SGA hears committee reports at weekly meeting

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The Student Government Association (SGA) heard from several committees at last night’s meeting, including academics, activities, appropriations, campus improvements, elections/operations, endowment, healthy living, multicultural, school relations and spiritual life.

Treasurer Taylor Dotson said the SGA has used $34,000 or 58 percent of their budget for this semester and encouraged the committees to continue to spend their budgets to help the student body.

The academic committee is working on increasing participation in professor evaluations to help professors receive feedback on their teaching and courses.

The activities committee plans events throughout the semester for the student body, so far including date week and homecoming. The committee has more events coming up, including providing pizza and prizes at the Nov. 14 men’s and women’s basketball games, lighting of the commons and a finals resort.

The appropriations committee has funded five groups this semester and voted to expand their budget for the semester. They are also working on changing bylaws for future funding requests, which will be discussed at a later date.

The campus improvements committee was able to get portable toilets at the soccer fields, a fire pit, water bottle refill machine, make several sidewalk repairs, enable Wi-Fi to work in the forum and fix the lighting on the stairs to Scott Chapel.

Campus Spirit will increase attendance at student events by providing free food items, such as cookies at the Fall Instrumental Concert Nov. 16 and pizza, popcorn and candy at basketball games.

The elections committee is working on committee promotional videos and asked all members to notify junior Secretary Emily Rowland if any snack items are missing from the SGA office.

The endowment committee will be working on Christmas cards next week to send out to faculty on campus. They will also hold a signing day for all the senators to sign the cards.

Healthy living recently participated in the community garden launch, as well as organized and expanded paper recycling, began creating a website for “a healthy hub of information.”

The multicultural committee recently hosted the multicultural food night, which Committee Head Jan Bian said was a success. The committee also said homecoming ran smoothly. They are currently planning to host a Wonder Woman movie night this semester.

School relations is researching the best ways to conduct next year’s Spring Sing show, while the spiritual life committee is supporting a women’s retreat Nov. 17, hosting a poetry slam tonight and planning the second ‘Gathering.

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