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TABARES • PIERRE-LOUIS • MCGUINNESS

FALL 2015 • SPRING 2016


Editor Tony Nguyen Photographers Lauren Alsina Julia Crabtree Nicholas Kielbasa Sarah Williams Student Government Association FSU Photo Lab Writers Kelley Cunningham Viriginia Fouts Devyn Fussman Sarah Williams Designers Lauren Alsina Kelley Cunningham Tony Nguyen Erica Thompson Viriginia Fouts Project Supervisor Tony Nguyen SGA Today Annual is an annual publication of Student Publications, an Affiliated Project of the Student Government Association of Florida State University. Information compiled in this publication has been reported to Student Publications by their respective student leaders. SGA Today Annual Vol. 4 For more information, please contact Media Specialist Tony Nguyen at tmnguyen@fsu.edu Student Publications A302 Oglesby Union (850) 645-0160 Available in alternative format for special accommodations upon request.


TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Branch.............................................................................. 6 Golden Tribe Lecture Series.......................................................... 10 MLK Week........................................................................................ 12 Legislative Branch...........................................................................14 Congress of Graduate Students...................................................32 Judicial Branch...............................................................................38 Office of Elections...........................................................................38 All Agency Advance........................................................................42 Asian American Student Union....................................................44 Black Student Union......................................................................52 Hispanic/Latino Student Union....................................................58 Pride Student Union.......................................................................66 Veterans Student Union................................................................. 74 Women Student Union................................................................... 76 Continuing Conversations about Diversity & Inclusion on Campus..........82 Freshman Leadership Institute.....................................................84 Transfer Leadership Institute........................................................85 Class Councils.................................................................................88 Office of Governmental Affairs......................................................92 Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.....................................92 Student Sustainability Initiative....................................................93 Office of Servant Leadership.........................................................93 Inter-Residence Hall Council.........................................................93 Center for Participant Education..................................................93 Student Council for Undergraduate Research & Creativity......93 Medical Response.........................................................................101 Student Publications....................................................................102 WVFS Radio Sation......................................................................104 Union Board..................................................................................105 Campus Recreation......................................................................106 Homecoming................................................................................108 Seminole Allies & Safe Zones.......................................................114 SGA Staff........................................................................................116


Student Government Association TABARES • PIERRE-LOUIS • MCGUINNESS Dear Seminoles, Welcome to the Florida State University! During your time here you will gain some of the best memories. At the same time Florida State University is a home for growth and diversity, you will be challenged and pushed to go above and beyond all you thought you could accomplish. The Student Government Association is an environment dedicated to the advancement of students and their leadership, while supporting and creating a home for all students on this campus. During your tenure here your leadership skills will continue to advance and the impact you will make are not only for the Florida State University but the Tallahassee community as a whole. Student Government is divided into three branches -- the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The uniqueness among branches grants opportunities for students to give back in ways that most reflect their passions. There will always be a place for everyone within the doors of Student Government. The Student Government Association aids all students throughout their journey here at FSU, creating an environment to acquire and hone in on life skills that will better prepare themselves for their future achievements. Anyone can advocate for a variety of causes, represent fellow students, and serve in different facets to help build Florida State University toward a better future. Our campus is diverse and each student will find a home within Florida State University and the Student Government Association. I encourage you to take the first step toward finding your involvements. Best of luck in all of your endeavors! With Unconquered Spirit,

Jean P. Tabares, Student Body President

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SGA MISSION

The mission of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to provide FSU students with representation, services, and advocacy within the university structure. The SGA provides quality leadership for, and accountability to, its constituency by recognizing that strength arises from diversity, engagement, and dialogue.

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VISION

• Incorporate cameras and blue lights within the parking garages • Provide safe bus service to apartments • Support the establishment of a fresh market on campus • Advocate for healthier food options within dining halls and on-campus dining

OPPORTUNITY

• Establish “parking forgiveness,” where the first ticket is only a warning • Create an online advising system within academic colleges • Establish an ambassador program for FSU students to increase minority recruitment • Create an international student union

INNOVATION

• Design a mobile FSU card app for entrance into libraries • Create a safe bus app, to assist students with location and waiting times • Provide students living within residence halls a source of free printing • Implement a policy for class syllabi to be available when registering

COMMUNITY

• Increase importance of sexual assault and mental health awareness during orientation • Create a weekend bus route solely meant for transportation to the Rez • Establish a shuttle system to and from the airport, during the beginning and end of each semester • Advocate for better food options at the engineering school

ENGAGEMENT

• Shuttle from Panama City campus on game days • Establish an online livestream of the Golden Tribe Lecture Series • Increase frequent tabling from SGA during Market Wednesday and other involvement fairs • Create an art showcase for students to perform and display their work and increase FSU’s arts visibility

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EXECUTIVE BRANCH The Executive Branch features a variety of offices designed to enhance our ability to serve students and improve student life.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Jean Tabares Student Body President

Iyanna Pierre-Louis Student Body Vice President

Emily McGuinness Student Body Treasurer

EXECUTIVE CABINET

Peter Milios Chief of Staff

Rachel Sticco Deputy Chief of Staff

Valerie Shallow Secretary of Academic Affairs

Andrew Burk Secretary of Arts

Phillip Goldstein Secretary of Campus Opinion

Sam Kerce Secretary of Community Affairs

Alejandro Moreno Secretary of Diversity

Wesley A. Paez Secretary of Homecoming Affairs

Andrea Palermo Press Secretary

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EXECUTIVE BRANCH

9/13

10/11

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SGA Arts Showcase

State of the Student Body Address


ADVISOR OF THE YEAR Ali Raza

EXECUTIVE BRANCH MEMBER OF THE YEAR

2/9

Jan Moran Reception

Rachel M. Sticco

CABINET MEMBER OF THE YEAR Sam Kerce

AGENCY DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Giovanni Rocco Pride Student Union

BUREAU DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

3/25

2015 Inaugural Gala

Shauna Gilooly Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

SGA APPRECIATION AWARD Mr. Matthew Inman Director of Transportation and Parking Services

SGA APPRECIATION AWARD

3/30

2016 Inaugural Gala

Mrs. Sherrell Cork Associate Director of the Office of Business Services

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The mission of the series is to engage students in issues and dialogue that will positively benefit their overall academic, scholastic, or humanitarian experience.

JELANI COBB

NEW YORKER STAFF WRITER AND DIRECTOR OF AFRICANA STUDIES INSTITUTE AT UCONN JANUARY 19, 2016 Acclaimed writer and historian, William Jelani Cobb has been featured or published in news outlets all over the country. Some of these include CNN, CBS News, Al-Jazeera, NPR, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker. His columns on race, the police, and injustice, have earned him the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism and he currently serves as the director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Cobb attended Howard University and Rutgers University, during which time he began publishing his work in professional outlets. He later received a fellowship from both the Ford Foundation and the Fulbright Program. Cobb is the author of four books: The Devil and Dave Chapelle & Other Essays, The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader, To the Break of Dawn, and The Substance of Hope.

JANUARY 11 - 19, 2016

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GOLDEN TRIBE LECTURE SERIES COMMON

ACTOR, MUSICIAN, AUTHOR, AND KING OF CONSCIOUS HIP-HOP SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 Hailing “From the Planet of Art, Love, and Hope,” is Hip Hop Artist Common, also known as the King of Conscious Hip Hop. Common has been awarded two Grammies and nominated for fourteen others. In 2011, Michelle Obama invited him to a poetry reading at the White House, and in that same year he founded Think Common entertainment, a record label imprint. Some of Common’s film and TV roles include Selma, Terminator Salvation, Happy Feet Two, and American Gangster, among others. He is active in philanthropy and established the Common Ground Foundation, which serves and empowers underprivileged youth. Besides his ten albums, Common also recorded the award-winning song “Glory,” which appeared in Selma, along with three children’s books and a memoir co-written with his mother.

JAMES FRANCO

ACTOR AND FILMMAKER APRIL 14, 2016 A-list film star James Franco is one of the most academically accomplished actors in Hollywood. He’s received two MFAs in writing from Columbia and Brooklyn College and a third MFA in film from NYU in addition to becoming a PhD student in English at Yale. Some of James’ film credits include 11.22.63, Spider Man, Milk, James Dean, and Eat Pray Love. He’s also recorded two albums in collaboration with Kalup Linzy and Tim O’Keefe, and published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White. James continues to take on projects in directing and producing capacities while teaching film to college and high school students.

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To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, students learned to #KnowHIStory, #LiveOurStory, and #BeTheLegacy by celebrating his life, achievements, and dream. The week included conversations about current events, diversity, and race; opportunities to learn about Dr. King and his work, and celebrations of progress. The committee met every other week during the fall to brainstorm, hear each other’s input, and decide what would work best for the FSU campus. The decided theme compiled several ideas with an emphasis on the past, present, and future. “[We wanted to] capitalize on history, what’s happening right now, and be optimistic that the future can be better than it is right now,” said Carolyn Harris, Co-chair of the MLK Week Celebration Committee. FSU hosted a week of events dedicated to awareness, education, and celebration of Dr. King’s life and work. Some of them were traditional, such as the Freedom March and the Day of Service, while others were held for the first time. One new event, the voter registration drive, resulted in over 150 students registering to vote. “This is directly in line with the legacy and work that MLK did,” said Harris. Also a hit was Golden Tribe Lecture Speaker Dr. Jelani Cobb, an event with close to 500 attendees. “We were a great success because we worked together as a campus community,” Harris said. “[It] really proved to make a successful week of events.”

Jelani Cobb lecture drew nearly 500 guests

150 students registered to vote

Promoted education and awareness

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MONDAY

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Selma

7:30 PM • Askew Student Life Cinema Based on true events, Martin Luther King Jr. and his fellow activists lead the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in support of voting rights & to hold steadfast in unity over the misdeeds against them. Despite points of opposition from Lyndon B. Johnson, King and his followers take their protests to the streets in this powerful & stunning depiction of American history.

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Hosted by the 2016 MLK Celebration Committee & the Askew Student Life Cinema WEDNESDAY

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Join us as we pay tribute to the Legacy of MLK through special performances and presentations from various recognized student organizations on campus as well as music from his day. The FSU community is invited to share favorite quotes, lessons, and commitments inspired by MLK’s legacy on the #MLKTaughtMe board. Come early and join us in the march from the Integration Statue to the Union Courtyard.

TUESDAY

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Hosted by the 2016 MLK Celebration Committee & SOAR Board WEDNESDAY

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Throughout the years, FSU has continued to make strides in promoting diversity. During this presentation, learn fun and little known facts about how our university students, faculty and staff created and continue to add to the melting pot that is FSU!

Hosted by University Libraries & the Center for Leadership and Social Change THURSDAY

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a crusader for voting rights among the African American community, fought tirelessly to ensure African Americans had an opportunity to cast their vote. In honor of Dr. King’s efforts, the Office of Governmental Affairs, in partnership with the MLK Celebration Committee, will be hosting a voter registration drive to encourage voting in the FSU community. The event will have fun activities, a live DJ, and free food.

Hosted by Office of Governmental Affairs THURSDAY

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MLK High School Scholars

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM • Dunlap 2201/2202 The Center for Leadership & Social Change welcomes Leon County High School students to be recognized as “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars.” Selected students from Leon County High Schools will join mentors from Florida State University,TallahasseeCommunityCollege,andFloridaAgriculturalandMechanical University for a half day full of dialogue and sharing their experiences in college. This event is Co-Sponsored by the Florida State University Police Department.

Hosted by The Florida State University Police Department and The Center for Leadership and Social Change FRIDAY

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TUESDAY

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Courtyard Commons Block Party 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Courtyard Commons

You are cordially invited to attend Dr. King’s birthday block party! There will be snacks, games and opportunities for you to learn about multiple resources available to the FSU community. The Conversation Couch, hosted by Project Conversation will also be there to discuss current events and the issues surrounding race in America.

Hosted by The Center for Leadership & Social Change, The Globe, the Askew Student Life Center, and University Housing

MLK: Be the Legacy Exhibit January 19 - 31st

The ‘MLK: Be the Legacy’ exhibit is a unique collaboration between a number of Florida State University communities that celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his continued impact more than 40 years after his death. Visit the Oglesby Union to view works from artists who have been inspired by MLK’s legacy.

Dinner Dialogue 5:30 PM

Dinner Dialogue will provide students, faculty, staff, and Tallahassee community memberstheopportunitytointeractwithDr.JelaniCobb,the2016MLKCelebration Week keynote speaker.

Hosted by the Center for Leadership & Social Change

Voter Registration Block Party

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM • Oglesby Union Green

On August 28th, 1963 the largest demonstration seen at the nation’s Capitol, attended by 250,000 people, is remembered today as the March on Washington. It was at this march where the famous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered. On January 18th, 2016, join the Tallahassee Branch and Florida State University Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as we march to remember the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other civil rights leaders who made it possible for equality and justice.

Hosted by the Oglesby Union Guest Services

History of Diversity at FSU

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM • Strozier Library Cafe

9:00 AM • CK Steel Plaza

Hosted by the Florida State University and Tallahassee Chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Market Wednesday MLK Week Celebration 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM • Oglesby Union Courtyard

The Freedom March

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An Evening with Jelani Cobb

Doors 6:00 PM • Event 7:00 PM Ruby Diamond Concert Hall FREE for everyone (priority admission given to FSU students with valid ID) • ALL Ages Cobb is an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut, where he is director of the Africana Studies Institute. He is also a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he has penned a remarkable series of articles about race, the police, and injustice. His articles include “The Anger in Ferguson,” “Murders in Charleston,” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Reparations.” In awarding him the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, the jury wrote, “No one has done a better job of placing [the events in Ferugson, MO]—and similar happenings in other places like Sanford, Florida, Cleveland, Ohio and Staten Island, New York—in their broader context than Jelani Cobb.” Jelani Cobb has received Fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. He is the author of Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. His forthcoming book is Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931.

Hosted by the Golden Tribe Lecture Series and MLK Week Celebration Committee.

