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SGA revamps website, goes digital

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 14:01

The Student Government Association at Marshall University will be going digital with a new website that includes senate seat applications, funding applications for groups and organizations on campus and an archive of the SGA meeting minutes.

“The website was already created,” EJ Hassan, president pro-tempore, said. “I helped to revamp it to provide more services for the student body.”

Hassan played a big role in preparing the website. He said he spent all summer making the website available for use during the 2012 fall semester. Both senate applications and funding applications are now submitted online.

“This is important because now the only way you can apply for funding is through the website,” Hassan said. “Before, there was a lot of unnecessary paperwork and this helps to streamline the process so groups and organizations on campus can get their money faster.”

Another new feature the website offers is an archive of documents.

“The student body can now see what the senate is doing,” Hassan said. “What’s on the agenda for the coming week, what we did last week, what was approved and what was denied. Anything they need to know about the senate is now on the website.”

The website is available to students and incoming leaders and offers a better idea of the SGA history and how it works. An example of the processes and procedures of the SGA are all stored in this archive.

The creation and updating of the website has also helped the SGA be more environmentally and economically conservative. Hassan said before everything was online, there was a lot of unnecessary paper that just went to waste.

“Having things like budget cuts makes you want to think of as many ways as possible to save money,” Hassan said. “The process is already long enough, so if we can cut down on the amount of work that has to be done, as well as save paper and money, then we are definitely doing a good thing with this website.”

Kimberly Smith can be contacted at smith48@marshall.edu.  

 

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