By: Kerry Garrett
The Student Government Association met on April 14 and April 21 to discuss funding requests, executive and committee reports, and later held a senatorial session regarding the Student Activity Fee Budget for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The SGA allocated the full request of $1500 to the Titan Vets Club to host an exclusive event to see Marcus Lattrell, a former Navy Seal and motivational speaker whose experiences in Operation Red Wing inspired the film Lone Survivor. It will be held in the Michiana Events Center on May 27 at 2 p.m.
The event is an opportunity for veterans to bond over shared experiences and hear stories that they can relate to. Since Marcus Lattrell is such an important and inspiring figure to these veterans, the club has unanimously decided to give one club member, who has been following him since Operation RedWing, a VIP ticket to personally meet Lattrell.
The next funding request came from the Safety And Wellness Committee, who were approved $321.45 to host a game night with the Gamers’ Guild and IUPD officers. The event was held on April 20 and offered a chance for students to destress before finals week and get to know the officers in a calm, relaxed environment. Students also received goody bags with on-campus safety resources like the RAVE Guardian app.
The SGA then allocated $800 to the Student Engagement Committee, who will hold the annual Midnight Breakfast event on April 27 for both students living on and off campus. Yard games will begin at the Community Building at 6 p.m., followed by breakfast for dinner and an outdoor showing of Cocaine Bear.
After the executive and committee reports was a senatorial session, in which all members of the SGA discussed and debated how to distribute money across the different teams, groups and clubs throughout campus and how to best represent the student body.
Each year, the SGA allocates the Student Activity Fee (SAF) budget. Every student pays a small fee for each credit they are enrolled in, which contributed to a total of $550,000 for the 2023-2024 year. After three weeks of discussion, the senate approved the budget for the upcoming year on April 21, which will be allocated to various campus groups such as athletics, the Raclin School of the Arts Box Office, The Preface, the Civil Rights Heritage Center, the department of Student Life, and more.
The final SGA meeting of the 2022-2023 academic year will be held on April 28 from 8 a.m to 10 a.m in SAC 206, and newly elected members will join to discuss plans and potential changes to the SGA as they move forward into next year.
Voting for the next SGA closed on April 25. If you would like to read about the newly elected candidates, keep an eye on The Preface instagram page @iusbpreface or our website at iusbpreface.net for announcement of the winners.