SGA Meeting, Feb. 13

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Covered by Jordan Reich

– Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Magale Recital Hall at 7 p.m.
– The Presidential Search Committee will hold a meeting on Feb. 23 in Baton Rouge.
– SGA Resolution 2017.01 was approved; the resolution affirms SGA’s support of Dr. Chris Maggio as Acting President.
– Treasurer Aly Jacobs stated that the SGA budget will be uploaded to OrgSync under a separate Treasury tab instead of under financial documents.
– Senator Nick Bailey said students can text “DAILY” to 228466 to receive information from Daily Action Mobile on how to contact local representatives and senators. Students can also download apps that provide updates on Congress, such as the passing of bills.

President John Pearce recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to discuss education. The SGA President reported on several issues:

– Government officials have “every intention” to privatize FAFSA and transfer the power from the federal level to the state level.
– Pearce met with Senators Kennedy and Cassidy and with Congressmen Graves, Abraham, Scalise and Johnson, who is the representative for the district where Natchitoches is located. “Basically, the representatives weren’t very helpful,” Pearce said.
– Pearce will travel to Baton Rouge on Feb. 14 to meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss higher education in the state of Louisiana, specifically to discuss Act 619 and the proposition within to reduce TOPS.

Director of Athletics Greg Burke spoke about the athletics department and later opened the floor for questions. He discussed the following:

– In the last three years, almost every sport has won at least one Southland Conference championship title. This excludes football and baseball.
– The cumulative GPA of all student athletes has risen to a 3.13, and the graduation rate is over 70 percent, a number that Burke said is “very competitive for our level of Division I.”
– Men’s basketball player Sabri Thompson was one of five Division I players in the nation to be named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, an honor based on community leadership and service.
– “I think there’s a little bit of a false perception that athletics has all the money,” Burke said. The department receives funding from student fees and the self-assessed fee, but they are responsible for generating the rest of the funding. This money can come from ticket sales and private donors.
– After opening up the floor, SGA senators questioned Burke on the football team and their record, recruiting and the Feb. 1 National Signing Day, advertising for sporting events other than football and on athletes that display loyalty and dedication yet are benched because of transfer athletes.

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