SGA to hold Mingle with a Senator event Wednesday

Students can meet their SGA representatives, voice their concerns and see what SGA is all about at SGA’s new “Mingle with a Senator” event Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Stoll Room on the 4th floor of the Sawyer Building. 

At SGA’s Oct. 10 meeting, Vice President Oba Oseghali said the Student Judiciary Review Board (SJRB) has gone over two resolutions that will hit the Senate floor soon. SJRB must approve resolutions before Senators debate and vote on them.

Gregory Heald, Suffolk’s new Director of the Sawyer Library, introduced himself to SGA at the meeting. He took questions from senators and shared some of his plans— and concerns— for the library. 

Heald said he is looking into upgrading the library’s technology and various systems. He also said he wants to address the issue of not having enough study spaces for students in the library. 

He is concerned that the library may not be able to continue to keep a copy of each textbook used in every class on the library’s shelves. He said the increasing shift from paper books to online textbooks makes sharing books harder because only one person can activate the codes used to access online textbooks. 

He also said librarians are fighting the potential merger between the publishing companies McGraw Hill and Cengage. 

The merger could make it harder for students to afford textbooks, as it would create a publisher so large that it would have control over almost half of the textbook market, which could drive up textbook prices, Heald said. 

Senators also voted in Tia Anowar as a 2023 member at-large at the meeting. 

Class of 2023 members Juan Pastranas and Nicole Dibenedetto became members at-large at SGA’s Oct. 3 meeting.

At the same meeting, first-year student Frensi Thanasi officially became SGA’s international student senator at-large.