Thirteen new senators were sworn into their positions at the Student Government Association’s meeting on Tuesday night.
SGA President Heath Barton, a senior global business major from Opp, welcomed the new senators, saying that new inductees will make SGA feel whole after feeling incomplete in its first few meetings.
“To get the new senators is one of my favorite things and one of the neatest things is to have them come in and get plugged in right away,” he said. “They are just jumping in, and they already have responsibilities for this Saturday.”
“My biggest thing to tell them is just don’t get overwhelmed,” Barton said. “If I can tell them one thing, it is to take pride on what you are about to get involved with, and don’t get stressed out.”
SGA is also preparing for the pep rally this Thursday, which will be themed “Sink the Bucs.” All students and organizations on campus are encouraged to come and show their support for the football team, which plays the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Saturday.
“We want full attendance from everyone, all the organizations on campus, involvement from all students because that’s one way for students to go and show their pride,” Barton said.
SGA’s academic life committee is having a meeting with the library administration this week to talk about hours and services.
“We are gonna talk about Starbucks, the plugs in library not working and the library hours,” said Farrah Gaston, a junior biomedical sciences major from Camden and academic life chair of SGA.
“We might not get 24 hours, but we might extend the hours to 1 or 2 a.m.,” Gaston said. “During finals, we will try to get 24 hours, but if they are unwilling, then maybe we could get Trojan Center open 24 hours and put tables and chairs there.”
Campus group Troy University Human vs. Zombies was officially approved at Tuesday’s meeting. The club has been conducting the “Humans Vs. Zombies” game on campus for the past five years.
“It was about time for us to get legitimate in the eye of the university,” said Andrew Goble, a senior music education major from Jay, Florida, and game head for the organization. “We can expand the opportunities that we give to the students.”