10 vending machines around campus will be fitted with credit card readers. “We’re getting 10 [vending machines with credit card acceptors] for free. If it turns out well, and I think it will, we’ll implement more,” Cody Moody, Student Government Association (SGA) senator said during the senate meeting Monday evening. SGA voted to create a stipend review committee with Moody as chair with the help of Wendy Leitera, Business Manager of SRSGA, Inc.
“Our vending has gone down dramatically over the past few years. Even this one compared to the last one its down over 22 percent,” Moody said. Funds from vending machines go towards supplying stipends for various organizations on campus including the Student Government Association, University Program Board, WSRU, and The Rocket.
“We all know that stipends are going to have to be cut which will affect quite a few people in big organizations on campus,” Moody said. The committee is expected to examine the locations and success of vending machines, relations with AVI and to discuss the specific vending machines being altered to accept credit cards and if more systems will be implemented. They will have their first meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. Any student interested in the committee is able to attend.
SGA, at their monday evening meeting, also voted to approve University Program Board member Matthew Steffey’s stipend of $750 for the spring semester following an executive session meeting of the senate.
Senator Bailey Childress was elected to the position of SGA Vice President of Internal Affairs. Childress was also named the “liter” of the week in recognition of her new position.
Caleb Martin was elected as a North Hall senator, and Steven Zamborsky was elected as a commuter senator.
“I was involved in SGA last year and I loved it. Just coming to this meeting today, I learned so much and it made me really miss and want to get back involved and get back in the loop about what’s happening on campus,” Zamborsky said, “I just want to get involved again.”
The next meeting will take place Feb. 10 at 8:45 p.m. in the theater of the Robert M. Smith Student Center.