SGA may ease rules to become senator

Before it handles other business, the Student Government Association has some internal matters to address.

Two bills will be voted on today that could ease the requirements to work in SGA.

According to Vice President Tolu Olowomeye, the required GPA to be a senator is currently 2.7, but the bill would lower it to 2.0.

Also, SGA will vote to lower credit-hour requirements to be eligible for the executive board from 45 to 12. Twelve credit hours would allow freshmen to serve on the board.

SGA will decide on both bills in today's meeting, but they still have four months of legislation to handle before May.

Rector said he wants to work on increasing student wages. A proposal was submitted to the president to create a three-tiered wage system which categorizes student employees, he said. Each tier would allot a different amount of money to employees.

Rector said the senior administration has approved the bill, but because of budget cuts, they do not have the money to fund it. However, SGA is hoping the increase will be implemented next fall.

According to Olowomeye, SGA is also hoping to make simulation tests available for those wanting to attend graduate school.

Olowomeye will contact Kaplan, the organization which designs graduate-school admittance tests, to see if mock tests can be distributed.

"It's basically a PSAT of a graduate student test," Olowomeye said.

Rector also wants to give students the option to take the writing competency exam on a computer instead of by hand.

"We want to become a more technological school, and it's an important part of the university to incorporate that," he said. "This option gives the student more flexibility for the test as well."

Supporting other campus organizations is a main focus for SGA this semester, according to Rector and Olowomeye. Both stressed SGA's intention to charter more buses to away games for men's and women's basketball.

They also want to continue to advocate co-sponsorship for programming events, Olowomeye said.

"Sometimes campus organizations don't have enough money to put on an event and we want them to know SGA is there to help," she said.

SGA also wants to work beyond the campus. Rector said SGA is working with the city and mayor's office about rental and property rights for students.

"We're lobbying city council and advertising to inform students of their rights and what they can do as renters."


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