September 30 Students’ Association recap


J. Michael Bertsch, News and Lifestyles Editor

During the Sept. 30 meeting of the Students’ Association, senators gathered in Hobo Day gear to discuss the Dakota’s Promise scholarship, club funding requests and opinions on future increases to the General Activity Fee (GAF).

During this meeting, an amended version of Resolution 19-02-R, titled “SDSU Students’ Association Support for the Removal of the Eligibility Ceiling on Dakota’s Promise Need-Based Scholarship Program,” was provided to members of the Senate for a final vote.

19-02-R, aims to encourage the removal of the ACT score ceiling for Dakota’s Promise scholarship.

According to the amended version of the resolution “Removing the eligibility ceiling of a 26 ACT score or higher… may decrease the number of students who are ineligible to receive need-based financial assistance.”

Resolution 19-02-R passed unanimously.

In addition to the resolution’s passage, SA voted on a funding request for Crafty Jacks, a student organization providing opportunities to participate in arts and crafts activities.

Initially, the group applied for funding of $150, but funding was reduced to a zero-dollar allocation.

“The group was approved last year and have not completed any fundraising yet,” said Finance Chair Jesse Carlson. “Because the group is so new, we didn’t feel comfortable with the $150 allocation.”

The zero-dollar allocation was passed, receiving only two dissenting votes.

The group began discussing their opinions on potentially increasing the GAF for the 2020-21 academic year.

Communications Chair Nick Lorang and Government Affairs Chair Hattie Seten both expressed that, based on negative feedback regarding the 2019-20 GAF increase, another increase to GAF would not be well-received.

 However, Vice President Corey Berscheit communicated to the Senate that if any senators had an interest in proposing increases to GAF, he and President Allyson Monson would support them bringing it forward.

The Students’ Association will meet again at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 in the Lewis and Clark Room.