GSS meets for first time since Spring Break

Kayla Jones, president of the Dressage Club, brought the General Student Senate to task this week with a request for funding for their upcoming show season.

Club Presentations

The Circle K Club thanked the student government for funding their district convention over spring break in Pittsburgh.

The Women’s Ice Hockey Club thanked the student government for help in funding their recent game in Vermont. It is the first time in five years that the club has traveled out of state for a game.

The Pre-Vet Club thanked the student government for funding their recent trip to the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

The Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team thanked the student government for help in funding their trip to compete in the annual Hide Tide Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C..

University of Maine Nursing International thanked the student government for help in funding their service trip to Panama over spring break. The students worked in close quarters with approximately 60 to 100 children over the course of one week practicing medicine.

Periodic Reports

Senator Connor Scott returned from the recent Board of Trustees meeting at UMaine Farmington via video chat. Senator Scott discussed the recent tuition freeze in the UMaine system. In its sixth year of maintaining the tuition cost for students, and in some cases decreasing, The governor of Maine hopes to soon become a flat tuition state.

Senator Johnathan Deschaine, the representative to the Faculty Senate, recently attended his first meeting. He reported that the senate is currently working on a Mainestreet app, as well as collecting data about building stability on the Orono campus. The Faculty Senate also discussed plans to further expand seating in Fogler Library in the future.

Director of Communications Mallory Nightingale discussed the recent efforts in the student government website which is launching very soon. She is maintaining her efforts to advertise the student government across campus, including new ideas of speaking in classrooms and the release of an Instagram account to keep students up to date.

Allocations

$400 was given to the International Student Association for their graduate dinner.

$610 was given to Gamma Sigma Sigma for their National Conference.

$625 was given to South Asian Association for Maine for their Holi Potluck.

New Business

Candidates for President for the 2016-2017 school year include current president Kevin Bois and former senator Amanda Mancheva.

Current Vice-President Jared Dumas is running for re-election for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Haley Sylvester is from Greenwich, CT and an undergraduate student at the University of Maine. She is studying Management and Marketing with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Professional Writing. She joined the Maine Campus in the spring of 2016 and currently serves as the News Editor.

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