Foster presents budget framework to SG

By Alex Shapiro
Columnist

SG recognizes PSA as an official student organization (Alex Shapiro / Columnist).

Student Government welcomed College President Kathryn Foster and approved a new club at its meeting on March 13.

The general body introduced a resolution titled, “B-S2019-04: Student Org Bylaws Changes,” which is intended to better align the responsibilities of the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Organization Recognition Process.

The bill will be debated further at the next meeting.

SG then welcomed members of the Pakistani Student Association, who gave a presentation on why they believe they should be a recognized student organization by the College.

PSA wanted the College’s recognition for booking space, advertising events and growing its member base. The organization hopes to host regular meetings and cultural events to foster intercultural understanding.

SG voted for PSA to become a student organization at the College.

SG then welcomed Foster, who presented the “Framework for Budget and Priority Setting.”

Foster gave the presentation to inform the general body about her ideas for budgeting in the future at the College.

According to Foster, there is an increased demand for school services, which include mental health and academic support. There is also a demand for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution.

Foster explained that the College holds values of excellence, engagement, integrity, inclusiveness and self-reflection very strongly.

She mentioned various institutional priorities, all of which were created to ensure that students have the resources necessary to complete their higher education. Those priorities include being a national exemplar of excellent, affordable, public higher-education and creating an engaged, collaborative and inclusive community.

The priorities involve, increasing mentoring programs and closing graduation gaps, increasing full-time equivalent enrollment and graduate programs and further developing alumni engagement and public relations strategies.

Next, the general body voted on “R-S2019-02 Water Resolution.” The bill “requires institutions of higher education to test for lead in drinking water annually, report test results and install lead filters or treatment devices.”

This bill was made out of concern for the quality of Ewing’s water and the recent reports released by Trenton Water Works, which listed various contaminant levels in the water the College receives.

After a general body vote, the resolution passed and will be put into effect immediately.

The Class of 2021 announced the sophomore class trip to Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia, which will take place on March 31.

The Class of 2022 announced that it is still selling tickets until March 30 for the Spring Formal.

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