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The Changing Tides of Student Government

Updated: May 17, 2022

Written by Eric Haabestad

FRCC Larimer Campus SGA Banner Image Courtesy of Larimer Campus SGA

Puppies and gelato attracted a crowd on campus. Who can refuse to pet two adorable puppies and a cold treat on a warm spring day.

This day was organized as a recruiting event for the Student Government Association on campus. Becca Steffens and Vivian Onate were among the SGA members trying to recruit more people to the SGA council.

Becca Steffens is the outgoing marketing director, and Vivian Onate is the legislative lead. Onate said that SGA has only she and Steffens are the only council members currently and Steffens will be graduating at the end of the semester — SGA drastically needs its council seats filled.

According to Onate some positions have an average time commitment of two hours a week, not on the same day. A small commitment in order to shape the direction the campus goes.

Steffens spoke on the more extensive positions: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and marketing director, which require an average of six hours a week. These positions do pay more to compensate for the additional time required.

Pictured Longs Peak Student Center, Home of SGA

Steffens talked about the goals of the SGA — such as bringing forward student engagement and having students communicate how the campus can help them. For example, a past student fronted the idea that the Blanca Peak computer lab should be open past 5pm for non-traditional students — now the lab is open until 6:30 p.m. some days.

Steffens helped facility bringing the dogs to campus, she is the Animal Friends Alliance Foster Mentor. Both Wesson (male, 1 year and 7 months old) and Ginko (female, 2 years and 5 months old) were extremely friendly and loved getting the treats showered upon them. They are both up for adoption through the AFA. Gelato was provided by City Park Gelato & aMore.

Those simply curious or serious applicants can attend SGA meetings on Thursdays at 1-2 p.m. in the Student Organization Suite in Longs Peak Student Center. They meeting are open forum and Onate said SGA would love more people to attend.

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