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TIM & JILL MEENAN AWARD M. Devon Stewart

RUSSELL HELLEIN AWARD Kevon Randall

CHAIR OF THE YEAR Ashleigh Anderson

SENATE ETHICS AWARD Ryan Thomas

NEW SENATOR OF THE YEAR

4/22

Senate Meeting

Giacomo Billisi

SENATOR OF THE YEAR Kyle Hill

SENATORS OF THE MONTH September 2015 James Michael Moorhead November 2015 Kyle Hill January 2016 Erica Charles & Giacomo Billisi February 2016 Ryan Thomas March 2016 Katy Sartain

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Sweets with Senate


LEGISLATIVE BRANCH The Student Senate is the legislative body that serves as the primary liaison between the administration and the student body.

The Legislative Branch has Senators represented from each of the 17 Divisions of Florida State University. The branch is in charge of the Student Body Statutes and act as the monetary purse of Student Government. Their primary responsibility is to allocate the A&S Fee budget to different campus departments and organizations each year. This past year, the Legislative Branch worked to set up and pass a budget with $400,000 less available funds for the 2016-2017 academic year. They also began reviewing and thinking of ideas to revise SGA’s elections code. Recently, they passed a resolution asking the University to Ban head dresses from being worn in University Athletic events, which the Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked FSU to do for the past few years. The Senate met every Wednesday at

7:30pm and held committee meetings throughout the week. They also had Market Wednesday meet and greets with Senators and other representatives throughout the year. Former Senator Mclaughlin and the Student Affairs committee also hosted a “Sweets with Senate” event to engage with students at the Integration Statue. “I’m graduating this year,” said Senate Pro Tempore Justin Ravelo. “But I envision the Legislative Branch working toward making significant steps in making the funding process for organizations and the different budgeted accounts easier and more open to students who want to be a part of the process.” Ravelo would likewise hope that the Senate continues to work with the University Administration to work toward hearing and responding to student issues related to diversity, academics, and stress during college.

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67TH SENATE PRESIDENT & PRO TEMPORE

Andrew Forst Senate President Business Seat 1

Derrick Scott Senate Pro Tempore Business Seat 3

67TH SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Evan Roman Budget Committee Chair

Michael Berrios Budget Committee Vice-Chair

Leah Montenegro Finance Committee Chair

Josh Yagur Finance Committee Vice-Chair

Iyanna Pierre-Louis Internal Affairs Committee Chair

Nathan Molina Internal Affairs Committee Vice-Chair

Alejandro Acosta Judiciary Committee Chair

Joe Brown Judiciary Committee Vice Chair

Ana Vazquez Student Affairs Committee Chair

Hunter Anger Student Affairs Committee Vice-Chair

Andrew Jones RTAC Chair

Derek SIlver PAC Chair

McKenna Crager Parliamentarian

Ryan Cote Senate Clerk

Jaelee Edmond Senate Clerk

Not Pictured: Richardson Gaston (Sergeant at Arms)

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67TH STUDENT SENATE

Derek Silver Arts & Sciences Seat 1

Max Colbert Arts & Sciences Seat 3

Laura Goldberg Arts & Sciences Seat 5

Gabrielle Belloit Arts & Sciences Seat 9

Alex Barth Arts & Sciences Seat 11 (Summer)

Daniel Pierce Arts & Sciences Seat 4 (Summer)

Alexus Browne Arts & Sciences Seat 4

Justin Ravelo Arts & Sciences Seat 6

Erin Lusaka Arts & Sciences Seat 8

Ashley Heller Arts & Sciences Seat 10

Andrew Jones Business Seat 7

Alexander Cohen Business Seat 2

Kristiana Qurku Business Seat 4

Fitzgerald Light Business Seat 6

Martin Munoz Communication & Information Seat 1

Christina Morelli Communication & Information Seat 2

James Michael Moorhead Engineering Seat 1

Taihisha Alteme Human Sciences Seat 1

Kyndall Herman Human Sciences Seat 4

Wilkerson Joseph Social Sciences Seat 1

Not Pictured: Aliah Ruthledge (Arts & Sciences Seat 11), Bianca Parente (Arts & Sciences Seat 2), Joe Dumas (Arts & Sciences Seat 12), Tori Peters (Business Seat 3 (Summer)), Krishaun Smith (Business Seat 5), Alex Schaler (Engineering Seat 2 (Spring)), and Shain Leatherbury (Human Sciences Seat 2)

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67TH STUDENT SENATE

Kevon Randall Social Sciences Seat 3

Rebecca Antoine Social Sciences Seat 5

Erin Fields Social Sciences Seat 2

Shane Morris Social Sciences Seat 4 (Summer)

Justin Clark Social Sciences Seat 6 (Summer)

Kayla Braden Education Seat 1

Liam David Criminology Seat 2

Kimberly Anderson Graduate Studies Seat 5

Kenneth Keenan Graduate Studies Seat 8

Kaley Schwartz Undergraduate Studies Seat 1

Kaylan Simpson Undergraduate Studies Seat 1 (Summer)

Sam Peltier Undergraduate Studies Seat 3

Hunter Anger Undergraduate Studies Seat 5

William Whitmire Undergraduate Studies Seat 7

McKenna Crager Undergraduate Studies Seat 7 (Summer)

Sam Kerce Undergraduate Studies Seat 9

Stephanie Galloway Undergraduate Studies Seat 9 (Summer)

Kianni Newman Undergraduate Studies Seat 11

Courtney Bullock Undergraduate Studies Seat 13

Sabrina Bousbar Undergraduate Studies Seat 13 (Summer)

Not Pictured: Monica Robles (Social Sciences Seat 4), John Pappas IV (Social Sciences Seat 6), Alexis DeJarnette (Criminology Seat 1), Jonathan Rosario (Graduate Studies Seat 10), and Jessica Jermer (Undergraduate Studies Seat 3 (Summer))

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67TH STUDENT SENATE

Corey Smith Undergraduate Studies Seat 15

Jaelee Edmond Undergraduate Studies Seat 15 (Summer)

Erica Charles Undergraduate Studies Seat 17

Parker Eastland Undergraduate Studies Seat 19

James Doyle Undergraduate Studies Seat 21

Maurice McDaniel Undergraduate Studies Seat 2

Emily Galant Undergraduate Studies Seat 4

Ashleigh Anderson Undergraduate Studies Seat 6

Ryan Thomas Undergraduate Studies Seat 10

Alex Wike Undergraduate Studies Seat 14

Hannah McLaughlin Undergraduate Studies Seat 16

Issac Urichko Undergraduate Studies Seat 18

Connor Riley Undergraduate Studies Seat 20

Kyle Joshua Hill Undergraduate Studies Seat 24

Kaylan Simpson RTAC Member

Anne Piervil RTAC Member

John E. Walker Legislative Aide (Ravelo)

Daniel Pierce LegislativeAide (Moorhead) (Summer)

Not Pictured: William Franklin (Undergraduate Studies Seat 23), Madison Schumacher (Undergraduate Studies Seat 8), Patty Mendoza (Undergraduate Studies Seat 12), Ryan Turnage (Undergraduate Studies Seat 22), Ryan Mason (Panama City Campus), Megan Alexis (RTAC Member), McKenzie Wilcoxson (RTAC Member), Brandon Mahoney (Legislative Aide (Forst)), Octavia Thomas (Legislative Aide (Goldberg)), Paul Woodley (Legislative Aide (Lusaka)), Peter Woodley (Legislative Aide (Forst)), and Lily Shelton (Legislative Aide (Doyle))

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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

10/21 9/23

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Senate at the Capitol

Sine and Dine


68TH STUDENT SENATE RESOLUTIONS 1

Giving the Black Student Union permission to host the Bobby E. Leach Scholarship Ball at an off-campus location and have plated dinners at the event.

PASSED 10-28-15

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Supporting the Professional Fraternity in their initiative to assure that FSU students present themselves as young professionals and are not hindered by the inability to acquire professional apparel.

PASSED 11-18-15

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Mandating the SGA Spring elections take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

PASSED 1-20-16

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Approving the Legislative Agenda with recommendations to the Florida Legislature for the overall enhancement of student life and learning within the State of Florida.

PASSED 1-20-16

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Giving the Black Student Union permission to spend in excess of $3,000 for a service trip and permission to travel with more than ten (10) students.

PASSED 1-20-16

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Giving the Hispanic Latino Student Union permission to spend more than $3,000 to pay for registration for a conference.

PASSED 1-27-16

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Giving the Center for Participant Education permission to spend more than $3,000 to bring Dr. Julia Serano to FSU to speak about transfeminism.

PASSED 2-10-16

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Allowing the Big Event to retroactively submit Travel Request and receive funding, approved by the Student Body Treasurer.

PASSED 1-20-16

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Giving the Asian American Student Union permission to have their 20th anniversary celebration at the Residence Inn by Marriot on Gaines Street in Tallahassee, Florida.

PASSED 3-16-16

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Giving the Asian American Student Union permission to spend more the $3,000 to bring Elliot Chang to speak at FSU on March 29, 2016.

PASSED 3-16-16

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Giving the Pride Student Union permission to hold their prom off campus at the Leon County Civic Center on April 2, 2016.

PASSED 3-23-16

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Giving the Women Student Union permission to have plated dinners at the Ladies Legacy Banquet.

PASSED 3-30-16

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Giving the Hispanic Latino Student Union permission to spend more than $3,000 to bring the band Fondo Blanco to perform at their 20th anniversary.

PASSED 4-6-16

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Giving WVFS V89 Radio Station permission to have their event V89 Quadrennial Pledge Drive off campus at the Side Bar in Tallahassee, Florida on April 15, 2016.

PASSED 4-6-16

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Not condoning the wearing of headdresses because it inaccurately depicts the culture of the Seminole Tribe.

PASSED 4-20-16

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68TH SENATE PRESIDENT & PRO TEMPORE

Erin Lusaka Senate President Arts & Sciences Seat 8

Justin Ravelo Senate Pro Tempore Arts & Sciences Seat 6

68TH SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Michael Moorhead Budget Committee Chair

Kyle Hill Budget Committee Vice-Chair

Issac Urichko Finance Committee Chair

Connor Riley Internal Affairs Committee Chair

Maurice McDaniel Internal Affairs Committee Vice-Chair

Giacoma Billisi Judiciary Committee Chair

Katy Sartain Judiciary Committee Vice Chair

Daniel Pierce Student Affairs Committee Chair

Hannah McLaughlin Student Affairs Committee Vice-Chair

Ashleigh Anderson RTAC Chair

Erica Charles PAC Chair

Shawn Whyte Senate Clerk

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68TH STUDENT SENATE

Max Colbert Arts & Sciences Seat 1

Megan Hughes Arts & Sciences Seat 3

Kayleigh Lewis Arts & Sciences Seat 7

Quinn Solomon Arts & Sciences Seat 9

Phillip Golden Arts & Sciences Seat 11

Daniel Pierce Arts & Sciences Seat 4

Ashley Heller Arts & Sciences Seat 10

DeShawn Simpkins Business Seat 1

Derrick Scott Business Seat 3

Michelle Quinn Business Seat 5

Fitzgerald Light Business Seat 6

Kaitlin Matthews Communication & Information Seat 1

Christina Morelli Communication & nformation Seat 2

James Michael Moorhead Engineering Seat 1

Brian LaBrec Music Seat 1

Kelly O’Keefe Social Sciences Seat 1

Not Pictured: Samreena Farooqui (Arts & Sciences Seat 5), Bianca Parente (Arts & Sciences Seat 2), Joe Dumas (Arts & Sciences Seat 12), and Alexandra Schaler (Engineering Seat 2)

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68TH STUDENT SENATE

Shelby Graham Social Sciences Seat 3

Mitchell Geezil Social Sciences Seat 5

Erin Fields Social Sciences Seat 2

Brianna Bland Criminology Seat 1

Liam David Criminology Seat 2

Lauren Mix Nursing Seat 1

James Stage Graduate Studies Seat 1

Katy Sartain Undergraduate Studies Seat 1

Shana Rosenthal Undergraduate Studies Seat 3

Dionte Boddie Undergraduate Studies Seat 5

Giacomo Billisi Undergraduate Studies Seat 7

Shelby Vilardebo Undergraduate Studies Seat 11

Jaelee Edmond Undergraduate Studies Seat 13

Erica Charles Undergraduate Studies Seat 15

Stephanie Galloway Undergraduate Studies Seat 17

McKenna Crager Undergraduate Studies Seat 19

Not Pictured: , Chesten Goodman (Social Sciences Seat 4), Dominique Spadavecchia (Social Sciences Seat 6), Phoenix Barker (Education Seat 1), Jonathan Rosario (Graduate Studies Seat 10), Olivia Dabrowski (Undergraduate Studies Seat 9), Madison Schumacher (Undergraduate Studies Seat 8), and Patty Mendoza (Undergraduate Studies Seat 12)

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68TH STUDENT SENATE

Jameson Corcoran Undergraduate Studies Seat 21

Robert Jackson Undergraduate Studies Seat 23

Maurice McDaniel Undergraduate Studies Seat 2

Emily Galant Undergraduate Studies Seat 4

Ashleigh Anderson Undergraduate Studies Seat 6

Ryan Thomas Undergraduate Studies Seat 10

Alex Wike Undergraduate Studies Seat 14

Hannah McLaughlin Undergraduate Studies Seat 16

Issac Urichko Undergraduate Studies Seat 18

Connor Riley Undergraduate Studies Seat 20

Kyle Joshua Hill Undergraduate Studies Seat 24

John E. Walker Legislative Aide (Ravelo)

Daniel Pierce LegislativeAide (Moorhead) (Summer)

Not Pictured: Ryan Turnage (Undergraduate Studies Seat 22), Ryan Turnage (Undergraduate Studies Seat 22), McKenzie Wilcoxson (PAC Member), Jonas BaptisteReyes (PAC Member), Paul Woodley (Legislative Aide (Lusaka)), and Taylor Huet (Legislative Aide (Sartain))

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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH Senate 10/28 SGA Inauguration

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67TH STUDENT SENATE BILLS 48

An allocation of $4,000 from Senate Projects to College of Social Sciences Student PASSED 9-9-15 Leadership Council to pay for their event “Get More Than A Degree,” and remaining monies are SIGNED SBP 9-11-15 to be used for a newsletter SIGNED VPSA 9-17-15

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A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 908, to revise Office of Governmental Affairs statutes.

