SGA sets semester’s priorities

Mark Young

The first Student Government Association meeting of the fall semester put in motion some new campaigns that students will be seeing around the campuses this year.

President Danielle Garza has multiple things planned for the semester, with a “Viking Vandal” project to write helpful information in the bathrooms across both campuses.

Garza also brought up the possibility of a meal card that could be bought with financial aid.

“Larger schools usually have programs like that,” Garza said, who added that such a program at Del Mar could be helpful for students; however, they would have to have some discussion with other departments for anything to happen.

One of the returning projects from previous semesters was the gym hours. Karl Valerdi, the vice president of the club, heads the committee that will be sending out surveys about the gym.

Students had previously complained about the small timeframe that the gym was open for general use. The SGA plans on requesting the gym to be open longer to the administration, using data from the surveys that have yet to be sent out. The surveys, which will be sent to DMC emails, should be sent out before the end of the month.

The current project that the SGA will be working on is a container drive for Hurricane Harvey relief. Adviser Beverly Cage suggested the idea after multiple organizations locally told her about the need for containers to put other donations and materials inside.

The drive will be up until Oct. 28, the day of the fall carnival at DMC, and is open for everyone to donate to.

The group, which meets the third Wednesday of every month, acts as a way for students to try to make various aspects of the college better.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 18 on West Campus. For more information about the meetings or the container drive, contact Cage at

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