Category Archives: SGA

SGA Bullets

by Sarah Willson

The Student Government Association meets every Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. in Bellin A and B in the Student Center.

  • The CCSU Central Activities Network (CAN) has decided to no longer work with the Student Government Association for Spring Concert due to time restrictions and communication issues between the SGA and CAN.
  • The SGA will no longer provide CAN with a check of $70,000 for the Spring Concert due to the decision to part ways after both parties collaborated together for over two months.
  • The motion to appoint Senator Dante Solanó as the alternate representative to the Student Advisory Committee has been approved. As a result of this, bylaws are being violated due to the fact that the SGA failed to recognize the SAC position on the spring ballot.
  • It has been requested in a public hearing that the SGA form a “joint committee” with Phi Delta Theta in order to sponsor their annual ALS Walk, which has raised  $20,000 in past years.
  • On Nov. 15  from 1 to 3 p.m., the Academic Affairs Committee will be hosting a coffee talk and issuing surveys on academic advising in an effort to encourage students to bein class sign-ups.
  • The motion to provide $2,733.84 for Travel and Equipment for the Winter Guard Club has been approved.
  • The motion to reconsider A Capella’s contingency request of $7,194 and $4,716 for Sing Strong and Boss has been approved.

SGA and CAN Part Ways For Spring Concert

by Sarah Willson

After four years of working together on Central Connecticut State University’s Spring Concerts, the Student Government Association and the Central Activities Network will no longer be working together for the upcoming 2018 concert.

Caitlin Moreau, president of CAN, announced the decision at last week’s SGA meeting due to what is believed to have been communication issues between the two parties.

According to Moreau’s statement at the SGA meeting, CAN felt as if the SGA’s decision to allocate money for the concert was not taking place in a timely manner, ultimately causing a time concern and impacting the chosen artist to perform.

“You guys ran out of time to even hear the request I brought forth and I need strong partnerships,” Moreau said. “We have come to this decision [to work alone on the Spring Concert].”

Moreau also stated that she believed the “interworking’s of SGA has also been a problem,” stating that the SGA “cannot bring that influence into CAN.”

“We have been working hard on rebuilding CAN,” Moreau added. “The direction SGA is going in is affecting us.”

According to Brendan Kruh, president of the SGA, CAN’s decision to part ways with the SGA came as a surprise.

“[The] SGA was not provided the opportunity to discuss the matter and was informed abruptly by CAN that they would be choosing to do the Spring Concert on their own after almost two months of collaboration,” Kruh said.

When asked about the reason as to why CAN decided to part ways with the SGA, Kruh said he and his colleagues were given two answers.

“The first was that CAN felt that SGA’s decision-making process to allocate money was taking too long and was causing a time concern,” Kruh said. “The second is that they stated that they believed the SGA would benefit from less pressures, such as the Spring Concert.”

According to Kruh, the reason behind “elevating pressures” is due to the fact that “certain senators” were not actively advocating to pursue the concert.

“The overlap between two CAN e-board members serving on the Spring Concert committee as CAN e-board members and also holding the position of senator may have [also] caused some individuals to feel the emotions of each organization more than as if they were in just one,” Kruh said.
Kruh did not provide any reason as to why CAN would have a reason to believe the process to allocate money was taking too long, as he stated that he did “not believe that the time process was an issue.”

Damar Britto, Vice President of Recruitment and Retention for CAN and Chair of the Student Life Committee for the SGA agreed with Kruh, but also believed there were other issues at hand to have triggered the separation.

“The behavior of the Senate itself have seemed to affect the SGA representatives and also the decisions made within the Senate floor,” Britto said. “SGA has [also] been having a decent amount of internal matters that are starting to spill on the Senate floor, which takes time away from the matters on our agenda.”

More than anything, both Kruh and Britto said that this was not an easy decision and there are no hard feelings between the two parties. The SGA looks forward to working with CAN in the future if permitted.

SGA Bullets

by Sarah Willson

The Student Government Association meets every Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. in Bellin A and B in the Student Center.

  • The Central Connecticut State University Student Veteran Organization is asking for donations on the “Go Fund Me” website to help aid Puerto Rican hurricane victims by raising $5,000 to help with the rebuilding process. Anyone interested in donating should go to the website and search “SVO Hurricane Relief.”
  • The CCSU American Society of Civil Engineers has been denied their $7,500 base budget request by the SGA due to the fact that the club has already been funded for this year’s competitions.
  • The SGA committee report announced that $40,000 will be spent on scholarships for CCSU students during the 2017-18 school year.
  • The Central Golf Club’s request for an extra $2,000 was approved by the SGA due to the club’s considerable growth in size for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • The CCSU Art Club’s budget request of $8,000 was approved; however, the club will not receive funding for T-shirts due to budgetary restraints.
  • The next Good Neighbor Campaign event, an event that aims to foster a good relationship between CCSU students and New Britain residents, will take place on Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.

SGA Bullets

by Sarah Willson

  • New senators of the SGA were sworn in last Wednesday during the weekly meeting, all committing to the promise of defending the constitution of the SGA, the State of Connecticut and the United States.
  • Bobby Berriault, a candidate for the New Britain Common Council, encouraged students to register to vote to help him and his plan to protect state schools, such as the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University, from Connecticut’s $93 million budget cut.
  • As of now, there is currently $15,000 remaining in the base budget for the rest of the year. However, one club, which has not yet been named, is requesting $8,000 of it.
  • Both the Tennis Club’s and the Ultimate Frisbee Club’s contingency requests have not made it out of the committee due to bylaw difficulties.  
  • A bonding event on campus will likely take place this Saturday for the new SGA senators. The mandatory event will consist of group activities and a chance for senators to interact with each other outside of the office.
  • Mental Health Week will be taking place from Oct. 16 to 19. The SGA will have events every day to promote the mental well-being of students both on and off campus.
  • The Spring Concert will no longer take place in Kaiser Hall as a result of evacuation route obstacles. The SGA is looking into new venue options, such as Welte Auditorium
  • The SGA co-sponsored Family Day, which took place on Saturday, filling the day with activities such as games, tailgating and a cookout.

SGA Bullets

by Sarah Willson

The Student Government Association meets every Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. in Bellin A and B in the Student Center.

  • Alexa Pagnani, the SGA university assistant, resigned, having given a tearful goodbye at last week’s meeting.
  • Senator Jared Sales resigned from his position in the SGA and Kiba Helmbracht will take his place as one of the newly elected resident senators.
  • $100,000 has been set aside for the spring concert and senior trip – CAN requested $70,000  for the spring concert and $30,000 for the senior trip.
  • NSLDC applications can be picked up in the SALD office and are due on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.
  • The New York Times will no longer be distributed on campus to students. It may take up to two weeks for the cancellation to be put into affect.
  • The CCSU athletic budget has been raised by $2,000,000, totaling the budget to be around $15,000,000  this year.
  • Instead of starting with a set budget for each club on campus, a “zero-based budget” may be in order for CCSU clubs, meaning that clubs will begin their budget with zero dollars, and ask for what they need over time.
  • The SGA says it is prepared to fund the trips some CCSU sports clubs will take if they qualify for nationals.
  • The SGA is considering collaborating with the Autism Club in order to put on a “five days of kindness” event, which would likely take place at the end of the Fall 2017 semester. More information is to come.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering for this year’s homecoming events should contact the SGA Public Affairs chair.