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SGA: What They Discussed on August 20

The Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its weekly open meeting today. 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 14 people attended the most recent meeting. They represented SGA, APB, Residence Life, Sodexo, DTA National Agricultural Honor Society, and The Witness.

Below are the topics presented by the SGA board of the Aug. 20 meeting:

Cody Martin, the vice president of administration, reported that Org Fair with the theme of “Board Games” will occur on The Mall in between Pyle and Boyd. It will be sent up like a Monopoly board with assigned spots for registered organizations. SGA asks organizations to arrive at 4 p.m., and the event will begin at 5 p.m. Sodexo will serve dinner under a tent. Emails will be sent out to registered clubs.

Chase Menchofer, the vice president of faculty, alumni, and trustees, reported that he created a sticker for the light switches for the outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts that details instructions for use.  He also shared that the Homecoming banner contest will have the same theme as Org Fair. Additionally, the first prize for the banner contest is a $75 gift card, the second prize is a $50 gift card, and the third prize is a $25 gift card.

Chris Zody, the vice president of SGA, had nothing to report.

Kameron Rinehart, the president of SGA, reported that student planners are available for pick up—four boxes remain to be dispersed. After Thursday, faculty and staff will be allowed to receive a copy of the student planner. Student Senate applications are available online and on paper; freshmen, as well as all other students, are allowed to apply. Applications are due Aug. 30 and the Senate will begin meeting the second week of September. Student organizations are now required to attend all budget and app-related meetings otherwise they risk losing all SGA funding for a semester. Rinehart shared his goals to increase WC app content—organization tabs, calendars, and other information—starting in September. 

Nate Johnson, the vice president of finance, had nothing to report.

Logan Schroer, the vice president of elections, confirmed the “Board Games” theme for Homecoming and that the Homecoming shirt design will be announced soon. The dates for Homecoming court and voting will also be announced soon.

Wil Overholt, the vice president of public relations, reiterated that “Org Fair” is tomorrow. He also requested people to follow SGA on Instagram 

Sigrid Solomon, SGA’s adviser, reported that she is excited about the new school year and that she was pleased with the new Pyle furniture and tower gardens in the T.O.P.

Other topic points presented by non-SGA attendees include:

Housing and Residence Life will be hosting a fall “Welcome Back” Village Party and requested SGA to help them fund a new grill as well as prizes. They hope to share the grill with other organizations. 

A Sodexo representative asked for feedback regarding the service that Sodexo provides. Additionally, he confirmed Sodexo’s involvement in Org Fair and that the menu will consist of barbeque, beef hot dogs, and an assortment of related sides and desserts.  The idea of composting on campus was brought up.

The topic of the tower gardens surfaced. The tower gardens located in the T.O.P. are a part of the senior class’ and SGA’s gift to the school. The student government’s project will grow various produce for Sodexo to use in their meals and salad bar. Collegiate Farm Bureau has been tasked by SGA to maintain the gardens.

Other senior gifts include the new furniture in Pyle and a new handicapped chair for the on-campus pool. 

Cameras in the Underground have been installed and are in use.

The terms for this year’s Student Senate will begin in September and end when the spring semester does. Plans for next year’s Senate consist of applications being released in March, have them due in April, and then begin in August. Currently, SGA has approximately 40 submitted applications. They will attempt to diversify the Senate as much as possible.

The Student Affairs office has begun to hire students to serve as parking patrols to aid Campus Safety in educating the campus community on where acceptable parking is. The student hires will work for the first few weeks of the fall semester and will contact Campus Safety if they find a parking violation. Parking rules will be more strongly enforced and the use of boots has the potential to increase. 

The tennis courts near Hermann Court have been converted into available parking. Currently, anyone with a valid parking permit will be able to park there. Restrictions regarding when and who can park there might be imposed. 

APB shared that it is in the middle of their “Welcome Week” events. They have events planned for every night this week.

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