It's the last week at Concord University. The finals are here, and then - that's it! No more school until late August. I'm looking forward to the break. I'm sure a lot of other people are too.
I only have a couple things to mention here ... a couple interesting notes, if you will.
I spoke with Jeff Yeager, the SGA President. I got the news straight from him: the library hours will be extended next academic year!
It was an almost weekly point of then-SGA President Wes Prince's reports - that he had been talking with people trying to get the library hours extended. He spent about a semester-and-a-half working on this. Jeff had one meeting with President Aloia and got the hours extended.
I guess Wes warmed them up to the idea and Jeff sealed the deal lol. I'm so glad we finally have an SGA President we can be proud of. I'm going to make a bold prediction - Jeff won't get impeached. Not even once.
According to Jeff, the library will be open until midnight Monday through Thursday. He's not sure about Friday. The library will also be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday. It looks like the library will continue to be closed on Sunday.
So, that's cool. Barely a week in office and he's already getting shit done.
Jeff did say that keeping the hours extended would cost the students in the neighborhood of $1500+ for the year. In the grand scheme of things, that's not such a huge cost. I think getting the extra money will easily pass in the senate.
Jeff didn't give me many details (likely b/c there aren't many details yet) but he said something about the library trying to get a coffee shop. That seems interesting. More details as they become available.
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SGA Attorney General Bill Lewis was chair of the Concord University Student Affairs committee. The CUSAC (pronounced "Q-sack") committee has worked on a lot of interesting things.
They created a new set of visitation hours for the dorms. That was a "hot-button" issue among Concord students this year. Last time I checked, that had been completed and was waiting to be signed into effect. If anybody has an update on the new Housing policy, let me know.
Q-sack also looked into getting tailgating at baseball games. I don't know the finalized status of that, but I know the committee went up there and looked at how feasable it would be. Also, if anybody wants to fill me in on that, feel free to.
The coolest thing Bill & Q-sack did was work towards creating a student-funded scholarship donation fund. Basically, it's students giving money to other students. Say you get your "check change" (leftover money from scholarships & such after your bill is paid) and it's for $500. Your bill is completely paid for and you have $500 leftover. There are some students who aren't lucky enough to get their entire tuition paid for w/ scholarhips and have leftover money. The theory with Q-sack's idea is that you would be able to take some of that money and give it back. It would go into a fund and somebody or a couple people or whatever would receive it.
Bill wrote a note on Facebook outlining what he intends to do with this. Here is the note in its entirety:
The Concord University Student Affairs Committee didn't get as much done this semester as I would have like liked it to, but we did accomplish alot. I'm posting here a copy of the concepts I'm advocating in creating a student scholarship fund. I will make appointments over the summer to discuss with Kent Gambill and Patricia Harmon the details of the fund, and will make every effort to have every mechanism in place by the Spring of 2010. Please review the general outline of the program below and make any comments/suggestions.
Students Helping Students Fund
The Students of Concord University, acting through the Student Government Association, and believing that quality higher education is a right, and that a well educated citizenry is the cornerstone of a healthy society, agree to manage and direct the Students Helping Students Help (SHSF) in an effort to promote everyone’s right to a thorough education.
1.) 100% of funding for the program shall be from voluntary donation
2.) Students who have unmet financial need after ALL other forms of available student aid have been applied to their account are eligible
3.) The Student Government Association shall establish an advisory board, which shall consist of the Business Manager as Chair, and four other advisory members elected from the student body by the Student Senate by plurality vote
4.) The Students Helping Students Fund (SHSF) Advisory Board shall make decisions as to who shall receive grants from the program; individual awards may vary
5.) On the financial aid award letter, which students are required to sign off on each semester, there shall be a portion of the letter dedicated to explaining the concept of the SHSF and an option listed where students or their parents may choose to donate to the fund in any amount that they choose; additionally, an explanation shall be offered, that in the event a student receives “check change” their donation to the fund can be transferred to the fund directly from their “check change”
6.) Students receiving grants from the SHSF will not receive their grant on a recurring basis; they must reapply to the program each year
7.) The Student Government Association Business Manager shall receive a report from the Business Office no later than 1 week after the beginning of each academic semester detailing the operating budget of the fund for that semester
8.) Funds received throughout any semester shall be applied to the following semester’s operating budget
9.) The SHSF Advisory Board shall review program applicants and issue grants based upon:
1.) Financial Need
2.) Community Involvement
4.) Willingness to reinvest in the SHSF after graduation
So, there's Bill's note. It outlines what he wants to do with this scholarship fund. He mentions the Business Manager a couple times - that's Matt Belcher, for anybody who doesn't know. This seems like a pretty solid concept. I hope it comes to fruition. The only thing I would change is the acronym. I'd try to make it something that actually makes a word. I don't have any suggestions.
