Illinois State University Student Government

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Can You Last the Whole 10 Minutes?

The Student Government Association is here to help you make those ten minutes the most enjoyable minutes of Spring Finals Week 2013.Image

SGA is hosting the bi-annual Club Milner Spring Finals Week Dance Party on Sunday, May 5 from 10-10:10 p.m. DJ Club Soda (Cody Walker) will be providing the tunes for everyone to get their groove on to. 

All students are welcome to attend our dance party! We will gather outside of Milner Plaza 10 p.m. and once the music begins playing everyone start dancing. When the music stops, all students must return to their study areas or return home. 

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A couple important things to note: Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended during the event for risk of theft, please be safe when coming and going from this, and please be courteous to others while dancing. Also, anyone who is under the influence of any substance, such as illegal drugs or alcohol, will be removed from this event and further action may be taken.

Follow @ilstusga on Twitter and use #clubmilner leading up to and during the event for event updates announcements.

Senator Spotlight — Ben Adams

 

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Position Title: President of the Assembly and Off-Campus Senator

Year: Junior

Major: Philosophy and Political Science

Hometown: Springfield

How long have you been a member of SGA?

One year in the Emerging Leaders Program and two years in an elected position.

What is your favorite part about being a member of SGA?

Being able to review and enact policies that enhance the lives of Illinois State students is fulfilling. SGA members come to me for guidance on writing and reviewing their resolutions and bills, which is also one of my favorite aspects of being President of the Assembly.

What is the best SGA related moment this year?

Helping to write, edit and pass the bereavement policy this year. The bereavement policy grants students the ability to receive excused absences in the event a student’s family member passes away during an academic semester. This policy was an exciting moment because this was a perfect example of how much SGA can affect every student’s ISU experience.

How has SGA helped you become an overall better leader?

SGA has helped me learn how to balance multiple tasks at once, overseeing all members of the legislative branch, working together with committees and serving as a primary mediator when conflicts and issues arise.

A Service Filled Spring Break

To Write Love On Her Arms

My break consisted of getting in contact with the Western and Bradley To Write Love On Her Arms University Chapters to potentially bring a University Chapter to Illinois State! I have been working with different organizations on campus raising awareness for the cause and have successfully gained momentum with this. If all goes well, Illinois State will have a TWLOHA UChapter by Fall 2013. The Chapter will be a way to raise awareness to break the stigmas surrounding depression, suicide, addictions, self-injury and overall mental health. It’s a message of hope and healing that needs to be heard. 

–Written by Student Life Senator Leah Rolando

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Mission Trip to Mexico

On Saturday, March 9, 50 Illinois State University students loaded a bus headed for Chicago. Their ultimate goal was Magdalena, Mexico. This group of young Christians decided to spend their spring break serving those less fortunate and spreading the love of Christ. At Casa Vida y Esperanza, an orphanage for children, missionaries are hard at work parenting to orphans and spreading the Gospel. The goal of this orphanage is one that reflects God’s word and through many years of hard work, they have built a safe place where children feel comfortable and can come to be free from the trials they face on the streets of Magdalena. These children come from backgrounds we only hear about in books or movies.

During this week, the students poured concrete floors, stuccoed houses, painted, and fixed roofs. As a part of this group, I was able to participate in working around the orphanage, but also was able to play with the kids and express care for them. My hope is that going on this trip benefited the children, the orphanage staff and most importantly brought glory to God. Please take the opportunity to go on a mission trip or alternative spring break once during your college career, you will not regret it! 

–Written by Academic Senator Lynnae Braker

 
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Pay It Forward Bus Tour

This year for spring break I decided to go on the Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Pay it Forward Bus Tour. I am currently a senior and have always wanted to go on an alternative spring break trip. So I thought this year was my last chance to do it and I am so glad I did. I spent nine days with 46 wonderful people while helping others. We completed service projects in Benson, Mo.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Amarillo, Texas; Santa Fe, N.M.; Pueblo, Colo.; and Denver, Colo. Every place and project was unique. In Missouri, we cleaned up and painted a youth summer camp. In Oklahoma, we worked with Feed the Children and packed boxes of food and hygiene items for kids and families. While we were there I was absolutely touched by this program. Something we were told that I will never forget is, “42% of homeless people in the United States are children.” This blew me away and my heart still breaks for those children. Needless to say we pack as many boxes in four hours that they would normally pack in three days.

Other projects we did included: yard work, farming, picking up lots of tumble weed (which are very sharp and thorny by the way) making mulch and planting trees. I am going to have to say planting trees was the hardest thing I have ever done. For anyone that knows me I am not the strongest gal but I planted three with the help of my news friends.

