Column by Bradley Stramel, SGA President
I want to take this time to keep all of you up to speed from last week’s discussion over Resolution 10/S/102. The resolution that was passed last week and was signed into law.
The resolution stated that the Student Government Association opposes the addition of a soccer program at this time, meaning the funding of a soccer program with the national, state and university budget cuts is not necessary.
In the past, the Student Government Association voted down two funding proposals for the program. Last school year, in the fall semester, a special election voted down the increase in the athletic fee. Also, the soccer program will be taking place with or without our statement, so the resolution doesn’t have explicit action, only that the message carries its own weight.
Furthermore, student organizations, this is a reminder that this Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in the FHSU Ballroom, there will be a mandatory meeting to receive allocation funds for the next fiscal year.
Please make sure you have at least one student representative present to represent your student organization. During the meeting, I encourage all of you to lobby your elected student senators to make changes to your budget.
The intent to run forms are in the SGA office for all of you to file your candidacy in the Student Government Association 2010-2011 election. You can run for president, vice president or student senator representing your constituency. The seats that are up for election for next school year are business, general studies, health, humanities, social science, natural science & mathematics, life sciences and counseling and educational services. Freshman seats are ratified in the fall semester by the 2010-2011 SGA.
Please stop by the SGA office today to pick up a form to run in the election. The SGA Elections are on Wednesday, April 7 starting at 8 a.m. via TigerTracks elections channel, and it lasts until Thursday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. Once you file your intent to run in this year’s election, you may begin campaigning your fellow students.
All campaigning students are required to follow all election guidelines outlined in the SGA Constitution, as well as all posting policies on campus. If you want to put fliers up on bulletin boards, you must get them approved by the Center for Student Involvement. For chalking or putting up bed sheets in the quad, you will need approval from the office of Student Affairs.
It is imperative that we express our concerns to our elected state legislator(s). In order for us to graduate on time, equipped to handle the real world, we must have adequate funding. The Kansas State Legislature needs to be reminded over and over again by our efforts so they can recognize how their decisions are affecting the future of higher education in Kansas.
The future of Kansas rests on our courage to speak out and make ourselves known in the halls and offices of the state capitol.