News in brief: SGA asks students “What’s the Issue?”

Student Government Association (SGA) senators wore “What’s the Issue” T-shirts during the student involvement fair Feb. 19 to encourage students to write what they would like to see added, changed or addressed.

Issues included a demand for more parking, a suggestion for additional jobs for students on campus and a request to fix problems with the class registration process.

Josh Nudelman, SGA senator-at-large, said many students are still having a difficult time with registration.

“Some students are unaware as to why certain people get what registration date,” Nudelman said. “People want to understand how registration truly works and communication as to how that process goes.”

Darpan Singh, Schmid College of Science and Technology senator, said Chapman’s job website needs improvement.

“We can’t really impact how many jobs are being offered, but we can impact the website that the jobs are posted on,” Singh said. “A lot of times it’s not updated, and one job that has long been filled will stay on there for a year.”

Ashley Kaplan, director of public relations for SGA, said they tried something new this year by putting butcher paper on the SGA table at the fair to encourage students to write their issues directly on the paper.

“After the issues are collected, I write up everyone’s comments on to a document that is then presented to the senators at retreat,” Kaplan said. “From this, senators have the option of advocating for one or more of these issues.”

Past problems identified by this campaign include academic advising and food options, so SGA came up with a plan to change the advising process and brought more food trucks to campus, Kaplan said.

Nudelman said the face-to-face process allows for better interaction with students and a chance to see varied perspectives.

“I was elected to help the students,” Nudelman said. “I strive to continue to represent the Chapman community and try to fix problems that they see around.”

Another issue last semester was sustainability, so SGA introduced standard double-sided printing at all public printers and installed more reusable water bottle fillers, Kaplan said.

Kelsey Dalzell, sophomore television and broadcast journalism major, said she thinks a lot more can be done in regards to sustainability.

“I think more students need to learn what can and cannot be recycled,” Dalzell said. “I also want Sodexo to stop selling plastic water bottles on campus, and maybe one day landscaping won’t water the grass so much.”