SGA Recap – May 3, 2012

At Thursday night’s Student Government Association Senate meeting, representatives unanimously agreed to pass a resolution to express sympathy following the death of Elon sophomore Jordan West. The resolution will be transported to West’s funeral early next week, accompanied by a letter to his family.

The Senate also passed a bill to allocate $25,000 from the SGA rollover account to the 2012 Homecoming committee. The money will be used to book a high-profile artist for the 2012 Homecoming concert. There is currently about $234,000 in the rollover account, said Scott Bishopric, executive treasurer .

Before passing the bill 23-0-1, the Senate debated the benefits of the allocation.

“One side of me is saying we need an awesome concert, but at the same time, $25,000 is a lot of money,” said Greg Zitelli, junior class senator. “We need to think seriously about this allocation.”

Bishopric said he is considering proposing a resolution to raise the student activity fee next year, which would recoup the expenditure.

“If were to consider the benefits of increasing (the fee), this (kind of allocation) would not be a problem in the future, as each of our budget line items would be automatically enhanced,” he said.

Executive President Darien Flowers shared information about the expansion of Moseley Center. The new dining hall, scheduled to open winter 2013, will feature locally grown produce, an international food station and home-cooked food station. Both Chick-fil-a and Topio’s Pizza will be expanded to feature more options.

The building will also house Freshii, a restaurant focused on providing quick, healthy food. The menu will include salads, wraps and organic snacks.

In other news, the wife of Brian Collins, former associate director for Residence Life at Elon University, was presented a framed copy of an SGA resolution expressing sympathy for Collins’ death in March.

The SGA also congratulated Chuck Gantos, former director of campus safety and police, on his retirement. He, too, was presented a framed SGA resolution to express gratitude for his service to the university.

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