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An allocation of $5,314.54 from Senate Projects to Transportation Services to fund rides from PASSED 9-16-15 FSU main campus to the FSU Reservation in conjunction with the SGA Executive Branch and SIGNED SBP 9-22-15 the Rez Rides Program. SIGNED VPSA 10-6-15

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An allocation of $1,250 from Senate Projects to Chinese Language and Culture to fund their Mid-Autumn Festival.

PASSED 9-16-15 SIGNED SBP 9-22-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-6-16

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An allocation of $2,500 from Senate Projects to Chinese Students and Scholars to fund their Mid-Autumn Festival.

PASSED 9-16-15 SIGNED 9-22-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-6-15

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A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 700 to revise the Election Code.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 9-16-15

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A transfer of $1,290 from RTAC to Senate Projects to reimburse Senate Projects for funds spent during the summer semester. (RTAC does not meet during the Summer semester)

PASSED 9-23-15 SIGNED SBP 10-1-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-6-15

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A transfer of $5,903 from PAC to Senate Projects to reimburse Senate Projects for funds spent during the summer semester. (PAC does not meet during the Summer semester).

PASSED 9-23-15 SIGNED SBP 10-1-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-6-15

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PASSED 9-23-15 An allocation of $3,948 from Senate Projects to Senate Expense to pay The SGA Inauguration SIGNED SBP 10-1-15 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Florida State University Ballrooms. SIGNED VPSA 10-6-15

55

PASSED 10-14-15 A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 908, Office of Governmental Affairs to correct SIGNED SBP 10-19-15 statutes references and clarify the language. SIGNED VPSA 10-21-15

56

An allocation of $2,700 from Senate Projects to Senior Class Council to pay for the projection screen to view FSU away games on October 24 and November 3, 2015.

57

An allocation of $2,290 from Senate Projects to University Health Services to provide 300 HIV PASSED 10-7-15 tests and equipment to be distributed among health promotion service and the Pride Student SIGNED SBP 10-12-15 Union. SIGNED VPSA 10-14-15

58

PASSED 10-7-15 An allocation of $1,610.73 from Senate Projects to the College of Human Sciences Leadership SIGNED SBP 10-12-15 Council to provide funds to host their annual events for the fall and spring. SIGND VPSA 10-14-15

59

An allocation of $2,402.01 from Senate Projects to College of Communication and Information Student Leadership Council Expense to pay for food to their event at 4Rivers on October 30, 2015.

PASSED 10-14-15 SIGNED SBP 10-19-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-21-15

60

An allocation of $3,500 from Senate Projects to Veterans Student Union to help fund the Veterans Film Festival.

PASSED 10-21-15 SIGNED SBP 10-26-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-21-15

61

A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 416.3 C to update Statutes concerning the current practice of displaying the after passage.

PASSED 10-21-15 SIGNED SBP 10-26-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-27-15

A transfer of $13,567,000 from A&S Fee recipients to fund A&S Fee recipients and other 2016 entities.

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WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 9-23-15

PASSED 10-7-15 SIGNED SBP 10-12-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-14-15

PASSED 10-7-15 VETOED SBP 10-12-15 SIGNED SBP 10-26-15 SIGNED VPSA 10-27-15


68TH STUDENT SENATE BILLS 1

A revision of $150.00 within the Office of Student Sustainability from Expense to Food to help fund the Hunger Banquet on January 12, 2016

PASSED 11-18-15 SIGNED SBP 11-24-15 SIGNED VPSA 11-30-15

An allocation of $3,064.77 from Senate Projects to University Libraries OPS Wages to pay OPS workers for hours worked during finals week.

2

A transfer of $458,753 from A&S Sweepings to student organizations departments, and other entities.

PASSED 12-2-15 SIGNED SBP 12-3-15

3

An allocation of $3,064.77 from Senate Projects to University Libraries OPS Wages to pay OPS workers for hours worked during finals week.

PASSED 11-18-15 SIGNED SBP 11-24-15 SIGNED VPSA 11-30-15

4

An allocation of $1,850 from Senate Projects to the College of Nursing Student Leadership Council to pay for food for their Student Nurses Appreciation Week and to purchase a banner.

PASSED 1-27-16 SIGNED SBP 1-28-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-2-16

5

An allocation of $4,000 from Senate Projects to the Black Student Union Expense to fund lodging expenses to travel to Charleston, SC on February 26-28, 2016.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR IN BUDGET COMMITTEE 1-26-16

6

A revision of $600 within SCURC from Expense to Travel to retroactively pay for travel from the Fall 2015 semester.

PASSED 1-27-16 SIGNED SBP 1-28-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-2-16

7

A revision of $1,000 within Senate from Expense to Clothing/Awards to move funds to pay for Senate Polos.

PASSED 2-27-16 SIGNED SBP 1-28-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-2-16

8

A revision and addition to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 700, to revise the Election Code.

PASSED 2-27-16 SIGNED SBP 1-28-16 VPSA DID NOT SIGN

9

A revision of $1,800 within the Asian Student Union from Contractual Services to Expense to send (9) people to ECAASU and to fund the cost for their anniversary celebration.

PASSED 2-17-16 SIGNED SBP 2-20-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-23-16

10

A revision of $382 within the Asian American Student Union from Contractual Services to Clothing and Awards to purchase t-shirts for AASU.

PASSED 2-17-16 SIGNED SBP 2-20-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-23-16

11

A transfer of $3,000 from the Women Student Union Contractual Services to PeaceJam Contractual Services to co-sponsor PeaceJam 8th Annual Conference and to help bring Nobel Laureate Roberta Menchu Tum to FSU in April 2016.

PASSED 2-17-16 SIGNED SBP 2-20-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-20-16

12

An allocation of $3,500 from Senate Projects to FSU Dean of Students Food Pantry to restock the food pantry

PASSED 2-17-16 SIGNED SBP 2-20-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-23-16

13

An allocation of $5,000 from Senate Projects to RTAC, to funding for upcoming requests from RSOs.

PASSED 2-17-16 SIGNED SBP 2-20-16 SIGNED VPSA 2-23-16

14

A transfer of $6,000 from Executive Projects to Executive Branch Food pay for food for SGA Spring Inauguration on March 30, 2016.

PASSED 2-24-16 SIGNED SBP 2-29-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-3-16

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68TH STUDENT SENATE BILLS 15

A revision of $1,200 within Senate from Expense to Food, to put funds in the Senate Food account for the remainder of the fiscal year.

PASSED 2-24-16 SIGNED SBP 2-29-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-3-16

16

An allocation of $2,480 from Senate Projects to MAPS to help with Registration fees for the Student National Medication Association Conference in Austin, Texas on March 23, 2016.

PASSED 2-24-16 SIGNED SBP 2-29-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-3-16

17

An allocation of $5,000 from Senate Projects to PAC to provide funding for upcoming requests from RSOs.

PASSED 3-2-16 SIGNED SBP 3-3-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-15-16

18

An allocation of $8,264.89 from Senate Projects to RTAC to provide funding for upcoming requests from RSOs.

PASSED 3-2-16 SIGNED SBP 3-3-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-15-16

19

An allocation of $4,500 from Senate Projects to “Who We Play For “, to purchase electro cardio grams for 600 students at FSU.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 3-2-16

20

A transfer of $1,000 from the Black Student Union to the Pride Student Union to help bring Tiq and Katrin Milan to FSU on April 4, 2016.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 3-23-16

21

A transfer of $2,000 from the Black Student Union Contractual Services to PeaceJam to help bring the Nobel Laureate to speak at FSU on April 8-10, 2016.

PASSED 3-23-16 SIGNED SBP 3-24-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-28-16

22

A revision of $3,000 within the Pride Student Union from Contractual Services to Food to purchase food for the LGBTQ Prom on April 2, at the Leon County Civic Center.

PASSED 3-23-16 SIGNED SBP 3-24-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-28-16

23

A revision of $300 within Senate from Expense to Clothing and Awards to pay for plaques that will be presented to Senators at the Spring 2016 Inauguration.

PASSED 3-23-16 SIGNED SBP 3-24-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-28-16

24

A revision of $3,402.76 within the Office of Servant Leadership from Expense to Contractual Services ($1,000), Clothing and Awards ($1,000) and Food ($1,402.76) to have money in the proper accounts for upcoming events.

PASSED 3-30-16 SIGNED SBP 4-1-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-11-16

25

An addition to the Student Body Statutes Chapter adding Chapter 310 Fellowship of Diversity and Inclusion.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 4-20-16

26

A transfer of $2,000 from Hispanic Latino Student Union Contractual Services to PeaceJam to help bring the Nobel Laureate to speak at FSU.

PASSED 3-23-16 SIGNED SBP 3-24-16 SIGNED VPSA 3-28-16

27

A revision of $5,468.00 within the Asian American Student Union from Contractual Services to Expense to pay for hotel for their 20th Anniversary event.

PASSED 3-30-16 SIGNED SBP 4-5-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-11-16

28

A revision of $3,500 within Asian American Student Union from Contractual Services to Expense to pay for rental of the hotel ballroom.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 3-23-16

29

A revision of $1,000 within the Pride Student Union from Contractual Services to Expense to pay for the LGBTQ Prom and summer events.

PASSED 3-30-16 SIGNED SBP 4-5-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-11-16

30

A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 1010, the Women Student Union, revising their statutes to create a more efficient selection process and outline the terms of office for the Executive Board.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 3-30-16

31

An allocation of $1,000 from Senate Projects to the Center for Leadership and Social Change to fund the Rite of Passage Cultural Graduation on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

PASSED 4-6-16 SIGNED SBP 4-7-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-14-16

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68TH STUDENT SENATE BILLS 32

A revision of $1,000 within the Office of Servant Leadership Contractual Services to help fund PeaceJam on April 18, 2016.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 3-30-16

33

An allocation of $1,000 from Senate Projects to University Health Services to help refill condom dispensers in Dirac and Strozier libraries.

PASSED 4-6-16 SIGNED SBP 4-7-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-14-16

34

An allocation of $2,000 from Senate Projects to Chabad @ FSU to allocate funds for Passover ceremonies at the end of April.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 4-6-16

35

A revision of $1,000 within Office of Servant Leadership from Expense to Clothing and Awards to pay for upcoming OSL events.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 4-6-16

36

A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 400.5 to create a measure that more clearly conserves the opinion of the majority maintaining the opinion of those that abstain.

FAILED 4-13-16 YES-16, NO-23 ABSTAINED-1

37

A revision of $3,000 within the Hispanic Latino Student Union from Contractual Services to Expenses to purchase a computer for the office and to purchase promotional items for summer events.

PASSED 4-13-16 SIGNED SBP 4-17-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-20-16

38

An allocation of $1,200 from Senate Projects to the College of Communication and Information Leadership Council Food for pay for their ice cream social on April 14, 2016.

PASSED 4-13-16 SIGNED SBP 4-14-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-20-16

39

A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapters 411.4 and 400.6 to clarify financial certification.

PASSED 4-13-16 SIGNED SBP 4-17-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-20-16

40

A revision of $11,185.42 within the Black Student Union from Contractual Services to Expense ($5,500), Clothing and Awards ($5,500) and Food ($185.42) to purchase office supplies, pay for summer and fall promotions and provide food for the CARE move in.

PASSED 4-20-16 SIGNED SBP 4-22-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-26-16

41

A revision to the Student Body Statutes Chapter 504 to revise the University Defender Statutes.

PASSED 4-13-16 SIGNED SBP 4-17-16 SIGNED VPSA 4-20-16

An addition to the Student Body Statutes adding Chapter 1012, to add The Access Student Union to the statutes.

REFFERED TO JUDICIARY, BUDGET, FINANCE, STUDENT AFFAIRS, INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND RULES AND CALENDAR.

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CONGRESS OF GRADUATE STUDENTS Catherine Hall COGS Speaker

Tristan Hall COGS Speaker

Matthew Uttermark Deputy Speaker, Finance

Adewale Akinfaderin Deputy Speaker, Communications

Matthew Williams Deputy Speaker, Communications

Savanna Ward Deputy Speaker, Judicial Affairs

23RD CONGRESS OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

24TH CONGRESS OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

COGS Speaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catherine Hall COGS Speaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Hall Deputy Speaker, Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Hall Deputy Speaker, Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Uttermark Deputy Speaker, Communications. . . . . . . . . . . Adewale Akinfaderin Deputy Speaker, Communications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Williams Deputy Speaker, Judicial Affairs ����������������������������������Savanna Ward Arts & Sciences Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adewale Akinfaderin Arts & Sciences Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Hall Arts & Sciences Seat 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vivianne Asturizaga Arts & Sciences Seat 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Elwood At-Large Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catherine Hall At-Large Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Hall Business Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Pfeifler Business Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tyler Smillie Communication & Information Seat 1 ������������������������������������ Fang Wang Disabilities Advocate Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kylah Kerry Education Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Peruche Education Seat 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savanna Ward Graduate Housing Advocate Seat 1 ������������������������� Adriann James Human Sciences Seat 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sahil Gupta International Student Advocate Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . Shravan Tamaskar Law Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max Solomon Law Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corey Luttrell Medicine Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Ferraro Medicine Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E. Corey Cavannaugh Minority Student Advocate Seat 1 �������������������������������Ashley Carter Music Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Williams Music Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Lee Fine Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathleen Saunders Social Sciences Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Uttermark Social Sciences Seat 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katharine Smith Special/Undecided Advocate Seat 2 �������������������������������� Logan Edwards

COGS Speaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Hall Deputy Speaker, Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Uttermark Deputy Speaker, Communications. . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Williams Deputy Speaker, Judicial Affairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savanna Ward Arts & Sciences Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adewale Akinfaderin Arts & Sciences Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Elwood Arts & Sciences Seat 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dean Rosenthal Arts & Sciences Seat 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perla Garcia Arts & Sciences Seat 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manfa Sanogo Arts & Sciences Seat 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danisha Baker At-Large Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Hall Business Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Pfeifler Communication & Information Seat 1 �������������������������������� Fang Wang Criminology & Criminal Justice Seat 1 �������������������������������� Catie Clark Education Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Peruche Education Seat 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savanna Ward Engineering Seat 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sina Sharifi-Raini Graduate Housing Advocate Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . Adriann James Human Sciences Seat 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sahil Gupta Law Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max Solomon Law Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corey Luttrell Law Seat 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexis Sulentic Medicine Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nickolas Garson Medicine Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Aung-Din International Student Advocate Seat 1 . . . . . . . Vivianne Asturizaga Music Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Williams Music Seat 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Lee Social Sciences Seat 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Uttermark Social Sciences Seat 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shaleen Miller Social Sciences Seat 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joshua Scriven

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The Congress of Graduate Students represents graduate student interests to the university and community, and is empowered to issue resolutions expressing the views of graduate students and calling attention to important issues.

