Good Vibes Week
May 1, 2017
As per usual, this week is Good Vibes Week! Take a look at the schedule below for fun events and opportunities going on this week that you might be interested in!
We know this time of year is super stressful, so we encourage you to take breaks, go to some of the fun outdoor events this week, get some cotton candy, and practice good self-care!
Toby Baratta ‘17
American Anti-Corruption Resolution
April 26, 2017
The following resolution passed at Campus Council.
Whereas, we recognize that the government of the United States of America is supposed to be made of the people, for the people, and by the people;
Whereas, we recall it is our duty as citizens of the world, residents of the United States, and Grinnellians, to partake in democracy, make elected officials accountable for their actions, and uphold our values;
Whereas, we regretfully acknowledge that current legislation does not prohibit political bribery or conflicts of interest of officials;
Whereas, we regretfully acknowledge that current legislation does not in any way require full transparency or the electronic disclosure of circulated capital of officials;
Whereas, we regretfully acknowledge that current legislation regarding our election system falls short of providing citizens with a fair chance to be represented by the candidate of their choice;
Whereas, we regretfully acknowledge that current legislation does not include measures that would enforce laws limiting corruption;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to endorse the policies reflected in the November ninth 2016 addition of the American Anti-Corruption act as laid out below;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the banning of all contributions made from lobbyists to members of Congress and candidates for federal office in connection to an election for any federal office;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support “closing the revolving door” by enacting an extension of the revolving door limitations to five years for Members of Congress and congressional staff, and prohibiting Members of Congress and senior congressional staff from negotiating or having any arrangement concerning prospective private employment while serving as a Member of Congress or senior congressional staff;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support prohibiting Members of Congress from fundraising during congressional working hours;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the casting of light on spending in elections, requiring automatic disclosure of political fundraising and expenditures over $200, and the disclosure of the identity of any individual who is known to an official or candidate to handle contributions to their campaigns or PACs;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the end of partisan gerrymandering by transferring all redistricting authority over to an independent, fully transparent commission that must follow strict guidelines to ensure accurate representation for all voters, regardless of presumed political party affiliations;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the enactment of ranked choice voting in all elections, and the form where all candidates running for the same office compete in a single open primary;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the allowance of PACs that only accept donations no larger than $100 to make contributions to candidates ten times larger than the current limit on traditional PACs;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the notion that an expenditure made by a Super PAC is treated as a contribution to the candidate;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the measure that paid lobbyists are identified–defining lobbyists as those lobbying contacts, providing strategic advice to lobbying efforts, directing or supervising the provision of strategic advice to lobbying efforts, and those who spend 12 hours or more engaging in lobbying activities;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the repeal of the Internal Revenue Code reporting option for lobbying expenses, and the enactment of electronic disclosure of those contacted by lobbyists, all entities engaged in lobbying activities, along with a description of such lobbying activities, and the identity of all engaged in lobbying activities;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the replacement of the Federal Election Commission with a new five-member Federal Election Administration empowered to find that violations, directly impose civil penalties, support public corruption prosecution, and use impartial administrative law judges to hear and decide campaign finance enforcement proceedings;
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to support the barring of any person or entity failing to come into full compliance with the requirements of this Act within one year after being identified as noncompliant from engaging in any activities that would require the person or entity to be a registrant or a lobbyist for a period of two years.
Resolved, by the Grinnell College Student Government Association to declare our values as reflected in the November ninth 2016 addition of the American Anti-Corruption as a community to visiting politicians and political candidates alike and inquire, on the record, if they share the same views.
April 12, 2017
BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY! 11 AM – 5PM JRC 101
April 12, 2017
Services is very excited to let you know we will be hosting our next blood drive on Monday April 17th at 11 am to 5pm in JRC 101.
We need your blood donation today! Each and every donation counts! Give Blood, Save Lives! New donors are eligible for a t-shirt.
Schedule an appointment today by signing up for a slot online: https://www.donorsaves.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=51536&zc=50112.
Also, walk-ins are welcomed. Here is the donor eligibility form. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you’re unsure whether you can donate, please come by anyway. The medics can let you know for sure.
See you there on Monday and don’t forget to tell your friends!
Ajuna S. Kyaruzi ‘17
Services Coordinator + Student Programming Chair
Technical Advisor and Presiding Officer Applications
April 7, 2017
Are you technologically savvy?
