By: Ashley Bergeron
On Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, the Student Government Association (SGA) held their third and fourth meetings of the semester to discuss funding requests and new appointments.
Patrick Lacher, president of the Self Defense Club, requested funding for the new mats in the fitness room. According to Lacher, the current mats are not shock absorbent or large enough, and they slide on the floor, which creates a safety hazard. He presented a request for three new wrestling-style mats, totaling $3000. The SGA funded the Student Activities Center up to $3000 to purchase the mats, which will be open for use by other organizations, such as the cheerleading club.
Also in funding requests, Maddie West, president of the Accounting Association, requested funding for her club’s meeting and advertising expenses. They are planning on holding four to five events per semester. The SGA decided to give the Accounting Association $150 to get them back on their feet but also to see how much everything will cost before giving them more money.
Senator Sami Haney was appointed as secretary. On Friday Sept. 23, interviews for senator candidates will take place. Six more students will be appointed to senatorial positions in order to fill the senate, which currently only has six members.
There was also discussion about sustainability and accessibility on campus. The composters are currently behind the library, but there was an idea to move them by the Grill to help eliminate food waste. There are also currently no handicap buttons for the doors in housing. There were discussions about adding a handicap button to one of the housing buildings, but the project would be cost prohibitive.
Common Thread, a collaboration between the Honors program and St. Margaret’s House, will be happening on Thursday Sept. 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 at the IUSB Campus Auditorium. Tickets cost $10 per student and $35 per general admission.
The SGA meets every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in SAC 206. Meetings are open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend.