The Graduate and Professional Student Federation met Tuesday night to vote on several constitutional amendments and hosted guest speaker Bill Goa, director of UNC Campus Recreation.
The meeting began with an open-forum section where anyone could introduce topics.
Two constitutional amendments were passed concerning the finance committee's powers and the process for judicial recalls. Four other constitutional amendments were passed as well.
Katie Stember, chairperson of the Future of the GPSF Committee, reported on the new mission statement and goals of GPSF. The goals, she said, are to increase GPSF engagement with the wider community, improve how current student government systems are run, create useful programming for graduate and professional students, and create systems to identify and address the changing needs of graduate and professional students.
Goa spoke about the current plans for campus recreation. He said the average peer university has around 222,000 square feet of recreational facilities while UNC only has about 85,000 square feet.
“We’re really, really behind as far as the number of square feet we need to make up for additional programming and additional facilities,” he said.
Goa said that student wellness and fitness resources are the number one need for student recreation. Campus Recreation is discussing ways to provide a student recreation center closer to the graduate school buildings, with one main option being to build a recreation facility in combination with the new medical research building currently being built on Medical Drive.