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Inside April 22, 2003's Issue




New Mascot?


Studying Abroad

Stargazing for Credit


Explore FC's Wetlands


Faculty Members to Retire


New Student Engagement Council replaces SGA

By Eric Rose
Staff Writer

This has been a challenging year for the Student Government Association according to John Spranza, Georgia Highlands College director of Student Life .

It is also their last, due to a trend of declining SGA participation. Starting in the fall an alternative leadership program called the Student Engagement Council will be implemented.

The SEC will consist of representatives of the student body called “Students at Large,” representatives of the various student organizations and representatives of the faculty/staff and administration.

The SEC will vote on issues that affect student activities and will also serve as the budget committee for student activities at the end of the academic year.

The decision to replace the SGA with an alternative organization was researched and approved by Spranza and the current SGA.

Spranza said the decision to look at alternate forms of student government was made because of a lack of student participation in the current SGA.

“Participation was nonexistent,” said Spranza. He said that the level of student involvement was “not fulfilling the intent of the constitution when it was changed two years ago.”

Spranza said another problem that plagued the SGA was the provision for two senator positions from every campus, which it had been unable to fill, commenting that the SGA was “too large for what FC was equipped to deal with.”

Spranza said that SGA elections were another setback. He said that registration for SGA elections this year was dismal.

“There were only two applications for the three (paid) offices. Both people applied for the same office of vice president,” he explained.

The new student government would not be elected directly by the students. The club members will elect their presidents who will serve as council members.

The student-at-large candidates will go through an application interview process, but unlike the current SGA, none of the positions will be paid as part of the SEC.

Since the SGA’s constitution required only its own approval for the change, the change was voted on and then passed to Georgia Highlands College president, Dr. Randy Pierce.

A new constitution was drafted by Spranza with help from the current SGA and others. The new document is entitled “The Constitution of the Student Body of Georgia Highlands College.”

The model for the new student government program came from Dalton State College’s program, which is successfully completing its first year. “I took what they created and adapted it to Floyd,” said Spranza.

The largest body of the SEC will be the Presidents’ Leadership Council. The PLC will consist of the presidents of all the student organizations as well as two student-at-large representatives from the main campus and one from each of the satellite campuses.

The “Students at Large” will not be affiliated with any clubs or organizations and will represent the student body.

Along with the PLC, the SEC will also contain the director of student life, the vice president of student development, the vice president of finance and two faculty members nominated by the vice president of academic affairs.

The SEC will convene to discuss and vote on issues that affect student activities. It also has the power to approve the forming of new student organizations and the functions of all FC clubs. There will be three main committees for the planning and execution of student activities--one for publicity, one for entertainment and one for cultural arts. Spranza said other committees can be added as needed.

In order to serve on the SEC, students must have at least a 2.25 GPA.

The PLC elects the chairperson from its own membership; the chairperson holds the deciding vote in a tie. PLC members can be removed from the SEC by a unanimous vote of the membership, but only for just cause.

PLC members must attend at least 51 percent of the meetings held in their term of office to be able to vote during the budget hearings at the end of the academic year.

In order to institute a change to SEC policy, such as the addition of an amendment, the SEC must be presented a proposal that has the signatures of 50 Georgia Highlands College students.

“If anyone wants to make a change to this constitution, they can bring it to the SEC along with a show of student support,” Spranza said. The SEC must then consider a proposal for two meetings prior to calling a vote.

Commenting about the SEC, current SGA president Amit Patel said, “It looks good. It should work.”


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