Governance Meeting Article
The future outlook of the SGA at the Ammerman campus looks positive, although future leadership is uncertain as current leaders are set to graduate from SCCC at the end of this semester. A meeting was held in the Mildred Green room of the Babylon Student Center on Feb. 26, 2013 to discuss the SGA’s future leadership.
“All positions are vacant — senator, secretary, treasurer, vice president, president — One of our initiatives this semester is for recruitment.” said SGA secretary Lauren Belzer. Which then prompted an open discussion on how to recruit new members to run SGA next year.
Lauren Belzer introduced the idea of having the current members of the SGA perform a Harlem Shake dance and video. This idea received much criticism as many SGA members felt that the Harlem Shake fad is dying. “We need something new and exciting to put our school on the map.” said SGA senator Michael Makinen. “Our job is to lead, not follow.” added SGA senator Sedrick Ambroise. The idea was then voted on by all SGA senators and lost in a five to four vote.
Other ideas were put on the table by several SGA senators. An SGA rap and dance was considered, but then the idea was deemed too overrated. Other ideas included, a water balloon fight in Veterans Plaza (the campus square), and an environmentally conscious video for earth-day. Those ideas were considered, but not widely applauded.
SGA President Brian Moloche then introduced the idea of having a campus-wide Easter egg hunt. “Each egg would contain a ticket, and they would have to come down to our office to receive their prize.” said Brian Moloche. When students would visit the SGA office to receive their prize, they would also receive paperwork and information on the SGA. Many SGA members applauded this idea.
Lauren Belzer then went on to discuss future SGA elections. “So, we started coming up with all of these ideas and one of them was the SGA info sessions.” said Lauren Belzer. Since all the positions are vacant, SGA information sessions are planned to be held to promote the SGA and get students more involved. The SGA information sessions will be held on Feb. 25, 2013 at 11a.m. in the Orient Point Room, and Feb. 28, 2013 at 3p.m. in the Orient Point Room. Lauren Belzer also noted that the first SGA information session didn’t go as planned, she made no further comments on the matter.
The upcoming election of new SGA leaders is expected to have record turn out due to the new SGA twitter account. SCCC_SGA@twitter, will be posting live updates in the leading months up to the election. Any current SCCC students who want to run for an SGA position must submit an application no later than Mar. 22, 2013.
Although the future leadership is currently unknown, the current SGA members are still planning numerous events to bring the SCCC community closer together. The SGA currently has a budget surplus of over $11,000. The new leadership of the SGA, whomever they may be, will be inheriting a well oiled machine. As long as the current members of the SGA can recruit those new members.