SGA Roundup: Georgia State’s student government gears up for next year’s consolidation with GPC

While Georgia State’s Student Government Association (SGA) works to finds its groove fall semester, its executives, legislators and judiciaries are scrambling to re evaluate their entire structure to make way for the tens of thousands of students joining the Panther family.

The addition of five campuses to Georgia State’s academic reach, with the Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) consolidation, requires the student governing bodies of Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter colleges to merge their constitution and bylaws.

To mesh potentially contrasting documents, the universities have assembled a committee of officials from both schools to draft a comprehensive outline for governing powers.

On Oct. 23, the consolidation committee met to revise the tail end of the compounded constitution. Once completed, the draft will go before each campus senate for an approval vote.

But campus expansion is still just one of many blips on Georgia State SGA’s oversight radar. The school’s Senate branch met Oct. 22 for a business-as-usual session during which new legislation was introduced and future events were scheduled.

Among the announcements, SGA Vice President of Student Services Fortune Onwuzuruike unveiled a new bill to implement an inclusive grocery shuttle system for students with or without dining hall access. The senate approved the bill unanimously.

The SGA also opted to cease efforts to effect a Chief of Staff position within the government. The role, which would essentially serve to assist the president during his day-to-day, was debated on grounds of work compensation and job responsibilities. They’ll take another look at adding the position next fall.