I know what you're saying - "What the F? You don't go to Concord anymore. Why are you still going to the SGA meetings?"
Let me clarify a couple things. I haven't dropped out of school. I'm just taking a semester off. Unless something drastic happens, I'm 100 percent set on taking classes in the fall. I still consider myself a Concord student. As such, I consider what the Student Government Association does to be important.
One of the biggest things the SGA is looking into right now is tuition increases for the next academic year. They want to make sure tuition isn't increased too much for the fall. I plan on paying that tuition, so their efforts in making sure it isn't too high is a priority for me.
If you're not too familiar with what I do here, click here to check out the last "SGA Blog" that I did. It was from the last meeting of last semester. Usually, I will blog about that week's issue of The Concordian and the SGA meeting. I skimmed through the paper while I was at the meeting and don't really have an opinion on it yet.
I really don't have too much of an opinion on the SGA right now, since I'm still trying to catch up on what's going on. I missed the first meeting of the semester, and coupled with only being on campus on Wednesdays, I'm a little behind on what's going on. Give me a little time & I'll be back in the "swing of things."
I didn't take any notes at the meeting, like I usually do. I did send out a few tweets. For this blog, I'll just paste those tweets for you to check out and I'll also give my thoughts on the possible plans for this year's "Spring Fling."
The "buzz" from the meeting centers on Curtis Kearn's comments about Greg Quick, Interim Vice President for Advancement. I'm not going to talk about that yet. I don't have all the background information to offer anything other than a misguided opinion. I know some people like my misguided opinions, but I'll hold off on that subject... for now.
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My tweets are below. Sometimes a few more people use Twitter during the meetings. Click here for a good example of one of my "tweet blogs."
"RT" means Re-Tweet. If you see "RT" before a message, that means I'm re-posting what somebody else said. You can leave your own comments before the "RT" in the message.
If a message begins with "@_______" that means it is a reply to that person. If I write "@buckskeen," I am sending a reply to Buck. It's still public and people can see my reply.
The tweets are below. The first one was sent out about 20 minutes before the meeting started.
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On campus. Gonna stop by the @CU_SGA meeting. No, I don't have a life.
I see a lot of girls at the CU_SGA meeting wearing Ugg boots. I thought they were smarter than that.
Oh man, I've missed Jenn Smith at the @CU_SGA. Sarcasm? You decide.
SGA Prez Jeff Yeager is at a BOG sub-cmtee meeting. Parliamentarian Gavin Ward is chairing the meeting until he gets back.
Sitting next to @Babich53. He's wearing cowboy boots. How cool.
Jeff Yeager just showed up.
That's what I thought. RT @Biff359: Why is Gavin chairing the meeting? Isn't it supposed to be the VP?
I feel weird sitting here & not writing anything down. Wonder if I should blog about this meeting?
Talk to Robert Elsaid (@relsaid) for more info on Higher Ed. Day. Important day.
Matt Belcher is saying something about @pizzahut & a "College Night." Not sure what that is, but sounds interesting...
.@lewisb01 is requesting that the alcohol policy be changed. If u r 21 & roommate is not, can't have beer. He wants that changed.
Taking a concensus to see if the @CU_SGA should get rid of "Spring Fling" & donate the $$ to Haiti.
I don't know about donating to Haiti, but I do know that "Spring Fling" has sucked every year that I've been here.
Jeff Yeager isn't chairing the Ethics cmtee any more. Some McReynolds guy just got appointed.
The VP is talking about the Tuition & Fees cmtee. Very important cmtee. Honestly, keeping up w/ that is 1 of the reasons I'm here.
Jeff Yeager mentioned that he & others gave the Board of Governors a PP presentation about what the @CU_SGA is & what they do.
It's important for the @CU_SGA to have a good relationship w/ the BOG. In addition to other things, the BOG determines tuition increases.
BOG Student Rep noted that Concord's audit went well & showed no wrongdoings.
BOG rep also noted that Concord now has a "strategic plan" now. It's been an issue for several years. Cool that it's finally happened.
BOG rep talked about how bad the residence halls are. I lived in them for 5 years & didn't think they were that bad.
Cool. The @CU_SGA is moving combine the Univ. Publications cmtee & Publicity cmtee. I've suggested this b4.
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There's the tweets. If you read them, then you know about the possible plan for this year's "Spring Fling" event. The Spring Fling is basically a week-long series of fun events, with a theme. Sort of a final party for the students before the semester kicks into "final exam mode."
It sounds cool, but it's not. It always kind of sucks.
At the meeting, Vice President Akeya Carter-Bozman - who is in charge of planning the event - wanted to take a concensus of everybody in the room and see how popular an idea it would be to get rid of Spring Fling this year and donate the money - roughly $12,000 - to Haiti relief efforts.
It wasn't a 100 percent unanimous decision to get rid of Spring Fling. I get the feeling some people voted for so they wouldn't have the stigma of "not wanting to help Haiti" attached to them. Like, "Really, you wanted to keep that money and not give it to Haiti? How dare you."
The important thing to remember here is that the money for the SGA comes from the students. If the students don't want to donate that money to Haiti, then they don't have to. Sure, it is the "noble" thing to do. But, just because something is noble doesn't mean you have to do it.
Here's what I think we should do -
Get rid of Spring Fling. It sucks every year. It's a lot of money wasted on "attractions" that students don't use. Last year, the only people to participate in most of the events were kids from Concord's Day Care. It's fun for the kids, but that's not what we're paying for.
Take the Spring Fling money and add it to the end-of-semester "senior gift" money. Basically, the senior gift is money left over at the end of the academic year. If they don't spend it, they lose it. So, anything that's left over is either put into a fund, or something is built with it.
Past years have seen senior gifts go towards the gazebo outside the Student Center, renovations for the library, and artwork purchased for several campus buildings.
Last year's senior gift money amount was in the neighborhood of $7000. That's been about average, but for the sake of this discussion, let's go lower and say we'll have $5000 left over at the end of the semester.
There was talk of maybe using some of the Spring Fling money to purchase some t-shirts and have a dance. Free Concord shirts are always popular, as I have several. Dances are okay. Let's go ahead and take some of the Spring Fling money for that. Let's say we have $10,000 left over from our Spring Fling fund.
At the end of the academic year, we're left with a ballpark estimate of $15,000 to spend on something around campus. If we want to do the noble thing, we could even set aside $1000 or $2000 or so and send it to Haiti.
Let's be realistic, that $12,000 won't really help Haiti a lot. If they get that money or not, things will pretty much be the same over there. But, $1000 or $2000 is better than nothing, and really, it's the thought that counts, since it's not going to do much.
With that much money at the end of the semester, it could really go a long way towards getting something done. A commuter lounge has been something people have talked a lot about. Maybe that could help spearhead that. That could buy some computers for somewhere. Jeff Yeager talked about wanting to replace desks in the classrooms. If the administration won't do it, maybe we could do it ourselves.
Or, take that chunk of change left over and give it back to students. Whatever happened to that "Students Helping Students" scholarship fund that Bill Lewis and the Q-Sack committee talked about last year?
Just putting a couple thoughts out there. If you agree or disagree, let me know. Keep in mind that those are all estimations of $$ figures. It could be a little more, or it could wind up being a lot less than $15,000. The actual numbers won't be known until the semester is nearly over and most of the spending is done. These are just rough estimations based on past figures.
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That looks like pretty much everything I have to share.
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