Five things to start your week: Macon's government film office, Miss Universe 2015, Mercer SGA has its first senate, 'historic' blizzard, and Greece's Syriza party

Macon might have its own government film office in the near future, according to The (Macon) Telegraph. The city has become a hotspot for Hollywood films, and Macon already has the volunteer-based Macon Film Commission. However, Commissioner Elaine Lucas suggested that a government film office could help formalize the process. The office would help with licensing fees for pyrotechnics and making sure appropriate fees are charged for city services. Atlanta and Savannah have successful film offices that could potentially serve as models for Macon.

Greece’s leftist leader, Alexis Tsipras, promised that Greece’s five years of “humiliation and suffering”, imposed by international creditors, are almost over. This was right after the  Syriza Party took over in a snap election on Sunday. The Syriza party won 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament. Tsipras will lead a euro-zoned government and is committed to overturning the “budgetary rigor” that was imposed by Greece as a condition to bailout in 2010.

Columbian beauty, Paulina Vega, was crowned Miss Universe 2015 in Miami for the 63rd annual pageant. Vega is in school studying business administration and comes from a large family, according to the The Miami Herald. The pageants leading up to Miss Universe were the first she ever participated in.

It’s about to get a little chilly for our friends up North. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the East Coast on Monday afternoon till Tuesday. The blizzard is expected to dump as much as three feet of snow – a historic record. “This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference, saying snowfall could reach up to 3 feet. The largest snowfall on record in New York City was the storm of Feb. 11 – 12, which dropped 26.9 inches.

Mercer’s SGA is holding its first Senate of the new year in CSC Conference Room 2 for its strategic planning report. This is SGA’s time to reflect on its role on campus and “establish tangible goals to which students can hold us accountable this coming semester,” said Victoria Conely, SGA vice president.

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