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The bronze hawk on display in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Kovalchick Center and Athletic Complex may soon have an expensive twin somewhere else on campus.
The Office of Annual Giving is planning to raise $70,000 to purchase another bronze hawk, Elijah Rosenthal (junior, political science) said at the Student Government Association meeting Tuesday.
This plan has not yet been approved by many of the IUP groups that need to consent to it, but Rosenthal emphasized the Office of Annual Giving’s dedication to this purchase, which they have been working toward for six months.
The SGA discussed doing its own fundraising for the project at both this and last Tuesday’s meeting. Rosenthal said this shows that the Office of Annual Giving’s plan had student support and allows the SGA to be included on the statue’s plaque.
He added that contributing to the fundraising would not give the SGA any say in the placement of the statue and that the statue most likely would not be placed in the Oak Grove. He said this was because of the risk of severe weather causing a tree to fall and damage the statue, creating the need for costly repairs.
A $30,000 deposit will be needed to purchase the statue, and the $70,000 figure for the hawk’s cost includes only the sculpture itself, not the pedestal, the cost of installation or any other associated cost.
A number of SGA members expressed concern about the use of the money for what they considered a non-essential purchase, and one suggested that they should fundraise for charity.
The possibility of the statue being defaced by students during homecoming if it was placed in an easily accessible location was brought up by vice president-elect and current rules chair Zachery Chandler (junior, technology support and training).
Other students supported the purchase, likening it to the Nittany Lion statues seen on Penn State University campuses across the state.
While the SGA has not yet made a formal decision about the matter, Rosenthal said that the Office of Annual Giving “will get another bird,” or at least attempt to, with or without the help of the SGA or other student groups.
Another topic brought up at the meeting was the advising process, and the survey regarding it that the SGA conducted last spring.
“This project fell off a little bit – and I apologize; that was partly my fault,” said SGA vice president Kevin Popeck (senior, management information services and decision sciences).
He announced his plan to work with associate vice president for academic admission John Kilmarx and willing SGA members on an initiative that will deal with the advising process.
He plans to work with a committee of five “dedicated” SGA members on this project, he said in an interview after the meeting.
“We’re pursuing our opportunities of where we want to go with this,” he said.
The ongoing revision of the SGA constitution was also a part of the meeting. Chandler presented changes he had made according to feedback received after sending out a previous revision to members.
“Our constitution right now is very wonky,” he said.
Discussion of the changes led to the related issues of the SGA’s present schedule, in which meetings are weekly.
While SGA has followed this schedule before, meetings last year were every other week.
Many members expressed concern about the demands this would place on their schedules.
Chandler, who previously attended Penn State and held various positions including chair and president in their student government, said that IUP’s SGA was the first he’d heard of to have meetings every other week.
“I don’t mean to sound callous, and I don’t mean to sound rude, but this is an organization that requires a time commitment,” Chandler said.
Other SGA members said that if meetings were every week, a time limit should be placed on them.
“I refuse to put a time limit on a meeting,” Chandler responded.
He said that because some meetings need to be much longer than others, a time limit would be impractical, and emphasized the time commitment involved in SGA membership.
Another student suggested that time limits could be placed on individual speakers with the option to extend those times if needed.
Chandler said he would consider that suggestion.
He explained to the SGA members which motions could be used to bring about a vote on his revision of the constitution quickly and encouraged them to use them and instate the revision.
However, many SGA members expressed a desire to read over the revisions before voting.
In an interview after the meeting, Chandler said he thinks this version is one “they’ll all like” and that he understands their desire to read over the changes.
“It’s unfamiliar territory for all the people in SGA,” he said.