SDSU-Army contract violation brought to SA

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Two students in the ROTC program at South Dakota State spoke to Students’ Association about a conflict regarding an SDSU-Army contract at SA’s Monday meeting.

Departments are moving in and out of DePuy Military Hall, which forces ROTC to train in different facilities across campus. But athletics uses the other training facilities, such as the SJAC, at the same time. ROTC has to train alone because of their program’s rules, creating a “logistical nightmare,” according to Trina Baker, one of the representatives.

SDSU and the Army had a contract in the 1960s that allowed ROTC to have its own training facility that wouldn’t have to be shared with other departments at the university. The current set up, with the Economics Department in the hall, violates that contract.

Senators plan to bring the issue to administration to resolve it.

In the unfinished business portion of the meeting, senators debated Resolution 17-06-R. The resolution shows SA’s support for diversity and inclusion at SDSU.

The debate revolved around whether the resolution should be changed to an amendment or ordinance. Senators voted to table the resolution for later discussion.

Sen. Andrew Waterman was sworn in as the new At-Large senator as well.

In new business, senators approved constitutions for the Drone Club and the Running Club.

The next SA meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 in the Lewis and Clark room of The Union.

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