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ASMSU discusses expectations for the Board of Trustees, two bills passed

October 28, 2022
The ASMSU Academic Affairs Committee on Sept. 15, 2022.
The ASMSU Academic Affairs Committee on Sept. 15, 2022. —
Photo by Sheldon Krause | The State News

After declaring no confidence in the Board of Trustees and endorsing Provost Teresa K. Woodruff as interim president, the Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, discussed its expectations for the board during the Oct. 27 academic committee meeting.

In a meeting with the Board of Trustees the same day, ASMSU President Jo Kovach said they requested clearer communication from the board and that board liaisons be present at ASMSU meetings about the interim president search.

“They all seem to agree that they need a communications director ... we told them that the statements they’ve made are not enough and that they need to be moving as a unit and providing clarity if they want trust,” Kovach said.

In addition to the Board of Trustees discussion, two bills were passed at the meeting.

The first bill, introduced by Black Student Alliance Rep. Dorsely, advocates for the addition of a link to the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions website to D2L in hopes of increasing accessibility and awareness of the office’s resources. 

“This is a great opportunity for us to practice what we preach,” Jewish Student Union Rep. Zivian said. “This is just a really simple, easy step to make students feel more connected and know their resources here at MSU.”

The bill passed unanimously.

The second bill to pass advocates for the addition of pop-up vaccination clinics within high-traffic dormitories across campus. Introduced by Council of Students with Disabilities Rep. Maddie Tocco, the clinics would set up shop in the three residential colleges: Lyman Briggs in Holmes Hall, James Madison in Case Hall and the Residential College of Arts and Humanities in Snyder-Phillips Hall. 

“Michigan State’s health awareness is severely lacking,” College of Social Science Rep. Barash said. “It’s very inconvenient to go and get any kind of testing or vaccination ... there needs to be more availability in terms of allowing students to have access to crucial health services.”

Olin Health Center is currently the only on-campus location that offers vaccinations for students. Every pop-up clinic location mentioned in the bill would offer vaccines for any contagious communicable viruses, Tocco said.

The bill unanimously passed.

The next ASMSU General Assembly meeting will be held on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the International Center room 115.

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