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Meet your SGA senators, part II

Meet your SGA senators, part II

Meet your SGA senators, part II
November 14
08:58 2013

Michelle Tendai Bushe / Intern Writer

Student Government Association senators represent a large number of students in their respective schools and colleges. However, many of these students know nothing more than the senator’s name. Here is a short introduction to three senators and their primary concerns. Here is where you can meet some of the other profiled senators.

morganMorgan Ray

College of Public Affairs and Community Service 

Applied behavior analysis senior 

Ray has been involved with SGA since fall 2010 and said it feels like home to her.

“It’s somewhere that I know I can make a difference and see the impact of what I’m doing,” she said.

Ray is a peer mentor for two large lecture classes and talks with students in those classes to find out their concerns.

“I’m pretty consistent with opening up dialogue with students, and students I meet through my classes and my major,” she said. “You have to make sure you always relay the information students asked for. Always have a follow-up with them.”

Ray will graduate in December. She said students in her college should think about running for the open seat next semester.

isaacIsaac Brown

College of Education

Kinesiology senior

Brown began his first semester as a senator this fall and noticed some problems with his department right away.

“We have a baseball class that is held at Victory and 10 minutes is not enough time for students to get over there,” he said.

Brown spoke to some students who are taking the class, and they had negative responses, agreeing that Victory Hall is too far for them to make it to class on time.

He said he is facing some challenges because getting connected with the right person can be difficult, and sometimes his concerns get lost in the system. He said he will continue to work to help students.

“If you have any concerns the best thing would be to connect with Zach Brown, SGA President, so you can be put on the agenda and come speak at our bi-weekly meetings at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays,” he said.

SavathSavath Lieng

College of Engineering 

Electrical engineering sophomore 

Engineering students are represented by Lieng, a newly appointed senator who began his term this fall.

“I want to voice their [engineering students] opinions and concerns to the entire student body,” he said. “They have a separate campus, and I feel they don’t have a say and are sometimes left out of UNT.”

Lieng said the engineering community is very large, and students’ ages vary from freshmen out of high school to older, non-traditional students, so it can be difficult to plug in and get connected.

“Freshmen have different concerns than older students,” he said. “As a sophomore I was questioning how I would reach the entire community and listen to both the younger and the older students.”

One topic many engineering students discussed was the lighting problem at Discovery Park. Lieng said the lack of lighting by the sidewalks is a safety issue and many students worry about it.

“I am having a meeting next week with some people from the engineering committee to discuss this and handle it,” he said.

Feature photo: Student Government Association logo. Photo courtesy of NorthTexasSGA Twitter. 

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