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January 31, 2014

New SGA President to focus on policies

By Hannah Corcoran

Allison Dumski is the new president of Cleveland State’s Student Government Association (SGA). Dumski, who was elected vice president last year, took on the position after Jon Fedor resigned.

Dumski was informed of her new position just a week before the start of the spring semester.

Fedor resigned after the fall semester because “he had a lot on his plate,” according to Dumski.

“You have to know your limits and your academics are first,” she said. “He realized that, which is courageous in itself, to be able to say no to things.”

Fedor is no longer involved in any position within student government and is focusing on his studies, according to Dumski.

Dumski became involved with student government her sophomore year, when she was elected a senator and served as director of Internal Records in spring 2013. She was awarded the Lee Ann Westfall Pride and Traditions Award from student government in 2013 as well.

Dumski, current junior and marketing major, is also a presidential student ambassador, and a member of the Advertising Association and Cleveland State’s Marketing Street Team.

She has a lot of goals for the spring 2014 semester.

“I really hope that we can become more policy-focused and focus on more issues on campus,” she said.

Moving into the spring semester, an issue the SGA is focused on is how the credit conversion from a four-hour credit model to a three-hour credit model will affect Cleveland State students.

“We’ve been attending all of the faculty senate meetings, so we’re up to date on information of what’s going on,” Dumski said. “We also have somebody who is on the university curriculum committee, which is where they are doing all of the conversion talk.”
These meetings give Cleveland State students a voice through SGA.

“Since there’s nothing we can do about it, [the credit conversion] it’s already happening, the next step for us is to encourage everybody to go to their advisers,” Dumski said.

SGA will also take note of any problems that students may have when they go to their advisers, according to Dumski.

“So when faculty senate is having this discussion again in a month or two of, ‘well how many credits are we going to allow to be waived?,’ that’s when, if students come to us and tell us, ‘I need three credits changed because of the conversion, I’m unable to get those three unless I take an extra class in the summer or something,’ that’s how we’ll get information and be able to relay it to them,” she said.

SGA is also implementing a new plan within the next few weeks called interaction hours, said Dumski.

Interaction hours feature a kiosk in the Innerlink, with representatives from student government available for students to communicate with. The purpose of this is for students to get the chance to voice their concerns about issues on campus.

“Hopefully we’ll get good feedback from that,” Dumski said.

Dumski is also doing research and looking into a way to lower the cost of textbooks, but still support Cleveland State’s bookstore.

“Textbooks are really my big goal,” she said.

SGA is also working on library hours, parking rates and increasing funding for organizations’ travel expenses.

Recently, SGA treasurer, Jake Wehner, redid the funding application for student organizations to make it easier for people to apply for funding, according to Dumski.

“I’m pretty confident in the team and the senate,” Dumski said. “Hopefully, we’ll be a lot more visible this semester and in semesters to come.”