Submitted by Joe Slama
With the close of elections and the welcoming of five new voting members to the body this past week, the Student Government 2018-2019 session is in full swing. Just over a month into the school year, the body has already started making headway into a number of projects that we’re very excited about for this year.
Firstly, this past summer, Truman passed an amnesty policy that allows students to be reprieved of conduct charges on a one-time basis for intoxication if medical assistance is called. Student Senate has advocated for such a policy since 2015 and is very thankful to the administration and Board of Governors for prioritizing this issue. We are now looking to advocate for interpretations of the policy which will result in the best for students’ well-being, and will be discussing a resolution on the topic at our upcoming meeting at 5 p.m. on September 30.
We’ve also officially implemented an organizational liaison program, which last year existed in a pilot form. Every organization on campus has an official point of contact with Student Government via one of the existing committees, and presidents have received or soon will receive communication from Student Government members establishing contact.
Student Government is also extremely excited to be hosting the first-ever TEDx Truman State University conference this coming November. Twelve speakers will be presenting the afternoon of Nov. 4 in the Georgian Rooms, including five students, five faculty, and two outside speakers. Topics will be varied and come from members of our own community, making for an exciting day for our University.
Check out the Sept. 27 edition of The Index for the full update.