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Mace & Crown | April 22, 2018

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Student Government Address

Student Government Address

Dear Monarchs,

I hope everyone is getting settled back into the swing of school! Just wanted to give you all an update on the SGA events in the spring.

SGA will be hosting a variety of events, as well as pursuing a few initiatives. This semester we hope to organize a General Assembly Lobbying Day in Richmond, Build-a-Big-Blue for military children, an ID card swipe system for scantrons in the library, an Eating with Strangers event during Peace Week, an SGA/Traditions Week and making several recommendation to our administrators on various topics of discussion.

Two of the above mentioned goals I will highlight in this week’s address are the card swipe for scantrons concept and the SGA/Traditions Week. In terms of the scantrons, we asked many students about scantrons and their accessibility to them. Many students wanted an option to obtain and purchase scantrons in the learning commons. Upon researching vending machines that would be appropriate, we found it would cost more than $10,000. Instead, we decided to utilize those funds to allocate a certain number of free scantrons for students by using a card swipe machine in the learning commons. Details are still being configured, but the ultimate goals would be to use your ID to be able to purchase them when need be after the certain allocated amount has been used.

The other idea I would like to elaborate upon is our SGA/Traditions Week. This is a new concept and we hope to not only show the student body a little bit of what we do, but also get feedback on differing issues we are continually researching. The week will be centered around ODU traditions and is planned for Feb. 18-22 while the locations are still being determined.

On Monday, Feb. 18, we hope to have a display area surrounding the seal on Kaufman Mall, as not only awareness, but to get people discussing and reminiscing about some of our traditions.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the SGA plans on having an STD Awareness event in the House of Blue, where we will be serving ice cream and cake.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, we will be hosting an SGA Forum. This is to directly gain feedback on certain campus issues and to give you all the opportunity to voice concerns on issues you are concerned about. We meet with administrators often and are able to relay information to them. On this day we will also be giving out new REP ODU shirts out to all forum attendees!

On Thursday, Feb. 21, we will be hosting another House of Blue event, where we will display SGA accomplishments and take more suggestions and ideas for the spring semester. We will also be raffling off REP ODU hoodies.

On Friday, Feb. 22, it’s a surprise, so I’ll leave you all guessing!

Best regards and have a productive week!

Mariam Abdelhamid

SGA President