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Calling all Seniors!
Do you have a professor who has really impacted your time at Miami? Who really went above to help you grow and develop? Nominate them for Outstanding Professor Awards by April 9th!
Opinion of the Court
MIAMI UNIVERSITY STUDENT COURT
ASG Elections Committee
Petition for review of the 3/13/2017 ASG Election Committee decision to impose Level One Election Violations upon the Appellant.
Decided: March 13, 2017
Present for Appellant: AUSTIN WORRELL.
Present for Appellee: JACK FERIK, BRANDON FOGEL, and ANNIE LAZARSKI, representatives of the ASG Election Committee.
Before Chief Justice Henry Leaman, Chief Justice Pro Tempore Bella Seeberg, Senior Justices Imokhai Okolo and Addison Caruso, and Justices Morgan Mendenhall, Julia Pair, Max Trubiano, Lucy Eisgruber, and Chase Shelton.
Austin Worrell appeals the 3/13/17 decision by the ASG Elections Committee, regarding a level one violation of the ASG Elections Rules, specifically, Section III.h.i.1.c. In a 5-4 vote, the Student Court sides with the Appellant, and reverses the decision by the ASG Election Committee.
On March 11th, 2017, ASG Candidate for President, and Appellant, Austin Worrell witnessed a friend burning campaign memorabilia for an opposing candidate. Worrell’s friend began to burn a tee shirt for the McCarthy – Creber ticket, and Worrell began to film the incident on his phone. Worrell recorded the incident through Snapchat, rather than using the camera on his phone. Snapchat is a photographic messaging service that sends both direct messages to others, and posts photographs on pubic-to-friends page, on a “Snapchat Story.” Worrell alleges that he then sent the Snapchat to ten individuals, and both parties agree that the Snapchat video was not posted on his Snapchat story. Another student, whose name was not given at the Student Court hearing, screenshotted Worrell’s snapchat, and provided it to the McCarthy campaign. The record reports that Hannah McCarthy then approached Austin Worrell over the issue, and no further developments were made.
Days later, on March 13th, 2017, the Worrell Campaign notified the ASG Election Committee (the Committee) that individuals were distributing McCarthy – Creber campaign flyers in King library. This was in violation of Section V. B. of the ASG Presidential Campaign rules. The Committee subsequently sanctioned the McCarthy campaign under a level one violation. Within the hour, the Appellant alleges that the McCarthy campaign notified the Committee of the Snapchats sent a few days earlier. The Committee then ruled in a 5-4 ruling that the Appellant’s actions were in violation of Section III.h.i.1.c, which reads that “Campaign violations . . . Level 1 violations consist of, but are not limited to: . . . [u]sing public electronic media in an inappropriate manner.”
(1) Did the Appellant use public electronic media in an inappropriate manner, and (2) is Snapchat messaging public electronic media?
Chief Justice Henry Leaman
In evaluating Section III.h.i.1.c, the Court identifies two elements. First, did the Appellant use electronic media inappropriately? Second, is Snapchat public electronic media under III.h.i.1.c?
I. Appellant used electronic media inappropriately.
The Court was unanimous in that Worrell inappropriately used electronic media. However, the Court held that Snapchat direct messages are not public. Based on this second element, we reverse the Committee’s decision.
Snapchat is a messaging service that sends photographs in two ways. First, it sends photographs to specific individuals, or groups of individuals, with the photo displaying for only a set amount of time. Only the recipients of that message can receive those messages. Second, individuals can post photos for 24 hours on their Snapchat Stories, and those photos are accessible to anyone who adds the creator on Snapchat. The Appellant did not use the Story feature, so the Court focuses solely on the direct messaging function.
The Court was unanimous that taking part in the burning of an opponent ticket’s tee shirt so close to the election is inarguably inappropriate and disrespectful. Such behavior is unfitting for a member of the Associated Student Government. The Student Court is tasked with interpreting the ASG Constitution, the ASG Bylaws, and reviewing the decisions of the ASG Elections Committee. The Appellant’s conduct is certainly inappropriate, and the Committee did not err in their finding of this element. They erred in their application of the second element: is Snapchat direct messaging public electronic media under III.h.i.1.c?
