SGA addresses banning e-cigarettes

Student Government Association discusses e-cigarettes, among other concerns

By Ixchel Sotelo
On November 1, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: The gavel comes down and the meeting is in session. Austin Habecker, SGA vice presi­dent, led the meeting.

The Student Government Associa­tion on Oct. 21 held a senate meeting in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center to address e-cigarettes on campus, publicity and home­coming recognitions.

On Oct. 1, the Texas A&M University System announced plans to ban all forms of e-cigarettes throughout their university sys­tem due to rising health concerns. While the Texas Tech University Sytem has yet to an­nounce a plan of their own, the SGA on Oct. 22 sent a survey via email to all ASU students and faculty to get their opinions regarding va­ping on campus.

“We’re not sure if that will come down through the Texas Tech system office at this time, but we want to have data to show to the system on how that will affect students and faculty and staff because this ban would affect everyone,” Dr. Matthew Gritter, faculty advis­er, said.

Bill No. 91.07, authored by SGA Sen­ator Mason Hightower, proposed an increase in SGA visibility at on-campus events by giv­ing requirements to senators to engage with other students. While various senate mem­bers discussed the requirements of attendance to the events themselves, SGA Senator Landry Lambert was more concerned with the con­flict behind the bill itself.

“We need to hold our committee members accountable, ourselves account­able, our leadership accountable,” Lambert said. “There should be no excuse for at least one committee member should be present at all functions.”

By majority vote, senators sent the bill to the Rules of the Senate Committee.

The SGA also addressed recognizing the 2019 Homecoming Committee and all of its supporting staff. Discussion opened and new names were added to the list.

The next committee meeting will be held on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

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