By: Mira Costello
On March 4, the first day of the campus mask-optional policy, the Student Government Association convened to discuss funding requests, the approaching elections, and their upcoming benefit dinner.
In her report, President Rana Hamad noted that there is some community concern about masks being optional after spring break, when students may have traveled – under increasingly lax Covid-19 restrictions. Students who feel more comfortable masking indoors are encouraged to do so and to utilize the free KN95 and surgical masks on campus.
Two representatives from the campus sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, were also present to clarify a funding request to send two members to the Alpha Sigma Tau national conference. In order to maintain their chapter, they said they are required to send a voting delegate and alternate delegate to the conference, which will take place in June. The representatives noted that the chapter would typically be able to fund their own trip to the conference, but a higher registration fee and a budget affected by Covid-19 did not allow that this year.
Discussion on the request was thorough, including questions about what the sorority does on campus, how their experience at the conference would benefit the campus, and how as a Greek Life organization they are working to be more inclusive.
Although it was not approved unanimously as many requests are, a motion to fund the organization up to $1,450 passed.
In committee reports, Senator Lia Azcuna said the SGA needs “all hands on deck” to prepare for their Student Emergency Relief Fund benefit dinner, an event President Hamad said may be SGA’s biggest of the year.
The Student Emergency Relief Fund provides assistance to students facing unexpected expenses due to personal emergencies that affect their housing, ability to pay for school, or other needs. The dinner, to be held on March 31 from 5-7 p.m. in the University Grill, will raise money for the fund through ticket sales and a donation box at the event. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are all able to buy tickets and bring a plus-one, but Senator Azcuna said the Philanthropy Committee is targeting advertisements for the dinner at faculty, staff and administrators because it is a donation-based event.
The SGA hopes to sell all of the 200 available tickets to the dinner, which can be purchased for $15 or $20.
Students, faculty, staff, and other community members are encouraged to attend the SGA’s public meetings, held every Friday from 5-7 p.m. in SAC 206.