SWOSU SGA Talking Issues and Looking for New Members


The SWOSU Student Government Association is back in action, and has hit the ground running for the spring semester, according to SWOSU Student Body President Greg Franklin.

Franklin said SGA is planning to address such issues as a tobacco free campus and establishing a student athletic fee-two of the most widely discussed topics on campus since the ideas were first mentioned in the fall.

"We want to have full representation of all students before debating some of the issues that would affect the entire campus," Franklin said. "We are all scouring the campus searching for students that are interested in participating in SGA before we dive into some of the more heated topics, especially the idea of a tobacco-free campus."

Josh Buxton, vice president of SGA, said an open forum is planned to discuss and debate the idea of having a tobacco-free campus on February 25 at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of the Stafford Center. Everyone is invited to voice their opinion.

The Student Government Association holds weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Stafford Center.  During the first meeting of the 2009 spring semester, two members were added to the executive branch as members. Maria Ortega, freshman biology major from Guymon, will be working this semester as special projects secretary and will be in charge of planning SWOSUpalooza 10. Hung Nguyen, senior political sciences major from Hanoi, Vietnam, will be in charge of SGA public relations.

At the second SGA meeting, seven new members were added, including two new associate justices and three senators.

Trevor Brownen, Minco freshman majoring in finance and accounting, and Tyler Rogers, Yukon junior pharmacy student, are the new associate justices.  Any new organization that wishes to be formed on campus must first pass through the judicial branch of SGA before they are recognized by the Dean of Students Office.

The three new senators are: Summer Smith, Davis senior studying early childhood education; Lucas Grounds, Mount Vernon (TX) freshman undecided major; and Nathan Spencer,  Butler sophomore park law major.

Franklin said the SGA currently has several seats open in the Student Senate and is actively recruiting and adding students to the legislative branch. Any idea, or legislation, that impacts the students and university must first be approved by the Student Senate.

One of the more anticipated changes that will come as a direct result of legislation passed in Student Senate will be the recognition of Martin Luther King Day as a holiday at SWOSU, starting in 2010. In the spring of 2008, SGA discussed whether or not the idea of closing campus on this national holiday was something they supported.  The SGA did, and university administrators agreed.

Anyone interested in SGA can contact Franklin at sga@swosu.edu or by phone at (405) 408-6045.