Fellow students,

I would like to publicly address a few items Student Government Association is working on that will soon reach your ears around campus.

First, we are taking an aggressive approach with the wireless connection with both higher members of the administration as well as with the Board of Trustees. Something needs to change, and they understand that. I hope that by the end of this year something is concrete that can be reported on further.

Next, we are doing our second annual Improvement Grant where anyone who would like to assemble a group of people, not just established organizations or athletic teams, has the opportunity to answer the question “What would you do if you had $1,000 to better SC?” Look for information on when to pick up applications in the Jinx Tale. We have a due date of March 20 set for the ideas to get turned in. In addition, we will be contacting department heads across the campus on what they would do with $1,000 in the first year ever of what we are calling our Department Grant.

We also have a few things we need the student body to get excited about. One week from this publication, we will be submitting an online vote through the Jinx Tale to the student body to vote on the amendment of our Constitution. Every two years, we have a committee take a good hard look at our governing documents. One thing that has been hurting the Senate the past four years at least is the need to fill a ton of constantly empty seats. Currently, the make-up of your Senate looks like this:
-Five executive members – president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and student conduct advisor
-Four class presidents
-Two representatives from each of the seven academic divisions
-Five at-large positions
-Student Foundation president

There are 29 total representatives in the SGA.

We had only six individuals run for senator positions last spring, and after appointing on people to fill more positions, we have not had over 20 senators involved with SGA this entire year. It is in the best interest of any organization to tighten membership criteria rather than recruit dead weight. So, we have come up with this solution:

-Five executive members – president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, student conduct advisor
-Four class presidents
-One representative from each of the seven academic divisions. There will be six academic divisions after the 2012-2013 school year.
-Three at-large positions
-Student Foundation president
-Organizations representative

-There are 21 total representatives in SGA, and there will be 20 after the 2012-2013 school year.

In conclusion, as you look over these chairs I encourage you to all consider running for something to represent your student body this next school year. Bundles detailing all the applications for positions will be found in the Campus Life Office on Feb. 20. If you have any questions you can contact any member of the senate or me personally. It matters a great deal to me that this student body is ran correctly, and the first step to that is putting the right people in the right positions. Thank you for your time.

Jordy Train is the Student Government president.