Student Government Association (SGA) approved several new member appointments and additions for their committees at the October meeting last week.
During the new business portion of the meeting, seven SGA committee representatives motioned to have new members serve and have voting powers on their respective boards. The committees that motioned for new members were the academic affairs, Ceddia Union Building (CUB), diversity and inclusion, information technology, campus safety and facilities, elections and the internal affairs committees. All of these motions were seconded and passed.
In addition to the committee motions, Riley Brown, vice president of student groups, motioned to reactivate the political science club as an SGA-recognized group. This motion stemmed from the student groups committee’s recommendation to the SGA that group be reinstated.
According to Brown, the political science club filled all duties and qualifications and had gone through the vetting process. Sen. Michael Linguard seconded the motion and the vote passed.
During the open floor and public comment portion of the meeting, Ian Coyne from ShipVotes asked SGA members for help in getting the university to support professors removing absence penalties for Election Day Nov. 3. Coyne said the removal of penalties would give students who need to travel to vote the ability to do so. According to Coyne, lifting the penalties is an alternative to attempting to cancel classes altogether on Election Day.
Sierra Gutierrez, also with ShipVotes, gave the SGA a petition and answered several questions regarding ShipVotes’ plan for achieving this.
The next SGA meeting will be held on Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. over Zoom and the link can be found at ship.campusgroups.com/sga/about/