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SGA plans ‘07 events

Friday, September 7, 2007  
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By Jed Lovejoy

If you’ve ever been to a free Northpark Movie Night, a free concert event on campus or any number of the nightly first week events here on campus, you are benefiting from the hard work of the Student Government Association.

These events may seem simple enough, but people are planning these events long before the freshmen arrive for Earn Your Wings. One person in particular is this year’s Student Government Association Vice President, William “Butch” Martin. Martin was calling and polling returning students on everything from a good movie choice for Monday’s evening movie to their favorite gelato flavors.

This is Martin’s first time to be a member of SGA, and he is enjoying all his new duties as vice president.

“I’m going to put together events that have been successful in the past (free movies at North Park on Tuesdays, Halloween Party), but I want to try new things as well, and I want to hear students’ ideas,” Martin said.

Martin said organizing events of this size is quite a challenge, and he is continually looking for input on events and activities that are of genuine interest.

“I have confidence in Butch and the activities he is going to plan for the year,” SGA President Ryan Smith said.

Some of the SGA activities that have already taken place have brought new students to the events. These students are not only new freshman or transfers, but also returning students who have not normally attended SGA events.

“I don’t recall going to them (SGA events) in past years, but this year, I was much more
interested in them,” senior biology major Travis Hughes said.

Hughes attended the first week hypnotist and gelato event, a popular choice for many students.

Smith stressed that the main objective for SGA this year is to try and help students broaden their perspectives. To aid this goal, they plan to host several documentaries to be shown on campus on topics such as AIDS, obesity and possibly life after death. SGA is also hosting another showing of “Invisible Children.”

“[The students] are welcome and wanted in the SGA office to hang out or to give any input/ideas for anything. It is going to be a great year,” Smith said.

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