ASNMU Update – ASNMU approves the resignations of six representatives

Margaret Ylitalo

Professional studies representative Jessica Persaud, general studies representative Jordan Neal, and off-campus representative Aaron Loudenslager resigned from ASNMU at the Monday, Oct. 25 meeting. Off-campus representative Kim Martino, arts and sciences representative Zach Fix, and general studies representative Jordan Brooks resigned at the Oct. 18 meeting, but their resignations were unanimously approved on Monday with this week’s resignations.

Loudenslager’s letter of resignation said ASNMU could be doing more to support students and their rights.

Christian Weber was unanimously approved and sworn in as a college of arts and sciences representative.

Off-campus representatives Dani Thoune presented information about the SAM conference she, Justin Brugman and Benjamin Stanley attended last weekend. $357.10 was spent of the $450 budget for travel to the University of Michigan campus in Dearborn, Mich. and hotel costs. ASNMU has joined the United States Student Association, which will cost 2.5 percent of its total budget for this year and 5 percent each following year.

During her presentation, Thoune discussed the possibility of starting a book swap website through Jeremy White’s bookswap.org program, which exists for Oakland University and University of Michigan-Dearborn students. The websites allow students within a university to post textbooks to sell or exchange. The University of Michigan has offered to help pay for advertising on the potential NMU website, and ASNMU would be allowed to advertise to generate revenue.

ASNMU discussed its upcoming seminar, which will teach representatives about parliamentary procedure and have open forums for discussion of ideas, along with undetermined activities. The agenda is still tentative. ASNMU discussed various options for the seminar, which included conducting a meeting with executive reports but no action items. Another option discussed was holding only the public comments portion of the meeting, followed by the seminar.