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Students voice opinions to SGA on parking, KatSafe, and more issues

Senior Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 00:02

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Students voice opinions to Student Government Association

Students voiced their concern over issues facing the Sam Houston State University in the first of two Student Government Association focus group meetings happened on Tuesday.

SGA representatives will be travelling to Austin to speak to the Texas State University System Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

SGA Vice President Kolby Flowers opened the forum asking what problems the students are having with parking on campus.

“The quality’s not great for parking,” Brian Jacobs, senior history major said.

Jacobs said the number of spots was sufficient in his opinion, but the low dips and large potholes in campus parking lots make arriving on campus a risky endeavor.

SGA President Shane Rankin said there isn’t much the university can do right now.

“Sam Houston State, the university itself is kind of landlocked right now,” Rankin said. “There isn’t a whole lot of area where we can build. Stuff has to come down for other stuff to go up.”

Students and SGA members also said that Katsafe’s response time isn’t sufficient enough for it to be effective and recalled the delay of notice for the recent Smith-Hutson Building alert.

“My classes are in the business building,” SGA Chief of Staff Ramiro Jaime Jr. said “I got a text message saying that classes are cancelled until further notice. Then I got another text message at 2 p.m., after my class, that classes will resume at 11… and I already missed my class.”

Flowers said the problem could be associated with the number of students.

“[Katsafe messages] roll out over time, since there are so many people to send the messages to,” Flowers said. “That’s definitely something that we’ll portray to [the Board of Regents].”

Another grievance students posed was the amount of student services the school offers, and how many counseling sessions each student is allowed during the school year.

“If you do have to go to counseling, you’re only allowed 12 sessions a year,” Senator of College of Science Robert Ferguson said. He said that this isn’t enough for students with severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The lack of support forces them to either drive to another counseling center in Houston or deal with those issues in “other ways.”
The SGA will host a second focus group on Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Room 304 in order to gauge student opinion for a better representation of SHSU students.

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