Student senate considers town hall meetings

A plan recommending the implementation of town hall style meetings is currently in the works by Northern Kentucky University’s Student Government Association.

A town hall style meeting would offer the environment of a social mixer and is set to take place once per semester, according to SGA’s Secretary of Public Relations Victoria House.
“This resolution would help to better connect SGA to the students to make them more apparent and open,” House said. “It would basically be an open session where students would be able to walk around and get to know the senators on a more casual level.”

The plan for the town hall style meeting was presented at SGA’s Oct. 8 meeting by Senator Patrick Reagan. Reagan said there was a need for this style of meeting in order to help SGA members better hear student voices and to help the branding of SGA within the university.

Student government bodies at other universities have used these types of meetings, bettering both student involvement and representation. According to SGA Senator Ashley Hyden, the University of Cincinnati is one of these universities and has had much success with its own version of the town hall style meetings.

Sophomore Mackenzie Kinman likes the idea of SGA having these types of meetings. “I think it’s a good idea because I don’t know that much about what all SGA does and it would be a good opportunity for me to get involved with things on campus,” Kinman said.

According to Reagan, if passed, the plan for the town hall style meetings would need to be written into the SGA constitution.
The plan, which was presented in the form of a resolution, will be read for a second time at the Oct. 22 meeting where it is expected to be voted on by the senate.
Other resolutions are also in the works by SGA including the topics of financial aid and summer recreation center fees. Neither of these resolutions have yet been presented to the senate.