The Student Government Association Senate met on Monday night to pass multiple resolutions relating to student life at Auburn. First, the Senate passed a bill to allow the student body to vote during the upcoming elections upon the speaker for the Final Lecture. The measure, sponsored by Senator Natalie Thomley, states, “The Student Government Association…will create an official referendum to be added to the ballot for the General Spring Elections. The content of this referendum…will be the finalists for the 2015 Final Lecture for the student body…” The Final Lecture is a widely respected tradition in which Auburn students have the opportunity to select an outstanding faculty member to deliver a keynote address near the end of the semester. Typically the recognized professor has a long record of excellence in teaching and service in the Auburn community.
Also on Monday night, the Senate passed a resolution recognizing Auburn as a Styrofoam-free campus. When asked why he co-sponsored the bill, Senator Brady Peek stated, “We just felt like this was a major accomplishment for Auburn and an important step to being a more environmentally-friendly campus… Auburn University is one of the top green schools in the nation, and this is just one step towards staying at the forefront of that.”
The resolution’s other co-sponsor, Senator Luke Carlson, talked about the importance of the switch away from Styrofoam products. “There are two major reasons why this is great for Auburn. One, Styrofoam takes up more room in a trash can than paper products. So statistically, Auburn University is throwing away fewer bags of trash each week. Second, paper is a lot more biodegradable than Styrofoam…and is a lot more environmentally-friendly product.”
Next week, the Senate will be meeting on Monday night at 8 PM, as the major candidate SGA debate will be taking place earlier in the evening.