Michelle Foreman, Shippensburg University Dean of Libraries, promoted the various services the library provides during the Oct. 12 public meeting of the Student Government Association. Foreman encouraged students to meet with library faculty for help with research, finding books and interlibrary loans.
The library has around 250,000 physical books and roughly 350,000 electronic resources available for students. Foreman also promoted the library’s “Ask Us Anything” feature, an online resource with which students can ask questions and see answers to commonly asked questions.
Foreman spoke about the third floor, which serves as a quiet area for students to study. She also discussed the Student Help Desk, which is located at the front of the library and can assist students with technology issues.
In other SGA business, eight new senators were sworn in during the meeting, as well as the new Vice President of External Affairs Lillian Sellers. Sellers has already begun work to make SGA more accessible to students by taking over the group’s outreach efforts.
Committees are being formed, and students are encouraged to fill out an interest form that can be found on SGA’s Instagram page at @shipsga.
Meeting minutes were also a topic of discussion. During public comment, SU student Ian Thompson brought forward concerns about the Sept. 14 meeting, in which he was referred to as “quite quarrelsome.” Thompson noted that meeting minutes are official documents meant to be written without editorialization and asked that the minutes be edited to meet the standards of professionalism SGA holds itself to.
SGA President Harun Pacavar and Sellers responded to Thompson saying they would go back and amend the Sept. 14 minutes. “We’ll work diligently, ELC specifically will work diligently to make sure that can be amended,” Pacavar said, before saying the updated minutes would be brought forward for approval at the next meeting.
Newly elected Class of 2027 Senator Kyle Marzullo spoke about first-year students and the process of scheduling for classes next semester. “With scheduling coming up so very soon, make sure to reach out to your adviser,” Marzullo suggested.
Isabelle Schannauer announced that RHA’s “Treats not Tricks” event will be held Oct. 23 on the lawn in front of Old Main. They are also looking for students to be tour guides and scare actors to participate in the “Haunted Henderson” event, which will have a circus and clown theme.
Malu Takahashi reported that the PAGE Center had received a donation from Project SHARE of “over 11,000 units of menstrual pads.” These menstrual products will be distributed to all departments and bathrooms on campus. Takahashi also announced the PAGE Center would be hosting prevention trainings on intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
Pacavar announced that SGA held its retreat, a team building gathering meant to help members of SGA learn parliamentary procedure and how the organization works.
Vice President of Student Groups Justin Brajkovich gave a report on the Budget and Finance Committee’s work. The committee has begun the process of looking over the B&F Standing Rules and the Student Group Handbook.
WSYC general manager Henry Mooney gave an update from the Campus Media Board. SUTV will be hosting a 12-hour charity livestream starting at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. Proceeds will go to Spirit of Children, a charity that works to “make hospitals less scary for kids and their families.”
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Vice President of Internal Affairs Kennedy Holt and College of Education Senator Ari Stevens left 11 minutes and 18 minutes into the meeting respectively, and they were not in attendance for voting on new business.
Official business included granting voting rights to members of the Elections committee and Budget and Finance committee. Various committee chairs were also appointed.
Pacavar ended the meeting by asking students to reach out. Pavacar said “We do strongly encourage for everyone to please come to us. We are here to help.” SGA has multiple openings and opportunities available, and students are encouraged to contact Sellers at email@example.com.