SGA the largest student senate ASU has seen in years

President Lujan discusses goals for the new year which include better Wi-Fi on campus

By Sydney Wegner and Hannah Schindler
On August 28, 2015

This year with a full senate the Student Government Association has various goals such as improving the Wi-Fi on campus and expanding the Ram Tram’s hours.

This SGA is currently the largest student senate that ASU has had in years, new student body president, Jarett Lujan, said. There are 50 senate seats and only two aren’t filled Lujan said.

Lujan hasn’t wasted any time over the summer and is already implementing new ideas into the student government. He has recruited over 30 senators for student government over the summer.

SGA has eight committees in total handling things from academic affairs to parking, they host the annual Rammys event, where each department is represented. There are more bills being proposed than ever, leaving the students, faculty and staff optimistic about this upcoming semester, Lujan said.

Lujan said he is excited about the student discount program, a program with now approximately 70 businesses locally and online that gives discounts to ASU students.

“We have really been trying to brand ASU across San Angelo and so far the community is responding really well to it,” Lujan said. The businesses who are involved in the discount program have a flag displayed to help students identify that the business gives discounts or that students are welcome there, Lujan said.

The idea of branding ASU in San Angelo will hopefully help unify the community and allow for more opportunities to improve the ASU lifestyle, Lujan said. “One of our main goals for the year is to be completely transparent and accessible to the student body,” Haley Rhodes, student body vice president, said. “We represent every student on campus and we want everyone to feel comfortable coming to any member of SGA, including the executives, with any concern or idea. Big or small, every concern is important to SGA and we will do everything that we can in order to address that concern.”

Rhodes said she has a very busy job being the vice president but is excited for what is to come.

“I’ve gotten to meet so many wonderful people so far with my job,” Rhodes said. “I want to meet as many students as I can during my time in office; it’s important for me to know who I’m representing. I love making friends and I want students to know that they can come up to me at any time to say hello or to talk about an issue they see on campus.”

Rhodes also said that SGA wants the student body to be informed of what they’re doing so they are making an effort to post their projects and achievements on the SGA website as well as ASU social media.

“The best way for students to be involved in SGA is to email issues they want to discuss or to visit our office located in the CSI,” Alfredo Felipe, senator representing the chemistry seat, said. “We are a student led organization for the students. Our priority is for the students to feel safe and enjoy their stay at ASU.”

Felipe is a junior chemistry major and also a student service chairman in SGA. “The goal of the Student Service committee is to represent the needs of students living on campus,” Felipe said. “As a committee we accomplished a lot last year and we will continue to do our best again this year.” Felipe said that he advises incoming students to join an organization or club they are interested in, network with other students and staff, and always ask for help.

Another SGA venture is the Ram Tram. With roughly 500 rides given last semester, the tram is expanding. The goal was exceeded and with that there is most definitely a need for transportation at ASU, Lujan said. SGA hopes sometime this fall the Ram Tram will be up and running all week as well as on the weekends to help meet the needs of students, Lujan said.

Lujan said that he encourages everyone to attend their first fall semester meeting on Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the CJ Davidson Center.

“We want to hear students’ voice,” Lujan said. “We want them to come in and tell us their concerns, we want to be transparent and we want everyone to be informed.”

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