Meal plan changes

SGA discusses several new bills

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 23, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
SGA senators vote to table discussion of the joint congress bill until changes are made to it. The bill is in regard to a Veterans Affairs Clinic.

The Student Government Association discussed changes to the meal plan in its meeting on Monday night in the Junell Center VIP room.

The Caf is going offline in spring 2019 and is to return in fall of 2019.

Sophomore senator Brayden Woods said the building is being remolded.

"It’s a two-step process; the infrastructure is being replaced, and then renovation is making it look nice and getting it out of the 80’s," Woods said.

Student Body President Emily Hecox discussed changes to meal plans for the coming year.

"They made it to where you have three meal exchanges each day, max, but there are no time restrictions so you can use them anytime you want," Hecox said.

Hecox said that more food items will be included on these meal plans. For example, Einstein’s Bros. Bagels currently has 50% of their items on the meal plan, but 100% of their items will be on the meal planin the fall. The percentages for Subway will grow from 48% to 74%.

Hecox said the Gold meal plans will cover either 21 or 15 meals per week, three per day. The Blue meal plans will cover 120 meals or 80 meals.

"The Blue goes up a little bit, and the Gold makes more sense if you live on campus," Hecox said.

Hecox said the cap prices per meal are $5.50 for breakfast and $7.50 for lunch and dinner.

"That is the price because there are less options for breakfast and usually less students will utilize a breakfast option and the $7.50 for lunch and dinner because there is a more variety of options for that time frame," Woods said.

"Right now, if you buy a sub on the meal plan then the sub, chips and drinks are covered, but if you just get the sub you still use the whole meal, so it’s the same thing," Hecox said. "You can use a meal to buy a milkshake, but you still use the whole meal."

They are also looking to increase the hours so students have more time to get their meals.

Hecox said that this plan is mostly finalized.

"The contract isn’t set in stone, so there is still some wiggle room," Hecox said.

The senate also discussed a joint congress bill that the Texas Tech University Systems are involved in regarding the support of the Veterans Affairs Clinic that will be built in Lubbock in conjunction with the University Medical Center.

Hecox said the four universities in our system take the bill to their individual senates and make adjustments.

"Then we come together and pass the bill as an entire system after we pass it is individuals," Hecox said.

Hecox said their job is to offer their support for the clinic.

"The legislation was made to say we support the building of this, so by passing it, it shows that as a system we support the building of the VA clinic by the federal government that is going to impact our veteran population in West Texas and West Texas healthcare as a whole," Hecox said.

Hecox said the bill will be passed on March 8, but ASU’s senate has no control over it because the building is federally funded.

Hecox also mentioned that on March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be an HPV vaccine event in the UC.

"If you haven’t had your HPV vaccination you can come get of those rounds there; it is a three-round vaccination," Hecox said.

Hecox said students must bring documentation to get the final round if they have had the first two already.

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