Kalamazoo, MI
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Student Commission Brief – Fourth Week

Student Commission President Cameron Goodall ‘15 swore in Nakeya Boyles ‘16 and Scott Brent ‘16, the Commission’s newest junior representatives, to open Monday night’s assembly.

Following the inauguration of Boyles and Brent, the Commission’s Executive Board announced committee placements for all new members.

Georgie Booker

  • Student Life Advisory Committee
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity Committee

Cody Colvin

  • Athletics Committee
  • Security Advisory Committee
  • Business Committee

Christopher Cribbs

  • Information Services Committee
  • Constitutional Integrity Committee

Elyse Kaplan

  • Financial Policies Committee
  • Communications Committee

Brandon Lopez

  • Student Dining Committee
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity Committee
  • Committee on Student Organizations

Skyler Norgaard

  • Athletics Committee
  • Financial Policies Committee

Scott Brent (Junior Representative)

  • Communications Committee
  • Constitutional Integrity Committee

Nakeya Boyles (Junior Representative)

  • Communications Committee
  • Committee on Student Organizations

After the Executive board announced new committee appointments, Secretary of Finance Amanda Johnson ‘17 reported budget allocations to both the Kalamadudes and the Kalamazoo Outing Club.

All of the requests were approved during the Financial Policy Committee’s meeting the night before.

Following Johnson’s report, the Commission discussed the potential of a partial subsidization of ‘Kafstravaganza’ meal purchases, which would extend the current 33 percent senior discount to the first 300 juniors and sophomores to attend the event.

Because the partial subsidy comes with a $450 price tag, the request could not be automatically approved by the Executive Board, which has the authority to sign off on in-office requests under $250.

According to Secretary of Communications Skylar Young ’15, one of the bid’s original proponents, the measure is a valuable attendance incentive for juniors and sophomores with reduced meal plans.

“If more [upperclassman attend], it will only help build the community atmosphere,” Young said.

Some Commissioners were concerned with the outward appearance of submitting and approving a budget request after the standard Friday 11:59 p.m. deadline.

The Constitutional Integrity Committee (CIC) then stepped out of the meeting room to discuss the feasibility of the requests’ timeline. Upon the CIC’s return, they explained that the request would be valid.

Senior commissioner and CIC member Alex Werder ‘15 explained the CIC’s reasoning.

“The generally accepted practice for student governments across the country is that Student Governments are not student organizations,” Werder said.

Following the CIC’s determination, the $450 request was put to a vote and approved.

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Student Commission Brief – Fourth Week