SG works on EcoChallenge

At the Student Government meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, SG announced alternative ways students can participate in Here for Home and help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Students who might be unable to take day trips to volunteer can still help out by donating points.

Christina Kopka, SG president and senior Spanish and marketing double major, explained how the points “go to a larger pool and that pool is donated to buy supplies” for the hurricane victims.

When students use their points to make a purchase or swipe into Eickhoff Dining Hall, they can tell the cashier if they would like make a donation. Students can donate anywhere from one to all of their points. Kopka announced that they had raised $215 in points after two to three days of providing students with this option.

The vice president for student services, junior communication studies major Annie Montero, spoke to SG about their most recent project. The committee for student services has been working on the EcoChallenge Mug Count. Their goal is to see how effective the reusable mugs have been so far and how they can get students to use them more.

The committee planned to hang a sign in the Library Café as well as a benchmark to display information about the mug usage on campus.
“It is a tangible, visible piece of how much the reusable mugs actually help cut out environmental waste,” Montero said about the benchmark.

Students were also reminded that with the carte blanche meal plan, they can pick up their free eco-friendly mugs at the C-Store.
The tech survey, designed to enhance the wireless and technological services on campus, will be sent out to students shortly before winter break.

Junior representatives announced that their Mr. 2014 competition planning is underway. Approximately 10 students will compete for the title on Dec. 5. The winner will be the candidate who collects the most donations.