Students’ Association passes two recommendations


J. Michael Bertsch, News and Lifestyles Editor

At the Feb. 10 meeting of the Students’ Association, the Senate debated the new names for the Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering building and the Wellness Center, and officially received the first nomination for 2020-21 SA President.

Students’ Association voted to debate two new resolutions, 19-09-R and 19-11-R. Both resolutions focused on the naming of buildings on campus.

Resolution 19-09-R expressed SA’s support for naming the Wellness Center in honor of former university president Peggy Gordon Miller.

“She truly was a president of the people,” said Communications Chair Nick Lorang. “She was very much a student-centered president, and I think it’s fitting that such a student-centered place would be named after her.”

Resolution 19-11-R  was regarding the Senate’s support for naming the Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering building in honor of former university president David L. Chicoine.

“All engineering students wouldn’t be able to get the education we have now without President Chicoine,” said College of Engineering Senator Megan Fiala. “We use the labs that we have continually starting freshman year. Our department would not be as successful or amazing as it is without his work.”

The Students’ Association passed both resolutions unanimously.

Later in the meeting, Goverment Affairs Chair Hattie Seten and Senator-At-Large Reis Bruley were nominated on the same ticket for president and vice president.

The Senators also heard reports from three student organizations: Little International, Rodeo Club and the International Relations Council.

Little International, a two-day agricultural exposition organized by students at SDSU, will take place March 27-28.

“We’re having a two day, student-run FFA contest and a livestock show this year,” Little International Assistant Treasurer Brandon Berg said. “We’re expecting 1,500 to 2,000 high school students to participate in the FFA competitions.”

Little International will also host its first poultry judging competition and will have roughly 150 SDSU students showing animals this year.

The Senate also heard from the Rodeo Club’s acting president, Reed Arneson, and treasurer Colton Carlson.

The Rodeo Club is made up of 50 students who either actively compete in rodeos around the region or individuals who just love the sport.

The club’s biggest event of the year is the Jackrabbit Stampede, a two-day rodeo event that will be held April 5-6 at the Swiftel Center.

“We have 10 teams from the region come, which ends up being around 300 competitors,” said Carlson. “Last year we had about 3,500 people come and watch our competition.”

For the competition, the club offers a discount on tickets to incentivize students to come to the event.

“We always like to allocate money to make it cheaper for students,” said Carlson. “Last year we had 520 students who used the discount to come watch.”

The Jackrabbit Stampede has been nominated for “Rodeo of the Year” in past years.

The final student organization brief of the night was from the International Relations Council (IRC). 

IRC is an international organization that’s open to all students. 

“We try to organize small events every month so students can come meet each other,” IRC Vice President Tricia Serrao said. “Our last event, The International Student Meet and Greet, was also attended by President Barry Dunn.” 

Coming up, the IRC is planning a Valentine’s Day Dance Party 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Brookings Multicultural Center. IRC also plans a main event every year — International Night — which was hosted Nov. 17. 

One of the final acts of the Senate during the Feb. 10 meeting was opening the nominations for President and Vice President. 

Government Affairs Chair Hattie Seten and Senator At-Large Reis Bruley were nominated on the same presidential ticket for the 2020-21 school year. 

The Students’ Association will not be meeting over the week of President’s Day, but will meet Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room of the Student Union to discuss  Amendment 19-07-A, Resolution 19-10-R, Resolution 19-12-R, Resolution 19-13-R, Resolution 19-14-R and Resolution 19-15-R.