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SGA to meet Fridays

SGA to meet Fridays

Art by Whitney McBride

The 5k run is an SGA-sponsored fundraiser for the Panola Foundation

Student Government Association, open to all, meets every Friday at 12:30 in the Texas Room at the Carthage campus library.  The SGA is a club established to be the voice of the student body.  The campus administration personally meets with the club president, so the proceedings, announcements, events and other activities of the club are heard and taken seriously.  If a student wants to change something on campus or make something happen, there is no better channel than the SGA.

Indeed, the SGA is responsible for many student-centered activities on campus.  Their accomplishments include:  trips to see the Xiaolin Monks and the Blue Man Group; the Spring Fling laser tag tournament; the joint canned food drive with Waco last fall; the zip line and egg toss at the last Fall Frolic; the Panola Christmas Parade float project; the infamous Halloween zombie campus raid; and the 5k run, which by itself has generated thousands of dollars in fundraising for the school and scholarships.  SGA is even called to represent the students in important matters, such as the recent plans for campus renovation that includes the new dorms, and future designs for fitness and recreation centers.  Also, students can also establish clubs of their own if they so desire, as long as they go through the right processes.  Clubs established during the last year include:  swing dance club, game club, book club, the new Green Jackets, the 418 youth club, and others.

In fact, some of the officers double as members of other clubs and encourage their growth.  The current officers are Noah Butler (President), Mia Jones (Vice President), Whitney McBride (Secretary), Bre Borders (Parliamentarian), and Jessica Soto (Reporter), who has been selected as per the club constitution to replace Matt Sanford who is stepping down from office.  They preside over meetings as a council and are popularly elected by the student body each fall.

All in all, the SGA is a built-in hub for enrolled students to come together and take hold of their own college experience.  It gives them the ability to make a difference and add to an already enriching college experience, as well as voice their concerns through the officers to the administration itself.  If there is one club that can get the big things done, it’s the SGA.

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