CONGRESS OF GRADUATE STUDENTS Graduate 8/18 COGS Student Orientation

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COGS BILLS & RESOLUTIONS DATE:

Bill

Event/Reason

Allocation Amount

7/20/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 26- Allocation to the Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Sciences (GSIS)

To support the org. in purchasing a table cloth and handouts for future events

General Expense: $167.99 Clothing/Awards: $332.01

8/31/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 27- Allocation to the Society for Musicology

Funding for honorariums for visiting scholars and reception

Contractual Services: $3,800 Food: $200

8/31/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 28-Allocation to the Music Theory Society

Funding assistance for guest speaker Michael Klein at the annual Music Theory Forum

Contractual Services: $1,500

8/31/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 29- Sponsored by Representative TamaskarAllocation to INSAT/ BONGONOLE

Funding assistance for a welcome social targeted to new students

General Expense: $200 Food: $600

9/21/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 30- Allocation to Applied Sport Psychology

Funding assistance for a speaker, professional development tools and questionnaire manuals that are used when working with athletes and performers

General Expense: $150.31 Travel: $516.30 Contractual Services: $1,150

9/21/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 31 Sponsored by Representative James- Allocation for Funds to Travel to the NAGPS National Conference

Funding assistance for Rep. James and Carter to attend the NAGPS National Conference in L.A., CA

General Expense: $1,200

9/21/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 32- Allocation to Sport Psychology and Research Team

Funding assistance for 2 honorariums for invited speakers to FSU

Contractual Services: $1,382 General Expense: $337.13 Food: $783.11

10/5/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 33- Allocation to the MBA Association

Supplemental assistance for the costs of the Women in Business Ethics Seminar and United Health Care Supply Chain Round table

Food: $800

10/19/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 37-Allocation to the Student Association for Religious Studies

Supplemental funds for the 15th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Contractual Services: $3250 General Expense: $350 Food: $200

10/19/2015 (23rd COGS)

Bill 38- Allocation to the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association

Supplemental funds for a fall luncheon

Food:$150 Funds from Organizational Account

11/2/2015

Bill 1-Allocation to the Indian Student Association

Supplemental funds for the Diwali Festival

General Expense:$200 Food: $700

Bill 2- Allocation to Sport Psychology Organization and Research Team

For purchasing paper for brochures, flyers and posters and to assist in the costs of flights lodging and honorariums for 2 keynote speakers

General Expense: $410 Contract. Services: $2620

11/16/2015

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COGS BILLS & RESOLUTIONS Bill 3- Allocation to Ecology and Evolution Research and Discussion Group

Assistance for the 12th year Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, sponsored by EERDG

Food: $2250 General Expense: $874.26 Contractual Services: $350

1/11/2016

Bill 5- Allocation to the FSU Art Therapy Association

Funds for the Spring Annual Workshop to offer professional development for multidisciplinary discussions and collaborations

Contract Services: $1,485 General Expense: $200 Food: $1,000

2/15/2016

Bill 6- Allocation to Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Sciences

Funds for refreshments at a social event to promote networking

Food: $300

2/1/2016

Bill 7-Allocation to the MBA Association

Funding for refreshments the 4th annual ethics seminar with speaker, Dr. Michael Robinson

Food: $300

2/1/2016

Bill 9-Allocation for Partnership with PeaceJam

Funding assistance for the PeaceJam banquet

Food: $2000

2/1/2016

Bill 10-Allocation to the Black Graduate Student Association

Assist with payment to attend the 28th annual National Black Graduate Student Association conference in Houston, TX

General Expense: $175

2/1/2016

Bill 11-Allocation to Graduate Women in Science

Funding assistance for the STEM Exhibition Opening and Career Workshop

Food: $450

2/15/2016

Bill 18- Allocation to the Political Science Graduate Student Association

Funding Assistance for workshops that provide students in social sciences additional training in econometrics

Contractual Services: $2,440

2/29/2016

Bill 21-Allocation to the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association

Funding assistance for the annual informational luncheon on March 31

Food: $150

Bill 23- Allocation to the National Art Education Association Student Chapter at FSU

Funding assistance for an internationally known art educator, Terry Barrett for a one day hands on workshop which will take place during the Summer Art Education Theory and Practical II Class

Contractual Services: $2000

Bill 24- Allocation to the University Libraries-Scholars Commons

Funding assistance for two conference presentation kits that would allow grad students to avoid paying audio and visual fees when presenting at conferences. Kits include projector, USB clicker, appropriate cables, dongles and sturdy Pelican case

General Expense: $2210

11/16/2015

4/4/2016

4/18/2016

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COGS BILLS & RESOLUTIONS DATE:

Bill/Resolution

Event/Reason

Allocation Amount

1/11/2016

Bill 5-Allocation to the FSU Art Therapy Association

Funding assistance for Art Therapy Workshop at FSU. Funding will provide honorarium and food

Contractual Services: $1485 Expense General: $200 Food: $1000

1/11/2016

Resolution 2 Sponsored by Representative Lee- Opposition to Senate Bill 68 and House Bill 4001

In opposition to the proposed legislation to allow carrying concealed weapons on campus.

Resolution passes

2/1/2016

Bill 7-Allocation to the MBA Association

Funding assistance for refreshments for the fourth ethics seminar

Food: $300

2/1/2016

Bill 8- Allocation to the History Graduate Student Association

Funding assistance to bring keynote speaker Gerhard Weinberg to FSU.

Contractual Services: $1000 General Expense: $150

2/1/2016

Bill 9- Sponsorship with PeaceJam

Funding assistance for PeaceJam reception

Food: $2000

2/1/2016

Bill 10- Allocation to the Black Graduate Student Association

Funding assistance for ad in the conference book of the 2016 NBGSA conference in Houston, TX on March 16-20

General Expense: $175

2/1/2016

Bill 11- Allocation to the Graduate Women in Science Speaker Hall tables Bills 12, 13, 14, 15 to the 02.15 meeting

Funding assistance for the Art and STEM Exhibition Opening and Career Workshop

Food: $450

2/1/2016

Bill 16 Sponsored by Speaker HallOutlining Speaker Duties for the office of Governmental Affairs

Bill tabled to Ways and Means

Tabled

2/1/2016

Bill 17 Sponsored by Speaker HallAdding a Report from the Office of Governmental Affairs

Adding Report of the Office of Governmental Affair to the Meeting Agenda

N/A

2/15/2016

Bill 6- Allocation to the Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Sciences

Funding assistance for food at the social event which will promote networking amongst graduate students in variou7s departments

Food: $300

2/15/2016

Bill 12 Sponsored by the Ways & Means Committee- Substantive Edits to the COGS Code Amending Chapters 118 and 119

To create a clear concise language throughout the Code

N/A

2/15/2016

Bill 13 Sponsored by the Ways & Means Committee- Substantive Edits to the COGS Code Amending Chapter 200

To create a clear concise language throughout the Code

Passed

2/15/2016

Bill 14- Sponsored by the Ways & Means Committee Substantive Edits to the COGS Code Amending Chapters 201

To create a clear concise language throughout the Code

Passed

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COGS BILLS & RESOLUTIONS 2/15/2016

Bill 15-Sponsored by the Ways & Means Committee Substantive Edits to the COGS Code Chapters 202+203

To create a clear concise language throughout the Code

Passed

2/15/2016

Bill 18- Allocation to the Political Science Graduate Student Association

For workshops for additional training in econometrics.

Contractual Service: $2440

2/15/2016

Bill 19 Sponsored by Deputy Speaker Uttermark- Transfer of Travel Grant Funds Bill 21-Allocation to the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Association

To add additional unused funds to the presentation grant account

Jul-Oct: $13,153.01 Nov-Feb: $122.35 Presentation Grant Accounts

Food: $150

Bill 20-Consideration of the Annual Budget

Funding for annual informational luncheon on March 21. Budget fails and is sent back to the committee for revisions

3/21/2016

Resolution 3-Allocation to the Public Administration Graduate Association Bill 22-Transfer of Travel Grant Funds

Funding assistance for the Alumni Spotlight MeetingProvide additional funds for the presentation grant account

Food: $70 General Expense: $51.95— Jul-Oct Atten. Grant Acct.-$4800 Nov-Feb Atten. Grant Acct.$1100

4/4/2016

Bill 20-Annual Budget for 20162017

Annual Budget for 20162017

Budget Passes

4/4/2016

Bill 23- Allocation to the National Art Education Association Student Chapter at FSU

Funding assistance to host art educator, Terry Barrett for a one day hands on workshop

Contractual Services: $2000

Bill 24- Allocation to University Libraries-Scholars Commons

Funding assistance for two conference presentation kits that would allow grad students to avoid paying audio and visual fees when presenting at conferences. Kits include projector, USB clicker, appropriate cables, dongles and sturdy Pelican case

General Expense: $2210

4/18/2016

Bill 25- Allocation to the Phsyics Graduate Student Association

Funding assistance for the 2nd Annual Physics Department Barbecue at the FSU Reservation on May 21

Bill FAILED

4/18/2016

Resolution 4- Allocation to History Graduate Student Association’s Approval to Use Funds

To allow HGSA to access existing funding from the organization’s account to cover expenses for a Webinar on 4/26.

Bill Passed Money used from account: $776.80

2/29/2016

4/18/2016

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JUDICIAL BRANCH THE SUPREME COURT

Ernest “E.J.” A. Cox IV Chief Justice

Douglas Roberts Attorney General

Harrison DuBosar Associate Justice

Not Pictured: Don Thompson (Associate Justice), Nina Schmidt (Associate Justice), Joseph Meyer (Associate Justice), Aqueelah Mitchell (Associate Justice), Jazz Tomassetti (Associate Justice), James Landry (University Defender), Gabriel Gari (University Defender)

The Student Supreme Court decides alleged violations of the Student Body Constitution and Statutes. It includes the Supreme Court Justices, Attorney General, and the University Defender.

OFFICE OF ELECTIONS 2/22

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SGA Debate

3/31

BSU Debate


OFFICE OF ELECTIONS ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS

Sebastian Lazcano Supervisor

Bedr Skargee Deputy Supervisor

Dimple Rathod Deputy Supervisor

The Office of Elections recognizes political parties, hosts discussions, and conducts and facilitates campus elections. The Office of Elections ensures that SGA elections run in an orderly and timely fashion and that all candidates and parties follow the university statutes, in addition to advertising the elections held each year. The three major elections include: the first half of the Senate and the Campus Recreation board and the Union Board in the fall, the second half of the Senate, Class Councils, and Student Body President/ Vice President/Treasurer in the spring, and the Black Student Union elections. The Office of Elections hosts the executive debates, where candidates answered questions on their goals, qualifications, and what they could offer the students at Florida State. This year the debates for both SGA and BSU were at capacity at over a hundred students. Election Days were some of the busiest of the year. Supervisor of Elections Sebastian Lazcano described receiving around 50 new emails each morning asking for approval of campaign materials and receiving calls and texts throughout the day. Each staff member took turns tabling the election, starting in the early morning and finishing at seven at night. Then the results of the election were presented at 7:30. The environment was

high-pace, but rewarding, as Deputy Supervisor Dimple Rathod says: “Even if you fall, there’s always somebody to help you back up.” Some of the challenges this year involved condensing and in some cases correcting the student body election code and engaging more of the student body in SGA. “This year had one of the biggest voter turnarounds in FSU history,” said Rathod. “We had a 6% increase, from 19 to 25%. All three of [the staff] are fairly new and yet we tackled so much.” Other tasks included “finding the balance between encouraging student involvement as much as possible and remembering that we’re students first,” said Lazcano. “The students are the ones who matter.” Candidates were prohibited from campaigning a week outside of the election so that students can focus on their studies and other academic commitments. Next year OE hopes to expand their advertising efforts and hopefully connect with specific students in specific colleges. “I firmly believe the election belongs to the students,” Lazcano said. “Not to me, not to Student Government, but the students.”

6% increase in voter participation Record numbers at spring debates Revised the student body election code to better benefit students

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An agency is a programmatic division of the Executive Branch created to provide support for and education on a particularly select identity group of the Florida State University whether it be based on race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status.

WOMEN STUDENT UNION “Although we may not have a specific culture, we have the unique opportunity to create our very own that is representative of the many different women on our campus! We have an amazing relationship with our female alumni of Women for FSU (including some who are graduates of FSCW!)”

EST. 1974

The Women Student Union fosters the growth of women personally, professionally, and politically. The Women Student Union Center, Union Rooms 323 & 324 @wsu_fsu

FSUWomenStudentUnion

@wsu_fsu

fsuwsudirector@gmail.com

sga.fsu.edu/wsu

EST. 1969

PRIDE STUDENT UNION “Through our numerous educational, political, and social events, the Pride Student Union strives to foster a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for all students. Come hang out in the LGBTQ+ Student Resource Center, where you can learn more, make friends, and fully discover who you are.”

Pride Student Union supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex, and queer students across campus no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. Pride creates a safe and positive environment by addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ students and increasing awareness of issues pertinent to them.

LGBTQ+ Student Resource Center, Union Room A211 (Take the stairs across from the Kaplan Testing Center to the 2nd Floor) @pridefsu

fsupride

pridefsu

pridefsu

psu.director@gmail.com

sga.fsu.edu/pride

EST. 1968

BLACK STUDENT UNION “Here at FSU, the Black Student Union is driven and motivated by a student body that is ready and willing to participate and work towards a greater purpose. As the largest participatory agency on campus, we are determined to serve you and collectively leave our mark on this great university!”

The Black Student Union, the official representative on issues concerning Black Students, offers Black students a form of identity and a social life. BSU functions as a vehicle of communication to the FSU faculty and administration. BSU will remember our past, build on our present, and fight for our future.

Black Student Union House, 206 Woodward Avenue (across from Dorman Hall) @fsu_bsu

fsu_bsu

@fsu_bsu

fsubsu

fsublackstudentunion@gmail.com

sga.fsu.edu/bsu

EST. 1996

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION “AASU at Florida State University is a place to embrace new cultures and enjoy it with friends. If you’re interested in getting involved with service, performing, creating awareness, or anything else, you can find it within AASU and our 10 affiliate organizations.”

