SGA and Senate Final Updates: Student Emergency Fund and April Senate Elections

Posted on May 7, 2012 by


By Marion Calabro

Senate Correspondent


As another academic year at Worcester State University(WSU) winds to a close, the WSU Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Senate are looking ahead. The Student Emergency Fund proposed earlier this spring has passed and will be implemented in the Fall semester. Student elections recently concluded delivering new faces to Senate and implementing change on campus.


The Student Emergency Fund will give students with unforeseen financial need access to grants.  The $2 fee supporting this fund will be applied to students’ tuition through the preexisting student activities fee. For students in need there will be an application process through the Student Affairs Office. The exact details for the application process and requirements will be released for the fall 2012 semester.


In April, the SGA and Student Senate hosted their annual spring elections. Voter turn out was higher than it had been in several semesters. A total of 488 students cast their votes.


The elections results were released the evening after elections, April 11th. The new SGA President and Student Trustee for next year are Trevor Sansoucy ’13 and Colleen McKenna ’13.


For the General Senate, six students have been elected. Marion Calabro ’13, Debora Dias, and Charlie Davis will serve as Commuter Senators. Lindsey Bullen ’14 will serve as an At Large Senator. Kristy Levinson ’13 and Tyler Caravoulias ’14 will serve as senators for their respective classes.


All new SGA and Senate terms will start immediately following commencement.


On this year’s ballot there were two referendum questions. Question 1 regarded whether or not Worcester State University Students wished to continue to support MassPirg on campus through the optional $7.00 fee on their semester tuition bills. Referendum question 1 did not pass removing the fee from next semester’s tuition bill for WSU students. This also means that MassPirg will cease its presence on campus.


The second referendum question presented updates to the Student Government Association’s constitution. The question passed.


SGA will be hosting supplementary elections at the end of September this upcoming fall. The Student Senate welcomes all students to run for a senator position.


The successful year for the SGA and Senate would not have been possible without student and community participation.


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