Legislation could provide free school supplies to students


Members of the House of Student Representatives discussed 24-hour services for students at the Student Government Association meeting Tuesday evening.

House members passed a bill to give $500 to create a pilot program for free school supplies in the Mary Couts Burnett Library for students who need them while studying late at night when stores that sell supplies are closed.

They also adopted a resolution to work with university officials on granting 24-hour access to the practice rooms in the Walsh/Ed Landreth Complex for performing arts students.

Right now, music majors are able to get into the building until midnight using their TCU ID at the west Walsh Center lobby card key entrance point.

The authors of the bill, College of Fine Arts representative Thomas Kober and Neely School of Business representative Katie Russell would work with TCU Police and university officials to make this swipe access available 24 hours a day.

"Any additional practice times that would allow us to use this space would be absolutely wonderful," said Jessica Russell, who is a music major, and a representative for the College of Science and Engineering.

Students have already been responding positively to the resolution, said Thomas Kober, bill author and College of Fine Arts representative.

"I tweeted that I was doing this bill, and a lot of people tweeted back," Kober said.

The other bill passed by SGA would help students who forgot school supplies and wouldn’t want to leave the library and detract from studying time.

The supplies would also service students who wouldn’t be able to purchase supplies late at night because stores would be closed.

SGA members said sample supplies could include index cards, highlighters, wooden number two pencils, pens, paper, and mechanical pencils.

Some House members said it was not an appropriate use of SGA funds.

"It's not SGA's job to take care of your bad planning,” said Steffen Francisco, College of Education representative.

Bill author and College of Communication representative Hillary Shepheard said, "I think this is something that would really benefit students."

Student body treasurer Cody Westphal said the program could become a part of next year’s SGA budget if it is successful.

Other items from Tuesday’s meeting…

• Student experience committee members plan to organize the research on safe rides into a presentation and present it to Kathy Cavins-Tull, said Nick Daigle, Student Experience Committee chairman.

• Jansen Harrison, Elections and Regulations Committee chairman, said he plans to present the constitution next week.

• Student Body President Josh Simpson said SGA plans to pass the new budget by April 9.