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Meet the SGLC President and Vice President, Michael Fasullo and Mariana Chavez

Meet the SGLC President and Vice President, Michael Fasullo and Mariana Chavez

Students from the class of 2016 might remember senior Mike Fasullo as, in his own words, “the kid hanging out in the elevator passing out flyers in Mertz.” It paid off—after serving in the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) for the past three years, the former vice president has stepped into the role of president. Fasullo and Vice President Mariana Chavez sat down with RamblerBuzz to discuss their plans for the upcoming year.

What are the top priorities of the SGLC for the upcoming year?

Mariana Chavez: We have three main platform goals. The first one is student empowerment. The University makes a lot of decisions, and students feel that they aren’t always necessarily heard. That’s an issue that we saw when we decided to run.

The second is the community benefits agreement. The reason why we brought that issue to the table is because, as the University continues to grow and expand, it continues to impact our community. We want to make sure that the University can continue to expand and, at the same time, keep the community happy.

Michael Fasullo: The biggest question that comes along with that is: “Why do students care?” We’ve moved past the student government that deals with just how the food is in the dining hall. We still care about those things. We still have students working on committees that care about that, but we recognize that we go to a university where we are in classroom being taught a certain mission, and we want to put that in action.

MC: The third campaign is my favorite, a campaign called Students for Worker Justice. That one started last year in student government, through our justice committee. We started to organize breakfasts in the mailroom every Friday last semester, and we started to begin to formulate relationships with these individuals that kind of run the University.

What past successes inspire you for the year ahead?

MF: I’m really proud of the Magis Scholarship. We took a national issue, immigration reform, applied it to a local setting in terms of access to our University, and voted.

MC: A lot of people reached out to us, and different universities were asking for models to see how we did it. We weren’t just making an impact here, we were making an impact nationally.

How are you influenced by the Jesuit mission?

There’s always a yearning to learn more. There’s never a satisfaction with where you are. Like naming a scholarship the Magis Scholarship and applying that word to our actions is a testament to the value in which we see. I find us pushing for more constantly because we love this University so much.

MC: “Working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity;” this line of the mission really appeals to me because in all the things that we do, whether it is attending Loyola to receive an education or learning about the huge socioeconomic disparities of the world, we are called to be agents of change.

And last but not least —favorite campus study spot?

MF: I’ve gotten into the rhythm of going to the IC. The Cudahy Stacks is where I go with friends, but I never get work done there.

MC: Most of the time I am hiding in the stacks of Cudahy because that's the best place I can concentrate and get work done. 

SGLC meetings are open to all students and occur weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. For locations, click here