SGA: New order of business

Senators discuss Nationball and consider how to serve diverse students.

Dalet Valles, News Editor

The Student Government Association kicked off the semester with its first meeting of the year on Sept. 1. SGA president Christie Macris, senior public relations and strategic communications major, and SGA vice president Andrew Cantelmi, psychology major, led the meeting with their constituents. Macris and Cantelmi gave preliminary information to senators and shared general information for students. 


One of Biola’s beloved traditions, Nationball, has returned. This tradition is a huge dodgeball competition between dorms with each dorm having a specific color. Commuter Senators proposed a $200 grant for supplies that will be given to commuter students during this event. The motion passed with a unanimous vote, allowing commuters to engage deeply with the community traditions. 


SGA is largely concerned with representing Biola’s diverse student body. Isaiah Swasey, Diversity and Inclusion coordinator for SGA, shared a presentation highlighting the multitude of students that fill the community. 

Swasey listed a handful of resources for students. Biola Shares holds a pop-up food pantry and also created a lending library. Swasey highlighted resources for students with disabilities, veterans and the LGBTQ+ community. 


With the first week of school coming to a close, senators will begin rolling out their newsletters to their respective sections. Students should expect to see dorm senators’ newsletters by Sept. 4 before Singspiration. Commuter senators will post their newsletters on Sept. 5. 

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