Student Government notes: Sept. 4 weekly meeting

On Sept. 18,  Student Government welcomed in new members and received a thorough report from the Operations Committee.

Student Government kicked off the meeting with the induction of the freshman class and other members. The students were brought up to speed on the procedures and responsibilities of Student Government.

One of the first orders of business was a club report from the Criminology and Sociology Club. President Ashely Baker went over last year’s events, such as Bowl for Kid’s Sake, study sessions and a trip to Jim Thorpe. Some of the other fundraisers and activities they plan on having this year include a clothing fundraiser, a food drive, Penny Wars and Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer work.

There was also a second presentation for Homecoming this year from Executive Corresponding Secretary, Logan Biechy. The dance will be held Oct. 4 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Genetti’s Hotel, and there will be assorted cupcakes sold at the football game. Tickets are already on sale for the dance at $5 per ticket.

The cost breakdown for Homecoming was $16,855 for the dance and $3,330 for the game, which comes to a total of $20,185. However, the request for the event is at $21,000 to account for incidentals, and this amount was approved in a passing motion with 23 in favor, zero opposing and six abstaining.

There was also news from Operations regarding the completion of Ralston’s turf fields. Last week, the committee revealed that the construction was not on track for the planned date. According to the Executive Board’s Treasurer, Kevin Long, the scoreboards are up, the soccer field bleachers are finished and the baseball bleachers are in progress. They are going to be getting press boxes as well.

Long also mentioned that students should stay off any blacktop on the road parallel to Ralston that goes up towards the field house, as they will be paving it. The parking garage construction for phase one is also experiencing setbacks, but it will be finished by November. Afterward, phase two of the project will begin, which is going to take three years to complete.

In Stark 171-A, they are going to be putting in an advanced computing room for the engineering school. Long added that once the project is completed Wilkes University will be the only school in the area with these high-tech computer systems.

The meeting then wrapped up with some final notes about upcoming class socials and fundraisers, which will be coming up as the semester progresses.