SGA hears student concerns

By SGA Beat Writer Jessica Livingston

Student Government Association Student Welfare focuses on issues students say are important, such as recycling and disability accessibility.

The main goal is to stay in direct communication with the students, said SGA chairman of student welfare, Blake Humphries.

“We are striving to keep visibility, diversity and connection with the students this year in SGA,” Humphries said.

Graduate assistant and Residence Hall Council Adviser Katie Kelsoe partnered with Supervisor of Grounds Paul Graham to put 22 pairs of recycling bins in the academic buildings around campus.

“Each number presents a pair (one for paper and one for bottles/cans that are placed together),” Kelsoe said in an email.

Stevens Hall has seven pairs of recycling bins. The math building, Wesleyan Hall, Wesleyan Annex, the communications building and the art/music building all have two pairs of bins. Bibb Graves has five pairs of bins. Keller and Rayburn have four pairs of bins. The science building has six pairs of bins.

Senate Student Welfare Committee and University Program Council Culture and Education Committee are working together to place posters over the recycling bins with information on what can and cannot go in the bins.

Sophomore Nicholas Sullivan said he has not noticed any recycling bins yet.

“I think students would love to recycle their waste if given the option,” Sullivan said.

Senator junior Annie Park is working with University Grounds to inspect each academic building for braille and disability accessibility. Sophomore Claire Hampton is working on a way to correct the congested sidewalk from the commons building to the fountain.

Junior Huyen Pham said this should be of concern to all because of how frequently used the area is.

“I take the sidewalk from the Commons to the fountain quite frequently because it connects to all of the academic buildings I have classes in,” Pham said.

Some committees, such as the Food Committee, will always have ongoing projects, Humphries said.

“Our senators are always working toward more meal deals for the students or any type of discounts they can offer us,” Humphries said.

Vice President of Senate Jason Sparks is working on adding a free student survival guide.

Educator at Muscle Shoals City Schools and graduate student Skyler Kirchner said anything free for the students is a good idea.

“In my knowledge of the student survival guide, I am convinced this is a benefit each college student would buy into,” Kirchner said, “I understand how expensive classes can be. Costs can range from book fees, class fees, dining dollars and more.”

The student survival guide will include student financial tips and ways to make it through the college experience.

The student survival guide is a work in progress, Humphries said.