EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE JOINT MEETING BETWEEN THE SENATE AND THE
PRESIDENT’S CABINET OF THE MARIST COLLEGE STUDENT GOVERNMENT
ASSOCIATION ON NOVEMBER 12, 2014
In room 1207 of the Student Center, a joint meeting was held on November 12, 2014 from 11:05am to
11:55am between the Senate and the President’s Cabinet of the Marist College Student Government
Association.
PRESENT
PRESIDENT’S CABINET
Christos Pietris– Student Body President
Madeline Kachou – Chief Financial Officer
David Gunter – Chief Information Officer
Samantha Monroe – Chief Public Affairs Officer
Mark Soranno – Director of Community Outreach
Emily Lubrano – Historian
Omar Mahmud – Press Secretary
Robert Tognetti – Chief Pollster
Tyler Robinson – Director of Safety and Security
SENATE
Joseph Theall –Senate Speaker
Brandon Heard – Pro Tempore
Corinne Bruckenthal – Class of 2015 President
Elizabeth Peper – Class of 2016 President
Mary Katherine Kilgallen – Class of 2017 President
JohnMichael Chiriyan – Commuter Senator
Ryan Kiggins –Resident Senator
Brian Lampert –Resident Senator
Gabrielle Revis –Resident Senator
OLD BUSINESS
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Recognized new guest: Patricia Cordner.
Upon review of the minutes from November 5, 2014, the minutes were approved.
NEW BUSINESS
THANKSGIVING BUS SHUTTLE
J. Theall stated that sales are going well so far; however, he was concerned with the shortage on the
Boston and New Jersey shuttles. The plan was to state that there was a limited amount of tickets
available to push the final sales. Moreover, J. Theall stated that he needed help selling tickets
Wednesday and Thursday in the Student Government Office from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. J. Theall stated
that a Mar-STU was sent out a few days ago as well as an email to those you signed up during Family
Weekend about the shuttles. He stated, if need be tickets will be sold next week to fill the buses.
Moreover, he noted that seats for the buses could not be reserved. C. Pietris added that the
advertisements should showcase the amount of money students would be saving.
TOWN HALL MEETING
The Town Hall Meeting will be Sunday in two different locations:
1. The Student Center from 7:00pm and 8:30pm
2. Jazzman’s from 9:00pm to 10:30pm
The Town Hall Meeting would be conducted as follows: students would come in and receive a handout
of Student Government’s Goals, including the steps that would be taken to achieve said goals. On this
handout, students will fill in their opinions and rank the goals based on what they view as most
important. Moreover, students who come to the Town Hall Meetings will have an opportunity to speak
upon their opinions as well. S. Monroe stated she would need help posting the flyers around campus,
and C. Pietris asked everyone to share the event on Facebook.
Recognized new guests: Samantha Sprague and Brooke DiPalma.
Currently, 100 seats have been reserved for this meeting. J. Theall stated that Student Government may
be advertising for the meeting too late to receive a good turnout. M. Kachou added that the event could
be done in the Dining Hall, and students could use their CWID numbers would be entered into a raffle as
enticement. P. Cordner stated that if the event is done in the Dining Hall, students will know about it
and will be enticed to attend the event. She added that even if students don’t come to the town board
meeting, they can put their opinions in a comment box and have their voice heard. P. Cordner stated
that if Student Government planned on marketing/hosting the event in the Dining Hall, Sodexo would
need to be contacted. M. Kachou suggested hosting the meeting next weekend and to leave this week
for advertising and preparing. T. Robinson thought it would be better to stick to the original plan in
order to give off a good impression with our rebranding. B. Lampert stated that the point of the meeting
was to have students there to give their opinions and that Student Government needed to make sure
that students would be at the event. C. Pietris moved to vote on whether the Town Hall Meeting should
still be held the weekend of November 16, 2014, T. Robinson seconded.
TOWN HALL MEETING VERDICT
President’s Cabinet and Senate Combined Vote: 6-4-0
The Town Hall Meeting will still be occurring on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Recognized new guest: Samantha Devito and John DiBella.
At this point and time, the discussion on the Town Hall Meeting continued. Teams were composed
teams whom would go to the Dining Hall during peak hours (6:30pm), and discussed the forms needed
to hand out (which would include Student Government goals and an opinion space). In terms of the
raffle, it was noted that the prize would most likely come from Rossi’s.
LUNCHEON PLANNING
C. Pietris announced that the speaker of the luncheon would be Dr. Joanna Myers. She and other faculty
members have formed a committee and she will be presenting on the committee and then Student
Government members would have an opportunity to ask questions and commence in discussion. The
meeting was adjourned at 11:55pm.
Executive Assistant: Ariana McCumber
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Meeting Minutes 11.12.14 - Marist Student Government Association