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Senate Update: Senators sworn into office, new student orgs

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly student senate legislative meeting April 27.

Swearing In

Fourteen new senators along with four executive cabinet members were sworn into student government on Thursday. While the senators did not run for the positions, they applied for the vacant positions after elections and were then interviewed and chosen.

  • Kyra Durham – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Adrea Gladney – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Khabrityul Gainey – Belk College of Business
  • Camielle Reynolds – Belk College of Business
  • Danielle Audain – College of Health and Human Services
  • Giana Avent – College of Engineering
  • Sara Downs – College of Education
  • Shekinah Hall – College of Education
  • Matthew Basel – At-Large
  • Laria James – At-Large
  • Tanesha McCargo – At-Large
  • Princess Evuka – Freshman At-Large
  • Shari Smith – Freshman At-Large
  • Tiona Wilson – Freshman At-Large

The four executive cabinet members were appointed by Student Body President Tracey Allsbrook and approved by the Senate.

  • Jasmine Williams – Treasurer
  • Bailey Russell – Secretary for State and National Affairs
  • Anthony Rizol – Secretary for Athletic Affairs
  • Ana Valdez Curiel – Press Secretary

New Student Organizations

The Senate approved of two new student organizations.

4 the World – This organization enriches and educates members about the community of Charlotte through various community service projects with the Ronald McDonald House, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and the Charlotte Bridge Home. Although this club will mainly be a pre-health club, it is open to everyone. The club will be fundraising throughout the year to raise money for a spring break trip where the group will go to a specific country lead by the founders of 4 the World. 4 the World identifies and collaborates with communities across the globe to empower them to identify and solve the most pressing needs of their communities within the areas of health and education. By partnering with the communities in these areas, they provide critical support and capacity-building initiatives to ensure these communities are capable of continuing to grow and thrive in the future.

Star Wars Dueling Club (SWDC) – This club is a Star Wars themed social club that allows Star Wars enthusiasts to meet and socialize. The main aspect of the SWDC is to have sessions where members can duel each other with light sabers as well as create a community on campus for Star Wars fans.

Senate Update: On-campus dining discussed

The UNC Charlotte etudent Government Association (SGA) held their weekly student senate legislative meeting April 20.

Guest Speaker

Director of Auxiliary Services Ana Alvarez addressed the Senate, mostly regarding dining services since Jody Thompson, liaison to Chartwell’s, could not attend the meeting. Alvarez started off by explaining all aspects of auxiliary services which includes dining, the 49er card, the bookstore, mail and packages, copy and print and vending/ATM.  Some senators asked Alvarez about getting more food options on campus and she explained how changing brands can take an average of 3-5 years. She said that moving Bojangle’s from Cone to the Student Union alone cost around $400,000. Senators also stated they would like more consistency in their dining experiences on campus especially in regards to eating in dining halls. While senators stated that they enjoy eating in the dining halls, they often find that some days are good while others are not.  Alvarez stressed that while they want a great dining experience for the over 3,000 students that eat at dining halls, they are working on a balance of having a restaurant feel and being able to serve all of the students quickly and efficiently. Alvarez discussed that Starbucks will be undergoing a “refresher” over the summer and she hopes to have a larger location for Starbucks in the next several years. The “grab and go” program, which refers to the products like sandwiches and yogurts that are in locations like Outtakes and Peets, will be getting an upgrade and different products will be offered. The Chartwell’s contract is up next year and will be under review. Alvarez said that there are only three companies in the country that service major universities, one of which is Chartwell’s.

The Executive Cabinet Confirmation Act I

The Executive Cabinet Confirmation Act I was passed by a unanimous vote by the Senate. This act appointed executive secretaries to the office of the student body president. The Senate approved Mildred Martinez as the secretary for academic affairs, Raleifoot Chisom II as the secretary for information technology, Kelsey Summey as the secretary of student affairs, Amber Creft as the secretary for diversity affairs and Mackenzie Belton as the secretary for internal affairs.

The new junior class president Cheyenne Gest was also sworn in along with Payton Stull, who is a senator for the William States Lee College of Engineering.

College of Health and Human Services introduces new major

The College of Health and Human Services is introducing a new major, a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management in the Department of Public Health Sciences, that will begin classes in the fall. This is the first new major the university has introduced in several years.

Department Chair Melinda (“Lyndie”) Forthofer said a need for the major was discovered after an independent research group commissioned by the Office of the Provost as well as a college faculty committee researched regional and national trends and both arrived at the same conclusion. The need for the major was identified as a university priority.

