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Open Letter to Charlie Cross From Student Senate

To Mr. Charlie Cross, Vice President of Business and Finance:

“We, the ASUSF Senate, will strive to ensure that every voice, concern, and suggestion to improve USF is heard by addressing the needs of our constituents through compromise and cooperation. We will communicate with the administration to move ideas forward. We will uphold the University’s mission and respect the Jesuit values.”

That quote comes from our mission statement as the official governing body of the associated students of USF. As representatives, a large area of concern that has been brought to our attention is the food service at our university, overseen by your office and managed by Bon Appétit. Several of the more specific concerns include the high prices of food in the campus cafeterias, as well as with catering for student organization’s events. Another concern is food safety with the incorrect or incomplete labeling of food
allergens. Additionally, there is a concern about the treatment and management of student workers, and also the lack of transparency in decision-making about food service that affect all students.

These concerns, however, are not new. They have been repeatedly brought to our attention and in turn, Senate has attempted to bring these concerns to your office and to Bon Appétit without much success. Due to the lack of sufficient response, a Senator decided to translate the inaction into a peaceful boycott of Bon Appétit. The intention of the boycott is not to make the company or USF lose money, but the intention is to publicly express student concerns about the running of food service at our university. It is so rare that a campus issue affects so many students to a point at which they decide to have dialogues and take action. Whether they agree with Senate’s action or not, most students are opinionated on this issue which is important for all of us to see.
 The University of San Francisco is an institution of higher education with “a belief in and a commitment to advancing: the full, integral development of each person and all persons… with the belief that no individual or group may rightfully prosper at the expense of others and a culture of service that respects and promotes the dignity of every person.” So let us peacefully work together for the betterment of each other and our university community.

Sincerely,

ASUSF Senate

ASUSF Senate Meeting, Highlights from Week 10/21

Koret Health and Recreation Center receives $1,000,000 from Susan Koret, lifetime Board Chair of Koret Foundation

    Guest speaker Chuck White, Director of Recreational Sports Department of Koret Health and Recreation Center, updated students about the Koret Center.

Susan Koret gave the center $1,000,000 grant in light of the student outreach and programing

they have done, and that money has been used to upgrade the “cardiovascular alley”, on the second floor of Koret. There are now 16 different TV channels, a renovated large and small weight room, and plans for all machines by the windows to be replaced.

Did you know?

Koret employs 109 students and 47 part-time students as staff, reported White. “Students always come first in Koret and they do everything for us,” he said.

Koret gives free half-hour lessons on any machine or any room for students getting acquainted with the Center.

Registered fall students are good to work out through intersession! However, if they’d like to use Koret during the summer, they must be registered for summer classes.

Senate policy on hazing may suspend reported clubs or funded accounts from ASUSF funding for 2 years

    John Chibnall, ASUSF Senate President, and Echeagaray, Students of Color Representative, spoke about Senate’s Stance Against Hazing. Senior senator Taylor Jackson has motioned to amend the document under the “Be It Resolved” statement to change Senate policy so that any club or funded account that has been reported for hazing by the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) will be suspended from ASUSF Senate funding for two years.

Representatives of Senate decided to postpone discussion of the amendment for the following weekly meeting as to allow some time for Senate to work with OSC and Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) to find out the best way to discipline organizations or individuals accused of hazing.

Public safety updates students on the shuttle service, Path Lite — a safety escort smart phone app, and on-campus sexual assault cases

    Guest speaker Daniel Lawson, Senior Director of the Department of Public Safety, provided an update on upcoming projects and renovations in the department. Three projects he spoke about concerned the Public Safety shuttle, the emergency notification system, and sexual assault.

Thanks to funds from ASUSF, a second public safety shuttle was purchased in September to provide the service to more students. The shuttle will hopefully be ready by November, said Lawson, and will be introduced in late fall or as soon as possible.

