By Jillian Snoznik
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.- SGA officers and members of clubs gathered together to discuss the current issues here on campus during their last meeting of the semester on December 2 at 12:00 p.m.
These meetings are a chance for the SGA officers and club members to come together to share ideas about the activities that are taking place on campus. The purpose of these meetings is to inform the public about upcoming events that the clubs sponsor.
Ben Smith, President of SGA, kicked off the meeting with a few important notices about the remainder of the semester. He mentioned a new policy that students of the university are hoping to put into effect soon. This policy is a grade replacement policy that will help students who receive a grade of a D or lower to take the class again for a better grade instead of averaging it out.
Penn State New Kensington’s Blue and White Ball will be held on Friday, December 11 at the Hillcrest Country Club. A sit down dinner is to be served and music will be provided by a student DJ. Tickets are on sale for $20 for students and $25 for faculty and guests. This year’s theme will be a secret theme, unlike the previous years.
“We decided to keep the theme a secret to change it up and make this year’s formal fun and exciting for the students,” says Jon Skaggs, Vice President of SGA.
After discussing the winter formal, Jon Skaggs followed up on opportunities out there for students who want to participate in the community.
The Alle-Kiski Animal Protectors are looking for volunteers to help fill up their staff this holiday season. Martin Luther King Day will be a community service day, and Penn State New Kensington will also hold Earth Day again. Those who want to participate in these community services need to sign up by Friday, December 11.
Penn State New Kensington’s cheerleaders will be sponsoring Cystic Fibrosis Night at the men’s basketball game against Mont Alto on Friday, December 4. They will have pink pom-poms and will be raffling off tickets for a bracelet that will benefit Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets will be selling for $1 a ticket and $5 for ten tickets. The winning ticket will be announced at Monday night’s basketball game, and proceeds will go to a foundation affiliated with Cystic Fibrosis.
The meeting ended with an update on club status from the club presidents. Every club must participate in one community service project each semester. Phi Chi and the Psychology Association are currently holding a warm clothing drive as the service project for this semester. The Engineering club is currently working on the Animal Protectors as their community service project.