SGA convenes to solve problems

“What do we have, like 15 airplanes and two maintenance workers?” president of the Student Government Association (SGA) Lane Neely, a junior major in aviation and political science asked. “One of the ones that needs the most maintenance is out of commission until further notice.”

In an SGA meeting held on Oct. 29, Neely talked about the problem that aviation students are facing. With so many planes and so few workers to maintain them, students are having a challenging time finding a plane to even fly in.

“I told them we need new planes or we need new maintenance people,” Neely said. “When they have the funds or the means, I’m sure they will.”

The situation with the planes is not the only thing up in the air. The question of what happens with students’ declining cash balance, or DCB, when students leave in November was also brought up. DCB is money added to students’ accounts in addition to a meal plan to pay for meals at the Reddie Cafe, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and Reddie Grab “N” Go in the Garrison.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the DCB money rolled over from last spring to this fall. Typically any money left at the end of the spring semester does not roll over, but a special exception was made on account of the pandemic. Unused funds at the end of the year usually are not refunded either. With classes on campus ending very early this semester, many students will not be able to take full advantage of the money on their accounts.

“If getting it rolled over is something you’d want, I’ll talk to them,” Neely said.

Other important topics discussed at the meeting include creating a penalty for students caught without a mask, acquiring the abandoned IHOP building and setting up a digital email survey for students to anonymously make suggestions.

The next and final SGA meeting of the semester will take place Monday, Nov. 12 in the Garrison Lecture Hall at 5:30 p.m. All students are invited to attend by registering with the CORQ app.