The entry level major is designed to train students in several areas of healthcare including health management and health systems. It will also train students in leadership, health care accounting and finance, organizational development and behavior among other things, according to the UNC Charlotte Public Health website. Forthofer said that the broad range in training will prepare students when it comes to choosing a career path in the health field.

“It’s a way to give people access to the health care workforce and get a feel for what they’re interested in and then dig deeper as they identify those interest areas,” said Forthofer.

The first two classes that students can take after completing their general education requirements, which will be at the 2000 level, will be offered in the fall and students must take both courses before declaring for the major. The remaining 24 credit hours of courses in the major will be available in sub-sequence semesters.

While a minor is not required to go along with the major, it is encouraged. According to the Public Health Department’s website, adding a minor will “enrich student readiness for workplace settings that demand effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, digital literacy and effective teamwork.”

While several of the majors in the College of Health and Human Services are restricted and only admit a certain number of students like nursing, exercise science and social work, the health systems management major will be open to all students who complete the pre-requisites and are in good academic standing.

With the copious amount of steps the department had to go through in order to introduce the new major, Forthofer said the new curriculum is extremely well vetted and is expected to reach up to 500 students in a couple years.

 

Senate Update: Chancellor Philip Dubois visits Senate

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly student senate legislative meeting April 6.

Guest Speaker

Chancellor Philip Dubois spoke to the Senate and addressed several different topics. He began by giving updates about the numerous construction projects on campus that are either in progress or will begin work in the next few months. He also discussed the parking situation on campus in correlation with the construction. The Health and Wellness Center, also referred to as a recreational center, will begin construction in June. While the center will be built on parking lot 19, which has 261 parking spaces, the Union Deck will be expanded to make up for the lost parking spots. Since the Union Deck will be under construction, the university decided to improve its shuttle system by privatizing it. The university will no longer use Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) on campus but will use UNC Charlotte shuttles that will run every seven minutes in accordance with the Light Rail schedule. It is unclear when the Light Rail system will be up and running. The new Counseling Center that is being built next to the Health Center will be ready for the fall semester. The old location of the Counseling Center will be made into an expansion of the Career Center. There are also plans for a new admissions building that will replace the tennis courts by South Village as well as renovations to Belk Plaza which will include “a grand lawn and a water feature,” according to Dubois.

Dubois also addressed the topic of diversity initiatives that the university is working on. Dubois said  while all of the initiatives were online for public viewing, they were not all in the same place so a diversity website is in the works. He believes that this will make it easier for people to view all of the work that the university is doing in regards to diversity. Dubois also discussed the fact that after the Keith Lamont Scott shooting in Charlotte, it was brought to the administrations attention that many faculty members were not prepared to have discussions about race in their classrooms. This issue led to the establishing of a summer institute about teaching diverse communities. While the institute is not mandatory for faculty members, those who attend will receive a stipend since they are off-contract in the summer.

Dubois addressed several concerns about campus safety that were brought to light after the sexual assault allegation on campus in February. Several senators asked questions in regards to receiving alerts and gave Dubois suggestions on what information students deem to be important when it comes to campus-wide alerts. Dubois said that they are in the process of determining what information is worth sharing and what is not. In reference to the incident on campus, Dubois stated since the suspect and victim knew each other and the suspect quickly apprehended, an alert was not sent out.

New Student Organization

The Thomistic Institute – This organization “exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church and in the wider public square.”

Officer Position Elections

The senate voted on eleven open officer positions for 2017-18 and the results are as followed:

  • Speaker of the Senate – Niayai Lavien
  • Senate Pro Tempore – Cydney Turner
  • Academic Affairs Chair – Chris Walls
  • Internal Affairs Chair – Brea Talley
  • OWAM Chair – Jocelyn Kearney
  • P&O Chair – Tobi Kalejaiye
  • Student Affairs Chair – Capree’ Van Eaton
  • Parliamentarian – Chandler Crean
  • Historian – Asia Carter
  • Sergeant at Arms – Hilda Kolawole
  • Webmaster – Tyler Duru

The students will assume their roles after the student government inauguration on April 13.

Meet the candidates: Lauren Bullock, Kevin Hines

Student body presidential candidate Lauren Bullock and vice presidential candidate Kevin Hines stand together after the Student Government Association elections debate. Photo by Chris Crews.

