GSS allocates funds for conference trips, VPSE to step down

Posted by Blake Wright on November 06, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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By Cameron Paquette | The Maine Campus - 10/27/2014  

UMSG’s VP of Student Entertainment steps down, several new clubs receive recognition and funds are allocated for club conference trips at the Oct. 21 meeting of UMSG’s General Student Senate.

Clubs receive preliminary, final recognition

The Common Sense Action Club, a bi-partisan student group that would work to organize balanced political discourse through events on campus, was granted preliminary recognition. The group is based on a similar group that started two years ago and is now a national group.

Club President James Dumas was on hand to talk about the group.

“Gay marriage isn’t something that is as important to our generation anymore, but the economy is and jobs are, and student debt is. Those are the things that we advocate more for.”

The Badminton and Table Tennis Club was also granted preliminary recognition after reporting their success at a tournament held in Bar Harbor.

The National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) was granted final recognition. President Ogechi Ogoke was on hand to talk about the group.

“Although it says ‘society of black engineers,’ a couple of our members are not black, so we’re open to a whole range of engineers,” Ogoke said. “We just really want to see active membership.”

President’s Report

President Justin Conant announced Sen. Andrew Bracy as Senator of the month for October.

“You don’t know a boundary until you push it,” Conant said.

Conant also announced a proposal being formed for a turf field in Lengyel Hall to dedicate to the university for its 150 year anniversary. Preliminary figures suggest that the field could cost around half of $1 million.

Conant also announced Connor Scott as the GSS Representative to the University of Maine System board of trustees.

VPSE stepping down

UMSG Vice President for Student Entertainment Patrick Fortier-Brown announced that he would be stepping down from his position and is looking for a replacement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I will not be returning in the spring. As a result, I will be sending out an application for a VPSE for the remainder of the semester.”

Fortier-Brown also announced a promotional partnership between Student Entertainment and the New York Times. If students subscribe to the New York Times through a special link on the Student Entertainment website, free concert tickets will be made available for upcoming shows.

“It’s a double win because you get to read some of the best literature in the world on a normal basis for 99 cents for four weeks and at the same time you get a free concert ticket.” Fortier-Brown said. 

Financial Affairs fund student groups

A number of student groups received funding from the Vice President for Financial Affairs Sen. Hoang Anh Le.

The Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team received $350 for their upcoming 11/1 tournament.

Active minds received $250 for their Post Secret U event.

The Scuba Club received $562 for their Dive in Acadia this past weekend.

Lambda Chi Alpha received $540 for their Bumpkin Bust.

SHAC received $224 for their Honors Event.

Another $200 went to the Standing Committee on Political Activism and $300 went to the International Students Association for their annual Culturefest. 

Funds allocated to student groups for national conferences

The Wildlife Society and Engineers Without Borders were each granted money for their upcoming respective national conferences. Each of the groups had originally requested $1,200 for their respective trips, but were ultimately given less.

Engineers Without Borders was granted $750 for their trip while The Wildlife Society was granted $1,000 for their trip.