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SGA meets through Zoom on Monday, April 6, 2020.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Student Government Association held their second remote meeting through Zoom on Monday, April 6.

Among the topics of the meeting, one that was continuously reiterated was the fact that the SGA wants to hear from the UL Lafayette students through the SGA questions, comments and concerns link.

“If (students) do have any comments, concerns or questions they can spread it to us and we can try to see if we can resolve them. And if we can’t, we can notify the parties that should resolve them,” SGA Treasurer Jonathan Adams said. “If they don’t know about the problems then they can’t get it fixed.”

“Those questions go straight to Dean Perez, she takes them straight to Dr. McKinney, and then they come right back down with answers,” SGA President Rachel Lautigar said.

The SGA is also making an effort to reach out to the university’s students, creating surveys for specific colleges and classes, encouraging people to ask questions or make suggestions, and working to keep freshman students informed through an upcoming scheduled Zoom call.

“We want to be a voice that has some clarity with what we know that the students need,” Lautigar said.

Regarding commencement, as it stands right now there are plans to have a virtual general assembly.

“Everything is still pushing to have a virtual ceremony of sorts on May 15,” Lautigar said. Although steps are being considered to make the event more personal; along with names and pictures they are considering adding personal recorded messages.

Condolence #2 was proposed, allowing SGA to offer their condolences to the family of former UL Lafayette President, Ray P. Authement, Ph.D., who recently passed. SGA passed this condolence unanimously.

“His passing affects the lives of his family, friends and the entire UL Lafayette community,” said Senator Reed Broussard while reading the motion. “It is therefore resolved that the Student Government Association issues their condolences and offers their solidarity during these difficult times to the family of Dr. Ray P. Authement, and recognizes that his spirit and legacy lives on in the Rajun Cajun community.”

There was also considerable talk amongst SGA college presidents about what to do with the funding for the annual college projects. Multiple college presidents expressed interest in donating the entirety or remaining balance of their project budget to UL Lafayette’s Campus Cupboard, a local resource for the campus community members to get food at no cost.

As for progress regarding the new appointment of a dean for the College of Business, candidates are currently being interviewed via Zoom this week, said SGA College of Business President Mary Margaret Gil.

Finishing up the meeting, Lautigar brought attention to the upcoming SGA election being held this week and encouraged students to vote. UL Lafayette students can vote on Engage, which will automatically connect them with their college’s ballot. The ballots will open at 6 a.m. on Wed. April 8. The results of the election will be announced at 5 p.m. Thurs. April 9 through SGA.

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