Latest Release: September 21, 2020

 

ASMSU Announces Special General Assembly Election Updates

16 students from six colleges running to fill vacant seats.

EAST LANSING, Mich. ­­­­­­–– The Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) announced 16 students from six colleges as candidates for the special General Assembly election this fall.

Candidates for the special General Assembly election:

College of Arts and Letters:

  • Carl Grodin

College of Communication Arts and Sciences:

  • Caitlin Finerty

College of Engineering:

  • Daniyal Dar

  • Erich Hairston

  • Brian Hanton

Lyman Briggs College:

  • Nishtha Kakar

  • Ishaan Modi

  • Jyoti Prasad

  • Alex Sills

College of Social Science:

  • Macken Keefe

  • Julian Trevino

  • Tirstan Walters

  • Austin Winters

  • Lockie Woods

  • Devin Woodruff

College of Veterinary Medicine:

  • Lee Ackerson

Candidates have two weeks to campaign. The special General Assembly election takes place during the week of October 5, 2020. For more information, visit asmsu.msu.edu/elections

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Dear Spartans,

We were all looking forward to returning to our beloved campus in a few weeks. Knowing it would look different, but optimistic about how resilient Spartans would be to the change. As universities across the country begin to re-open, there are spikes in cases, putting students, staff, faculty, and community members at risk for COVID-19. President Stanley has taken aggressive action throughout the pandemic, being the first university in Michigan to pivot to online instruction in March. Today, President Stanley is again taking aggressive action by announcing MSU will continue online instruction for the fall semester.

As fellow Spartans, we understand this means a further disruption to an already disruptive few months. We want to reiterate our commitment to serving our Spartan community. Today’s announcement saddens us, but keeping our community safe is the highest priority. We admire the humility and leadership that it takes to learn from others, and quickly pivot for the sake of our safety.

We look forward to working with President Stanley and other administrators on this fluid situation and promise to keep Spartans informed through constant communication and updates.

In Green and White,

Abii-Tah Bih, President

Bri Aiello, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jordan Polk, Vice President for Finance and Opperations

Dylan Catalano, Vice President for Student Allocations

Maysa Sitar, Vice President for Governmental Affairs

Nora Teagan, Vice President for Internal Administration

Shiksha Sneha, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Andrea Bair, Chief of Staff

Brandon Crawford, Public Relations Manager

EAST LANSING, MI ­­­­­­–– The Associated Students of Michigan State University announced a special fall election to fill 21 vacant seats in the 57th General Assembly.

“Due to the unique circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, not all General Assembly seats were filled in our usual spring elections,” said Andrea Bair, ASMSU Chief of Staff and Chair of Undergraduate Elections Commission. “I am hopeful we can discover some amazing student leaders who are willing to serve students at this time.”

The special election will take place during the week of Oct. 5, 2020. Students interested in running for a seat need to complete an election packet and get 25 signatures from students in their college by Sept. 16, 2020. Students can sign a petition for a candidate using their MSU NetID and password to comply with COVID-19 social distancing measures. All election materials will be available online at asmsu.msu.edu/elections beginning Aug. 10, 2020.

“Students should run for the General Assembly because it is an ideal way to implement changes you believe are necessary,” said Jack Harrison, ASMSU representative for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “Student government is for anyone and it is important to have representatives from every college so that we consider all perspectives when debating legislation.”

The General Assembly is the legislative body of ASMSU. It is comprised of college-elected representatives from the degree-granting colleges at MSU, as well as representatives from the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students, Council of Progressive Students, and major governing organizations. Legislative action is then carried forward in advocacy to University officials, community leaders, as well as representatives at the State Capitol and Federal level of government.

For the first time ever, students can run and serve on the General Assembly during their first year at MSU. This will provide a unique opportunity for incoming students who want to make their impact on campus. For more information, visit asmsu.msu.edu/elections.

EAST LANSING, MI – The Associated Students of Michigan State University and the International Student Association announced a virtual webinar with President Stanley to address new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations.

“This webinar is paramount because in moments of despair, the decentralization of information must be a priority,” said Abii-Tah Bih, ASMSU President. “Instead of serving as the megaphone for the student voice, this platform will permit international students to speak for themselves and to receive firsthand reassurance from the president of their university”

The webinar will take place on July 15, 2020 at 3 P.M. EDT using Zoom. A link will be posted to ASMSU social media channels Wednesday morning for students to sign-up for the webinar. Additionally, students are encouraged to submit questions for President Stanley using a Google Form. Please note, questions regarding immigration should be directed to the Office of International Students and Scholars.

“International students need to hear from administrators to see what Michigan State University is doing for international students,” said Chittawan Boonsitanon, ISA President. “I hope that this will provide President Stanley an opportunity to reach out to international students and share the work that has been done for our community.”

Earlier this month, I.C.E. released new regulations for international students. These regulations state students with F-1 and M-1 visas who are not taking any in-person courses in the United States must leave the country. As of July 13, 2020, MSU has joined 58 other institutions of higher education in filing an amicus brief in support of Harvard and MIT’s motion for a preliminary injunction on the new regulations.

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EAST LANSING, MI ­­­­­­–– The Associated Students of Michigan State University announced three General Assembly meetings to take place during the summer 2020 semester.

“The three meetings for this summer are special meetings. I called them in my rights as President because of the turbulent times we are facing,” said Abii-Tah Bih, ASMSU President. “It is vital that the student government is active and available when we are needed most.”

General Assembly meetings will take place on June 18, 2020, July 16, 2020, and Aug. 20, 2020. All summer General Assembly sessions will be virtual using Zoom and the student body is encouraged to attend.

“These summer General Assembly meetings are going to be a unique experience,” said Nikunj Agarwal, International Student Representative. “For the first time in recent years the General Assembly will meet during the summer to discuss concerns and collectively find solutions during this time of crisis.”

The General Assembly is the legislative body of ASMSU. It is comprised of college-elected representatives from the degree-granting colleges at MSU, as well as representatives from the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students, Council of Progressive Students, and major governing organizations. For more information about ASMSU, visit asmsu.msu.edu

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