Restructure taskforce aims to revise problems within Student Government Association

Published by adviser, Author: Kevin Squires - Assistant News Editor, Date: October 29, 2013
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The appointment of a restructure taskforce was approved by the Slippery Rock Student Government Association (SGA) during their regular senate meeting Monday. The meeting was called to order at 8:50 p.m.

“The restructure taskforce is very important that we’ll be working on,” Wendy Leitera, SGA Inc. Business Manager, said.

The SRSGA Inc. Restructure Taskforce will evaluate and propose a new structure and function to assist with the Memorandum of Understanding outlines and requirements, according to the motion.

“With the MOU, the Memorandum of Understanding, we have some structural things we have to change within SGA. We have some things we’d like to see revised,” SGA President Buddy Clements said. The changes mostly deal with business side of SGA.

“We walk a thin line dealing with so many things. We’re a nonprofit, we work with the school. We really have to follow all these rules and regulations and they’ve changed over the years. It needs attention before it becomes a problem,” Clements commented.

The taskforce is expected to provide a proposed structure for approval of the Board of Cooperative Activities and Senate before the SGA elections in the spring. Its membership will consist of: Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Robert Watson, Faculty Advisor Dr. Pease-Hernandez, Business Manager Wendy Leitera, Speaker of the Senate Courtney Lee, Parliamentarian Meagan Black, Angelina Hernley, as well as President Buddy Clements as chair.

The Student Government Association also approved a Stipends Review Committee, chaired by Business Manager Wendy Leitera, to discuss the allocation of stipends for 2014-2015 year as part of the Board of Cooperative Activities actions from their meeting on October 24.

The allocations will be discussed with a final recommendation submitted by December 5, 2013. The previous senate minutes and co-op minutes were also approved during the senate meeting.

During the advisor comments portion of the meeting, Brad Kovaleski, SGA Advisor, said, “Shine bright like a diamond. Shine bright like a diamond. Shine bright like a diamond. That’s all I got.”

Dr. Watson congratulated the senate on their character and the positive example they set on campus.

The SGA candidates that ran for Homecoming court were declared by President Clements as “liters” (leaders) of the week. The “liter” of the week receives a decorative water bottle from the executive board in recognition of their contribution to the Student Government Association.

“I think they really went out there well and represented SGA and did a wonderful job with that. They really got our name in a way that we don’t usually do,” Clements said.

The Pepé le Plank award was given to Joey Streiff. “I still don’t understand what it is,” Clements said.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:26 p.m.

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