SGA Senate holds first meeting of spring semester

By on January 22, 2017

By Shelby Brown–

The SGA Senate discussed upcoming events, the state of accreditation and the board of trustees in their Jan. 17 meeting. Here are the top things you need to know.

-SGA President Aaron Vance hopes to organize a rally in Frankfort in February in response to the recent passage of SB12, higher education funding and affordability.

“I enjoyed working with the old board,” Vance said about the recent change of trustees. “I hope we can work together and start taking the appropriate steps to getting off of probation.”

-Executive Vice President Amanda Nitzken spoke about events coming up on campus, focusing on Unity Week.

Various RSOs will have an RSO potluck at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24. Food will be provided.

Greek life members will launch the #IBelongUofL campaign on Jan. 25, which will be held in the SAC MPR.

To wrap up the week, the socially poignant film “Crash” will be shown in Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom at 7 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Students can contact Nitzken or visit U of L website for further details.

-The SGA is making strides to reach out to minority students in regards to voting issues during student body elections.

-Academic Vice President Meredith Cooksey said Twisted Taco and Panda Express are set to open in the next two weeks.

-Cooksey also reported that completed course evaluations rose from 24 percent completion to 74 percent. These statistics exclude students who opt out from taking the surveys at the end of the semester.

-Services Vice President Lauren Greenwell is in the process of updating parking and housing information. She will also be seeing to the concerns of students that several of the emergency blue lights being out on campus.

-During the reports of board and standing committees, Nitzken said a comprehensive list of resources for struggling students or non-traditional students is being compiled. This list would help students find resources if they’re sexually assaulted or racially discriminated against.

-The Student Activities Board reminded everyone that the International Fashion Show will be held Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in SAC W310 and cost $5 with a valid student ID, $10 general admission and $15 at the door.

-ELSB’s report recapped their winter interest fair which drew over 300 students. They have a few more events planned throughout the semester.

Photo by Shelby Brown / The Louisville Cardinal

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