On the topic of the safety on campus, Lawson and Jason Rossi, a representative from One Card, spoke about the recent glitch in the emergency email notification system. Public Safety reported a Google glitch as reason behind some students not receiving email alert of a crime that occurred on campus earlier this semester. “ITS worked out the issue and hopefully it will never happen again,” Lawson said.

He also introduced students to Path Lite — a safety escort application for smart phones. If a student is walking from one area on-campus to another, the app will notify dispatch and will track the student’s movement around campus. If the student does not reach his or her final destination in a certain time, then dispatchers will be notified and report to the area. Path Lite was developed last October and, though it is still being tested, it is currently ready and available for use, said Rossi.

Public Safety reported a Google glitch as reason behind some students not receiving email alert of a crime that occurred on campus earlier this semester.

On the topic of sexual assault, Lawson spoke about the Title IX Investigations. There have been aggressive investigations of complaints of sexual assault on campus, he said. Public Safety has spent many hours investigating the situation through interviewing victims, suspects, and survivors. “This is happening behind the scenes because it is confidential,” he said. “So [Public Safety has] created a procedure where certain information was given to RA’s. If they believe there is a threat to everyone, then they will send out messages to everyone. So these are the challenges they have. They are not trying to cover anything up, they are just under confidentiality.” The Gender and Sexuality Center had a presentation last night about the forces in male culture that may lead to sexual assault and ways to stop and solve the crimes of sexual assaults on campus and at large.

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Accused of Censorship, Senate Reverses Foghorn Cutbacks

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This story was produced in its entirety by Professor Michael Robertson’s advanced reporting class with no editing from the Foghorn staff. Since the Foghorn is one of the parties in the dispute, the staff did not want to risk having bias or a conflict of interest affect the quality of the reporting. Sincerely, the editors.

On Friday, Johnny Chibnall, ASUSF Senate President, announced that the Executive Board had reversed the senate’s May vote to reduce the Foghorn to a bi-weekly newspaper. If the paper met senate standards for quality journalism, senate said four months ago, the paper would be allowed to resume its weekly run next spring.

Now the Foghorn will be able to publish this fall the usual 13 issues instead of eight. The Executive Board’s reversal came days after senate was presented a letter from The Student Press Law Center (SPLC), an organization advocating for student journalists’ First Amendment rights. The letter argued that the original senate decision constituted censorship and was in violation of the “Leonard Law”, a California law that applies the First Amendment to private universities like USF.

Johnny Chibnall, ASUSF President

Johnny Chibnall, ASUSF President

In an interview after the reversal, Chibnall said the letter from the Student Press Law Center “was an interesting letter, and the Executive Board was very aware of it, and we were discussing it, but that’s all I can say. I have opinions on it, but it’s in legalese and I don’t speak legalese and we just want to bring it back to the issue of a hand in the quality of the paper.”

Chibnall did not further address the reasoning behind the Executive Board’s decision.

When a reporter noted that senators were rebuffing her attempts to interview them, Chibnall explained that most of this year’s senators are new and don’t have the proper context to comment on the situation yet. When Ajouni Singh, last semester’s VP of Internal Affairs was contacted, she said she could not comment on the issue “out of respect for the current team.”

Madeline Vanden Branden, editor-in-chief of the Foghorn, was thrilled to hear that the newspaper would return to weekly publication.  “We’ve been fighting for this for a long time, and it’s great we finally got our issues back. More students are getting their voices heard every week.”

Foghorn advisor Teresa Moore said, “I’m happy for student media and for the USF community, but I wish I could believe that the reversal was motivated by the ethical arguments we made last spring — that it is wrong for the government — any democratically elected government — to control and inhibit the people’s access to information and discourse. ASUSF Senate and the Foghorn are both charged with representing student interests; both are essential for a healthy campus.”

Privett Scolds Foghorn For ‘Hiding’ Behind Letter

Not everyone shared this enthusiasm about the senate retreat. Earlier in the week, USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., said, “Are these types of publishing decisions always a good thing? No. But I think [the Senate] should have a legal right to do this.

