SA focuses on clubs and sustainability in Oct. 22


Trenton Abrego

Jennifer McLaughlin and the newly-approved Women’s Club Volleyball Team highlighted the Oct. 22 South Dakota State Students’ Association meeting.

McLaughlin, the SDSU sustainability specialist, spoke to SA about practicing sustainability.

During the meeting, McLaughlin mentioned SA was working with her to potentially include a green fee into the General Activity Fee. The discussion is being had through workgroups apart of the GAF Strategic Plan Steering Committee. The fee would go toward sustainability projects on campus.

There were also concerns expressed concerns by McLaughlin with Dining Services. McLaughlin argued students don’t need to-go boxes as often as they are utilized.

This wasn’t the only dining concern McLaughlin addressed.

According to her, the Student Sustainability Council is discussing the possibility of phasing out plastic straws.

Club president Tate Ketelhut and member Luke Schemm spoke to SA about their experiences in the SDSU Quarter-Scale Tractor team.

Last year, the team won first place at the 2018 International Quarter-Scale Student Design Competition held May 31-June 3 in Peoria, Illinois.

This year, the team is composed of around 20 members, but Ketelhut said he expects more students to join in the spring when the building of the tractor commences.

“If you’re excited and willing to build a tractor, we’re more than ready for you to join,” Ketelhut said.

The SDSU Women’s Club Volleyball team presented its constitution. The club’s goal is to provide members with a level of competition above intramurals without the same time commitment varsity sports require. SA approved the constitution and the SDSU Women’s Club Volleyball team is officially a recognized club.

Area colleges like the University of South Dakota have a club team. The club wants to play in a smaller D-I Conference in hopes of not “spooking perspective members away.”

Next week, SA will debate three resolutions. The three resolutions regard Dakota’s Promise (18-02-R), the South Dakota Board of Regents salary competitiveness (18-03-R) and recommendations to the Campus Planning and Design Committee Charter (18-04-R).

SA will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29 in the Lewis and Clark Room in the upper level of the Student Union.