The Asian American Student Union works to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian Pacific Islander American issues. AASU hosts cultural and educational events to spread the knowledge and appreciation of Asian culture within campus and the Tallahassee community. The Asian American Student Union Center, Union Room A223 @fsuaasu

fsuaasu

@fsuaasu

fsuaasu

fsuaasu@gmail.com

sga.fsu.edu/aasu

EST. 1983

HISPANIC/LATINO STUDENT UNION The Hispanic/Latino Student Union seeks to unify, inform, and serve the Hispanic/Latino community at FSU and in Tallahassee. The HLSU offers educational and cultural learning opportunities for the FSU community and opportunities for the Hispanic/Latino community.

“The Hispanic/Latino Student Union prides itself on being a place where students can feel at home and share their culture. We are a familia full of fun, energy, culture, and, most importantly, Seminole Spirit!”

El Centro, Union Room A212 (across from the LGBTQ Student Resource Center) @fsu_hlsu

Hispanic Latino Student Union

@hlsu_fsu

fsuhlsu

hlsu.director@gmail.com

sga.fsu.edu/hlsu

EST. 2013

VETERANS STUDENT UNION The Veterans Student Union represents the collective interests of all student veterans of the armed forces and those who support them. VSU strives to provide and promote economic, political, and academic enrichment through its activities and promote awareness of an appreciation for those who have served in the armed forces and the military culture. The Veterans Student Union Center, Union Room A225 fsuvsu 40 | SGA Today 2015 – 2016

sga.fsu.edu/vsu

“Come visit the Veterans Student Union on the 2nd floor of the Union in the SGA Offices!”


“We believe that diversity of thoughts, ideas, and identities bring a richer, more educational dialogue to leadership and the campus community as a whole.�

Agencies 1ST GBM TOTAL ATTENDANCE

103

275

134

In Fall 2015, SGA Agencies hosted over 75 events with over 7,000 students in attendance.

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In Spring 2016, SGA Agencies hosted 65 events with 4,700 students in attendance.

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8/30

All Agency Advance

#AgencyLove

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ALL AGENCY ADVANCE All Agency Advance is an annual assembly for training the leaders of SGA’s six agencies. Agency leaders receive leadership training on how to be effective in their agency positions, how to connect with their members, and how to further build the community. The All Agency Advance initiative began in the 2014 fall semester and returned this year after the previous year’s success. Although the program is relatively new, the SGA staff and administration have made efforts to further develop the program to be as beneficial to the agency leaders as possible. This year, All Agency Advance included a “big picture” conversation to help the agency leaders understand their roles beyond FSU. “We asked students to think about the impact they have locally, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Carolyn Harris, (Assistant Director). Harris explained that what agencies do on campus is often part of larger conversations and issues affecting society.

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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION EXECUTIVE BOARD

Kathryn Quintin Director

Manitra Chavanamest Assistant Director

Ashlin Thomas Treasurer

Christine Hwang Secretary

Cassandra Au Programming Coordinator

Shania Stubbs Public Relations

Kacey Johnson Education Coordinator

Celebrated 20 years of history with special events and a “Yearsbook”

The Asian American Student Union works to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian Pacific Islander American issues. AASU hosts cultural and educational events to spread the knowledge and appreciation of Asian culture within campus and the Tallahassee community.

Hosted the Inaugural Affiliate Summit, training over 65 students in leadership

Asian American Student Union serves to represent the Asian American student body at FSU through educational and social programming as well as promote awareness of Asian American heritage and culture. This year, AASU’s 20th anniversary, culminated in a celebration event and a “Yearsbook” that reviewed past years, past leadership, and the evolution of the organizations’ events. They decided on a theme of “Our Legacy” for Asian American Heritage Month, with the hope that the organization’s history would set the standard for the future. “The work that we’re doing now makes an impact for the folks that come after us,”

VIP (Volunteer Involvement Program) became LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development)

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said AASU Staff Advisor Carolyn Harris. AASU planned seven events, with Comedian Eliot Chang featured as a keynote, and their 11 affiliates hosted more. One of the newer events, the second annual “This Is How We Roll,” highlighted Asian American cultures and food. The more traditional Lunar Banquet hit a new record in attendance with over 300 guests, and over 65 students attended the first Inaugural Affiliate Summit, which brought together leaders of AASU affiliates to help them transition into their new roles. AASU hopes to keep the event going in the years to come.


9/3

ECAASU Conference

9/13

Homecoming Float

3/19

SERCAAL Conference

“Our Legacy” General Body Meeting

9/22

10/22

2/26

Game Night

“Culture Pop!” General Body Meeting

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11/20

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Casino Royale Fall Formal


ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION 2/6

Lunar Banquet

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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION

3/15

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AAHM Kick-Off


3/15

3/30

HEAL General Body Meeting

KASA Murder Mystery

Asian American Heritage Month (AAHM) is a celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and is usually celebrated in the month of May. At FSU, celebrations occurs during the spring semester, from mid-March – mid-April. The month of events, themed “Our Legacy: 20 Years in the Making,” highlights the growth and development of the organization and affiliated groups over the last 20 years. In addition to celebrating Asian American Heritage Month, AASU is also celebrated their 20th year as an organization. Throughout the month, AASU will highlighted Asian American artists, speakers, and cultural practices to celebrate Asian American Heritage. Emphasis was placed on the legacy that has been built over the last 20 years and ways that current students can continue to be part of the progress. The annual Mr. & Miss AASU event showcased 8 students in talent, monologue, cultural wear, and Q&A components throughout the program. The annual Asian American Music Poetry and Dance Concert (AAMP’D Concert) featured Run River North, a Korean-American indie folk-rock band, as well as talented FSU students; The AAHM speaker, Eliot Chang, got us laughing with his stand up; and the culminating event for AAHM was the 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, April 9, 6:00pm at the Marriott on Gaines St. Beyond what’s highlighted, AAHM featured events hosted by affiliate organizations that also promoted education and celebration of Asian American culture.

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3/24

Mr. & Ms. AASU

4/8

HEAL Field Day


4/9

20th Anniversary Celebration

3/15 AAHM Kick-Off 3/19 KASA: Murder Mystery 3/22 Beyond Our Boundaries 3/23 JLCA: Japaense Pop Culture GBM 3/24 Mr. and Ms. AASU 3/25 Asian American Music, Poetry, and Dance 3/27 ISA: Holi 3/29 An Evening with Eliot Chang 3/30 Color of Culture 4/1 HEAL and VSA: Boot Camp 4/2 FSA: Barrio - Kaibigan 4/4 aKDPhi: Asian Awareness Event 2.0 4/7 CLCA: Fruit Ninja 4/9 20th Anniversary Celebration

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BLACK STUDENT UNION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Sheldon Williams President

Ebonique Brooks Vice President

Cecily Elise Matthews Secretary

Lee Gibson Treasurer

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Rashard Johnson COBOL Directors

Rehema Armorer COBOL Directors

Markenley Cherenfant Homecoming

Mone’t King Homecoming

Viesha Andrews Master Coordinators

Jakeyah Gadson Master Coordinators

Andrew Melville PR & Marketing

Maurice McDaniel Professional Development

Arsene Frederic Socials & Events

Ashleigh Anderson Socials & Events

Not Pictured: Amber Roach (Community Service), Danny Arzu (Community Service), Khalil Lewis (Fundraising & Sponsorships), Tahirah Slaughter (Fundraising & Sponsorships), Elizzale Jones (Greek Relations), Alexia Johnson (Health & Athletics), Steve Dorcin (Health & Athletics), Corey Wheeler (Incite), Aniqua Hendricks (Incite), Diamond Hill (Membership), Valeria Lake (Membership), Marcus Latimer (Political Education), Mavil Cordoba (Political Education), Moriah King (PR & Marketing), and Kaleigh Mack (Professional Development)

The Black Student Union, the official representative on issues concerning Black Students, offers Black students a form of identity and a social life. BSU functions as a vehicle of communication to the FSU faculty and administration. BSU will remember our past, build on our present, and fight for our future.

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9/29

2/9

An Evening with Common

General Body Meeting

The Black Student Union have been hard at work to help the campus celebrate the rich and dynamic Black culture on campus and around the world. The theme for their festivities this year was “#BlackAtFSU: The Road to Resilience.”“#BlackAtFSU: The Road to Resilience” represents their direct goals for the year as they strive to educate the entire community on their experiences through social media and showcased the resilience they have amassed throughout their time at FSU. Events throughout “#BlackAtFSU: The Road to Resilience” feature participating in their Opening Ceremonies. Educationally focused programming throughout the month included the “Cerebral Check-In”, “Roots: A Discussion on Black Hair”, and meaningful dialogue on #OscarsSoWhite with the Progressive Black Men and students during the film “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” in the Askew Student Life Cinema. There were exciting opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to interact and build community through the Faculty and Staff Mixer! Students put on their best Motown impressions, performed community service, joined in a day of active field games, and wrapped up their month with a service trip to Charleston to reflect on past incidents that directly impact the community.

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BLACK STUDENT UNION 2/10

Motown Getdown

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2/11

The Plateau

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2/12

BLING: Women of Hip Hop Showcase

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2/16

Roots: A Discussion on Black Hair

2/1 Opening Ceremonies 2/5 Walker Ford Community Service 2/6 Street Cleanup 2/7 Jacob Chapel Church Service & Soul Food Sunday 2/9 General Body Meeting 2/10 Valentine’s Day Fundraiser & Live in the Union 2/11 The Pleateau 2/12 BLING: Women of Hip Hop Showcase featuring Dai Burger, Princess Nokia, with Ex-Novia and Versailles the Everything 2/13 COBOL Olympics 2/14 Jacob Chapel Church Service & Soul Food Sunday 2/15 Ebony & Ivory and Everything In Between Networking Mixer 2/15 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 2/16 Roots: A Discussion on Black Hair 2/17 BSU Live in the Union 2/22 The Cerebral Check-In 2/23 On Our Own Soil 2/24 BSU Live in the Union

2/23

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HISPANIC/LATINO STUDENT UNION EXECUTIVE BOARD

Georgette Cartagena Director

Alfredo Cortez Internal Affairs

Stephanie Urbina University Relations

Kelly Ramirez Programming Coordinator

Not Pictured: Emilie Collongette (Assistant Director), Angelica Barroso (Treasurer), Patrick Strange (Secretary), Ana Isabel Garcia (Programming Coordinator), Stephanie Serna (Programming Coordinator), and Sachi De La Cruz (Programming Coordinator)

The Hispanic/Latino Student Union seeks to unify, inform, and serve the Hispanic/Latino community at FSU and in Tallahassee. The HLSU offers educational and cultural learning opportunities for the FSU community and opportunities for the Hispanic/Latino community.

Added an X to Latinx to include students with non-binary gender identities Held events for underrepresented groups

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Hispanic/Latino Student Union provides academic, social, and professional resources to students, and serves as a cultural and educational center on campus. “We like to call ourselves La Familia because that’s exactly what we are,” said Director Georgette Cartagena. “We want any student, not just Hispanic/Latinx, to feel like they belong on campus.” This year HLSU made outreach and inclusion one of their main priorities. They reached out to organizations such as Black Student Union and Noles for Israel to serve underrepresented people in

the community, such as Jewish Hispanic/ Latinxs and AfroLatinxs. This continued into Hispanic Heritage Month. The HLSU board members decided on events by reviewing events done in previous years and determining which elements to keep. This year’s theme, Fuerza Latinx, focused on strength, with the X added to include students with non-binary gender identities. “Each year Hispanic Heritage Month educates the public on our history and cultural awareness,” Cartagena said. “[This year] we wanted to showcase the strength and resilience of our community.”


9/10

General Body Meeting

HSLU created many opportunities for the Florida State University community to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of such a diverse group of people. The theme for their festivities this year was “Fuerza LatinX”, which represents their direct goal this year to embody the strength and the unique diversity within the Hispanic and Latino community, while acknowledging the effort that is still needed in advocating for their respective communities. Events throughout Fuerza LatinX featured a dynamic schedule starting with the organization’s kick off general body meeting taking place in the university ballroom. There also was educational and politically focused programming throughout the month including the “Afro Latino Experience,” “Immigration and You,” and “Fuerza Politica”. There were opportunities for students and staff to build community and interact through supporting the “Tallahassee Iron Chef” event, and engaging in dialogue after the screening of “Spare Parts”. Additionally, students danced, raised awareness around culture, joined in a day of active field games, and wrapped up their month talking about the future.

