November 18 SA meeting in brief


Andrew Rasmussen, News and Opinion Editor

Students’ Association Senate met Monday to discuss a special allocation request, two first readings and reports from SDSU student legal aid and student organizations.

SA approved a $900 special allocation request for the May Day Music Festival hosted by KSDJ. The Finance Committee recommended the $900 amount on a vote of 5-4; however, the full Senate approved the allocation unanimously. This was the first special allocation request granted this year.

Senators also heard from student legal aid Ellie VandenBerg on her role in helping students through legal questions. VandenBerg said most of the cases she helps with involve landlord disputes, marijuana charges and alcohol-related offenses.

Last year, VandenBerg held 80 legal aid appointments. This year, she informed the senate that she’s held 46. VandenBerg holds appointments every Wednesday on campus.

In addition to VandenBerg’s open forum comments, senators received updates from three student organizations, Feminist Equality Movement, Black Student Association and Latin American Students’ Association. The organizations presented information about their clubs and the activities they host throughout the year.

Two resolutions received their first readings, one being a statement of support for the proposed Dakota’s Promise Scholarship and the other a change to SA bylaws requiring two-thirds of senators to be present for a quorum. Both resolutions will be up for debate at the next SA meeting.

Students’ Association will meet again at 7 p.m. Nov. 25, in the Lewis and Clark room of the Student Union. All meetings are open to the public.