After the Friday announcement, Privett responded, “I think the Student Senate made a mistake by backing off its initial decision regarding funding for

the Foghorn. The threat of a lawsuit is phony and for the Foghorn to hide behind the threat of a law suit is inappropriate.”

Heidi Patton, Foghorn sports editor, was disturbed by Privett’s comments. “Father Privett should be proud of us for standing up for our rights,” Patton

Father Stephen Privett, S.J., University President

Father Stephen Privett, S.J., University President

said. “It frustrates me as a student at his university that he doesn’t see the direct conflict of interest at play here,” she added.

Patton has been with the paper since the beginning of her freshman year and authored the recent staff editorial calling for a new funding system for the paper so that senate does not have de facto control of the Foghorn.

That was one of the points addressed in the SPLC letter, written by Frank LoMonte, Esq., the group’s Executive Director. “Making budget decisions on the basis of displeasure with a student publication’s content not only is unlawful, but is an educationally unsound decision,” he wrote. He strongly advised USF finding ways to guarantee funding for student publications to protect them from interference.

Senate Backs Off Challenge To Foghorn ‘Quality’

In May, Chibnall said the senate decision had nothing to do with the Foghorn’s selection of material. He explained the budget cuts as an effort to motivate. “This isn’t jail, this is rehabilitation. We are helping (the Foghorn) to get better. We are not sending them to the gallows. We are sending them to the hospital to help them get better.”

On Friday, Chibnall reiterated that Senate had no problems with editorial content. He said what the Senate took issue with was grammatical errors and linking up pictures with the proper stories. “This was always about the constituents and them being proud of the paper and putting out quality stuff,” he said.

However, the LoMonte letter warned that one must be careful not to define censorship too narrowly:

“While we often hear ‘quality’ cited as the justification for punitive action against a student publication, withholding funding, firing the adviser, removing the editor, ‘quality’ is a perilously slippery rationale because it is so subjective,” he wrote. “If simply making a mistake became a legitimate justification for the withdrawal of funding, then the First Amendment would cease to exist at campus publications, since it will always be possible for censors to find mistakes in a publication at any level.”

LoMonte added, “Campus budget committees do not micro-manage other student organizations, or hold them to subjective standards of perfection, when deciding their level of funding. They do not reduce the funding of the glee club because the choral director chose a disagreeable piece of music, reduce the funding for intramural football because the team drops too many passes, or reduce the funding of the marching band because a drummer fell out of step.”

In his Friday interview, Chibnall also said, “Senate will not be implementing a review system that will hold the Foghorn accountable. We will be encouraging them and supporting them in any way that they need help,” though he did not specify what form that help would take.

Patton agreed that the Foghorn staff would like to like to produce a cleaner paper with fewer mistakes. “We are a fully student run organization with a frequent turnover of staff members. We are learning on the job – there really isn’t another option. Take a close look at some professional publications and I guarantee you will find both mistakes and a corrections box from the last issue. Perfect just doesn’t happen.”

Former Foghorn editor James Tedford had this perspective: “The Senate as much as the Foghorn is an experiment for students to learn real-world roles. They are going to make mistakes along the way.”

In an email to the Journalism 2 class, which is responsible for this story, Teresa Moore explained the limits of her role as advisor. “I advise the Foghorn. I don’t edit it.”

Moore said she trains staff at the beginning of the semester and does extensive critiques the day the paper comes out. “But I don’t check the editors’ work before the paper is published. That is what is called ‘prior review,’ and it is illegal under the Leonard Law.”

She said neither she nor the Foghorn staff was aware of the Leonard Law until “about a week ago.” We weren’t engaging in prior review because it defeats the purpose of having a student paper if the end product is the work of a non-student professional.”

Although senate has reinstated the Foghorn as a weekly, the issue of funding remains. “I think the University needs to find a way to fund student media outside of government,” said Bernadette Barker-Plummer, the chair of USF’s Media Studies department. “It’s a conflict if media can’t report on government. I think there’s a teaching moment here. It’s not something that needs to be hostile,” she added.

