SGA, RHA prepare 'State of the Campus' address for Spring Semester

Ball State University's Student Government Association wants students' voices to be heard.

It plans to accomplish that with the help of the Residence Hall Association and a "State of the Campus" address next semester.

To start SGA's weekly meeting on Wednesday, Parliamentarian Chair Kevin Hillsdon-Smith's report focused on the newly formed Rules and Bylaws Committee. Executive reports included the president's report of a "State of the Campus" address, which is being planned for the Spring Semester.

RHA President John Caplinger said RHA and SGA are working together on the event in order to better the relationship between the two organizations.

"SGA is fully supportive of this; we think it's a great idea," SGA president Beth Cahill said of the collaboration.

Cahill said the address will be "a sort-of panel" that will give updates within the various university departments while also giving students a chance to ask questions.

"It came down to the fact that students always get answers to the same questions, and it's difficult for those students because they've heard enough speeches," Caplinger said. "So we decided to give them a venue to express their own questions, which is key."

Caplinger said he was trying to get department heads and other faculty to attend the event. Alan Hargrave, assistant vice president of Student Affairs; Gene Burton, director of Public Safety and Jon Lewis, director of Dining, all expressed interest in the address, he said.

Caplinger also said that because Ball State is undergoing changes every day, it is important to keep the student body informed.

"It's meant to make sure that the two major governments on campus do communicate in order to make Ball State the best place it can be," he said.

In addition to discussions about the address, a new University Senate senator, Joseph Edwards, was appointed to Campus Council, and SGA Cabinet Secretary Carson Lance was appointed to a seat on the Undergraduate Education Committee.


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