SGA fails first club this semester, approves legislation

By Lauren Belcher |

Toni Alfiero presented the idea of a Yearbook Club at Flagler College to the Student Government Association Nov 17. SGA members were concerned with expenses and details of the club and voted for rejecting the club.

Also on the agenda, First Chair of Spirit Committee Gabe Labbe asked for allocation of 1,000 dollars from their budget to be used for a Spirit Bus. The bus would increase school spirit by transporting 55 students to the men’s basketball game at Embry-Riddle on Dec. 2. The selected students will receive a free ride and ticket to the game. After some discussion, SGA members unanimously approved the legislation.

During committee reports, Academics committee talked about working on making the registration process easier. They also talked about their meeting with Dean Woolfolk, who is looking into the formation of more learning communities for upcoming freshmen.

Campus Concerns committee talked about the recommendation for the smoking ban to the College Administrative Committee. On behalf of SGA, they are recommending designating either non-smoking areas or smoking areas instead of a campus wide ban.

Community Service committee talked about their after Thanksgiving events: Stockings for Webster and Shopping with the Saints. They passed around volunteer sign-up sheets. Stocking for Webster is an event that brings holiday spirit to a local elementary school, Webster Elementary School. The second event is Shopping with the Saints. This program pairs up Flagler students with underprivileged children. The pair will walk through Wal-Mart and pick out gifts under a certain budget.

Spirit committee talked about their plans for the newly-approved Spirit Bus and said they were working on some slogans and logos.

Green committee announced that they have secured all three locations for the Flagler College Hunger Initiative. Their choices for putting a garden on campus are next to the sports management building or the side of the tennis courts. They also reminded members of their GMO Movie Night on Dec. 2.

Publicity committee announced that Flagler College had secured a handicap-accessible shuttle to replace the current one. First Chair Alicia Abbott asked members for suggestions on naming the bus. After a vote, members agreed on naming the new shuttle Mane-Street Express.

Before the meeting adjourned, two students reported to SGA members about outside meetings. Carla Valor talked about the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida meeting and stressed the importance of the Florida Resident Access Grant. Many students are helped by the FRAG and now it is at risk of being cut.

Kyle Jeanette talked about the Student Life Committee. He mentioned that the bylaws of the committee needed to be revised and displayed other talking points from the meeting.

President of SGA David Matulewicz announced that there would be no meeting next week due to the holidays. He also stressed that the Dec. 1 meeting would have a full agenda since it is the last of the semester.

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