Ransdell replies to SGA meningitis vaccine resolution

Elisabeth Moore

During the Student Government Association’s meeting on Tuesday, President Jay Todd Richey read aloud a letter that he received from President Gary Ransdell about the meningitis vaccine resolution that SGA proposed.

“Given all that we have been able to learn about meningitis and a vaccine, we have determined that we highly recommend that all students entering WKU be vaccinated, but we stop short of requiring it,” Ransdell said in the letter. “We are reluctant to add another expense for our current or incoming students.”

In the letter, Ransdell said in order to get the vaccine from the Graves-Gilbert Clinic, there would be a total fee of $143.77 for uninsured individuals. He said while it would be beneficial for students to be vaccinated, it would add yet another expense to their growing college bill.

Resolution 6-15-F was passed by the SGA last semester and supported a requirement of meningitis vaccinations for incoming freshmen who reside in on-campus housing, beginning with the class of 2020.

Richey also gave a brief overview of what the SGA did during their trip to Frankfort on Feb. 23. The SGA separated into four different groups and met with eight different legislators during their time in Frankfort.

“We lobbied for a reduction of Gov. Bevin’s nine percent proposed cut in the next biennium for WKU,” Richey said.

SGA senator election applications will be due April 5 and the election will be held on April 19. Between the application due date and the election, new senators will be campaigning for their spot on the senate.

Zach Jones, campus improvements committee chair, announced that the annual safety walk will happen during April, though there is no set date. The safety walk will allow students and staff to walk around campus and check for any safety hazards.

Bill 10-16-S, funding from Organizational Aid Appropriations for Sigma Tau Delta, American Marketing Association, Bangladesh Student Association, Chinese Music Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Toppperwell, was approved with no debate. This bill will allocate $3,000 to the organizations involved.

Due to spring break, the SGA will not be meeting on March 8. The next meeting will be held on March 15.