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SGA expands membership

By Amanda Lozano

Student Government Association plans to expand membership by holding senator elections next week. The four-day voting period, open to all students, can be accessed digitally on Jagsync, the digital portal where students are invited to vote for their student leaders.

President Erick de Luna said SGA will grow to 19 members following elections.

SGA serves as a voice for the student body, and articulates those concerns to university administration.

SGA inducted two new members on Sep. 27 including first-year student Edward Garza as Treasurer, and senior Alexis Vega as public relations secretary.

In addition to expanding membership, DeLuna said the organization will find a way to honor deceased Jaguars. During the meeting, senators brainstormed ideas to place a memorial in the tranquility garden located outside the Patriots’ Casa on campus.

De Luna confirmed he will meet with President Cynthia Teniente-Matson on Oct. 6 to work out finer details of the memorial.

Community involvement
Last holiday season, SGA started a food drive on campus and donated 15,000 pounds to the San Antonio Food Bank. The organization wants to continue the tradition and will partner with non-profits, including the SA Food Bank and Elf Louise, a 501(c)(3) non profit charity that brings Christmas gifts to children in Bexar County.

The meeting concluded with an open forum reserved for student concerns.

Students complained of bird droppings near the parking lot and a lack of food trucks on campus.

An agreement between this university and Chartwells Food Service which prevents any food trucks from parking on campus. In the future, SGA wants to discuss a negotiation where food trucks can visit on special occasions.

The association meets bi-weekly 5 p.m. Tuesdays in The Madla Building, Room 206. All students are encouraged to attend. Those unable to attend can watch the livestream.

Next Meeting: 5 p.m. October 11, Madla Building, Room 206


About the Author

Amanda Lozano
Amanda Lozano
Amanda Lozano adores dogs, Chicano literature, fine food and drink. As Editor of The Mesquite, she sets the agenda for campus and community reporting at A&M-San Antonio. Lozano worked previously as a reporter and photographer at La Prensa Newspaper and wrote articles for other local publications including The Rivard Report and When not being journalistic, she either performs in an all-female mariachi group or can be found pigging out at local mom-and-pop eateries.

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