SGA discusses alcohol, meal plans at meeting


Jared Casto

Sen. Jacob Lovejoy expresses his concerns about the new meal plan options to the senate during Tuesday’s SGA meeting.

The Marshall University Student Government Association discussed a survey to allow alcohol at football games, the concerns of constituents in their respective colleges and changes in meal plans during its Tuesday meeting.

A resolution by Sens. Nick Uliana and Dillon Neace proposed offering a survey to the student body to gauge student opinion on allowing alcohol sales at football games.

“What this resolution would do is authorize us to form a special committee within the senate to put together a survey that we would distribute to all students,” Neace said. “That would engage their views on having alcohol in the football stadium.”

At last week’s meeting, senators were asked to speak to their constituents about concerns within their specific colleges. President pro tempore Alex O’Donnell noted that most of the issues the senators reported were related to the appearance of their academic facilities.

“Academic halls are becoming a little bit less modern and they are becoming older,” O’Donnell said. “And they’re not exactly as glamorous as the new engineering building over there. I think that’s something that we do need to discuss.”

During concerns of the student body, Sen. Jacob Lovejoy raised questions about the new meal plan options that are being offered next semester. Lovejoy was worried the plan might not be adequate for someone uninterested in eating at the Memorial Student Center and also addressed the lack of a specific pricing for the plans.

“If you didn’t want to eat at the student center and you ate two meals a day at the two dining halls, you would need at least 240 meals per semester,” Lovejoy said. “It would be kind of nice to get somebody to put the prices up online because right now there are no prices whatsoever.”

Student Body President Duncan Waugaman spoke again about legislative issues SGA and the student body in general should be aware of. Waugaman said House Bill 4504, which raises taxes on soft drinks and gives those tax dollars to higher-education funds, is something that could benefit Marshall and other West Virginia universities.

“I talked to John Hornbuckle today and he would like, not only myself, but all of us to reach out to other people and other institutions, call our legislators and talk in favor of that,” Waugaman said.

The senate also passed funding bills for the Indian Student Association and the Athletic Training Association.

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