The buck stops here

Hello Bearkats!

As student body president, I feel that it is my duty as your elected representative to inform you of what happens at the Student Government meetings each week. As SGA members, it is our duty and responsibility to represent you to the university administration and the powers that be, so think of this column as a way you can hold us accountable.

This week, we’ve had many things on the table. First, we officially informed the senate that we were successful in securing the reinstatement of Tortilla Fresca on meal plan. As explained in last Thursday’s issue of the Houstonian, there was a loophole in the meal plan proposal approved by our university system’s Board of Regents. This loophole allowed us to put Tortilla Fresca back on meal plan without Regent approval. We are very pleased with the results of our meetings with Aramark on this issue and look forward to working with them in the future.

Next, we informed the senate that our meetings will hopefully begin to be televised in the very near future on Channel 7. We look forward to this as an opportunity to further keep ourselves accountable to the student body and will keep you updated on any developments.

We also ratified the Texas Student Association charter at this meeting, granting us full membership in the TSA. This organization will strengthen our voice in the Texas legislature alongside the other public universities in the state.

Next, we voted to donate $2,000 to be used at Bearkat Family Weekend during the football game against North Dakota State University this weekend (which I STRONGLY encourage everyone to attend and wear massive amounts of orange). Lance Weaver (the student body vice president) and I will be handing out lemon and cherry chills at one of the booths, so we hope that you’ll come by and say hi.

Finally, we voted on several officer positions, starting with Blake Roach as one of our Supreme Court justices and Justin Haynes as our Sergeant at Arms.

Additionally, we voted in Richey Quinton as the Criminal Justice caucus chair, Adeola Oyenuga as the Arts and Sciences caucus chair, Derrick Almeida as the Education caucus chair, and Paula Teague as the Humanities and Social Sciences caucus chair.

Will Caron was nominated as the Business Administration caucus chair, but because he was unable to attend the meeting and accept the nomination, he will be voted on next week.

Our meetings are held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in room 320 of the LSC, and I strongly encourage you to attend and become involved in the university.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything at all, my office is located in room 326 of the LSC and my door is always open to you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us about anything. Have a great weekend and eat ’em up, Kats!

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