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May Blake

Beacon Correspondent

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SGA addresses diversity and course offerings for academic initiative

The Student Government Association revised the 2015-2016 academic initiative to include increased diversity in curriculum, and broader course offerings at last Thursday’s meeting.

SGA discusses student success

Robert Amelio, director of diversity education and human relations, and Chris Daly, director of retention and student success, announced at Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting that they would be conducting research to find the student body’s definitions of success at the college.

SGA election results announced

The classes of 2018 and 2019 both elected presidents in the fall 2015 Student Government Association elections, according to James Rowland SGA election chair. Several department senators were also voted in.

SGA holds press night

The Student Government Association held its press night on Nov. 17 for the recent election, which began Tuesday at midnight and was open for 24 hours.

SGA discusses Colonial task force

The Board of Trustees ad hoc Task Force that will decide the new purpose of Emerson’s Colonial Theatre was discussed extensively during Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting.

SGA grants EBONI funds to host Black History Month

Members of Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests appealed for and received $9,029.45 at Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting.

Overseers discuss student issues with SGA

Donna Heiland, vice president and special assistant to the president, and Board of Overseers members Eric Alexander and Donald Spetner appeared at this week’s Student Government Association meeting to discuss the actions of the board in the past few months.

Mental health awareness event held on campus

Fresh Check Day, an event held to discuss mental health, was held for the first time in the Max Mutchnick Campus Center on Oct. 21.

SGA discusses cultural competency for faculty

Nancy Allen and Jabari Asim, chairs of the Ad Hoc Cultural Competency Committee, and Robert Colby, president of the Faculty Assembly, appeared at the Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on Oct. 15 to address the progress in cultural competency training following last spring’s student protests.

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SGA addresses student union possibility in letter

The Student Government Association released an official response last week on its blog to a Beacon opinion piece that called for the creation of a student union.

SGA Election results to be released this week

The results of the Student Government Association’s fall 2015 special elections will be released later this week, according to Elections Chair James Rowland.

SGA cracks down on Wi-Fi issues

Two employees from Emerson Information Technology appeared to address several issues at the Student Government Association joint session this Tuesday.

Podcast talks diversity, reflects on student walkouts

“Settle in to the sounds of social change,” says Sylvia Spears, vice president for diversity and inclusion, at the beginning of each episode of Common Ground.

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Battle of the Bands hits a high note

“I really loved Jive McFly,” Catherine Amoriggi, a freshman marketing communication major, said. “I loved the mixture of funk and rock. I thought they had such great energy, and all of the band members had great stage presence. They definitely deserved to win.”

SGA discusses plans for cultural competency in departments

Sylvia Spears, vice president for diversity and inclusion, and Robert Amelio, director for diversity and inclusive excellence, spoke at the Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on Sept. 15 to address last spring’s student demonstration for cultural competency and to explain the faculty and administrative response over the summer.