Safety, commuters, and new GDS options on SGA agenda

The Student Government Association discussed safety and student affairs during their weekly meeting on Oct. 18.

On Thursday Oct. 21, SGA will partner with the village of South Orange to conduct a “light walk” to find areas of concern outside the campus gates.

The walk, which will start out the University’s back gate, is modeled after programs that other larger universities use to address problems dealing with safety on their campuses.

“Our problem is not on our campus but out in South Orange,” SGA President Melissa Boege said.

The walk will include a group of students, administrators and township officials, including representatives from SGA, Village Liaisons, Community Development, Public Safety, Community Relations and the South Orange Board of Trustees, according to SGA’s online blog.

One senator noted that it will be important to see if changes are made off-campus after the walk takes place.

The treasurer’s report also commented on safety with the announcement that on Thursday, Oct. 21, SGA will also be tabling to hand out safety information and surveys in order to have statistical data to back up the claims made on safety.

Issues concerning commuter students were addressed as well.

Student Life Chairman Derel Stroud is looking into a housing commuter plan that would allow commuter students in residence halls during exams.

To further ease students’ busy schedules, Melissa Boege, in her president’s report, reminded everyone to promote Gourmet Dining Services’ new boxed lunch and dinner program which allows students to choose from several meal and desert combinations.

Students must place orders 24 hours in advance and use a meal swipe in order to take advantage of the program.

The proposed idea to remove cafeteria trays was also furthered during the meeting. Several SGA senators claimed that most students say that the trays should be taken away.

In financial news, several clubs were approved money.

One such club was the theatre club, which was approved $1,205 to buy rights to the musical “Tic Tic Boom” and $400 to produce a haunted house.

To conclude the meeting, SGA senators voted and approved to hold a town hall meeting scheduled for Monday Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m.

The Nov. 15 meeting will replace a normal SGA meeting.

Ashley Duvall can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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