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Students attend forum, discuss suggestions

Alicia Smith | Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Saint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) held an open forum Wednesday to allow students to voice their opinions and share ideas.

The forum, held in the SGA Office, offered students a chance to discuss suggestions for the future as to enhance their experiences at the College.

SGA also offered a suggestion basket in the Noble Family Dining Hall this week to allow students who were unable to attend the forum to voice their opinions.

“We wanted to make sure that the student body knew that we were open, visible, [and] we wanted to hear from them,” student body president Rachael Chesley said.

A handful of students attended the forum, but SGA discussed the suggestions that were left in the Dining Hall.

Karen Borja, a senior at the College and president of the Saint Mary’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA), attended the forum.

“You guys are doing a really good job this year and I’m really impressed,” Borja said.

Borja also voiced her concern about the allotment of funding this academic year.

“I want my money to go towards things that I want to see on campus,” Borja said.

Borja asked the Board if they would be willing to consider allowing allotments in the Spring semester as well as the fall.

“Since you brought it up, it’s definitely something we will discuss,” student body vice president Laura Smith said.

Chesley read the suggestions from the suggestion basket and the Board talked about the issues. Student attendees also participated in the discussion.

Chesley said the suggestions requested changes and additions to campus.

“I think a lot of people looked at this like a wish list too, like a Santa wish list,” Chesley said.

One suggestion was the addition of more bike racks on campus.

“These are great ideas to jumpstart next semester,” Chesley said.

In addition, SGA discussed printer availability on campus.

“In Trumper [Computer Center], only one of the printers is ever working,” senior class president Kelly Lyons said.

Students said the College should offer more printers for the student body’s use.

“To have one printer servicing our entire school is a little absurd,” junior Jamie Schmidt said.

SGA plans to discuss students’ ideas further at their next meeting and throughout the Spring semester. SGA will hold a Dec. 8 meeting.

“Our meetings are always open,” Chesley said.