SGA passes transit-fee referendum
The Student Government Association met for the first time this semester Monday and addressed several vacancies within its ranks and approved spring 2014 election dates and a referendum to raise the parking and transit fee.
The fee, if approved, would raise the parking and transit fee from $25 to $50. Chief Justice Tyler Quebedeaux explained that now that the proposal has SGA approval, it must go through university President E. Joseph Savoie, Ed.D., and the university system board before appearing on the spring 2014 elections ballot to be voted on by students.
Boh Hammet, SGA’s parking and transit representative, said if passed the money would go toward service expansions and equipment updates for the department, which he noted has not seen a funding increase since 2002.
The senate also approved the dates for the 2014 spring elections. Ads for the available senate seats will begin running in The Vermilion Feb. 12. The applications to run will be due by Feb. 28 and the list of candidates will run in The Vermilion on March 12. Voting begins at 6 p.m. on March 31 and will close at 4:30 p.m. April 1. Runoff elections take place April 14-15.
SGA President David Neef swore in two new justices, Miles Ray and Savannah Lloyd, after the senate approved of his appointees. Neef also swore in two new college presidents Kyle Sarver and Danielle Hoefeld for the colleges of grad school and education, respectively.
SGA Vice President Robin Roy invited students to fill vacancies in their colleges for this semester. She said applications can be picked up in the SGA office on the second floor of Lafayette Hall and are due by Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Roy also said the grand opening for the Bourgeois Hall Jamba Juice has been delayed from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6.