Husky Happenings

RSA approves budget, finishes elections The Resident Student Association (RSA) concluded its annual elections last Wednesday with the election of non-executive board positions. In the first election Matthew Soleyn, a sophomore information science and management major, beat freshman psychology major James O’Brien for Student Government Association (SGA) representative. “I have a passion for both RSA and SGA and I have been involved in both and enjoyed it,” Soleyn said. In the alumni affairs coordinator election, junior behavioral neuroscience major Stephanie Montalto, defeated freshman business major Katya Carman. In the Resident Assistant Council representative elections, Gary Honickel ran uncontested. At the same meeting, the RSA general council approved the 2007-08 school year general council budget. The budget determines the distribution of 35 percent of the Resident Activity Fee, which is assessed to all students living on campus. The largest gains were in the National Residence Hall Honorary (1.5 percent) and programming (1 percent) accounts. RSA President Darren Conine, who was on the committee that reviewed the budget, said accounts that used all their funds last year gained money whereas those with large surpluses lost funds. “I like it [as presented],” Soleyn said. “The executive board did put a lot of time into it.” After some discussion but no changes to the proposal, the budget, passed unanimously with one abstention.

– Brian Benson, News Staff

Budget Review Committee funds Homecoming 2007 The Budget Review Committee (BRC) allocated a little less than $44,000 for next year’s homecoming at last night’s meeting. The event will consist of a pep rally and a carnival. The BRC also allocated about $75,000 for Piketoberfest, a first-time event sponsored by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity that the group hopes will become an annual event. Piketoberfest, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 22, aims to bring all student groups together to welcome the Northeastern community to campus in the fall. They are planning to bring the band Brand New to campus for the event, along with other entertainment.

– Kate Augusto, News Staff

Student group requests for Blackman dates due Student groups can now request a date for Blackman Auditorium through the Fall 2007 Call for Programs. Student organizations are asked to fill out an application by noon April 25 from September through December 2007. Campus Activities requests groups to be as detailed as possible in their applications, listing back-up plans, specific dates and co-sponsorships. The capacity of Blackman Auditorium is about 1,000 seats and the group must have held at least one successful program in the Curry Student Center Ballroom, West Addition, afterHOURS or other venue on campus within the last academic year to qualify. Requests can be submitted directly to Tasha Henderson in the Campus Activities Office or via e-mail at [email protected]

– Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, News Staff

Husky EYES looking for student facilitators The Husky EYES (Experiential, Year-Long, Educational Seminars) program is seeking facilitators to run the program. The program is designed to help first-year students living on campus adjust to Northeastern’s urban environment. There will be 12 seminars throughout the 2007-08 school year. Each seminar is developed to support the growth and development of first-year residents. Topics include transitioning from high school to college, campus resources, alcohol awareness, violence prevention, roommate conflicts, financial management, goal-setting and more. For more information about the program or to receive a facilitator application packet, contact Jennie Dargie at 617-373-8332 or via e-mail at [email protected]

– Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, News Staff

Center of Spiritual Life hosts Torch scholar lecture Friends of Northeastern Spiritual Life will host a “Keeping the Torch Aflame: Our Torch Scholars Share Their Stories” session today in the McLeod Suites of the Curry Student Center. There will be a reception from noon to 12:30 p.m. with a light lunch followed by a presentation with stories of Northeastern’s first group of Torch scholars. The scholars will talk about the university’s mission to identify and enroll students with perseverance, leadership skills and the ability to overcome significant obstacles in order to achieve a college education. The event is open to the Northeastern community. For more information, call the Spiritual Life Center at 617-373-2728.

– Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, News Staff

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