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SGA's Monday meeting addressed the financial aid issue among others.

SGA announces future alumni benefits, Blazer Safe Ride updates

On Monday, Feb. 26, SGA opened their weekly meeting with an introduction of a new proposal for campus recreation given by Shawn Phippen, Director of Campus Recreation. Phippen discussed post-college benefits for alumni living in Valdosta.

“We are trying to reach those students who have graduated from here and still want to be involved with on-campus activities such as the rec center, theatrical performances, and home sporting events,” Phippen said.

A pending proposal created by the Campus Recreation committee said that a year pass for use at the recreation center is $270. It also said that year pass for theatrical performances is $86.46, and an all-sports pass for athletics would be $285. The total cost would be $640.46.

At the moment, the numbers are not set in stone. Phippen said he is looking to SGA to help decide on a set number, which will then move to Alumni services for further consideration.

The meeting then transitioned to updates of the Blazer Safe Ride, VSU’s replacement to the night shuttle. Speaker of the House Jacob Bell conducted the presentation, touching on various updates.

The proposal included implementing a separate dispatcher (which will serve as a student job), creation of a mobile application for requesting rides, and establishing drop off and pick up points from outlying areas to main campus.

With the dispatcher, Bell posed a question to the senate: Do you think they should be a changed phone number for the dispatcher? Senator Arlandis Lundy was in favor of the idea for changing it.

“I am personally in favor for it because when you call for the ride, it is a bit uncertain to the dispatcher if it is an emergency or not,” Lundy said. “The changed number would distinguish between the two for the dispatcher to understand.”

VSU police department will continue to offer safe escorts for students who are out after hours and/or in an unsafe location.

Next on the agenda was the Blazer Build update, which is a campus community service initiative for faculty, staff, and students. Secretary Sylandi Brown introduced the plan, which will take place during the month of April.

“All skill sets are welcomed to participate,” Brown, jokingly, said.

From Tuesday through Saturday in April, any one of the campus body will be able to volunteer. Times for volunteering will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Written by Prince Robinson, Staff Writer. Photo by Taylor Sutherland, Staff Photographer.

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