EUSGA fields concerns, gifts marching band new uniforms

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 9:26 PM
EUSGA fields concerns, gifts marching band new uniforms by Shayma Musa
Photo: Livia Homerski

Edinboro University Student Government Association (EUSGA) met on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in Compton 107A.

The meeting began with the swearing in of new vice president Katie Lentz. The parliamentarian position remains open, while Garrett Christofferson and Elric LaValle were sworn in as congress members. All three were appointed to their positions after the election that took place between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12.

After the swearing in, the previous meeting notes were approved.

“In response to some of your concerns at the last congress meeting, I add in some flexibility and clarification to the amendments,” said interim president Nick Helfer.

“Congress will be open to members of EUSGA recognized clubs, as well as independent students. There was some concern last meeting that students not involved in clubs or organizations might be unrepresented, so we added that clarification in. To further clarify, we added the option of a club or organization being represented by an independent student who will act as a liaison between the club and SGA.”

Opposition was raised early in the meeting regarding EUSGA’s enforcement of the constitution bylaw stating that every recognized club must attend congress meetings in order to receive funding.

Several students from the art department raised concerns over their organizations being penalized because of studio classes that run late into the night. Following the complaints, the executive board sought guidance from their advisor and the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Stacie Wolbert.

“You’re going to run into this issue every semester with leadership of clubs and organizations, but art is one that is particularly hit hard by that (meeting times) because they are in a lot of studio classes within their major that run late classes into the evening,” said Wolbert, addressing that concern.

“As long as there is someone (from those organizations) that is coming to meet with you, clubs with members that have class during the time of the meeting don’t have to be here. They’re sacrificing their vote. They are committed to the organization and meeting the requirements as long as they are regularly meeting with an officer; I would open that up to them. They can’t help when their classes are scheduled,” Wolbert continued, speaking to the EUSGA leaders.

The motion for changes to amendments to the bylaws were passed unanimously.

With this cleared up, EUSGA pushed for sign-ups for their various committees.

Committee members will decide on their meeting times.

Shortly after, gifts and new business was discussed.

First on the table was the approval of the Spring 2020 EUSGA gift. The three choices available for voting were: 1.) an accessible crossfit area to replace one of the racquetball courts in the Pogue Gym; 2.) new marching band uniforms; and 3.) new vehicles for the EUSGA fleet of cars.

Speeches were made in support of each gift and then a vote was taken by four congress members.

New marching band uniforms were unanimously agreed on. This is the first time in a number of years that marching band will receive new uniforms.

According to Helfer, there are 10 registered congress members as of the Feb. 12 meeting. However, only four were present here.

“You see this year this decision (the gift) would have been made by just this board,” Logan Watson, who serves as treasurer, said. “That’s why we wanted all of you involved.”

This comment was combated by an art club representative, who expressed concerns because club representatives at the meeting were not allowed to vote on the gifts. Their congress applications had not been processed as of the Feb. 12 meeting.

“I don’t feel like these men in the front who are voting tonight are listening. I’m a little unsure of how my time is being dealt with right now.”

The next EUSGA meeting will take place Wednesday, Feb 26 at 6 p.m. in Compton 107A.

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