This Week in SA

The Student Association held its 21st meeting of the academic year Tuesday evening. The number of senators needed to make quorum was satisfied.

The minutes from last meeting and the agenda for the current meeting were both approved.

There were no guests to the senate.

There were no public comments.

In executive reports, SA President Christopher Collins-McNeil informed the senate that SA director applications are available to students on LakerLife. The positions available include: chief of staff, director of legislative affairs, director of academic affairs, directors of diversity and inclusion and director of public relations. He also added two new positions, a web director and graphic designer, that would be working closely with the director of public relations in creating an official Oswego State SA website. In addition to his cabinet members, Collins-McNeil plans to hire a residence life liaison and a Greek life liaison, who would be responsible to communicate between SA and their respected departments. He plans to accept applications for two weeks, interview candidates and hire them for the next academic year.

He also announced that Oswego State President Deborah Stanley is hosting another town hall-style meeting on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marano Campus Center Auditorium and encouraged the senate to attend. He hopes for a better turn out and asked the senate to name some problems they would like to bring up at the meeting in order to help the administration better prepare for answering any questions students may have. The senate brought up issues like the sidewalk conditions, registration problems and academic adviser issues. Collins-McNeil plans to send out flyers across campus and to the resident halls to better advertise for the event.

He also reported back to the senate about his attendance at the academic advisory meeting, among others and his plans to attend the president council advisory meeting.

SA Vice President Emily Nassir informed the senate that student senate meetings from other universities last about three hours compared to their meetings that last an hour, so the senate should change their mentality and try to not rush meetings.

She reminded the senate that Stanley is planning to come as a guest speaker to the last senate meeting. Nassir also plans to order pizza and wings for the last meeting, and hopes to see a lot of students in attendance.

She also wanted to congratulate all the students that received awards at the student involvement awards ceremony.

Elena Sanchez-Freeman, SA director of finance, welcomed the newly appointed director of finance, Matthew Peters.

Peters is currently a sophomore double major in marketing and finance with a minor in international business. He is a member of the men’s club hockey team and served as their treasurer this past year. He considers himself qualified for the position because he didn’t know much going into the men’s club hockey treasurer position and had to learn a lot himself as well as how the money is handled. Other than taking a lot of experience away from that position, he also started a business last summer and understands how a business works. They voted to approve Peters for next year’s position by a closed ballot.

Sanchez-Freeman brought up some of the figures from this year’s accounts and informed the senators that they should consider to raise the student activity fee for next year. Although they didn’t agree on the new price, they did decide that the students should be fully educated about why an increase would be necessary. Sanchez-Freeman encourages any student to see her if they have any questions on the current budget.

In senate research forum, Sen. Sarah Woods presented different promotional ideas that SA is looking to buy for next year. They agreed to order adhesive pockets for cellphones, a book of post-its, pens and hair ties with the SA logo on it, which would come to a total of around $1,000.

There were no special or general orders.

As a part of new legislation, the senate approved an adjustment to the bylaws of the student activity fee allowing the senate to increase the student activity fee at the maximum of 13.5 percent compared to the past maximum increase of 5.6 percent. The resolution was referred to all committees for a period of one week.

SA meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Lanigan 107. The next meeting will be Sunday 6 p.m. in Lanigan 107 to go over next year’s budget. All meetings are open to the public.