Lauren Bullock, a senior sociology major is running for student body president. Her desire to run for the position has been fueled by her passion for education as well as her desire to help other students succeed.

Bullock wants to either work for Teach for America in Hawaii or the Peace Corps in South America as a health specialist after she graduates.

Bullock began working for the student government when she was sworn in as secretary for diversity affairs in May 2016. During her time in the position, Bullock has worked on several projects to promote diversity in regard to race, religion and gender. Bullock has also been working on improving the inclusiveness at UNC Charlotte. She said that while the school is already so diverse, that is completely different than being inclusive and she sees a great need in improving that aspect of UNC Charlotte.

“Our university’s administration is predominantly white, so giving not only students views but also a person of color’s views on inclusive matters is really important and I would really like to see more ethnicities and identities represented in SGA so that it’s not just one side of the spectrum,” Bullock said.

Outside of SGA, Bullock is the vice president of the Black Student Union, which is the first organization she joined as a freshman at UNC Charlotte. Bullock is the reigning Miss Mu Tau for 2016/2017 which is a pageant that is put on by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  When she ran for the title, her platform was to engage people of color to join in outdoor activities for the benefit of their physical and mental health and through that she became heavily involved with Venture on campus.

Running alongside Bullock is Kevin Hines, a sophomore political science major. Hines serves as a voting member on the hearing panel for the Judicial Branch. This position includes reviewing student conduct cases and determining educational sanctions and learning opportunities for the student involved in the case. Outside of SGA, Hines is a Niner Guide, a mentor for the Leadership Fellows Program, which he is a graduate of, the treasurer of the Mock Trial team and the office coordinator for the New Student and Family Services office on campus.

Bullock and Hines were introduced through mutual friends when Bullock was an orientation counselor. Bullock believes that she and Hines are a good pair because while he has a fiery personality, she, a self-described calm spirit, balances him out.

The pair is running on the platform “Cultivate the Community.”

“We feel that community is what Charlotte embodies whether it be the UNC Charlotte community, whether it be the greater Charlotte community, or different locals who give to our community,” said Bullock.

Their platform is based on three pillars. The first, “ensuring safety and quality life,” emphasizes the safety of students, whether it’s walking from the library to their car, making students who fear the possibility of deportation feel safe, holding students who use derogatory terms or post threatening messages accountable or ensuring the safety of students of color on campus.

The second pillar, “strengthening our social network,” is focused on improving the communication between the administration and students as well as communication between student government and students. Bullock believes that the communication needs to grow exponentially and become timelier.

The third and last pillar is “upholding noble Niner values.” This pillar focuses on accountability and giving students avenues to hold the student body president and vice president accountable and ensure they are accessible. Upholding the values includes upholding “Niner pride.”

According to Hines, Bullock will “make an excellent student body president due to her outstanding professionalism, ability to remain calm and collected in high-stress situations and her unwavering determination to improve this university for all of our students.”

“For me, the university is home and I know for Kevin, it’s home and we want everyone to feel that way and to never feel like they don’t have ownership here,” said Bullock.

Voting opens at vote.uncc.edu on March 28 at 8 a.m. and closes March 29 at 5 p.m.

Graduation goes green

UNC Charlotte commencement robes have officially been changed from black to green, which will take effect for the spring commencement ceremonies. Student Body Vice President Carrie Nowell has worked over the past two semesters on making the change happen. She said the idea originally came from Secretary for State and National Affairs Vincent Cahill this past summer. Cahill noted to Nowell that several schools in the North Carolina system had robes that matched their school colors. These schools include UNC Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and several others. Cahill thought it would be a good project for the student government to help build Niner pride.

There was a concern the change in color would change the price of the robes but the company that the University has already been using had the green robes and offered them at the same price as the black. The idea was presented to the Executive and Legislative branches in the fall and they supported the idea.

The student government sent out a survey about the idea to change colors and about 4,000 students responded which is roughly 17 percent of the undergraduate student body.  They also held publicity tables in the Student Union and had a model of the green robe to display. 64 percent of the students voted for the green robes. Many students stated in the survey that they were under the impression that the robes were already green.

Anonymous comments in the survey included, “I really love how wearing the green kind of screams how proud we are to graduate from UNC Charlotte.”

Nowell brought the results from the survey along with a sample of the robe to Chancellor Dubois and he gave his support to change the color.

While Nowell says that most of the feedback was positive, there was some backlash to the idea. Some students said that they wanted to stick with black robes because it was more traditional while others were concerned that it would clash with their outfit or they would not look good in green.

