Town Hall “big success”

Parking issues and pricey laundry loads were discussed at the Student Government Associa­tion’s holiday Town Hall meeting on Monday in the University Cen­ter.

The SGA set up the Faculty Lounge with festive free food, holiday-decorated tables and open doors. The forum of the meeting was a town hall structure.

“Town Hall is a low key, infor­mal environment to interact with SGA,” Mario Costa, SGA vice president, said.

According to Dolores Bu­jnowski, who helped organize the event, they wanted the setting to encourage students to approach SGA members and talk about any concerns they might have.

Students and SGA mem­bers began to arrive around 5:20 p.m., and by 6 p.m. people were overflowing into the lobby. Free Christmas treats were offered to all attendees including a cupcake decorating station and a chocolate fondue fountain.

Students used the welcoming atmosphere to see what the as­sociation is doing for Seton Hall, and maybe how they could get in­volved in the future, too.

“I think I’ll get involved even­tually, and this is the first step,” freshman Amanda Speed said.

As the meeting continued, SGA President Joe Donato ad­dressed the students who attended. He then passed it on to the other executive board members and senators to introduce themselves and briefly talk about what they were working on. Representatives and other members also had the chance to introduce themselves as well and state their agendas.

Sophomore ROTC Sen. Bren­ton Warn found many students who were willing to approach him with questions.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about residence life concerns,” Warn said.

Many non-SGA members at­tended at the event.

“We would love to have more people come out to our meetings and have our meetings be like this every week,” Warn said.

Before a more formal Q-and-A, a guest speaker from Parking Services, manager Anne Szipszky, came to address any concerns from students. An issue that was addressed was parking availabil­ity on campus. According to Szip­szky, Parking Services is currently trying to “conserve” parking and “use the spaces we have wisely,” but said they were open to any suggestions.

During the Q-and-A students brought up concerns with Com­munity Development getting in­volved on off-campus situations.

Other questions included the problem of pricey laundry loads, especially for residents where the cost of a few loads every week or so might start to add up. SGA took the problem into consideration and laundry is an issue they are al­ready working on, they said.

The session broke up into a more relaxed situation where stu­dents could interact with SGA members for the rest of the meet­ing while enjoying holiday music and food.

“I think this has been a big suc­cess,” Bujnowski said.

SGA meetings are every other Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Chan­cellor Suite. Students are welcome to come to see what SGA is up to or to discuss any concerns they might have.

Mary Marshall can be reached at mary.marshall@student.shu.edu.

Author: Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall is the Editor In Chief of The Setonian. She is a senior at Seton Hall, originally from Chicago. Mary is currently majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. She is a former intern for NBC Dateline, Tom Brokaw and MSNBC. Mary reports on local crime and breaking news on campus.

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