SGA to hand out free coffee during finals week

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    Students won’t have to pay for coffee during the bulk of finals week.

    The Student Government Association will be serving free coffee in the Mary Couts Burnett Library and in the Brown-Lupton University Union from 3-10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

    SGA spent $4,200 on 100 gallons of coffee and attendants to provide drinks and refills, according to House Bill 101-8. The organization budgeted up to $800 for additional coffee if the 100 gallons runs out, according to the bill.

    But coffee is not the only thing that will be handed out at the stands.

    “We will be providing school supplies for students as well as coffee in the BLUU only (pens, pencils, notecards and putty),” SGA Vice President Matt Spangler said.

    SGA is also doing something for those who want to make their own drinks.

    “There will be a Keurig machine set up at the BLUU location for students to bring their own K-cups or tea,” Spangler said.

    Spangler said the program started last spring during finals week and was met with great student support.

    “This is a great way for SGA to get out there and support the students,” Spangler said. “Some students may be running short [on] money this time of year and we want to help any way we can.”

    Kelly Shara, SGA AddRan representative, said the coffee would be a good way to help students.

    “I love coffee and I think coffee will help our students do the best work they can,” Shara said.

    Eric Donald, second-year economics major, said he might use the coffee but is not sure if the program will be worth the money.

    Some students agreed with Donald.

    “I think that this is a very generous act from SGA, but I think the money could be used in a more practical way,” said William Hodjatie, first-year pre-business major.

    Spangler said the program could become a regular thing.

    “I definitely see SGA continuing to provide coffee for students in the future,” he said.