SGA discusses adding mobile feedback station

SGA Senate met Oct. 11 and discussed the pros and cons of purchasing a mobile feedback station to use for polling the student body throughout the year.

The station would include a mobile cart, as well as three to five iPod Touches, which would be directly connected to OrgSync and would allow students to vote on issues directly surrounding the student body and the university.

The iPods would cost between approximately $597 and $995, not counting the costs for security measures and the mobile cart, said Senator Christian Bayens.

Jordan Brasher, SGA senate vice president, said she fully supports this idea.

Some students didn’t think the mobile feedback station is necessary, though.

“I think the money could be better spent in other places,” said Jon McGee, SGA senator.

Treasurer Laura Giles said she feels like SGA should try other measures before spending funds on this.

“We need to utilize the free resources we already have, like social media and emails,” Giles said.

Senator Mary-Francis Wilson agreed, adding that the organization needs to look at its current priorities.

“I just really don’t see this as a priority right now,” Wilson said.

Chief of Staff Kekoria Greer said the initial idea for the station stemmed from the mention of polling stations in the Code of Laws.

Several senators raised questions about who would tend to the station when it was in use, as well as what would happen if one of the iPods broke.

A motion made and seconded limited the discussion to just five more minutes. Before tabling the issue for further discussion at the next meeting, Brasher reminded SGA Senate to remember nothing is concrete with the station yet.

“Don’t get drug down in the logistics,” Brasher said. “This is still just a conceptual idea and will have to be put into bill format before we can decide anything.”

In addition to the mobile feedback station, the senate also voted in favor of limiting the funding for club sports and not allowing the clubs to pull extra money from student allocation funding.

Senate also passed a bill allocating $350 toward the purchase of food and supplies for the SGA Chili Cook-off Nov. 17. $250 will go to providing food, while the remaining $100 will be the prize for the winner of the cook-off to donate to the philanthropy of their choice.

Funds raised at the cook-off will go back into the SGA Endowed Scholarship fund.

“We’re behind on our funds right now for the scholarship,” Giles said. “We’re right under $10,000, and we need to be at $15,000 by the end of the school year. The $350 will allow us to invest in adding to that fund.”