Gregory Wolcott, assistant vice provost for student engagement – essentially an advisor to the student senate – felt that the issue was communication. “It’s always good to bring people together and have conversations about process, about the success of each organization. I would definitely like to see more consultation between the Foghorn and the Senate,” Wolcott said.

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The Foghorn Calls for New Funding System

“Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.” 

- Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

Journalists reporting for the San Francisco Foghorn are hindered from following this ethical code because of the way the newspaper is funded. The funding for the Foghorn is determined by USF’s student government, the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco Senate. Senate allocates the student activity fee, a $97 fee each student pays every semester, among different clubs and organizations on campus including student-run media outlets. The student government determining the funding for student media is a serious conflict of interest. The Foghorn has an obligation to provide its readers with relevant information — this includes information about the student government. Senate makes decisions that directly affect student life at USF; the students deserve to be made aware of such decisions. However, the Foghorn cannot provide accurate and fair coverage of Senate while the senators have the power to determine the newspaper’s funding. With this funding structure, Foghorn journalists are put in the unethical position of potentially having to censor themselves to insure the continuation of our publication.

Last May, Senate voted 7-6 to cut the Foghorn’s number of issues in half for the Fall 2013 semester. Senators chose to implement a review system for the newspaper, in which they will critique the issue to determine if it meets their standards

The decision of one student, in the 7-6 vote, was capable of censoring the voice of the hundreds of students who utilize the Foghorn as a means for expression. ASUSF senators are elected officials whose job it is to represent the students — they are a “voice” for the greater student body. So is the Foghorn. The student newspaper is a forum for student voice, and to have one representative student body silencing the voice of another is wrong. It is an unethical decision within an unethical system, fraught with conflicts of interest. Students are censoring other students by taking away the Foghorn’s ability to publish relevant, timely news. It seems as though Senate does not understand that what they are doing is inherently unethical — we believe that the time has come for the senators to be made aware of the impropriety of their decision. It is also time for a restructuring of the funding system for student media organizations.

The Foghorn budget can no longer be determined by the student government on which the Foghorn must report. It is a blatant conflict of interest that limits our ability to report honestly about Senate as long as they are providing our funding. Funding for media needs to be a set amount — a specific amount from each student’s fee, for example. The University must make changes to remove this conflict of interest in order to operate ethically and to allow their student journalists to report ethically as well.

Senate wants to evaluate the quality of the paper—deciding by their own standards what is worthy of publication. The media’s role is to inform and serve the public freely, with no government interference or censorship. A government-controlled press is not a free press.

ASUSF Senate Candidate Bios

College of Arts and Sciences Representative

Diana Fabian

Freshman

 

Hello my name is Diana Fabian and I am from Southern California! Participating in student government in high school and being a part of University Ministry this year has given me the experience to represent the students of arts and sciences! I want to give you the opportunity to feel connected and proud of your school! I am here to listen!  What is student government if students are not involved? Remember to vote Diana Fabian for arts and sciences representative to have your voice be heard!

 

College of Arts and Sciences Representative

Elena Kuhn

Freshman

 

My name is Elena Kuhn and I’m running for college of arts and sciences representative!  I’m running for senate because I want to represent and serve the students of the college of arts and sciences. As a senator, I will make it my top priority to hear the needs and concerns of the students and take action. I believe my prior leadership experience as freshman representative and chair of food committee has prepared me with the skills necessary to lead. If you want someone who is ready to serve you and has the experience to do so: Vote Elena Kuhn!

 

College of Nursing and Health Professions Representative

Nicole Hiroi

Freshman

 

Hello! My name is Nicole Hiroi and I am currently a freshman II nursing student. I would like to be a member of senate because I think that senate is a great opportunity to get involved with the school, my major, and with other students. It is my hope that next year, more nursing students will be aware of what is going on around campus and can utilize all the great resources that the school has to offer. I would love to be a school of nursing representative and serve the school body, so don’t forget to vote for me!

