/SGA prayer debate acknowledges diversity

SGA prayer debate acknowledges diversity

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Cassie Gibbs

News Editor

The Student Government Association passed a resolution that allows for the practice of prayer at any Troy University-sponsored event for the 2014-2015 academic year. Senators discussed possibly amending the resolution to allow a person from different religions on campus to present a prayer at events.Senator Victoria Bailey said that she supported the resolution and believed that the SGA should pass the resolution.
“I think this is a wonderful resolution,” Bailey said. “I think that it should pass, but be amended to make sure that it is non-denominational. This can help us have equal representation to all religions on campus.”
Bailey said that Troy University prided itself on being an international university.
“As senator, it’s not only our job, but also our honor to represent different countries and people from different cultures,” Bailey said.
Bailey said that the amendment could bring students of different religions to offer their prayers before events.
Though an amendment was not put on docket, Amber Voss, a senior political science major from Wetumpka and chair of constitution and rules, explained that this resolution was not meant to exclude any religions.
“This is just allowing prayer at events,” Voss said. “This is non-denominational. We aren’t trying to target any religion.”
The groups previously know as International Justice Mission and Stella’s Voice joined together this year. The constitution for the new group, named Voice of Justice, was passed, and the group was recognized. The group is aiming to help raise awareness of human trafficking.
Resolution 2014-011, stating prayer will be given before every SGA meeting for the 2014-2015 school year, and Resolution 2014-012, which states that the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited before every SGA meeting for the 2014-2015 school year, were both passed.
Amendments were also passed that reapportioned the two seats originally used for Alumni Hall to the Newman Center and to Trojan Village, and to move Homecoming elections to the week before Homecoming.
Other announcements included reminders for senate elections happening Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and College Colors Day, where students wear their school color, which will be Friday, August 29.