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SGA nominates Lambda Alpha Epsilon for Organization of the Year

Madison Bailey, News Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University Student Senate voted unanimously to pass a resolution to nominate the Alpha Sigma Omega chapter of the Lambda Alpha Epsilon Fraternity for the Organization of the Year award on Monday, November 4.

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SGA Senate votes to establish Presidential Cabinet

Scott Young, News Editor

The Jacksonville State University Student Senate voted unanimously to approve a bill to establish a Presidential Cabinet in their first meeting of the academic year on Monday, Sept. 16 in the auditorium of the Theron Montgomery Building.

The bill, authored by Sens. Paige Harles and Natalie Walls, allows the SGA President to nominate six members to the Presidential Cabinet who are then confirmed by the Student Senate. Each of the six Cabinet members represent one of the six schools at JSU.

The duties of the Presidential Cabinet will be to meet monthly with the SGA President to discuss issues pertinent to their specific school and advise the SGA President.

“[The SGA President] needs a Cabinet to perform his duties,” said Harles. “If you have individuals from these schools that can help with problems that are arising … it allows for communication to become clear.”

In order to be eligible for the Presidential Cabinet, members must have completed 24 hours at Jacksonville State University and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Sen. Guadalupe Orozco initially raised concerns that a 2.5 GPA minimum for the Presidential Cabinet is too low and introduced an amendment to raise the requirement to a 3.0 GPA.

“Since they’re going to be representing an entire school of the university, don’t you think they should have at least a 3.0?” Orozco asked.

Walls responded by saying that people make mistakes and that a 2.5 GPA is adequate.

“Not everyone started out on a great foot their freshman year but that does not mean that they should not be disqualified later on to do better things,” said Walls.

Sen. Zavius Kidd asked Orozco if he believes “a GPA says a lot about a person”.

“I do,” Orozco responded. “If you’re making high grades, that means you’re coming to class and paying attention. If you have a low GPA, that probably means you’re probably not really coming to class and if you are, you’re probably not doing your work.”

Kidd said that he disagrees with Orozco and strongly rejected the amendment proposed.

“A GPA is nothing but a number,” said Kidd. “It does not define who a person is. There are many people who don’t have good GPA’s or have a college degree that are doing great things. This is just downgrading to say that a number defines a person.”

The amendment to raise the requirement to a 3.0 GPA was defeated in the Senate after a series of questions and debate.

Sen. James King inquired the authors about graduate student representation in the Presidential Cabinet.

“How will graduate students within those schools be represented?” King asked. “As their class structure and curriculum is completely different.”

Sen. Noah Davis echoed King’s concern about graduate representation in the new Cabinet.

“The problems that face graduate students are different than those that face undergrad,” said Davis.

“Even thought there is only one person, multiple subjects and ideas can be communicated during the meetings,” said Walls.

Kidd proposed a possible position for graduate students to be represented in each school.

“I think the more people that are present in the Cabinet gums up the process in general and leads to conflict of interest,” said Walls.

No amendments were proposed addressing the concerns of graduate representation and the Senate voted unanimously to approve the bill establishing a Presidential Cabinet.

Other business

  • The SGA Senate voted to appoint Mausam Parajuli, Britney Barker and Alayah Washington to the Senate for the 2019-2020 term.
  • The SGA Senate voted to appoint Alayah Washington as the Vice President of the Student Activities Council.
  • The SGA Senate tabled a bill to change the last day to submit a bill to the Senate from the end of the business day Tuesday to the end of the business day Friday. The bill was tabled due to a typo and will be considered in the next meeting.
  • The SGA Senate amended text in the Code of Laws to require candidate meetings for the Spring general election to be held no later than the business day after applications are due.
  • The SGA Senate amended text in the Code of Laws to require candidate meetings for the Homecoming election to be held no later than the business day after applications are due.
  • The SGA Senate voted to appoint Laci Gurganus, former SGA vice president of student senate, to serve as the SGA executive assistant for 2019-2020.
  • The SGA Senate voted to approve SGA President Ulises Herrera’s nominations of Taylor Anne Beckham to the Presidential Cabinet as a representative of the School of Science and Brock Shafer to the Presidential Cabinet as a representative of the School of Pre-Health Professions and Wellness.
  • The SGA Senate passed a resolution to honor the Jacksonville State University’s baseball team for winning the 2019 OVC baseball championship.
  • The SGA Senate passed a resolution to nominate the JSU Tabletop and CCG Club for the Organization of the Year award.
  • Student Judiciary Advocate Emily Barfield swore in new members of the Senate and Presidential Cabinet.

