LB approves textbook budget and table tennis club

At the Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) meeting on Tuesday, March 8, Joel Sadofsky ’25, freshman representative and member of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), presented his bill to increase funding for the program Macalester textbook reserve. The program, which is funded by the AAC, works with the library to purchase textbooks for students to consult. Each year, the textbook reserve program has a budget of $10,000 plus 7% carryover from the previous year. Macalester’s institutional records show that this budget has not been increased since at least the 2015-16 school year. The proposed bill increases the program budget to $13,000 with a 7% rollover from the previous year.

The Financial Affairs Committee (FAC) had previously approved the bill and the Legislative Body (LB) passed it unanimously. The new budget will be included in future revisions to the FAC financial code.

The LB then hosted Marty Stoner ’25 and Matthew Sullivan ’23 to present their charter for a proposed table tennis club. In previous years, there had been a student table tennis organization, but it disbanded due to lack of resources. A chartered table tennis club would provide members with funding to purchase permanent equipment.

“Our goal is really to make it fun,” Sullivan said. “We try to avoid anything remotely related to club sports… Our main interest is to have fun playing table tennis with friends.”

The charter was approved by the Student Organizations Committee (SOC) and adopted unanimously by the LB.

The MCSG devoted the remainder of the meeting to updates from various committees. SOC freshman representative Eliora Hansonbrook ’25 announced that the deadline for new organizations to complete the charter process is April 4.

Next, Vice President and Chair of the Student Services and Relations Committee (SSRC), Jordanella Maluka 23, discussed the SSRC meeting with Jen Jacobsen, Executive Director of the Hamre Center, on increasing resources in mental health and access to menstrual products.

“We had a very productive and efficient meeting,” Maluka said. “Jacobsen seemed very positive about [access to menstrual products]so it’s something that we will continue to push forward.

The SSRC has also agreed to work on a statement regarding transparency around student elections, following the postponement of elections last month. Similarly, SOC President Katie McCarthy ’22 said that part of the LB is working on creating an information page for students that explains the election code and how the Election Procedures Committee works ( EPC).

President Shreya Nagdev ’22 told the LB that she will attend bi-weekly meetings with the chairs of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Staff Advisory Board to increase communication between employees and MCSG. The Faculty Advisory Committee plans to attend a meeting of the MCSG in the coming weeks.

Finally, Nagdev asked the MCSG to reevaluate its comfort with in-person meetings in an anonymous form. If enough members agree, the MCSG will resume in-person meetings in April. This decision will be made after spring break.

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