After a productive first semester, Student Government (SG) is hard at work to make this semester equally eventful.
Many of their initiatives will be technology-based this semester.
The UM iPhone, Blackberry and smartphone applications are all in their final stages, and will soon be released. Also, residents in the University Village will receive a color printer.
“It makes life easier because now we don’t have to walk all the way to Richter to use a color printer,” said junior Ralph Liy, a resident of the UV.
This spring, SG is also working on ‘Canes Nights programs, which will include trips to off-campus locations. There also may be a Build-A-Bear event that will possibly come just in time for Valentine’s Day.
In the fall 2011 semester, students will be able to search for courses on the myUM Web site by time, professor and section.
With Student Government Awareness Week coming up Feb. 7, students will be able participate in activities that promote SG in order to increase student participation and support. There will be a free breakfast, a Category 5 pep rally to stimulate spirit, and a Get Out the Vote Movement, which will consist of food and flyer giveaways and SG election informational speeches.
“Honestly, Student Government Awareness Week is one of my favorite times,” said Ryan Aquilina, press secretary for SG. “It really is great to get out and talk to students even more than we usually do, and let them know what we’re doing, and most importantly, get their feedback.”
During SG Awareness Week, President Christina Farmer will also deliver a “State of the U” address on the Rock on Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m.
With elections scheduled for Feb. 21- 23, SG is busy making sure that students are aware of everything they do.
“Working very closely with Christina Farmer, our current president, people have absolutely no idea how much she is responsible for and how much she does,” Aquilina said.
“It is very important as we elect a new president this spring that we elect someone with the ability to carry out the tasks and that has the grand ideas and spirit to make them reality,” he said.
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