General Student Senate discusses the state of IT

Cindy Mitchell, director of administrative systems development and support in the University IT department, spoke to the General Student Senate on Nov. 3. Mitchell gave testimony to the state of IT at the University of Maine, emphasizing that changes in our online classroom technologies were on their way, but made sure to point out a single system to replace Blackboard, First Class and MaineStreet was extremely unlikely.

Club Recognition

The American Choral Directors Association Student Chapter, a club designed to connect music education students to practicing music educators with a focus on choral music, gained preliminary recognition.

The Bio-Engineering club gained final recognition, becoming an official student organization. Bio-Engineering club offers study help and pre-professional guidance to bio-engineering majors students.

Allocations

The Women’s Rugby Team received $3,000 for equipment, jerseys and referee fees.

The Tackle Football Team received $3,140 for 22 helmets.

The Men’s Rugby Team received $2,250 for travel and accommodation expenses for their upcoming tournament.

Oct. 27 Election

On Oct. 27, there was an election to change the terms of Student Government Inc. officials. The term would be shifted from a calendar year to the academic year. The change, according to President Harold Stewart, would be beneficial, as many officials would cut their term short in the spring.

The vote did pass, meeting the two-thirds popular vote requirement, but Stewart said a number of issues, clerical and technical, made the vote feel unfair.

“It was supposed to be 30 to 45 academic days after it passed the senate,” Stewart said. “It was held 35 calendar days after it passed, so that invalidated it.”

Along with that, 240 people experienced difficulties with the First Class voting. Stewart said that along with the First Class voting, there will be a physical polling place.

Stewart also said the vote will be coming soon, as they are now in the 30 to 45 academic day range.

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