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As Student Government Association president, Vince Cavataio hopes to bring real changes to CMU on the levels of diversity, student involvement and sustainability. And he's still dealing with the Faculty Association and administration conflict.
“We are currently in discussion to decide what is best for SGA,” he said.
Cavataio believes that a unicameral system will increase efficiency and hopefully decrease student apathy towards student government.
“The details of new roles are not yet defined and will continue with membership discussion,” Cavataio said. “If we amend the membership rules and we still have a large number of representatives then there is no reason to combine the two since it would be too large of an assembly to be efficient.”
Cavataio plans to encourage civic involvement on campus through voter registration.
“Many students are unhappy with tuition increases which directly relates to who we elect in public office,” he said. “By encouraging voter registration and lobbying on behalf of higher education we can ensure a better future for CMU and the state of Michigan.”
Cavataio thinks students are apathetic towards diversity programs and events on campus, also. He hopes to improve involvement and attendance with diversity programs this year.
“CM-Life reported a statistic last year about dismal attendance of diversity related events as compared to others,” he stated. “I am looking to bring diversity RSOs into the House so they can promote their agendas on our campus, using SGA as a venue for support.”
In addition to promoting diversity programs and events, Cavataio is looking to improve sustainability on campus.
“Another goal of mine is working with Student Environmental Alliance to make CMU a more sustainable campus and encourage a sustainable culture amongst students from the time they walk on campus,” he said.
Cavataio has been working on extending the hours at the library. He said he has been in close contact with Dean Moore and they are working on finding an economically feasible plan to make it possible.
“All of my goals tie back to one main point of making SGA relevant for the entire student body,” Cavataio said.
Cavataio has already faced major obstacles this year as student government president with the Faculty Association and administration conflict.
“It has been a challenge,” Cavataio said. “I do not believe it was handled well by either party. The fact that this negotiation did impact the students is reason enough to believe that.”
Cavataio would like to see the conflict resolved in a reasonable timeline that does not negatively affect the student body.
“I am glad that both parties are working to come to an agreement,” he said.
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