SGA Rundown: Seeking senators and Biola Shares

Senators discuss recruitment methods and anticipate pop-up pantry.

Caleb Jonker, News Editor

The Student Government Association met this afternoon to address empty senatorial seats and how Biola is combating food insecurity among students. Additionally, senators discussed extending time with constituents and began deliberating on whether or not to allow freshmen to run for senate. 

SENATOR SHORTAGE

SGA currently lacks senators from Stewart Hall and Alpha Hall. Due to the pandemic, numerous students moved off campus, resulting in decreased interest in senator positions. 

Vice president Laurel Wagner discussed proposing an emergency clause to temporarily amend the SGA constitution to allow freshmen students to hold positions as senators. Once granted permission from adviser Sandy Hugh, senators will vote on the amendment. If passed, freshmen will be allowed to campaign for senate. 

SGA HOUR EXTENSION

Senators considered extending SGA hour—the half-hour during which senators meet with students after Singspiration. Extending SGA hour would provide senators ample time to discuss potential proposals with their constituents, according to the senators’ discussion. 

FOOD INSECURITY

SGA diversity coordinator Clarissa Aubin discussed aiding Biola students who experience food insecurity. A Biola Basic Needs Committee survey found in 2019 that 68% of students experienced food insecurity at least once on campus, Aubin explained.

Biola Shares is reinstating a pop-up pantry in the mailroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide food for students in need.

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