By Alexandra Shapiro
Student Government voted on a bill and announced details regarding the upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Week at last week’s general body meeting on April 3.
SG began the meeting by debating “Bill S2019-04,” titled, “Student Organization Bylaws Changes.”
The bill regards organizations that fail to re-register on campus each semester. If an organization has maintained pending inactive for more than one month, the organization will be referred by the Office of Student Involvement to the vice president for Governmental Affairs for inactive status.
When moved to inactive status, the student organization is not permitted to participate in the Student Involvement Fair. Likewise, the Office of Student Involvement will suspend privileges of the organization’s management and marketing systems. When this occurs, the student organization will have one month to re-register with the Office of Student Involvement to be considered an active student organization in the following semester.
The bill passed after a vote by the general body and will be effective immediately.
The general body announced several governance reports.
Vice President of Advancement and senior engineering major Ricky Brum announced an SG “Hoagie Haven” fundraiser on the week of April 22. There will be tabling for the event on the April 22 and April 23 in the Brower Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where students can fill out order forms for their hoagies. The hoagies will be delivered on April 26 at around 5 p.m.
Vice President for Governmental Affairs Justin Brach, a senior political science and finance double major, announced meetings that he had with legislators of the New Jersey State House of Representatives on April 2. Brach stated that he will be going back on Thursday, April 4 for more meetings and committee hearings. Brach met with legislators regarding his proposed bill on how students have been affected by the previous government shutdown. The bill will allow more time for students to pay their tuition if they have been impacted financially by the shutdown.
According to SG, the meetings have been successful so far, and the senate passed Brach’s proposed bill regarding the government shutdown, which is titled “RS-S3029-093 Government Shutdown Tuition Extension resolution.” The bill will now be sent to state legislators for further debate.
Brach stated that he was “excited to get the process moving with the resolution.”
Vice President for Community Relations Rachel Smith, a junior communication studies and women’s gender and sexuality studies double major, gave details regarding Trenton Middle School Day, which is planned for this morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Decker Hall Social Space. At the event, middle school students will be visiting the College to learn about campus life and career fields. College students involved in this event will meet in groups with the middle schoolers and discuss their college and internship experience.
Eashwayne Haughton, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion and senior philosophy major, gave further details on Diversity and Inclusion Week.
The #IAMTCNJMonolouges will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. This event will involve students describing their experiences and stories from different backgrounds while celebrating their distinct cultures.
The Second Annual TCNJ Diversity Summit will be taking place today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100.
Sonia L. Aranza, a widely-respected expert in diversity and inclusion, will be speaking at this event. Aranza has developed diversity and inclusion programs for clients such as Boeing, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and NASA. She has been named “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Asian American Women.
The School of Nursing is looking to implement a health administration minor. According to representative Emily Varga, the nursing school has just received a sponsor and the proposal will be headed to other committees within the School of Nursing for approval.
The Senior Class Council announced that Senior Sendoff has been released, saying that 50 tickets were sold in five minutes and that over 300 were sold as of April 2. The council encouraged students to sign up since tickets will be capped at 500.
Director of Student Involvement Dave Conner thanked the general body for its time and the SG Cabinet for being hardworking and keeping him busy.
“(The) cabinet is doing a tremendous job in the final push of April,” he said.