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SGA discusses MSE renovation plan and event planning

By LEO QI | March 14, 2024

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SGA discusses community organizing and charity events.

The Student Government Association (SGA) convened for its weekly meeting on Tuesday, March 12. 

The session began with a presentation from the library leadership team on the renovation plan for the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE), which showed computer-generated graphics and floor plans of envisioned spaces. The project highlights open spaces, integration of natural lighting and an increase in seat count.

The library leadership team took questions from the caucus on facility specifications. The team emphasized flexibility in the spaces and the importance of student input in finalizing the program. At the end of the presentation, SGA members and students had five-minute open discussion with the leadership team.

The team also brought in a 3D model of the projected floor plans for MSE, which was borrowed from the KSAS Dean’s office for the students to see.

After the special presentation, Senator Sun Moon presented the Amir Spikeball Fundraiser, which aims to organize a spike ball fundraiser tournament, with proceeds going to the American Stroke Association to commemorate Amir Modaressanavi, a student who passed away last summer.

Other topics in First Readings included the Earth Fest Funding Bill, which involves a collaboration with the Office of Sustainability to plan an Earth Day celebration, the Wellness Days Funding Bill, the SGA Cosponsor Funding Bill for the FIJI Islander Party, and the Caribbean Cultural Society (CCS) Festival.

In presenting the SGA Cosponsor Funding Bill for the FIJI Islander Party, Freshman President Vishnu Dontu advocated for SGA funding for the FIJI Islander Party as a “philanthropic endeavor,” as the proceeds from the party would go directly to supporting childhood cancer research and affected families.

The presentation on the proposed Caribbean Cultural Society (CCS) Festival involved extensive details on the cultural relevance of the festival and specific programming ideas. The group estimated the event will cost $4335.04.

Discussion ensued on the proposal for the festival, and SGA members raised questions regarding independent funding initiatives by the CCS. The organizers indicated that they have not begun independently fundraising for the festival.

Finally, the Mexican American Student Association (MASA) Fashion Show Funding Bill, which aims to raise funding for events celebrating Mexican customs and heritage, was brought up for a second reading. The bill was tabled.


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