SGA summary: a semester of student-focused support and activities   

The SGA held their last Budget Advisory Committee meeting of 2022 on Dec. 5 following a fall semester of events, engagement with the student body and community support projects.   

Here are all the bills and resolutions SGA passed and the amount of funding they allocated to each student-focused activity. 

SB-01: SGA Support for Concert on the Lawn 

SGA allocated $2,638 for the Aug. 22 Concert on the Lawn event. These funds were used to purchase a cotton candy machine (which will be used for future SGA events), cotton candy shields, Dippin’ Dots and flower crown-making supplies. 

SB-02: Premiere Night Photobooth 

SGA spent $525 on a Super Mario Bros.-themed photobooth for the Aug. 19 Premiere Night, which they used to rent the photobooth and purchase additional props and decorations. 

SB-03: ACLU of Colorado’s Toward Liberty: Celebrating 70 years of Action 

This bill asked for $2,150 to cover the travel expenses and event costs of the eight senators that attended the ACLU’s Toward Liberty Conference. 

SB-04: Homecoming Bonfire 

SGA spent $700 to give students who attended the homecoming bonfire event on Oct. 6 hot chocolate and apple cider.  

SB-05: New Member Training Incentives 

SGA spent $200 to provide dinner and snacks to those who attended a new member leadership and development training course.  

SB-06: Military Care Bill 

SGA spent $883.52 to sponsor an event with LIVE Leadership. SGA members and student volunteers put together care packages full of hygiene items and other necessities to give to local homeless veterans through the nonprofit organization Homeward Pikes Peak.   

SB-07: SGA Haunted House, “Clyde of the Living Dead” Bill 

SGA passed a bill following an 8-6 vote to fund and organize a haunted house event at UCCS. The bill organizers asked for $10,000 for the project, but other senators had concerns over the lack of a detailed budget and poor planning. Student Body President Axel Brown stepped up to the podium and vetoed the bill after it passed.  

SB-08: Light the Spine 

SGA allocated $4,675 to light the pedestrian spine and decorate it with peg boards from 34 different UCCS clubs and organizations. This bill also funded a cookie decorating station and hot chocolate for students who attended the event. 

SB09: ACI Room Bill  

SGA passed this bill to provide a space for the Awaken Creative Institute to perform in.  

SB-10: Friendsgiving Bill 

SGA allocated $3,055.44 for the Friendsgiving Bash on Nov. 16. The funds were used to purchase decorations, food, scarves and the supplies needed for students and guests to make a fairy garden.  

SB-11: Pause for Paws 

SGA funded the Pause for Paws event to help relieve student stress during finals for both the fall and spring semesters. This bill asked for $600 to pay an honorarium to the dog handlers that volunteer at these events for free. 

SB-12: Student Fee Proposal Form Approval for Student Activities Fee Bill 

This bill was created to approve the language for a fee initiative that students will see on the 2023 SGA election ballot. Students can vote on this initiative in March to decide if SGA should increase the Student Activity Fee or keep it as is. 

SB-13: Clyde’s Winter Clothes Needs Closet  

SGA spent $674.88 to create a free clothing drive where students could donate or get winter clothes through Clyde’s Closet. Multiple senators wanted the clothing drive to be the beginning of a long-term initiative that would transfer to future semesters.  

SB-14: Wellness Center Health and Mental Health Fee Referendum  

This bill was also created to approve the language that will be on the ballot this spring, but this initiative will impact the Wellness Center Health and Mental Health Fee. 

SB-15: Happy Holidays Care Packages Bill  

SGA allocated $2,740 to care packages for residential students who stayed in their dorms over winter break. The packages included snacks, dinner foods and holiday gifts. 

CU Divestment from Fossil Fuels Resolution 

SGA joined a CU Boulder initiative that aimed to unify all of the CU schools and presented a resolution to the Board of Regents. The initiative said that all CU schools wish to divest from the fossil fuels industry and invest more in green energy by 2027.  

RA Stipend Petition Resolution 

SGA came out in support of a UCCS Resident Assistant petition asking for a $100 stipend allocated to RAs for every month that they work the position. The petition began as a response to some RAs’ claims that they have been mistreated and unfairly compensated for their work at UCCS.  

SGA Co-adviser Noelle San Souci congratulated the senate on their success during their final meeting of the fall semester. Souci said that she received many comments on how active SGA has been and is excited for the spring semester. 

Students can visit SGA’s organization page on Mountain Lion Connect to view announcements and any events they have planned for the semester. 

Archived photo by Meghan Germain