SGA holds last meeting of the year, passses all remaining legislation

Elisabeth Moore

The Student Government Association held their last meeting of the semester on Tuesday night. 

During the meeting, Zach Jones said the Annual Campus Improvements Safety Walk will take place on April 27 at 6:30 pm in Centennial Hall.

“If we don’t get rained on, we are having the Annual Safety Walk,” Jones said. “I hope you all will join us.”

In the MyCampusToo report, MyCampusToo committee chair Hannah Neeper announced the World Festival will take place on April 27 at 4 p.m. in Downing Student Union.

“There will be dancing, singing and a lot of different food items,” Neeper said. 

During the Judicial Council report, SGA senate members approved a new Chief Justice and Associate Justice member for the Judicial Council.

SGA senate approved a new Speaker of the Senate for the 2016-2017 school year. After some debate, Nathan Cherry was elected as the new Speaker of the Senate.

“I will be honored to serve as speaker next year,” Cherry said. “I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you.”

In unfinished business, Resolution 3-16-S, Resolution to Support the Implementation of Recycling Efforts within the Downing Student Union Food Court, the Garret Conference Center Food Court, and the Tower Food Court, was approved with no debate.

The resolution supports the implementation of recycling efforts in the DSU, Garrett Conference Center and the Tower food courts to improve the sustainable initiatives on campus.

“There are no recycling bins in these food courts,” author Chelsea Faught said. “This is just one more step to getting a green initiative on campus.”

Resolution 4-16-S, Resolution to Support the Creation of an eSports Program and Dedicated Space at Western Kentucky University, passed with some debate.

This resolution supports the creation of an eSports Program and dedicated space.

“Colleges have started to make these programs where collegiate teams are competing against other colleges for scholarship money and tens of thousands of dollars,” author John Hay said. “There is a big demand for people that are interested in gaming and competitive gaming to find a place where they can go to college.”

Bill 15-16-S, Funding for Library Extended Hours During Finals Week, was passed with no debate.

The SGA allocated $600 from Legislative Discretionary funding to the Helm-Cravens Library to stay open until 2 am during finals week in the Spring 2016 semester.

Resolution 5-16-S, Resolution to Support Vegetarian Options on the Meal Plan in the Downing Student Union Food Court, passed with no debate.

This resolution supports expanding vegetarian options on the meal plan in the DSU food court, in order to provide a larger variety of options for students who abstain from eating meat for religious, ethical, or other dietary reasons.

“In the Downing Student Union, there are not many vegetarian options on the menu,” author Savannah Molyneaux said. “Passing this will allow us to show that the student body really supports more options.”