In this week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, a discussion concerning the continuation of the Outdoor Education minor started the open forum. 

In open forum, Senator Cameron Roblewsky said that she would like to see more recycling opportunities in Longwood managed housing, especially in Lancer Park. 

President Josh Darst said he would speak to Residential and Commuter Life (RCL) on the issue. 

Virginia 21 and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Representative Mary Zell Galen asked Natalie Browning, research services librarian,  if there is any way the library can make sure all the passwords in the interlibrary loan system match. Browning responded by saying the systems are different, and recommended making the passwords the same. 

Senior Class President David Gills said he would like to see more lights on 2nd Street, due to the darkness during the nighttime. Director of Local and Community Relations Jen Cox said that the issue with lighting is that there may not be the same level of brightness. Longwood University Police Department Chief of Police Col. Robert Beach said that students should take the time to come to a Town Council meeting and make their concerns known. 

According to President of the Outdoor Club Gabby Ewell, her and a few other members of the club came to the meeting to advocate for keeping the Outdoor Education minor at Longwood. 

Per Ewell, Longwood is planning to disband the minor after the next cohort graduates, which would be in three years. This is due to a funding issue. 

Ewell said that the Outdoor Club will be unable to continue unless there is also support from the academic program. The program currently borrows equipment from Campus Recreation for their trips and events. According to Ewell, equipment has to be replaced every five to seven years with the groups rate of use.

Newly sworn in Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDIC) Representative Anthony Jackson said that the club should raise awareness on the minor before advocating for it, suggesting posters around campus to spread the word. 

Senator Camryn Ridpath said there have been complaints about water in showers in Wheeler Hall. She stated that students have complained about getting rashes after taking showers, and also the color of the water being white. 

Freshman Class Representative Eleanor Carr said the same occurrences have also happened in Curry Hall. 

College of Business and Economics Representative Samuel Torpy said that a possible explanation could be “Winter Rash.” Torpy said that applying lotion or hydrocortisone cream should help relieve the outbreak. 

President Darst said he would be in contact with RCL on the issue. 

In the Advisers Report, Dean for Student Engagement Cheryl Steele acknowledged the loss of Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell who passed away in Cumberland County on the night of Monday, Feb. 4.

In the Executive Vice President’s Report, Executive Vice President Catherine Swinsky said that she noticed recycling bins were only located near bathrooms in the Upchurch University Center. Contact was then made with Director of the University Center and Student Activities Susan Sullivan who said she would look into the issue. 

Senator Joseph Hyman provided an update on the previous discussion of Canvas remaining a fully academic space. Hyman said he met with Director of Distance Education and Digital Education Collaborative Dr. Julie Mersiowsky and found out that extracurricular items were added a few years ago. In response, Hyman said a two year “pilot period” was instituted to allow Fraternity and Sorority Life, Career Services, and Alumni Services to use Canvas for alternative items. 

According to Hyman, the two year “pilot period” has elapsed and data is being reviewed on Canvas use. There will be an assessment during the summer to decide on keeping the items. 

In the Historians Report, Historian Megan Bland said she spoke with Lancer Card Center Director Crissy Sampier and said that things are being worked on, and the Coca-Cola machines should be up and running soon. There was a previous issue of the Lancer Card readers not working on the machines.

The next SGA meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 3:45 p.m. in the Wilson Chamber in the Upchurch University Center. 

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