Southeast Missouri State University student publication

SGA reviews funding for student organizations, comment box relocation and recycling

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Student Government Association (SGA) reviewed funding requests and committee updates at its meeting Monday, Oct. 14.

Treasurer Justin Jacobs encouraged student leaders to spread the word about the student government’s ability to allocate funds to student organizations.

Jacobs explained in order for an organization to gain funding, it must first submit an application.

Selected representatives from four Southeast organizations attended the meeting and posed funding requests to SGA.

Art Guild, an organization for art students seeking to maximize their potentials and talents, requested $1,262.80 for an upcoming Chicago art exhibit trip. A majority of these funds would go toward AmTrak ticket expenses.

Sen. Reagen Tibbs challenged this request during the discussion following the request. He suggested this organization may be requesting more than they need for the upcoming trip.

“I calculated how much the train tickets would be for the exact dates they are traveling. The total came to 31 dollars,” Tibbs said.

Sen. Alex Bargen countered the price of the tickets may differ based on the time the train is booked.

Jacobs said this trip had been funded in the past at a similar amount. All members voted in favor of the Art Guild’s request.

In other business, SGA committees presented updates on current projects.

Student Issues Committee Chairman Justin Tuschhoff encouraged meeting participants to inform students about the student comment box, a place where students can share anonymous ideas.

Tuschhoff said the student comment box is now placed at the Dobbins dormitory on River Campus. The comment boxes are placed at each location for a week.

“We move the boxes to different places around campus to gather different perspectives from different types of people,” Tuschhoff said.

Special Projects Committee Chairman Jacob Wilkinson gave an update regarding recycling efforts at Southeast. The committee will host an information table in the University Center on Nov. 11 and 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Committee members suggested giving away reusable straws at the informational table to encourage recycling on campus.

SGA holds weekly meetings Mondays at 8 p.m. in the University Center.