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Executive Elections

February 21, 2017

Dear Grinnellians,

The SGA Executive election voting period will start from 8:00am Monday, February 27th and end 8:00am Wednesday, March 1st. 

Before we elect our SGA Executives for next year, there will be a panel with all the candidates in JRC 101 on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. Since this panel will be a chance for you to hear from your candidates, we would love for any student to submit questions. 

To submit your question please go to this link –> Ask a Question!

Please don’t hesitate to submit questions and remember that you can ask anonymously as well. Also, you can vote up/down for any questions you like or dislike. We will receive questions till Thursday, February 23rd at 3:00pm.

Below are statements from all your candidates for SGA Executive positions and SGA election guidelines in the SGA Constitution and additional guidelines decided by the members of Election Board. If you happen to know of a violation to these guidelines, please email [ELECTION] or [SGA1]. We will receive grievances till 8:00am Thursday, March 2nd when the grievance period ends.

If you hve questions specific to the election process, you may email the Election Board Chair, Jong Hoon Bae, at [election]. Additionally, feel free to visit the SGA Administrative Coordinator, Michael Owusu, during his office hours from 2pm – 4pm in JRC 222D on Tuesdays and Thursdays or email him directly at [sga1] with any questions about SGA executive roles, the application process, and the election process.

If you need any accommodations or have accessibility concerns with the application process, please feel free to email Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Toby Baratta [DOC] or [ELECTION].

Thank you,

Jong Hoon Bae ‘18

Election Board Chair

ELECTION@grinnell.edu

Executive Election Statements | Guidelines Additional Guidelines


Student Initiatives

Hello Grinnellians,

Do you have ideas on how to improve campus life (socially or academically)? Then please consider submitting a student initiative!

Student initiatives are a means in which the student body can express its collective opinion about campus, state, national, or international issues. In the past, student initiatives have included adding chicken to the salad bar, a campus therapy dog, the swing set near Younker Courtyard, meals-to-go on the weekends, student artwork throughout campus, and the lending library!

Please note that all student initiatives will need to be voted on by 50% of the student body and will require 2/3rds approval to be passed.

Feel free to read more about the details regarding SGA’s student initiative fund within our SGA Constitution.

This year, applications and signatures in support of student initiatives will be due Wednesday, February 22nd at 5PM to the SGA Offices (JRC 222) and voting will begin 8:00AM Monday, February 27th and end 8:00AM Wednesday, March 1st alongside the SGA Executive Elections.

If you plan to submit a student initiative, please plan on meeting with our Stifund chair to review your initiative(s) before the election goes live Monday, February 22nd.

Please find the application and signature form below:

Student Initiative application

Form for signatures

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to our Student Initiatives Fund Chair Eliana Schechter at [stifund].

Thank you!
Student Government Association


Senator Election Results

February 6, 2017

Hello Grinnellians,

Thank you for participating in the 2017 SGA Spring Senator Elections. The grievance period has concluded and the results are final! Below are the winners for each cluster:

CaNaDa (Cowles, Dibble, Norris): Three Seats
Zala Tomasic ’18, Angela Adom Frimpong ’20, and Schweitzer ’20

Clangrala (Langan, Rawson, Gates, Clark): Two Seats
Charlotte Love ’19 and Graham Dodd ’18

Smounker (Younker, Smith): Two Seats
Anaan Ramay ’20 and Pranjal Drall ’20

Loosehead (Loose, Haines, Read): Three Seats
Jenkin Benson ’17, Riley Murphy ’19, and Dylan Welch ’19

Jamaland (James, Main, Cleveland): Two Seats
Phillip An ’19 and Dylan Bremner ’20

LaKerRoJe (Lazier, Kershaw, Rose, Rathje): Three Seats
Ruth Brindel ’19, Waez Sheikh ’19, and Pete Zelles ’20

OCCO/OCNCO (Off-Campus College Owned & Non-College Owned): Three Seats
Richard Li ’17, Lauren Toppeta ’17, and Takshil Sachdev ’19

This is a more detailed report of the senator election results.

Again we would like to thank all candidates for participating in this election. Regardless of the results, we wish you all the best as you continue to be active members of the Grinnell College community. We would also like to thank all students who voted in this election. Lastly, be sure to reach out to your newly elected student representatives about anything you want to bring to the attention of SGA and as general resources.

Best,

Jong Hoon Bae ’18
Election Board Chair
ELECTION@grinnell.edu


Interim Allocation Committee

February 4, 2017

Interim Allocation Committee has ended for Fall 2017. Campus Council will comment on February 8th with the newly elected senators. The IAC has spent a lot of its overall budget. The IAC full reports can be seen on the Interim Allocation Committee page.


Support for Students from SGA

January 30, 2017

Hi all,

As we come off the weekend where the government closed its borders to refugees, immigrants, and documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin, we wanted to reach out and offer support. You or a close friend may be impacted and we wanted to let you know that we support you, and that you belong at Grinnell.  We know that this may be a hard time for some Grinnellians – both on campus and off campus – and want to reach out. You are not alone in this. Alumni, current students, faculty, and staff support you. We will not let this kind of hate and prejudice stand and impact our education. We, as SGA, condemn the recent immigration changes and want to work as much as possible both within Grinnell and nationally to ensure that all students are welcome here.

