Student Senate plans to ‘Paint the Town Maroon’
The Student Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill to help bring Trojan pride to the University District and approved nominations to fill seats on the Student Court and Executive Board during a meeting Sept. 12.
The bill titled Paint the Town Maroon Campaign allocates up to $1,000 of the Senate’s annual budget to purchase painting supplies, brushes and promotional items to paint UALR and Trojan spirited designs on the windows of businesses surrounding the campus.
At the University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State University you see a lot of windows painted with signs of community support, SGA Vice President Ed Hernandez said. It’s that same kind of support and community involvement we want to encourage with this project. “We want to see all up and down University just covered with ‘Go Trojans!’” Hernandez said.
The three-part plan will begin with Student Government Association members recruiting businesses to allow student organizations to paint the establishments’ windows. Then student organizations will be asked to submit window design proposals with prizes offered for the top three designs. And finally, a date coordinating with the opening of basketball season will be set for the organizations whose designs are chosen to take out their brushes and Paint the Town Maroon.
SGA President Rizan Mohsin said she hopes the project will bring area businesses, student organizations and the student government together. “I think it would be horrible if SGA was doing the entire thing. If we’re promoting a sense of community, then we want community involvement,” she said.
In other business, the Senate voted to approve the nomination of Senator Christi Kim, sophomore biology major, as the position of secretary, is paid a $250 per month stipend. Dominique Thomas, a sophomore criminal justice and psychology major, Nora Bouzihay and Kenneth Jones were appointed justices to the Student Court, although Bouzihay and Jones were not in attendance.
The addition of the three justices fills all but one of the vacant positions on the Student Court. Kim’s appointment to secretary leaves her Senate seat available in the fall election, which is scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2. There are currently five Member-at-Large positions available and at least one Senate seat available from each college except the College of Professional Studies, which has both of its seats currently occupied. Candidate Registration packets can be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Donaghey Student Center.