The Student Government Association (SGA) spent its Wednesday meeting out and about campus to meet with students about the issues they want to see resolved by the senate.
Before their “blitz” event, the senate held a brief 15-minute session during which the senate was introduced to a new piece of legislation for the first time in three weeks.
The new resolution details a plan to add water conservation posters to residence hall restrooms each school year and was authored by Sen. Mariah Bowman.
If approved, the posters will explain how students can decrease their ecological impact in the restroom. The resolution also included some facts on ways water can be wasted.
“Showers longer than 5 minutes waste five to 10 gallons of water every extra minute, leaving the water on while you brush your teeth can waste up to 4 gallons and flushing garbage can waste up to 5 gallons every time,” the resolution states. The senate will vote on the resolution during its “unfinished business” time at a later meeting.
Following the introduction of the resolution, the senators left in groups to different campus locations including the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, the Atrium and Bracken Library.
Sens. Emily Lahey, Lilly Owsley, Andy Hoffman, Marcus Jennings and Justin Plowdrey grouped up and headed to the Atrium to speak with students just leaving a late lunch. During each visit with a student, they would introduce themselves and ask the student questions about SGA’s organization and how they could improve life on campus.
Some students, like freshman English education major Jacob Mooney, wanted to see improvements to day-to-day services like on-campus maps.
“I remember my first day, I went to the wrong class because my class was in Robert Bell, and since Robert Bell and the Communication Building are connected, I went to the Communication Building Room 109 instead of Robert Bell Room 109,” Mooney said to the senators.
Others, like mathematics education freshman Jasmine Splitgerber, told the senators the Health Center “sucks” based on her experience.
Splitgerber said the Health Center had taken a week to respond to her about a medical issue and when they got back to her, they told her she had to come in to get the information she needed. The senators said they could look into the issue for Splitgerber.
When sophomore zoology major Alicia Dean said she wanted more lighting on campus, Plowdrey was happy to say a senate policy could help resolve the issue.
“We just passed that last year, so that’s not getting implemented quite yet,” Plowdrey said. “We’re going to be working on putting in even more this year, so that’s something we’re already working on. We’re also adding solar panels to the existing lights to make them sustainable and net zero.”
The "blitz" took the majority of the meeting’s time and ended when the senators regrouped for a recap session during which they shared their results.
Renewable bags at dining centers, bus loop additions and changes and parking services were among the more popular student issues the senators heard.
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