SGA addresses dining services concerns

[Amanda Martin]

By Sarah Sousa

Staff Writer

Funding requests, and students’ concerns about the dining commons and Wi-Fi connections were discussed at SGA’s meeting Oct. 11.

SGA President Ezequiel De Leon spoke with Ralph Eddy, director of dining services, about concerns students have with the dining commons. The “large abundance of flies” will be addressed by changing trash pickup from two times a week to five times a week, as well as performing different “treatments” in the cafeteria, he said.

During the President’s Report, De Leon addressed students’ concerns regarding mislabeled foods.  He said Eddy was shocked by the poor labeling of food in the dining commons and advised that students tell a dining commons staff member when food is mislabeled.

De Leon discussed with Eddy the availability of the dining commons on the weekends. With shorter hours on the weekend, students who work early or have family coming to visit do not have a place to eat a meal while the dining commons are closed.

He also spoke with Eddy about the availability of vegan options for the Moonlight Breakfast.

“I want to make sure these issues are brought up and fixed,” said De Leon.

He addressed last week’s concern about poor Wi-Fi connections across campus.  He spoke to Dale Hamel, executive vice president, through email and emphasized how important and “real” this issue is. 

He said he “advocated for the IT department to complete an audit of themselves.” He added that Hamel “reiterated the importance of submitting tickets to the help desks.”

Submitting a ticket helps to identify the exact location of the router or a problem with a computer in a specific location, said De Leon. He suggested setting up a table and providing students with surveys asking where the Wi-Fi connection is the poorest on campus.

“Asking them to do an internal review isn’t as appropriate as it may seem,” said De Leon.

During the open forum, Senator Allison Carroll said there have been complaints from students concerning the lack of StairMaster machines in the gym. They are often broken and due to their popularity, there should be more than two of them, she said.

Senator Mike O’Brien said he overheard students complaining about Ram Tram stops not being heated because “in the winter it gets horribly cold.”  The new Franklin Street parking lot stop also does not have a blue callbox, he said.

A funding request made by the History Club for $768.75 was approved for the Freedom Trail Field Trip taking place on Nov. 5. 

A $980 funding request made by the Fashion Club was approved for T-shirts to be given away at their annual Trashion Show on Nov. 2.

A revision in the Dental Club constitution was approved to change the acronym, DAT, to Dental Admission Test in their constitution.

The Senator of the Month award was presented to Adam Scanlon.

De Leon publicized the FSU Cares program for the second week in a row.  Our campus has “a lot of need,” he said. The Coat Racket and the Professional Attire Racket are available to students who need it, and the Dean’s Office is very involved with helping students who may be homeless, he said.

A part of the FSU Cares program, the Veterans’ Club is hosting a coat drive looking for coats of all sizes, said De Leon.

Senator Molly Fennessey presented the U-ROCK award to Hailey Small.

To close the meeting, Senator Cassandra Tedeschi announced tickets to the SuperMegaFest trip hosted by Comic Book Club are on sale.  Also, the Equestrian Club’s apple-picking trip tickets are sold out.

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