Recap of Student Government’s General Assembly for Wednesday, September 23


Santiago Ochoa

UM-Flint SG announced a new set of legal services available to all students.

Lauren Hackett, Managing Editor

In the General Assembly meeting that took place on Wednesday, Sep. 23, Student Government (SG) members discussed open senate positions and incoming opportunities for student involvement. 

President Samantha Uptmor shared that legal services are newly available for UM-Flint students via UM-Ann Arbor’s Student Legal Services (SLS), and encouraged students to take a survey that will allow SLS to better accommodate them. Services include child support, insurance claims, custody issues, legal name changes, and power of attorney, and can be accessed virtually by visiting the SLS website or by calling (734) 763-9920. 

Uptmor also reminded SG members and student viewers of the Wolverines Care Pledge on SG’s website, which promotes the adherence to guidelines that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anyone interested can take the pledge here. 

Both Uptmor and Vice President Carl Grolle are continuing their efforts to recruit potential senators. Grolle created a poster that he distributed to various department heads and met with Director of Media Relations Harley Brown to work on advertisements that will appear on SG’s social media. The senate application can be found on the SG website or by clicking here

Dean of Students and SG Advisor, Dr. Julie Snyder, urged students to take advantage of available campus resources including tutoring, the Writing Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Student Success Center. All of these resources are available by phone and email. 

Snyder also announced that the Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, September 28, though its hours will be limited and not everything in the facility will be available. 

Senator Angela Wang spoke of her work for a #SayTheirNames Black Lives Matter march that will occur on Saturday, Sep. 26 at 12 at the UM-Flint ice rink. There is a 75 person limit to this event, so pre-registration is required

SG members including Director of Foreign Outreach Levi Todd and Director of Government and Legal Affairs Fernando Ramirez-Medina encouraged students to register to vote. According to Todd, voters who don’t want to wait until the election are now able to turn in absentee ballots at their local clerk’s office or through the mail. Student Government’s General Assembly meetings take place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom and can be accessed here.