SGA explores service initiative for campus and Market Square

The House of Student Representatives is looking into cleaning up the kitchen and the campus.

Student representatives Tuesday night voted to research a plan for recycling food at Market Square and postponed voting on a proposal aimed at reducing the mess caused by election materials.

Abbey Brokos, chair of the Dining Services Committee, presented legislation for her committee to begin research on the Campus Kitchens Project, a program that allows college students to donate food from their campus dining services to local food banks. The university’s dining services provider, Sodexo, currently supports six participating campuses through its charitable organization, The Sodexo Foundation.

Brokos said she had discussed the program with administration and the TCU Center for Community Involvement & Service Learning. She said the administration’s greatest concern was whether enough students would participate.

“We want to find out if there is student support,” Brokos said.

The program requires student volunteers to receive training in order to handle the food. They then commit to helping prepare and transport the food to the Tarrant County Food Bank each night. Brokos said the purpose of the resolution is to begin gathering information about student interest before the university makes a commitment.

Dalton Goodier, sophomore English major and AddRan College representative, spoke in favor of the resolution.

“Given the specific diction of the bill, I think that we have the opportunity only to gain something from this, and no opportunity to lose anything,” he said.

The resolution passed with 30 out of 36 votes.

Also on Tuesday, the House’s Elections and Regulations Committee presented a proposal to change the regulations for student government campaign materials. The committee cited reasons like the mess caused by small fliers in the library, as well as the university’s frustration with overwhelming student campaign materials.

Garyn Goldston, committee chair and a sophomore strategic communication major, said the current rules lacked clarity.

“We’re going through the rules, seeing the exploited loopholes and looking for possible solutions,” Goldston said.

He said the legislation would help prevent buildings from being run over with campaign materials.

The proposal would amend the Student Body Code regarding campaign materials by regulating specific sizes, quantities and locations for posters and fliers. Voting on the legislation was postponed for further review by the committee to consider adjustments and clarifications suggested by the representatives, who wanted further definition of what poster sizes would be allowed and what criteria differentiated a poster from a flier.

Sophomore Annie Cummins, member of the committee and Neeley School representative, said that as a whole, the committee was loosening the rules for campaign materials. The proposition is simply the first step in reviewing the regulations to make them more clear, she said.