SGA plans for spirit week, flag
In its meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16, the Student Government Association (SGA) discussed the upcoming spirit week as well as United States flag storage policies and class scheduling.
SGA also officially approved the creation of the Colby Barbecue Federation, the Colby Culinary Society, the Ping Pong and Badminton Club and the Colby Consulting Club.
Spirit week will run from Tuesday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 30. SGA Treasurer Lane McVey ’12 has been the primary organizer of the series of events.
The week will begin with Sex Narratives at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, co-sponsored by Student Health on Campus (SHOC) and Male Athletes Against Violence (MAAV). Then, “Wednesday will be the athletes’ swag swap day and coach appreciation day, where we’re going to have a breakfast where athletes can swap gear with their partner teams, sponsored by SAAC [Student Athletic Advisory Committee],” McVey said. The attending male and female teams showing the most school spirit will each win a pizza party.
That Thursday and Friday mark the beginning of the third Mule Mob weekend of the year. SGA will be handing out gift certificates for local businesses to the students wearing the most creative spirit outfits on Thursday, Oct. 27, in preparation for the homecoming football game between Colby and Bates on Saturday afternoon. SGA also passed a motion regarding the storage and handling of the United States flag on campus.
After the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony this year, Publicity Chair Raymond Rieling ’12 and other students noticed that the flag in the center of campus was not being properly handled. Additionally, the flag was not folded correctly, and it is not illuminated at night. After some research, SGA Co-President Justin Rouse ’12 found that a lack of proper flag protocols could violate United States federal codes. “Some of the things that pertain to U.S. flag presentation, removal and storage…have felony implications,” Rouse said.
SGA unanimously passed a motion stating that the “Student Security Advisory Committee [will] review the current protocol for U.S. flags on campus and work to develop new protocol to properly address flag presentation, removal and storage.”
SGA also briefly discussed the possibility of having a group of students on campus assist security in implementing these new protocols. “There could be a handful of students who would be willing to meet a security guard at sundown—or, if they choose not to install a light at the end of the evening, remove the flag, fold it properly and make sure it is put in a proper location,” Rouse said.
SGA also passed a motion to recommend professors to hold more classes in the 12:00-12:50 p.m. time slot in the 2012-2013 academic year in order to alleviate the lunch rush in the dining halls. Students have spoken to members of SGA regarding the large number of students who go to lunch at this time and the resulting crowding of the dining halls. According to research done by SGA Co-President Laura Maloney ’12, 18 classes currently meet during this time slot. However, Grossman President Ana Shapiro ’13 noted that science majors would be less likely to take these classes because of afternoon labs, which begin at 1 p.m.
SGA members also discussed the issue of dorm damage and the idea of making the damage reports for all residence halls available to more than just their respective residents. Campus Life is wary of this idea due to incidents in the past where students have intentionally vandalized halls that had little or no damage.