At Wednesday’s Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) meeting, Amber Rock ’19 was elected Vice President for Sustainability and Facilities by the assembly, replacing Ana Timoney-Gomez ’18, who resigned from her position last week saying she had too many other commitments.
In a statement she read at last week’s meeting, Timoney-Gomez suggested that the time commitment she was able to offer was deemed insufficient by her fellow BSG representatives. Timoney-Gomez ran unopposed for her seat in spring 2017.
Two other BSG members also resigned this week: Class Representative Luis Miguel Guerrero ’20 and Multicultural Coalition (MC) Liaison to BSG Osa Fasehun ’18.
Guerrero told the Orient that he resigned from BSG in order to prioritize his mental health and academics.
Mohamed Nur, chair of MC and vice president of Academic Affairs for BSG, announced in an email to MC that Fasehun would be stepping down for health reasons.
Although BSG President Irfan Alam ’18 expressed some concern about the number of resignations in the last two weeks, he noted that vice presidents have resigned mid-year in the past and is confident in Rock’s ability to take over Timoney-Gomez’s position.
“I am not worried about this transition at all. Many of us are already close friends with [Rock]. Three of us do Residential Life with her and have worked with her through other leadership roles around campus,” Alam said.
This year, Rock has served as the Inter-House Council Liaison to BSG and is Vice President of the Class of 2019. It is her first year as a member of BSG. She is also a first-year proctor.
“I want to continue the momentum that we already have from last semester,” Rock said. “A lot of the liaisons and representatives are already doing a lot of great stuff, so I’m really just trying to pick up where [Timoney-Gomez] left off.”
Currently, the Facilities and Sustainability Committee is working on short-term projects that include adding more phone charging stations, bike racks and hand dryers around campus, as well as collaborating with the Office of Sustainability toward the College’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020.
Rock plans to continue working on some longer-term goals for future development, such as making the eco rep program more effective.
In addition to resignations and position switches, the main focus of Wednesday’s meeting was the proposed new BSG constitution, which the Executive Committee presented to the assembly. The current constitution has not seen substantial revisions in 10 years.
The new constitution significantly reorganizes BSG roles, with the goal of removing those who held few responsibilities and aligning positions with the group’s priorities. Under the new constitution, vice presidents will become chairs of four different standing committees, and there will be a new chair position created for diversity and inclusion. Each standing committee will be made up of three focused roles, as well as its chair, a development role for a first year or sophomore and a class president.
The class councils will no longer have two class representatives. Only the class president will be a voting BSG member. The Executive Committee said that class representatives do not currently have much of a role in the assembly. The constitution also creates a new director of programming to replace the Entertainment Board representative.
Rock is excited about the new constitution, saying that the restructuring will improve representation from around campus and allow BSG to run more efficiently.
“This past semester was just a trial, so we’ve only been working at 70 or 80 percent because you can’t completely change [BSG] unless you change the constitution,” she said.
The assembly will vote on the new constitution next week. If passed, it will go to a student body vote in March.
Editor’s note, 2/16/2018 at 11:41 a.m.: This article has been updated to clarify that the new BSG roles under the constitution would included three focused roles for each class year in addition to the class president, development role and chair.