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How to Vote in SGA Elections 2016

How to Vote in SGA Elections 2016

The posters are up, and so is the ante: Student Government Association Election 2016 must be here. Candidates are campaigning for offices in the executive branch and senate of SGA. This election will decide the representatives for sophomore, junior and senior classes, while freshman candidates will run in the fall. Running for President of SGA are...
"Roar for ROAR": Students Protest the End of ROAR Scholars

“Roar for ROAR”: Students Protest the End of ROAR Scholars

On Monday afternoon, a student-led demonstration took place in the Cistern Yard to protest the end of the ROAR Scholars program. Since 2010, ROAR Scholars has been providing “academic and advising support for first generation, low income and/or disabled students.” The program also coordinates an array of support services, service-learning opportunities and cultural events.  Approximately...
Run for SGA

Run for SGA

All week long the Student Government Association is holding information sessions for students interested in running for office for the 2016-2017 academic year. Candidates are required to attend one of the information sessions, held 7-8 p.m. in Stern 201 from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25 and on Feb. 29. Student Government representatives have the opportunity...
Semester in review : the top five stories you don't want to miss

Semester in review : the top five stories you don’t want to miss

On the off chance you weren’t checking cisternyard.com in all your free time this semster, you may have missed some of the most noteworthy, record breaking, and influential news stories from August to December. But not to worry, below we’ve compiled the top five news stories from the semester that you do not want to...
The Executive Powers: On Tuesdays, We Wear Wigs

The Executive Powers: On Tuesdays, We Wear Wigs

Juniors Zach Sturman and Michael Faikes heard these words of guidance from College of Charleston’s President Emeritus Lee Hignon last year and they set out to put them into practice. When they assumed the roles of Student Body President and Vice President last semester, Sturman and Faikes decided to make some major changes in the...
Close SGA elections lead to a runoff

Close SGA elections lead to a runoff

*UPDATE: As of Sunday, April 5, Zach Struman is the College’s new student body president. As of Wednesday, April 1, the College has a new student body president: Sean Stivaletta. In what has been the largest voter turnout in years, the Spring 2015 Student Government Association (SGA) election was held from Wednesday, March 25th from...
Student Body President: Who's on the ballot?

Student Body President: Who’s on the ballot?

With three students on the ballot for the position of Student Body President, the vastly different platforms appeal to the College’s diverse student population. Although, as the College of Charleston advances with its own administrative changes, the need for a representative figure determined to stand for the desires of the students is imperative in maintaining the integrity...

SGA releases election results for 2014-2015 academic year

On March 27, the Student Government Association released the official election results for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Votes were collected through OrgSync, over a two day period, and the election was open to all students. Ryan Spraker and Sean Stivaletta won the positions of President and Vice President, respectively. Michael Faikes and Emily Torchiana...
SGA Votes "No Confidence" in Board of Trustees

SGA Votes “No Confidence” in Board of Trustees

The College of Charleston Student Senate passed Bill SB-49-2014 on Tuesday, March 25th with by 17 yeas, 5 nays and 4 abstentions. Students expressed concerns regarding the legitimacy of the presidential search process, the Board’s thoughts on academic freedom and the potential MUSC/CofC merger. Throughout the meeting, the students’ clearest concern was the presence of...
Student open forum shows overwhelming apprehension about MUSC merger

Student open forum shows overwhelming apprehension about MUSC merger

On Feb. 20, dozens of students posed questions and concerns to Chief of Staff Brian McGee and members of the Executive Council regarding the proposed merger between MUSC and the College of Charleston. Despite repeated reassurance that no decisions have been made, students spoke with the passion of conviction, expressing apprehension about the bill’s disputed...
SGA claims "interesting times at the College" during State of the Student Body Address

SGA claims “interesting times at the College” during State of the Student Body Address

The Student Government Association pledged Wednesday evening to accurately represent the student body’s interests to those with power in the school and government throughout the College’s multifaceted changes. With frequent mention of the presidential search and the proposed merger with MUSC, members of the SGA Executive Council assured students that their voices do indeed matter and...
SGA discusses new tobacco-free policy draft

SGA discusses new tobacco-free policy draft

Student Government Association resumed normal operations this week as the organization returned to the Stern Center Ball Room. New Senate blood boiled as anxiety filled the room. Everyone knew that the main focus of this meting was the controversial tobacco-free policy. Starting in January 2015, the College will become a tobacco-free campus, discriminating against habitual...