II. Snapchat is not public electronic media under III.h.i.1.c.
Here, the Court found a likely comparison to the text messages. Text messages are private communications between individuals and groups, and are not accessible outside of those groups. The same holds with Snapchats: members of the general public could not access Worrell’s video under the direct message function.
The Committee contested this notion on the ground that ten individuals received the video, including those who are not Miami University students. The receiving forum and method of dissemination is relevant, while the identity of the recipients is not. If President Crawford was to send a text message to ten people, whether it be his best friends or his coworkers, those messages would not be public. The Committee argued that ten people was sufficient to qualify the messages as public. The Court holds otherwise: those messages could not be accessible to anyone other than those individuals, unless a recipient screenshotted a portion of the video and disseminated that screenshot.
The Committee argued that the ability to screenshot and further disseminate the material made the Snapchat public in use. The Dissenting Justices argue similarly; however, the Court holds that the focus is on Worrell’s actions, rather than his recipients’ actions. Again, a similar comparison could be made about a text message with President Crawford. If President Crawford made inappropriate statements in a group message of only ten people, and the Miami Student received a copy and leaked it, then the Students’ dissemination does not alter whether Crawford’s use of electronic media was public in nature. The focus is on the original creator’s publication, not his recipients’ publication.
Because the Majority holds that Snapchat direct messages are private media, there is no way for the Committee to hold Worrell accountable for an inappropriate use of public electronic media. THE FINDING OF THE COMMITTEE IS REVERSED.
CONCURRING IN I; DISSENTING IN THE JUDGEMENT AND II.
Senior Justice Imokhai Okolo
The Dissenting Justices concur with the Majority that the Appellant’s use of electronic media was inappropriate. We dissent with respect to the second element, whether the Appellant’s use of Snapchat was public electronic media.
In deciding whether Mr. Worrell’s actions violated Section III.h.i.1.c of the Associated Student Government Election Rules the Court looked at whether or not Mr. Worrell’s Snapchat was used in a public manner. The Court ruled in favor of the appellant because there is a level of privacy with direct messages on Snapchat, similar to a text message, but when looking at the facts of this case we dissent in the majority ruling.
The dissenting Justices believe that when Mr. Worrell disseminated the Snapchat he had no perceived reasonable expectation of privacy. Mr. Worrell argued he sent the messages to only 10 individuals, however evidence presented questions the reliability of that claim. Seeing the committee had a wider range of facts, we stand by their claim not challenging the amount of people Mr. Worrell disseminated the Snapchat to. We believe that when Mr. Worrell sent the Snapchat he had no intentions of his actions being privileged or some kind of secret between him and his friends. The video was sent to share with others. Clearly the Snapchat went public. When Mr. Worrell sent the snap chat he could have reasonably assumed the possibility of it being screenshotted and sent to others. We do not believe a case can be made for someone sending a Snapchat to 10 individuals and claim for that information to be private. The sharing of information between this many individuals clearly has the potential to, and in this case did, reach people in the public domain.
For these reasons we dissent.
UPDATE: The Level 1 violation imposed on the Worrell-Olvera ticket has been reversed by Student Court. Read the Court's decision here.
At 1:57 p.m. on Monday, March 12, the Associated Student Government Elections Committee became aware of a violation committed by the Worrell-Olvera campaign. The Committee received evidence of the campaign's inappropriate social media use in reference to one or more candidates. According to Section III. H. i. 1. c. of the 2017-2018 Student Body President and Vice President Elections Packet, Level 1 violations include "using public electronic media in an inappropriate manner." The Elections Committee voted by a 5-4 margin to issue the Worrell-Olvera campaign a Level 1 Violation effective 2:32 p.m. of the date in question. Consistent with the Elections Packet, the campaign's allotted spending budget will be reduced by $50; the campaign will be prohibited from campaigning for 24 hours. The Worrell-Olvera campaign may resume campaigning at 2:32 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.