Students can pick up their green commencement robes at the Commencement Fair that will be held in March.

Senate update: Jess Pinti discusses Collegiate Recovery Community

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their sixth weekly student senate legislative meeting of the year Feb. 16.

Guest speakers

The Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator Jess Pinti along with five students spoke to the Senate about the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and what they provide for students who are in recovery or who would like to be. The CRC is a part of the Center for Wellness Promotion and it’s goal is to help student be successful in recovery and academics. They offer a sobriety room for approved students to utilize for different purposes. Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are also held in the sobriety room and are open to anyone. Pinti expressed interest to the Senate about starting a student organization for allies in recovery and needs eight students to join. The CRC at UNC Charlotte was the first in North Carolina.
Secretary for Diversity Affairs Lauren Bullock discussed the Preferred Name project which has been in the works for two years.

Senate Update: Sophomore class will have “halfway there fair”

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their fifth weekly student senate legislative meeting of the year Feb. 9.

Guest Speakers

The Secretary for Information Technology Gyovanni Boston-Crompton addressed the Senate on several projects she is working on.

South Village will receive a printer in fall 2017. REPROS, who supplies the printers, are looking for suggestions of other places that students believe would benefit from having a printer.

Boston-Crompton is also meeting with IT directors at each college to discuss issues specific to each college. IT directors have mentioned to her they want to hear more feedback from students.

Boston-Crompton also met with the Classroom Support Committee and discussed the need for all classrooms to be approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Renovations to rooms have happened in Fretwell and Cameron. Changes will continue to be made across campus. Clickers also needed to become more ADA friendly. A large amount of faculty requested a change to the clicker program. The change will be announced on Friday.

Sophomore Class President Robert Fleming announced that the sophomore class will be having a “Halfway There Fair” named after the idea that they are halfway through college. While the fair will have food and games, it will also tables from places like the Career Center. The tentative date and location is April 6 on the West Quad.

Senator Bailey Russell spoke on behalf of Student Body Treasurer Hayden Smith. She discussed the 2017-18 budget and budget cuts that each class council will experience.

Secretary for Internal Affairs Marshall Stookey discussed the upcoming SGA elections. Nominations will be open Feb. 18-27. Elections will be held March 28-29. Positions open to run for are listed on the UNCC SGA website.

New Student Organizations

The Senate approved the following new student organizations:

Anthropology Graduate Student Association – The goal of this organization is to provide an opportunity for the professional development of anthropology graduate students and advocate for student participation through community and academic platforms.

Student Parent Association- This organization was created by parenting students, to help provide academic and personal support, resources and networking opportunities to future, current and/or past parenting students, regardless of age or sex. The goal of SPA is to provide peer support and useful resources for parenting and/or pregnant students. SPA and its officers plan to utilize a collection of personal knowledge, in addition to resources provided by advisors and university staff, to provide academic assistance, familial aid and personal support sought by parenting students.

Puppy Love – This organization will raise money and volunteer for local shelters and spread awareness for the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” movement. They will put on various fundraising events and workshops to further educate members about pet care, shelter animals and animal rights.

Hechenbleikner Lake named Certified Wildlife Habitat

Sign designates lake as certified wildlife habitat. Katelynn Pennington.

Hechenbleikner Lake on campus has been designated as a Certified Wilidlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). When Lindsay Klingenschmidt was working towards her Bachelors in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Food and Nutrition, she was encouraged to pick a project on campus that reinforced the underlying sustainability platform that Chartwells has. She decided to work towards designating the lake as a wildlife habitat. The requirements for a Certified Wildlife Habitat have five main categories applicants must meet with more specific requirements in each category according to the NWF website. The categories include food, water, cover, places to raise young and sustainable practices.

University Sustainability Coordinator Tyler Sytsma said that the designation of the lake is a good educational tool for the campus community.

“Biodiversity, protecting habitats, natural resources, making sure we’re being stewards of the land are all increasingly important concepts right now and being able to demonstrate that we’re taking this seriously, taking the steps we need in order to protect what we have goes a long way with how everyone perceives the university,” said Sytsma.

Sytsma said that the most difficult part of the process was getting the sign to meet the standards that the university requires. He also touched on the importance of the certification for the campus.

“It’s wanting to maintain the natural beauty of UNC Charlotte because if you went with aggressive expansion of everything around here we’d be in a concrete jungle that would feel really restrictive to go to school. By making sure we have the fine balance of nature and education and development, it maintains that attractiveness to perspective new students and alumni who want to come back and see the campus,” said Sytsma.

