In this week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, Director of Annual Giving Katherine Bulifant gave a presentation on Love Your Longwood Day on March 27.

Bulifant’s role in the event is tracking the number of gifts given by students. According to Bulifant, 312 students contributed gifts in the 2017-18 academic year totaling over $3,000. The goal for this year is 434 students.

During open forum, Senator Sky Sweeney said he would like an academic building open 24 hours, especially on weekends. Sweeney said the accessibility would be beneficial for students who want to study somewhere other than the library.

Freshman Class Representative Eleanor Carr expressed concerns regarding the construction outside of Curry Residence Hall. Carr said it is causing a potentially dangerous situation for students walking in the area and proposed a possible crosswalk.

Longwood University Police Department (LUPD) Chief of Police Col. Robert Beach responded by saying students should be alert when walking in the area and exercise caution.

Senator Joseph Hyman said there are a lack of lights around the middle portion of campus near Stubbs Hall. Beach suggested that students attend town council meetings to address issues they have.

Executive Senator for Committee Relations Kiersten Freedman asked for the crown outside of the Upchurch University Center to be repainted.

Senator Bradley Heath said students are not properly using the entrances and exits in the parking lot behind Cox Hall. According to Heath, students are parking in prohibited places which makes it more dangerous for students to get out of the parking lot.

Beach responded by saying there is a learning curve near the beginning of every semester and the department will continue to write parking tickets in the area.

During the advisers’ report, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Tim Pierson gave more information about the initiative to bring free pads and tampons to academic buildings on campus. Pierson said there are approximately 60 women’s bathrooms in the academic buildings on campus, with each trash can for the stalls costing around $20 apiece, and around $4,000 for the cumulative amount of containers to hold the products.

Pierson encouraged members to research what other universities in the Commonwealth are doing on the issue and report back.

Dean for Student Engagement Cheryl Steel reminded Senate to utilize the “Say Something” online resource to report hazing and Title IX violations.

The constitutions for Service-Dog Training and Education Program (STEP@LU) and Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) were approved.

STEP@LU is an organization that will raise Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) dogs and provide education on the importance of service dogs.

SHRM is an organization for students interested in working in the human resources field after college.

The next SGA meeting will be Feb. 5 at 3:50 p.m. in the Wilson Chamber in the Upchurch University Center.

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