At 12:49 p.m. on Monday, March 13, the Associated Student Government Elections Committee became aware of a violation committed by the McCarthy-Creber campaign. The Committee received evidence of campaign materials being posted and otherwise disseminated in King Library. According to Section V. B. of the 2017-2018 Student Body President and Vice President Elections Packet, "no campaign materials are to be posted in any of the University Libraries." The Elections Committee voted unanimously to issue the McCarthy-Creber campaign a Level 1 Violation effective 1:03 p.m. of the date in question. Consistent with the Elections Packet, the campaign's allotted spending budget will be reduced by $50; the campaign will be prohibited from campaigning for 24 hours. The McCarthy-Creber campaign may resume campaigning at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.
On Tuesday, ten candidates for the upcoming Student Body President and Student Body Vice President Primary Elections assembled in a lecture hall to discuss the issues and opportunities facing Miami University.
The annual Student Body President Debate lasted about an hour, covering a wide range of topics from dining to campus culture, from ASG finances to OESCR reform.
"It was great to see so many tickets run for Student Body President and Vice President," said Amy Berg, Secretary of Communications and Media Relations and moderator of the debate. "Each platform has unique ideas, different experiences, and ample opportunity to make change. I'm excited to see the outcome of this election."
Candidates Austin Worrell (P) and running mate Haley Olvera (VP), spoke first, outlining their commitment to ensuring students receive fair treatment in their time at Miami - specifically regarding issues of sexual assault.
"This hits home for me personally," Worrell said. "As an older brother of three sisters, this is never acceptable. It breaks down into three things: OESCR policy, [campus] culture, and resources." Worrell also cited his track record as ASG's sitting Secretary of Governmental Relations to make his case for Monday's fast approaching Primary Elections.
On the need for OESCR reform, candidates Nick Froehlich (P) and Bradley Davis (VP) agreed, recognizing mental health as a critical and interrelated issue. As the two noted, Student Counseling Services currently serves only 11% of students at maximum capacity.
"That's 2,500 of your brothers and sisters, Bigs and Littles, classmates and roommates who are not getting the help they need," Froehlich said. The duo committed to either abolishing ASG Cabinet stipends or, alternatively, donating their combined stipend to Student Counseling Services. "We all need to take ownership of our collective change," he added.
Maggie Callaghan (P) and Luke Elfreich (VP) stressed a need for collective change in communicating with various student organizations on campus, particularly diverse organizations that sometimes struggle to find their home at Miami.
"As Student Body President I would have an active role in not just talking to student organizations, chapters, and other groups weekly or biweekly, but however often they feel there's something I can do [for them] as Student Body President," Callaghan said. Similarly, Elfreich lobbied for translating University-wide emails for the convenience of international students.
Just as Callaghan and Elfreich hope to provide equal opportunity for students of all backgrounds, opponents Hannah McCarthy (P) and Thatcher Creber (VP) hope to provide equal opportunity for students of all majors and academic divisions. To do so, McCarthy-Creber look towards Career Services for solutions.
"We want to look to Career Services to see about getting [good] MCAT and GRE test programs in place and making sure all of the majors majors outside Farmer [School of Business] are just as ready for the real world," McCarthy said. McCarthy touted her recent effort towards lighting audits and the Green Beer Day Forum in her brief time on Student Senate.
McCarthy, Callaghan, Elfreich, Froehlich, Worrell, and Olvera all boast previous ASG experience; Ryaan Ibtisam (P) and Paul McCreary (VP), however, boast unique perspectives as ASG outsiders.
"I am an outsider, I have not been in ASG," Ibtisam said. "I was a student one week ago, and then I said, 'You know what? I want to run for Student Body President and make a change.'" The ticket believes Ibtisam's experience with Army ROTC and McCreary's experience with the Governmental Relations Network take the place of that traditional ASG experience.
Voting for the Primary Round begins Monday, March 13 at 7:00 a.m. and closes at Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. on the Hub. Results will be announced at Tuesday night's Student Senate meeting in Harrison 111. If any ticket receives more than 50% of the vote in the Primary Round, they will be automatically declared the winner. If not, the two tickets receiving the most votes will advance to a Runoff Election to take place Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4.
