SGA gears up, aiming to enhance academic life

Franchesca Perez

Several developments and proposals were presented at the Student Government Association’s first meeting for this academic year on Tuesday night.
Farrah Gaston, a junior biomedical sciences major from Camden and head of the academic life committee, discussed several potential areas which the SGA hopes to work on this year in order to further improve students’ academic lives.
Some of those plans include keeping the library open 24/7, repairing the broken plugs in the library, improving internet access around campus and fixing the heating and cooling system in MSCX.
In addition, two purified water fountains have been purchased by the university and will soon be installed on campus.
The implementation of these fountains is aimed at encouraging students to reduce their plastic water bottle usage.
The amount of positive feedback concerning the water fountains will determine whether or not more will be purchased and installed throughout campus.
Caitlin Smith, a junior political science major from Panama City, Florida, and publicity chair for SGA, introduced the Corq app, which will replace Trojan Today.
Students can now view all the events occurring on campus and within different organizations at the touch of a button instead of having to check their emails.
“I believe the Corq app is so essential to students because it’s such an easy way to access what’s going around campus,” she said.
“Students will become more involved because it’s just a click away. The world is changing and going green and the SGA is just moving along with it.”
Leadership scholars Gabriella Schwartz, a freshman nursing major from Dothan, and Sydney Bailey, an undeclared freshman from Athens, promoted the Trojan Affinity Program and encouraged students to attend athletic events in order to support fellow Trojans.
Upon entry to any home athletic event, students can swipe their Trojan ID to earn points. The more athletic events they attend, the more points they earn.
After earning a certain number of points, students can cash in their points for prizes such as Troy t-shirts and hats.
At the end of the academic year, the student with the most points receives free tuition for a semester, regardless of the number of credit hours they take or whether they pay in-state or out-of-state tuition.
“I think it’s important for our students to stay involved and to have a sense of pride in our school as well as our athletic program,” Schwartz said.
The SGA is also holding senate elections for a total of twelve seats on Sept. 2. There are eleven seats representing the different residence halls and one at-large seat.
Applications are available online and in the SGA office. They are due on Aug. 28 by 4 p.m.

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