SGA: House discusses campus issues

A close up of the hot chocolate table outside of the Bovee University Center Auditorium. SGA members were able to grab a cup either before or after the meeting. (CM Life | Courtney Boyd)

The Student Government Association House of Representatives split into six groups on Monday night to discuss various areas of campus that students would like to see improvement in.

These six areas were:

  • Academic procedures
  • Housing
  • Dining
  • Professor performance
  • Maintenance
  • Classes

Each group reviewed a list of issues they had created at the last House meeting and added new ones.

"Each group has had great ideas," Aliza Punches, the host for the House meeting, said. "Many of these ideas are about issues that have come up in the past but haven't been fully addressed."

For example, the maintenance group discussed problems with snow removal and lawn mowing services that causes accessibility issues. They also talked about adding more flower beds near campus buildings and making the process for submitting a maintenance request more clear for first-time students.

On the other hand, the dining group discussed more accessibility for students with food allergies, more flexible meal plan options and creating a fruit-to-go station in the Merrill Virtual Dining Hall.

"I understand it's not going to be the best food because it's mass-produced," Aubrey MacIntosh, one of the representatives in the dining group, said. "But we want to promote balance in diets, too."

Punches said that the issues the groups talked about would be used to come up with ideas for future legislation. She said these conversations will continue next semester.

At this SGA meeting, SGA members were greeted with a hot chocolate table outside the Bovee University Center Auditorium, which SGA Vice President Ryan Biller said members could help themselves to. He also thanked members for sticking with SGA throughout the semester and wished everyone "a wonderful break and good luck" on their exams.

In Other Events:

  • Caroline Hernández Ruiz let students know that students staying in South Community and Towers residence halls have to leave by 6 p.m on Dec. 16. Students living in East Community can stay over winter break; however, the dining hall will be closed. She said students will be able to access the food pantry until Dec. 21 if they need it. 
  • The annual Leadershape Institute is happening on CMU's campus from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6. SGA President Tyler Zimmerman said the event helps students make connections and fine-tune their leadership skills. He said it helps students learn about their core values and take a moment of introspection before the spring semester, and he encourages students to sign up for it. For those interested, sign up here.
  • Sigma Lambda Beta, Lambda Gamma and Sigma Lambda Gamma are hosting a First Inter-Racially Mixed (FIRM) Fam Christmas Party at 6 p.m, Dec. 5 in Kulhavi Classroom 142. There will be concessions and games for students to enjoy and admission is free.
  • Both of CMU's acapella groups, Fish N' Chips and Central Harmony, will be hosting shows in the Bovee University Center Auditorium on Dec. 8 and 9 respectively. The former event will be at 7 p.m and the latter will be at 3 p.m. Biller said students should attend it because both groups are wonderful to watch.
  • The Sustainability Committee is working on planning events for the spring semester for students to participate in. Committee Vice President Natalie Jordan said the committee has a movie night confirmed for Jan. 31 in the French Auditorium. Additional details for this event, such as the specific movie, showing time and concessions are still being decided. Jordan said the committee is partnering with the CMU Program Board's Watch Wednesday events, an event the board hosts once a month. Program Board member Lauren Rupe said their next showing will be "The Polar Express" at 7 p.m, Dec. 6 in the French Auditorium.
  • Biller said that the SGA is hosting a clothing drive until Jan. 13. The clothes will be donated to Clothing Inc., and he said anyone with question could contact him or other members of the cabinet.