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Auburn alumnus Tim Cook recognized by SGA

Tim Cook, 1982 Auburn alumnus and Apple, Inc. Chief Executive Officer was officially recognized by SGA in their weekly senate meeting Monday night.

The recognition was for his speech "A Conversation with Tim Cook: A Personal View of Inclusion and Diversity" from earlier this year. It was hosted by SGA in the Telfair Peet Theatre this April and discussed how students should embrace inclusion and work toward understanding cultures from around the world.

“I have learned to not just appreciate this but celebrate it,” Cook said to students in his speech. “The thing that makes the world interesting is our differences, not our similarities.”

Another SGA agenda item addressed Monday were plans for a Student Ticketing Appeals Committee to coincide with the recent changes in student ticketing. 

In the new system, students can accumulate "penalty points" for missing games without returning their tickets to the student ticket pool, according to SGA's new student ticketing website. The upcoming committee, composed of SGA executives, would address appeals to have penalty points removed in order to ensure they are fairly distributed.

SGA moved to postpone approving the new committee, but Executive Vice President of Programs Faith Webb said this was done to finalize wording of the new movement over the next week.

University Chief Financial Officer Kelli Shomaker attended the meeting and urged SGA to express any concerns they had with campus finances.

"Administrators can't change things we don't know about," Shomaker said. "Please don't hesitate to come to us with anything; we want this to be a student friendly environment."

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