 

College of Nursing and Health Professions Representative

Jayne Yang

Freshman

 

My name is Jayne Yang and I hail from Honolulu, Hawai’i. I am running for the college of nursing and health professions representative. I am involved in Nursing Student Association, USF Judo Team, Hui O’ Hawaii’s luau, and a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta. My involvement in various aspects of USF has given me a broader perspective of different types of on-campus students. My broad perspective and ability to communicate with many different types of students will boost my ability to represent my constituents within the school of nursing and health professions. Please make a difference and vote! Thank you.

 

International Student Representative

Tingting Fei

Freshman

 

Hello, my name is Tingting Fei, and I am from Ningbo, a seaport city in China.

Traveling is my favorite hobby, and I am interested in communicating with different people. Besides this, I am an environmental science major, and I care about environmental issues.

I want to become better and regard these experiences as very helpful to help me find out what is the meaning of being a real person. More and more international students are coming to USF. Sometimes students like us will face lots of problems, so they need a voice. Besides this, I want to help them figure out their passion and be proud of being here.

 

International Student Representative

DooYoung Jung

Freshman

 

My name is DooYoung Jung from Korea. Two years ago, I came to the U.S. to look for new challenges and opportunities to grow professionally and personally. I was part of the student government at Cañada College for two years. In student government, I learned leadership skills that helped achieve harmony, positivity, consistency, and responsibility. Moreover, I was a student government liaison of the International Communication Club. I was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, which has helped me establish relationships with other students, as well as faculties, learn about fellowship and community service events that are planned, and help to serve the campus community. As an ASUSF candidate, I would be able to bring a different perspective for a wide array of students. I would be a spokesperson on behalf of students who may not necessarily feel comfortable confronting issues they face.

 

International Student Representative

Siqi Xiang

Freshman

 

My name is Siqi Xiang, and I am an international freshman from Beijing, China.

I am interested in becoming an international student representative because I want to help other international students. I have been a class leader from second grade until my junior year when I came to study in America. I was vice president of student senate from seventh to ninth grade. I have many international friends at USF. If I get the chance to serve in ASUSF, I will listen, help, and get suggestions from them so that the school can provide a better environment for international students.

 

International Student Representative

Yemao Zhou

Freshman

 

My name is Yemao Zhou, an International student from Shanghai, China. I studied high school in Boston for a year, and now I am a freshman at the University of San Francisco. As an international student, I had many problems when I first came. For example, cultural diversity. I believe many international students had faced the same problem. Therefore, I am seeking this position to share my experience and hope to help other international students.

 

Off-Campus Representative

Divya Khosla

Freshman

 

My name is Divya Khosla, I am currently the on-campus representative for ASUSF senate. During my experiences with senate, I gained important leadership skills that were necessary to effectively lead and improve our school. I was thankful to be able to give back to the school that has provided me with so many opportunities. Working with my constituency has been a great experience. Last year I represented a majority of the on-campus freshman and sophomore students. I hope to continue to support this same group next year as off-campus representative. As the off-campus representative, I will bridge the gap between on-campus and off-campus students, and make the transition from on-campus housing to off-campus housing easier. I would also like to work with public safety to add more public safety shuttles, among other additional safety measures. I hope to represent you next year, thank you for your time.

 

Off-Campus Representative

Adam Yale

Freshman

 

With the student body increasing each year, more and more of us are required to shift our residency off-campus. Whether you love or hate the situation, you need a voice. I, Adam Yale, vow to be that voice and provide the courageous representation you deserve.

 

On-Campus Representative

Allison Smith

Sophomore

 

My name is Allison Smith, and I am a sophomore nursing student from Ripon, CA. I have lived in the dorms for two years, so I understand the love-hate relationship of living on campus. As the on-campus student representative, I will serve as both a resource and advocate for improvement campus wide. My mission as the on-campus student representative will be to voice the opinions and concerns of all on campus students, and to unite the campus as one. Cast your vote for me so I can represent our collective, on-campus residential communities.

