By Sophie Higby
Despite COVID-19 regulations and the cancellation of Samford traditions like Step Sing due to social distancing requirements the Student Government Association is working to host safe events for students at the university during the spring semester.
“SAC and SGA are working towards still having events this semester safely. Masks and socially distancing will be required for any event in the foreseeable future, but there will still be activities for students to participate in,” SGA President Hope Dawson said.
SGA and the Student Activities Council will work together, alongside other partnerships, to host these events. Dawson said there are even plans for some surprise, pop-up events.
“Primarily, SGA is trying to help students stay on campus this semester while also enjoying everything Samford has to offer,” Dawson said. “We are working with SAC to still have some events this semester, so keep an eye on your email and our Instagram to be aware of pop up events that will be happening. We also have some partnerships that we’re working on to help provide fun, educational experiences for students.”
Dawson and the rest of SGA is working closely with Samford students to ensure their voices are being heard. One way for students to communicate with SGA is to fill out constituent reports on Bulldog Central.
Specifically, students can get involved this semester by voicing their opinions for the new COVID-19 regulations on the Samford University library. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the library hours have been limited for the 2020-2021 school year, but SGA is currently working to extend the hours in a way that continues to keep students safe and healthy.
“The Academic Affairs Committee is working on the library hours now. It would help us accomplish adjusting the hours if students could continue to fill out constituent reports about this issue or any issue on campus,” Dawson said. “These help us have written documentation to take to the administration.”
Students can also fill out the survey that was sent out on Friday, Feb. 19, from the Samford University Library on how to better assist students.
Students can also make a difference on Samford’s campus, by participating in the upcoming SGA elections.
“Students can fill out applications to run for an elected position Feb. 22 to Feb, 25,” Dawson said. “The applications will be on Bulldog Central. If anyone has any ideas, questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to fill out a constituent report or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Although the pandemic created some obstacles this school year, SGA is hard at work to make events possible and promote the wellbeing of students.