On his first day as a Temple Owl, new Dean of Students Ainsley Carry addressed the Temple Student Government on his hopes for a successful relationship.
“Student leaders are very close to my heart,” Carry said. “Taking on duties is a very important thing.”
The University of Florida graduate headlined several guest speakers at the fifth meeting of the Assembly. In addition to weekly reports from the heads of its committees, the TSG also heard presentations from organizations ranging from “Operation Town watch” to the Main Campus Program Board.
Program Board President Jovon Eldridge, like many of her peers in the TSG, focused her presentation on this week’s Homecoming festivities. Activities began this weekend and will continue through Saturday.
In a meeting where student involvement was at the top of the agenda, however, Carry’s address was particularly appropriate. Dekwuan Postell, TSG Vice President for Student Affairs, stressed to the Assembly the importance of taking an active role in this week’s Homecoming activities and the rest of the facilities that the TSG has to offer. He charged the delegates and student body to take immediate action by voting for Homecoming King and Queen this week. Polls close Friday.
“They’ve been working around the clock campaigning. We’re trying to bring Homecoming King and Queen back,” Postell said.
But Postell used his remarks to touch on more than the homecoming festivities. Looking ahead, Postell told delegates about the importance of fighting not only for their organizations, but the TSG.
“Without a voice we couldn’t have been able to get some of the things done that we have,” Postell said.
TSG President Naeem Campbell also announced the TSG’s attempt to hear more clearly the voices of the student body. Campbell informed delegates of their upcoming “Meet the TSG” town hall discussion. The first of several monthly meetings in which students will be able to raise their concerns, the meeting will take place on Thursday, October 28. During the proposed discussion, interested students and faculty will have the opportunity to raise concerns that the TSG otherwise might not be aware of.
In her weekly report, TSG Vice President of Academic Affairs Sarah Baker reinforced Postell’s call for more activity among students, especially in the University’s academic decisions. She used this week’s meeting with one of the new candidates for Vice Provost of Libraries as a starting point for student involvement.
“I can’t emphasize enough how much they care about our opinions,” Baker said.
Postell lauded Baker for her commitment to the TSG and the University.
“Sarah Baker’s in the office fighting for you every day,” Postell said. “You’ve got to keep on fighting. If you don’t fight, your voice isn’t heard.”
Christopher Reber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.