Approved by the LB on April 25, 2017. This bill allows club sports the ability to apply for travel funding from the Travel Grant Fund, as they have no other sources of funding for travel. Club sports applying must still follow the same guidelines as any other group applying to use the Travel Grant Fund.
Approved by the LB on April 4, 2017. Bill 0021 increases the amount of money the Financial Affairs Committee can independently vote on and allocate to orgs. It also implements a system of accountability by which members of the FAC can bring allocations of any amount to the LB, should they feel it necessary.
Approved by the LB on December 6, 2016. This bill authorizes the continuation of the Book Bank program. The purpose of the Book Bank program is to foster a space on campus where students can donate textbooks or grab textbooks donated by other Macalester students. The program hopes to reduce the financial burden of buying textbooks and give textbooks more utility before they are no longer needed.
Approved by the LB on November 29, 2016. This bill authorizes the creation of the Outstanding Student Educator of the Year award. This award will recognize the outstanding student teaching at Macalester. This new award hopes to recognize the students that work tireless to bring academic excellence to other students. From SI Leaders, preceptors, to language tutors, the award will bring spotlight to those that have made a positive contribution to the academic experience of Macalester students.
Approved by the LB on November 15, 2016. This bill revises the MCSG’s funding structures concerning The Mac Weekly and WMCN 91.7 such that both will be provided with operating fees independent of student organization budgeting processes, to be reviewed and amended as needed every two years.
Approved by the LB on November 1, 2016. Bill #0016 is a simple update and formalization of the Textbook Reserve Program. With the 2016-2017 Academic Affairs Committee members as co-authors, the bill ensures clear, but necessarily flexible guidelines for the application, selection, and purchasing of textbooks based on student and faculty requests.
Approved by the LB on September 27, 2016. This bill updates and revises the MCSG Bylaws and Election, particularly in regards to the addition of three Issue-Based Officers (the MCSG President’s Cabinet) and the timing of MCSG Elections.
Approved by the LB on December 8, 2015. This bill revises the Textbook Reserve Program’s funding and decision-making process concerning books to purchase. It also revises the methods used by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) to purchase books.
Approved by the LB on December 1, 2015. This bill updates and revises the sections of the MCSG bylaws concerning the role and duties of both the Vice President and the Student Services and Relations Committee (SSRC).
Approved by the LB on September 29, 2015. This bill updates and revises the MCSG bylaws, including separating the bylaws into four different documents: the MCSG Bylaws, the MCSG Election Code, the Lectures Coordination Board Policy, and the Student Organization/Media Policy.
Approved by the LB on April 28, 2015. This bill establishes the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a campus committee in holding with MCSG and NCAA requirements.The SAAC will include two representatives from each of the 19 varsity sports, a seven-person executive board, and one non-athlete representative from the Legislative Body as a non-voting member.
Approved by the LB on April 14, 2015. This bill outlines the responsibilities of elected class representatives. This bill was created in order to more clearly outline the role of class representatives on the Legislative Body. This bill addresses their responsibilities outside of committee work. New responsibilities include hosting an event per semester to gather feedback from students, meeting at the beginning of each semester for 60 minutes of brainstorming, and creating a transition document at the end of the year to facilitate greater communication.
Approved by the LB on March 31, 2015. This bill establishes a Campus Committee position for a student to serve on the Union Park neighborhood governing board. The Union Park District Council Board has expressed interest in having a Macalester student on their board to hear Macalester student opinions. The representative will be required to attend all Union Park District Council Board meetings and once a semester report back to the Legislative Body on the Council’s work.
B0005: Compostable Dishware FOAPAL
Approved by the LB on February 17, 2015. This bill establishes a FOAPAL account dedicated for the purchase of compostable dishware through Macalester’s distribution system operated by Loeffler and Business Services. The FOAPAL will be available for use by MCSG, its committees, and any entity receiving money from the student activity fee.
B0004: Midnight Breakfast 2014
This bill establishes that MCSG will allocate $596.00 as their share of the Midnight Breakfast costs from the operating fund for the 2014 Midnight Breakfast.
B0003: MCSG Sustainability Officer
This bill establishes the creation of a Sustainability Officer position in alignment with the mission of MCSG’s new Sustainability Task Force. This position will generally monitor Macalester’s progress on institutional sustainability goals, serve on the Sustainability Advisory Committee, and act as a liason between the Sustainability Office and MCSG. Further commitments required by this position are outlined in the bill.
B0001: A Bill Amending the Macalester College Student Government Bylaws
Approved by the LB on September 16, 2014 by 21-0 (needed 2/3rds to amend bylaws), the MCSG bylaws were amended. Changes included a proposition to elect a Speaker for the Legislative Body, clarified language on various issues, reassigned duties for the MCSG staff.
A Bill Creating a Textbook Reserve Program Fund
Approved by the LB in the Fall of 2013, the Textbook Reserve Program Fund Bill established a guaranteed fund with an annual $10,000 investment made up of rollover funds first and completed with the operated fund. The fund is solely used for the purchase of additional textbooks to expand the course offerings in the Textbook Reserve Program, housed in the DeWitt Wallace Library.
A Bill Establishing the Accuracy of Information Act
Approved by the LB on April 30, 2013 by 15-2 (needed 2/3rds to amend bylaws), the Accuracy of Information Act creates guidelines for MCSG surveys. When polling the student body regarding expenditures exceeding $3,000 meant to be representative of the student body’s interests, a response rate of 40% must be achieved before spending can commence. To better gauge student opinion, surveys must be sent to a random sample of no less than 300 students and not presented as reflective of student opinion until a response rate of 60% is achieved.
A Bill Establishing the Task Force on Membership Requirements (TMR)
Approved by the LB in the Spring of 2014, this bill created the TMR to review membership requirements of MCSG elected representatives. The TMR consisted of five (5) members: one representative from each class and one member of the Executive Board. On March 11, 2014, the TMR (chaired by Aramis Mendez ’17) presented their findings after meeting with the Judicial Council and legal counsel. Read their full report here.
A Bill Regarding the Rollover Funds
Approved by the LB on October 30, 2012, the Rollover Bill created a system for end of the year financial surplus (unspent allocations) to be re-allocated across various parts of MCSG. After $20,000 is placed in a reserve fund, the rest of the rollover is allocated as follows:
|Recipient||Percentage of Allocation|
|Program Board (PB)||25%|
|Travel Grant Fund||16.667%|
|Textbook Reserve Program||7%|
|SSRC’s Community Chest||5%|
Note: Not all bill numbers are represented here; numbers that are skipped represent bills that were introduced but not passed.