At Thursday night’s SGA Senate meeting, Elon University’s ARAMARK representatives addressed the Senate about the recent health violations recorded in Colonnades Dining Hall. On Sept. 17, a health inspector cited seven critical violations, including improper hand washing procedures and heavy mold build-up in an ice machine.

Jaymin Patel, consumer health and sanitation manager for UNC Dining, emphasized ARAMARK’s commitment to maintaining safe operations.

“Hand washing is a big thing for us,” he said. “It’s the No. 1 way to prevent food-borne illness, and the No. 1 thing we need to talk to our employees about. We need to provide a safe product, and that comes to training. We’re going to go back to training and strengthening the systems ARAMARK already have in place.”

SGA Executive President Welsford Bishopric informed the senators of his recent meeting with President Leo Lambert and Residence Life area directors and encouraged them to consider how Elon can enhance the residence life experience.

"The RA is one of the premiere leadership roles on campus because most students go through the residence halls," he said. "This is going to be an ongoing conversation."

In other news, Kira Hood and Heather Lamb were sworn in as campus programming representatives, and junior Brian McGoldrick was sworn in as interim junior class senator.

Both the Roteract Club and Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, received special allocations to support their growth and budgetary needs as campus organizations.