We've been back for less than three weeks and there is already so much to do! Get focused on climate change at one of the many Focus the Nation events left this week. Join the Black Student Union in kicking off "Green Is the New Black," this year's theme for Black History Month, with a Recycled Prom. Check out leadership opportunities with Greek Life and Student Ambassadors. Cheer on Hockey and Basketball this weekend. Head over to the Fleming Museum for the opening spring exhibitions. And please, as excited as you may be to rush around campus to take advantage of all these opportunities, walk carefully and don't slip!
Always at your service,
Kesha and DaVaughn
In this email:
*What Is SGA Doing For You?
* Are YOU In Focus? Final Days of Focus the Nation!
* This Week In Athletics...
* BSU's Recycled Prom Kicks Off "Green is the New Black" History Month!
* Want a Nifty Blue Blazer and Networking Opportunities? Apply to be a Student Ambassador...
* Co-Founder of Save Darfur Coalition Speaks at UVM This Friday
* Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday at Brennan's
* Seniors, Get Your Winter Ball Tickets!
* Come to the Babysitter Mingler This Saturday
* Audition for Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years" This Weekend
* Phi Delta Theta Information Session Next Week
* American Red Cross Blood and Bone Marrow Drive on February 7
* Alpha Gamma Rho Spring Recruitment
* Celebrate Spring Exhibition Openings at the Fleming Museum Tomorrow
What Is SGA Doing For You?
Ever Felt Marginalized On
Campus? Ever Witnessed Discrimination? Say It Now!
The Committee on Diversity, Equity and Environmental Ethics has launched its first ever Say It Now! campaign. Say It Now! is a video project adapted from StoryCorps, a nationwide video journal initiative (www.storycorps.net). Say It Now! is a project in which we invite students from all backgrounds to recall an experience or event that made them feel uncomfortable or marginalized because of a bias towards their racial, sexual, and/or gender identity or towards that of someone close to them while at the University of Vermont. Our goal is to collect these stories on video or in writing and create a film to be shown around campus and on UVMtv. We can schedule times for these interviews whenever it is convenient for you. If you do not feel comfortable on film, please consider submitting a written story- the more the better! This is an opportunity for all students to express themselves and tell a part of their story to fellow students, teachers and administrators.
Please feel free to contact CODEE Chair Jesse Bragg with your questions and concerns ([log in to unmask]).
What's Going On With
the Red Cross Debate?
A Message From President Ram...
For those of you wondering what happened to the Red Cross issue after the Senate voted down a ban on the Red Cross using UVM facilities, I just wanted to offer a brief update. As was articulated several months ago when the Senate debated the presence of the Red Cross, there are two issues at play: the first is the aggressive presence of volunteers seeking blood donations from those who may not be eligible based on their identity, and the second is the overarching Food and Drug Administration policy that places a lifetime deferral of blood donating on men who have had sex with other men since 1978. To address the first issue, I am developing a memorandum of understanding with the University Administration and the Presidential Commission on LGBT Equity that will create more restrictions on the behavior of Red Cross volunteers as they solicit donors. To address the second, I am working with Vice President of Federal, State, and Community Relations Karen Meyer to request a joint recommendation from Vermont's federal delegation to the FDA calling for a reevaluation of the lifetime deferral policy. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at [log in to unmask] or (802) 656-7736.
Last night, Senators recognized the UVM Club Wrestling Team as the latest addition to our club sports crew. We look forward to the team's success!
For more information on how to get involved, contact Nick Cafarelli ([log in to unmask]).
What Passed Last Night?
At our last Senate meeting, Senators passed all bills and resolutions. This means UVM Wrestling was recognized and Senators voted to support DC Voting Rights in Congress, to evaluate the Dry Residence Hall Policy, to thank various organizations and departments for making needed security improvements to the residence halls, and to urge support for the recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Higher Education.
Please see all attached resolutions from January 29 and contact the sponsor of any piece of legislation for more information.
SGA To Vote on
Course Reserve Mandates
The Academic Affairs Committee will be introducing a resolution requesting that any textbook costing more than $75 be put on 2 hour reserve in the library with expenses to be accrued by the University.
See attached legislation and please feel free to contact Academic Affairs Chair Ben Porter with your questions and concerns ([log in to unmask]).
SGA To Review Meal
Plan Changes and Debate on Pledge of Support
Senators will be voting on whether or not to support the proposed meal plan, which will institute an average meal plan price increase of approximately 15% or $450.00 per student per semester. This price adjustment is designed to cover costs associated with student demands for specialty products as well as adjustments made to the fifteen different dining facilities and variety of food options on campus.
See attached legislation and please feel free to contact Senator Lauren Abda with your questions and concerns ([log in to unmask]).
Want To Weigh In on
the Meal Plan Price Increase?
As always, feel free to share your concerns directly with me, your SGA President, at [log in to unmask] or (802) 656-7736. If you could ask for changes in dining options and food quality in exchange for an increase in price, what specifically would you ask for? I would love to hear your thoughts. Want to rant unabashedly? Try [log in to unmask]
See attached recommendations on changes to the meal plan pricing and structure. Some numbers may be subject to change before a final report is released.
This Week In Athletics...
GO CATS GO!
Friday, February 1
Men's Hockey vs. New Hampshire: Gutterson Fieldhouse @ 8:00 PM
Men's Basketball vs. UMBC: Patrick Gym @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 3
Men's Hockey vs. UMass-Lowell: Gutterson Fieldhouse @ 4:00 PM
Interested in becoming more involved with leadership positions on campus?
If you are a first, second, or third year student, you should consider applying to become a Student Ambassador for the Office of Alumni Relations. Applications are due February 13,2008! More about UVM Ambassadors can be found by clicking on this link below.
Please contact Co-Chairs Andrew Kasprisin ([log in to unmask]) or
Lauren Abda ([log in to unmask]) if you have any questions!
Messinger Speaks at UVM!
February 1st, in CC Theater
An evening with Ruth Messinger. Do not miss the co-founder of the Save Darfur Coalition and President of American Jewish World Service talk about the critical situation in Darfur. This crisis must be solved- please come and listen or bring tough questions about the genocide in Darfur and find out what can be done to stop the killing and restore peace to the entire region.
4:30pm in Billings North Lounge: Talk for UVM students with Ruth Messinger discussing the situation in Darfur and service opportunities. Bring your questions about Darfur. Ruth is an expert and has valuable experience on the ground in Sudan.
6:00pm in CC theater: Open community lecture with
7:30pm in Billings Marsh Lounge: Refreshments served.
UVM STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur): www.uvm.edu/~stand
UVM Hillel: www.uvmhillel.org
American Jewish World Service: www.ajws.org
Save Darfur: www.savedarfur.org
Come enjoy the
game on the variety of flat screens around the room with friends, prizes
and great food! Sunday February 3, 6-11pm.
Do you like kids? Want a well paying job that fits with your schedule? Then come to the Babysitting Mingler and meet parents in the Burlington community looking for reliable babysitters for both periodic and sporadic engagements. You will also have a chance to
play with the children you will be looking after!
10:30-12:00 Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave. (the yellow house next to Dewey) Please RSVP to Alicia Taylor [log in to unmask] saturday February 2nd.
Help save a life and become a potential bone marrow donor - only a cotton swab test!
Pizza and Grinders provided!
Please Bring Blood Donor Card, Photo ID, or 2 forms of other ID.