Chair of Student District Council visits SGA meeting.
By Brianna Rodrigue
Richard Wells, chair of the Student District Council, visited this college’s Student Government Association Nov. 7 to get feedback on the district’s new tuition incentive.
Wells, a philosophy sophomore, is the president of SGA at Northeast Lake View College and he said it is important as the chair of Student District Council to be involved with SGAs at other district colleges.
“I wanted to observe and see where SGA at SAC is at with the tuition incentive, and to have a better understanding with the SGA organizations at other campuses,” Wells said.
SGA President Harley Williams, a psychology sophomore, told members that students at the other colleges agreed with the incentive although most students who attended SGA meetings at this college had disagreed with the incentive.
The tuition incentive, starting in the spring offers two free summer classes to students who have taken a total of 24 hours in the fall and spring.
Student who have taken a total of 18 hours can take one free summer class.
Williams asked the students how SGA could help students during finals week.
Students said SGA could hand out hot chocolate, water bottles, pencils, scantrons, power bars, gum and muffins in the mall on final days.
Jonathan Ahumada, mathematics and philosophy sophomore, said they could help students by making a list of study locations and tutoring sources.
“A large number of people have zero understanding about this, but if you can compile a list of all the tutoring services and study services that are provided here on campus, because that would be essential and useful for a variety of people who never looked for help … ” Ahumada said.
Williams said she would look for tutoring and study services at this college so she can create a list.
Williams wanted feedback about the goals and initiative’s that SGA can do at the end of this semester and the start of next semester.
Ahumada said SGA should try to increase the members of SGA to at least 200, which the SGA leadership team thought would be a great goal for next semester.
About 12-15 students participate now.
Liberal arts sophomore Karen Elliot said SGA should move the meetings from the craft room in Loftin Student Center to the Fiesta Room to help reach 200 students because they can engage more student traffic downstairs in Loftin.
Williams said she will talk to the rest of the leadership team and SGA adviser Mark Bigelow, interim director of student life, about moving the meeting to another room, and she suggested members invite others to their next meeting.
In other comments about the goals and initiatives, computer science freshman Bill Zan said it is important to have a better structure to get students’ opinions.
“I think to develop a better structure to get student input because I feel the surveys for the tuition change didn’t accurately get everybody from the student body,” Zan said.
Ahumada said he thought the incentive was underhanded and the board didn’t inform students with more details and information about the incentive, but that SGA did the best they could to inform students by making surveys and sending them through student email.
Elliot said she thought students had very little time with the incentive, but the board of trustees had already made the decisions before asking students.
Some students said if Williams could find a better way for the administrators and the board to communicate with students rather than using ACES email because most students do not check their ACES email.
They said if Williams can see if messages can be sent by text, like the Alamo alerts, that is a better way for students to find out what is happening at this college.
In other comments, Ahumada was concerned with the pricing of textbooks and food at the Alamo Colleges.
“For instance, bananas, apples and oranges downstairs are a $1.10 which that is ridiculous and it is honestly unfair, so I want to know if we have collective bargaining,” Ahumada said.
Williams said if more students are upset with the prices in the cafeteria, SGA could talk to President Robert Vela or invite the cafeteria workers to the meetings to talk about the prices.
“The prices are the way they are because you are paying for the hospitality of Lancer cafeteria, but if that is still something that is not feasible for students, then we can have another conversation with them,” Williams said.
Williams will address this problem if more students are upset with the pricing.
After discussing the goals and initiatives for SGA, Williams went over events such as the Interclub Olympics Nov. 15, the Emerald City Fashion Show Nov. 16 and the Winter Social Dec. 2.
On Feb. 3, it will be the fourth annual charity ball.
English sophomore Rosalva Gonzalez, committee head of the charity ball, sat in the meeting to discuss the formal event.
Gonzalez said student life needs helpers who want to join the committee.
The charity ball is open to all. The entry fee will be donating an item to this college’s food pantry.
The items to bring are still being discussed, but for more information about the charity ball and how to be a part of the committee, students can stop by the student life office 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Room 260B in Loftin.
The next SGA meeting will be noon-1 p.m. Nov. 14 in the craft room of Loftin. Meetings are open to anyone.
Students can contact SGA at 210-486-0133.