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SGA passes Bloomberg Center Visit Travel Funding Bill

By LANA SWINDLE | December 2, 2023



SGA held its last meeting of the semester and discussed the proposal for a new South Asian Studies Minor.

The Student Government Association (SGA) reconvened for their final meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

School of Arts & Sciences Senator Timothy Huang presented the Major Fair, an event designed to help students explore different majors offered at Hopkins. It is currently scheduled to occur in the Great Hall and Glass Pavilion on Feb. 16 from 1–5 p.m. Food, photos, stickers and Life Design Lab merchandise will be provided.

Sophomore Class Senator Srigouri Oruganty then presented a proposal for a South Asian Studies Minor. She argued that other institutions, namely the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Cornell University, offer this minor and that Hopkins should do so as well. Oruganty asked SGA to assist with this initiative by contacting faculty and student organizations with the proposal.

SGA transitioned into voting on a number of previously presented bills. The first, the Bloomberg Center Visit Travel Funding Bill, presented by Treasurer Jenny Chen, attempts to secure funding for an SGA excursion to Washington, D.C. for SGA members to learn about and tour the new Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue. The bill passed unanimously.

SGA then voted on the African Fashion Show Funding Act, previously presented by Junior Class Senator Brandon Benjamin. This bill aims to secure funding for the African Fashion Show, an event hosted annually by the African Students Association to promote diversity and inclusion of the African Diaspora to the Hopkins student body and the Baltimore community at large. The bill passed unanimously. 

The meeting concluded with an amendment to the SGA constitution and an amendment to the Student Activities Commission bylaws. Both amendments passed unanimously. 

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