SGA reconvenes, discusses state budget cut possibilites

Leah Brown

The Student Government Association held their first meeting of the spring semester Tuesday night.  

SGA President Keyana Boka said she talked to dining services about 24-hour dining for students. WKU Restaurant and Catering Group is currently looking at different options, especially Einstein’s Bagels, because of its location in a 24-hour study area.   

Boka announced SGA will be planning a trip to Frankfort called “Rally for Retention” in response to WKU’s $1.8 million dollar budget cut. The rally will include speeches and one-on-one meetings with legislators to discuss the cuts.  

Executive Vice President Mark Reeves outlined a two year budget the state government is voting on and the importance of student involvement in the process. Reeves said WKU is not in a good environment fiscally and we need to pay attention to that.

“As SGA, we need to be on our toes because there are going to be some tough budget cuts,” Reeves said.  

The body devised a proposal meant to revise the process by which students changed their majors. SGA will review it and vote on the change-of-major advising process next week.  

The modifications include providing students a window of time to change their majors and have it approved by their advisor. The other aspect of the proposal would compel students with up to 30 hours credit hours who are seeking an associate degree to officially declare a major before registering for their next term. For undergraduate students, the cap would be 60 hours.  

“Students are better retained if they have declared a major earlier on,” Boka said.  

SGA nominated and voted Student Affairs committee chair Nolan Miles as a candidate for Coming Home King. 

SGA Senator Cain Alvey encouraged participation in a university senate committee. Alvey said there should be a bigger voice from students on the student policy handbook.  

There were five resignations last semester. The legislative research committee chair and public relations chair were two of the five seats left vacant. 

One bill was read and approved after SGA suspended its bylaws.

The bill, Bill 1-14-S, will allocate $500 to the 2014 Healthy Days 13th annual Student Health Fair. The event will host vendors and activities promoting better student health.  It will be held on Feb. 26.  

Boka said she thought the first meeting of the new semester went well.

“I think our meeting was very productive,” Boka said.