By Jerico Magallanes
Quality of on campus dining was the main topic of discussion at the March 28 Student Government Association meeting.
“I was late to one of my classes because I was literally waiting 10 to 15 minutes for a sandwich,” SGA parliamentarian David Puente said.
Puente went into further detail, voicing disdain for the lack of napkins in one of the dispensers.
“You have a guy in a red shirt and two guys in blue shirts standing around,” Puente said. “One guy at the cash register, and the others are just watching him.”
Puente said the other employees could have stocked the napkins.
Gary O’Bar, director of purchasing and contract administration, said, “One of the reasons why the rates are so high are because of the requirements placed on the contractors.”
One of the recent changed requirements were for contractors to pay rent. Selrico wasn’t paying rent because their arrangement was contracted in 2008 when rent was not required from contractors.
“I understand that the prices aren’t gonna change,” Puente said. “But don’t we deserve that better quality service then?”
Jeremy Taub, assistant director of purchasing and contract administration replied, “We’d expect that sort of service; for service to be error free.”
“If people don’t tell us, then we don’t know that there’s a problem,” O’Bar said.
To combat this, the project manager position was created within the department at the beginning of this semester.
With the project manager position, the purchasing and contract administration can perform audits and address discrepancies more often.
In other business, SGA adviser Mark Bigelow announced the election for next year’s SGA officers and commissioners.
“Someday, when I have kids and they go to SAC, I get to say ‘I did that,’” SGA president Harley Williams said about her contributions.
“One of the best things about student government for me is that I love being busy,” liberal arts sohphomoreJami Keeton said. “The best part is, not to sound sappy, but all the friends I’ve made, things I’ve done.”
“Student government was something I didn’t expect to make such an impact when I first started,” Keeton said. “But now it is my life!”
“Student government helped me build as a leader,” SGA Secretary Federico “Freddy” Gonzalez-Vidal said.
Packets are available through April 8 in the office of student life or SGA office in Loftin.
Packets are due by 10 a.m. April 11 in the office of student life.
For more information, call 210-486-0133.
For more information on purchasing and contract administration, call 210-485-0100.