Full debate footage is available on Associated Student Government's Facebook page. To learn even more about the candidates and their platforms, read "Meet the Candidates for Student Body President and Vice President" or reach out through the campaigns' websites and social media accounts.
With the upcoming Debate & Meet the Candidates Night set for Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Student Body President Election season is in full swing. Here's an opportunity to learn more about the students vying for your vote.
Each slate was given a 350 word cap for their responses to five questions, and those responses have not been edited whatsoever. The order of the candidates and their responses was determined randomly. Associated Student Government does not endorse any of the candidates or any of the comments given below.
Austin Worrell - Student Body President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Political Science - Hometown: Cincinnati, OH - Fun Fact: "I'm a great-great-great-great-grandnephew of Betsy Ross, plus or minus a great or two..."
Haley Olvera - Student Body Vice President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Physics & Strategic Communications - Hometown: Toledo, OH - Fun Fact: "I have the whole Coach Brooks’ Miracle pre-game speech memorized, ask me next time you see me!"
Ryaan Ibtisam - Student Body President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Political Science & Finance - Hometown: N/A - Fun Fact: "I bought 120 eggs by accident last weekend."
Paul McCreary - Student Body Vice President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Diplomacy & Global Politics - Hometown: Cincinnati, OH - Fun Fact: "I gave Mohammed Ali half my cookie and he never paid me back."
Hannah McCarthy - Student Body President - Year : Junior - Major(s): Social Justice & Strategic Communications - Hometown: Louisville, KY - Fun Fact: "I met John Stamos last summer working in Chicago."
Thatcher Creber - Student Body Vice President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Biology - Hometown: Western Springs, IL - Fun Fact: "I raised money to build a school in Arusha, Tanzania for the native Massai Tribe."
Nick Froehlich - Student Body President - Year: Sophomore - Major(s): Political Science - Hometown: Lebanon, OH - Fun Fact: "I'm in a funk band."
Bradley Davis - Student Body Vice President - Year: Sophomore - Major(s) - Microbiology/Pre-Med - Hometown: Westerville, OH - Fun Fact: "My favorite animal is the baby sloth."
Maggie Callaghan - Student Body President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Diplomacy & Global Politics and Journalism - Hometown: Baltimore, MD - Fun Fact: "I studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland."
Luke Elfreich - Student Body Vice President - Year: Junior - Major(s): Political Science - Hometown: Toledo, OH - Fun Fact: "I'm forming the Miami Apiculture Society."
Worrell-Olvera: Our friends, experiences, and ultimately our love for Miami- Haley and I would both agree that Miami has changed our lives. We have learned so much, done so many great things, and met so many incredible people here. But we have also seen many of our friends and classmates struggle, feel left out, and not be given the chance to succeed. Our slogan is “leading the way”, not because of anything we have done, but instead it’s our goal for Miami: we will work hard to ensure that Miami is leading the way, setting the example for setting up every student for success.
Ibtisam-McCreary: My father always said, "Be the change you want to see" and that is exactly why I was inspired to run for student body president. After seeing that change was nowhere near the horizon, I decided to run on a platform that empowers students.
McCarthy-Creber: McCarthy joined ASG as a third year, and immediately saw the operational flaws throughout certain parts of Miami. When she presented her ideas for the campaign to Creber, there was very little convincing left to get him on board. Together, McCarthy and Creber make a great team, and they want to focus their efforts on helping Miami develop.
Froehlich-Davis: There are big issues we are facing as a student body, and our current representatives have been complacent — at best — when it comes truly addressing them. ASG might not tell you this, but change only comes from a united student body, not just a handful of individuals. Miami students have a great potential for impactful change. We graduate and then we revolutionize our fields. Imagine what our school would look like if we applied just a fraction of our potential to making our immediate community a better place.
