Student government active throughout the summer

Student government active throughout the summer

July 30
20:42 2015

Paul Wedding | Staff Writer

SGA meets with TCU 

Student Government Association met with the Texas Christian University SGA last week as part of an effort to connect with universities around the state to solve mutual problems and create an ongoing dialogue.

“We’ve gotten a lot from other SGA’s and other SGA’s have gotten a lot from us,” SGA president Adam Alattry said.

TCU SGA has an academic affairs committee to gather student input on what courses they desire. Alattry said SGA had been in the process of creating an academic affairs committee at UNT, but meeting with TCU campus leaders offered more insight for implementation.

Another exchange involved TCU SGA’s freshman intern program that Alattry said wasn’t very productive. So he and SGA vice president Christopher Lee shared how UNT’s program functioned, improving TCU SGA’s program.

Alattry said UNT SGA has problems with senatorial attendance, and by studying how other student governments operate, he said they’ve learned new strategies to increase student involvement.

“I think some of the best ideas come from shared ideas,” Lee said.

UNT SGA is currently waiting to hear back from Southern Methodist University and are in the process of planning a meeting with Texas Woman’s University. None of these meetings have required funds from the SGA budget.

TCU SGA vice president Ryker Thompson is tasked with reaching out to other university SGA’s. At UNT, this role has also fallen to Lee. But SGA outreach has been attempted before. The University of Houston-Downtown president tried last summer to start a conference for all SGA presidents to come together annually, but was unsuccessful.

SGA, GSC discuss voting process

Back at campus, SGA met with the Graduate Student Council earlier last week in the first of a series of meetings to resolve the voting process.

Before GSC broke away, SGA collected votes for every referendum that required a vote from the student body. It is still unclear how graduate students and GSC will factor into voting now that SGA and GSC are separate entities.

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