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The following covers the SGA meeting on Sept. 12. CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK Sophomore senator Noelle Barrera encouraged SGA members to attend the Campus Climate Action Meeting on Sept. 25 in CSI, which will host activists talking about how universities can contribute to the city climate action plan. President Amulya Deva asked if any members attended the voter deputization class that week. Senator Julia Shults responded, saying the class was informative. Chief-of-staff Cecelia Turkewitz agreed and...

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OpinionSGA’s existential problem

September 12, 2018222 min

When I first considered running for Student Government Association (SGA) last October, I must admit that I didn’t really understand what it was. I certainly was not aware of the fact that SGA manages nearly three-quarters of a million dollars every year. $150 a semester, per student (that’s $1200 out of your pocket for your entire four-year stay at Trinity, by the way) is what makes up the Student Activity Fund (SAF). And who decides...

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University-Sponsored Organization (USO) budget proposals are underway, and this year the eight groups are requesting a total of $636,961.84. Student Government Association (SGA) is in the process of deciding how much of the student activity fee (SAF) to distribute to the organizations. Unlike registered student organizations (RSOs) that present funding requests on a monthly basis, USOs present an annual budget every spring. USOs are funded with the SAF for the following year and however much money...

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This covers the SGA meeting on April 9.   CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK Sophomore senator Simone Washington relayed frustration students have had with Student Involvement, particularly in planning events. Washington explained that students feel the increase in security has hindered groups’ abilities to create events. David Tuttle, dean of students, said it’s complicated, explaining that the source of many of issues is the need to ensure safety and protocol by departments like Risk Management. According to...

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This covers the SGA meeting on March 5.   GUEST COMMENTS Sophomore Marleny Salas expressed concern about the evening EcoGrounds shift. Salas explained that the shift includes long hours and requires a lone employee to clean and make all the drinks on their own. According to Salas, the previous employee who worked this EcoGrounds shift, Randy Gibbons, quit in part because the shift was too demanding for one person. President Amulya Deva, junior, said that...

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This issue covers the first meeting of the year, Jan. 22. INDUCTIONS New SGA senators and cabinet members gathered in the Skyline Dining Room for a short induction ceremony. After quick speeches from student life administrators Jamie Thompson and Sheryl Tynes, university president Danny Anderson swore in the senators by class year. He then swore in the cabinet members, president and vice president. CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK President Amulya Deva expressed concerns about the water in...