EMU’s Student Government met over Zoom on Jan. 26, 2021; discussions included introducing and voting on Resolution 107-04 and voting on the new senator applicant.
Resolution 107-04, authored by Senator Ifemeje, proposes Student Government allocate $5,000 for covering the costs of EMU student's public transportation. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AAATA) bus passes will help students in need of accessing groceries, healthcare, haircuts, and more.
“It's [the bus passes] for students without vehicles to get to where they're going to get and what they need. Provided that they're already paying thousands of dollars just for school, really it's the least we can do," Ifemeje said.
Resolution 107-04 was voted yes by unanimous consent. The passes are available now and obtainable at the Service EMU, located at Suite 268 in the Student Center.
Later in the meeting, the application of Terrill Johnson-Oatman, a first-year EMU student, was discussed. Johnson-Oatman then talked about why he wants to be a senator.
“I feel as though being an EMU Senator will help me grow in ways that I can’t even imagine. I’m always up for a new challenge and I can’t wait to see where this journey leads me,” Johnson-Oatman said.
Johnson-Oatman had time during the meeting to present his plans as one of the senators. Included in them was making more COVID-19 information available to students, especially ones who travel.
“My goal with this committee is to keep the students of EMU informed about the Coronavirus in and outside of Michigan. I think it is important to know what’s going on with Covid in Michigan, but I also want the students to be able to know what’s going on in their home states,” Johnson-Oatman said.
After deliberation, Johnson-Oatman was voted in as a Senator by unanimous vote. Once Johnson-Oatman found out the application was accepted, President Luis Romero swore in Senator Johnson-Oatman.
The next student government meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, visit their website.