The ongoing season of Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) executive board elections means that the word “transparency” is being thrown out by just about every candidate and incumbent. In the midst of this rhetoric, however, the current executive board and senate of SGA is continuing to take the initiative to engage the Illinois Tech student body beyond its traditional efforts. One example of this outreach is the string of general body meetings (GBMs) held by the organization throughout the current academic year. Unlike SGA’s senate hearings or committee meetings, these open GBMs are held during the student lunch hour so as to attract and be accessible to the largest number of Illinois Tech students possible. The most recent SGA GBM was held from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in Pritzker Science Center room 111.
The meeting was led by a senator from the Armour College of Engineering, Monica Bhagavan. Bhagavan began by showing the latest SGA commercial, available on the organization’s YouTube channel ("Illinois Tech Student Government Association"). The latest commercial, titled “SGA Committees: An Overview,” gives a humorous account of the numerous projects each SGA committee has either accomplished or currently has in the pipeline. For example, the commercial highlights the Academic Affairs Committee’s pass/fail project (which resulted in students students being able to take certain, non-major classes as a pass or fail instead of a letter grade), the Student Life Committee’s ongoing efforts to convert single-stall bathrooms into gender-neutral ones, the Events Committee’s President and Provost Forum on April 6, and the Communication Committee’s outreach programs (such as SGA's overall social media presence).
After showing the commercial, Bhagavan then led the students present in an online game of “Kahoot!,” A competitive quiz game. SGA used “Kahoot!” to ask questions such as “What should you do if the Wi-Fi isn’t working?” and “Which of these have been the subject of an SGA Town Hall Forum?” As the winner of the game, this TechNews writer felt qualified to opine that it was an entertaining and engaging way of disseminating information about the organization.
Finally, the meeting provided an overview of SGA’s executive board structure and gave the students present the opportunity to meet and talk with the senators from their respective academic colleges. Of particular note is that SGA will be holding its executive board elections online from April 5 to April 11. Information on the election, as well as its positions and candidates, can be found elsewhere in this issue.