Meet your new Student Senate Leadership!

This past Thursday, the Student Senate held its first meeting of the 39th Student Senate. During this meeting, the Student Body President and Vice President are sworn along with the Student Senate. Through this meeting, the Student Senate elected its leadership. The following students were elected to lead the 39th Student Senate:

Student Senate Leadership:

Speaker of the Senate: Matt Borja

Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate: McKenna Bates

Clerk of the Senate: Jeremy Aylward

Committee Chairs:

Administrative and Financial Affairs: Claire Olivier

University Services: Dustin Cone

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs: Madison Essig

University Life: Corey Berkey

Government and Community Relations: Joseph Fernando

Academics: Cedric Price

Join the 2018-2019 Student Government Executive Cabinet

Each year the newly elected Student Body President and Vice President select numerous students to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the Executive Cabinet. There are numerous ways to get involved and all majors and passions are considered! If you have any questions, please contact the Bekah Pettine or Erik Truong. 

The application can be found at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYcOdaK_huJ25aXk2e22DkvjPIqPtDjDznAQpBeoba0hUF5A/viewform

Election Results 2018

After a week of campaigning and a week of voting, the results are in. This year over 2000+ people voted for your Student Government Elections! After certifying the results, the EDC has released the following ballot totals: 

Executive Ticket Count Percent
Bekah Pettine & Erik Truong 756 35.79%
Pat Grady & Amir Jones 569 26.94%
Holden Spence & Chra Darwesh 341 16.14%
Michael Gracia & Andrew Nesterczuk 281 13.3%
Ben Olsen & Sara Babcock 115 5.44%
Abstain from Voting 50 2.36%
Senate Candidates Count Elected
1.         Madison Essig 846 X
2.         Claire Olivier 710 X
3.         McKenna Bates 697 X
4.         Clement Lupton 657 X
5.         Kelsey Courville 640 X
6.         Corey Berkey 628 X
7.         Abdifatah Ibrahim 622 X
8.         Davide Genoese-Zerbi 606 X
9.         Shannon Glesing 605 X
10.     Cedric Price 603 X
11.     Annika Tobe 599 X
12.     Dustin Cone 583 X
13.     Jeremy Aylward 560 X
14.     Maximilian Kim 532 X
15.     Joseph Fernando 527 X
16.     Amir Mamhoud 474 X
17.     Jasper Swan 472 X
18.     Sagar Sharma 447 X
19.     Matt Borja 413 X
20.     Charles Miller 312 X
     Abstain from Voting 536  

Mason Lobbies 2018

There is still time to register for Mason Lobbies 2018! Join Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 as we go down to Richmond to advocate on behalf of George Mason University and Higher Education. Food and Transportation is provided for participants!

Mason Lobbies is an annual event where we, as Mason students and alumni, take part in advocating for higher education and George Mason University’s student priorities at the state level. A bus caravan will head down to Richmond (departing from the Fairfax campus) for the “Mason Lobbies Day.”  Student and alumni participants will have the opportunity to personally meet State Representatives and Delegates and talk about their Mason experience.  Please see below for more details on each Mason Lobbies 2017 event/activity for alumni & students.

The 2018 Mason Lobbies Day initiatives include: 

  • Increasing financial aid to Mason Students
  • Faculty and Staff Compensation
  • College Affordability 

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Cops in the Community Feedback

Student Government and Omega Psi Phi are looking for feedback about policing at a national and local level. In addition to this survey, we are looking forward to hopefully seeing you at the Cops in the Community Event on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Bistro. There, you will have the opportunity to have an open dialogue with Police Officers from Fairfax City, Fairfax County and the Mason PD.

Please take time to take the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7sFtIuEWZCYkDk6FOznoVUwn90EsCCPSli6sgEVu9NNje_g/viewform?c=0&w=1

Student Government Legislation: February 16, 2017

The Student Senate will meet at 4:30p on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 in Merten Hall 1201. All committees met before the meeting and their minutes below. 

*Please note that the agenda was amended on the floor, so see the new agenda for the full Senate meeting, please visit the Student Government Office. 

General Senate Meeting Agenda

The Student Senate voted to move Point B in New Business to Point A in Old Business and voted to strike Point C from the Agenda.

There will be two appointments to the Student Senate this week. No Executive or Elections and Disputes Appointments were planned for the agenda this week. 

Administrative and Financial Affairs Minutes

University Services Minutes

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

University Life

Government and Community Relations

University Academics

The GMU Human Project

One of the main concerns that Student Government is tackling this year is the transparency between the organization and the entire Mason Community. Many students around campus have remarked that they simply ‘do not know anyone in Student Government or what they do.’ Last semester, the Undersecretary for Outreach and Media in the Public Relations Department, Mari Henderson, decided it was time to change that.

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Mari Henderson, Undersecretary for Outreach and Media

Loaded with her Nikon D5100 and 50mm lens, Mari began to ask members of the organization to come sit down and have a conversation with her. This turned into the GMU Human Project. This project was designed to amplify the humanity of Student Government members and provide a look through a different lens of Student Government. In a “Humans of New York” style shoot, Mari hoped to convey the behind the scenes lives, passions and stories of the Student Senate and the Executive Cabinet.

Pablo Ramirez-Uribe, Executive Secretary for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Pablo Ramirez-Uribe, Executive Secretary for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

To date, there have been 9 stories published. From having the perspectives of Ben Olsen (Chair of the Government and Community Relations Committee) to having an honest conversation with Sophia Upshaw (Student Senator), we implore you to look into the lives of our members one photo at a time.

“I chose Mason because I wanted to stay in the area. I had a job in DC doing computer programming stuff, I ended up hating computer programming but I still love Mason!” -Thomas Lippincott, Undersecretary for Facilities

This semester this project will continue. Student Government hopes that you will follow along in the narratives of our members and hopes that it will show the entire Mason Community something that they have not seen before. The GMU Human Project is published on our Facebook and Instagram Pages.

Mason Lobbies 2017

There is still time to register for Mason Lobbies 2017! Join Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni on January 25 as we go down to Richmond to advocate on behalf of George Mason University and Higher Education. Food and Transportation is provided for participants!

Mason Lobbies is an annual event where we, as Mason students and alumni, take part in advocating for higher education and George Mason University’s student priorities at the state level. A bus caravan will head down to Richmond (departing from the Fairfax campus) for the “Mason Lobbies Day.”  Student and alumni participants will have the opportunity to personally meet State Representatives and Delegates and talk about their Mason experience.  Please see below for more details on each Mason Lobbies 2017 event/activity for alumni & students.

The 2017 Mason Lobbies Day initiatives include: 

  • Increasing financial aid to Mason Students
  • Faculty and Staff Compensation
  • College Affordability 

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