Campus events discussed at Student Government Association meeting

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The Student Government Association’s meeting accomplished the task of providing the funds necessary to further education and integrity through academic conferences, competitions and social events, such as card making and movie nights organized by the various clubs on campus.

Just as every previous Student Government Association (SGA) meeting begins, this one too began with an opening prayer delivered by Luke Williams before delving into approving funding for projects such as campus improvement, academic trips and club events.

SGA President Katie Purcell. Photo courtesy of Jeff Reed | Reinhardt University

Reinhardt has been making steps towards beautifying the campus and keeping it “University in a Park.” These steps have included placing trashcans in readily accessible places for students to drop their trash quickly and conveniently. A motion was made at the Jan. 30 meeting to purchase two more trashcans for $1,300, according to the unofficial minutes, one of which is to be placed near the Echo Garden to collect trash from students leaving the cafe inside the library.

After recapping upcoming events, including the Student Activities Council’s acoustic karaoke event and laser tag event coming up on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 respectively, Katie Purcell, senior and President of SGA, began discussing upcoming events and proposals. SGA will be hosting a Valentine’s Day event where students will have the opportunity to make cards that will then be donated to the Canton Nursing Home. This event is happening so SGA can “show students it’s the little things that matter and that paying it forward is very rewarding,” Purcell said.

African Descendants will also be holding a book stamping event from 4-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 to provide underprivileged students in Africa with reading materials. The “goal of this event is to provide an easy way for students to serve their community and to branch out beyond Waleska,” SGA member Adrienne Lawrence said.

According to the unofficial minutes of the Jan. 30 meeting, multiple clubs requested funding for projects including the Anime Club, which asked for $400 for a Valentine Movie Night; Pi Gamma Mu, the Social Behavior and Sciences Honor Society, which requested funds to travel to the Southeastern Psychological Convention for $1,986; and the Ultimate Frisbee team that asked for funds to pay the $150 enrollment fee in the Mars Hill University Conference. All requests were approved.

Purcell adjourned the meeting by providing instructions for those interested in running for office. Elections for the offices will be held April 3-5.

Student Government Association meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Nook.

Written by: Erin Laas.

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