Are you good at guiding conversations?
Are you looking for an opportunity to be a part of SGA and get paid for it?
Now is your chance to save some of the more technologically impaired individuals of Student Government Association Cabinet from their fears of everything technical as well as give our governing body of peers some direction. Applications for the Technical Advisor (TA) and Presiding Officer (PO) positions are open now.
The TA’s role is to aid the Student Government Association in their endeavors while being a liaison to ITS. In addition, you would be responsible for repairing and acquiring technological assets of SGA. The PO is essentially the captain of the ship, Campus Council. They must professionally and respectfully, navigate senators and cabinet members through the agenda at the weekly Campus Council meetings Wednesday at 8pm.
Applications will be found directly below this sentence:
Applications are due by Tuesday, April 11 by 5pm.
If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation, you may email [sga1] or the Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Toby Baratta [doc].
Apply to be the 2017-2018 Green Fund Co-Chair!
April 8th, 2017
Are you interested in supporting sustainability on Campus? Apply to be the 2017-2018 SGA Green Fund Co-Chair! As Co-Chair, you will:
- Organize and lead an committee consisting of passionate, ecologically minded students
- Manage the Green Fund’s fall and spring semester budget (historically ranging between $20,000 and $34,000)
- Create sustainable pilot projects for Grinnell’s campus
- Advocate for the expansion of Grinnell sustainability beyond Green Fund projects
- Build coalition between Grinnell’s many multifaceted green-groups
If you’re interested in applying, complete the application by April 14 at 11:59 P.M. The application can be found using this link: Green Fund Co-Chair Application 2017-2018. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Note that the application is for both fall and spring semesters. Joint applications for students who coordinate being abroad in the fall/spring will be considered (you may apply independently for either the fall or spring semester, if studying abroad).
No SGA experience is required for this position, and all current first-third year students are welcome to apply. Experience with budgeting is recommended, as is passion about the environment and overall college improvement. If you have any questions, please contact [greenfund].
*If you require accommodations to apply or have questions and/or considerations regarding disability resources please reach out to us at [greenfund], Autumn Wilke at [wilkeaut], or call (216)-973-6630.
Looking forward to your applications!
Zach Steckel ’18 and Andrew Zdechlik ’19
SGA Green Fund Co-Chairs
Extended Deadline for the Academic Journal
April 3, 2017
Hello creative minds of Grinnell,
The Grinnell College Undergraduate Research Journal (GURJ) has extended the deadline for submissions! Anything that you have put your heart and soul into this academic year (from Spring 2016 through Spring 2017) should be recognized, and the GURJ would love to help you showcase your stellar writing and research skills.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the new deadline for GURJ submissions is Saturday, April 8th @ 11:59 PM. Email your submissions as Word documents to [vpaa1]. We realize that this deadline excludes the second half of the semester, but due to changes for next year’s journal which will encompass the calendar year rather than the academic year, papers written after spring break will be eligible for inclusion in next year’s journal.
Criteria for submissions are as follows:
- The submitted work was created for a course or researchthat occurred within the period of Spring 2016-Spring 2017. (MAPs or summer papers are welcome as long as they occurred Spring 2015 and onward.)
- Please list the course and professor as well as any prompts for the paper or relevant information about the course.
- All appropriate citations must be included.
- Please be creative in submissions–any style of written work is welcome.
- You do not need to be a declared major to submit. We encourage all class years to submit interesting and excellent work.
- Once you have emailed your document, you will be contacted about additional steps to complete the submission process.
We also would love to receive submissions of art that can be included throughout the journal, so please submit those also to [vpaa1] with context for the pieces.
We look forward to receiving your fantastic work!
Rachel Aaronson ’17, SGA Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Grinnell Undergraduate Research Journal Editorial Board
March 2, 2017
Thank you for participating in the SGA Executive Elections for the 2017-2018 school year. All grievances have been addressed. Below are the winners for each executive Position.
SGA President-Elect Summer White ’18
SGA Vice President of Student Affairs-Elect Kahlil Epps ’18
SGA Vice President of Academic Affairs-Elect Misha Gelnarova ’18
Congratulations to our incoming SGA Executives! 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 as well as the election process cannot exist without the votes of the students!
Jong Hoon Bae ’18
Election Board Chair