9/22

Immigration and You

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HISPANIC/LATINO STUDENT UNION 9/26

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HLSU Olympics


9/24

VENSA Meeting

9/30

Platanos y Collard Greens

9/16 Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off 9/21 Spare Parts Screening 9/22 Platanos Y Collard Greens: Afro Latino Experience 9/24 CASA GBM 9/26 HLSU Olympics 9/30 Immigration and You 10/5 Iron Chef: Tallahassee 10/7 Familia Feud 10/10 Football Con La Familia 10/12 El Futuro: Latinx Professionals in the Workforce 10/13 Fuerza Politica 10/14 Hispanic Heritage Month Closing 10/17 Tally Fiesta

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10/12

10/13

Fuerza Politica

10/14

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Iron Chef Tallahassee

HLSU Professionals in the Workforce


HISPANIC/LATINO STUDENT UNION 10/18

HHM Closing

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1/26

3/15

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HLSU + Noles for Israel - Cesar Morales

HLSU Cultural Fair


4/18

HLSU End of Year Gala

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PRIDE STUDENT UNION EXECUTIVE BOARD

Giovanni Rocco Director

Jonathan Horton Assistant Director

Dominique Ramos Center Director

Melissa Mitchell PoliticalActions Coordinator

Candace Tavares ExternalAffairs Coordinator

Lucas Gauna Secretary

Roberto Flores Programming Coordinator

Eli Hodge Public Relations Coordinator

Not Pictured: Erica-Koschei Stoddard (Public Relations Coordinator)

Formed bonds with other organizations and agencies on campus Achieved record numbers at annual events, such as Pride Prom and the fall drag show Worked with Campus Recreation to make gendered sports more inclusive 66 | SGA Today 2015 – 2016

Pride Student Union supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex, and queer students across campus no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. Pride creates a safe and positive environment by addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ students and increasing awareness of issues pertinent to them. Pride Student Union hosts a variety of political, social, and educational events and advocates directly and indirectly for the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride has a long history dating back 1969 and strives to advocate for all LGBTQ+ students, maintain a safe and inclusive atmosphere, and empower students to be agents of change. Executive Director Giovanni Rocco said of Pride, “It provides students a place to be themselves and express themselves. This year I saw Pride grow more than I’ve ever seen it grow before.” This resulted in part from Pride initiating more direct outreach toward organizations such as Big Bend Cares, the FSU Health and Wellness Center, the Student Life Center, Campus Recreation, and other agencies. In particular,

Pride worked with Campus Rec to make gendered sports more inclusive for trans and genderqueer students. The turnout for many annual events increased; the fall drag show set a new attendance record at nearly 400 students, and the Pride Prom went from an average of 30 attendees to 100. The increased turnout continued with Pride Month, which took place in October. Rocco stated that he began planning for the celebration as far back as May, and that it involved much coordination with other organizations, such as the SLC and WSU. “There’s three ways an event might happen,” said Rocco. “One: we suggest it; Two: the SLC does; or Three: another agency does.” The executive board also took into account which events are considered traditional, such as the March to the Capitol


9/1

9/10

Fall General Body Meeting

11/10 9/14

Speed Friending

Alumni Mixer

Open House

and Coming Out Day, as well as what hadn’t been done before. One new event in particular, Gaymer Day, achieved a surprisingly high attendance. Pride Members Jack W. Graham and Kayla Dixon say that the organization helped them to make friends. “It’s nice to have validation,” Graham said. Dixon concurred that Pride is “a goldmine of greatness” and that it’s nice to be in a place where students feel comfortable asking which pronouns to use. This year, Pride added two affiliate organizations: Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC) and Out Grad, and organization for graduate and professional LGBTQ+ students. They also co-hosted meetings and a Queerness in Eastern Europe event with Tribun Berisha, an intern from Kosovo who contributed to the Executive Board. Finally, Pride created Center Coordinator positions to assist the Center Director facilitate the operation of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.

10/13

Andrea Gibson

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8/28

Dungeon and Dragons Fall Drag Show

1/8

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Saved by the Drag Spring Drag Show


10/1

Pride Month GBM

10/6

10/15

Understanding Intersectionality

Candlelight Vigil

Each October, the Pride Student Union celebrates Pride Month. Pride Executive Director Giovanni Rocco states, “This is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s rich history, live in the eventful present, and work towards an ever-brighter future. It is a period of celebration, reflection, and gratitude as the Florida State University LGBTQ+ community comes together through several social, political, and social events.” Established in 1969, Pride Student Union is an Agency of the Student Government Association that strives to provide services, resources, programs, and a safe space for LGBTQ+ students at Florida State. They began as People’s Coalition for Gay Rights and Gay Liberation Front, in direct response to the Stonewall Riots in New York City, to empower the LGBTQ+ students at Florida State to become visible. After several evolutions, they joined Student Government to become the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) Student Union. A few years later, Transgender was added to the name to become LGBTSU. Finally, in 2006, they became the Pride Student Union to recognize the vastness of identities within the LGBTQ+ community. A few events included: Coming Out Day on Friday, October 9th from 10:00am-2:00pm on Landis Green, where anyone can come and take a photo with the Rainbow door (allies are welcome!); Feeling Myself: LGBTQ+ Mental Health on Tuesday, October 20th from 7:30pm-9:30pm in HWC 2500, for a discussion about the state of mental health in the LGBTQ+ community and best practices to overcome challenges; and Resistance: An Evening with Jennicet Gutierrez on Thursday, October 29th from 7:00-9:00pm in the Oglesby Union Florida Ballroom, featuring a renowned activist discussing the treatment of trans people in ICE detention centers.

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10/9

Coming Out Day

10/14

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Amateur Drag Show


10/19

Open Mic

10/1 Pride Month GBM

10/20

Feeling Myself LGBTQ+ Mental Health Seminar

10/1 Paris is Burning Screening 10/3 AIDS Walk 2015 10/6 Candelight Vigil 10/8 Speakout 10/9 Coming Out Day 10/9 March to the Capitol 10/12 Rent Screening at the ASLC 10/13 Andrea Gibson 10/15 Understanding Intersectionality: A Conversation with BSU and Pride 10/16 Campus Quest 10/19 Queer Open Mic 10/20 Feeling Myself: LGBTQ+ Mental Health 10/21 You Are What You Wear 10/22 Gaymer Night 10/27 Drag Condom Bingo 10/28 Sex and the Spectrum 10/29 Resistance: An Evening with Jennicet Gutierrez 10/30 Halloween Party

10/21

You Are What You Wear

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10/22

Gaymer Night

10/27

Drag Condom Bingo

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Resistance: An Evening with Jennicet Gutierrez


2/2

Valentine’s General Body Meeting

4/2

Pride Prom

11/18

Trans Advocacy Showcase

11/20

11/19

Transgender Day of Remembrance Week Vigil

Transgender Depictions in the Media

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VETERANS STUDENT UNION

EXECUTIVE BOARD Director: Kevin R. Pierce Assistant Director: Patrick McDonough External Coordinator: Clark Rahman Director: Erica Menendez Assistant Director: Quinn Kalen External Coordinator: Ryan Mckibben Secretary: Ryan Mckibben

The Veterans Student Union represents the collective interests of all student veterans of the armed forces and those who support them. VSU strives to provide and promote economic, political, and academic enrichment through its activities and promote awareness of an appreciation for those who have served in the armed forces and the military culture.

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Veterans Student Union supports veterans on campus by hosting events that provide opportunities for veterans to mingle with the non-veteran student body and ensuring they have the resources they need. “We want to aid in integrating veterans back into a civilian society and empower them to be their best,” said VSU Director Erica Menendez. VSU works with FSU’s three veteran-focused RSO’s: Collegiate Veterans Association, Students for America’s Military, and Reaching All Wounded Warriors. This year marked the first time that the Student Veteran Film Festival, VSU’s major event of the year, allotted free admission to all students. This led to the largest turnout in the festival’s history, nearly packing Ruby Diamond full. “Making this monumental change allowed us to open up the event to students that have avoided attending

due to the cost before,” Menendez said. This year also marked the first time the VSU board consisted of non-veterans, including Menendez herself. Although VSU typically celebrates Veterans Awareness Month in November, this year they condensed it to a week so it would revolve around Veterans Day and the 5th annual film festival. Two past films, Hell and Back Again and Which Way is the Front Line from Here? were shown at the SLC as a way to reflect on previous years. As for this year’s film, The Hornet’s Nest, “we chose a film that was fairly recent in its release that we felt highlighted subjects that had not been touched on in previous films shown,” said Menendez. Directors David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud were featured in a Comments and Q&A session after the screening.


11/9

Student Veteran Film Festival

Launched in 2011, the annual Florida State University Student Veteran Film Festival is a unique event designed to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and garner support for veteran-related initiatives at Florida State University. As a student-led event, the screenings and discussions are intended to addresses concerns important to student-veterans as well as active-duty service members. The festival, sponsored by the Office of the President, Student Veterans Center, Florida State Collegiate Veterans Association, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, Student Government Association, and College of Motion Picture Arts, is a university-wide event that brings together students, faculty, staff and the community. Film screenings take place in the university’s premier performance venue, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The facility, reconstructed in 2010, offers a first-class venue for audiences to view the film and participate in a panel discussion. A signature event of the fall semester, the Student Veteran Film Festival encapsulates the shared vision and commitment by Florida State to become the most veteran-friendly and veteran-empowering university in the country. Through ongoing support, the Student Veteran Film Festival will continue to elevate understanding of veterans’ issues and enhance Florida State’s unwavering support of those who have served our country. SGA Today 2015 – 2016 | 75


WOMEN STUDENT UNION EXECUTIVE BOARD

Director: Khadijah Templier Assistant Director: Ashley-Marie Vaz Director of Administration: Caylin Stubbs Director of Administration: Chantel Franklyn Director of Membership: Kayla D. Burnett Director of Membership: Allison Bowden OWL Director: Richea Osei

Political Education Director: Kaylynn Toomey Historian: Megan Miller Director of WHM: Amy Beleckas Director of Finance: Leticia McDuffie Media Directo: Alissa Ovalle Director of External Affairs: Melissa Rony Blog Director: Marisa Anderson

The Women Student Union fosters the growth of women personally, professionally, and politically.

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Women Student Union empowers, engages, and embraces all women on the FSU campus in an effort to foster their growth professionally, personally, and politically. Their mission involves uniting women in self-growth while addressing the issues collegiate women face. Some priorities for this year were reaching beyond FSU toward the Tallahassee community, opportunities for student political involvement, and education. WSU revamped their Coffee Talk series—a monthly dialogue focusing on specific women’s social issues—and invited students from FAMU to take part. Also invited were local officials such as Mayor Andrew Gillum and City Commissioner Nancy Miller. “Membership reached an all-time high,” said Melissa Rony, Director of External Affairs. In the summer of 2015, WSU’s membership consisted of about 20 students, which has now grown to over 100. Some of the major events included the “Why Am I A Slut” general body meeting, which brought to light the negative results of slut-shaming, and “Take Back The Night,” a

walk to raise awareness of sexual assault, co-sponsored with other organizations. The latter provided a place for sexual assault survivors to share their stories. Plans for Women’s History Month were started in early fall, with the celebration taking place in March. The board members pitched ten possible themes, which they later narrowed down to three. “Then we compromised, combined and the result was ‘The Seminole Woman Legacy: Building, Branding, Becoming,’” said Rony. They decided events based on interest and demand, with some traditional events such as the Women’s Leadership Conference, Ladies Legacy Banquet, and the Vagina Monologues. “WSU is a home away from home with a loving group of women that genuinely care and work hard for women empowerment,” said Rony. “WSU provides women the opportunity to get the resources they need to flourish on campus and a safe space for women to come together and discuss topics that affect them.”


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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds

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Why Am I a Slut?

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Study Hall

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Legacy 3/31 Ladies Banquet

This year, the Women Student Union and Women’s History Month committee’s theme is The Seminole Woman’s Legacy: Building, Branding, Becoming, which highlights the narratives of women in the local Florida State University community. Focusing on the multidimensional aspects of women, Women Student Union took time to appreciate the perceptions of women personally, in groups, and in society. This month was dedicated to The Seminole Woman’s Legacy on the Florida State University campus. WSU hosted viewings and panel discussions of two award-winning films: Carol, which highlights a powerful love story between two women in the 1950s, and Suffragette, which examines the story of a diverse group of women fighting for the right to vote in the early 20th-century. Everyone was invited to read this month’s selected book, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, and discuss what they learned at the Book Club event in Strozier Library. Several student performances of the Vagina Monologues took place as well. WSU also hosted their monthly General Body Meeting, with a theme of The Seminole Woman’s Legacy! The Women’s Leadership Conference and Ladies’ Legacy Banquet were the culminating events of the month, and a time for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to come together. 3/1

Women in Cinema: Carol

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WSU Gets R.A.D.

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Dear members of the Student Body at Florida State University: This afternoon, Student Government Association and student leaders were invited to meet with President Thrasher and Dr. Coburn to discuss acts of racism that were recently reported. We appreciate and support the administration’s swift response to this information. As students on this campus, we were hurt and angered by the behaviors of the FSU Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon which has been heightened by the repeated racist incidents we have seen across the country, and, unfortunately, by members of our own Florida State community. We know that oppressive acts such as these, that degrade the human dignity of our peers and compromise the integrity of our community, are deeply rooted in our collective history and culture. While we envision a Florida State University where we are all completely united, we know we all have work to do in order to reach our potential. We have planned an Open Dialogue on Monday, February 29, 2016 to begin this collective work, and we invite the Florida State University community to engage in an open conversation with students and administrators. We pledge - as leaders and organizations - that this will be only the first of many opportunities to critically think and reflect about our individual responsibility to challenge our preconceived notions and work together to create an inclusive and welcoming community. We are an institution that strives for excellence, to create students of great character, skill and knowledge. In order to reach these goals, we must come together to combat oppression, and in this specific case, racism. We are laying the foundation for the future of Florida State students, and hope that you will join us in dismantling components of our culture that have marginalized our peers. This is a moment for all of us to join together and strengthen our university. We have the faith in Florida State students, faculty and staff that we can, and will be, better.

Jean Tabares Student Body President Derrick Scott II Homecoming Chief

Sheldon Williams Black Student Union President Gerald Johnson II National Pan-Hellenic President

Erin Lusaka Student Senate President Tristan Hall Congress of Graduate Students Speaker

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FRESHMAN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Ausar Amadi FLI Director

Valerie Shallow FLI Assistant Director

Timothy Vincent FLI Facilitator

Tamara Rizkalla FLI Facilitator

Brianna Watts FLI Facilitator

Mary Meade FLI Facilitator

The Freshman Leadership Institute is an Executive Project that is continued through changing executive administrations. The Freshman Leadership Institute is a 10-week program aimed at providing first-year students with the tools to become active student leaders while providing support as students adjust to the Florida State University campus and culture The freshman leadership Institute is an organization who strives to help students become acclimated Florida State University and immersed in FSU culture. Not only does the institute help students become acclimated but it also helps provides leadership development experiences and professional development. This development occurs through, workshops, retreats, family groups, and a peer-mentoring component to the 42 students who are accepted in the program. In the 2015-2016 year the program established more concrete positions and

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focus on “ what the students want”- Tim Vincent FLI Facilitator. At the Leadership Awards Night FLI received the Morese award, for recognizing the great accomplishments and inclusivity that this program provides. This year FLI focused on improving their system and through incorporating their positive and negative feedback from the evaluation forms. They also focused on increasing mentor and mentee relationships, by improving one-on-one meetings. In the future they plan on focusing on “Creating a change with creativity”, to continue to bring the students closer together.


