SGA votes on first wellness fee bills allocations

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For the first time since Saint Louis University students approved the wellness fee, the Student Government Association has approved two bills to allocate funds to chartered student organizations. OneWorld Magazine and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) received a collective $3,761 out of the wellness fee to organize a farmers’ market and health conference, respectively.

OneWorld requested $3,236 for their “Be An Informed Eater” campaign, which is set to begin April 26. The event will occur in the SLU Quad from 11 a.m-3 p.m. Members of OneWorld will be stationed at tables in the Quad with a poster display outlining the importance of local and healthy eating, and will offer a wide variety of local produce from the Soulard Farmer’s Market for students to sample and purchase.

After sampling the produce, students and staff can choose to purchase the products for $1 a pound, using Flex Dining Dollars or actual cash.  Upon purchase, a complimentary environmentally friendly bag will be handed out to hold the fresh produce.  Inside the bag will be tips on how to eat healthy and information on the local Soulard Farmer’s Market.

The event is modeled after OneWorld’s “Be an Informed Voter” campaign during the 2012 election season. Over 1,000 students and staff participated.

SGA granted OneWorld $2,236 after determining that the group overestimated the price of the bags and did not need $250 for promotional Frisbees.

The other funding request came from AED, who will be hosting a health fair on April 13. AED requested $1,585 but received $1,525 due to the timing of their request. The event aims to provide information about current issues and events in healthcare, according to the group.

A portion of the conference will focus on educating students about important health care ethics and health policy issues, as well as recent medical advances.

SGA also voted on a proposal to change the duties of the vice president of diversity and social justice.

The bill, written and submitted by Sean Worley, the current vice president of diversity and social justice, and co-sponsored by vice president-elect Amelia Romo, moved to amend the responsibilities of the position, recognizing that the role of the vice president has expanded since its inception.

“This has the potential to create a large scale initiative,” Worley said.

Included in the proposal was the creation of the Sexual Assault Prevention Assembly. The body will serve as an avenue for the vice president of diversity and social justice to gather student feedback and gather insight regarding sexual assault prevention and education.

Various groups will be part of the assembly, including male and female members from Greek Life, the Department of Athletics and Resident Hall Association.

“We need to have a student representative at the university level … but it’s very hard for one individual to know everything there is about sexual assault education,” Worley said. “Are we even reaching the right students? Are we talking about what needs to be talked about?”

The bill was tabled, as is standard practice for constitutional changes, and will be voted upon in next week’s session.