Sep 15, 2009

SGA starts off new year

by Kelly Marvel

Liberty University’s Student Government Association (SGA) kicked off the school year with its first senate meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8. Current senators and executive officers swore in many new senators at the beginning of the meeting.

“I’ve never seen so many people attend an SGA meeting in all three years that I’ve been involved. The high turnout shows that students are interested in making a positive difference at Liberty University,” Vice President of Government Affairs Melinda Zosh said.

Making a positive difference at Liberty is SGA’s purpose. SGA, according to President Matt Mihelic, is a formal intermediary between the students and the school administration.

“We are going to be doing a lot of stuff … to help our fellow students and Lynchburg, and just get our school known as a school who loves Christ,” Christian Service (CSER) Chair Brandon Lewis said.

SGA is also the governing body that comes alongside of all of the clubs on campus. At the meeting, representatives from the Student Flames Club, the College Republicans and the College Democrats all spoke with the senate members about upcoming events and ways to help support each club.

For the first time, SGA has been given a budget to help clubs on campus. Vice President of Student Services Taylor Webb told senators that SGA wants to help clubs by providing funding and marketing and finding volunteers.

One of SGA’s main goals for this year is hosting a pro-life week in November. The plans include several big name speakers, a workshop hosted by Students for Life in America and events around campus dealing with abortion in the church and other pro-life issues. Every committee in SGA will have a strong hand in the planning of this event, according to Mihelic.

Zosh encouraged students to become involved with SGA.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman, a transfer student or a senior,” Zosh said. “You can make a positive difference at this school. You do not have to be a government major to join either.”

Being involved is what brings new students to SGA. Senator Katie Jennings said that being a government major is not the only thing that drew her to be involved in SGA.

“The idea that as a senator in SGA, I can really have a lasting impact on this university is exciting,” Jennings said.

A bill was passed by the senate allowing that students who were involved in SGA committees and outside service projects could get their CSER credit.

One specific way students can become involved is by running for positions in the SGA, such as president and vice president.
Applications for class president and vice president are due to the SGA office in North Campus 2900 by Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. Speeches will take place at the senate meeting on Sept. 22, and voting will be online all day Sept. 23.

“This is a great way to represent your class and to establish yourself as a leader at Liberty University,” Zosh said.

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