Senate

Senate holds final meeting of academic year, elections finalized

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Senate met for the final time for the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, April 23. The main focus of the meeting was to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year. The meeting also spent time on the Support PVTA Initiative and concluded the All-Campus Elections for this year. 

Senate discusses 2019-20 budget, second wave of SGA voting

Senate discusses 2019-20 budget, second wave of SGA voting

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, April 16, Senate held their weekly meeting in the Blanchard Great Room. The meeting was mainly focused on voting for the upcoming Student Government Association (SGA) budget and the updated Ways and Means guidelines for the 2019-20 academic year. Senate also announced that the second wave of the all-campus Election poll is out to be voted by the student body. The SGA wants all students to vote in order to reach quorum, and the link for the poll can be found in students’ emails. Polls close on Monday, April 22. 

Senate election candidates address peers, members vote

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, April 2, Senate met in the Great Room in Blanchard Community Center for in-senate elections and working group mini town halls. Senators also took the time to discuss student feedback and ideas on behalf of their constituents and the specific groups they represent on campus. 

Senate discusses Student Conference Committee Survey findings

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

This week’s Senate meeting, held the evening of Tuesday, March 5 in the Blanchard Great Room, focused mainly on the data results from the Student Conference Committee (SCC) survey taken by the student body last semester. Student co-chairs of the committee, Jackie Rich ’21 and Lila Oren-Dahan ’20, presented to the senators.

Senate reviews budget allocation

Senate reviews budget allocation

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

To kick off the first senate meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Jan. 29, SGA held a town hall meeting with Vice President of Finance and Administration and Treasurer Shannon Gurek and President Sonya Stephens. The meeting’s focus was on the distribution of Mount Holyoke’s budget on a yearly basis.

SGA hosts Town Hall to discuss the future of Dining Services

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

The final Senate meeting of the fall semester began with cheerful chatter and cookies, and quickly moved into a discussion with dining staff representatives Mike Helm, Chris Kostek and Richard Perna. Helm is a chef from the Cochary Pub & Kitchen, Kostek is a chef from the Classics section of the Dining Commons and Perna is the Director of Dining Services.

Senate holds town hall with Deans

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Senate hosted the second town hall meeting of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 23, attended by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Jon Western and Associate Dean of Faculty Dorothy Mosby. Following the “Support MHC Survivors” Rally on Skinner Green earlier that day, Western and Mosby responded to several questions about the faculty response to sexual assault allegations against a Mount Holyoke professor.

Senate discusses Student Conference Committee findings

Senate discusses Student Conference Committee findings

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Student Government Association’s Senate met for the second time this semester, spending the majority of the meeting collaboratively choosing a focus for the year. Senators split into small groups to discuss their individual ideas, then shared with the whole group. They then voted on each suggestion and settled on a goal for this year: “integration.”

Senate holds town hall with Stephens, Hall, Sanders-McMurtry

Senate holds town hall with Stephens, Hall, Sanders-McMurtry

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Blanchard Great Room was filled with Mount Holyoke senators and students as the first town hall meeting of the semester kicked off. The meeting featured three panelists: President Sonya Stephens, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry. The meeting gave students space to express their concerns and questions they had about their organizations and personal lives on campus.

Senate announces proposed cuts on Five-College PVTA bus services

BY MERYL PHAIR ’20

This week’s SGA Senate included discussion of PVTA schedule changes, increasing campus sustainability and use of locally sourced food. Camille Gladieux ’18, executive board president, spoke first. She announced a future increase in fresh smoothies at the Dining Commons once there is more staff available, as well as a grab-and-go station coming soon to the Dining Commons. She then explained proposed changes to the PVTA schedule. 

Senate discusses First Generation students, campus police

BY SHELL LIN '17 

The Student Government Association Senate met in Blanchard great room Tuesday night to discuss recent issues on campus, including transgender students’ experiences, the Five College First Generation Conference and the SGA budget.

Senate discusses election results, SCC survey

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

“Senate must be a place where we learn about Mount Holyoke through a diverse range of perspectives,” said Liz Brown ’20. She addressed SGA senators with the hope of becoming next year’s chair of Senate, explaining her hopes for the future of Mount Holyoke and Senate’s role on campus.