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SGA talks long-term plans at first spring meeting

By Amanda Lozano

Student senators discussed long-term traditions for the university during SGA’s first meeting of spring term.

“We need to fix the structure [of the constitution]. Right now we have nothing,” Allison Garcia, president of SGA said, addressing association members. “We need to figure out if there will be freshman senators, a freshman council, important factors that need to be established before Fall 2016.”

The SGA acts as a voice for the student body, and articulates those concerns to university administration. Members focused primarily on outreach during the meeting, proposing to set up tables at various university events to talk with students.

“Our goal is to serve students,” Garcia said. “We wouldn’t be successful without their opinion, so it’s important that we are available to hear what they have to say.”

“It’s really important we really kick into gear this semester our outreach on campus,” she added.

Members said they will attend the university’s First Wednesday Music Scenes, and The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

A group will work to process feedback students voiced at the open meeting master planning sessions held late January. Students asked about building placement and student housing.

In addition to long-term planning, SGA discussed potential university traditions including one which will honor former and deceased staff and alumni, a freshman walk, and a formal ring ceremony for seniors.

Student senators will review the SGA constitution to accommodate Fall 2016’s incoming freshman students.

The association will discuss changes at their bi-weekly meeting, held Fridays at 5 p.m. at Central Academic Building, Room 333. They encourage students to voice their concerns at meetings.

“What we do today will affect students 100 years from now,” Dr. Melissa Mahan, vice president of Student Affairs said.

Next meeting will be on Friday, Feb. 12, at Central Academic Building, Room 333.


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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