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SGA prepares for Halloween with JHU Haunted House Funding Bill

By LANA SWINDLE | October 7, 2023

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In SGA’s weekly meeting, members casted votes for the position of Chair of Fundraising on the School of Arts and Sciences Shared Governance Council.

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Oct. 3 and voted on the Attendance Bylaws Amendment Bill, JHU Haunted House Funding Bill, Phi Delta Theta Crab Fest Funding Bill 2.0 and Student Perspective Interview Initiative Bill.

Dunbar Baldwin Hughes (DBH) 30th Anniversary Gala Funding Bill

Junior Class Senator Brandon Benjamin motioned to overturn a bill granting funding to the DBH 30th Anniversary Gala Event on Oct. 14. 

  • The motion to overturn the bill passed unanimously.

Attendance Bylaws Amendment Bill

Sophomore Class President Stone Meng introduced the Attendance Bylaws Amendment Bill, sponsored by Sophomore Class Senator Gabriel Granados. 

  • The bill detailed the number of excused absences available for SGA members, adding additional incentives for members to join SGA-sponsored events to reduce their absence count. It also standardized roll calls at general board meetings.
  • The bill passed unanimously.

JHU Haunted House Funding Bill

The Freshman Programming Council presented the bill, which requests funding for an SGA-sponsored Halloween event as a means of strengthening connections within the Hopkins student body.

  • Freshman Programming Council Chair John Cintron and Freshman Programming Council Secretary Jazzlyn Fernandez discussed their reasons for proposing the bill. “The purpose of this event is to connect the whole student body... in a fun way to celebrate Halloween,” Cintron said. “This will provide a fun and enjoyable night for all students, regardless of cost.”
  • The event will take place at The Nevermore Haunt in Inner Harbor. 
  • The bill passed unanimously. 

Phi Delta Theta Crab Fest Funding Bill 2.0

School of Engineering Academic Senator Sabour Shaik and Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt) Member Maahi Ameer presented the bill, which attempts to secure funding for an all-you-can-eat crab event hosted by Phi Delt.

  • The purpose of the event is to raise money for philanthropy, and the majority of the proceeds will go to the Packard Center, an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research institute centered at Hopkins.
  • Shaik discussed the importance of this funding bill for Phi Delt’s Crab Fest. “We are not yet at a breaking point, but this final funding should tip us over — any other sales we [make] may [also] go towards [the event],” Shaik said.
  • The funding bill passed unanimously.

Student Perspective Interview Initiative Bill

Senior Class Senator Christian Bakhit introduced the Student Perspective Interview Initiative Bill, which aims to collect information from 10 undergraduates who represent the different majors, backgrounds and years that make up the student body. 

  • The bill passed unanimously. 

Chair of Fundraising on KSAS Shared Governance Council

SGA members nominated and voted for School of Arts and Sciences Academic Senator Tim Huang as the new Chair of Fundraising on the School of Arts and Sciences Shared Governance Council (SGC), a group of students with insight into the curricular goals at the School of Arts and Sciences. 

  • Members voted on four self-nominated candidates at the meeting — Fernandez, Academic Senator Jaden Garcia, Huang and Freshman Senator Omotara Tiamiyu. Huang won the majority of the vote, securing his position on the SGC for the School of Arts and Sciences.

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