By Alyson Jurgovan
The Student Government Association met for their first general body meeting of the semester on Feb. 3 in Spertus Lounge. Some exciting new prospects are on track and were discussed, such as the upcoming Diversity Week and creating personal profiles of students who will lose MAP grant funding to hand out on Lobby Day.
Perhaps the biggest topic of the night was the recent announcement of tuition and housing rate increases for the 2016-17 academic year. In an email from President Malekzadeh, students were told tuition would be raised at least 3 percent and housing by 2.75 percent.
SGA strives to create a better platform for communication from administrative offices to students in such events, and rely on student involvement to achieve that goal.
“We’re supposed to represent the student opinions to the rest of the administration, to the faculty and the staff. We serve as an outlet for students to share their thoughts,” said Nathan Stoll, senator and Chairman of Communications Committee.
SGA finds it difficult to represent student opinions to administration with such little student involvement at their meetings.
“We want students to be aware that SGA is specifically for them, and them only. The more students we have at SGA [meetings], the more representative we can be,” says James Davis, a senator.
According to Bennett Lanzerotti, a senator, SGA is the students’ vessel to get any concerns to authority figures and hopefully an opportunity to make a change.
“SGA is extremely important because it gives students an opportunity to get their opinions and ideas about the university out and up to authority figures from a student point of view,” said Lanzerotti.
Alondra Ibarra, a senator, believes firmly that simply complaining about what should change within the university won’t do it. Students need to take advantage of this resource that is made up of their peers.
“Bottom line, if you don’t tell us what you need help with, we can’t help you,” Ibarra said.
All SGA meetings are open for students to attend and are held in purpose to help with student concerns. SGA encourages all students to attend and make their voices heard. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Spertus Lounge of the Auditorium Building.