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Volume 72, Issue 28, Thursday, September 28, 2006

News

CLASS students voice concerns at town hall 

by JENNIFER EARLY
The Daily Cougar

Students inquired about student participation and filed a complaint concerning on-campus microwaves at Wednesday's Student Government Association town hall meeting.

The meeting was geared toward students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the college's senators were on hand to field questions and concerns and discuss their goals for SGA, including open contact with students and cheaper textbooks.

CLASS Sen. Naomi Viescas said town hall meetings allow senators to speak to students about important issues they are working on and to listen to complaints or issues students would like the SGA to address.

"It's also a chance for students to come up to us, see our faces, see who we are, so later on if issues come up, they know who to look for and how to contact us," Viescas said. 

Psychology freshman Melinda Rushing stopped by the event to learn more about becoming a senator for the SGA.

"At my high school, I was part of the (student government). It mainly gives you a feel of leadership and prepares you for the real world," Rushing said. "With politics, you don't just sit down and let things happen. You should give your opinion and try to help out with the decisions made that are going to affect you."

Philosophy sophomore Haley O'Neill voiced a complaint about the lack of properly functioning microwaves on campus. O'Neill, a vegetarian, often brings her own lunch to school and finds that the microwaves break down after the lunch rush.

"There are two convenience stores that probably sell over a dozen different varieties of microwavable food," O'Neill said. "There are exactly two microwaves that I know of on campus. Both of which, after being used extensively over a short period of time, such as lunch break."

CLASS senators responded by offering to speak to the Food Service Advisory Council about the issue.

Samuel Dike, speaker pro tem for the SGA and CLASS senator, said his current goals include making textbooks more affordable for students by cutting textbook costs and eliminating textbook taxes.

"We are trying to get professors to turn in their textbook adoptions on time. That has a great effect on textbook prices, because if textbook adoptions are not turned in on time, then the bookstore cannot find enough used textbooks for students to purchase," Dike said. "And used textbooks save students money."

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