Monday, May 16, 2022

Rep. speaks to SA senate

By Olivia Bousquet

A representative from the SUNY Student Assembly Michael Casey presented two resolutions to the Student Association Senate Feb. 16. 

Casey was not asking for verbal support from the SA, but to bring awareness to the two resolutions that the SUNY Student Assembly was working to put into action. The first resolution proposed establishing a system-wide review board for public safety and university police on all 64 campuses. The second resolution proposed peer-to-peer counseling across all SUNY campuses to help combat the increase of mental health problems caused by the pandemic. 

Before the meeting concluded, Casey brought up SUNY Plattsburgh’s motto, “a proud past, a strong future,” to remind the senate that “we are that proud future,” through its work. 

In other SA news, the Plattsburgh Association of Black Journalists requested $75 toward decorations and $625 toward catering for PABJ’s Met Gala event Feb. 26. However, no representatives from the club attended the meeting, despite the SA sending a follow-up email as a reminder. The SA voted to move the decision to the Feb. 23 meeting. 

The SA unanimously approved adding Olivia Wolfe as a new F.E.N.T committee member, which is an acronym for films, entertainment, novelties and trips. The committee is a sub-committee to the Activities Coordination Board, which aims to create events for students to attend on campus. 

In terms of club events, the SA discussed past and future plans. The involvement fair Feb. 14 in the Angell College Center lobby didn’t have a high turnout, according to Senator Ryan Ferguson. The sex toy give away had 30 attendees and was fun, said Senator Lisette Linares.

Senator Carter Mosher also discussed the Burlington trip Feb. 26. Tickets were $5 a person and two buses were to be filled with SUNY Plattsburgh students. 

Newly-elected Senator Mary Stockman also met with University Police Chief Patrick Rascoe. University Police ordered body cameras for the officers, which should be arriving within a few weeks. 

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