Weekly SGA update: Sept. 14


by Laura Wiersema, News Editor

INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Student Government Association meeting on Sept. 14 highlighted these topics:

Retention for this year is sitting at 77 percent, which is down from 82 percent last year. This, along with other factors, has put Simpson College in a difficult financial situation for the 2017-2018 academic year, according to the budget meeting report given by Nick Laning and Robert Lyons.

As of mid-September, there is a projected $1 million deficit for that year, but the school is financially stable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The SGA is funding the installment of more lighting around campus. The $130,000 budgeted to do so will be dispersed over the coming years, making the project a gradual one. Since increasing lighting on campus is a matter of student safety, it is being prioritized.

Capital improvement projects are in the works to add charging stations to the Kent Campus Center, a new sidewalk outside of Blank Performing Arts Center for a more direct pathway and more water stations around campus. Mary Berry, for example, has no water stations. There is also work being done to run digital posters on TVs around campus.

The Student Advocacy Committee is looking into getting more trash receptacles outside on campus. They are also looking for feedback regarding cable around campus as well as the student body’s perception of the SGA.