Alas, we have reached the last Student Government [SG] column of the semester.
At the last meeting I attended, Chuck McConnell, director of Parking and Transportation, updated SG on parking issues including the $20-$25 increase of resident and commuter parking pass prices to occur in the fall. Discount permits will remain unchanged to encourage garage usage.
There was also debate over the parking lot in front of Mahoney Residential College, which may be given over to commuters.
There is an ad hoc committee on this issue chaired by Mahoney Senators Mike Tenen and Chris Vasquez. Contact information for both of them is provided below.
Mary Sapp, assistant vice president of Planning and Institutional Research, spoke at the meeting to demonstrate MyUM – the new integrated web system for UM students.
Last semester, SG recommended that the administration place anti-slip grips on the outdoor stairs of the Cox science building because during rainy periods the steps became a hazard.
It was only recently – after a UM student slipped on those very steps and broke her arm – that the grips were implemented.
The moral of this story is that SG is run by students, so it often addresses the problems that face students every day of which the University administration may not be aware.
Increased awareness of SG, coupled with their new website, should keep them from being forgotten in the minds of students.
Mike Tenen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Vasquez at email@example.com.
For more information visit the University of Miami SG website at www.miami.edu/sg.
Amy S. Lawrence can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new (SG) Cabinet Members:
Academic Affairs Chair- Ben Everard
Community Affairs Chair- Christie Asencio
University Affairs Chair- Joie Zambito
Auxiliary Committees Chair- Jud Dry
Cabinet-Senate Liaison- Brandase Witherspoon
Cabinet Secretary- Kayla Shoemaker
SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS
The new (SG) Senate Committee
Academic Affairs- Mike Levine
Budgetary Review- Mike Ershowsky
Public Relations- Gus Rearte
University Affairs- Billy Bludgus and Laura