SGA advocates for students

Student discounts added, Election Commision grows

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 8, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
Hannah Marks, sophomore, and Ana Barbara Uribe, senior, swear in as the newest election committee members. Elections will be held on April 10 -11.

The Student Government Association received new student discounts, added two new students to their Election Commission team and continued discussion on meal plan changes March 5 in the Junell Center.

Sophomore Michael Abarca said they added new businesses to the discount program, including Dickey’s Barbecue and Jack and Jill Donuts on Sherwood, both 10% off.

Lone Star Cheeseburgers offers a free drink with a purchase of a burger and fries, and MMM Designs gives 50% off their haircuts for men and women.

"These are a couple of the new discounts, and there are a lot more," Abarca said.

Abarca said to view more discounts, type "Angelo State Student Discount Program" in the search bar at angelo.edu.

"It’s a great program that Angelo State students should utilize," Abarca said.

Sophomore Brayden Woods said there were a few questions and concerns about the meal plan from the senate.

"One of them was about allergies associated with living on campus and the diverse group that we have on campus," Woods said.

Woods said the senate asked what the plan was to accommodate for people’s needs regarding allergies.

"Chartwells and Housing are both prepared and

handling it," Woods said. "They think their plan is the best plan at the moment, but things can always change."

Woods said they have the idea of a pop-up kitchen in the residence halls or in the Junell Center that allows for them to lower the risk of cross-contamination, especially for gluten.

"Once we get closer to the actual start of the construction they’ll be able to judge to see what they need to change with that idea and plan," Woods said.

Woods said they are trying to save the students costs, and some students can be exempted from getting the meal plan.

"To get off meal plan and live on campus, it has to be a viable reason like a gluten allergy or something that is difficult for them to accommodate for," Woods said. "It has to be an actual reason for the exemption."

Woods said that housing does offer meal plan exemptions; qualifying students can set up meetings with housing directors.

"There are two people in the housing office that can actually offer the exemptions for extreme cases," Woods said. "Meal plan exemptions are always an option for students if they qualify."

Woods said there are certain requirements the student has to meet to qualify.

Woods said if the situation is financial, if they can’t afford it, they want to work with them.

"They don’t know everything so you have to come to them," Woods said.

Woods added that students in Vanderventer Apartments are excluded from the meal plan.

Sophomore Hannah Marks and senior Ana Barbara Uribe filled in two spots in the election commission.

"I’m basically helping with the upcoming president, vice president and senator election and making sure the voting is fair," Marks said.

Marks said two members dropped out, and she was asked to fill one of the positions.

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