Dining hours change proposed; free Zumba for all

Madina Seytmuradova
Staff Writer

A resolution to change the hours of operation at Trojan Dining Hall was proposed at the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday night.

Freshman Forum put forward the bill, which proposes a change of the dinner hours, from the current 4-7 p.m. duration to 5-8 p.m. on weekdays.

The resolution was presented by Blakelee Clack, a freshman undeclared major from Dothan.

“In the fall, the student welfare committee in the Freshman Forum, which is a branch of SGA, conducted a survey for the freshman class just asking their feedback, like their needs and concerns,” Clack said. “And the greatest need and concern was later Trojan Dining Hall hours.”

Next week, the resolution will be reviewed by SGA senators and voted on. In case of a positive outcome, SGA will address the bill to Sodexo.

SGA, alongside the academic records office, will also be conducting four Web­Express sessions on March 24. The purpose of the sessions is to familiarize all students with the new registration system.

“This is how you’ll register and plan for four years, plan out your classes till you graduate, but mainly it’s for registration,” said Farrah Gaston, a junior biomedical sciences major from Camden and academic life committee chair.

The old registration system will not be functioning during the upcoming fall registration on April 16.

“That’s why they need to come to the sessions and learn how to use the new one,” Gaston said.

The sessions will be conducted in the Trojan Center theater at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Gaston also said she encouraged students to attend the IT session on Thursday, Feb. 18.

At any time from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first floor of Trojan Center, students can ask questions about WebExpress, Wi-Fi and other issues related to information technology.

SGA President Heath Barton, a senior global business major from Opp, spoke about the importance of attending the Higher Education Day Rally on Feb. 25.

Montgomery’s largest annual advocacy rally brings together students from all across the state, urging legislators to devote more funds to higher education.

According to the Higher Education Partners’ website, a large number of attendees lets legislators know the concern of young, involved voters for higher education.

“We also remind them that the universities have a large and involved voting block,” the website said.

“Join with students, faculty, staff and other supporters and take part in a huge rally supporting higher education.”

Barton estimates that last year approximately 350 Trojans attended the rally.

Students who wish to attend the rally will get a university excuse for absence, a free lunch and, if they are among the first 150 non-SGA or Freshman Forum members, a T-shirt.

The program of the day includes a parade at 10 a.m., which will take the attendees to the steps of the State House, where the rally will commence at 11 a.m.

Free Zumba classes for students and faculty will also be sponsored by SGA March onwards.

“I just had the idea of having some sort of fitness fun activity that’s not super stressful or doesn’t have the connotation of having to work out or go to gym, something more fun for students, so I thought of the idea of having Zumba on campus,” said Patrick Rodgers, a junior global business major from Dothan and vice president of campus activities.

The first session will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 8 p.m at the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

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