SGA discusses possible campus renovations; passes two bills

Elisabeth Moore

During Tuesday’s meeting, Student Government Association President Jay Todd Richey announced the Garrett Conference Center may be going under a renovation.

Richey said during a meeting with resident district manager of Aramark Steve Hoyng, Hoyng said he wants students to send in a proposal of what Garrett could look like in the future.

Richey said apparently the total cost of the renovation would come from food services. If the renovation were to be funded by a student fee, Richey said he would not approve.

“I am not going to support a student fee for a new building on campus,” Richey said.

Richey also gave a brief explanation of a new app called “RaveGuardian,” which is an emergency app that students can use on or around campus. This app will allow users to check in with their emergency contacts and vice versa if they are alone or in an unfamiliar place.

“It should be released in a beta form this semester,” Richey said. “For whoever is in SGA next semester, I would 100 percent urge you all to preach the gospel of the ‘RaveGuardian’.”

Director of Public Relations Sawyer Coffey proposed multiple SGA themed signs that will be located around campus to encourage students to join SGA.

“The Herald has stuff like that where they have little stations, so why can’t we,” Coffey said. “This is more of a long term project.”

Freshman student speaker Brendan Ward proposed for more scholarships to be made for students who have disabilities.

“When I was first applying I did not see any scholarships for students with disabilities,” Ward said. “I feel left out because, even though I have a disability, I am proving people wrong by being here. It’s hard knowing that the university doesn’t fund us at all.”

Bill 7-16-S, Funding for Water Bottles for WellU Wednesdays and the 2016 Earth Day Festival, was approved with no debate. This bill allocates $300 to cover half of the cost of the water bottles.

Bill 11-16-S, Funding for Posters to Advertise the Forum “Life as an LGBTQIA Student on the Hill,” was approved with no debate. This bill allocates $19.29 for 30 posters to advertise the forum.