One week after conducting a Q&A session with university President David Adamany, Temple Student Government invited more guest speakers to its general assembly meeting last Monday, including representatives from the Small Business Development Center, International Programs and Community College of Philadelphia.
CCP Student Government President Victor Smith, Sr. attended the meeting along with several of his executive board members and spoke about the “long-standing relationship” between his institution and Temple.
“Possibly, a lot of the people in this room started at CCP,” Smith said to the TSG representatives. “We’re going to keep that tradition going.”
Smith said that CCP is collaborating with Temple, La Salle, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Students Association to determine why, among other concerns, Broad Street officials and Harrisburg politicians are not “[helping] to distribute extra funds this way.”
“Colleges and universities in the inner cities need more financial help,” Smith said.
TSG President Oscar Chow said that building connections and increasing communication with GPSA, Smith and other local student government leaders is essential because students “share the same common problems.”
“We want to build a stronger link between Philadelphia and its college students because essentially we are all the same regardless of what campus we go to,” Chow said.
International Programs representative Jacleen Mowery announced that the department will co-sponsor “A Carnival of Cultures” on Nov. 16 in the Student Center Atrium. She said the event will provide student groups a chance to promote the culture of their organization and recruit new members.
Tim Bennett from SBDC – a branch of the Temple’s Fox School of Business and Management – talked about the consulting services and training seminars that the department provides to aspiring entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia community. Furthermore, TSG Vice President of Academic Affairs Ryan Phelan said that he recently met with Provost Ira Schwartz and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones to discuss graduation applications, adviser evaluations and future improvements for class scheduling.
For the past couple of weeks, Phelan has spoken out against the different deadlines that each school has for accepting graduation applications. He says they confused and frustrated several students.
“Some of them are very vocal about when the deadlines are. Some of them leave you on your own to figure out when [the deadline] is,” Phelan said. “We’re trying to create to a uniform system so every school has the same deadline and the same process for [handling] graduations.”
Phelan said Schwartz and Jones could make changes to the graduation process as early as the fall of 2006.
In addition to chairperson and officer reports, TSG members voted on fall semester allocation bills for 60 student organizations.
Tyson McCloud can be reached at Tyson@temple.edu.