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This week in GSS

New Senators and Officer Appointments

Zach LaBonne and Tiffany Tanner were sworn in as new senators.

Club Maintenance

The Senate approved two new representative boards — the Senior Class Council and the Sustainability and Environmental Action Division.

The International Student Association, formerly a representative board, became a community association.

Executive Reports

Vice President Logan Aromando had a meeting with Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Q. Dana and President Susan J. Hunter to discuss the upcoming concert. Student government will be releasing a statement regarding the event, and any questions can be directed to Aromando or Vice President of Student Entertainment Jared Dumas. Aromando also reminded everyone to vote in Thursday’s election.

Vice President for Financial Affairs Song Ping ‘Ryan’ Wang reported $295,876.19 in unallocated funds. $375.40 from the Pre-Law Society was returned to unallocated. $700 was allocated to the Maine Peace Action Committee, $500 was allocated to the Martial Arts Club, $400 was allocated to the International Students Association and $360 was allocated to Amnesty International.

Vice President for Student Organizations Jacob Wood is working on establishing new representative boards.

Dumas is working on logistics for the upcoming concert on Saturday, April 14 at the Alfond Arena. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will run until 11 p.m. Artist announcements will be made this week on social media.

Periodic Reports

Chair of the Fair Election Practices Commission Corey Claflin reported that John Kay has been disqualified from the presidential race. Bentley Simpson and Fazeel Hashmi have been disqualified from the vice presidential race due to missed deadlines. Simpson and Hashmi are both running as write-in candidates. Students received an email at 9 a.m. on Thursday with a link to the voting survey.

ROTC representative Dair Cruz announced a fundraiser on April 21 for an ROTC scholarship.

Director of Communications Miranda Roberts has helped promote the debate and the election, created a “Meet the Candidates” flyer and promoted student organization events on social media.

Reports of Standing Committees

Services chair Chase Flaherty is open to suggestions on how to improve student services at the University of Maine.

Reports of Special Committees

The Maine Day committee has been working with services and dining to move forward with planning for Maine Day on May 2.

Representative Board Reports

Commuter and Non-Traditional Students have meetings at 10 a.m. on Fridays in the Commuter Lounge, and hosted a pancake breakfast on Thursday.

Honors College Student Advisory Board held a showing of an “undisclosed Stephen King movie” in Colvin on Friday, and did not announce the title in advance to avoid licensing fees for advertising. $14,781 has been raised so far for the Maine Day Meal Packout, which equates to roughly 60,000 meals. This Thursday’s trivia night fundraised for the event, as well as a bar crawl on April 13 and an OHOP night during Greek Week.

Interfraternity Council representative Cole Lemelin reported that Greek Week will be April 9-12. After the talent show on April 11, there will be a half-off drinks deal at OHOP with the purchase of a $5 bracelet.

Community Association Reports

Student Heritage Alliance Council (SHAC) representative Mohammad ‘Fazeel’ Hashmi reminded the Senate that Diversity Week was underway, with events throughout the Memorial Union. SHAC hosted the Multicultural Mosaic on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., which included catering from local Chinese and Mexican restaurants, and prizes. The event was free. German Club will be holding their Cafe Wien bake sale on April 10. The South Asian Association of Maine will be holding a New Year’s celebration on April 14 in Estabrooke Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The Asian Student Association is hosting Taste of Asia on April 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the North Pod.

Feminist Collective representative Meghan Frisard reported an upcoming showing of the film “Birthright: A War Story” on April 3 in Neville Hall, a collaborative event with the Mabel Wadsworth Center.

Wilde Stein representative Skylar Rungren reported plans for a queer-inclusive, semi-formal Lavender Ball as part of Pride Week, which will be held in the Buchanan Alumni House on April 20.

New Business

The Caribbean Club was granted $1,500 for food from Jamaican Vybz for their Carnival Madness on April 28.

Cheerleading was granted $8,050 for registration and hotel rooms at the NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida, April 4-8. Twenty-four athletes are attending the competition, and the team fundraised roughly $30,000.

$7,500 was allocated for the purchase of bike repair stations, installment and branding.

$100 was allocated to the Asian Student Association for food for the Multicultural Mosaic on March 30.

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