THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 350 Ferst Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 894-2814
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Student Government Association Communications Board
September 27, 2010
BI-WEEKLY NEWSLETTER BY Vice President of Communications, Brooke McDaniel
Fellow Yellow Jackets, It is a great time at Tech, with the weather getting more tolerable, the first round of tests over, Homecoming approaching and no shortage of events on campus to get excited about. SGA is, as always, working hard and reminding you that this year—It’s Your Voice! Check out our Facebook for continuous updates on what we’re doing for you, including a new video giving an overview of how SGA functions. Let us know anything that concerns you on campus, and any time we can help you with something! Georgia Tech Night at the High: Not to be confused with “College Night at The High”, this event on Thursday, September 30 from 5-8 PM and is specially open to Georgia Tech students to see exhibits at the High Museum for free! Enjoy light food and drinks, as well as performances by Tech groups Transportation options include: parking in the Colony Square Parking Deck at Peachtree and 15th for $5, Marta to the Arts Center Station Stop (N5), or Stinger buses which will be shuttling students back and forth from Tech Square. Note that the last shuttle will leave the High at 8 PM. At the end of the event, Woodruff cardholders will have the option of attending an Alliance Theater performance (Twist) or the symphony. Cards will be available for purchase at the event for $20. Proposed UGA Engineering Program: As President Peterson has taken a stance on the proposal being reviewed by the Board of Regents to expand the engineering program at the University of Georgia in a way that it would overlap with Georgia Tech programs for the first time, Student Government has done the same. After discussing with many students, we have published a statement that can be reviewed at the end of this document, and also on our website at www.sga.gatech.edu/UGAengineering 2010 Gubernatorial Debate: On October 3rd, the first student-led Gubernatorial will be aired live on Georgia Public Broadcasting after being organized by Kristen Grieg and Elle Creel of Georgia Tech’s SGA in partnership from the student governments from UGA, Georgia College and State University, and Morehouse College. The three candidates, Roy Barnes, Nathan Deal, and John Monds have all confirmed their participation in the debate that will focus on issues pertinent to voters aged 18-30. Questions can be posed to the candidates via the debate website, www.gastudentvote.com.
A watching party for the debate will be held Sunday, October 3 at 6 PM in the Student Center Theater. Come out for free food, “Are You Smarter Than a College Republican/ College Democrat” trivia, voter registration, and of course the debate will be shown live at 7 PM. This Sunday is your chance to get caught up on all things elections!
Open Positions in the House: If you’re interested in serving on the Undergraduate House of Representatives, seats are open for students that have completed or are currently enrolled in at least 2 declared major classes and obtained at least sophomore standing as defined by the Registrar, at least one semester of which must have been at Georgia Tech. Seats are open in the following majors: Industrial Design, Literature Communications and Culture, and Materials Science and Engineering. To be considered for these positions, please complete the application at http://www.sga.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/uhr-minutes/UHR %2010-11%20App.pdf.
Student Government is here to serve you, so please know that we are always willing to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me at any time with concerns or questions that you may have, or if you’re interested in getting involved in what we’re doing!
Best wishes, Brooke McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President of Communications Student Government Association
Our Opinion: UGAâ€™s Proposed Engineering Program Expansion All, Many students across campus have been discussing the University of Georgia's plans to expand their engineering degree programs into majors that would overlap those offered at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Degrees from Georgia Tech are recognized worldwide for the rigor and prestige associated with our programs. Our engineering programs remain impressively ranked within the country and we continually graduate students in each of our programs that go on to hold top positions in the state, country, and international job sector. If the Board of Regents' reason to consider UGA's proposal is because the State of Georgia currently does not have enough engineers to meet demand, we suggest considering methods to expand one of the best programs in the country instead of allocating funds to creating new ones that would not enjoy the same reputation in the short run. UGA's interest in expanding their degree programs according to needs of the state is laudable but considering the current state of the budget, we recognize that if enhancing engineering opportunities is a main concern of the state, it should be done in a way that will prove most cost effective, as well as in a way that will allow students to experience a specialized, established educational experience. We acknowledge UGA's efforts to offer diverse programs in order to provide a wide range of educational opportunities and do not seek to deny that, although Georgia Tech has found great success in being a comparatively focused institution. Respectfully, we encourage fiscal responsibility from the Board of Regents and UGA in the best interests of all University System of Georgia schools by not unnecessarily focusing funds towards new initiatives, in favor of improving and expanding the ones we already have.
In Progress and Service,
Brooke McDaniel Vice President of Communications Undergraduate Student Government Association The Georgia Institute of Technology
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