The Student Government Association (SGA) reconvened for the third meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The meeting opened with a presentation of Student Affairs at Hopkins, hosted by the University Student Services (USS). The presentation included a set of goals for the University, such as strengthening school spirit and implementing curriculum reforms to optimize the undergraduate learning experience at Hopkins. The USS referenced the opening of the new Hopkins Student Center as a means of accomplishing several of these goals.
Vice President Jackson Morris attempted to secure a vote to confirm junior Ritvik Pulya as a chief advisor, a new position in SGA designed to assist the vice president with their responsibilities. A moderated caucus followed. Certain members, including Senior Class Senator Mufasa Cruz Moreno, expressed reservations about the continuing expansion of SGA positions.
“[The vice president] is the assistant to the president,” Cruz Moreno argued. “It doesn’t make sense for [them] to have an advisor. We keep expanding; we keep adding these new positions. How much of [the executive board’s] workload has been mitigated [by them]?”
In a closed vote, SGA motioned to table the confirmation of chief advisor. SGA then confirmed new Civic Engagement and Service senators.
After, SGA voted on a second reading of the Academic Affairs Survey Tabling Bill, which aims to establish funding for a Tabling event that the Committee on Student Affairs wants to lead in order to survey students about their academic affairs. The bill was approved.
SGA then passed the Senator of the Week Funding Bill, presented by Vice President of the Senate Nasreen Naqvi, which attempts to recognize and highlight the efforts and initiatives of senators. SGA then voted on the Student Perspective Survey Initiative Funding Bill, which aims to survey the student population about the upcoming closure of the Milton S. Eisenhower library. The bill passed unanimously.