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Members discuss co-exchange issue

Alicia Smith | Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) continued to discuss the co-exchange program and explored ways it could partner with Notre Dame’s student government at its meeting Wednesday.  

Last week, SGA held a forum regarding co-exchange, which was meant to allow student voices to be hear, student body president Rachael Chesley said.  But she said many students did not feel the administration listened to what they had to say.

“I think in the upcoming weeks, we are going to stay on the administration because I don’t want them to think that we’ve forgotten about this and that students are suddenly OK,” she said.

Chesley encouraged SGA to consider creative ways for the administration to make up for the lack of co-exchange meal ticket availability.

SGA also created a new finance committee, which will be responsible for creating the budget, as well as working with clubs and organizations for sponsorship purposes.

In the past, much of SGA’s meeting time was spent discussing whether or not to give clubs money, which hindered productivity, Chesley said.

“Now, the finance committee will take care of that end of things,” she said.

SGA also discussed several partnership opportunities with Notre Dame’s student government. Chesley said there were two opportunities to work directly with the University’s student leaders.

SGA planned to co-sponsor an event where attorney C.L. Lindsay would visit the community and to co-sponsor a program that reaches out to local businesses and creates a partnership so students can receive discounts.

“It will encourage students to go out to the local businesses, which will help them, and it’ll help students because it will be more cost-effective to go out,” Chesley said. “Also, it’s going to benefit the community.”