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SGA Takes On Spring Projects
The student government association has been taking charge in this semester to work on enhancing the student experience on campus.
MC’s Student Government Association (SGA) is partnering with several departments for projects this semester. Projects include requesting better lighting on campus, planning a service day for the Physical Plant, and researching soft serve machines to possibly put in the cafeteria. SGA is working to ensure a better overall student experience, which brought about the addition of the student well-being committee at the end of last semester.
“We established a committee that focuses primarily on mental health and well-being of students,” said Rachel Smith, president of SGA. “They handle things like safety on campus, mental health, and [overall] academic well-being of students.”
In light of recent auto thefts on campus, students have felt on edge about their safety. Smith has ensured that Public Safety is working hard to tighten security and to keep students informed about what’s going on. The campus life committee has looked on campus at night to take note of places that have little to no lighting. However, some areas are out of Public Safety’s control.
“There are some spaces that people have complained about that are more the city of Clinton's,” said Smith. “One big one is the walk back to the pods, which is actually [part of] the city of Clinton.”
Another project SGA has in the lineup is a campuswide service day. The SGA Constitution states that every semester SGA will plan a service project. This semester, the project will be in partnership with the Physical Plant. All students are welcome to join and will be notified when it takes place.
“We were trying to find ways to give back [to the Physical Plant] for all that it does for us on campus,” said Jay Youngblood, junior and head of the campus life committee. “As students, we want to love this campus well.”
Additionally, the auxiliary services committee is working towards bringing a soft serve machine to the cafeteria. The senate is researching the most affordable but quality machines. If SGA can find a machine that fits their budget, campus dining has agreed to maintain the upkeep of it.
These issues were discussed at the most recent meeting, which took place on Monday, Feb. 20. At the meeting, three new sophomore representatives—Zack Dickey, Jakob Dvorak, and Robert Pennell— were recommended by the executive council and voted in by the senate.
In the fall semester, the senate will add two new organization representatives for Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness (SAPA) and Residence Life. These representatives will be chosen by their respective organizations and will serve on the senate.
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