SGA Rundown: Senators receive update on COVID-19, approve prayer book proposal

Senators reviewed surveys on ways SGA can support its constituents.

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Sophia Silvester, Staff Writer

Senators met for Thursday’s Student Government Association meeting over Zoom. President Renee Waller led senators in prayer for both Biola students and the rest of the world, specifically in how the coronavirus is impacting many groups of people. 

ADMINISTRATION UPDATES

Dean of Community Life Sandy Hough joined today’s meeting to provide updates from Biola’s administration. She said that the “spotlight” teams, such as the COVID-19 University Response Team—which were formed in response to COVID-19—have now split into more specific focuses such as staff morale, government response and student safety and health. She also reported that 125 students are remaining on campus in isolated spaces. 

SURVEY DATA

Survey data from constituents showed that students would appreciate support from senators through grocery gift card giveaways, an index of community resources and prayer and encouragement. Waller said that the executive board is looking at ways to celebrate graduating seniors remotely as well as still host a remote resident advisor appreciation day in April. 

The surveys also showed that most respondents support the proposal made by Waller last week for a book students can write answered prayers in and for providing four $1,000 scholarships instead of two $2,000 scholarships funded by SGA.

VOTING

Waller’s proposal, “Record of God’s Faithfulness,” requested a total of $626.46. After only a couple minutes of deliberation, Off-Campus Commuter senator Toni Rosales motioned to pass the proposal in full, seconded by Bluff senator Hailee Howard. All senators voted to pass the proposal in full.

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