Students welcome new MSG board for Fall


Katy Vaccariello, Staff writer

With a new school year comes an all new board of student body representatives. The new Mercyhurst Student Government Executive Board for the 2019 -2020 academic year has been announced.
Elections were recently held for President and Vice President, and several other positions have been appointed.

With the results now in, the MSG President for the 2019-2020 academic year is junior Integrated Marketing Communications major Abby Staub, supported by Vice President sophomore Spanish Education major Lucy Belleau.

Staub and Belleau will be joined by events coordinator Sarah Klein, PR coordinator Adrienne Nannen, treasurer Shannon Douthett, SAC Chair Braeden Barnett and MAC Chair Grace Siwinski.

With the excitement of a new board, there was an interest to discover what changes would be taking place during the upcoming academic year.

“My vision for the 2019-2020 school year is to increase student communication and outreach throughout campus. We are fortunate to attend a university that continuously offers unique opportunities and experiences to our students, and MSG should be at the forefront of building accessibility for these opportunities,” Staub said.

In addition to this she hopes to invigorate students supporting students initiatives and to increase student spirit.

Her presidential platform includes information on student outreach, the Student Speaker Series, the GET Program and department partnerships with athletics and the Cohen Health Center.

Belleau has similar aspirations. “When I started out in senate, the part that I was most excited for was getting out into the Mercyhurst community, meeting students and finding a way to make their voices heard. This was exactly why I decided to run for the position of Vice President,” Belleau said.

She has made her future senators a top priority. Her goal is to make sure the senators are known on campus.

Aside from the top two executives, all the complimentary roles offer a lot of space for creativity next year.
The events coordinator holds responsiblity for planning the major campus events that happen on an annual basis, such as Springfest, Homecoming and the Speaker Series.

Klein, sophomore Intelligence Studies and International Relations double major, will fill this role.

“I am most excited to put my own twist on the annual campus events like Homecoming and Springfest because even though they happen every year they are never the same thing twice,” Klein said.

For late night weekend events SAC and MAC chairs, sophomore English major, Barnett, and sophomore Education major Siwinski will oversee a group of student programmers.

Barnett shared his excitement for the upcoming year following his experience as a MAC/SAC programmer this semester.

“I am most excited to continue to work with a group of my peers in creating fun and unique college experiences for the student body each weekend,” Barnett said.

Siwinski shared similar sentiments.
“I am so excited to be on the E-board because I’m going to be working with some amazing people and helping to lead some great events this year.”

In charge of promoting these events, as well as all other MSG updates, is PR coordinator Nannen. She is a junior Integrated Marketing Communications major.

“I am looking forward to my new position as the PR coordinator as I will be able to connect students with their government to facilitate a positive campus experience and keep people in the know.”

Lastly, Douthett is a junior Applied Forensic Science major who will oversee the MSG budget as the treasurer.

“I’m just really excited about being more involved in campus activities and taking on more responsibilty in our student government,” Douthett said.

It is clear that the new MSG board is bringing a fresh take on campus life. Best of luck, Lakers!