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Trenton Abrego

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It was a busy first meeting for South Dakota State’s Students’ Association in which they approved two constitutions for student organizations and appointed a new adviser.

Dr. Florencio Aranda III (also known as Dr. Flo) serves as the program adviser for Latino/a/x Multicultural Affairs and was unanimously selected to serve as the newest adviser. While at the meeting, Aranda gave a talk during the open forum. Dr. Flo will join Chris Schmitt and Michael Willis as an SA adviser.

“You truly are the voices and the advocates to your student body,” Dr. Flo said. “With that, comes great responsibility.”

Dr. Flo has a long resume of experience in student affairs and government.

He has served as an ex-officio while an undergrad, was the founding president of Graduate Student Advisory Council at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas and served as the director of legislature affairs on the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. Dr. Flo was also interned with U.S. Congressman, Pete P. Gallego, who represented the 23rd District of Texas during the 113th Congress.  There were also two constitutions approved during the Aug. 20 meeting.

The Turkish Students’ Association received unanimous approval and will be the ninth association on campus that represents a specific country.

“Down the Rabbit Hole” is a group that wants to form and have light-hearted discussions about conspiracy theories and they also saw their constitution approved unanimously.

During the meeting, it was announced that the Student Association had chosen VeoRide as the bike rental option. VeoRide, is a bike share startup from students that attended Purdue University and is on college campuses such as Kansas and Northern Illinois.

Students’ Association President Allyson Monson also announced that the Wellness Center addition will open on October 12, with a time to yet be determined.

It was also announced by the Vice President of Student Affairs and SA Adviser Michaela Willis that SDSU’s contract with Family Planning will end in August after the program was projected to run $80,000 in the hole.

In other campus news, Willis announced that the future resident housing complex which will be facing the intersection of Eighth Street and Jackrabbit Avenue will have a full-service Starbucks attached to it.

It was also announced that SDSU will no longer be using the Coughlin Campanile in their official logos, instead they will use a jackrabbit and “S.D.”

President Barry Dunn also made an appearance during the meeting and gave the Students’ Association a quick pep talk for the upcoming year. Dunn will reappear at the Sept. 17 meeting during the open forum.

The next Students’ Association meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 in the Lewis and Clark Room in the Student Union. Follow @collegian_live on Twitter for updates during the next Students’ Association meeting.

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