By Bryan Menegus, Copy Editor
The Student Government Association (SGA) senate meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, beginning what would prove to be a long evening. The focus of the meeting was on the approval of new clubs, as well as referenda to be placed on the election ballot.
The questions, to posed to the students via the Hofstra Portal, we're put to vote to determine which would appear on the referendum. All questions made it through, albeit after several amendments regarding the implications of their phrasing. The questions ranged from polling students on for feedback on online registration, to proposing Kate and Willie's serve alcohol as they did in years prior.
Two new clubs were certified at the meeting. The first, the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP), gave a brief explanation of their intentions. NAEP intends to prepare high school students for college, giving special attention to juniors and seniors through a peer-to-peer "shadowing" program. Their intention is to start locally in the Hempstead-Uniondale area, and eventually reach national status. SGA approved them and then moved onto the Hofstra African Student Association. They proposed a club that would unify African students and create an environment of dialogue.
Despite a polite suggestion from Senator Anil Beria that they meet with the African-Caribbean Society to determine if their goals overlapped, the club also passed by vote. The East Side Underground and Hofstra Film Society, who did not make appearances at the meeting, were told at an earlier time that they posed a conflict of interest to other clubs, and that they would be reconsidered at a later date.
After a few brief announcements regarding student center table dates, fundraisers and a formal dance, SGA briefly adjourned, to reconvene and begin their budget weekend proceedings. According to Club Affairs Chair Ralph Dweck, the proceedings were projected to take "like seven hours." (They, in fact, lasted until 1:30 a.m.)