Texas Wesleyan’s Student Government Association met Thursday to give updates on committee reports and events on campus. 

Dean of Students Dennis Hall said he sent an email about copyright issues and peer to peer sharing. 

“Wesleyan and the SGA need to be making sure to encourage people in the lounge that no one can show movies unless a copyright license is paid for,” Hall said. 

If people on Wesleyan campus want to show a movie in any public space, the university would need to buy the license for that movie, Hall said. 

 “When someone buys a DVD at Target, for example, that buys the license to be able to show that movie privately,” Hall said. “The lounge is not a private space; it is a public space.” 

Student Life has removed all media devices to make sure Wesleyan is in compliance with the law, Hall said. 

“Movies that do not have to be played or streamed, such as movies from cable, are in compliance with the law,” Hall said. “Even rentals only have a license for a private screening.” 

This year’s student handbooks include planners, Hall said, and there are about 700 still available. 

“I encourage students to please come by and pick them up,” Hall said. “Student Life wants students to have the handbooks, but we also want students to come by Student Life so faculty can have the chance to engage with people and have conversations. Plus, students get a free planner.” 

A Building and Grounds Committee report was given by SGA Vice President Zahraa Saheb.  

“SGA is working doing a lot more than just the water filtration systems for the campus,” Saheb said. 

A Finance and Audit report was given by SGA Treasurer Lyndsey Bessinger, who said that University College Day will be coming up in the spring.  

UCD’s theme may be related to Wesleyan’s 125th anniversary, and will possibly be “the secret is out,” Bessinger said. 

“The theme is very much like Wesleyan is the best kept secret in Fort Worth, and the secret is out now with all the renovations Wesleyan has been doing,” Bessinger said.  “This is not in the works yet, this is just an update.” 

The Travel Abroad Scholarship is up and running online for students to apply, Saheb said. 

“People are paying their deposits for the study abroad trips,” said International Representative Mohanad Hasona. 

More people are already applying for the scholarship program because SGA helped to increase the amount of available funds this year, Hasona said. 

There is some talk about a coffee bar and more study spaces being added to the School of Business, school representative Kelsey Coker said. 

SGA President Abbey Borghee reminded the association about the Oct. 29 listening session concerning Wesleyan possibly adding football and women’s lacrosse teams. The listening session will be in the Betty and Bobby Bragan Fellowship Hall on the first floor of Polytechnic United Methodist Church during free period. 

Wesleyan President Fred Slabach’s campus carry forum is Nov. 3 during free period, and there will be a second football/lacrosse listening session during free period on Nov. 12, Borghee said. 

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Gracie Weger is a junior, mass communications major who plans to graduate in May 2017. She is a content producer for The Rambler this fall. This will be her first real opportunity entering into the world of mass communications. Her awards include the transfer awards and scholarships for her GPA and being a member of an honor society. In her spare time, she plans on enjoying her membership with TSAB (Transfer Student Advisory Board), and advancing herself through college activities.

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