TRANSFER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Viesha Andrews TLI Director

Devon (Mario) Stewart TLI Assistant Director

Jennifer Wallace TLI Facilitator

Erica Levy TLI Facilitator

Bellancie Jean Pierre TLI Facilitator

Nicole Recinos TLI Facilitator

The purpose of the Transfer Leadership Institute is to provide personal, professional, and leadership growth opportunities for ambitious transfer students through networking, programming, and educational experiences that impact the Florida State University student body and its surrounding community. The Transfer Leadership Institute engages the transfer student population by helping them give back to their campus and learn to be leaders. They started by recruiting 20 students in the fall for a tenweek program for two hours a week, which trained them in leadership and exposed them to resources. TLI essentially acts as a “first step” for transfer students who like to lead. Some members have gone on to participate in the ACC Leadership Conference, Greek Life, and other leadership programs. “[They’re a] really unique group of transfer students who have a passion for involvement and creating community for

students who are having a similar experience to them,” said Carolyn Harris, the organization’s staff advisor. Some events this year included the Retreat at the Rez and the annual First-Year Experience Banquet with the Freshman Leadership Institute, where students received certificates for completing the program. Student representatives from each group gave speeches on their experience, adding a learning component to the celebration. The retreat provided an opportunity for students to form bonds, friendships, and memories as they took on a team-building challenge course.

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FLI & TLI Fall Retreat

FLI Fall Festival

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FLI & TLI First Year Experience Banquet

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CLASS COUNCILS EXECUTIVE BOARD

Madeline Duplessis Senior Class President

Andrew Riddaugh Senior Class Vice President

Alexa Rimmer Senior Class Secretary

Jacques Toussaint Senior Class Treasurer

John Russo Junior Class President

Christina Lavender Junior Class Vice President

Ariel Smith Junior Class Secretary

Damond Edmond Sophomore Class President

Brooke Foster Sophomore Class Vice President

Elizabeth Franklin Sophomore Class Secretary

Not Pictured: Patrick Duggan (Junior Class Treasurer) and Alec Carreras (Sophomore Class Treasurer)

The Class Councils shall work to instill unity in the Florida State University’s Senior, Junior, and Sophomore classes to enhance their college experience and encourage active participation in the Florida State University community as both students and alumnus.

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SOPHOMORE CLASS COUNCIL MEMBERS AT LARGE Jessica Neil Kalyn Holder Martin Lopez Aubri Smith Kierra Jenkins Luisa Escobar

Kate Hamill Stephanie Dubrof Cora Alvi Kalin Houston


CLASS COUNCILS The Class Councils work to create unity amongst each graduating class, and work to create and maintain different campus traditions. Specifically, each Class Council is responsible for creating events relevant to their respective class, such as promoting school spirit by providing opportunities for students to participate during Homecoming. The Sophomore Class Council has the unique job of creating events to keep sophomore students engaged, and to avoid the sophomore slump. The Junior Class Council partners with the Career Center and aids juniors in finding internships. The Senior Class Council creates programming to celebrate students as they graduate and prepare to become alumni of FSU. The Away Game Viewings have been an ongoing tradition for the past four years during the fall semester, which The Class Councils host for every away game that occurs at night. The Councils rent a 30-foot inflatable screen and invite students to cheer on the football team on the Union Green. The Away Game Viewing also has a tailgate that happens one hour before kick-off and features food, games, and inflatables. This academic year, the Sophomore Class Council also hosted The Halfway There Fair: RSO Olympics in the spring, an event where organizations created teams and played field games against one another. Some of the Class Council’s achievements include hosting three successful Away Game Viewings, hosting the Sophomore Class Council’s Halfway There Fair: RSO Olympics, and co-hosting the 4th annual President’s Senior Toast in the Civic Center, an event with over 1,000 seniors in attendance. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Class Councils hope to work more closely with the FSU Career Center, co-sponsor events with various cultural organizations, and to update the design for the class shirts.

vs Boston 9/18 FSU Away Game Viewing

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100 Days Until Graduation Fair

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RSO Olympics


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Senior Photos

4/18

President’s Toast

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Taking Back Suwannee

CLASS COUNCILS

4/20

Senior Class Ring Dip

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BUREAUS William Engelbrecht OGA Director

Christopher Merganthaler OEI Director

Alexandra Duprey SSI Director

Wesley Sapp OSL Director

Samantha Nygaard IRHC Director

Not Pictured: Alexandra Gaskin (CPE Director) and Shauna Gillooly (SCURC Director)

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS The Office of Governmental Affairs provides students with representation and advocacy within the university community and at all levels of government, as well as information about key governmental issues and its impact. Director: William Engelbrecht Board of Directors: Inam Sakinah, Chloe Kamps, Cory Dowd, Nicholas Mortellaro, James Doyle, Kelli Slater, John Russo

OFFICE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides an on-campus location for students to share business ideas with access to necessary resources. Director: Christopher Merganthaler

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The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation serves as a hub for students looking to start a business to obtain the resources needed to do so. In addition, they advocate changes in university policies that will benefit student entrepreneurship. “We act as a liaison between the students and the university,” said Director Christopher Mergenthaler. Although the office only recently began operations in the spring of 2014, they already managed to start a registration process for student businesses as well as promote and support organizations and events such as DigiTech, the CEO Club, and the Engineering Society. After FSU received a $100,000,000 donation from Jan Moran and the Jim Moran Foundation, OEI’s goal became advocating

for the School of Entrepreneurship and sitting in on meetings. “I’m the only undergrad who gets to go to these meetings,” Mergenthaler said. “They’re starting from the ground up, with a new curriculum and new classes.” The school will operate independently from the College of Business and be open to all majors and interests, giving students the option to either minor in Entrepreneurship or major in it and specialize later. “We hope to teach students that entrepreneurship is not something you’re born with, but it is something you can learn,” said Mergenthaler. “It’s a mindset.” Some future goals for OEI include a full executive board, compiling a list of resources and grants for student entrepreneurs, and becoming part of the entrepreneurship community.


A bureau is an administrative division of the Executive Branch created as a direct support service for the student body as a whole and is responsible for educating, representing, and facilitating programming for special interest groups.

STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE The Office of the Student Stability Initiative advances the sustainable culture of Florida State and actively engages the student body in sustainability related projects, environmental education, and policy action. Director: Alexandra Duprey Assistant Director: Natalie Montero Treasurer: Andrew Wolsky

OFFICE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP The Office of Servant Leadership provides support through funding and assistance to service-based organizations. It aims to preserve and cultivate the spirit and action of service, philanthropy, advocacy, social justice, and leadership at Florida State University. Director: Wesley Sapp Associate Director: Sarah Mundt

INTER-RESIDENCE HALL COUNCIL The Inter-Residence Hall Council engages students in the on-campus living experience through leadership development, community involvement, and peer advocacy. Director: Samantha Nygaard Associate Director: Taylor Lorenz National Communications Coordinator: Jordan Fleishman Assistant Director of Finance: Nicholas Nico Assistant Director of Relations: Melissa Lovett

CENTER FOR PARTICIPANT EDUCATION The Center for Participant Education provides an alternative to the traditional curriculum taught at Florida State University. It serves as a forum for progressive and alternative ideas on education, politics, and the arts. Director: Alexandra Gaskin Assistant Director: Christian Vogt

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (SCURC) The Student Council for Undergraduate Research & Creativity connects the Student Government Association with the academic community, focusing on undergraduate research. Director: Shauna Gillooly Editor of the OWL: Alyssa Knisley Treasurer: Alex Barth SGA Today 2015 – 2016 | 93


OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Day at 2/2 FSU the Capitol

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OFFICE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP 9/9 Service Fair

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INTERRESIDENCE HALL COUNCIL The Inter-Residence Hall Council provides a governing system on the behalf of all student life in residence halls, through representing their views and stimulating communication between halls. IRHC strives to connect all of the halls and help create a more positive experience for the students with in them. Samantha Nygaard , 2015-1016 Director of IRHC said, “ We want to provide a voice for these students living on campus”. The Advocacy Committee provides this voice to the 64,000 residents, by allowing students to make requests or suggestions about what they want to see improved upon in the halls and Nyaard implemented this program, during her time with IRHC. This committee emphasized the need for equality among all of the halls, while voicing students concerns. Among some of the request included, tubeless toilet paper, solar umbrellas, and gender-neutral restrooms. Open Forums have also given residents a voice for example during a general body meeting the increase in room rates was discussed in front of the IRHC board and directors. A great accomplishment in, this year, was getting all of the halls to participate in the Homecoming parade and Relay for life. “Explore more”, has been there theme for this year and creating this philosophy has encouraged events, within the individual hall councils, that focus on education and connection. For example, in several halls, such as Ragans and Traditions, educational events on safe sex practices were discussed and as well as connecting students to the other facilities on campus such as campus recreation during the Campfire Event. As the torch is passed to the next IRHC board, they want to continue being open and providing a voice to their residents in order to improve students FSU experience.

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STUDENT COUNCIL FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & CREATIVITY The Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity(SCURC), strives to connect undergraduate students, especially first year students, to the endless possibilities of research community on campus. Their mission is to extend the classroom, by applying what is learned in the classroom to solve problems and propose resolutions. SCURC provides research opportunities to not only stem majors but also to art majors as well! The overall goal of this organization is to provide research opportunities for a diverse group of students and connecting them with their future endeavors. The director Shauna Gillooly, said she wants “students to have the power and the resources to extend the traditional classroom boarders and take advantage of the research opportunities available”. Through increasing awareness SCURC wants to provide more students with the help that they need. Since this was a rebuilding year for the organization, they instilled this quote: “ We cannot help people if they do not know that we exist”. SCURC continued to hold several research re-mix events in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. These events gave students the opportunity to get involved with undergraduate research, through presenting their research projects with an open audience. The vision behind this process is to allow students to prepare for the conference presentation event held later in the year. One of their big accomplishments this year was increasing their travel grant funds, which helped for financially disadvantaged students to also participate in the conference. Also SCURC partnered with the FSU libraries and the two FSU research based magazines (Last Word and Six magazine), for their OWL release party and Wikipedia Editathon! At the close of the, 2015-2016 school, year the Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity committee hopes to establish a greater presence in the undergraduate research community and let students know that they have the opportunity to be involved in undergraduate research.

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4/12

OWL Release Party


AFFILIATED PROJECTS MEDICAL RESPONSE UNIT The Medical Response Unit is the first response and emergency care for all students, employees, and visitors to Florida State University.

Shane Morris Director

The Medical Response Unit is volunteer based organization who provide first response basic life support and emergency medical care service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-8pm, to the student body and all Seminoles (faculty, staff, and visitors included)on campus or at events such as “Relay for Life”, “The Big Event”, or even baseball games. Not only does MRU medical treatment to the student body, but they also train their students through an EMS class and certification process, which “ makes students better medical providers and serve the student body”- Kristen Matthews Executive Board Supervisor. MRU has initiated the Summer Bridge

Gabrielle Diaz Director of Operations

Alexander Alderman Director of Administration

Program, that teaches the practices of the MRU to satellite schools such as TCC through the EMT program and the Southeastern School of Health services. They are starting a new program with the student disability resource center, which allows students to get train in a medical assistant course. Shane Morris, the student executive director, was very proud to announce that MRU was allotted $29,000 out of their $35,000 bid. This money would go towards buying a new Ford Explorer for more efficiency and enhanced performance. They increased serve-script hours to 80 members, who logged in over than 4,123 service hours in January and March.

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AFFILIATED PROJECTS STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Lauren Alsina Photographer

Julia Crabtree Photographer

Kelley Cunningham Graphic Designer

Virginia Fouts Graphic Designer

Devyn Fussman Writer

Nicholas Kielbasa Graphic Designer

Cole Popper Photographer

Jasmine Smith Graphic Designer

Erica Thompson Graphic Designer

Sarah Williams Photographer

Not Pictured: Priyanka Bera (Graphic Designer) and La’Kayra Larramore (Graphic Designer)

Printed 104,250+ sheets of flyers, banners, posters, and handouts for SGA organizations, Departments, and RSOs. Created over 700 design jobs. Photographed over 124 student-run events. 102 | SGA Today 2015 – 2016

Student Publications is a staff and student-run office that aids SGA and RSOs with all their marketing needs. The student staff provides free graphic design, photography, and journalism services, creating flyers, brochures, publications, and photographing events throughout the year. The office kicked off the academic year with a retreat, which acquainted new students with the office and, for the first time, allowed returning students to present topics relating to design, photography, and customer service. “This year we’ve economized what we’re doing inside the office,” said Media Specialist, Tony Nguyen, “We’re more efficient in what we produce.” Nguyen is particularly proud of Student Publication’s student staff becoming more involved on campus, collaborating with one another, and diversifying their skill sets in the office. “We’ve definitely become more engaged,” said Lauren Alsina, a student photographer

and graphic designer. “We’ve increased our outreach and taken on so many new responsibilities.” New this year, Student Publications created several publications for student organizations, such as the 2016 CPE Catalog and the AASU 20th Anniversary “Years Book.” They also began posting on social media, creating multiple campaigns which provided journalistic context for SGA events. This includes social media campaigns for the Golden Tribe Lecture Series, MLK Week, and months celebrating specific RSOs. In the future, Student Publications hopes to help even more new RSOs thrive on campus. Making the office more autonomous and sustainable is also a big priority, and the office is looking into new equipment. This year they created new, formal procedures for requesting photography services, and they hope to make future developments that increase productivity and make it even easier for RSOs to market their events.


An SGA Affiliated Project is an operation formally adopted by the Student Government Association as a special project; is characterized by its autonomous nature; generates funding when possible, may be housed outside of the Union, deals frequently with the community and provides information, services and unique opportunities for students.

