SGA debates space

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The April 11 meeting of the Student Government Association began with a presentation regarding the restructuring of Saint Louis University’s iLead program.

“It’s an old program, but a new version,” said Todd Foley, assistant director of the Student Involvement Center.

The iLead program aims to inspire SLU students to strive to make lasting change both within their community and within society. Pulling from the University’s Jesuit mission, the program looks to create servant leaders within the student body with a sincere commitment to service by providing them with the skill set to become agents of change.

The new iLead program will operate under the same mission, but it will now also have a certificate program aiming to further undergraduate service involvement. The certificate is comprised of three components: iLead 101, iLead 201 and iLead 301.

After the presentation, a spot-funding bill for the women’s club softball team was brought before senate. The team had received a bid for their national tournament and was requesting additional funds to cover their travel costs and the cost of their hotel rooms for 13 members of their team. Of the original $2,984.33 requested by the team, the SGA Finance Committee made a funding recommendation of $2,238.00, opting to cover only 60 percent of the travel costs. Due to the unforeseeable nature of the event, SGA unanimously opted to grant women’s club softball the full recommended amount.

Senate next brought up the resolution to approve a recommendation by the Mission and Ministry Committee to allot space on the second floor of Wuller Hall to serve as a meeting, office and prayer space for various faith-based organizations on SLU’s campus. The resolution, which was tabled at the previous SGA meeting, was met with some debate regarding whether this was an appropriate use of the space.

Though the SGA weekly mailer had called for the student body to provide the committee with feedback on how the space should be used, the Mission and Ministry Committee only reached out to faith-based groups as they had deemed an interfaith group space to be an important addition to campus.

“It’s different when it’s only presented in the mailer versus directly talking to student groups about it,” Village Apartments Senator Ben Raymond said.

There was also concern among the senators as to why it was necessary for senate to pass the resolution, as the allocation of the space would need to be evaluated by the administration regardless of SGA recommendations.

“[The process] is already in motion,” said Vice President of Internal Affairs and author of the resolution Scott Hessel. “The reason I didn’t withdraw the bill was so we could give it a stronger background and show that the student body is behind this.”

Despite the reservation of some senators, the resolution passed.

The meeting ended with a bill to seat the nine members of the new Wellness Fee Committee. SGA unanimously passed the bill.