Callaghan-Elfreich: Through our time not just as ASG senators but as students, we have developed a sincere level of compassion and commitment to Miami and all that it has to offer. Yet, there are concerns that Luke and I have noticed from our time here and from fellow students that we believe cannot be overlooked anymore. We want to see this issues solved and we believe that we are the team do it. That is why our slogan is “Let’s Start Now”.
Worrell-Olvera: Student Health- college can be difficult. We have all had those days when we missed that deadline, failed that exam, got really sick, broke up with that person, were told no when we needed a yes… Mentally, physically, and socially, we can only succeed when we take care of ourselves. We will work to make sure that Miami provides the resources for students to stay healthy, be treated fairly, and build each other up.
Ibtisam-McCreary: It's no secret that severe drinking cases have increased at Miami. The university's current policies of treating this as a disciplinary issue have not been effective. That is why we believe that this must be dealt with as a mental health issue.
McCarthy-Creber: Miami, at times, finds itself very divided. We want to bridge gaps, partner with established organizations and create opportunities that all students, faculty and administrators can bask in. We hope to expand career services, revamp meal plan and promote safety throughout the campus.
Froehlich-Davis: 25% of college students need the support of Student Counseling Services, according to a recent national survey. At maximum capacity, SCS can currently only serve 11% of our student body. That’s 2500 students who are not getting the help they need. It must be a top priority for the administration to properly fund and equip Student Counseling Services with the tools they need to keep our students healthy and safe.
Callaghan-Elfreich: The most pressing issue facing Miami next year is to better provide resources for its students and the Oxford community. Whether you are an incoming freshmen or going through your last semester, you should feel as though you have all the resources you need to be the most successful student and community member. It can be as small as providing more parking spaces or as big as building Oxford to expand the range of activities to do Uptown.
Worrell-Olvera: Passion plus experience- Haley and I are running to give back and fight for our fellow Miamians. And we don’t make any promises that we won’t be able to keep, because we have both worked in ASG, on Senate and Cabinet, with administrators , staff, students, etc. We know what it takes to get the job done.
Ibtisam-McCreary: We are not here to promise you the moon, we are here to make a change. We will show you by our results, not by our promises. The students already know the issues facing their University, they just need leaders who will act on these in the interest of the student.
McCarthy-Creber: McCarthy serves on Associated Student Government as an Off-Campus Senator. During her time on senate, she has co-planned the annual Green Beer Day forum and taken measures to improve safety for students living off and on campus. Creber actively runs the philanthropy events ‘Drop the Puck on Cancer’ and also ‘Strike out Diabetes’ here on campus. Both of them have displayed the ability to bring ideas into successful realities, and their “outsider” perspective on student government makes us very relatable. The different paths McCarthy and Creber have travelled at Miami allow them to connect with a large portion of the student body, as well as other Miami circles.
Froehlich-Davis: We’ll tell you upfront that no two individuals alone can solve the great issues we all face. We understand that change comes from the bottom-up – not the top-down. Our campaign aims to energize, organize, and mobilize all Miami students to tackle these problems as a united body. In this spirit, we are making two hard campaign pledges: We will donate our combined $11,000 salary to SCS so that they can hire two graduate interns to serve more Miamians. We’ve also pledged to not put our Presidential and VP positions on our resumes. We are running to build coalitions, not our career prospects. We challenge other campaigns to match these pledges.
Callaghan-Elfreich: We bring a wide array of experience to the table. Both of us have been active in greek life as well as activities wholly unrelated to greek life such as student government, and Miami Apiculture Society. Being involved in these different organizations has afforded us the opportunity to meet an incredible amount of diverse students. This allows our ticket to be the most effective at advocating for the concerns and needs of all students, as well as seeing that these changes are enacted.
Worrell-Olvera: We will try to keep this answer short! Our mission is student success. And we break this down into three categories: health, fairness, and community. We can only succeed as students when we are healthy, treated fairly, and care for one another. Check out specifics on our website.
Ibtisam-McCreary: We are both blunt and direct in what we say and do. We will have a weekly students’ town hall so we can stay current in the issues facing our students. Both of us will build on our existing relationships with staff, faculty and administrators to work on a compromise that is beneficial for both the administration and students.
