Student Government Association update: new plans for the semester

Emma Smith

Student Government Association President Dylan John began the most recent SGA meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27 by bringing attention to the recent sexual assault case which occurred last week.

Several senators had brought the issue to the board’s attention and John assured everyone that the victim, who had supposedly consumed alcohol in the dorms, was protected by Georgia’s amnesty policy.

Campaigns and events

John then brought attention to the It Can Wait campaign update and the Interfraternity Council’s upcoming golf tournament.

It Can Wait is a campaign sponsored by AT&T to combat texting while driving. At Georgia Southern University, it currently has 173 student pledges and 24 faculty and staff pledges.

In order to pledge, you can text “ICW EAGLES” to 50555. The campaign will continue until Sept. 30.

“I want students to encourage at least five friends to take the pledge and for their friends to do the same,” John said. “I think this is a fun way of learning about something that’s important.”

The IFC golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. The event will be in support of Eagles for Eagles, a student fundraising initiative founded by the SGA.

Other events raising funds for Eagles for Eagles include the Doo-Dah Dance and Step Show, a dance competition at the Hanner Fieldhouse. The event will take place on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and tickets are $1.

On Feb. 17, 2018, the SGA will be having a consolidation convention with Armstrong State University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Senates from both schools will vote on a document representing the organization. No location for the convention has been determined.

The event was originally scheduled for this semester, but was moved to next semester due to a conflict with Armstrong’s fall schedule.

Senators’ updates

Senators from each college then presented their plans for changes on campus over the semester.


The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) is working with Career Services to promote student success. They will be working with freshmen to establish study aids and bringing in career professionals to speak to classes.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is conducting an incentive program allocating funds for gift cards in exchange for attending SGA meetings.

The College of Graduate Studies (COGS) is working on initiating a collaboration with the Graduate Student Organization to increase COGS participation amongst the SGA.


The College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) will be reaching out to students in the IT and Engineering buildings to encourage them to join the SGA. They are also looking into organizing a CEIT organization fair.

The College of Public Health (COPH) is planning to use their funds to plan events that will promote wellness on campus and is working on contacting Wellness Ambassadors, the Counseling Center and dining services for information.

The College of Business Administration plans to meet with Dean Allen Amason to discuss possibly extending lab hours during finals week and partnering with business related organizations.

COSM, COE and Senators at-Large

The College of Science and Mathematics is working on setting up a college social and speaking to math and science classes to encourage students to join the SGA. They also planning on passing out finals goodie bags at the library during finals week.

The College of Education plans on meeting with Dean Thomas Koballa to discuss promoting visibility on campus.

Finally, senators at-large are organizing “Cookies for Complaints”, an incentive that lets students come to them with advice on what needs to be changed on campus in exchange for a cookie.

The next senate meeting will be on Oct. 4.