SGA enlists ‘Gus’ Army’ for Weede section name
Marcus CLem | Collegio Reporter
Student Government Association convened Wednesday, Oct. 17, to handle unfinished business and discuss various sponsored activities. Sydney Ward, SGA vice president, presided over the meeting.
Lara Ismert, SGA president, recommended that the name of the new student section in the Weede Athletic Complex be finalized.
“We really need to pick a name for that student section. Yeah, I care too,” Ismert said jokingly after senators’ reaction to the proposal was relatively muted.
SGA directors have mentioned the subject for several weeks, but no formal resolution was ever presented. Last month, Jim Johnson, athletic director, requested that the Senate provide a name in time for basketball season. As basketball season is coming up in a few weeks, the Senate took an informal vote to decide whether “Gus’ Army” or “The Jungle Gym” would be chosen. The vast majority of senators approved the former name.
In the regular course of the meeting, two resolutions were passed after being put up for consideration last week. Alex Horvath, SGA community affairs director, reported that the Hunger Games event that occurred last month resulted in the donation of 8,648 meals to needy people in Haiti. Senators Edwin Stremel and Ethan Scott were also recognized for traveling to the Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Oct. 17 on behalf of the Senate.
The first resolution passed was a recommendation to install an emergency pedestal behind the dormitories north of Axe Library. The recommendation, which will be considered by university police, stems from the annual campus Light Walk that the Senate organized last month. Senators had expressed concerns that people walking behind the dormitory buildings did not have an emergency pedestal available to them if they were caught in distress.
The second resolution dealt with the SGA’s budget and the provision of Scantron automated testing system forms to students. Prices for the forms have increased since last year, and SGA directors promoted the resolution to ensure that additional form purchases, if required, use funds targeted for other purposes that are unused.
“This is balancing out the budget,” Ismert said. “We’re not going to be losing any money, we’re just accounting for an expense we’ve already taken on.”
The resolution passed after a unanimous roll-call vote, which was triggered per the SGA Constitution’s requirement for all expenses over $50.
After the votes, several announcements were made concerning upcoming Homecoming celebrations. These included Ismert’s call for participation in the Alpha Psi Omega theater honor society’s fundraiser at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in Meadowbrook Mall and the promotion of the Yell Like Hell pep rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Carnie Smith Stadium.
“Arrive early if you want to get a good seat,” said Sen. Austin Osborn. “It is no fun sitting up top.”
SGA will not meet during Fall Break week.