SGA Wants to Beat App, Rock the Vote

WCU’s Student Government Association is planning many events for the coming weeks involving both local and national concerns, including a leadership conference, an Election Day shuttle, and a spirit week before the App game.

-Leadership ConferenceThe SGA will host a high school leadership conference on Saturday, and have invited all student governments from high schools within a two-hour radius of WCU, including north Georgia, East Tennessee, and Northern South Carolina. The purpose of the conference is two fold, according to student body president Jonathan Rowe: to improve student government and organization at the high school level, and to provide WCU students with a chance to teach workshops.

All of the workshops offered, from parliamentary procedure, fundraising and balancing a budget, will be taught by WCU students, including those from different organizations such as Last Minute Productions and Future Business Leaders of America.

-Election Day ShuttleNext Tuesday, for Election Day, SGA will be sponsoring a shuttle to transport students to the polling place at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School. This shuttle is the culmination of SGA’s effort to get students to participate in the political process. SGA has registered a total of 438 students to vote this semester through an organization contest, dorm sweeps, and a voter registration drive.

“WCU SGA recognizes that voter registration and student voting are important issues,” said Rowe, “We’re trying to get students involved in the political process.”

The shuttle will pick students up on the UC lawn adjacent to the Coulter parking lot at the top and half-past each hour, and will run from noon to 7:30pm.

-2nd Annual Beat App WeekWCU’s second annual Beat App Week will begin next Wednesday at 7pm with a lecture on the history of the rivalry between WCU and Appalachian State. Steve White, who will give the lecture, is the director of Catamount Sports and has had over 25 years of experience with WCU athletics.

As part of the festivities, SGA will be sponsoring a powder puff flag football game, in which the women play football and the men act as cheerleaders. This event will take place at the intramural fields at 3 pm. Later Thursday night, starting at 10 pm, there will be a Beat App Dance in the Illusions Dance Club at the UC, and tickets to the SR-71 concert will be given away.

On Friday, there will be a pep rally on the UC Lawn, involving the football team, cheerleaders, dance team, and band, at 6 pm. The band SR-71 will be performing at 9:30 pm in the Ramsey Center, and tickets cost $4 for students and $8 for non-students.

Beat App Week was created last year by SGA, and some changes have been made, according to Rowe. This year, the SGA designed Beat App T-shirts, which will be given away to students at the events. The pep rally will also be bigger, owing to the fact that the game will be played at WCU this year.

“The purpose of Beat App Week is to increase the school spirit of students at WCU,” said Rowe, “An added advantage of the week is that it supports the football team as well as other athletic teams.”