During the second Student Government Association (SGA) meeting of the semester, Elwood’s Cabinet was officially recognized as a campus organization. The food pantry offers emergency food for students at Longwood University, according to the organization's website.

Longwood Model United Nations (Model UN) was also recognized as an official campus organization. According to Ibrahim Kante, who spoke on behalf of the organization, Model UN is an organization that will look to participate in conferences and create awareness on national relations and policies.

During open forum, Junior Class President Haleigh Pannell brought up an issue that was discussed last semester regarding the space between the stall door and the stall itself in the women’s bathrooms of Ruffner Hall. Pannell deemed the excess space as inappropriate and President Josh Darst said he will look into the issue.

Senior Class President David Gills expressed that Canvas should be solely for classes and academic use rather than being used for departments to send students information, such as Career Services and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Gills suggested that those departments utilize email lists instead.

During the adviser’s report, Dean for Student Engagement Cheryl Steele told senate that tabling for organizations is available in the game center on the first floor of Upchurch University Center. Per Gary Honickel, assistant director of student clubs and organizations, information will be sent out to students via Lancer Link in the upcoming weeks.

Steele also noted advertising for events will become available on the televisions in Upchurch during this semester.

Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Tim Pierson announced 118 students participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Challenge, held on Monday Jan. 19. Per Pierson and Steele, it was the highest number of participants seen in recent years.

According to Executive Treasurer Emily Moran, budget information sessions will be held Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.

During Executive Senator for Senate Relations Sierra Davey’s report, Davey provided an update to last week’s initiative to place free pads and tampons in all female and unisex bathrooms in academic buildings on campus. Davey said an online petition is in the works and there are talks with the Office of Sustainability to find the best products for the initiative.

Mason Patrick was sworn in as webmaster while Camryn Ridpath and Matthew Roberts were sworn in as senators.

The next SGA meeting will be Jan. 29 at 3:50 p.m. in the Wilson Chamber located in Upchurch University Center.

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