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This week in GSS

New senator and officer appointments, resignations

Francis Perrino resigned as a student senator, and Chase Flaherty resigned as a faculty-senate student representative.

Club maintenance

The Navigators recently returned from their sixth annual mission trip to Croatia, where they held a camp for Roma children. Their mission involved helping with reconciliation of generational trauma through demonstrating affection and organizing group exercises, creative activities and Bible study.

Guest speakers

Lauri Sidelko, director of the Student Wellness Resource Center, made three announcements to the Senate:

The Student Wellness Resource Center recently hired Dana Carver-Bialer from the Communication and Journalism department to run leadership programs. There will be a statewide leadership conference held at the Memorial Union on Oct. 19 and 20. Sidelko invited senators to contact her if they want to host an event, speak or attend the conference.

Sidelko also runs UMaine UVote, a voter education, engagement and registration initiative. Students can register to vote in the Student Wellness Resource Center in the Memorial Union until fall break. There will be voter registration drives held on Sept. 17 and 25.

The annual Black Bear Attack race, a 3.5 mile mud run, will take place on Sept. 22. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Lauri Sidelko at

Executive reports

President Logan Aromando reported a high turnout at the Student Organization Fair. Aromando also said that he and Vice President Bentley Simpson are part of the Voter Activation Team, and will be updating the senate regarding voter registration.

Vice President for Financial Affairs Bradley Bailey reported $481,079.70 in unallocated funds.

Vice President for Student Organizations Taylor Cray is starting a “Club of the Week” feature for student organizations that are doing well. Selected clubs will get a feature on UMSG social media accounts and a $100 award.

Vice President for Student Entertainment Corey Claflin is working with athletics regarding football and hockey season activity promotion and figuring out logistics to attend the National Association of Campus Activities convention.

Representative board reports

The Commuter and Non-Traditional Student group (CANS) is holding a pancake breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Chase Flaherty reported on behalf of the Honors College Student Advisory Board that the honors cookout was held Thursday, Sept. 13 with a large turnout.

Interfraternity Council (IFC) representative Cole Lemelin said that they had a successful recruitment kickoff on Saturday. He reported that they have not yet received numbers on attendance, but that information is forthcoming. Lemelin believes they will get their largest numbers to date.

President Aromando reported on behalf of the Panhellenic Council that sorority formal recruitment is in “full swing” and will wrap up with bid day on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Sustainability and Environmental Actions Division is working with the Green Campus Initiative to promote composting.

Community association reports

The Feminist Collective hosted a Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund phone bank on Tuesday night, encouraging students to call Sen. Susan Collins and ask her to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The International Student Association has recently become a community association, with about 20 current members. The Office of International Programs hosts a coffee hour every Friday at 4 p.m. in the North Pod. The association also holds a culture festival in November, which had around 2,700 attendants last year.

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