At Monday’s SGA meeting, a Chartwell’s representative gave hope to those that want to “Eat Mor Chikin” without having to head over to the University Center.
SGA also discussed the possibility of extending the dining hall hours, and elected five new senators.
Edward Taraskewich, Chartwells’ regional district manager, also discussed lengthening hours of operation for the Palms and Hopper dining halls while talking about the addition of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant on a more central part of campus.
“We have presented to the University, extending the hours to 10 p.m. at Hopper on Monday through Thursday for those that have late classes,” Taraskewich said. “We are also extending the hours at Palms on Friday and Saturday nights til 8 p.m.”
Currently, Hopper is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Palms is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., closes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and stays open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The change in hours, if approved, would take effect after Spring Break at the earliest.
Taraskewich also mentioned possible additions to dining services per the demand of the student body.
“The students at Valdosta State would like to see a Chick-Fil-A closer to the center of campus,” Taraskewich said. “We are evaluating that, and we have come up with a strategic plan, and we have presented it to the University.”
“It will be a full-blown store,” Taraskewich said. “It will be huge.”
VSU students were quite receptive to the idea.
“It would be cool to have a Chick-Fil-A over here,” said Corey Wasley, business management major.
“I would actually be a fan of that,” Tara Davis, English major, said. “I never eat the food here unless I get a fruit cup from The Loop, it’s all kind of greasy, so it would be a healthier option.”
In addition to dining services, SGA participated in an election that saw five students elected to the senate.
The students, Emma Carey, Lorraine Dawkins, Anthony Fino, Colby Hall and Taylor Malone made speeches and answered questions from current SGA senators during the meeting.
“I am sincerely compelled to serve,” Dawkins said. “Serving in our Student Government is not about holding a title, but answering the call of great responsibility.
“The seat of a Senator must be taken seriously because it is a position which one holds not for themselves, but for the student body, and it is important that the voices of the student body are heard.”
Colby Hall, another new senator, expressed a desire to offer a helping hand in the VSU community.
“I want to help out the campus, the community, and make a difference in things I believe in,” Hall said before the speeches.
SGA meets every Monday in the University Center’s Magnolia Room at 8 p.m.