Previously, on SGA: Winter Storm Aftermath


The following covers the meeting on Feb. 24.

Sophomore senator Sol Rivas Lopes began the meeting by mentioning complaints about professors not altering their syllabuses after the winter storm. Adviser David Tuttle said that a group of faculty members who were aware of the complaints made a case to associate vice president for Academic Affairs Michael Soto, who plans on enforcing flexibility. Tuttle encouraged students with specific complaints to reach out to Soto directly.
First-year senator Danae Barkocy brought up the Mabee Dining Hall employees who stayed overnight in the building to be able to provide food for students. Barkocy raised the possibility of thanking the employees as a university. President Jaelen Harris, senior, added that he hoped the workers were being compensated monetarily in addition to receiving recognition.
Tuttle acknowledged the employees’ sacrifice but said it was up to Aramark to determine compensation. In the Zoom chat, first-year senator Steven Cox urged that the workers be recognized by name rather than as general “dining staff.”

President Harris opened the floor to anyone who wanted to comment on or raise concerns about the aftermath of the winter storm. Tuttle acknowledged the hard work of the facilities staff to keep campus functional and explained the continuing problems with the water pipes in City Vista.
Senator Cox expressed desire to use the storm as an opportunity to educate about climate change. Tuttle responded by saying that ordinarily, faculty who specialize in that area would take advantage of the opportunity but may not have time to do so with the pandemic.

President Harris asked if anyone had issues they wanted to bring up during the five-minute presentation to the Board of Trustees on Friday. Regarding the plans to reopen in the fall, President Harris said he would ask what conditions would make the university rescind that plan as well as ask that students be kept up to date on any future information.
Tuttle suggested that although the Board was unlikely to adjust the three-year residency requirement, SGA could request that they make certain exceptions for students in their third year depending on the circumstances.