The Student Government this past Wednesday talked about current and future accomplishments, available resources, and current issues students face.
Senator Silwal announced that the Computer Science major will be returning in fall of 2019. She also discussed issues CSET students have been facing, such as the hassle of getting into computer labs.
Senator Mitchell representing the environmental committee announced MNSU’s carbon footprint has been reduced by 16 percent this year. The university also won the 2018 Minnesota Clean Energy Community Award.
Residence Hall Association, President Andrew Trenne spoke about room and board rates and the changes students voted on in the recent RHA meeting. The biggest change being made is that Chet’s and Julia Sears Grill hours will be extended to close at 1 a.m. starting the fall of 2019.
Senator Redenius representing residential life, discussed having hall socials alongside floor socials to enhance community bonding and outreach which will be tested in the upcoming spring semester.
Among accomplishments, concerns about lack of awareness of certain resources was brought up. Senator Erickson talked about the lack of awareness of the Mav Textbook Reserve Program, in which students can check out textbooks for their classes at the library. Bringing awareness to the program is currently being worked on as well as improving the system.
Senator Rai discussed about the lack of awareness of the Dental Hygiene Oral Health Clinic here on campus in which they provide reduced low costs for dental services such as x-ray screenings and cleanings.
Senator Ovraiti discussed the lack of awareness about a resource called Goin Global – an online resource that helps international students find jobs and internships. Students can access this resource by going on Handshake and clicking on the Career Center resources tab.
Representatives from the Diversity Committee also discussed about having a special room for prayer and meditation as they are working in finding a space and including a room in one of the buildings.
Senator Schmidt, representing Arts and Humanities, discussed the lack of awareness of students ability to put in maintenance requests to the front desk for out of tune pianos and is working to inform students.
Head coaches and players from the football team and the women’s soccer team came to the Student Government meeting and expressed their gratitude towards the senators for their work in advocating.
Announcements for events was also announced such as the Diversity Dinner on Friday, Nov. 30 in the CSU ballroom from 5-8 p.m.