 

President

John Chibnall

Junior

 

Students of the University of San Francisco, my name is Johnny Chibnall and I am your current ASUSF senate president. Over this past year it has been my mission to increase the visibility and accessibility of senate as an organization within the realm of Student Leadership and Engagement as well as the greater USF community as a whole. Continuing this work into a second term, I am passionate and dedicated to the initiatives that have already been started and those that have yet to come to fruition. With your support, I am certain that together, we can continue the important conversations that we need to have as a community so that we can leave this institution a better place than when we first arrived. Thank you for your continued support.

 

ALLISON

 

School of Management Representative

Alexa De La Torre

Freshman

 

Hello Dons! My name is Alexa De La Torre and I am a hospitality management major from San Pedro, CA. I am running to represent the school of management for the 2013-2014 academic year. I would like to be on senate because I have a desire to facilitate positive change in the school of management. If elected, I intend on advocating for the needs of my constituents by making their voices heard and by providing the necessary resources vital to building a stronger community amongst the school of management’s students, faculty, and administration.

 

Sophomore Class Representative

Michael Mortimer

Freshman

 

We survived our first year of college! Now as sophomores we have the experience necessary to make USF even better. That is why I am running for sophomore representative. My name is Michael Mortimer. I am a double major in political science and business. I am hardworking, a great listener, and most importantly, I am excited to represent our class! I know I can make a difference and make sure our voices are heard. I promise to give 100 percent if given this amazing opportunity. Class of 2016, let’s do this!

 

Sophomore Class Representative

Claire O’Neill

Freshman

 

My name is Claire O’Neill and I’m running for sophomore representative. My hometown is Dublin, Ireland, but where I gained most of my leadership experience was in high school on Orcas Island, WA. In high school, I was a class representative for all four years and my senior year I was Key Club president. My main passion in high school was serving my community and I would like to continue this in college by doing my part to support the community at USF. I hope to help make senate even more impactful for all students’ during their time at USF.

 

Sophomore Class Representative

Kevin Sotomayor

Freshman

 

My name is Kevin Sotomayor, representing Queens, NY. I’m interested in the human body, basketball, event planning, and music. If you see me around, don’t be shy. Introduce yourself! As a member of the senate I will speak up about sophomore issues that can be assisted through ASUSF, such as your wi-fi, dormitory problems, and issues that need change. My vision would be to connect students with senate objectives. I was the student body president in high school and of many clubs in the past.

 

Sophomore Class Representative

Adam Toth-Fejel

Freshman

 

Hey, fellow Dons! Tired of slow, cumbersome Internet? How about waiting forever to get some food from the caf? After experiencing these as well as other problems that you may have had for over a year, don’t you think it is time for some change? I, Adam Toth-Fejel, do and plan to make it happen if elected as your sophomore class representative. I have had previous leadership experience in activities such as Boys State and working at ITS. As a result, if you do not want to repeat history, vote for me, Adam Toth-Fejel, for an incredible sophomore year!

 

Students of Color Representative

Jennifer Echeagaray

 

Hello Dons! My name is Jennifer Echeagaray and I am from Los Angeles, CA. I am currently part of Delta Zeta and the USF club volleyball team. Through past experiences I have found my passion for student life and race relations. If elected as a student of color representative, my goal is to unwaveringly meet the needs of colored students and continue to celebrate diversity throughout USF. I hope to create an inclusive community where each colored individual constantly feels welcomed and free from bias. You have the power to change the world from here, so don’t forget to vote!

