SGA discusses upcoming bills at weekly meeting

BY CORIE LYNN

The Fort Hays State University Student Government Association held its weekly meeting on Thursday, October 10.

The meeting began with reports from three of the executive staff members.

President Brad DeMers addressed his meeting with Alex Kultgen of the Global Leadership Project to discuss food insecurity on campus.

DeMers stated that they have considered options for providing meals on campus through an app, called Share Meals, which would allow students to notify others when free meals are provided on campus.

Another option they considered for meal assistance is the possibility of students paying for a portion of their parking tickets by donating to the campus food pantry. However, neither the app nor the donation is definitive.

DeMers also announced that two bills will be up from the President’s Office. These bills will be in regard to the Public Safety and Educational Opportunity Funds with the hopes of utilizing both funds more in the future.

He concluded his report with a reminder to stay safe during the Oktoberfest and Homecoming weekend.

Vice President Michael Musgrove followed with his report.

He used this time to inform the senators that the Allocations Committee will be formed the following week, and asked that senators nominated for the committee give short personal introductions to the Senate.

The final Executive Report came from Community Relations Director Jacki Dougherty.

Her report included an update on preparations for The Big Event in the spring. She also announced that this year’s Landlord Fair will be held on February 7.

Dougherty informed the Senate that she spent her week preparing for the Town Hall that will be held on October 24. She has also planned to meet with University Grounds to discuss putting picnic tables on the Quad.

Like DeMers, Dougherty concluded her report two with announcements in regard to the weekend’s events.

The first to remind the senators that parties can be registered through the SGA to avoid noise citations. The second was to let the senators know that underage drinkers who call 911 for medical assistance are protected by state law.

None of the Senate Committees had reports though two, the Appropriations and Senate Affairs Committees, each has bills up for first reading.

Following the committees, a new senator was sworn in and then the Senate moved into the Open Forum.

During this time, a senator asked DeMers whether there was an update on the progress of the Dead Week Policy.

Currently, the policy is being discussed by the Faculty Senate. According to DeMers, there have been amendments to the policy, but the faculty seems receptive to the policy.

Following the Open Forum, two bills were read for the first time and one bill was tabled.

Before the meeting concluded, senators gave their weekly announcements. This included notices of the Christian Challenge Barn Dance, cross country meet, and the upcoming dedication of a new Fraternity house.

The SGA will reconvene on Thursday, October 17.

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