ULM’s Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board are huge organizations on campus, but their similarities may confuse some students.
According to the ULM SGA website, SGA “represents the student body in conveying their opinions, ideas, wishes, and needs to the Administration and Faculty.”
SGA president Adrian Lejeune says that SGA communicates ideas about current issues to the administration during events like their lunch with the president.
“We talk about making it better, maybe adding crosswalks or lighting parking lots that don’t have any lights,” Lejeune said.
Lejeune also mentioned that parking is a big topic and that the administration is very willing to listen.
CAB president Nicholas Alford said that the purpose of CAB is mainly “fun” oriented.
“The purpose of CAB is to uplift the student body through events that foster social, recreational and leadership development,” Alford said.
Alford also said that CAB mainly communicates with administration for the purpose of attracting students and promoting the university.
Shelbi Penny, a sophomore math major and a member of both SGA and CAB, said that SGA meetings are more serious than CAB’s.
“SGA meetings foster more open discussion, and it’s focused on issues of campus rather than how to make campus fun,” Penny said.
Lejeune said that SGA works more with administration regarding serious matters and that CAB puts on the majority of the events.
“SGA works more closely with administration in regard to legal and departmental issues as well as recruitment,” Lejeune said.
Lejeune said that CAB focuses more on social activities, such as Week of Welcome, Homecoming, Spring Fever, workshops and entertainment.
Although the two groups have different focuses, they do team up often.
Lejeune said that if one organization needs help, the other is willing to help them.
SGA and CAB will be teaming up during Homecoming week to bring students a fun carnival experience which according to Lejeune will include prizes from both organizations.
The SGA has RSO scholarships available to campus organizations in need.
RSOs can request a maximum
SGA meetings are every Tuesday at 7 p.m., and open to students..
CAB meetings are also open to students and take place every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.