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SA swears in new senator, approves two new student clubs


A heavy docket during the Monday, Oct. 1 Students’ Association meeting lasted almost two hours.

Ty Dunse, a sophomore human biology major from Webster, South Dakota, was selected to fill the vacancy left by Ryan Sailors.

Also, two club constitutions were approved and a regent on the South Dakota Board of Regents gave a talk on the open forum.

Natural Resource Law Enforcement Club, who present themselves who are dedicated to furthering professional opportunities, knowledge and skills before graduating from college.

SDSU Council of Teachers of Mathematics (CTM) is composed about of 30 members on campus and have been nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics since 1992.

The club expressed its plans to travel to Kansas City, Missouri for the upcoming 2018 NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition.

SDBOR Secretary Jim Morgan talked to SA about a number of topics ranging from graduation rate, a needs-based scholarship and the potential teardown of a hall that has been on campus since 1940.

During the meeting, it was discussed that the four-year graduation rate of about 32 percent is higher than the state average of about 25 percent. Morgan credited the fact that a full-time student is defined by taking 12 credits, but 15 credits are usually what students have to take a semester in order to graduate in four years.

Morgan also pitched the idea of a need-based scholarship has earned the backing of all of the university presidents, administration and the BOR.

“It’s the last dollar, the student has their own money, scholarships and whatever else they can get to pay their way, and whatever that gap is, that’s what the Dakota Promise is intended to fill so they can make it work,” Morgan said. “That’s our main priority.”

Morgan recognized that an overwhelming majority of the buildings on campus are in good condition, except one.

Scobey Hall, named after the J.O.B. Scobey who secured Brookings as a location for the land-grant institution, was built in 1940 and housed men until 1973. Scobey Hall most recently housed economics, until black mold was first found in 2011.

The issue that faces the BOR is whether or not to tear the building down or not.

“It’s an issue and ongoing debate,” Morgan said.

During committee reports, a representative for the Armed Forces Club expressed concerns about a Hobo Day Parade policy that prohibits political candidates from distributing campaign materials. The representative expressed that he felt the Hobo Day Committee had not been consistent in their enforcement.

“We just want to press on equal enforcement,” the AFC representative said.

Also, it was announced that in the coming weeks, two new buildings would be breaking ground.

The Precision Agriculture building is set to break ground 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 south of the Animal Science Complex.

On Rotunda Green, the American Indian Student Center will start to undergo construction at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 9. Currently, the American Indian Student Center is housed in the basement of Enrollment Services.

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