On Feb. 7, Temple Student Government met for its first senate meeting of the Spring 2011 semester, during which its members made suggestions to improve Campus Safety Services initiatives and community relations policies.
In the Senate President Colin Saltry’s report, Saltry wrote about changes to TSG procedures. Saltry wrote that TSG will focus on clear communication with the student body regarding its needs and what TSG is doing for them.
“Maybe we got so caught up in the process of governing that we lost sight of the purpose of governing,” Saltry said in the report.
Members of TSG discussed community relations. Saltry said he wants to focus on mitigating the effects of house parties rather than solely enforcing the laws regarding them.
“We can’t just be bringing in people like License and Inspections and the Liquor Control Board,” Saltry said. “We need to have that community-component where we all understand what to do, [and] we’re not afraid to contact the police if there’s a problem.”
TSG members, as well as the Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Stephanie Ives and Campus Safety Captain Eileen Bradley, agreed that students need to form better relationships with CSS in order to feel comfortable calling them during house parties.
Ramos-Castillo said Ives is working on a fact sheet on how to hold a party safely.
Saltry introduced Senate Bill 1101, “an act confirming appointments of the senate president,” in which Senator Monica Rindfleisch was nominated to the position of academic affairs chair. Maria DiGeorge was appointed as senate clerk.
Saltry also introduced Senate Bill 1102, “a joint resolution establishing the Pennsylvania Association of State-related Students,” bringing together the student governments of Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University and Temple. The act was voted on and passed.
PASS is the driving force behind the Feb. 15 rally in Harrisburg.