For Public Policy junior Bobby Dishell, Central Student Government president, and LSA sophomore Meagan Shokar, CSG vice president, the work doesn’t stop as the academic year winds down.

CSG is still active during the summer with a smaller assembly that meets biweekly. The summer assembly focuses mainly on funding for student organizations and passing a budget that will last through the first week of the fall semester.

Shokar said she is on campus all summer and hopes to meet with administrators she does not know well to build on those relationships for next year. Additionally, she said she is currently meeting with CSG representatives to stay in tuned to the different goals and initiatives they will be working on in the fall semester.

Dishell said he hopes to continue their main initiatives throughout the summer. These include collaboration with the Alumni Association and the LEAD Scholars Program, creating a mental health peer support network and developing a mobile ticketing system with the Athletic Department.

These initiatives are all continuations of original platform points from Dishell and Shokar’s campaign with Make Michigan. A resolution involving working with the Alumni Association on expanding the LEAD Scholars program and allocating CSG funds was already introduced Tuesday night at the assembly’s first meeting.

Dishell said he would be in contact with the Athletic Department throughout the summer to work on introducing mobile ticketing as soon as possible. He said it is possible that a mobile system will be in place for the upcoming basketball season with a pilot to run at one football game.

Athletic Director Dave Brandon recently spoke to CSG and commented on the thousands of season tickets that go unused every game. Mobile ticketing would make it easier for students to transfer tickets to one another, helping to eradicate this issue of empty seats.

Dishell added that repealing the keg law is another priority CSG will work on immediately to address student safety. The keg law requires that a tag with the customer’s name, address, phone number and state ID number be attached to each keg sold, better preventing purchases by underage students.

The law went into effect in 2011 with the initial intent of curbing underage drinking, but backfired since many now prefer hard liquor. Dishell said there have been visible increases in hard liquor sales and alcohol-related hospitalizations since the passage of the law.

“It’s something we came to a realization about that we didn’t necessarily run on,” he said. “We’ve really seen a drinking problem increase.”

Dishell added that he hopes to increase the support of arts at the University in the upcoming year. He said he wants to find ways to encourage students who are not in the School of Music, Theater & Dance to be engaged in the performing arts as well.

“The arts play an integral role in education in helping bring about things and working through problems,” he said. “Making them more accessible to students here I think is really huge, whether that’s formally through classes or whether that’s informally through student groups.”

Both Dishell and Shokar held key CSG roles over the past year, as vice president and speaker of the assembly, respectively, giving them a clear idea of how to improve based on their experiences so far.

Dishell said soliciting student organizations through stronger Executive Commissions, specifically the Student Organization Outreach Commission and Legislative Committees, will be something to work on starting in the summer.

“There’s a lot of opportunity there for the assembly to really work with the Commission and work with the Program Communications Director in the fall on making sure CSG is out there, on the ground, besides when its election time,” Dishell said.

Executives appoint leaders of Commissions, and applications for these positions will be available in the summer. Committees are extensions of the CSG Assembly and will be finalized sometime next week.

The Black Student Union was one of the more prominent student organizations that worked with CSG in the past year. CSG passed a resolution in support of several of the BSU’s goals for increasing diversity on campus.

LSA junior Geralyn Gaines, BSU vice speaker, is also new representative serving on the CSG Assembly. She said the BSU has not made any formal decisions yet for what to work on next year, but her role will help with any future CSG resolutions.

“There are almost 800 people in the BSU listserv,” she said. “I’ll be able to use that perspective, and perspective of students outside the BSU, in order to gauge what people want and what kind of change they want to see, what issues are most important to them.”

Overall, Dishell said he hopes to increase CSG’s visibility on campus by attending more student events and spending time with more student organization leaders.

“We talk to a lot of students every day, but there is always more we can do,” he said.

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