 

Students with Disabilities Representatives

Kevin Bachar

Freshman

 

Greetings Dons! My name is Kevin Bachar and it would be my honor to serve as one of your ASUSF Senate students with disabilities representatives for the 2013-2014 school year. I am passionate and committed to serving a student population’s voice that is so often silenced. My goal in my term is to bring together students with disabilities and the greater USF community together as one to show that the University of San Francisco is a trailblazer when it comes to serving a diverse community. The betterment and the advancement of the livelihood of students with disabilities is the spark that lights my fire and the reason it would be my pleasure to serve as one of the two students with disabilities representative. Together we can and we will “change the world from here.”

 

Students with Disabilities Representatives

Jordan Hartsinck

Freshman

 

Hey, my name is Jordan Hartsinck, and I’m from Temecula, CA! I am currently the students with disabilities representative in ASUSF Senate. I have had the most rewarding experience in this position that I am running again for another year! I have learned so much about myself with this position, but more importantly, I have learned how to best help my constituents and represent their best interest in all affairs. The main reason I want to continue these efforts is because I have bipolar disorder and know what it’s like to feel as if you are alone in your disability. As your representative, I will make sure you never feel this way. We all deserve to thrive in this community and I am here to make sure that happens! Vote for me as your students with disabilities representative!

 

Vice President of of Business Administration

Madeline Meininger

Sophomore

 

I’m Maddy Meininger and I’m a sophomore politics major from Portland, OR. I would make an excellent vice president of business administration because I understand the logistical requirements of the position and I care about the students who are impacted by where these funds go. This year I was an on-campus representative on senate and sat on the finance committee, which is chaired by the vice president of business administration, so I understand the job. However, I also know what it is like for organizations applying for funding, as I was the vice president of campus activities board and managed our budget this year. I hope to continue to be a part of senate next year and to serve you, the associated students of USF. Don’t forget to vote for Maddy!

 

Vice President of Internal Affairs

Eva Long

Sophomore

 

Hey everyone! My name is Eva Long and I am a sophomore majoring in politics and minoring in public service. I am pursuing the position of vice president of internal affairs. Thus far, I’ve been in senate for two years. As a freshman, I was the students with disabilities representative and continued on to become the sophomore class representative. As I continue on senate, I begin to learn more about myself and my potential of being a student leader on campus, truly touching lives and creating change. Although one of the biggest responsibilities is chairing meetings, I am passionate about an even greater need that can be met. I want to be able to bridge the relationship between senators, the student body, and the upper administration so we are able to learn about their roles and resources at the university because it’s a rare occasion when we get a chance to speak to them.

 

Vice President of Mission

Sascha Rosemond

Sophomore

 

Hi! My name is Sascha Rosemond. I am a current sophomore at USF! I am from Pasadena, CA.  I am a communication studies major. I love USF and I love San Francisco. Moving to San Francisco from a Southern California suburban city was a big change for me. San Francisco has become my home and I have been given so many great opportunities in this city and at this awesome university. I would like to be a member of senate because I care. I have served as the ASUSF Senate student of color representative for almost a year and a half and I have learned so much about this campus, my constituency, and advocacy for others. On senate, I have the opportunity to be a voice and advocate for students and their concerns. I take this responsibility seriously and I have done, and will continue to do, my best to serve the interest of my constituency and advocate for USF students in what I do and what I say, if elected. Remember to vote! In addition to senate, I serve as the human resources director for Kappa Alpha Theta and I serve as a member of USF’s Student Philanthropy Committee. Next year, I hope to see senate work together to accomplish their goals and focus on advocating for all students. If elected as vice president of mission, I hope to not only uphold the mission of USF through communication with campus organizations and their community action projects, but also serve as a liaison for the constituencies which fall under the executive positions, including students of color, international students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students. I hope to work closely with the student life and diversity departments on campus, including but not limited to, the Intercultural Center, the Gender and Sexuality Center, the Office of Diversity of Community Engagement, and Student Leadership and Engagement.