Officer reports

“Please be posting all of the flyers that we are putting up on the Facebook page,” said Kathleen Seibert, the SGA vice president of public relations, in reference to homecoming publicity. “Please push those out so we can get as big of a turn out as we can.”

Will Bowen, the SGA vice president of organizational affairs, urged student organizations to submit tailgate request spots to him for Family Weekend, which is taking place on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 across campus.

Desmond Thomas, the SGA vice president of student activities, said that applications for Student Activities Council are open all year and that students interested in applying should reach out to him. He added that several JSU events had to be rescheduled and that October would be an event-filled month.

“By the end of this semester, everything that’s tornado related, except for the new buildings, will be done,” said Ulises Herrera, the SGA president.

Herrera went on to say that two committees are searching for a new dean for the School of Business and Industry and the School of Health Professions and Wellness. He stated that the goal is to have both positions hired before the end of the semester and for them to take their positions in January.

Jerod Sharp, the SGA vice president of student senate, announced that applications for homecoming are listed on the JSU website under ‘SGA forms’ and that he wants to push “more than ten guys participating in the homecoming showcase.”

Photo courtesy of Grace Cockrell/JSU

Sen. Doug Jones launches 2020 re-election campaign

Scott Young, News Editor

Sen. Doug Jones officially announced that he plans to seek re-election to the United States Senate in Birmingham last Sunday, Sept. 8.

Rep. Terri Sewell, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, actor Michael O’Neill and Jones’ wife Louise Jones took the stage as guest speakers prior to the Senator’s appearance.

“I am still as convinced today as I was in 2017 when I announced my candidacy for the Senate that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us,” said Jones to a crowded room in the B&A Warehouse.

Jones touted his efforts to “bridge the partisan divide”, citing his work to include protections for farmers impacted by the Chinese trade war in last year’s farm bill, secure more funding for historically black colleges and universities and provide more funding for rural broadband.

“All of that could not have been possible without bipartisan efforts and reaching across the aisle,” said Jones.

Jones garnered national attention for his victory in the 2017 Alabama Senate special election against Republican challenger Roy Moore, winning 50 percent to Moore’s 48.3 percent.

The race is expected to be in the spotlight as Democrats seek to win a majority in the Senate. Some credit Jones’ victory to the sexual abuse allegations made against Moore in November 2017. These allegations cited sexual abuse against several women in the 70s. 

Moore announced in June that he would again challenge Doug Jones for the Senate in 2020, claiming that “false tactics” used by “Democratic operatives” led to the demise of his last campaign.

Other Republican candidates that have announced include Rep. Bradley Byrne, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Rep. Arnold Mooney and former Auburn University football head coach Tommy Tuberville.

Photo courtesy of Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Doug Jones packs out Anniston meet and greet

JoAnna MitchellStaff Reporter

“All across the state, excitement is building for this race. There is just an excitement brewing for change,” said Democrat Doug Jones, opening his speech to a cheering crowd at Classic Too on Noble Street in downtown Anniston this Tuesday, November 7. “It’s not about me. It’s not about Roy Moore,” said Jones, referring to his controversial Republican opponent. “It’s about you. It’s about every man, woman and child in Alabama who wants to see this state go forward, not backward.”

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Doug Jones

 

With the whole nation turning its eye to the upcoming December 12 election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant senate seat, Doug Jones has been putting in a good deal of footwork. Travelling across the state to meet citizens,  Jones has learned a lot about what issues are important to the every-day Alabamian. He has gained valuable insight into what the citizens of Alabama are hoping to get out of our next representative.

“My experience with the people in this state is that we have so much more in common than we do that divides us,” Jones said. Jones believes that the most important issue to most Alabamians is healthcare.

