This Week in SA

The Student Association held its third meeting of the semester Tuesday evening. The number of senators needed to make quorum was satisfied.

The minutes from last meeting and the agenda for the current meeting were approved.

There were three guests to the senate. Kimberlyn Bailey, the president of  the philosophy club, requested money from the senate to fund a trip for 15 students on April 8. This request included travel and dinner expenses for $574. Sen. Alex George volunteered to write up a bill for the proposal.

Reid Adler, the vice president of the Oswego State men’s rugby club, requested money from SA for their tournament travel fees for this semester. Last semester, the men’s rugby team competed at nationals and had to cut into their budget from this semester to participate. Since  they have already used that money, they are short on funds for travel for this semester and requested $1,443 in order to compete in future tournaments. Sen. Tyler Jodeit volunteered to write up the bill for the proposal.

Melanie Hoffman and Ashley Darling, representatives from the Oswego State chapter of Active Minds, a non-profit organization that empowers students to speak easily about mental health, presented to the senate on an upcoming campus event. They requested about $3,000 in order to bring the tour, Send Silence Packing to the Oswego State campus on April 24. This event displays 1,100 backpacks that represent victims lost to suicide and has had an impact in the past. One of the senators will write the bill for a proposal for next meeting.

There was no public comment.

In executive orders, SA President Tucker Sholtes said the spring concert contract was not able to be approved Monday because of the holiday, but they should be able to announce the artist who will be performing by next week.

Sholtes also mentioned that he is working on a town-hall style meeting inviting the whole campus to voice concerns or ask questions to SA and Oswego State President Deborah Stanley in the future.

Jillian Kranz, president of the senate and vice president of SA, emphasized her desire to change the timeline of bill proposals. She asked the senate to have the bill proposals done and emailed to her on Friday so the Finance Committee can discuss the proposals before the SA meeting so that the senate would be able to bring it to a vote at that meeting.

Kranz also announced that the positions of Solicitor General and the Attorney General are open for anyone who is interested.

Elena Sanchez-Freeman, the director of finance, reminded the senate that all clubs next semester must submit their budget by Friday.

Ryan Hopf, chief of staff, presented the design for the new SA apparel featuring sweatshirts, half-zip sweatshirts, T-shirts and polo shirts.

There were no hall council reports.

In special orders, DECA requested $750 from SA to attend a Pittsburgh Conference. This includes $100 for an entry fee and $650 for travel. This bill was put to vote and passed by general consent.

In general orders, the Students for Global Change requested $263 in order to hold their dodgeball tournament and benefit for the Big Cat Sanctuary on April 24. The bill was put to a vote and was passed by general consent.

New legislation was presented. The National Broadcasting Society National Convention bill requested $3,120 to attend the conference in Atlanta. This bill was moved to the Finance Committee.

SA meets every Tuseday at 6 p.m. in Lanigan 102. All meetings are open to the public.