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President Wirth responds to concerns over rollover allocation

In clarification of the current situation regarding the allocation of rollover funds to Student Media Board and AU Club Council:

  • Last spring, Student Activities told former Student Government President Patrick Kelly and former Student Government Comptroller Ben Johnson that $60,000 in rollover money would be available for the Finance Committee to allocate to Media Board and AUCC.
  • Student Activities failed to inform SG that they (SA) would use $38,000 of the original $60,000 to pay off costs from the 2013-2014 budget year that had not yet been processed when the budget year ended on April 30. Therefore, Student Activities only provided $22,000 for the Finance Committee to allocate.
  • Comptroller Abby Dunn is currently compiling all of the costs that came in after April 30 to create a breakdown of where and how the $38,000 was spent. This information will be public as soon as possible.
  • Over the past two weeks, the Finance Committee held meetings with AUCC and Media Board to gain an understanding of where rollover funds would be going. These meetings were not held to tell AUCC and Media Board how to spend their money. They were held to make public where and why the money was originally being allocated.
  • While at first, there was confusion over why these meetings were necessary, it became clear to that they were not meant to regulate or restrict. SG supports all efforts to clarify and make public how student money is being spent, and that is what the Finance Committee was trying to do.
  • Tomorrow night, there will be a public, special meeting to officially allocate the funds to AUCC and Media Board. That way, the process of transferring funds can begin as soon as possible. Plans for this meeting were put into motion as soon as Student Government received the rollover numbers from Student Activities last week.
  • Once Finance Committee has allocated the money, Student Activities will be responsible for transferring the funds.

Student Government, AUCC, and Media Board are entrusted with a significant amount of student money. Conversations about how that money is spent, and by whom, will always be heated. Within these dialogues, however, there should always be an expectation of civility and mutual respect for one another.

 

 

Senate Elects New Speaker

November 9, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Anna Bonomo
Press Secretary
press@ausg.org

WASHIGNTON – The 10th Undergraduate Senate voted today to remove Mike Wang from his position as Speaker of the Undergraduate Senate after a vote of no confidence of 13-11.

The Undergraduate Senate has selected Lars Emerson as the new speaker in a vote of 15-10. Sameer Chintamani also ran for speaker.

Senators Grey Leonard for the class of 2016, and Leo Zausen, Adam White, Ben Johnson, and David Griscom for the class of 2015, who comprise the self-identified Students Unite Now (SUN) caucus, resigned in response to Mr. Wang’s dismissal.

“SUN will continue to advocate for students,” said Mr. Wang. “We will be meeting Tuesday at 8 to continue to pursue our goal of uniting progressive and pro-people students, faculty, and staff.”

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The American University Student Government represents the needs and collective voice of over 6,000 undergraduates. Our mission is to advocate for policies that will tangibly benefit students, offer top-notch programs and lasting traditions, provide services and resources to students, and work with clubs and student leaders to establish a positive cohesion between our groups.

AU It’s On Us: Report & Reccomendations Release

November 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Anna Bonomo
Press Secretary
press@ausg.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

The American University Student Government formed a Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Task Force in May of 2014, seeking to research and provide to the American University administration recommendations for ways to target the issues of sexual assault and violence on campus: to raise awareness, prevent future occurrences, and provide survivors with necessary resources. The Task Force brought together members of the entire AU community, including student activists, leaders of the Greek community, members of the student body at-large, as well as faculty and staff representatives.

Collaboration with the White House empowered the Task Force to compile national and University-specific data that will drive the proposals made to the University administration. National attention on the issue of sexual assault through the It’s On Us campaign provided the necessary platform to expand the conversation, and the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault’s first report, Not Alone, was the foundation upon which the AU It’s On Us recommendations are built.

Format of Event: PSA Screening (AU It’s On Us), Speakers, Presentation of Recommendations, Town Hall Discussion

WHO: Speakers: AU Student Body President, Sophia Wirth; Executive Director of the National Campus Leadership Council, Andy MacCracken; TBD
Expected Attendees: 150+ students from Greek Life, Athletics, Clubs, etc., plus key faculty and administrators

WHAT: AU It’s On Us: Report & Recommendations Release

WHERE: Forman Theater, McKinley Building, AU School of Communication

WHEN: Monday, November 10, 6PM – 7:30PM

WHY: Join the conversation about one of the most critical issues on college campuses, and learn about what is being done by campus leaders at AU and around the country to combat it.

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The American University Student Government represents the needs and collective voice of over 6,000 undergraduates. Our mission is to advocate for policies that will tangibly benefit students, offer top-notch programs and lasting traditions, provide services and resources to students, and work with clubs and student leaders to establish a positive cohesion between our groups.

President Sophia Wirth Swears In 10th Undergraduate Senate

October 19,2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Anna Bonomo
Press Secretary
press@ausg.org

WASHINGTON – President Sophia Wirth swore in the 10th Undergraduate Senate today. Mike Wang was elected Speaker.

Mr. Wang was elected by a vote of 15-14 after one tied vote and another vote where no majority was reached. Alex Bradley and Lars Emerson also ran for Speaker. Mr. Bradley dropped out of the race after the first vote.

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The American University Student Government represents the needs and collective voice of over 6,000 undergraduates. Our mission is to advocate for policies that will tangibly benefit students, offer top-notch programs and lasting traditions, provide services and resources to students, and work with clubs and student leaders to establish a positive cohesion between our groups.

Fall 2014 Student Government Election Results

October 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Anna Bonomo
Press Secretary

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, October 7, the SG Elections Commission certified the final results of the Fall 2014 elections. Italicized names indicate write-in candidates, who must be approved and cleared by Student Activities on the morning of October 8. The Elections Commission will contact winners of multiple seats, ask them which seat they wish to occupy, and contact the runners-up. If no plurality of the vote was reached for a seat, it will remain vacant.

10th Undergraduate Senate

Class of 2015 Senate: Virginia Lyon, Ben Johnson, Leo Zausen, Adam White, David Griscom
Class of 2016 Senate: Duncan Gilchrist, Gray Leonard, Brian Medich, Louis Ryan, Josh Zucker
Class of 2017 Senate: Bryan Paz, Katherine Saltzman, Lars Emerson, Sofia Baneth, Sameer Chintamani
Class of 2018 Senate: Royce Mizoguchi, Dante Bucci, Stephie Maravankin, Shannon McDermott, Alain Xiong-Calmes
Senate At Large: Jasmine Nadim, Will Mascaro, Carly Fabian, Gabriel Unruh, Gregory Pratt
CAS Senate: Max Brekke
SOC Senate: Eleanor Brow
SPA Senate: David Brem
SIS Senate: Alice Shih
Kogod Senate: Nick Welthy

Class Councils

Class of 2018 President: Max Rose
Class of 2018 Vice President: Alexandra Mosenson
Class of 2018 Secretary: Samantha White
Class of 2018 Treasurer: Moria Krier

Class of 2015 Vice President: Ben Johnson

SOC Undergraduate Communication Association

President: No Plurality
Treasurer: No Plurality

SPA Undergraduate Council

President: Brenda Hua
Secretary: David Shadburn
Treasurer: David Shadburn

CAS Undergraduate Council

Vice President: Ben Johnson
Secretary: Ben Johnson
Treasurer: Ben Johnson

SIS Undergraduate Council

Secretary: Danielle Montecalvo

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The American University Student Government represents the needs and collective voice of over 6,000 undergraduates. Our mission is to advocate for policies that will tangibly benefit students, offer top-notch programs and lasting traditions, provide services and resources to students, and work with clubs and student leaders to establish a positive cohesion between our groups.