“People want good healthcare,” Jones said, eliciting a round of applause.  “The Affordable Care Act was never meant to be the end of the discussion. It was supposed to be a work in progress, but we have to find ways to make it better.”

Jones acknowledged that work needs to be done to help bring down insurance premiums while continuing to provide healthcare to Alabama’s struggling citizens: “We’ve got to continue to make sure that people talk about healthcare, that we quit playing political football with your health.”

Jones believes that another issue important to Alabama is building up the state’s manufacturing job opportunities.

“We have an opportunity to help put this state’s best foot forward,” said Jones. “To bring in jobs, to expand jobs, and to do it in a way that saves the planet and is environmentally friendly, but also lifts the wages of the people in this state, and while we lift those wages, to make sure that women get the same pay.”

Jones wants to help the state’s middle class by bringing back these manufacturing jobs, along with other business. He believes we can do so through education and with good workforce development. He believes that “putting the best foot forward” will attract businesses and other people to the great state of Alabama.

“The people of this state are saying ‘no more’ to the divisiveness, ‘no more’ to treating people like second class citizens. The bottom line is the people of this state are saying No Moore!”

After his speech, Jones personally met with nearly everyone at the rally and ended the event with a brief meeting with the press.

“I think to just throw cold water on it. Just tamp everything down with the rhetoric and make sure people start talking to one another and reach across the aisle and reach within my own party to find the things working with healthcare and examine those things that are not working so that we can find the common ground and ways to fix a broken healthcare system. I think we can do that with honor and civility. I think that is the only way we can fix this broken healthcare system,” Jones said in response to being asked what he felt he could do in the senate to put an end to the multiple failed attempts at repealing the ACA.

After being asked what he would say to millennials, a voting age group with notoriously low voter turnout, to get them to the polls, Jones said, “You’re not always going to be young. Sooner or later you will be my age and you will need to worry about Medicare. You’re going to need to worry about social security. You’re going to need to make sure that your children are educated and that there are hospitals in the community. I would also tell them to look at the elections that we’ve had the last two or three cycles. Elections have consequences. They have short term consequences, and they have long term consequences. I would tell them to examine the issues, really study. Millennials do that every day. They look at the issues that affect them every day and they make decisions, whether its their jobs, family, or education. They need to look at the electoral process in the same way. A vote is an investment in the future. As much as they need to save money for retirement now, they need to be investing by voting.”

For more information on Doug Jones and his platform visit dougjonesforsenate.com.

Student Senate meeting sets goals for campus

On Monday, September 8th, the SGA Senate held their first weekly meeting in the TMB auditorium.

The presented agenda listed topics for the current meeting, minutes from the previous meeting and attached forms on the bills to be discussed.

Officer reports to student senators made every point in respect to the student body. From the topics of homecoming to parking, these senate members are strategizing plans and ideas to improve traditions, meet the request of what students are asking for and start new traditions here on campus.

JSU is known for being the friendliest campus in the south and the SGA is making sure it holds its name.

Homecoming is not until November, but the homecoming committee already has ideas orchestrated.

The complaint of parking has been heard and is in affect to some resolutions. Academics are being recognized from those of the Dean’s or President’s Lists. Academic assistance is being offered through the ACE learning center on campus, which is housed on the third floor of the TMB. Food drives and blood drives are going on to help reach out to others in need.

The events, drives, and donations are not just spur of the moment. They all represent the SGA Senate’s voice taking action to show students that they are listening and working—working to help other students and people who might not be a part of the JSU family.

More of the campus updates that the senate is working on include social media, publicity, bringing back the yellow bus and planning upcoming festivities.

Social media help keep the JSU name circulating outside of fellow Gamecocks. Social media also helps to spread the word of events or important information.

One of the senators also mentioned how students need to start riding the yellow route of the Gamecock Express more often to continue its accommodations for late night transportation.

The SGA Senate is open to hearing the student body. In fact, the term, “student body report” is listed within their agenda. From SGA President Brett Johnson to each senator and officer sitting on that board, they are eager to hear the thoughts of each student here at JSU.

To keep the JSU slogan alive and highly displayed, teamwork must also be effective. JSU students must work together to voice their opinions as a student body so the senate has something to stand up for.

Vallean Jackson
Staff Writer