Ball State SGA votes on loyalty campaign, vote center

<p>Senators Chiara Biddle and Miryam Bevelle present their proposed college loyalty campaign at the SGA Zoom meeting on Oct. 21, 2020. The campaign passed 42-0, with four abstentions, and will allow students to give feedback on their respective colleges. <strong>Maya Wilkins, Screenshot Capture</strong></p>

Senators Chiara Biddle and Miryam Bevelle present their proposed college loyalty campaign at the SGA Zoom meeting on Oct. 21, 2020. The campaign passed 42-0, with four abstentions, and will allow students to give feedback on their respective colleges. Maya Wilkins, Screenshot Capture

At the Oct. 21 Zoom meeting, Ball State Student Government Association (SGA) was presented with a budget request that would allow students on campus to give feedback on their respective colleges in exchange for stickers. The request, presented by Senators Chiara Biddle and Miryam Bevelle, is part of a college loyalty campaign that the two have been working on.

“The benefit of this campaign is receiving feedback, which is really important to us, from students about their colleges, which we can present to the deans of each college,” Biddle said.

Biddle and Bevelle designed the stickers that they will be passing out, and plan to distribute them at popular locations around campus, such as Bracken Library or the Arts and Journalism Building.

Students will give feedback on their college through a survey that will be accessed via QR code  to limit exposure to COVID-19.

The request passed 42-0, with four abstentions.

The Senate also voted on a resolution to adopt a vote center model in Delaware County, presented by Senator James Wells.

The vote center model would allow any registered voter in the county to vote at a vote center rather than be limited to their precinct-assigned polling place.

“At the end of the day, this has been a call to action for an idea to encourage the county our university sits in to adopt a form of voting that will make it more accessible for voters,” Wells said.

Vote centers are available in 45 of Indiana’s 92 counties according to the Indiana Election Division’s web page, and could potentially increase voter turnout due to its accessibility, especially with college voters.

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Wells said that if this resolution passed, he would be working with President Pro Tempore Dylan Lewandowski to draft a letter to the county to encourage support of this model on a larger level.

“I want to emphasize that this is an idea...taking our stance as the Student Government Association to support an ideal and call for our county to adopt this method,” Wells said.

The resolution passed 41-1, with four abstentions.

The Senate was also presented with an amendment regarding filling vacancies on the Executive Board, as well as a presidential line of succession. 

The amendment stated that if there was a vacancy in one of the positions on the Executive Board, the Executive President would have to nominate someone who fills the requirements, and they would have to pass with a two-thirds majority Senate vote.

The amendment also outlines the line of succession if the president or vice president were to be removed or resign from office, with it being president to vice president to president pro tempore.

The Senate will vote on this amendment at a later date.

SGA is hosting their next meeting on Oct. 28 via Zoom, but plans on hosting another in-person meeting on Nov. 8, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.


Contact Maya Wilkins with comments at mrwilkins@bsu.edu or on Twitter @mayawilkinss.

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