The National Wildlife Federation certifies habitats in suburban yards, corporate properties, farms, schools, parks and more according to their website.

The certification will not limit student’s access to the area.

Senate Update: Initial step in replacing Vice President as official who oversees Senate organizations

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly student senate legislative meeting Feb. 2.

Guest speakers

Secretary for State and National Affairs Vincent Cahill spoke to the Senate about the importance of the program Kognito, which educates students on recognizing mental illness in others. Cahill encouraged senators to share the program with various organizations that they are involved with. He also spoke about the possibility of the university incorporating voter registration within the enrollment process for new students.

Secretary for Academic Affairs Robert Russell addressed the Senate and spoke about reevaluating the use of midterm feedback forms. He said there were concerns that the midterm form may be taking away from the end-of-term course evaluations and that many students may not fill out the form. Other possibilities are being looked into to either improve the form or to replace it. He also talked about the library advisory board that was created for students and library staff to work together to make improvement to the library. The board meets on the last Tuesday of every month and meetings are open to anyone.

New student organizations

The Senate approved the following new student organizations:

Art Poetica – This club will study the crafting of poetry, forms and accomplished poets in order for members to grow as writers.

Field Hockey – The goal of Field Hockey is to develop a tight knit community that will lead players to the National Field Hockey League.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club – This club will encourage interest in the field of Occupational Therapy.

Makerspace – This organization will provide the opportunity for student’s interested in experimenting with computer aided design, collaboration and prototyping objects to work with 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines.

Approved bills

Student Bill 53.2-14 with the short title “Food and Beverage Line Item Act” was approved by the Senate. This bill allows student organizations to apply for five food grants per semester. Organizations could originally only apply for two food grants.

Student Bill 53.2-15 with the short title “Senate Leadership Comprehensive Remodeling Act” was also approved by the Senate. This bill, if approved financially and passed by a student body vote, would alter the current constitution of the student body. The current constitution gives administrative responsibility to the student body vice president to preside over the Senate. The changes to the bill would give that responsibility to a speaker and a speaker pro tempore who will work out of The Office of the Speaker. This bill was created to lighten the workload of the vice president and to have a senator who is familiar with procedures to reside over the Senate.

Senate update: plans for Freshman Week

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their third weekly student senate legislative meeting of the year Jan. 26.

Guest speaker

Freshman Class President Vivian Ojimadu spoke to the Senate to announce the schedule for “Freshman Week,” which will be held the week of March 13, the week after Spring Break. The week will include various activities each day including a chicken wings and pizza night, basketball tournament, humanitarian day, a student discount at Defy Gravity and ending with a party. Ojimadu said that the events are not exclusive to freshman students.

The Secretary for Student Affairs Reginald Cobbins spoke to the Senate about the Food Crew, which is a group that meets on a monthly basis to advise Chartwells on preferences that students have when it comes to dining. Students who are interested in joining the Food Crew can email foodcrew@uncc.edu.

Senator of the Month

Bailey Russell has been named the Senator of the Month for January. Russell was nominated for her dedication inside and out of senate, her thoroughness and her hard work as the chair of the Organizational Ways and Means Committee, according to senator Amber Creft. Russell is a junior political science major who is a member of the pre-law society.

New student organizations

The senate approved the following new student organizations:

The National Association of Black JournalistsAn organization for students, journalist and media-based professionals that provide quality programs, conferences and events that enhance members skills and experience in journalism.

Applied Technology Program Interest OrganizationAn organization for students with interest in the Financial Services Industry, Bank of America or the Applied Technology Program (ATP). They plan to lead on campus events where students can learn about Bank of America, the Financial Services Industry, the ATP program and the importance of diversity in business.

Japanese Reading Club – A club that meets to read various Japanese reading materials for interest and practice.

Veg ClubThe goal of the club is to reduce animal suffering by inspiring change at all levels. Through outreach, education and social events we act as the catalyst in the veg movement. We welcome all that are veg curious, vegan/vegetarian. We invite UNCC students to partake in the benefits of a plant based diet for the sake of health, the animals and the planet. The club will allow students to meet other vegetarians/vegans as well as anyone who is curious about the lifestyle. This will done through volunteering opportunities, potlucks, movie screenings and more.

Senate Update: Chartwells liaison Jody Thompson gives updates on dining services, new orgs

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their second weekly student senate legislative meeting of the year Jan. 19.

