SGA supports lighting fixtures at The Pines

By Bailey Richardson
On April 17, 2014

In the final Student Government Association meeting of the year Tuesday, senators voted unanimously to continue with plans to add lighting to The Pines tailgating area.

After installation, the lighting will provide students with the option of extending football events to later times, which could improve student involvement.

Senator Savannah Lancaster said the installation of lighting would provide a safer environment for students and fellow football fans.

It was previously brought to the attention of the SGA that when the sun sets, the area is left completely dark due to lack of outdoor lighting. To fix this issue, it was proposed that the SGA support the installation of lighting.

The resolution also addressed the concept that with outdoor lighting the pines could be used to hold other events besides tailgating. SGA agreed that by illuminating the area, it would become a versatile venue.

New ideas for student outreach were also presented at the meeting. Senator Ellen Hakenewerth addressed the importance of making SGA accessible to students in social networking.

“My plan to do that [is] we’ll have social media trivial games,” she said.

Hakenewerth also plans to have various scavenger hunts and other activities she said she hopes will further student involvement. Her goal is to double the number of students reached through social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Proceedings of the meeting also included the task of filling two graduate senate seats that had not been previously filled.

Brock Acebo, a sophomore biology and chemistry double major, was elected to fill the first of the graduate senate positions.

Acebo is a member of the Lambda Chi fraternity, the College Republicans group and the Hispanic Outreach and Latino Appreciation organization.

He added he enjoys being a part of the A-State student body and hopes to aid in decisions for the betterment of the students.

“I love being involved on campus,” Acebo said.

Ethan Ellis, sophomore English and criminology double major, was elected into the second of the graduate senate seat.

Ellis is a member of Sigma Chi and is their current scholarship chair. Ellis is also a member of the Honors College and the Pre-Law club.Ellis is the seventh member of his family to attend A-State and he wishes to contribute in the advancement of A-State.

“I want to give back to the university that has done so much for me and my family,” Ellis said.

Students are encouraged to like the SGA Facebook page and follow SGA on Twitter for updates and more ways to be involved with the SGA in the upcoming academic year.

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