Student Government is working to find new ways to improve the academic environment on campus. We have been working with the MacDonald-Kelce Library on extending weekend library hours and are opening a trial phase for all UT students! On October 8th-9th and 14th-15th, the library will be extending it's hours to midnight on Fridays and 11pm on Saturdays. The more students that come out, the better the chances are of making the extended hours permanent! Come out and study with Student Government!
The grand opening of the new fitness and recreation center on campus will be opening on Thursday, September 1st at 11:30 AM. There will be an open house for the UT community for a first look at the brand new facility.
Elections for off-campus senators, a senior senator, a junior senator, and freshman senators is open. Applications are due September 12th at 5 PM. Speeches will be at general assembly on September 13th, and voting begins after general assembly and continues until September 18th. Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply here at our OrgSync link: https://orgsync.com/70894/forms/196168
Starting this fall semester, a new parking policy will be put into effect on campus. Students who live on-campus will only be allowed to park in West garage. They will however, be allowed to park in Thomas parking garage after 5 p.m. during weekdays and all day during weekends. Commuter students will have access to Thomas parking garage at all hours.
We can't wait to be back at school next month! Get ready for the back to school hawaiian pool party on August 28th from 11am to 2pm! The designated rain location will be held in the Bob Martinez Gymnasium.
SOURCED FROM: The Minaret
By ARDEN IGLEHEART
On Tuesday night, Student Government announced the electees for the 2016-2017 year. President and Vice President were secured by James Scudero, a junior digital arts major, and Andrea Roche, a junior human performance major. Mallory Kuba won Speaker of Assembly, Magen Olander and Isabelle Smith won Sophomore Senators, Karen Weiner won Senior Senator, and Kevin Cooney, Mitch Arnold, Sabrina Greco and Juhi Kore were elected Campus-Wide Senators.
Significant changes are in store for next year, according to Scudero and Roche. One thing they plan to focus on is providing greater access to study areas. Scudero hopes to open up a few areas in dorms, to students who don’t live there, and have other study rooms on campus open 24 hours.
“There are a ton of areas on campus where you either need to be a resident of the dorm building or are only open during certain hours,” Scudero said. “But there are study rooms all over the place, and we want to make those open 24/7 and have any student be able to go there, like the eleventh floor of [Jenkins]. Even if you didn’t live in [Jenkins], you could still swipe in and go there. Not to any of the dorm areas but strictly to get to there. And we’ll work with campus safety to make that happen.”
Increasing student leadership and involvement on campus is another main goal. They plan to create a student leadership database, where organizations can post leadership positions and students can easily find those opportunities and look for the best fit for them.
They also are planning to try to improve school spirit and get people excited for athletics. One of the things Scudero proposed is tailgating before games.
“Organizations would be able to table there, they would have vendors, Athletic Marketing Association would be able to do events, prizes; families would be there,” Scudero said. “We would be able to celebrate right before the game and everybody would go in there and get excited.”
Greek life is one of the largest organizations on campus, and Roche proposed giving it a place on campus to reside.
“We were thinking the Spartan lounge [on the second floor of Vaughn above Spartan Club], getting that into a Greek life home essentially, or community area where they can all post their different awards and their composites and just have a place to call their own,” Roche said.
Scudero and Roche both have leadership experience. Roche was the president and vice president of her student government in high school, and Scudero was the president of the Interfraternity Council.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Scudero said. “Ever since I was a freshman I’ve always dreamed of it, I just didn’t think it would become a reality. I’ve worked in a ton of organizations and tried to move up and tried to get enough leadership experience to become the greatest leader I could possibly be. Eventually, in Greek life I became president of the Interfraternity Council and I learned so much. Between all these leadership retreats I felt like this year was the right year to run, and I felt like I was prepared enough and can bring a lot next year.”
Scudero says his experience with the Interfraternity Council will give him the skills to oversee and effectively manage SG’s budget.
“With me being a president before, I’ve managed and allocated a budget before and so I understand exactly how strict and tight you have to be with it,” Scudero said. “One of our prime focuses is to make sure that we get this budget tight, we get it correct, and that we make sure by this time, people are still able to get their appropriations at the end of the year. This is a marathon, it’s not a sprint.”
Roche and Scudero were happy with the voter turnout and enthusiasm for the election this year.
“Even if they didn’t vote for us, it just means a lot that people got involved in this election,” Scudero said. “We hope to make the student body proud and we’re here to work for them.”