Ball State SGA swears two senators in, withdraws amendment

<p>From Left to Right: Chase Braden, Sarah Walter, Jacob Bartolotta and Samuel Gross discuss Walter and Gross’ new roles in the Student Government Association. Walter and Gross were voted into the senate Sept. 22. <strong>Nathan Hill, DN</strong></p>

From Left to Right: Chase Braden, Sarah Walter, Jacob Bartolotta and Samuel Gross discuss Walter and Gross’ new roles in the Student Government Association. Walter and Gross were voted into the senate Sept. 22. Nathan Hill, DN

Ball State’s Student Government Association (SGA) met once again Sept. 22. Two new senators were voted in to the senate, and three articles of legislation were brought before the SGA body.

The two senators included College of Fine Arts Representative Sarah Walter and At-Large Senator Samuel Gross. During her confirmation presentation, Walter said she wants to bridge the gap between those in the Fine Arts programs and the regular student body. Gross emphasized his years spent abroad in Haiti and his time in the ROTC. 

The standing rules for the school year were introduced and passed for the 2021-22 school year. While last year’s rules were designed in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and written for Zoom calls, this year’s rules explained proper procedure for both in-person and virtual senators. The SGA budget, which totaled $81,836.05, also passed. With the revenue accrued by the organization, however, all forecasted expenses are covered, leaving a surplus of $8,092.95 — fractions of which can be requested for senators’ proposals.

In addition, an amendment introduced Sept. 8 that proposed to send a member of SGA’s executive slate to all Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) leadership council meetings, was withdrawn by the bill’s authors.

RELATED: Ball State SGA introduces amendment for representatives at fraternity and sorority life council meetings

Before the vote, Director of Student Life Abby Haworth said she was concerned Assistant Director of Student Life Kollin Fitzpatrick and Associate Director of Student Life J. Chris Hager had not been contacted by senators about the amendment or the potential increase of SGA involvement with FSL.

“We pulled it to reevaluate the bill and come back to it later,” said co-author and collegiate caucus senator Monet Lindstrand.

SGA President Tina Nyugen also said she wanted “more communication from the councils.”

Contact Nathan Hill with comments at nathan.hill@bsu.edu.




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