Student Governing Association meets for first time this year

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The Student Governing Association held its first meeting of the school year in the Big 12 room in the K-State Student Union on Aug. 30. There were 52 members
present and topics for the night included broadening the social media profile
of the organization and approving resolutions to induct members into new
positions.

The meeting opened with an introduction speech from Stephen Dandaneau, who is serving his first year as vice president of undergraduate studies.

K-State currently has a retention rate of 82 percent
returning after their freshman year, said Dandaneau. He said that he would like
to see this rate increase to 90 percent, although the current rate is already the best in the state of Kansas. One way he plans to do this is by implementing
more programs in which students can build relationships with faculty, he said.

Next to speak was Ashton Archer, senior in mechanical engineering, who thanked SGA for giving the K-State branch of The American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics the money to travel to Maryland. The group went in June for a
competition in which the team took eighth place overall.

The topic in the room then changed to social media when Megan Walden, communications committee chair and junior in industrial engineering,
took the podium. Walden informed the students about the Facebook and Twitter
pages that had been set up for SGA and encouraged them to tell their friends to “like” and follow the respective pages.

“I would like more students to be aware of what SGA is
doing,” said Walden. “Students have a large voice. I want [them] to realize
their influence on decisions. They can come to meetings and engage in debate.”

The Student Affairs Committee then discussed an event that they are planning to coordinate in which the Harvesters Community Food Network will bring a truck with healthy foods for students to Bill Snyder Family Stadium on
Sept. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The house then unanimously voted to pass two resolutions
instating members to new positions.

Nate Spriggs, student body president and senior in agricultural economics, spoke next on the
expansion of the Peters Recreaction Complex and showed 3-D renderings of the new tennis and basketball
courts. 

The tennis courts are a joint project by K-State athletics and the Rec. When these courts are done they will be used by K-State athletics for 3
hours a day, 16 weeks out of the year, eight in the fall and eight in the
spring, and at all other times they will be available for student use, Spriggs said.

The SGA will meet in the Big 12 room next Thursday at 6:30.

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