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Student government opens nominations for empty seats

The University of Maine General Student Senate heard presentations from three clubs; opened nominations for three positions; and executed an immediate, on-spot election via the suspension of rules to replace a member on the Committee for Student Organizations. The meeting was held Jan. 22 in the Memorial Union’s Bangor room and lasted 53 minutes.

Tull leaves GSS, first-year Harrington to replace in SOC

Vice President Sam Helmke opened the meeting by announcing that Sen. Elizabeth Tull, a fourth-year psychology student, would be leaving the GSS on her own regards. Near the end of the meeting, Vice President for Student Organizations Sarah Porter, the presiding executive for SOC, moved to suspend the rules and elect a replacement, expressing urgency to have all four SOC committee seats filled.

First-year political science student Sen. Danielle Harrington won a three-way race between Sen. Michael Kennedy, a second-year English and philosophy student, and Sen. Brittany Cote, a fourth-year psychology student.

Nominations for Faculty Sen. Rep., Pro Tempore and Legal Services Liaison

Three senators will be appointed by election when the nomination periods for Faculty Sen. Rep., Pro Tempore and Legal Services Liaison close in just over one week. So far, nominations include: Sen. Jake Dumas for Faculty Sen. Rep., a position left open after Robert “Jackson” Pineau left the GSS for an internship opportunity with the Maine Senate Democrats; Sen. Lee Jackson, Sen. Aaron Ortiz and Sen. Patrick Church for Pro Tempore, a position left open after Mark Brunton left the GSS for an internship opportunity in Washington, D.C.; and Sen. Logan Nee and Sen. Jake Dumas for Legal Services Liaison, a position left open following the resignation of previous liaison Sen. Paige Eggleston.

ATSO, No Labels and Veteran’s Club present

The Athletic Training Student Organization, which focuses on continuing athletic training students’ education outside the traditional classroom setting, presented on its recent trip to the 2013 Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Buffalo, N.Y. from Jan. 4-7. Newly appointed club treasurer Jake Cross spoke on behalf of the group, calling the trip “an awesome experience.” Cross said a unique part of the symposium was meeting with doctors from Canada who were able to provide views on how they approach health care and certain situations in a different country. The group visited Niagara Falls State Park on their last day in New York.

No Labels at the University of Maine, a political organization that focuses on bipartisanism, presented on its recent trip to the Meeting to Make America Work conference in New York from Jan. 13-14. Founder and club representative Sen. Logan Nee spoke on behalf of the group, stating the conference was both “eye-opening” and “progressive.” Sen. Nee made the trip with fourth-year student Mackenzie Bray, joining over 15,000 people from across the country in an effort to rekindle cross-party compatibility. As one of the nation’s first university chapters, No Labels at UMaine was able to advise students from schools like Pennsylvania State University on how to start chapters of their own, according to Nee.

The Veteran’s Club — an association that provides academic, social and administrative support to veterans and their families in order to ensure success in higher education — presented on its recent trip to the Student Veterans of America National Conference in Orlando, Fla. from Jan. 3-7. Newly elected club president and former club treasurer Christopher “Chris” Phinney spoke on behalf of the group, saying six students went.

Former Sens. Assenmacher, Hudson talk Innovation

Former Sens. Anna Assenmacher and Hannah Hudson spoke to the GSS members about the upcoming “Real World Prep” series, sponsored by the Foster Center for Student Innovation. Both Assenmacher and Hudson are graduate assistants at the FCSI.

According to Assenmacher, “Real World Prep” will “focus on prepping students for internships and jobs after school.”

The series will be split into four sections, kicking-off with a networking segment with Sr. Vice President and Director of Community Relations and Communication for Bangor Savings Bank Carol Colson on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. Other dates included Feb. 5, 7 and 21.

Exec reports, other news

Helmke said five seats on the GSS are currently open. Helmke also said he has received four applicants for the position of clerk. Current GSS clerk Theo Koboski announced his resignation in early January.

Vice President for Student Entertainment Sarah Goode hinted at a potential guest lecture in the spring.

Third-year anthropology student Evan McDuff, president of Wilde Stein Alliance for Sexual Diversity, introduced the organization’s new president Logan McLaughlin.