SGA Updates

Proposal to address concerns over current exam schedule

SGA is drafting a proposal to present to the Faculty Senate expressing concerns over the current exam schedule. The proposal would not likely affect the upcoming spring exams, but hopefully will affect next year at the earliest.

Changes come in response to the removal of reading days and subsequent compression of exam week. There is a possibility of adding days at the end of the semester or starting earlier in winter. SGA has created a working group to continue research and draft the proposal.

SGA confirms new senators

SGA confirmed three new senators to replace those graduating or leaving the University. First-year Gretta M. Stack and sophomore Gillian Natanagara, who will join the committee on the environment, and sophomore Zach Merson, who will the Student Action Committee, were confirmed Tuesday March 21 and welcomed into the current ranks.

Resolution recognizing Men’s Basketball

A resolution was proposed to recognize the men’s basketball team for their performance in this last season.          

SGA Budget passed

SGA passed their club budget for 2017. Starting in February, SGA went through historical documents of past budgets and meets with clubs to determine their monetary needs. The new budget for next year will be around $1.3 million for all university clubs, according to Jake Guarino, the chair of SGA’s finance committee.  

Club Evaluations

SGA is beginning its club evaluations. All clubs are required to either submit an evaluation to the SGA electronically, or for the tier 1 clubs such as Crew, Ski and Snowboard and the Men’s Hockey team, meet with SGA directly.

The tiers are decided by how much a club requests in funding in relation to their fundraising potential. Tier one clubs are generally those who request $50,000 or more. Evaluations determine club standing and budget needs.

SGA elections upcoming

Elections for SGA president and vice-president have concluded. Those running were required to register their campaign with SGA by March 22. A debate was held with those running on March 27 in Brennan’s Pub. Seniors Niko Wu and Chris Petrillo ran for SGA president and Nicole Woodcock ran uncontested for vice president.   

UVM testing an electric bus

UVM is testing the use of an electric bus in hopes of continuing to reduce the University’s emissions. The bus will run on campus, and students are encouraged to make use of it. A survey will be sent out to the entire student body regarding the initiative.