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The General Student Senate discusses upcoming events and debate acts brought to the floor

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the General Student Senate (GSS) discussed upcoming events and voted for multiple acts.

The senate meeting began with a speech from guest speaker Tom Peaco, the president of the University of Maine’s Alumni Association. After introducing himself to the senate Peaco explained the Alumni Association’s goal of keeping currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students connected with alumni. Peaco also spoke of the Alumni Association’s role in hosting homecoming and webinars.

Shortly after, the Student Construction Association came in for preliminary recognition as a club, which the senate passed unanimously.

Next, fourth-year President Alyssa Ciasullo gave her executive report which detailed a busy week of board and committee meetings.

The Vice President for Financial Affairs, fourth-year Paige Allen, announced that she will be revamping the website in hopes of making funding information more easily accessible to clubs and student organizations.

The VP for Student Entertainment, third-year Owen Hebda, reported on the success of last week’s trunk or treat as well as announced another block party concert which will be advertised around campus next week. If you have any questions or suggestions please direct them to Hebda at

The VP for Student Leadership, third-year Michael Delorge, reported his new goal of increasing mental health resources and services around campus. He also discussed his meeting with MaineCard Services to have emergency information on the back of both physical and electronic MaineCards.

The representative for Commuter and Nontraditional Students reported that they will work on constructing a carpool organizing network over discord. There will also be another pancake breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Wade Center.

The Feminist Collective Representative reported that they are still accepting donations for their hygiene drive.

International Students Association Representative Ece Yeldan reported that Culture Fest would take place Saturday, Nov. 5, at the New Balance Student Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include a food court and a fashion show.

An act to allocate funds to the International Affairs Association in the amount of $3,750 for their trip to a Model UN conference in Montreal Canada was proposed. The funds would pay for conference registration, transportation and housing. The act passed the senate with a majority.

Another act to recognize Election Day as an academic holiday was brought to the senate. The act was heavily debated and contested but ultimately passed.

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