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SGA closes out semester with confidence

Andres Martinez
(From left to right) Hector Gomez, SGA senate secretary, Saad Sheikh, attorney general, and Vice President of internal affairs Marissa Rodriguez.

The spring semester may be coming to a close, but the Student Government Association is keeping busy. This year’s administration has several events planned for the next few weeks, right through to the elections for next semester’s administration, which will begin April 27.

“The fall semester was really just making sure that our senators and everyone in SGA knew what they were doing and what their responsibilities were,” said Hector Soltero, senior organizational and corporate communication major and SGA executive assistant. “But there’s a lot more going on with SGA this semester.”

Some of the events still to come this semester include the College of Liberal Arts Street Fair on April 15, an Earth Week competition, a symposium on how to improve the school and a variety of events during finals week.

“Last semester they had donuts and coffee, so that was really great,” said Leslie Ortega, sophomore economics major. “It was perfect, so I really hope they do that again for this finals week.”

Raul Villarreal, freshman English major, said he doesn’t keep up with school events, but said that SGA has done a good job so far.

“I did notice when they had chalkboards out, and people wrote down like what they wanted,” he said. “I think they could reach out more, but that’s a pretty good idea.”

The main focus of this administration’s campaign was reaching out to as much of the student body as possible, and although Soltero said there was a slow start, he was very content with what SGA accomplished and would accomplish by the end of their time in office.

“All of our goals when we were running were practically met,” Soltero said. “One of the things (SGA president) Robert ran with was he wanted to get a scholarship where students brought in ideas of how to better our university, and it’s actually happening. Then we’ll have an actual symposium where people can present their ideas.”

The opening date for the scholarship hasn’t been announced yet, but it will take place this semester.  Students who are interested in participating and competing for the scholarship will have two to three weeks to apply.

Besides popular projects like their Valentine’s Day Couple contest, Soltero said SGA worked with the university administration on several projects, many of them from the chalkboards students wrote on.

Although not all these projects were completed this year, Soltero said the ideas had been raised for things like a one-time sign in for Wi-Fi, instead of every three hours.

“I know the things that we’ve done this year have made a difference,” Soltero said. “Even though some of those things you might not see now, but you’ll definitely see in the future.”

Stephanie Frescas may be reached at [email protected].

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