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AFFILIATED PROJECTS WVFS RADIO STATION WVFS is Florida State University’s student-led radio station, providing diverse music and news to Tallahassee. Program Director: Frances Sasport General Manager: Michelle Laurents Music Director: David Wolfson Studio Manager: Calvin Jones Engineer: Andy Hanus Network Administrator: Nicolas Wienders Network Administrator: Edward Peirce Webmaster: Lon Beshin

Hosted two Cattle Calls, a Birthday Bash, a Dance Party, and a Summer Showcase

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WVFS-Tallahassee or 89.7 FM, the Voice of Florida State, serves as an educational public radio station and top-notch training facility for students in search of hands-on experience in radio control. WVFS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and even those without radio access can stream programming online from anywhere in the world. The organization has nearly 200 volunteers of all ages working hard to maintain the high quality the station has maintained for nearly thirty years. The non-commercial programming boasts a wide range of independent music: blues, hip-hop, Latino, jazz, metal, folk, punk, world, reggae, oldies, experimental, and more. In addition to music, WVFS also features sports, news, and entertainment. Besides the Cattle Calls held three times a year—in which new volunteers are recruited—WVFS hosts a Birthday Bash in the fall, a Dance Party in spring, and a Summer Showcase that features regional and local musicians. “We expose students

to new music and play bands that might not otherwise be heard,” said General Manager Dr. Misha Laurents. “What we play on the air is representative of the diversity of our staff. We’re one of the most inclusive organizations on campus.” The volunteers range from high school to university students to older members of the Tallahassee community. Students are not required to have any experience and are given the opportunity to earn class credit. “We’re looking for anyone who is willing to learn, has a good attitude, and an open mind,” Laurents said. The benefits of working at the station go far beyond the Florida State campus. Alex Karras, the music director for WVFS, was nominated for CMJ (College Media Journal) Music Director of the Year, and a former intern of WVFS now works as an NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C. In addition, nearly 20 married couples met through the radio station, some as far back as the mid-1990’s.


An SGA Affiliated Project is an operation formally adopted by the Student Government Association as a special project; is characterized by its autonomous nature; generates funding when possible, may be housed outside of the Union, deals frequently with the community and provides information, services and unique opportunities for students.

UNION BOARD The Union Board is established to provide students, faculty, and staff with activities, programs, and services to be offered through the Oglesby Union Complex.

Hannah Akil Policy Committee Vice Chair

Chase Bowman Space Committee Chair

Dean Faulkenberry Space Committee

Diana Haber Budget Committee & SustainabilityCommittee Chair

Becca Davis Policy Committee Chair

Edwin Elliot Budget Committee Vice Chair

Nora Fanflone Space Committee Vice Chair & Sustainability Committee

Anne Piervil Policy Committee

Patrick Preston Budget Committee & Sustainability Committee

Kylan J. Simpson Policy Committee

Not Pictured: Andrew Evans (Budget Committee)and Melisa Kaytaz (Space Committee & Sustainability Committee Vice Chair)

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Spring Involvement Fair

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Clock and Seal Banquet

Spring Fling

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Haunted Harvest

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AFFILIATED PROJECTS CAMPUS RECREATION The Campus Recreation Board, hereinafter referred to as the Recreation Board, provide students, faculty, and staff with activities and programs and services to be offered through the Bobby E. Leach Recreation Center and other campus recreation facilities.

Joi Dukes Student Representative

Samantha Caufield Student Representative

Connor Myers Student Representative

Nick Telford Student Representative

Jake Kager Student Representative

Ki-Mani Ward Student Representative

Glen Dorsey Student Representative

Not Pictured: William Franklin (Student Representative)

Campus Recreation strives to allow students to “ Find What Moves you”, through experience and challenge oriented around health. Jacob Kager, the Campus Recreation Board Chairman said, “The board of SGA affiliates for campus reaction provides the voice for 75% of students who use the facilities (the Leach center, Health and Wellness, Outdoor pursuits, IM-sports and Reservation), and for the 25% of students who do not and finding what “moves them”.” In order to expand and improve, the finance committee, legislative committee and development committee (PR com-

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mittee) were implemented in order to improve, efficiency and connection. This change has allowed for much growth and development, such as budget approvals for replacement equipment for Outdoor pursuits and the Leach Center, increase the number and access to personal trainers, and increase group exercise participation. The future of Campus reaction will continue to focus on the students needs especially the 25% who have not found what moves them, and providing a safe and inviting space for students to exercise, improve, and challenge themselves.


An SGA Affiliated Project is an operation formally adopted by the Student Government Association as a special project; is characterized by its autonomous nature; generates funding when possible, may be housed outside of the Union, deals frequently with the community and provides information, services and unique opportunities for students.

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HOMECOMING COMMITTEE

Ashley Abesada, Alison Christie, Edwin Elliott, Mathew Ferguson, Andrew Gallagher, Dominique Kelly, Rachel Light, Madison Lanius, Maggie Potter, Andria Quinlan, Kristen Sikora, Daniel Bell, Ryan Larson, Cristian Agudelo, Samantha Davis, Nikki Gonzalez, Mitchell Geezil, Ronald McGregor, Madison Miller, Anushka Patel, Sydnee Peterman, Erika Rivera, Allie Saviola, Stephen Soto, Marti Stevens

The Homecoming committee is responsible for continuing one of the most prominent, deep-rooted, and cherished traditions at Florida State University, which is Homecoming. Homecoming It is a week long celebration that combines current students, faculty, alumni, and the Tallahassee community in a celebration of the Seminole community past, present, and future - “ Kristen Sikora the 20151016 homecoming director”. These connections are made through events such as Pow Wow, War chant and the homecoming parade. In 2015 the homecoming season, the committee set up new initiatives to make homecoming a more inclusive event through promoting the smaller events held in which Seminoles can meet Homecoming’s Executive Council and Committee. This includes catering to the student bodies interests, such as getting featured country music artist Zac Brown Band with Drake White for Warchant and comedian Amy Schumer for Pow Wow. Both of these events helped to create a more successful turnout. In order to further meet the interests of the students and Seminole community, the Homecoming Committee decided upon the theme Garnet and Golden Age. The 2015 Homecoming Drirector

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Kristen Sikora said, “We wanted a theme that reflected your time as a Seminole (i.e. Garnet and Golden Age) past, present, and future. This means whether you’re a student applying to FSU, a current student attending FSU, or a graduated Alumni.” As the new Homecoming committee prepares for the 2016 Homecoming in the fall, they plan to continue upholding the traditions, while incorporating new ideas to further assist in making this celebratory event more inclusive. They plan on revamping the Seminole Festival, Increasing the awareness of Homecoming and what it entails through the Spirit Force (where 25 Freshman students serve as a smaller working unit to homecoming), and increasing student diversity through events such as Skit Night (increase the participation of SGA Agencies) and Renegade recess (allowing service opportunities such as working with the Boys & Girls Club). After all, “Homecoming should be an event where people feel values and want to celebrate their university,” said Mitchell Geezil, 2016 Homecoming Committee Director.


The Homecoming Executive Council shall unite the Florida State University’s administration, faculty, alumni and students in an inclusive celebration of the University’s past accomplishments, present projects, and future initiatives.

ZAC BROWN BAND WARCHANT CONCERT NOV. 12

AMY SCHUMER POW WOW NOV. 13


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11/13 Homecoming Parade

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SEMINOLE ALLIES & SAFE ZONES OVER

600 Faculty, Staff & Students

Participated in Seminole Allies & Safe Zones since 2013.

96%

of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they obtained resources for further support and connection for LGBTQ+ students and community members.

“I liked how it was very open, positive, and understanding of people’s different levels of LGBTQ+ exposure.” “I liked the discussion-based learning. It was nice to learn from each other’s experiences opposed to a lecture style workshop.”

PROGRAM GOALS 1. To promote acceptance and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, and Two-Spirit-identified (LGBTQ+) people. 2. To provide a space to discuss gender, sexuality, and allyship and to explore how we can make our campus safer and more inclusive. Allies & Safe Zones is an ally development program to promote acceptance and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, and Two-Spirit-identifying (LGBTQ+) people. Seminole Allies is coordinated through the offices of the Student Government Association at Florida State University and is offered regularly to the campus community. The program is open to all, regardless of orientation, identity, or expression. The Allies & Safe Zones re-launched in Fall 2013 as a new, more interactive program. If you attended a Safe Zone-Tallahassee workshop, we thank you for your continued support by inviting you to complete a Allies & Safe Zones 101 session to renew your commitment to being an ally. 114 | SGA Today 2015 – 2016

3. To confront personal biases and increase understanding for participants at every level of knowledge and allyship. 4. To discuss what it means to be an ally and demonstrate that allyship is a continuous process. 5. To create trainings based in dialogue rather than lecture. 6. To show that straight people have a sexual orientation, that cisgender people have a gender identity, and that heteronormativity does not just affect LGBTQ+ people. 7. To push participants to examine the roots of their assumptions about gender and sexuality in hopes they will continue to do so in everyday life. 8. To promote awareness of trans oppression and the impact of race, class, culture, ability, and other intersecting oppressions on LGBTQ+ identities.


FACILITATORS

101 Workshops

Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 101 The Allies & Safe Zones 101 workshop is a three-hour basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ+ issues. Topics of discussion include: sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, current LGBTQ+ vocabulary, how to be an effective ally, and exploring further allyship possibilities.

200 Workshops

Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 201: Trans Ally Trans Ally is a two-hour training that will engage participants in understanding trans identities, gender variance, socialized gender expectations, intersex identities, and becoming allies to people with trans and other gender variant identities. Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 202: Personal Identity Development Personal Identity Development is a two-hour workshop that will engage participants in exploring their own identity development as allies using identity development models, reflection tools, and interactive exercises. Identity development of LGB individuals will also be discussed and examined using multi-media and discussion. Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 203: Navigating the Holidays Navigating the Holidays is a two-hour workshop that will engage participants in understanding the dimensions of LGBTQ+ students’ experiences of going home for the holidays.This conversation-based workshop will include: dialogue regarding holiday dinner table discussions around religious beliefs and politics, navigating a non-supportive environment, and resources for students unable to go home. Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 204: Intersecting Identities Intersecting Identities is a two-hour workshop that will engage in better understanding the complex, at times conflicting, identities that intersect with an LGBTQ+ identity. Participants will discuss and reflect upon experiences and misconceptions of intersections between LGBTQ+ identities with other salient identities, including race, religion, geographic, and global. Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 205: Coming Out and Family Dynamics Participants engage in learning about the ongoing process of coming out for LGBTQ+ individuals, the challenges/barriers associated with this process, and the benefits/lived experiences of being out. Also, participants engage in understanding how family dynamics play into a person’s lifelong coming out process, with a range of support levels.Join us to learn how to support someone who is coming out on campus and gather an understanding regarding how to navigate aspects of this journey.

301 Workshops

Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 301: Train the Facilitator Allies & Safe Zones 301: Train the Facilitator is a professional development for FSU Faculty and Staff to become co-facilitators for Allies & Safe Zones 101. We open applications during the Summer and Spring semester for new facilitators.

Alan Acosta Dean of Students Department Danielle Morgan Acosta Student Government Association Anna Benbrook Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness Trinity Gonzalez Guest Services Carolyn Harris Student Government Association Estee Hernandez Center for Leadership & Social Change Kristen Lee Campus Sustainability Gabe Morenco-Garcia Student Activities Center Kori Pruett Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness Kelvin Rutledge Career Center Robert Summerill Victim Advocate Program Dorsey Spencer Student Activities Center Kristin Zaideman Career Center

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STAFF The staff of the department of Student Government at Florida State University assist students in reaching their full potential. With a focus on leadership and identity development, belonging and inclusion, civic engagement and participation, and financial responsibility and stewardship, SGA staff advocate and support traditions, initiatives, and communities that benefit the student body.

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We believe that SGA offers students hands-on, experiential, outside of the classroom learning.

We believe that advising the students of SGA is a situational process of challenge and support.

We believe that diversity of thoughts, ideas, and identities bring a richer, more educational dialogue to leadership and the campus community as a whole.

We believe that all students have the potential to serve, lead, advocate on behalf of their peers, create change, and be positive financial stewards of their funds.

We believe that students learn through engaging in the leadership process, and that the limitless opportunities within SGA is a venue to practice that leadership and hone their skills.


SGA STAFF

Danielle Morgan Acosta Director

Carolyn Harris Assistant Director

Marvin Harris Assistan Director (Former)

Kim Dicks SGA Business Manager

Josh Kinchen Student Program Coordinator

Whitney Brown COGS Program Associate

Mattie Durham SGA Administration Senate ProgramAssistant

Carolyn R. Griffin Executive Branch Program Assistant

Priscilla Jean-Louis Departmental Accounting Rep

Rosalind Sapp Departmental Accounting Rep

Ben A. Young Designer Web/Print

Tony Nguyen Media Specialist

Ali Raza SGA Executive Branch Co-Advisor

Spencer Scruggs SGA Senate Co-Advisor

Junior Pena HLSU Co-Advisor

Morgan Matchett WSU Co-Advisor

Lane Washington BSU Co-Advisor

STUDENT STAFF

Emily Brinkley Front Desk Assistant

Sabina Dieujuste Front Desk Assistant

Taylor Tachell Front Desk Assistant

Ashlee Gafaru Accounting Assistant

Timothy Icardi Accounting Assistant (former) SGA Today 2015 – 2016 | 117


SGA STAFF

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Advised student organizations in leadership development, programming, and advocacy. The identity-based SGA Agencies hosted over 175 cultural, educational, and social events open to the entire campus community with an attendance of over 10,000. Seventy agency student leaders developed leadership skills and knowledge through the All Agency Advance training program. Hosted world-renowned speakers to students and the Tallahassee community through SGA entities and the Golden Tribe Lecture Series, including actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice, businesswoman and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, author and activist Jose Antonio Vargas and performer Common. SGA and the Headliners Committee supported Homecoming artists, country superstar Zac Brown Band and comedian Amy Schumer. Expanded the Seminole Allies & Safe Zones program exponentially as over 600 students, faculty, staff, and community members have participated in the workshops facilitated by various professionals across campus with a vibrant online presence of resources. More in-depth workshops were added to explore personal identity development, students navigating the holidays, and being an ally to the trans community. Allocated Activities and Service funding of over $13,567,000 to the Oglesby Union, Campus Recreation, Student Activities and Organizations, and the Congress of Graduate Students. SGA financially certified over 1600 student leaders regarding fiscal responsibility, planning, and stewardship through the budgeting process. Designed and advertised 700 student-based services and events through Student Publications, creating graphic-design projects and marketing campaigns for Recognized Student Organizations, SGA entities, and university-wide events. Increased photography coverage of student events by 260% from the previous year, while expanding the internship program for students in writing, photography, and video-production.

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SGA Today was designed and printed on-site by SGA Student Publications To learn more about how you can get recognized in SGA Today, please visit us in A302 Oglesby Union or contact SGA Today Editor Tony Nguyen at tmnguyen@fsu.edu.

SGA Today 2015-2016  

To request a printed copy, visit Student Publications in Union A302 or contact Tony Nguyen at tmnguyen@fsu.edu.

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