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SGA discusses recent campus changes

Alicia Smith | Thursday, August 26, 2010


During the first meeting of the academic year, the Saint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) discussed several changes that have taken place at the College. 
Rachael Chesley, student body president, opened the floor to discuss the recent elimination of the co-exchange meal ticket program at the College. 
“Obviously we all got the sudden e-mail that was sent on Saturday,” Chesley said. “I can tell you that [as] student government, we are the voice of the students and we’ve been receiving lots of e-mails from students in regard to this issue.”
Chesley announced that the executives of SGA planned to meet with Karen Johnson, vice president for Student Affairs to discuss the matter in depth. 
Other board members offered suggestions of what to discuss at the meeting with Johnson. 
Chesley said the co-exchange program was terminated due to the expense of the program. She said the College planned to put the money saved into a general fund.
“They felt that [the money] could be better spent here doing things for Saint Mary’s College specifically,” Chesley said.
Other members of SGA suggested using the money for other dining resources on campus. Chesley said she plans to discuss these issues with Johnson.
In addition to conferring about the co-exchange program changes, SGA discussed new renovations they planned to make to the SGA office in order to make it more user-friendly for members of various clubs and organizations. 
One idea SGA posed for the renovations of the office was to have an art student paint a mural in the office. 
SGA also discussed setting a deadline and a timeline of when the office should be completed.
In addition, a meeting was set up to form a subcommittee to work specifically with the office renovations. 
SGA also discussed issues that related to different segments of the board including a short discussion about the success of Student Activities Board’s Belles Bash that was held Sunday.
SGA closed their meeting with reminders about Activities Night, which will be held Sept. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.