Please let us know if you need anything at this time. We’re working on concrete action plans and will keep you in the loop as always. All Grinnell folk are Grinnellians, regardless of religion, place of origin, or other identity markers.

Be well and please remember to take care of yourself and those around you as best as possible. <3.

Best,

Student Government Association
Here are some on campus resources – please use them! OISA, OICA, and SHACS are there to support students affected. There are also groups already in Iowa mobilizing legal power on behalf of individuals affected off campus. For those resources, feel free to email us (or if you have any other resources, that’s cool too- we can compile and add to our website).


Senator Elections

January 23, 2017

Hello Grinnellians,

Welcome to campus! The time has come to elect this semester’s Student Government Association Senators to serve on Campus Council. Campus Council is the weekly meeting of SGA representatives where campus issues and topics are discussed. We encourage all engaged and proactive students who meet the eligibility requirements to run, but we invite all students to join us at Campus Council any Wednesday evening beginning on February 8th at 8PM to voice your opinions.

Senators represent their clusters and work with other Senators across campus to approve SGA budgets, act as a student voice, and work on a project throughout their term. Please look over the Senator job description as well as the election rules attached to this email and note that first semester first year students and members of student staff are ineligible to serve as Senator.

If you need any accommodations or have accessibility concerns with the election process, please feel free to email Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Toby Baratta [DOC] or [ELECTION].

To apply sign up for elections with this google form -> apply for senator

Senator applications are due Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 pm. You may begin campaigning after this deadline.

If you have any questions concerning the role of an SGA Senator or the election process, please email [sga1] or reach out to Election Board Chair, Jong Hoon Bae at [ELECTION]. You can also visit the SGA Administrative Coordinator, Michael Owusu, during his office hours from 2pm – 4pm in JRC 222D on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thank you,

Jong Hoon Bae ‘18

Election Board Chair

ELECTION@grinnell.edu


White Privilege Conference

January 23, 2017

The office of Intercultural Affairs is currently taking applications for students to attend the White Privilege Conference in Kansas City, MO April 27-30.

Applications are due on Friday, February 3rd at noon.

People of all identities are welcome and encouraged to attend the White Privilege Conference. For more information, please check out the White Privilege Conference website: http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/wpc.html

Currently, there is only space for 13 students so we need to review applications to determine attendees. Intercultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Disability Resources staff will review applications as staff from these offices will be attending and supporting students who attend the conference. Once funding is determined, they will notify applicants of decisions as soon as possible. Decisions will be determined based on your responses to the following prompts:

  • The WPC is welcome to people of varying levels of experience addressing issues of inequality. How would you describe your experience with understanding and addressing these issues?
  • What are you looking to gain by attending the WPC?
  • How do you intend to utilize the knowledge, deepened understanding, and skills you might gain as a result of attending the WPC?

Completing the form does not require you to attend the conference; however, there will be a contract you will be asked to sign once Intercultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Disability Resources staff notify you of approval to attend the conference. Signing the contract will reserve your spot for the conference.

If you are interested in applying to attend the White Privilege Conference, please complete the form here: https://grinnell.formstack.com/forms/wpc

Looking forward to April!

-The Intercultural Affairs Team


Green Fund Applications

January 23, 2017

As you return to campus ready to start a new semester, SGA wants to inform you of a fantastic opportunity to help the environment and shape sustainability at Grinnell.

With a budget of over $30,000, the Green Fund Committee provides financial and strategic support for student-designed pilot projects focused on improving sustainability on campus. The committee meets on Thursdays from 12 to 1 PM in JRC 202 and will require regular work outside of the normal committee hour depending on ongoing projects . The committee acts as a think-tank for projects related to sustainability in addition to taking ideas that students submit throughout the semester. Examples of completed and ongoing projects include:

    • Replacing Burling CFLs with warm-LEDs.
    • Replacing JRC paper-towel dispensers with Dyson hand-driers.
    • Exploring the possibility of solar energy on campus.
    • Increasing campus composter presence.
    • Installing updated campus energy monitoring systems.

Joining the committee is a serious commitment and any potential members should have interests in student leadership and environmental stewardship. If you want to apply to be a voting member of the committee for the Spring semester, click here to apply for the Green Fund and submit your responses by January 27th, 11:59 PM.  All students are welcome to attend committee meetings and submit ideas for funding. If you’ve already spent a semester as a voting member of the committee and want to re-apply, simply send [greenfund] a 300 word statement explaining why you would like to continue serving as a voting committee member and detailing your goals for the upcoming semester. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [greenfund].

In any case, welcome back to Grinnell! Have a great semester.

Zach Steckel & Andrew Zdechlik

Green Fund Co-Chairs 2016-2017


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