SGA to redefine, retain director positions

SGA Senate The Student Government Association Senate unanimously approved its first senator for the semester at Sunday’s meeting.

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By Jack Strunk

DeKALB — On Sunday, the Student Government Association Senate appointed a new chairperson of campus life and student affairs who hopes to revitalize campus, especially within the Greek community.  

Curtis Baryla, a senior operations management and information systems major, was unanimously elected chairperson of campus life and student affairs to focus on the quality of campus and the lives of commuters and campus residents, as well as greek life. 

“I’m focusing on Greek life because it represents one-tenth of student life,”  Baryla said. “Fraternities and sororities need to develop strong leadership development.” 

Jacob Jovanovich, a sophomore finance major, was voted in unanimously as legislative director. 

Jovanovich discussed his goals to increase Senate communication and understanding of legislation as director.

“I want to hear what the senators want me to advocate for,” Jovanovich said. 

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 5003, to retain the director of advertising and director of athletics positions. The bill was tabled from the previous meeting. 

Senator Ethan DeMeuse argued in favor of retaining the positions. 

“The fact that it is a lot of work is exactly why we need someone there,” DeMeuse said. “This is a window for us as young leaders to lead better later.”

Chairpeople Clayton Schopfer and Harvey Green expressed concern at the redefinitions of the positions to eliminate outdated responsibilities that would be needed to retain them. 

“How important is keeping these positions to considering the particular level of work it will take to make it work?” Green said. “We’re going to have to make several changes because so many of these things are legitimately obsolete.”

The bill passed under the stipulation that the duties of the two unstruck directorships would be redefined in later legislation.

Schopfer confirmed that the organization oversight committee recommended the weightlifting club to be confirmed as an organization. 

The Underserved Student Communities Committee met Sunday and discussed the trans action task force and its goals to look out for the needs of transgender students. The task force discussed making sure that bathrooms are clearly labeled as equally accessible for transgender people.

Speaker Dallas Douglas announced during the meeting that SGA was still searching for a candidate to fill the community service director position. 

The SGA has a town hall meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Oasis in the Holmes Student Center for students to voice their concerns to SGA.