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UPC requests funds for upcoming events at SGA Senate's first spring meeting

<p>SGA Senate meets on Sept. 14, 2020, in Auburn, Ala.</p>

SGA Senate meets on Sept. 14, 2020, in Auburn, Ala.

SGA Senate met for the first time in 2022 to discuss upcoming elections, give announcements and introduce future orders Tuesday night.

Three future orders were announced at the meeting. The first was a request from the University Program Council for an additional $800 in funding for its Valentine's Day on Cater Lawn event. UPC also requested an additional $2,000 to UPC for its Weagle Workshop event, which will include wood arts and crafts activities. 

Finally, the Harrison School of Pharmacy requested $3,980 for its annual Apothecary Ball in order to cover staffing, venue and stage improvement costs. 

The SGA Senate will vote on these orders at a later meeting.

Ahead of the 2022 elections coming the first week of February, senators were reminded by Cole Callahan, SGA vice president, to prepare for new members and to “be aware of their public image” due to increased attention on SGA by the Auburn community in the future.

Molly Boudreaux, outreach cabinet leader, announced that a career day will be held next Wednesday on the Haley Concourse. 

Boudreaux also publicized the clothing drive taking place the week after election week, which SGA outreach will use to “revamp” the Career Closet, which provides students with professional clothing for job interviews.

Michael Thomas, executive vice president of initiatives, announced news of a new Culinary Center in the Auburn Hotel which will feature nine vendors who will accept dining dollars via an Auburn student's Tiger Card. 

Thomas also announced the construction of new outfield seating at Plainsman Park which will be designated for students. There will be a wall separating the area from Auburn community seating. Food and beverages will likely be allowed in the selected area. 

There will be an open student listening session at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 for students to give their input on the construction of the new seating area.

Tyler Ward, executive vice president of cabinet administration, announced that Aubie won third place in the mascot competition at the Universal Cheer Association and Universal Dance Association College National Championship.

Elizabeth Devore, graduate student senator, announced the first Graduate Student Council meeting next Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. One hundred graduate student senators will be in attendance to represent their constituents. 

Devore brought up a current issue concerning inadequate parking for students after the University announced in an email that the gravel lot on Lem Morrison Drive across from the Auburn University Medical Clinic will be temporarily closed starting Jan. 24 for a construction project.

Devore was contacted by graduate students concerning their displeasure with no alternative parking options given. 

A representative from the academic standing committee said an order to address the lack of parking from the construction project will be discussed in the future.

Brandan Belser, College of Liberal Arts senator and diversity equity and inclusion committee chair, said new legislation for Miss Auburn will be released at an undetermined time next week.

John David Matthews, senator at-large and executive committee representative, announced that a student from ROTC will come to the next SGA Senate meeting to request consideration for a liaison position in the SGA. 

Callahan closed the 20-minute meeting by calling for higher participation and publicity of the Final Lecture program. The Final Lecture is an award given to student-nominated professors. Callahan said students have submitted fewer nominations in recent years, likely due to virtual instruction.

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The next SGA Senate meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. following the SGA Cabinet meeting.

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