Student Government Association is starting off strong, which they need to continue throughout the whole year.
Student Senate and Student Court are the fullest they’ve been in recent years, SGA President Randy Gipson-Black said. The Student Activities Council has planned events for the year and continues to come up with events, said Monica Hiller, vice president of SAC. And an SGA newsletter is being created to give the campus more information on events and student organizations.
See Page 1 for more details on changes SGA will implement this year.
Gipson-Black also is working to fulfill the recycling initiative started last semester by Alumnus Ken Williams. The initiative aimed to have recycling bins in each room in Methodist Hall. Gipson-Black signed HB 023, which provided the money for a smaller number of bins to be placed in Methodist Hall. SGA is purchasing those bins.
It’s great that SGA is starting the year off right, but students still need to pay attention to their representatives’ actions.
This year, SGA will create one budget for the whole academic year instead of developing one for each semester. This means all SGA officials and the student body should pay extra attention to what SGA is doing with their budget, which is made up of student fees.
Without the ability to create another budget at the end of one semester, money should be spent in a more mindful manner than ever before.
There shouldn’t be high-cost expenses that will only benefit a few individuals, and there should be no conflicts of interest when allocating funds.
The money SGA spends is students’ money. Most roles in SGA are elected, which means officers need to do what’s best for the student body. SGA is here to serve the students.
The effects SGA has on OCU are important, whether they’re obvious or not, so students shouldn’t be complacent. Reach out to officials, ask about getting involved and keep your representatives accountable.
For a list of SGA representatives, visit MediaOCU.com.