On Tuesday, April 4, the UNCG Student Government Association (SGA) met in EUC Maple to discuss upcoming events, including a food drive during the last week of April.
After the approval of the minutes shared with SGA members beforehand, the meeting opened with a presentation by Attorney General Antonio Southern.
Southern spoke about an upcoming food drive being held from Monday, April 24 until Friday, April 28, supported by the Guy Talk and Girl Talk student organizations. Multiple events will be held during this week, all of which will surround the food and hunger struggle around Greensboro.
On Monday, April 24, the Take a Bite Out of Hunger event will be held in the School of Education Building (SOEB) in room 204, at 7 p.m. It will be an informational seminar given by outside organizations that help with hunger in our community. Giveaways will also be held at the event.
On Tuesday, April 25, the Hunger Heroes event will be held in SOEB 226, at 7 p.m. This event will feature crowd participation and will ask for stories from survivors of food and hunger struggles from all walks of life. Giveaways and refreshments will also be served at this event.
On Wednesday, April 26, in the EUC Commons, the event The Hungry are Banking on You will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Southern characterized the event as a mini carnival with student organizations holding tables in the Commons. Each table will have a game to help raise money for those with food and hunger struggles in the community.
Thursday’s event will be a primarily volunteer event. The event is called “Giving back; it’s a verb” and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. All school organizations, like fraternities and sororities involved with the event, will gather all proceeds and take them to Backpack beginnings.
On Friday, the final day of the food drive, the annual flash mob will be held in front of the Fountain View cafeteria from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Southern hopes to see a lot of people at the flash mob and will hold practices for organizations involved almost daily.
“It’s about fun and bringing all the different organizations together,” Southern said. “Last year, we had over 200 students taking part, we want a lot more.”
After Southern’s presentation, current SGA president Joseph Graham gave his report on the trip to Washington D.C., which he took with several other SGA presidents from other schools. Graham described the trip as centralized on focus, access and affordability, and worked to advocate for federal funding for undergraduates and graduates.
“If you’re on a Pell grant, you should be worried,” Graham said in reference to President Trump’s budget that does not include education. “This is at risk. This is serious. The money isn’t there.”
Graham also congratulated Holly Shields and Mikaela Portugal for winning the next positions as president and vice president.
End of the year events were spoken about next, as the 94th session of the SGA’s last meeting is on May 2, 2017. That will also be the date in which the 95th session’s leaders will be sworn-in.
Next Tuesday, April 11, the SGA will host a meeting regarding financial aid and some issues financial aid is currently facing in the face of adversity, the meeting will also serve to debunk myths.
The SGA will meet again on April 11 in EUC Maple at 7 p.m., and will be open to the public.