New SGA Administration, New Meeting Time

By Lauren Beeman

The Student Government Association changed its meeting time to Monday nights at 7 p.m. in the Board Conference Room.

Co-President Abigail Moore dubbed the meeting “informal” noting that the governing body would hold two different types of weekly meetings: “formal” lead by Co-President Mary Argana and “informal” lead by Moore.

The informal style meetings will be discussions about ideas and are open to the student body. The formal meetings will include passing of legislature and financial discussions.

“When we have the senators come and express their ideas then they will have more of a formal way of saying, ‘This is what we want done,’ so hopefully that will help us and propel us to more of a successful year,” Moore said.

The agenda for Monday night’s SGA meeting included apparel, fundraising, and various student concerns.

The new administration discussed SGA’s branding and overall presence at the university. SGA plans to draft an honor code that will serve as the group’s guiding mission statement.

Senators are also planning a bonding event for the new administration to get to know each other better.

With a $1,200 budget remaining for the school year, Moore proposed the idea of apparel marked with SGA’s logo for senate and executive members to wear at various events and meetings.

A ldiscussion about SGA legitimacy also included the decision to have an SGA representative at all Hawk Preview and Discovery Days so incoming and interested students have a chance to build a relationship with the governing body.

With a budget of $5,500 for the 2018-2019 school year, the senate also discussed fundraising ideas. In the past, SGA provided funding for QU clubs and organizations. The Grivetti administration donated $1,500 to clubs and organizations last year. The current administration still intends to donate money where appropriate, but with some limitations.

Another point of discussion focused on commuter students. Senator Kayla Cheney has taken the lead on evaluating commuter students’ satisfaction with the university. Cheney conducted a survey of commuter students in order to pinpoint areas that could improve commuter student experience.

A main point of dissatisfaction seems to be the commuter lounge on the second floor of Francis Hall.

Senators mutually agreed to work to create a better space for commuters to gather. Additionally, SGA decided to sponsor commuter student lunches in an effort to bridge the gap commuter students experience by not living directly on QU’s campus.

SGA’s next informal meeting will be held Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m.

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