New bulletin boards, new organizations approved
By Margaret Slayton
April 17, 2007
Student government makes strides to connect community with Western students
Westernâ€™s Student Senate released student ID card discounts, approved $1,500 in funding for new bulletin boards, decided to sponsor a blood drive and approved the Campus Activity Board changing its name to Westernâ€™s Activity Council.
Faculty and students can now receive discounts at several St. Joseph area businesses just by showing their Western ID cards. These businesses are in the above inset box. A number of other schools in the state, including Maryville and Kansas City, are participating in this program. If a Western student travels to one of these cities, they can receive the same discounts that particular school receives. For the list of the discount amounts please visit www.studentsavingsclub.com.
Senate approved a $1,500 cap for funding of new bulletin boards. At the time of the meeting, the senators thought they were buying 10 bulletin boards at $120 a piece from the company Brown Mannschreck. Kathy Kelly of the student development office, who ordered the bulletin boards, says it may end up costing more.
â€œThere is a little bit of a hang up right now,â€ Kelly said. â€œWhat they approved was not the prices I got. The nicer bulletin boards will cost a little more.â€
Western is still expected to receive nine to 10 bulletin boards. The boards are expected to be shipped in the next two to six weeks. The executive board has picked what were the most popular sites for posters and is planning to place the boards there.
Moving on to other business, the SGA is sponsoring a community blood drive on April 25 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Blum Union Lounge.
SGA President Natalie Bailey takes these decisions seriously. â€œWe are in the process of promoting it right now,â€ Bailey said. â€œSGA has not sponsored a blood drive in three or four years.â€
One other issue approved was CAB becoming WAC. CAB changed its name to WAC, Westernâ€™s Activity Council, to breathe new life into the name of the organization.
â€œWhen we went to NACA, we saw other schools werenâ€™t called CAB,â€ CAB President Janell Banks said. â€œThe name was getting old. We wanted to personalize the name.â€
SGA also recognized two groups as official Western organizations. MWSU Student Council of the International Reading Assocation became an official organization. It promotes literacy to individuals from elementary to high school. They meet the first Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in Murphy 112. Zeta Phi Beta was recognized as an official Western organization, too.
As another order of business, Tim Schaffer was removed as a member of the Financial Oversight Committee.