Southeast Missouri State University student publication

SGA Update: Oct. 15, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Student Government Association approved a funding request and passed a bylaw change at their Oct.15 meeting.

SGA president Matthew Rolwing began the meeting with a video in support of Anti-Hazing Week. The video featured a grieving family speaking against fraternity hazing before an audience. The death of their son due to hazing had inspired their activism.

“Who are you going to be?” Rolwing asked his fellow members following the video.

He said hazing not only happens in fraternities, but in other organizations such as sports.

A bylaw change solidifying the recent restructuring of the executive committee was passed through a unanimous vote. The restructuring consisted of an addition of a Diversity and Inclusion chairperson. It also ended the positions of University Affairs, Special Projects and Student Issues Committee chairperson.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee chairperson Xavier Payne, also a member of Phi Beta Sigma, requested funding of $800 on behalf of the National Panhellenic Council. The funding was for a carnival NPHC threw during homecoming week.

“It was a lot of money out of NPHC’s bank account,” Payne said.

He also said the council did not have much funding to work with initially. The funding request was passed despite abstentions from a couple of members.

Sustainability Committee chairperson Justin Jacobs mentioned replacing broken recycling bins on campus.

“There is no room in the budget for new bins,” Jacobs said.

He said a funding request for new bins may be discussed in future meetings.

Campus Safety Committee chairperson Grace Grzywa discussed her committee conducting forums across campus regarding student safety. She said the forums will be held at the UC, Towers lobby and River Campus. Grzywa said this also will be an opportunity to hear students’ opinions about DPS. Questionnaires on student safety will be handed out at the forums. The questionnaires will also be available to everyone online at the Living at Southeast Facebook page. Grzywa said she hopes the questionnaire will help with moving forward before speaking with the director of DPS about “what students care about.”