McCarthy-Creber: If elected as Student Body President and Vice President, McCarthy and Creber want to take a very personal, ground up approach to enhance the Miami experience. We will always be willing to meet with a student, staff, faculty or administrator in hopes of instilling tangible solutions to various problems.
Froehlich-Davis: Students come first. As student body leaders, it is our sole responsibility to advocate on behalf of Miami students. Instead of simply giving up when the administration fails to hear our collective voice, we will organize concrete action to see the change through ourselves. Petitions, demonstrations, and other forms outside-advocacy will take the place of complacency.
Callaghan-Elfreich: As Student Body President, I want to have a very active role visiting different student organizations on campus so that I can have a better feel for student’s concerns and needs. I chose Luke as my Vice President because I want him to have an active role as well. In order to make impactful change, it is imperative that Luke and I actively engage with all students, so that no voice goes unheard.
Worrell-Olvera: Visit our website at worrellolvera.com. We are also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just look for “worrellolvera” and throw us a like, share, retweet, etc.
Froehlich-Davis: Check out our full platform on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FroehlichDavisSBPVP/ and if you want to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Callaghan-Elfreich: Students can find more information about our platform on our website, www.callaghanelfreich2017.com. They can also check out our facebook page, Vote Callaghan Elfreich 2017, and our instagram feed, callaghan_elfreich2017 to follow our campaign!
Miami ranks second in undergraduate teaching among universities. Students in every major can attest to the professors at this university and their dedication to student success.
Every GRADUATING SENIOR (December 2016, May 2017, or August 2017) has the opportunity to nominate an exceptional professor that he or she has had in the classroom or has worked with in an academic capacity. The Outstanding Professor Award provides students with the opportunity to recognize a faculty member who had an exceptional impact on their Miami experience. This award is designed to honor the hard work, dedication, and commitment displayed by these exemplary professors.
If you wish to nominate a professor, please write a letter with the pertinent information and email it with the subject line Outstanding Professor Award Nomination to Trent White (email@example.com) by 8:00pm on April 9th.
On Monday, February 20th 2017, members of ASG, the City of Oxford and President Crawford came together to declare February 20 - 25 It Gets Better week in Oxford, Ohio. The declaration is as follows:
Whereas in accordance with Miami University, all students live by the Code of Love and Honor, valuing the rights and beliefs of all students in our community.
Whereas, Associated Student Government is dedicated to serving the undergraduate student body and acting upon student needs and concerns.
Whereas, Associated Student Government strives to ensure pure representation of the student population, committing ourselves to enhancing each student’s Miami Experience.
Whereas, it is our goal to fully support and endorse any efforts to build our community and provide any educational outreach that sparks conversations regarding any issues our community faces.
Whereas, the mission of It Gets Better is to communicate to the LGBTQ+ youth throughout the world that it gets better, in all communities, including ours.
And whereas, we want to welcome the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles into our community to help make Miami University the most inclusive place it can be.
On behalf of the student body of Miami University, I, Maggie Reilly, declare February 20-25, 2017, It Gets Better Week.
Are you up to the challenge of representing 16,387 Miami University students? Student Body President and Vice President Elections Petitions for the 2017-2018 academic year are now available!
To run, previous experience in ASG is not required. Petitions, complete with signatures from 150 Miami undergraduate students, are due at a mandatory candidates meeting on February 24 at 5:00 p.m., Armstrong Student Center room 2012.
Additional information is available at the above link. Pay close attention to the dates, events, requirements, and procedures outlined in the packet.with any questions, email Jack Fetick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the hard work of Student Body President, Maggie Reilly, and her executive cabinet, the Student Success Fund has been created. This was an initiative first brought to ASG by President Crawford. President Reilly was crucial in starting this initiative, "the Student Success Fund is important because it will help insure that every student has an equal chance to feel welcome and supported during their time at Miami."
