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September 24, 2023

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Students took a break from studying for finals to listen to student musicians performing live on The Beach.

University plans first in-person Spring Fair since 2019

The University held its 51st Annual Spring Fair on the weekend of April 28 – May 1, marking the first in-person Spring Fair since 2019. This was the second Spring Fair planned by the University’s Office of Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development (LEED). University administrators took over planning last year in the wake of the Spring Fair Planning Committee’s misconduct allegations. 

Mounk discusses the importance of shared commonalities in a diverse democracy.  

Yascha Mounk explores diverse democracies at SNF Agora event

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute hosted scholar Yascha Mounk to discuss his new book, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure, on April 26. His talk was followed by an audience Q&A session, moderated by sophomore SNF Student Engagement Board Member Frank Meng. 

SGA members discussed the measures presented in the new Rules Bill and expressed concerns regarding bans on personal technology and the new business casual dress code.

New SGA administration presents Rules Bill

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on April 19 to discuss its Rules Bill for the upcoming academic year. This was the first meeting of the 2022–23 SGA administration.

SGA decided to table a resolution on abortion access for future discussion. 

SGA approves major internal overhaul

The current Student Government Association (SGA) administration held its last general body meeting of the school year on April 12. The members discussed amendments to SGA’s constitution, which include potentially restructuring SGA for the 2023 –2024 academic year. Among other matters, senators also passed bills to distribute tote bags at the Farmer’s Market and order cords and stoles for graduating members of SGA.

FLI Network eases graduation costs for seniors

For the second year in a row, the First-Generation, Limited-Income (FLI) Network will cover the cost of graduation regalia, which includes a cap and a gown, for first-generation and/or limited-income students graduating in May. The network will also provide students with a stole, designed by FLI student leaders, at the FLI Graduation Celebration. 

The CSE reported student turnout as 20.3%. An investigation by The News-Letter found that this figure mischaracterized voter participation.

Communication errors reported in 2022-23 SGA elections

Students and candidates have voiced complaints about the campaign cycle timeline and voter turnout data reporting for this year’s Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and class council elections. The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) is responsible for organizing elections and reporting results.