SGA plans community events, prepares for CollegiateLink launch

Crimson Connect, the CollegiateLink software package purchased by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Student Government Association last semester, will launch Friday, March 28.

SGA will begin training campus organizations to use Crimson Connect – a software package that will allow organizations to post news and events – every Wednesday and Thursday starting April 2 and continuing through April 17, with the exception of April 16, SGA President Marissa Olean (junior, criminology) said at Tuesday’s SGA meeting.

Representatives from each organization will meet SGA members for training in Wallwork G-89 from 6-8 p.m., she said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Community Service Chair Brandon Andrews (junior, regional planning) confirmed that Erik Graybill, president of Golden Key International Honour Society, is willing to collaborate with SGA on its annual book drive to be held near the end of the semester.

Books collected at the drive will be donated to Third World countries, he said.

SGA also plans to host a housing fair.  Off-Campus Living Chair Tavon Harris (junior, sociology) said he contacted the assistant director of residential living and hopes to reserve a room in the Hadley Union Building where students can meet with landlords and find off-campus housing.  He said he also wants to redesign the off-campus department software to make it “more accessible and easier for students to navigate to help them find off-campus housing.”

Recruitment Chair Louis Bovan (senior, management information systems) will be visiting residence halls in the next few weeks to recruit students who have an interest in joining SGA. He said he also plans to set up a table at either the library or Foster Dining Hall to bring in new members.

SGA set a tentative date for its highway cleanup for Friday, April 25, which is the same weekend of this year’s Relay for Life – an event that SGA plans to attend. The theme for this year’s Relay for Life event is Disney mash-up, according to Activities Chair Samantha Sheets (junior, college of natural sciences and mathematics).

Take Back the Night, an event to raise awareness of sexual assaults that happen on college campuses across the nation, will be held on Wednesday, April 16, in the quad at around 8 p.m., according to SGA Vice President Zachery Chandler (junior, business education).

“It’s a group event meant to send the message that we’re going to take back the night,” Chandler said. “It’s okay for you to walk and not have to worry about someone grabbing you or assaulting you. It’s not a very long event, but it’s a very important event.”

SGA members also agreed to help fill Easter eggs for an egg hunt, expecting 500 participants. Details regarding the date and time of the hunt are not yet known.