Fall 2016 Budget (Approved by Representative Council on September 18, 2016)

The Fall 2016 Budget Budget Budget for SGA affiliated clubs was recently approved via Representative Council vote at the September 18th SGA meeting. If you have any questions, please email Jocelyne Oliveros ’18 (SGA Treasurer) at joliveros@brynmawr.edu.


Fall is quickly approaching, which means its BMLOW season! That’s right! The Bryn Mawr Leadership Orientation Workshop is almost upon us. For a quick refresher or introduction, the BMLOW will teach developing student leaders how to navigate the resources available to them. This workshop will also be an opportunity for student leaders to come together, network, discuss collaboration, and learn about initiatives of their fellow leaders. Finally, the process will explain  the budgeting process for clubs to receive funding for events.

Registration for the workshop is required to attend. The registration poll can be found here:http://doodle.com/yz34ciiixhh8hqc2

The workshop will have two sessions in Thomas Great Hall. The first isSaturday, September 6th at 2pm, and the second is Sunday, September 7th at 2pm.

Most importantly, attendance is required for all club presidents, club treasurers, class presidents, and traditions mistresses. Signing the attendance sheet at the workshop is mandatory in order to receive funding approval from SGA.


September SGA Events

WHEN: Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Taylor B

WHY: To learn more about SGA before the first meeting of the year! Meet current members and learn about what exactly SGA is, how it functions, and how you play an important role!

WHAT: Bryn Mawr Leadership Orientation Workshop (open to entire campus, mandatory for club presidents, treasurers, and class presidents)
WHEN: Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th from 2-4 PM (you only need to attend one session)
WHERE: Thomas Great Hall
WHY: Student leaders will learn how to navigate resources that are available to them. It is also an opportunity for student leaders to come together, network, discuss collaboration, and learn about initiatives other students are taking on. Students will also learn about the budgeting process.

WHAT: The first SGA meeting of the year!
WHEN: Sunday, September 7th at 7 PM
WHERE: Campus Center Main Lounge
WHY: There are weekly open SGA meetings that follow a set agenda that allows students to announce events and other information, hold straw polls to gauge student interest, and introduce topics for discussion. Come see SGA in action!

 WHAT: Plenary
WHEN: Sunday, September 28th at 12:00 PM
WHERE: Goodhart Auditorium (quiet study space: Katharine Hepburn Teaching Theater)
WHY: Plenary is the opportunity for one-third of the student body to gather and discussion and vote on resolutions written by students and for students! It is a space for discussion in collaboration where every voice can be heard.

Recap of 2014 Spring Plenary

The Association passed 3 out of 12 resolutions on February 23, 2014.

The first resolution called for the reaffirmation of the Association’s commitment to self-governance, the Constitution, and the Honor Code. Syona Arora ’15, Alexis De La Rosa ’15, Charlie Bruce ’16, Rachel Clark ’16, and Melanie Bahti ’16, the 2014-2015 SGA Executive Board, presented this resolution.

The second resolution, titled Constitutional Name Change of the Recycling Committee to the Green Ambassadors Committee, was presented by Rudrani Sarma ’16 and Piper Martz ’16.

The third resolution, titled More Gender Flexible Language in the SGA Constitution, was presented by Sofia Oleas ’15 and Elizabeth Vandenberg ’16.

The fourth resolution, Inserting Content Warnings in Syllabi, presented by Brenna Levitin ’16 and Emmett Binkowski ’16, as well as the following eight resolutions, were unable to be voted upon as quorum was lost and not regained after a waiting period of one hour. A vote was taken with those in attendance, andit was decided to conclude Plenary. The remaining eight resolutions, along with their resolution writers, are listed below. The resolutions that were not presented and passed can be presented at Fall 2014 Plenary at the resolution writers’ discretion.

Adjusting Pool of Faculty Representatives to the Honor Board, Maura Dillon ’14, Amani Chowdhury ‘14

Allowing Dean’s Designee in Honor Board Hearings, Eun-young Park ’15, Amani Chowdhury ‘14

Defining Third Party Resources in Conflict Resolution, Melanie Bahti ’16, Molly MacDougall ’16, Amani Chowdhury ‘14

Updating the General Language of the SGA Constitution, Sarah Lovegren ’14, Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16

Revisions to Article IV of the SGA Constitution, Sarah Lovegren ’14, Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16

Revisions to Article IIIof the SGA Constitution, Sarah Lovegren ’14, Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16

Resolution to Renew the Constitutional Review Committee, Sarah Lovegren ’14, Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16

Establishing a Time Limit for Reaching Quorum, Special Plenary, and Digital Reaffirmation, Natalie Zamora ’14, Nora Scheland ’15, Aine Sheehan ’15, Marisa Rafsky ’16, Jessica Villalta-Santana ’16, Gwendolyn Vary ’17, Natalie Kato ’14, Rebecca Cook ’15, Syona Arora ’15, Amy Chen ’14, Amani Chowdhury ‘14

Newly Elected 2014-2015 SGA EBoard!

