The Student Government Association (SGA) hosted their weekly open meeting yesterday. All members of the Wilmington College community are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings as it is a direct form of communication to the student government.
Approximately 20 people attended the most recent meeting. They represented SGA, APB, Orientation, RSA, Sodexo, DTS, and The Witness.
Below are the topics presented by the SGA board of the April 23 meeting:
Cody Martin, the vice president of administration, had nothing to report.
Chase Menchofer, the vice president of faculty, alumni, and trustees, reported that Physical Plant reviewed with him how the light switches for the outdoor basketball court operated. Menchofer shared that he is in the process of making a label for the light switch that will detail how the switch works.
Chris Zody, the vice president of SGA, had nothing to report.
Kameron Rinehart, the president of SGA, reported that applications for the new “Student Senate” group on campus will become available. The Student Senate will replace Organization Round Table (ORT) and will aid with the communication between SGA and the student body. Rinehart also reported that Late Night Breakfast at the TOP will be on May 2 beginning at 9 p.m.
Nate Johnson, the vice president of finance, reminded everyone that all SGA funds for this current semester must be used by April 30, otherwise the funds will be returned to SGA and used at their discretion.
Logan Schroer, the vice president of elections, had nothing to report.
Wil Overholt, the vice president of public relations, reported that “Org Fair” is scheduled for Aug. 21. A theme will be decided upon and further information will be released. Additionally, Overholt reminded everyone about the new social media platforms SGA now has. SGA will utilize these platforms as well as the WC app when it needs to make campus announcements.
Sigrid Solomon, SGA’s adviser, reported that cameras for The Underground are in the process of being installed. Both Physical Plant and IT are working on this installation. The new cameras were purchased by SGA.
Other topic points presented by non-SGA attendees include:
A Sodexo representative asked for feedback regarding the service that Sodexo provides. This prompted Solomon to speak about the Food Service Committee that meets monthly. Faculty, staff, and students are welcomed to attend and talk about what they believe goes well with the food service on campus and what can be improved. Sodexo has the opportunity at these meetings to share their new initiatives.
The “To-Go” option in the TOP was also discussed. One of the coolers is having difficulty reaching the required temperature which is a code violation. Thus, Sodexo has temporarily closed the malfunctioning cooler and subsequently decreased the food options available. Physical Plant has been called and is in the process of repairing the cooler.
APB shared its upcoming events; the annual “Paint Party” will be on April 27, the same day as SLEB’s service project, the Swarm. The city of Wilmington will close parts of Elm Street from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. for this event.
On May 1, APB will host a concert on the Mall featuring a local band from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. An inflatable obstacle course and mechanical bull will be offered as well as food and games.
APB also began negotiations with SGA to revise their approved budget. For the 2019-2020 academic year, APB’s budget will include $2 per hour for their student workers. The members of APB believe their jobs require more than that amount of compensation so they created a revised budget proposal that includes $3/hour for student workers and cuts to their office budget to accomodate for the changes. The total amount of money APB was budgeted by SGA remains the same, only the breakdown of that money was adjusted in the revised budget submitted to SGA.
The Witness shared its concerns with their approved SGA budget. In the budget, they were not allotted any money to pay their staff writers which is something they have been able to do for many years now. Additionally, they were not given enough money to pay for any of their scheduled monthly print issues for the upcoming academic year.
SGA reconsidered the budget for The Witness during their closed meeting and has stated that they fully intend to fund 1,000 print copies per month for the 2019-2020 academic year.