SGA makes strides, shares future plans

by Laura Miller
Staff Writer

*Editors Note:A source The Rambler consulted for some information was incorrect, causing us to pass on inaccurate information to you in the article below. Please note, the curfew is currently 2:00 a.m. everyday. As always, The Rambler strives to always bring you accurate information and anytime a mistake is made we examine the situation and make every effort to assure it doesn’t happen again.

With almost a term complete, this year’s Student Government Association, under the leadership of President Josh Edge, a senior, has made measurable accomplishments.

Above, Clay-Davis lobby is the only 24-hour quiet study location on campus. In the future, SGA aims to extend the hours of the library and also is working to arrange study space in Back Cafeteria during finals week.

One of SGA’s current goals is to re-evaluate and propose changes to Transylvania’s curfew policy.  Junior Charli Fant, SGA vice president, took the issue to the SGA executive council after multiple students petitioned her.  The goal of any proposal, she said, would be to increase visitation time while maintaining a good academic environment as well.

The last change in the curfew policy, enacted during the 2010-2011 school year, eliminated curfew on Friday and Saturday nights and extended it until to 2 a.m. all other days. The change came after a similar initiative mounted by SGA.*

“Transy has stayed very conservative about its curfew policy, and we’d like to see that changed,” said Fant. “(The current policy) is an outdated policy, frankly.”

SGA intends to select a committee to address the issue by the end of this week.  Fant will head the committee and begin meeting with its members before winter break.  Although any approved policy change would most likely not go into effect until next year, Fant would like to have at least three options to submit to the administration within the first few months of next term.

Additionally, at the request of President R. Owen Williams, SGA has been looking into ways to increase school spirit at Transy.  Aware of the low attendance at school events such as academic forums, plays and sporting events, Williams is working with Edge and junior Hannah Johnson, SGA student affairs committee chairperson, to find creative ways to increase interest and involvement in such activities.

One first step has been to make it easier for students to promote their events on the digital signage monitors around campus.

SGA is also organizing its own events for students, including last week’s bonfire in Back Circle and an upcoming homecoming event.

Moreover, SGA will sponsor a forum Dec. 6, entitled “HIV/AIDS: A Global Perspective,” during open hour in recognition of the United Nations World Aids Day Dec. 1.  Junior Andrew Goff, an SGA chairperson, will participate in the forum along with Drs. Kathleen Jagger, Michael Cairo, Ellen Cox and Sharon Brown.  SGA has yet to announce a location for the forum.

SGA is currently evaluating and addressing the need for additional or improved study space on campus.  The only 24/7 quiet study area on campus for men as of now is the Clay-Davis study lounge, and there is no equivalent in the women’s or co-ed dorms.

Realizing this, SGA is trying to gauge the demand for extending the hours of Transylvania’s library.  As always, the library will remain open later during finals week, but SGA is also trying to arrange for students to study for finals in Back Cafeteria after hours this semester.

Also during finals week, SGA will offer fruit, coffee and donuts in the library.  This is an extension of the program junior Eryn Hornberger, SGA food service liaison, launched this term to start providing apples from a local orchard in the library once a month.

The following organizations have received SGA funding this semester: the annual student health fair, Delta Sigma Phi, the Diversity Action Council, the French Club, Transy College Democrats and the Transylvania Environmental Rights and Responsibilities Alliance.

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