Residence Hall Association discusses program funding, reusable water bottles in stadium

Jorge Espinoza

The Residence Hall Association held a meeting to discuss a multitude of topics surrounding residence life Monday evening.

Kyra Ferguson, the RHA president, speaks to RHA members on Monday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Colin Shepherd | Collegian)

The main focus of the meeting surrounded a bill to fund a community-building program for residents living in Ingersoll Hall and a bill to allow reusable water bottles into Colorado State University’s football stadium.

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The first bill RHA leadership discussed, a bill called Blitz 3NE, was a proposal to fund a program for students that promotes leadership, according to Kyra Ferguson, the president of RHA. The bill would fund a trip to a paint ball facility for 18 Ingersoll Hall residents, an Ingersoll resident assistant and a residence hall staff member to build community and promote leadership.

“We get our funding primarily from residents who live in the halls,” Ferguson said. “When we have (residence assistants) come to us requesting funds for larger programs we try to meet needs that may impact different floors or specific halls.”

Alyssa Ivey, a senator representing Newsom Hall, said that the bill would be beneficial because it allows for community building.

“It’s still a good bill to fund because they are bringing that community together and it also helps to de-stress,” Ivey said. “It would be a really fun experience for them.”

Opponents of the bill said that the bill would be a waste of money primarily because it would only affect a small group of students.

But, in a vote of 14-8-2, RHA voted in favor of Blitz 3NE.

RHA also discussed Bill 1708 which, according to Ferguson, would allow students to bring reusable water bottles into the new stadium.

In a majority vote, RHA approved the bill to allow students to bring reusable water bottles into the stadium.

According to Ferguson, buying water at the stadium is extremely expensive which she said discourages people from drinking water at games.

Ferguson said that, more importantly, buying water bottles at games is bad because it does not reflect CSU’s goals of being a sustainable campus.

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“The only water bottles that are allowed to be brought in at this time are collapsible water bottles (and) plastic water bottles without a lid,” Ferguson said. “So, it promotes a lot of trash and not a lot of recycling and absolutely no reuse of the water bottle.”

Collegian reporter Jorge Espinoza can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @jorgespinoza14.