SA passes need-based scholarship resolution

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Students’ Association unanimously passed Resolution 17-04-R, showing SA’s support for the Dakota’s Promise need-based scholarship program Monday.

The financial aid program was proposed by the South Dakota Board of Regents in hopes of closing the gap between existing financial aid and the cost of attendance for in-state students.

The program is expected to increase until about 5,928 students receive support annually.

SA received updates on the Wellness Center expansion from university officials.

The expansion will add 37,500 square feet to the center and include more fitness space, a basketball court, multi-activity court, group fitness studios, racquetball courts, outdoor program space, new check in desk, and renovated administrative office space and Student Health & Counseling Clinic.

“We are really working hard with the contractors to keep the Wellness operational while undergoing construction,” said Shari Landmark, director of recreation and fitness for the Wellness Center.

Landmark said the Wellness Center will work with vendors to bring in new equipment for students to demo. This will provide a better idea of what students prefer to be added.

Sens. Danielle Rang and Matthew Bruxvoort said the parking committee is evaluating a better parking system for Jackrabbit games. One option is having attendees park in commuter lots, and transporting them to the stadium via BATA Bus.

Constitutions for the Public Relations Student Society of America and Agricultural Biosystems Engineering Graduate Student Association were passed and there was a first reading of Resolution 17-06-R, showing SA’s support for diversity and inclusion.

The next SA meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in the Lewis and Clark Room of the Union.

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