August 28, 2017
By Jacob Sparks
Director of Print Media, SGA
The SGA Senate’s first official meeting of the semester began with a message from the university’s Chief Financial Officer, Kelly Shomaker. She gave an overview of her position, which includes annually setting tuition rates.Shomaker made a point to encourage the senators to communicate with her and her colleagues, saying, “Administrators here can’t change things we don’t know about.”
Senator Max Zinner of the Graduate School announced that the school is planning to spearhead two new programs. First, the Tiger Sitter Program will enable graduate students to utilize volunteering undergraduates as babysitters, so that they may complete their necessary commitments in their studies. Secondly, an undergraduate mentorship program has been proposed that would match current graduate students with undergrads considering advancing into a similar graduate program.
Senators from the College of Liberal Arts have decided to hold office hours in different buildings across campus that are utilized by the college, e.g., Goodwin Hall, Haley Center, Biggin Hall, on a rotating basis.
The bill that was slated to establish the Student Ticketing Appeals Committee was postponed indefinitely on Monday night. The legislation intended to create a committee chaired by the Executive Vice President of Programs, currently Faith Webb, and composed of five other voting members would hear student appeals of penalty points issued as a result of failure to comply with the new student ticketing policy. The policy is currently in operation with the first set of penalty points eligible to be distributed this Saturday as the Tigers face Georgia Southern. More information on the new student ticketing policy can be found here: aub.ie/aufstc.
In their final measure of the evening, the Senate voted unanimously to commend Apple CEO and Auburn Alumnus Tim Cook for his work and thank him for conducting a conversation about diversity with the student body in the spring.
The SGA Senate will not meet next Monday as the university observes Labor Day. The Senate will reconvene on Monday, September 11 at 7:30 PM in Student Center 2222/2223. All meetings are open to the public.