The 2014-2015 SGA Eboard has been recently Elected!  They are as follows:

President: Syona Arora, Class of 2015
Vice-President: Alexis De La Rosa, Class of 2015
Treasurer: Rachel Clark, Class of 2016
Secretary: Charlie Bruce, Class of 2016
Head of the Honor Board: Melanie Bahti, Class of 2016

The 2013-2014 Executive Board is very excited about this team, and we know that they will do a wonderful job in the upcoming year. Their term has already begun as Plenary was held on Sunday, February 23rd.

Spring 2014 Plenary Resolutions!

Here are the resolutions that will be presented on Sunday, February 23rd at SPRING PLENARY! Spring 2014 Plenary Resolutions


Plenary Resolution Writing Workshops

Any member of the Association has the right to present a resolution and all members of the Association have the right and responsibility to attend Plenary (The Constitution of the Self-Government Association of the Undergraduate School of Bryn Mawr College: Article I: Section II: Subsection B and D)


resolutions first need to be written! If you would like to write and present a resolution, make sure to attend a Plenary Resolution Writing Workshops!

Workshops will be offered:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8pm in the Taylor Seminar Room
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7pm in the Taylor B
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8pm in the Taylor Seminar Room
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7pm in the Taylor Seminar Room
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2pm in the Taylor Seminar Room

Come on out and create the change you would like to see on campus!

~I am Empowered. I am SGA.~


Questions? Feel free to get in touch with the SGA Executive Board at sga@brynmawr.edu or talk with them at any upcoming SGA meeting- held every Sunday at 7PM in the Campus Center!

Bryn Mawr Leadership Orientation Workshop

SGA is hosting the Bryn Mawr Leadership Orientation Workshop and there are lots of benefits in attending!

The workshop is open to the entire Undergraduate Bryn Mawr community, but club President(s) and Treasurer(s) are REQUIRED to attend in order to receive funding (see note on club funding below).

At this workshop, developing student leaders can learn what resources are available to them and how to navigate these resources.

Who: BMC Undergrads 
 Bryn Mawr Leadership Orientation Workshop
Where: Thomas Great Hall
When: Saturday, January 25th at 2 PM and Sunday, January 26th at 2 PM
*There will be two sessions, please RSVP for the session you will likely attend here: http://doodle.com/y6vhwqzucxdfq598. If you are a club leader, RSVP with your name, position, and club name.
**If you are unable to attend the workshop on either day, please email sga@brynmawr.edu
Why: To foster community and networking skills between club leaders, and to better understand the resources made available to you by the College!

Looking forward to seeing you there, and at other events this semester!

If you have any questions, email sga@brynmawr.edu.


Big Cheese Forum on November 17th

The Big Cheese Forum is this Sunday, November 17th at 7pm-8:30pm.

The Big Cheese Forum is when administrators come to answer questions of the undergraduate student body.  There are questions/topics that the Representative Council have voted to hear the Cheeses speak to, which are listed below.  Once we have gone through these questions, we will move into an open Question & Answer forum where people can ask any questions they may have for our Big Cheeses.

Big Cheeses:

Kim Cassidy, Interim President of Bryn Mawr College

Judy Balthazar, Interim Undergraduate Dean of Bryn Mawr College

Jerry Berenson, Chief Administrative Officer of Bryn Mawr College

Questions that Big Cheeses will be answering: 

What is the timeline for the construction of Haffner?   How is Perry House being incorporated into Haffner?  Depending on how long it takes for Haffner to be completed, are we going to continue to use Overbrook, Mermont, and Haverford as alternative places to house Bryn Mawr students?  Have there been any issues regarding housing Bryn Mawr students at these places?
Student Employment
How have the student employment policies changed from last semester to this semester (specifically in regards to work study)?  How can we expect these changes to influence students during the next year?  Are these new policies going to remain in place or are they temporary?  
Is there anything happening with regards to divestment at Bryn Mawr?  From when the Board of Trustees were on campus, we have heard discussion about a sustainability coordinator for Bryn Mawr.  Is this something that the college is looking to invest in?
Are there ways in which the CEO, CPD, Pensby, or LILAC are planning to collaborate in the future?  If so, what can students look forward to?  How is LILAC being utilized and what programming is being planned to better connect the CEO and CPD?
Access Services
What has Access Services been involved with on campus recently?  What are the goals and initiatives of Access Services?  How is accessibility being incorporated into the new dorm (i.e. do we know any tangible plans for access in the dorm?)

Plenary Survey

Please fill out this Plenary Survey to give us Feedback!