SGA to host meal

January 30, 2008

by Taylor Aswell

SGA will be honoring those students who passed away this school year by serving breakfast to Tech students and the residents of Ruston.

From 8-10 a.m. Feb. 16 at Applebee’s, located at 297 N Service Rd. E, the SGA will be serving pancakes.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the SGA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tickets for the event will be $5 per person.

Laura Hogan, SGA vice president and a junior English education major, said SGA does not take any money from the event, but gives it all to the scholarship fund.

“We are trying to honor every person who passes away at Tech,” Hogan said.

“The money that is raised not only honors these people, but also helps other students who might need financial help.”

Hogan also said this event helps to promote the family concept that forms between the students at Tech.

“Once you go to Tech you are a part of a family,” she said.

“After a student passes, we give their parents a brick that would normally go to Centennial Plaza after they graduated. This helps symbolize their role of being part of a family at Tech.”

Hogan said this action reassures the student’s parents that their child is part of a family, and this sentiment can help in their grieving process.

“This is our [Tech’s] way of celebrating and mourning the loss of a member of our family,” Hogan said.

Jared Regan, SGA treasurer and a senior finance major, said the pancake breakfast is very important for raising money for the scholarship because it is the only money they are using to support the fund.

“We don’t leave a space open for the memorial scholarship in the budget at the beginning of the year,” Regan said.

“This is because we give one scholarship for every student who passes away while attending Tech, and we always hope for the best.”

Regan said although the entire SGA will be helping with the pancake breakfast event, the organization could always use a little more help.

“Anyone can come and help,” Regan said.

“Helping lets you reach into the system and touch others.”