 

Vice President of Public Relations

Makenzi Brown

Junior

 

I am Makenzi Brown from Fryeburg, ME. This past year on senate has challenged me to grow past thinking solely about myself, and see what I can do for all my constituents within the USF community. I would like to further my experiences on senate by running for vice president of public relations. I feel my previous experiences being an executive in other organizations has given me the leadership skills it takes to help accomplish my vision of making senate more accessible and represented on campus. Being vice president of public relations, I can help contribute to this vision by connecting with students through social networking, through Fall and Spring Summit, through Senate Week, and through other positive programing. It’s important for everyone to vote during spring elections to help establish a strong Senate so we can start changing the world from here.

 

Vice President of Sustainability

Madeleine Shelton

Sophomore

 

Hey Dons! My name is Madeleine Shelton. I am a sophomore earning my degree in entrepreneurship and innovation at the school of management. In my USF experience thus far, I’ve been involved in on-campus organizations that promote community and environmental sustainability. Last year, I served on the Residence Hall Council as co-program director of Gillson dorm. Our council created social activities for residents to build camaraderie within the building. This year, I joined the Environmental and Outdoors Club. As an EOC member, I participate in meetings about environmental issues, both globally and locally. As vice president of sustainability, I envision creating a community of USF students of all majors who are open to learning about environmental issues. I plan to host more on-campus events that tie eco-education with entertainment. Through these programs, I wish to communicate how simple and inexpensive it can be to incorporate eco-friendly choices into one’s daily lifestyle.

Senate Briefings: Tuesday, April 10

Gender-Inclusive, On-Campus Dorms

A student task force dedicated to investigating the feasibility and implementation of gender inclusive housing made a presentation to Senate of their findings to date. The discussion began with a set of definitions and conventions relating to the LGBTQ community, including the difference between one’s gender identity and one’s gender expression.
The task force said the lack of gender inclusive housing at USF contributed to a feeling of discomfort and a lack of safety among some students.
Talks with USF’s administration show that a corresponding administrative committee on gender inclusive housing has been formed, and that a circulating petition for the housing program had the support of 289 students as of last Tuesday.
Concerns included the loss of conservative alumni contributions who would not support the initiative due to their views on sexuality, as well as concern from parents who may hesitate to have their children partake in a gender-inclusive housing program. The task force said their housing proposal would not replace all other living arrangements on campus, but comprise a section of floors or a particular floor in several dormitories, much like living-learning communities currently occupy a portion of some residence halls.
Senators and executives recommended the group seek input from individuals not necessarily in support of establishing a gender inclusive program, because the current committee is mainly comprised of “like-minded individuals,” according to Lex Wochner, ASUSF president. Others suggested the group study how other colleges have set up similar programs and seek more hard data to present at a later time.

Revisions to Senator Codes

Upcoming general elections and the accompanying transitioning process for senators and executives were discussed by ASUSF officials.
Kelly Cook, vice president of internal affairs, urged senators to consider including resources and suggestions to better suit the senator codes’ purpose as a “miniature training document.”
Individual senators were also instructed to include a personal letter to future senators who will fill current positions. Documentation, such as a timeline of initiatives proposed during the recent term and a reflection of past performances, is to be included for each senator as a historic aid for incoming Senate members.
Senators next year will negotiate a discrete point loss system for absences and tardiness to general and committee hearings, in order to prevent lateness.
An increase in the hourly and sub-committee work Senators are expected to complete each week is also scheduled. This proposal met members’ questions about the need for the increase and the possibility of compensation for Senators in the future.
The Electoral Governing Board and Senate also reminded every non-returning Senator to assign themselves a minimum of two hours to staff student voting stations for the general elections, which are scheduled to take place from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 20. Returning and prospective senators cannot participate in the elections process.

Campus Activities Board Shares Findings from National Conference

CAB presented what they learned after attending the National Association for Campus Activities regional conference, including how to better market campus events, increase student interest, and improve club visibility. The presentation was timely, particularly as the Senate’s Finance committee finalizes their round of budget hearings for the university’s 15 funded accounts this semester.