Nicolas Alatza isn’t in Student Government Association– yet. However, the junior political science major made sure to attend the last two senate meetings as the senators discussed legislation important to him: ROTC priority scheduling.
The SGA resolution passed with unanimous support Wednesday, without any debate or discussion, along with two other pieces of legislation. SGA had only passed one resolution the entire semester until Wednesday.
The legislation allows for ROTC students, veterans, active service members, reservists and members of the national guard to register for classes early. Although the resolution passed in the student body, it still has to be approved by the university’s faculty governing system before it can go into effect.
“I’ve been pushing for this. The entire ROTC program, since I was a freshman, has been pushing for this,” Alatza said.
ROTC students can get their college paid for if they don’t go to school longer than four years. Sometimes that can be challenging for members as they try to work in the military science classes into their schedule, Alatza said.
“I don’t want to sit here and say we deserve it, but it definitely helps if we can pay for college through the army,” Alatza said. "It is good to see there is progress being made, so I feel really good about that.”
Other resolutions SGA passed Wednesday:
Hate Crime legislation: passed 32-2
This resolution called for a meeting between all Indiana universities and colleges to discuss the state’s hate crime laws.
Indiana schools are already planning a summit to discuss ways to deal with sexual assault. This hate crime resolution calls for the expansion of that summit to include hate crimes.
‘Ashtray” update: unanimously approved
After SGA started looking into upgrading the area between the Architecture Building and Whitenger Business Building, the university informed the senators that they were already planning an upgrade. This resolution acknowledged those plans.
SGA’s last meeting of the semester is at 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Cardinal Hall B.