Update: SGA

As the end of this semester draws near the SGA has much to attend to. At the April 23 meeting of its members the SGA looked to put all its semester closing business into action. The first item of discussion was the upcoming tricycle race. On Thursday April 30th the SGA will be involved in a race around the Godbey parking circle. Other participants include Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, the baseball and basketball teams, support staff, faculty assembly, and early childhood development staff. At 11:30 racers will don helmets and ride their tricycles around the lot. A raffle will be held where onlookers can try and predict the winner and the time it takes to make the lap. The best guess will get 50% of the proceeds and the rest will go to the winning organization and to the other participants.

Other upcoming events are centered around Spring Fling on May 8th. Treasurer James Kittinger’s karaoke day will take place, and Secretary Meagan Willis has organized a mass pillow fight, open to all students.

The central issue of the meeting however was that of evaluations. The time has come for the members of the SGA to be evaluated based on their performance this semester, the last step towards receiving their tuition reimbursements. First they had the opportunity to assess one another, and each member was subjected to private judgments from fellow officers and senators. Today’s reviews had many ups and downs as some were lauded for their outstanding efforts, and others stood abashedly before the criticisms of their peers. The evaluations were fair, and those who had not performed as well as others received lower ratings in the areas in which they came up short. Those areas in which they were judged were attendance, speeches, projects, and participation. These evaluations will combine with those of advisor Ben Kramer, and when reviewed by administration will determine whether a member will receive full or partial reimbursement.

About Alex

Alex is in his first year at NRCC. He recently moved to the area from Florida where he studied music at Florida Atlantic University from 2004 to 2006. Also, Alex has been working as a professional musician in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas for nearly eight years. He has taught band and jazz music in the Florida school system, as well as teaching woodwinds (Sax, Clarinet, and Flute) privately for many years.
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4 Responses to Update: SGA

  1. jim says:

    Hmmmm….but what are they doing to 5mprove student life?

  2. Jenny says:

    Let me get this straight. You’ve had three reports, and we’ve learned hardly anything of the SGA’s projects’ progress? Sure, there’s something to be said about reporting SGA-run activities, but why don’t you report that which makes them a government: their services to and for the people?

    …unless tricycle races count as government work. Or are they just participating? That makes a lot more sense.

    And who the hell are you to decide their reviews were fair? Where are the commentators?

  3. Amelia says:

    they’ve done plenty to improve student life. If you say otherwise then you shouldn’t be partaking in any of the events that are happening here on campus or eating any of the food that they give out at Spring Fling or Fall Bash. They do so much for this c ampus and community. I walk by that board in Martin hall everyday and I see everything that they’re doing. Just because they’re not doing what you think is best doesn’t mean that they aren’t doing anything. If you feel so strongly then you should run whenever they have elections again.

    Jenny, I spoke to Alex as soon as I saw your comment and he actually was present there while the reviews were being given. If he’s not able to determine whether or not the reviews were fair, then who is? You? Are you a better judge? I doubt it since I’m probably betting that you weren’t there. If you want updates on the status of projects and what is being done then take a look at that board in Martin. You’re so blind by your own ignorance that you can’t see what all is being done. The tricycle race is an event sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa that various teams all over campus can take part in.

  4. Jenny says:


    This is an amateur newspaper, but even then it should realize that reporting is not the same thing as opinion-giving. They’re supposed to relay information in reports. They’re supposed to give opinions in opinion articles. The two are not supposed to meet. The objectives conflict. The whole reason I asked, “Where are the commentators?” was due the aforementioned reasoning: reporters do not give opinions in their reports.

    And I’m perfectly aware of their board. I’ve looked at it several times. I don’t think the things they’ve done are horrible. I do think, however, those things in light of what they haven’t done, like providing utility to NRCC, something that actually lasts, are feckless. I understand that a few SGA members have been working towards providing that utility, but students have no means of learning, in detail, what actions the SGA takes to accomplish something truly useful. The only thing I’ve been able to find out about is VA21.

    Another quality concerning their board: The information isn’t specific. Empyrical data, updates would be nice. Not a decorative piece of paper which says, “We’re working to bring such-and-such to NRCC.” That provides hardly any accountability, any insight as to how much they’ve accomplished.

    You vigorously state I’m blinded by ignorance. No, despite your uninformed assertion, your ignorant assertion, I’ve been following the SGA as objectively as a student can. Do I make it the highest priority? No, especially since I only started in the early middle of this semester. But I’ve given my time to learn what they do.

    If you consider holding meetings, talking to students, assisting student activities or loosely following a constitution as worthy of money, power to you. But I want to see something more productive. The SGA isn’t completely void of good projects, but those handful of good projects have questionable work ethic.