The Theron Montgomery Building was full of discussion on Monday as the Student Government Association held its weekly SGA Senate meeting in the TMB auditorium.
The meeting began as always with everyone reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Next, the senate addressed the audience about the SGA Blood Drive being done in conjunction with the American Red Cross, with the event taking place on Nov. 7-8, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The stated goal for each day of the event is 42 pints of blood.
Afterwards Senator Brown announced a roll call for all members present. Following the roll call, Senator Colson gave her Chaplain Report by delivering a quote from President Barack Obama: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
A reading of the minutes followed, and was subsequently approved. SGA Director of Publicity Amanda Cave reminded everyone to attend JSU’s Rock the Vote event taking place in the TMB food court from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the day of the Presidential Election.
The officer reports began with SGA Chief Justice Crystal Hardy announcing the results of the traffic court with 12 people on docket, 3 not guilty and 9 guilty. Hardy also mentioned that commuters who have one class on register at JSU will be able to trade their current parking pass for one that allows them to park closer to the building where their class takes place.
She went on to explain the differences between a temporary pass and a visitor’s pass. Hardy concluded her report with the announcement that the special parking passes given out to Resident and Desk Assistants by Housing would be considered null and void by the University Police Department.
Next up was Vice President of Organizational Affairs Jeremy Potts talked about the Organizational Council’s upcoming events such as the next O.C. meeting and a Potluck dinner on Nov. 13, 6:00 p.m., at the TMB auditorium.
Vice President of Student Activities Alex Rainwater helped drum up support for JSU athletes by encouraging everyone to attend the Thursday football pep rally as well as the basketball pep rally on Nov. 13 at 8:00 p.m.
SGA President Jason Sumner expressed his desire for everyone to get out and vote in the election: “It’s a big deal. Practice your right to democracy, remember those who sacrificed their lives for you to have that right and preserve it. Choosing the leadership of our country is very important.”
He also encouraged everyone to attend the SGA tailgate on Saturday, and ended his report by announcing the JSU in Lights being held at JSU President Meehan’s house, which will help donate toys to the needy.
Vice President of Student Senate Jade Wagner reminded the Senate to sign up for the blood drive, and discussed the need for Senate leaders to attend basketball games.
The Senate meeting wrapped up with various groups on campus detailing their events and concerns, and everyone was subsequently dismissed.