SGA vows to work with or without current leaders

Members of the Student Government Association met with constituents in the Favrot Student Union Monday night.
SGA Vice President Lamark Hughes led the meeting. He began by thanking senators for their hard work throughout the semester.
SGA Chief-of-Staff Jenita Blue shared budgetary information. An estimated $39,000 was used to fund the graduate tours, the leadership institute and the Big Event. All three events cost about $2,000 more than anticipated, Blue said.
Blue discussed the impeachment process for students who were concerned about the quality of their leaders.

She encouraged students to submit the representatives’ names to Student Affairs and to her if the student body found their representatives to be negligent.
Class presidents then addressed the body and responded to comments.

Dafnee Chatman, Senior Class president, said that the seniors held five meetings this semester, in addition to speaking with a representative from the registrar’s office about graduation.

Chatman also talked about her “Don’t dump, donate” project. The project is designed to encourage recycling. Students and community members can donate refrigerators, microwaves and other used items until Dec. 18 in Tiger Village dorm 300.

The items will be brought to Ruston and Monroe to be refurbished and distributed to people in need during the semester, Chapman said.

Junior class president Jamarious Andrews said that the junior class held two meetings, in addition to co-hosting the Royal Event, etiquette affair.
Andrews discussed a potential service project with Alma J. Brown, but stated that the junior class would not be able to work with the elementary school until a check was issued.

The sophomore class did not have a representative speak on behalf of the class.
Freshman class president Jonathan Allen talked about the success of the Royal Affair and the Unity Lock-in. Allen stressed the importance of class and campus unity.

“There’s a way to resolve conflict,” he said.

Allen said that SGA must keep the student body in mind and that there’s no reason to make things unnecessarily complicated.
He alluded to in fighting, before telling the student leaders to bring their issues with each other to each other.

The SGA members proposed a culture fest for the spring, according to Blue.
Representatives also intend to solidify student transportation representatives. The former students resigned from their positions, Blue said.

“We are going to work with or without you,” Hughes said.