SGA announces proposal for clubs to have common space on or near campus

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Members discuss ramp construction at Moody Learning Center and future night safety modifications around campus.

By Gabriela Rodriguez

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Members of the Student Government Association discussed the possibility of having a common space for clubs at the meeting Monday.

Richard Farias, interim dean of student success, suggested having an office space for the top 15 active clubs on campus in the same building.

President Robert Vela thinks it is a good idea, but there needs to be a search for an ideal space and it might need to be off campus, said Federico Gonzalez-Vidal, fine arts sophomore and SGA secretary.

SGA members said they are thrilled about possibly being closer to other clubs and having a space to meet permanently.

“Students can know where to go when looking for clubs,” Gonzalez-Vidal said.

In other business, Gonzalez-Vidal said SGA members were shocked last week upon receiving a rude voicemail from an unidentified student from this college.

“He felt that SGA doesn’t do anything and Pizza with the President is useless,” Gonzalez-Vidal said.

This college allows students to voice their opinions and concerns to SGA members and Vela in Pizza with the President several times during the semester.

Vela invited the student to request a private meeting with SGA members or file a formal complaint so this college could address his concerns, Gonzalez-Vidal said.

The last Pizza with the President announced new construction of a ramp and roof in the pick-up/drop-off zone of Moody Learning Center for disabled students.

SGA members discussed night safety for college students, where lighting and emergency poles play an important role. They will look into it with Vela to work on the maintenance and installation of more of them.

Alamo Colleges Police provides escorts for students, faculty and staff who do not feel safe walking to their cars from class or work. To schedule a police escort, call the non-emergency number at 210-485-0099.

SGA members and Vela also discussed eliminating the stigma this college has of being “not good enough,” “not a real college” or even “a ghetto college,” Gonzalez-Vidal said.

Vela will be working with Dr. Lisa Alcorta, interim vice president of student success, and SGA adviser Chaye Pena visiting high schools in the San Antonio Independent School District to inform them about this college’s academic programs, explain success statistics and create a better impression.

For more information, call SGA president Harley Williams at 210-502-8274.

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