On Oct. 19, the Student Government Association (SGA) met for their weekly meeting.
It was announced that Sen. Andy Hopkins will be stepping down from his position as an At-Large Caucus senator and leaving SGA. No one is directly replacing him, SGA Vice-President Monet Lindstrand said via email.
According to the Office of Students Life’s website about the student senate, At-Large is one of five caucuses in the organization. At-large represents and seats under-graduates (including first-years), undergraduates and out-of-state students.
During Hopkins' report for the caucus, he announced his goodbyes and expressed his sadness for his last day.
On Nov. 2, SGA will meet to ratify its governing documents. They have not done this since 2015. Parliamentarian Brenna Large discussed the process and explained why it has been so long since the association did this.
“Typically it happens about every five years, but with COVID and everything the Office of Student Life from the higher-ups in [the] university said that we don't need to do it yet,” she said. “But now that things are returning back to normal, it's been a mutually agreed upon decision with the executive [board].”
According to Large the meeting has to have three-fourths of the senate vote. Once they ratify the documents, the association can vote again to change things about the documents. Before the vote, senators will review the process at the next meeting, Oct. 26.
SGA also added a new senator. First-year Hunter Case applied for the At-Large Caucus.
Case is a member of the Democrats at Ball State and Mock Trials at Ball State.
Some of Case’s goals are to make sure that everyone is included, and he wants more experience representing different demographics and people. He would also like to see more accessibility to programs like Charlie's Charter.
He was voted in 28-1.