SGA Discusses Constitutional Changes

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (March 19) – St. Bonaventure University’s Student Government Association’s biweekly meeting centered on the recent changes SGA has proposed for its constitution. 

In old business – SGA announced 16 students voted in favor of the current university break period; compared to two who voted against. And afterwards, The Buzz directors discussed the WSBU-FM Initiative and then the floor was opened to club presentations. 

Robbie Chulick, SGA executive secretary, spoke about the constitutional changes. 

“Basically every three years we go through a full review of the constitution,” he said. “This year there was a group of six to eight people that met every week to go over the document.” 

He said every SGA member has to approve any changes proposed.

The main proposed changes:

*Eliminate the preamble and insert the SGA mission statement

*Make each adviser and officer section more specific

*Increase the number of senators-at-large positions from five to ten

*Eliminate residence hall senators

*Raise the minimum GPA required for an SGA member from 2.0 to 2.2 

*Allow students to run for the executive board at the end of their second semester instead of their third

*Allow the use of a proxy if an officer is studying abroad

*Eliminate the commuter representative title, which has not been used for four years

*Remove all standing committees 

*At least 50 percent of SGA-chartered club members must participate in the necessary 20 hours of community service

*All clubs must re-charter every year

*Propose the “budget night,” where the executive board sits down with each club to go over budget and proposed items

Club members and SGA members raised a few concerns over the ways community service requirement, and Chulick said the committee would address that during its next meeting. 

Senator Tim Parks disagreed with allowing students to run for executive board at the end of their second semester, an issue Chulick said would also be discussed. 

Abby Harrington, SGA vice president, then gave some statistics on the current university break period. 

She compared the data from selected days in February 2012 to those same days in February 2013. In 2012 the amount of swipes into the Hickey Dining Hall between 12:30 and 12:45 was 671. In 2013 that amount dropped to 591. Harrington also noted that a lot of those swipes are students who grab something and leave right away. 

Overall, she said, the numbers look encouraging. She plans on meeting with Topper Clemons, the residential dining manager, to get more data. 

Meghan Palluconi, station manager, and Paige Winston, music director, then gave a presentation on The Buzz’s “WSBU-FM Initiative.” 

Together they have reached out to VH1 about grants that could go towards putting together a fall music festival, around the time of or during Bonagany. The festival would be a community outreach program to benefit local school music programs in Olean, Allegany and BOCES.

Winston said the idea behind the festival is to reach out to the community and at the same time help out the community by giving the proceeds to the schools. The Buzz is asking for support from other campus clubs for the event, and it would like to have something setup by the end of the school year. 

Suggestions should be sent to wsbufm@sbu.edu. 

Afterwards, the American Advertising Federation, The Laurel, The Intrepid, Bonaventure Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, BIS and Physical Activities Club all presented. 

Physical Activities Club, along with Special Olympics Unified Sports, is helping put on a Special Olympics Tournament on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. 

The event will take place in the Richter Center. All students are welcome to volunteer for jobs such as: serving lunch, handing out awards, keeping score, refereeing, etc. Please contact Lauren Capotorto, volunteer coordinator, or Dr. Paula Scraba, physical education professor if you are interested in helping out. 

Also, April 23 is Women in Sports Day. 

Chulick said SGA elections will take place on my.sbu.edu after Easter break. Once the voting ends, the new officers will be announced at the last SGA meeting of the semester on Tuesday, April 9. 

Lastly, Harrington reminded everyone to nominate students they think are deserving of the Fr. Joe Doino Awards. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Quick Arts Center. Also, Spring into Bona’s is this Friday. 

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