If anybody has any comments or thoughts about that, you can leave comments on Bill's Facebook account, or leave comments here - I'll make sure Bill is made aware of them. Bill, if you're reading this & want to throw out any additional information, feel free.
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I guess I've got some 'splaining to do. I received a Facebook instant message earlier today which read - "I saw the hostility about your blog on norma's facebook page, lol." I didn't know what this person was talking about, so I went to former SGA Secretary Norma Acord's Facebook page. While there, I discovered two things - one, she has not accepted or denied my friend request yet. I also saw the following status update from her:
Norma Jean Acord went to the SGA meeting just for the cake! cause she's a fatass right? thanks!
May 6 at 9:10pm
What's she talking about, you ask? Well, she's more than likely talking about a Tweet I sent out over Twitter during the last SGA meeting:
SGA secretary actually showed up. Wow. Must be the cake.
4:06 PM May 6th from txt
I haven't had it confirmed, but I'm pretty sure she's talking about my Tweet. I guess I'll go ahead and explain that:
No, I was not implying that Norma Jean Acord went to the meeting just so she could eat cake. In fact, I don't think she even had any cake. I never saw her eating any.
What I actually meant was that Norma was such a horrible Student Government executive and never attended meetings or actually did any of her job duties, and the only way to get her to show up was to have a special meeting. A special meeting in this case constitutes having cake there, as there's usually none.
So, Norma isn't fat. She was just bad at her job and deserved to be fired months ago. It makes me so mad that Norma got to keep her job when she was so bad at it. She took student money - MY MONEY - for doing fucking nothing. It disgusts me.
So, that's why I was surprised to see her at the meeting. She hadn't done a lot lately and I was surprised to see her at the final meeting. From what I've heard, a lot of other people were surprised to see her there too.
For the record, I think new SGA Secretary Eric Lopez is going to do a great job. To be honest, there's not a lot he has to do ... which is why it makes me so mad that Norma did such a bad job. All Eric needs to do is take minutes at the meeting, make copies of all necessary papers, and keep the office clean.
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For anybody curious, I did get my yearbook picture I talked about in a previous blog. It looks like ass, but at least it's current. If I hadn't gotten the picture taken, they were going to use the picture on my ID card. That picture was taken when I was 17. I'm embarassed by that picture. Luckily, my ID card is so old that the picture is smudged beyond recognition.
One reason my yearbook picture looks bad is due to the "mutton-stache" I'm rocking in it. Myself and my co-workers were bored at Pizza Hut Saturday night and started talking about facial hair. That got us on the subject of Civil War facial hair - they had a lot of weird styles. Somehow out of that, that turned into them giving me $5 to shave my 2-week stubble into mutton chops that connect to a mustache, or as we've dubbed it, a "mutton-stache." Click here to see it, and yes, it will be immortalized in the yearbook for all to see.
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Guess that's all. Questions, comments, etc... feel free to leave them. I'm rescinding my previous request - I really don't care where you leave comments, either here or Facebook. If you do comment on Facebook, I'll probably copy it over to this blog anyway, just for people who read this & don't have a Facebook account. Just have fun.
As always, remember that I import these blogs into Facebook. A feature of doing that is the ability to "tag" people, which send them an e-mail notification about this. I typically tag people for two reasons - if I mention you by name or if I think you'll find this interesting. If I tag you and you don't want to be tagged, let me know. If I don't tag you & you'd like to be tagged, also let me know.
Neither Norma or Wes have accepted my friend requests, so somebody do me a favor and let those two know that they're mentioned here. You can only tag your "friends" on Facebook.