Monday evening’s Edinboro University Student Government Association meeting was one of new beginnings and the promise for a better future.
Opening the meeting, the Applied Communicators of Edinboro (ACE) presented their request to congress for funding to attend the 2015 National Communication Association Conference. From Nov. 19-22, ACE plans to travel to Las Vegas. After voting, the EUSGA allotted the Ace a total of $6,288 to attend their conference and complete their trip in November.
Parliamentarian, Bethany Scott, then explained to congress the changes that are going to be made to their constitution. Nothing will be voted upon until the next meeting.
Next up, Rachael Pollard presented her newest idea: a free website accessible to students that serves as sort of a Craigslist for buying, selling and trading textbooks among Edinboro University students, but “much safer.”
Seven students were sworn in as new members of EUSGA in front of their now fellow congressmen and the board. After taking their oaths, President William Lee Galt posed for a picture with the new members.
A special guest sat in on this week’s meeting and offered encouraging words for the 2015-2016 EUSGA board and congress members going forward.
Andre Roberts served in EUSGA from 2012-2013 and currently attends Slippery Rock University, where he’s striving to someday become the president of the university. Before all members, Roberts explained, “You need to go above and beyond what you need to do…I would not be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for SGA.”
After the official adjournment of the meeting, Dr. Kahan Sablo led the congress members in a discussion about where the EUSGA is now and where they want to be in the future.
Members shared the organization’s weaknesses and strengths and the steps they plan to take to change their “trouble areas” and continue to improve areas they’re already doing well at.
Sitting in a circle, the group looked to have an informal open discussion about how each member felt about a myriad of issues and proposed suggestions for how to fix these issues.
Will Richardson, board member, said this type of meeting was the “first step in the right direction.” EUSGA also expressed how they are always looking for students excited about and interested in joining the organization in order to take action and get involved because they’re “more than happy to have you.”
The EUSGA also urged everyone to stay safe and be smart and have a fun homecoming weekend.
Shaylee Dillen is a Senior Staff Writer for The Spectator.