Student Government Association senators brief house on senate projects
Student Government Association senators current projects include making off-campus housing more affordable and a creation of a food pantry on campus.
The SGA senators presented their proposed projects and legislation process to the house of representatives during the meeting Nov. 13 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.
Senator Lyndi Rose is preparing legislation that would place free feminine-hygiene products in all bathrooms on campus. Rose has been visiting registered student organizations in order to garner support for her project and currently has 150 petition signatures.
Brendan Mantey, senator and Sustainability Committee chair, is combining the efforts of his committee and senate projects to support the same issue. One project involves working to make off-campus housing provide more opportunities to recycle.Another project is the creation of a food pantry on north campus with aid from the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Other senate projects include the digitization of student opinion surveys, the collection of leftover food from on-campus dining centers for donation to local homeless shelters and making parking on campus more efficient.
Senate Leader Caroline Murray also spoke during SGA's General Board meeting, inquiring about the status of "unsung heroes" in campus leadership.
"A lot of our student leaders are unrecognized," Murray said.
Murray introduced a social media campaign developed for students to nominate leaders on campus for acknowledgement.
"Maybe it's the person who did the most work in your group project, maybe it's your RSOs treasurer," Murray said, further expanding nomination criteria to students who aren't formally involved, but take the time to check in on other students' mental health.
"Everyone is a student leader in their own right, and everyone knows someone who is worthy of recognition," she said.
Murray provided a google form for nominations that may be found here.
General Board included SGA President Anna Owens' weekly executive board update. Owens acknowledged spirit week, organized by the Spirits and Traditions Committee.
Themes for the rest of the week include:
- Tuesday: "Travel Tuesday."
- Wednesday: "Hats Off to Higher Education."
- Thursday: "Throwback Thursday."
- Friday: "Fire Up Friday."
Vice President Derek Sturvist continued the advocacy for SGA-supported events by reminding the audience to attend "Caffeinate With Care" at the Dreamer Coffee Shop from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The event will be an open-mic, with proceeds donated to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Houston.
"It'll get us to put into perspective what really matters," Sturvist said.
The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.