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SGA holds first meeting of new semester

 Held Monday Jan. 25 in their new meeting place in the Student Union, SGA’s first meeting of the new semester consisted of the election of a new Electoral Commissioner, several community service project suggestions, and reports from several committees.
 Two of the first orders of business, presented by President Kelli Cody, involved the scheduling of the Thanksgiving and spring breaks on the 2012-2013 academic calendar for the. The VSU administration asked for a collective opinion from the senators about the idea of having a week-long Thanksgiving break, instead of a fall break. The senators voted and decided they would rather stay with having a fall break.   Next, the senators were asked their opinion on the date of Spring Break, choosing between the week of March 5 and the week of March 12.     Again, they voted and decided on the week of March 12. Cody reminded the senators that they had only been asked for their opinions and did not have a final say in either matter.
 Next, the senate nominated and elected Lauren Davis as their new Electoral Commissioner. The electoral commissioner works with the elections committee to help clear up any unfair favoritism in SGA. It will be her job to keep all SGA elections and possibly even pageants free from bias.
 The senate then discussed several community service project suggestions, including participating in two builds with Habitat for Humanity, a math and reading tutoring program for third to fifth graders, holding a seminar to battle against the excessive high school dropout rate, and holding a Haitian festival from which all donations would be sent to help the earthquake relief efforts. Girl Scout representative and senator Jacuita Graham also informed the senate of the Girl Scout meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. in the Ora Lee West Community Center.
 The senate also heard of several upcoming events on campus, including the Women Against Cervical Cancer forum today, Visitation Day on Feb. 13, and Night of the Apollo on Feb. 17.
 Next, reports from several committees revealed issues with member sign-up and attendance, resulting in many committee heads choosing to either hold a brief meeting afterwards or pass around a new sign-up sheet. Before the adjournment of the meeting, the senators discussed miscellaneous business such as ways to improve the SGA website.
 All SGA meetings are now being held in Meeting Room 1 of the new Student Union, Mondays at 8 p.m., and are open to the student body.

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