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SGA works toward CollegiateLink launch

02/14/2014
Corrie Whitmer
Staff Writer

The Student Government Association debated changing the name of the CollegiateLink software purchased last semester at Tuesday’s meeting.

The software is designed to allow campus organizations to post information and events for members, as reported in a Jan. 24 article in The Penn.

Before it can be used, however, the CollegiateLink software needs a name to differentiate it from the CollegiateLink programs used at other universities.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s SGA Vice President Zachery Chandler (junior, business education) said that he hoped to be able to provide the name to the CollegiateLink personnel responsible for the branding on IUP’s copy of the software in a conference call Friday, meaning a decision needed to be made at this meeting.

SGA members generated a number of names including “Crimson Connect,” “Hawk Squawk,” “Crimson Life” and “Hawk Talk.”

The names “Hawk Squawk” and “Crimson Life” tied in a secret ballot vote. A second vote led to another tie, and it was decided that the SGA executive board would vote after the meeting to choose the winner.

The executive board vote resulted in another tie.

Chandler said he contacted CollegiateLink about the delay and was told that they would be sent mock-ups of the branding. He said he hopes that will help SGA make a final decision next Tuesday.

Besides the CollegiateLink launch, SGA is working on a number of other projects.

SGA plans to do a cleanup the Sunday after the “IUPatty’s” celebration of St. Patrick’s Day from 10 a.m. to noon.

Some fraternities and sororities have a cleanup planned for the weekend as well. One cleanup will focus on the community and the other on the campus.

Brandon Andrews (junior, geography and regional planning) presented his plans for a number of upcoming events to the other members. A clothing drive and a “mocktail” party or contest were among the plans discussed.

SGA Director of External Affairs Elijah Rosenthal (junior, political science) reminded members of the open student forum Feb. 13.

He also reported that, at the last borough council meeting he attended, four council members indicated that they would attend this week’s SGA meeting.

None were present.

Former SGA President Taylor Billman (senior, management) presented SGA members with petitions to collect signatures in order to convince the school to adopt a new recycling program.

Along with the SGA, the IUP Environmentally Conscious Organization is spearheading this effort.

The program would go through Waste Management and would have recyclables sorted at the factory, eliminating the need for separate bins for different kinds of recyclables.

President Marissa Olean (junior, criminology) also suggested having a blood drive.

No internal affairs chair has been elected.

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