SGA adds new benevolence award

(SUAB presented about their trip to NACA during the SGA meeting. Photo by Corey McFeeley.)

SGA members discussed receiving parking tickets in the commuter lots during open forum on Feb. 27.

Social Events Coordinator Hailey Small said she’d recently been “visited by the ‘Ticket Fairy’” an hour and a half after the resident student window for parking in commuter lots ended. 

Small said on weekends, resident students should be allowed to park in the commuter parking lots until the RamTram hours begin Monday morning.

Senator Kirsten Hoey also brought up issues with parking.

“If you get pulled off the parking waiting list, you’re still charged the full $300 for the semester. I feel like that’s a little bit ridiculous,” she said. Hoey suggested students be charged a lower rate based on how long they will be using the spot.

Senator Curtis George questioned the fairness of hosting open forum for senators now that SGA has instituted Hooves, Horns and Headaches – an online forum where students can actively express campus concerns.

“How long are we going to be doing open forum for just the senators? I understand people are really involved and want to make their voices heard and they should be heard here, but I feel like we should be using the technology that we’re given,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Christian Fellowship requested $3,057.27 for its annual Praise Night. This funding will go toward refreshment tables, decorations, the Chris Allen Band and promotional water bottles.

The funding request was approved. Praise Night will be on April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Ecumenical Center.

M.I.S.S. requested $270.15 to feed volunteers helping the during Sisters’ Day Out event.

According to the funding request submitted by the club, the event is an “empowerment day” with Framingham High School students where graduating girls are given donated prom dresses, heels and jewelry.

M.I.S.S. President Amari Veale said the club is still accepting dress donations for this event. Dresses can be dropped off at the Center for Inclusive Excellence in O’Connor Hall at any time.

The funding request was approved. The event will be on March 31.

Also during the meeting, SUAB members presented on what they learned from their trip to the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conference in Boston. In December 2017, SUAB was allocated $7, 524.13 to take six SUAB members to the conference.

SUAB Traditions and Awareness Coordinator Annie Nitzche said she is planning a commuter appreciation week or day for next year. “I’m super excited about that because we can bring different types of people, vendors and novelties to really approach and connect with the commuter population because that’s a dominant population on our campus, and we’re not reaching them as much as we want to.”

She also added, “We aren’t giving out names now because we don’t want to spoil everything, but we have started working with people for Welcome Week next fall. All we can say is they’re awesome.”

SGA also added a new Benevolence award for next year. Senators were given three options to vote on: Social Awareness, Ram Pride and one “along the lines of disability,” said Rosa. 

Senators chose the award regarding disability. This award will be given to someone who has “a handicap – students facing an impairment that may be a cognitive, developmental, intellectual or physical disability,” said Rosa.

During his President’s Report, Rosa announced the charging lockers approved for the McCarthy Center last month will be placed in the student lounge, instead of outside the SGA office as originally planned. However, Rosa said installation is currently at a standstill while they wait for facilities. The charging lockers are intended to give commuters a safe place to leave their phones or other devices to charge.

Rosa also said Nikki Curley, SGA’s administrative assistant, will leave the University on March 16. Many senators expressed dismay at the news.

In other news:

• The U-Rock Award was passed from Senator Alex Backer to Bennett.

• eBoard Member of the Month went to Small.

• Senator of the Month went to Olivia Beverlie.

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