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Student Association

Issue 4| Volume 1|January 2012

Where YOUR Voice is Heard It’s one month into the spring semester, however, for many it feels like it’s been much longer than that! With the warm spring breeze right around the corner, students can feel the end of the school year coming. It’s also the time when the class workload picks up and midterms are approaching quickly. It’s a busy time for the Western Student Association as well, as we hold events such as Polar Plunge, Western Wednesdays, Open Forums with WMU Administrators, Late Night Bus Rides, Resolution Writing Workshops and, of course, the upcoming WSA Presidential Debates. In case this is your first time reading about WSA, we are the voice of all 25,000 WMU students. WSA listens to students’ concerns and acts on the issues that matter to the student body. WSA is a student representative government that advocates policies to ensure the rights and integrity of all students. WSA would love for you to join our weekly Wednesday meetings at 4:15 pm in the Bernhard Center - Room 157. Bring a friend!

Don’t forget about the Late Night Bus Rides! January 9th-March 1st Ride the Metro Bus during these late night hours to make this trial run permanent! For more information visit http://www.westernstudentassociation.org/

Chelsie Whitehead WSA Public Relations Chair wsa-publicrelations@wmich.edu

Student Organization Center Bernhard Center, Room 157 Phone: (269) 387-2125


Grants and Scholarships Available Western Student Association and Disabled Services for Students are currently funding two scholarships for undergraduate students. Each scholarship is worth $1,000. The scholarships are diversity based. Scholarship applications are due Friday, March 2, 2012 and are available at westernstudentassociation.org/diversity, as well as in paper copy at the Student Organization Center outside the WSA office. The winner will be announced at the Diversity Awards on April 11, 2012. Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability will offer approximately $40,000 in grant money to students who develop initiatives and activities that promote a sustainable culture on campus. Both undergraduate and graduate students are able to apply for The Student Sustainability Grant (SSG). The approximately $40,000 in grant money is left over from the $75,000 that was available last semester, and is part of the Student Sustainability Fee that charges each student $8 per semester. For guidelines, information and applications: www.wmich.edu/sustainability. Email completed applications for wsa-sustainability@wmich.edu by March 1, 2012.

Western Student Association’s January

Senator of THE MONTH Name: Kelly Morrissey Academic Year: Freshmen Time in WSA: 1 semester WSA Involvement: Currently Co-Vice Chair Philanthropy Committee. Fall 2011- Colleges Against Cancer Senator, Vice Chair University Pride Committee. Fun Fact: “I volunteered over 600 hours throughout my 4 years of high school!”


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Upcoming WSA Events Polar Plunge Saturday, March 17, 2012 Take the Plunge! Western Student Association is supporting Special Olympics Michigan. Last year, WMU helped statewide proceeds reach $735,000. Take the plunge this St. Patrick’s Day and help proceeds reach the goal of $100,000,000! Any individual or Registered Student Organization is encouraged to participate! Polar Plunge takes place at Lawson Arena. Registration begins at 10am, followed by the Parade of Costumes and Plunge at 11:15 am. For more information and online registration, visit www.somi.org...or call (800) 644-6404.

Free Legal Aid EVERY THURSDAY from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the SOC Conference Room, BHC WSA is giving all WMU students the opportunity to access free legal aid from local attorney Jeffery Dufon. Dufon is an experienced attorney who practices at Redmond, Redmond & Yokum, P.L.C. and is member of the Kalamazoo community. Stop in and ask any legal questions that you may have.

WSA Loves You! Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 12:15pm-3:30pm

Stop by WSA’s table at the bottom of the Bernhard Center for some post Valentine’s Day love! We’ll be giving away WSA pens, cups and stickers, plus some Valentine’s Day candy! You will also be able to fill out a comment card to drop in our “Be the Change” box...we want to know your thoughts about campus issues!

Western Student Association’s

RECENT APPOINTMENTS

Executive Cabinet

College Senators

Chelsie Whitehead Public Relations Chair

Alexander Smith College of Arts & Sciences

Ad-Hoc Chairs Molly Cahill & Kelly Morrissey Philanthropy Co-Chairs Marcus Jackson Elections Control Board Chair

Lauren BerkshireHearit Lee Honors College Elizabeth McKendry College of Education

Elections Control Board Members = Alexa LaLonde Laura Sherman Nick Spaleny Bob Waisanen Nicholas Wikar Brian Graham


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Legislative Resolution

Resolution #1112-07: A Resolution Supporting Limited Paper Use for WSA Senate Meetings Wednesday, January 25th Authors: Jasmine Neldon, Speaker of the Senate; Nikki Ledbury, Speaker Pro-Tempore; Erin Kaplan, President; Meghan Walsh, Sustainability Committee Chair. Summary: In order to more efficiently use SAF money in our operational fund and in order to follow the university's sustainability efforts, we will be cutting the amount of agendas we print in half, saving from $.06-.24 per agenda. All organizational documents will be provided electronically via e-mail, on the WSA website, and on projectors at the meetings. Vote: Passed by consent 8

WSA Attends SAM Conference SAM stands for the Student Association of Michigan. The primary goal of SAM is to serve the students from their member institutions, by listening to their needs and desires. Three of WSA’s cabinet members participated in the January conference that was held at Grand Valley State

University. The conference mainly focused on the upcoming Lansing Blitz, which takes place March 29th and 30th. The Lansing Blitz is the largest annual gathering of student associations in Michigan. Meghan Walsh, WSA’s Sustainability Chair, said “ the Lansing Blitz will be a great chance for universities to come together and impact our legislatures into voting against budget cuts for education.” This is the first year that the Blitz will be a two-day event.


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