The Student Success Fund was created this year to help cover the costs that financially at-risk students have that aren't included in traditional scholarships. Part of our Miami experience is the ability to join organizations, go uptown to grab a slice of pizza, or go bowling with your friends.
"We are a body dedicated to all facets of student life. It was time that we started an initiative that aims to tackle the obstacles students come across that can get in the way of fully living the Miami experience."
Through the fund, ASG will be helping students have a great experience here without having to worry about the little things getting in the way. If you want to give back to this fund, or learn more, please reach out to us via email@example.com.
Associated Student Government expresses its profound sorrow over the death of freshman Erica Buschick early Friday morning. Our hearts go out to Erica's friends and family as they cope with this terrible tragedy. ASG is moved endlessly by the strength and compassion our students, staff, and faculty show in the face of such a tragedy. Just as a Erica forever remains a member of our community, we forever commit ourselves to loving and honoring Erica's life and legacy.
We've followed ASG members to Australia, to Washington D.C., and now, to Jamaica, where Off-Campus Senator Allison Rutherford is spending her Winter Term in the best of ways: making a difference.
This winter, Allison is studying subjects such as Globalization and Democracy on a fascinating, hands-on trip abroad. By the time she returns to Oxford, Allison will have tutored children (like the ones you see above), built a house for those in need, and visited numerous centers for both disabled children and the elderly.
We salute you, Allison, for applying your Miami University and ASG experiences towards making the world a better place. We can't wait to see what invaluable lessons you bring back for the learners and leaders of ASG.
When it comes to representative government, Secretary of Alumni Affairs Meaghan Murtagh and Senator Madeline Zinkl (College of Arts and Science) have dedicated this Winter Term to learning from the best.
While the Capitol Building is abuzz with confirmation hearings and the upcoming Inauguration, your ASG representatives took to Washington D.C. to absorb the immense legacy of our traditions in American governance.
Every day, ASG strives to effectively represent the student body. Meaghan and Madeline can't wait to return to Oxford energized and ready to fight for change at Miami University.
Associated Student Government is shocked and saddened by the passing of Erin Rodriguez, a vibrant and inspiring contributor to our Miami University community. With relentless courage and compassion, Erin profoundly impacted the lives of those around her and exemplified the values we should all strive for as Miamians. Although that impact will forever remain, Erin will be deeply missed. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends, and we resolve to be "Erin Strong" as the community begins this difficult healing process.
Would you like to help allocate nearly $700k to 400 student organizations and learn what programs are happening on campus? Join the ASG Funding and Audit Committee!
Last Semester, Student Senate Added 6 new at-large seats to the Funding and Audit Committee. These new members will serve for the duration of the Calendar Year (January 2017 - December 2017). We encourage all students that graduate no earlier than December 2017 to apply! The deadline to apply is January 28th at 11:45 PM.
The Funding and Audit Committee is the group of students that are responsible for allocating ASG Funding and ensuring that student organizations use the funds allocated to them properly. We meet every Monday at 6 PM to conduct business.
If you join, your responsibilities would include the following:
Please fill out the brief application and upload your resume via this Hub form.
All applications are due by Saturday, January 28th at 11:45 p.m. Decisions are issued on a rolling basis, so get your applications in now! For any question, email ASGFunding@miamioh.edu.
This Winter Term, the land of kangaroos, koala bears, and dingoes can claim yet another exotic species: the wild Amy Berg.
Thousands of Miami students take to all corners of the globe throughout the three weeks of J-Term. Your ASG representatives are no different, and we'll be featuring the adventures various Senate and Cabinet members embarked on this month.
Above is Amy, our Secretary of Communications and Media Relations, skydiving during her study abroad in Australia; below is Amy holding a wombat.
Studying abroad instils in members of ASG the diverse perspectives necessary to represent Miami University's diverse student body - something that, as a four-year member of ASG, nobody does better than Amy Berg.
A resolution initially passed by ASG is quickly becoming a reality. Today, the City Council of Oxford and Miami University both pledged to contribute $350,000 to the development of an Amtrak station in the City of Oxford.
ASG and Miami University will update with any further developments.