Guest Speaker

Jody Thompson, the liaison for Chartwells spoke to the senate about current and upcoming changes to dining services. She spoke about the optional dining account incentive that gives students free meal swipes after they deposit a certain amount of money onto their account until May 2.

She introduced the “smart market” that was installed in the EPIC building at the beginning of the semester and how successful it has been, mentioning that it has had to be replenished every day.

Upcoming projects include “refreshing” Starbucks in the student union, which will happen this summer as well as a new menu rotation for the “grab and go” food that is supplied in various locations around campus such as Peet’s Coffee and Tea.

Chartwells contract will be up for bid so Thompson will be looking into other options as well as visiting schools like Texas A&M and The University of Alabama in the upcoming future to see what different options they have.

Confirmation of New Senators

Six new senators were confirmed at the meeting. Venkata Tharun and Karen Edikala of the College of Computing and Informatics, Tobi Kalejaiye and Tiffany McMillan of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Kenneth Strickland of the William States Lee College of Engineering and Chandler Crean who is a Freshman-At-Large.

Appointment of Sergeant-At-Arms

The Senate nominated and elected a new Sergeant-at-Arms. Shamar Crosby, a junior theater major, was elected. The position became available after Nafis Bilal resigned at the end of last semester.

New Student Organizations

The senate approved of the following new student organizations:

Art and Mindfulness – A club that wants to spread mindfulness and inner peace through meditation, creativity and free expression. Their goal is to find peace through different creative practices.

Christian Engineering Society – An organization that plans to help Christian engineering students build relationships with each other through Biblical study.

Sigma Alpha Omega Upsilon Chapter – A sorority that describes itself as being focused on building relationships with Christ through unity and sisterhood. Members will partake in Christian fellowship, service and social activities.

GirlTrek – An organization whose mission is to start a health movement for African American women at UNC Charlotte and in the surrounding community.

Senate update: discussion of construction, traffic

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) had their weekly legislative meeting Sept. 29 and were joined by Director of Facilities Planning, Chris Gilbert, who discussed construction projects for next year and traffic alleviation with the senate.

Guest Speaker- facilities management

Gilbert spoke to the senate about the extensive list of changes the University will see in the coming years pertaining to construction.

He broke down the areas of construction, which include renovations to the academic core, administrative space, improvements to infrastructure as well as new construction.

Current projects underway include the renovation of Burson, the resurfacing of the Belk track, campus-wide generator upgrades, renovations to the Resident Dining Hall and more. Future campus projects Gilbert discussed include an admissions and visitors center, campus circulation improvements, Scott Hall renovations and an expansion to the Union Deck.

Gilbert assured senators that his team would do their best to keep congestion on campus to a minimum while construction is occurring. Next year will be the busiest year pertaining to construction projects on campus.

He also informed senators that with the addition of the light rail, added security measures would be implemented around the stop including additional officers as well as possible security cameras.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Area Transit System and campus police are working on other ideas to ensure the safety of the area.

Additional Guest Speakers

Press Secretary for SGA Ena Walker spoke about the SGA homecoming float as well as “Norm Knows,” a campaign that will give students tips, tricks and advice through social media. This campaign will begin Oct. 10.

Secretary for State and National Affairs Vincent Cahill discussed voting registration, campus watch parties for the presidential debates and a voting site on campus for residents of Mecklenburg County.

Secretary for Athletic Affairs Carter Reid spoke about the concerns students had over ticketing and coming up with ideas on how to make the process of reserving a ticket for sporting events easier.

Junior Class President Mackenzie Belton and Sophomore Class President Robert Fleming discussed events that both classes are throwing. They are partnering together for a movie on the lawn event that is scheduled for Oct. 20. Price of admission will be canned good. Donations will be given to the local food pantry.

New senators sworn in

Student Body Vice President and Leader of the Senate Carrie Nowell swore in nine new senators. Freshman Class President and Secretary for Information Technology sworn in Freshman Class President Vivian Ojimadu was sworn in as well as Secretary for Information Technology, Gyovanni Boston-Crompton.

Senator of the Month

The senate has begun a new tradition of nominating a “senator of the month.” The first senator to hold the title for the month of September is Marshall Stookey. According to the senate, he was chosen because “he is prepared, engaged [in meetings] and professional.”

New student organizations

The senate has approved three new student organizations. They are Odyssey Outreach, Odyssey Online and Tenacious Dreamers.