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SGI held their bi-weekly general body meeting this past Monday, Nov. 4. The GBM was quite short, but highlights include: an update on the senior scholarship, new freshmen representatives being sworn in and an update on the winter carnival. The main event came from Power 2 Organize where prospective organizations presented to the floor to be an SGI approved organization. 

During executive reports, President Matthew Macatula announced that the Veterans Day holiday will affect the assembly schedule, and the next GBM will be held on Nov. 25. Vice president Clyde Drayton said the health and wellness committee met with administration, but more service members are still needed. Also, faculty council dates are finalized except for Tobin School of Business and the School of Pharmacy. Treasurer Nia Gumbs went over current spending and special allocations has spent $6,997.60. Secretary Nnaemeka Ifeajekwu presented the new freshmen representatives and they were sworn into SGI. He also said to look out for new changes coming to the SGI website. Senior Senator Anna Gibson announced within the next two weeks that the senior scholarship winner will be sent out. There will also be a senior ice cream social with Ben & Jerry’s —- the date will be announced soon. 

During committee reports, the budget committee listed requested event budgets for CSA, Food for Thought, TESS, American Society of Consultant Pharmacy, Omega Phi Theta, Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, Rho Chi and the Sensacion Dance team. All budgets passed.The school spirit committee announced future sporting events. Men’s Soccer plays on Nov. 6 at Belson stadium for the last regular season game and Nov. 13 for the semi-final playoff game at 7 p.m. The Basketball team will be facing Mercer on Nov. 6 and Central Connecticut State on Nov. 9 at Carnesecca. The student affairs committee provided an update regarding the Central Park horses for the winter carnival. Bronx equestrian follows all rules and regulations, provides the veterinarian’s information and everything is in immaculate condition. 

The assembly meeting concluded and the Power 2 Organize committee began the presentations from prospective organizations. Each organization had four minutes to present and representatives have a chance for questions after. There were 14 organizations who presented including: Her Campus, College of Republicans, Deaf Language and Culture Society, LIVE Dance Crew, The Future Health Care Leaders, Ignite, Intervarsity Christian fellowship team, Nari, Pre-veterinary Club, Association of Latino Professional  (ALPHA), STARS, Arab Student Organization, Avaz and Student Pharm Society of the State of New York (SPSNY). Four will be approved for non-budgetary and eight will be approved for non-advisory. A profile on the new organizations will be published next week.

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Sophie Williams, Digital Editor
Sophie is a senior majoring in Photojournalism with a minor in Public Relations. She has held several positions including Staff Writer, Photographer, Assistant Features Editor, Co-Features Editor and Features Editor. Sophie is serving as the Digital Editor this year and hopes to revamp the Torch's digital presence. Some fun facts: Gossip Girl is her favorite TV show, she is an educator at lululemon Soho and her enneagram is Type 6. You can reach Sophie at [email protected].
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