Overall, I learned so much about myself on this trip and was able to make a difference in other people’s lives in the process. I received this amazing feeling after completing every project. Being able to meet and talk with the people from the different states we went to, and hear their stories were inspiring as well. I look back on the trip to the first day in Missouri and remember what the owner of the summer camp said, “For those of you facing that time in your life to choose a path, just think, do you want to successful or significant.” And that is what I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

–Written by Executive Director Allyson Corona

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Cardinal Court Recipe Books — Brendan DeVlieger

As the Cardinal Court Senator and On-Campus Coordinator, I am currently working on a recipe booklet for the Cardinal Court residents. The booklet will contain several simple and cheap recipes for ISU students to prepare.

I understand that financial situations may be tight for many college students and having a free recipe booklet on-hand that calls for inexpensive but delicious ingredients may help out.

Living in Cardinal Court provides the option to opt out of the dining center meal plan and although many students chose to have a meal plan, many did not. For those who have opted out, they will be able to cook a heartier, healthier meal versus the college student go-to of Ramen Noodles or macaroni and cheese.
With my role as Cardinal Court Senator and On-Campus Coordinator, I try to make on-campus resident life easier for students. I also get to sit in on Academic Senate, where as a senator, we have a say in university policies.

I am here to represent you and your needs as a senator, so please reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, ideas or concerns at vpsabpdevli@exchange.ilstu.edu.

Written by On-Campus Senator for Cardinal Court Brendan DeVlieger

Senator Spotlight — Freddie Alvarado

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Position Title: Vice President of the Assembly and Off-Campus Senator

Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Shorewood

Other organizations you are involved in?

  • Vice President of Delta Chi Fraternity
  • Vice President of College Mentors for Kids
  • A mentor in the Emerging Leaders Program
  • The undergraduate student-representative on the Presidential Search Committee
  • Member of the Student Grievance Committee
  • Student Health Advisory Board member
  • Inter-Fraternity Council delegate

What is your favorite part about being a member of SGA?

The opportunities you get to work closely with ISU faculty and staff and being able to represent a large constituency group is rewarding. Not everyone can say they see Al Bowman every week.

What is the best SGA related moment this year?

Being part of the homecoming parade was fun! I enjoyed being able to show our school spirit and to get other students excited about ISU.

What projects are you currently working on?

A texting service where off-campus students can text in feedback about SGA and anything related to the university. The majority of our feedback comes from on-campus students and we are trying to get more diversity with our feedback by reaching out to off-campus students.

An ongoing program is planning and organizing office hours on the quad. Senators spend an hour on the quad talking to students about SGA news and events.

Promoting awareness of the new smoking policy.

Come May, I will be working on the annual Club Milner Dance Party during Finals Week.

Senator Update — New MCN Newsletter

Just an update from Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) and College of Fine Arts (CFA)!

In order to help promote communication within MCN, we are starting up a newsletter that will contain information regarding upcoming events, student spotlights, Student Nurse’s Association information and even a letter from the MCN’s dean, Dean Krejci.

For those of you who are in the CFA and have any ideas for improving your experience at Illinois State University or any positive comments about what is going well, please let me know. I am here to represent you and your college!

I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start!

Written by College of Fine Arts Academic Senator Lynnae Braker 

Goals for this Semester

At the beginning of the year, our association mapped out our mission and goals for this year. Now that we have one semester under our belt, we wanted to refresh everyone on the goals we have and how we are fulfilling them.

Goal #1 – School Spirit 

SGA wants to ensure ISU students are proud to be a Redbird every day. We are creating programs with other organizations in order to bring students together in one place, celebrating ISU and what the institution believes in.

One of the many projects that SGA wishes to accomplish, which we believe will help foster school spirit, is to place a Reggie the Redbird statue on the quad.

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Goal #2 – Tradition
As representatives of the student body, we want to maintain the current traditions of SGA and ISU, as well as create new traditions that will far outlast our current association.

A fairly new tradition that SGA has implemented is Club Milner Dance Party during finals week, where students gather together to have a dance party/study break in order to relieve stress. Another popular tradition through SGA is the Pack the Place for sporting and other events around campus.

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Goal #3 – Outreach
As representatives of the study body, we acknowledge that constant communication with students, faculty, staff, as well as Normal community members is important to move forward. We want to ensure others are aware of what SGA and ISU has to offer.

Our association volunteers and attends many events throughout the year because we value supporting and giving back to the community. This also sets an example for all ISU students to also volunteer and become more civically engaged and invested in our community.

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Those are our goals for the semester, but we want to hear yours! What else do you want to see from SGA this semester? We want to know your comments and concerns, as well as answer any questions you may have. We are an association by students for the students.

Please contact President Andy Manno at vpsaarmanno@exchange.ilstu.edu or visit sga.illinoisstate.edu for more information about SGA.

Written By President Andy Manno and Secretary of Public Relations Lisa Crocco

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