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From The President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

 Fellow Students:

This Tuesday and Wednesday will be the 2007 Student Government Elections. There will also be a referendum vote on a new constitution. It is more important than ever for every student to get out there and vote. Have your voice heard, and help decide the leaders of tomorrow. You will be able to vote from any computer. Also the SGA will have a laptop set-up in Weikamp Hall to be even more accessible and to raise awareness to the student body.

I wanted to write to you all about the many things the Student Government Association was able to accomplish this school year.  The first thing we were able to do was to continue to build a relationship with Notre Dame’s student life, through hosting the second annual GULU walk. This was an event to raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis involving children of Uganda. This relationship is something we have worked on for two years now. I really see this as laying the ground work for an even stronger student life coalition as we see student housing change our campus.

The next item is one that I am very proud of: the funding of the Vision. The SGA funded a lot of groups this year, but the Vision really stands out. The Vision is a symbol of excellent journalism, in their coverage of student life to the political arena, where students can write about issues and how they feel about them. It is also a great example of fiscal responsibility. I wanted to personally thank the Editor, Mr. Brigham as well as all of the Vision’s volunteer staff. You have given the leaders of the student government a great avenue to reach out to more students, a tradition I hope lasts for years to come.

During the budget process this year we reached many of our goals. The first was permanent funding of the Health and Wellness Center on campus. We have really seen the need and potential of this program and were glad to help. We also increased funding in other important areas, such as the counseling center and the child development center. Publications also received a funding increase as a huge step closer to their proper funding levels.

The student government also has shown fiscal leadership in the management of our own budget, through major stipend cuts. This will increase the money available to clubs, helping to keep up with out booming student life.

This year was also a great year for Get on the Bus. Once again we had the most students of any campus attend. This was a critical year to show our dedication to the projects of IU South Bend. Currently the Education Arts Building project is in conference committee of the state house. It is hoped that we will receive the funding needed to get this project started.

Next we have passed much needed changes to our Constitution. All of last week was spent educating the student body on these changes, and this week the constitution will be up for a referendum vote of the student body.

Finally we have been working on and will continue to address the many concerns with the Arts events attendance program. This year’s SGA leadership has worked hard to keep focused on this issue, and we have a plan that will help things move along: a plan to put success in the grasp of the next administration.

I think there is a lot of recognition deserved among student leaders, and I will start with thanking the leadership of my Executive cabinet Joanna, Ben, Heather and Kim. It has been a great year, and without your leadership, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. I also want to recognize the judicial branch. The development that this area of the government has seen has been amazing. All of the members have shown the needed leadership to take this group to the next level, and for that I thank you all.

I also wanted to recognize the Senate. In a year beginning with all new senators, I thought it was a good opportunity to help develop leadership skills in all of the Senators. It was a great year, but it was also more than that, the Senate this year helped me see so many different perspectives that I feel broadened and changed for life. In conclusion, I wanted to thank all of the members of the 2006-2007 student government association, we got a lot done this year, we should feel good about that, and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.  

Marcus Vigil, SGA President 

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