executive board seats.

Resolution calls for resignation of executive board member

A resolution asking for the resignation of Kevin Kelly, vice president of legal and governmental affairs, was introduced at last week's Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. Also, Julia Pratt, executive director of the Student Finance Board (SFB), announced that next year's SFB budget will reduce payrolls for some student leaders while increasing others, including the salary of the SGA executive president.

Resolution condemns state budget proposal

A resolution opposing Gov. Corzine's proposed state budget was introduced at the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting last week. In an attempt to correct New Jersey's $4 billion deficit, the proposed budget would cut $8 million from the College's funding and a total of $169 million from higher education statewide.

College considers legal download service

The Student Government Association (SGA) is trying to get a legal downloading service for students, Drew Rausa, senator of Art, Media and Music, announced at the March 8 meeting. The student services committee of SGA is investigating the possibility of getting Ruckus, a legal service that provides about 1.

Greek organizations seek funding for campus events

An attempt to get direct Student Finance Board (SFB) funding for Greek organizations failed during last week's Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. The Greek Resolution, introduced by Eric Pasternack, junior class vice president, recommended that SFB "allow Greek organizations to request funding for specific events" that are open to the entire campus.

Four class positions set up in eventful meeting

Four new class officer positions were created by the Class Officer Revision Bill at last week's Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. The bill, introduced by Mollie Seiferas, vice president of Student Services, makes all class councils the same by adding a treasurer to the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, as well as a secretary to the senior class.

College socialists approved despite opposition

Members of TCNJ Socialists heaved a sigh of relief last week when the club was approved by a single vote at the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. The decision (18-17-1) was one of the most fiercely debated all year, and arguments over its approval continued long after the meeting.

SGA approves Latin ballroom dancing club, appoints liaisons

The Student Government Association (SGA) approved the Latin Ballroom Dancing Club last week at an unusually short meeting. The club will provide lessons in cha-cha, salsa, samba and other Latin ballroom styles. An instructor will come to campus for weekly lessons, which will cost $5 per person.

Associate members to face penalties for inactivity

A new policy for revoking the voting rights of associate members of the Student Government Association (SGA) was passed last week. The position of associate member is the only one available to students who are not elected but wish to be involved in SGA. The Associate Member Bill passed by a vote of 31-8, but it worried some senators.

Inglima to hold two positions amidst handful of resignations

Leo Inglima, sophomore technology education major, was elected vice president of equity and diversity for the Student Government Association (SGA) last week. The election was one of many, following a rush of resignations in the new semester. One of the resigners, Dan Beckelman, returned to SGA as an associate member after losing the election for sophomore class secretary.

Kaneriya proposes bill for Student Court

A new bill that would create a judicial branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) was proposed at last week's SGA meeting by Senator at-Large Ravi Kaneriya. The purpose of the bill is "to create a Student Court that will allow for a balance of power in the SGA.

Amendment allows students to introduce legislation

An amendment allowing students to introduce legislation to the Student Government Association (SGA) general body was passed unanimously at the Nov. 16 SGA meeting. The amendment, proposed by Senator at-Large Ravi Kaneriya, would require a student to get 100 signatures from full-time students before introducing the legislation.

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