Students expressed their ideas last week when Student Government Association held its first Outreach Day.
SGA placed representatives inside the Brown-Lupton University Union, Recreation Center, and Mary Couts Burnett Library from 5 to 6 p.m. Students picked up donuts and shared their advice, opinions and ideas for the university.
“Our whole point for the organization is to speak for the students and to do projects that the students want,” said SGA representative Katie Reddig. “There’s no better way to figure out what the students want than to go out and ask them.”
Reddig said her table, located in the entrance to Market Square, gathered around 25 different ideas over the course of the hour. The ideas Reddig’s group obtained ranged from unique, such as serving purple ice cream in the BLUU, to difficult, such as enlarging the student sections in Amon G. Carter Stadium.
“I know we talked about doing that last semester, and athletics was kind of hesitant to do it,” Reddig said, “but hopefully with student support, we can get that push we need.”
Reddig said SGA is also working to achieve better financial aid for graduate students, starting Arabic language courses and bringing new major and minor ideas to administration.
“Student outreach is one of our six standing legislative committees, so it is something we’re very committed to and very excited about, but we’re not really sure how to proceed with it,” said Abigail Buckley, SGA’s Speaker of the House.
Buckley said the idea for Outreach Day came from representatives who wanted SGA to be more active in the TCU Community. The response was so positive, SGA members wanted to take Outreach day a step further.
“We’re looking at writing it into our constitution…once a semester at a date designated by the speaker,” Buckley said. “Outreach gives us a chance to get out there and talk to real students in a lot of different areas on campus.”
SGA urges students to share any advice, ideas or opinions they have with their representatives. Students can find a full list of representatives below.
“We can help student organizations get funding, we can help people improve something on campus through legislation, we can be an avenue to talk to administrators, Buckley said. “If you don’t know how to do something, but want to see something done, we’re a great first step.”