SGA’s holds first meeting

Colby Sign PhotoThe Student Government Association (SGA), led by co-presidents Matt Hawkins ’17 and Jenner Foster ’17, had their first formal meeting of the academic year on September 18, 2016.

The meeting was short given the fact that SGA is still not at full capacity. They are still in the process of conducting elections for the Class of 2020 as well as Senior Class President.

In the meeting, Foster and Hawkins reported that they have been working on getting student committees and working groups ready to plan for the year ahead. Upcoming event ideas included Fill the Stands Day, Fall Ball, and a proposed Halloween extravaganza.
Also, Treasurer Chandler Smith ’18 discussed his plans for streamlining the SGA budget and funding proposal requests to make it easier for clubs to request funding during the school year.

A new club that was proposed called the, “Students for Refugees and Displaced Persons,” was also voted on and passed by the SGA members unanimously. This club’s main focus is to discuss issues that might not directly affect members of the Colby community. The club wants to “break the Colby bubble,” by spreading awareness and ultimately sparking campus-wide discussion of the refugee crisis across Europe, most notably in Syria as well as Germany’s response to the problem.

SGA is also considering conducting a campus wide climate survey. The survey would primarily be used to gauge student opinions on climate issues and provide some direction for the college to take action based on the results. If the survey is conducted, the goal is that the results will be presented to the Board of Trustees when they are on campus on October 27.

While this first meeting had relatively poor attendance of its members due to some student programming conflicts, the first meeting was used to ease newcomers to SGA parliamentary procedure, and upcoming meetings should see a full SGA agenda complete with all upcoming programming.

Leave a Reply