SGA approves largest appeal of the semester


By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter

The Student Government Association voted to approve the largest appeals request of the fall 2019 semester on Thursday for Alpha Epsilon Phi’s annual Ribbons on the Runway fashion show.

The request, totaling $13,974.07, first received approval from the Financial Advisory Board on Wednesday after sitting on the docket for weeks. The FAB vote on the request was recently delayed last Thursday after the board failed to reach the required number of voting members for quorum. 

While the request totaled over $3,500 more than any other appeal so far this year, Communications Sciences and Disorders Senator Melissa Bordelon, a member of AEPhi, explained that the request was lower than historical precedent.

“Usually we have [Ribbons on the Runway] at the Ritz [Carlton],” she said. “But this year we’re moving to the Revere [Hotel], which is significantly less.” 

The request was approved unanimously with Bordelon abstaining because of her involvement in the organization. 

The rest of Thursday’s joint session meeting featured a presentation from Executive Vice President Will Palauskas concerning SGA’s upcoming academic town hall. 

The event, which has been heavily advertised, will be an open forum for discourse between students and faculty regarding the college, Palauskas said.

“We just want as many people to come as possible,” he said.