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SGA funds freebies and more

Monday night Missouri Western Student Government Association heard from several campus departments before passing nearly $9,000 in legislation.

Missouri Western Student Government Association passed several notices of action to spend some money during their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10. Some of that money will provide Western students with the opportunity to get some free gear. SGA agreed to spend $4,551.25 on shirts and rally towels to be handed out at football games in the near future.

As Senate members offered lower cost alternatives to some of the legislation being discussed, Student Governor Peter Gregory made a case for the expenditure of $2,051.25 for purchasing 547 T-shirts.

“There are two things that students love most,” Gregory said. “Does anyone know what they are? T-shirts and free food.”

Gregory went on to say that the cost per shirt was a good deal and that the shirts could be given out at future events, if there were any leftover following the Homecoming Tailgate.

In addition to funding the T-shirts, SGA heard from Beth Wheeler, director of external relations. Wheeler made a brief presentation regarding the Edwin D. Gorman Public Service Award. Wheeler spoke to SGA in hopes of drumming up additional applicants for the scholarship award to ensure a broader and deeper pool of applicants, as the response has been poor so far.

“We’ve been promoting it [the scholarship] for several weeks, but we haven’t had enough response,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said she hopes that by speaking to members of SGA she can increase the number of applicants before the Oct. 17 deadline.

Jim Maides with Campus Dining came to the meeting to tell SGA what campus dining can do for the students of Missouri Western. Maides told SGA that if they would like to see changes, he would welcome the dialogue and take requests into consideration.

“The menu is not carved in stone,” Maides said.

Maides encouraged anyone concerned about meal options to stop by Blum 102 and offer ideas for menu changes or additions. As Maides fielded questions from the Senate, he was particularly intrigued when he was asked about the possibility of meal delivery to buildings without hot-food options available.

“Just because we don’t do that now, doesn’t mean it’s not something we can’t look into,” Maides said.

Esther Peralez, vice president of student affairs, made a presentation to SGA regarding the 20 percent allocation of SGA money to Student Affairs. Peralez indicated how important it is to not only continue to grow Western’s student population, but also to retain and graduate as many of those students as possible. According to Peralez, the money Student Affairs receives will be used for programming to recruit, retain and graduate students from Western while preparing them to successfully enter the workforce.

The largest expense of the evening came when SGA agreed to foot the bill for a pair of PA systems and a pair of new spotlights, totaling $4,430 which will be used for a wide variety of campus activities and will also be available for student events.

The new equipment will be used to replace the current, outdated equipment being used for these types of events.

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