By Tessa Castor 

Staff reporter 

Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a regular senate meeting on Tuesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in Pounds Lounge. The meeting brought three voting opportunities to senators – organizational budget requests, Masterbuilder and grants. 

“Over the course of the past few weeks, we have had very productive meetings,” said Emily Jones, SGA president. “These meetings have included voting on various grants, approving the budgets of organizations and discussing our upcoming towne hall with Residence Life.” 

The student organizations It’s On Us and Hammocking Club presented requests for additional funding from SGA, as their initial requests were tabled at the Feb. 20 meeting. Vice President Castor announced that SGA senate and executive application packets are now available in the Campus Life office and are due on March 27 by 5 p.m. President Jones announced that student organizations are now authorized to purchase non-Fresh Ideas food for meetings, though using Fresh Ideas for events is still expected. 

On Tuesday, March 13, SGA will host a towne hall featuring Residence Life in Stir & Bustle. Snacks will be provided through Fresh Ideas, and the first 10 students to attend will receive a “goody” bag from Residence Life. Any students with residential concerns are welcome to attend. 

Following are the minutes from the Tuesday night meeting: 

Southwestern College Student Government Association Senate Meeting
February 20, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 8:07pm by Vice President Castor. The invocation was given by President Anderson. There were four (4) executives and eight (8) senators present. The last meeting’s minutes were approved as unread.
Organizational Budget Reasoning
• Hammocking Club – $2,445
– Working to cultivate a culture of hammocking
– Currently have 42 members
– Have worked with maintenance to make sure trees are capable of supporting hammocks
• It’s On Us – $225
– Need to get new shirts
– Old ones were stolen last year
– Approximately $300
– Speaker will be coming April 16th, not charging IOU
– April is Sexual Assault Month
– Will host many events during the month
– Approximately $300
• Discussion
Grant Proposals  
• Departmental
– Residence Life – $331
– Social Science – $778.93
• Campus Improvement
– Performing Arts – $1000
– Hammocking Club – $1000
• Professional Development
– Ed Builders – $1000
– Residence Life – $520
– Gay Straight Alliance – $680
Masterbuilder Voting  
• Will be sending out a list of seniors to votes on
• Send 6 people to Tessa by Wednesday at 5pm
Executive Check-In  
• Fresh Ideas Meeting
– Complaints with organizations using Fresh Ideas
– Have the option to get food elsewhere for regular meetings, must use Fresh Ideas for events
• Ross Peterson-Veatch Meeting
– Deans advisory council – monthly meetings
– Will come to meeting March 28th
• Strategic Planning Meeting
– Talked about four different parts of the strategic plan
• Kindness Initiative
– Met with President Anderson
– Goal to bring Builder Family Back
– Have a week in April focusing on kindness
– Have people talk about what Builder Family means to them
– Possibly have a speaker
Coming up  
• Senator and Executive Packets Available
– Due March 27th at 5pm
– Voting on March 28 and 29
– Available in Campus Life Office
• Next meeting
– March 28 at 8pm in Pounds Lounge
– Grant announcements and organization budgets
– Ross Peterson-Veatch will be speaking
The meeting was adjourned at 8:58pm.

Tessa Castor is a sophomore majoring in English. You may email her at