A Texas State student was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve a one-year term as a non-voting member on the Board of Regents.
Matthew Russell, public administration junior, will serve as the Texas State University System’s student regent effective June 1. He is one of 10 students appointed by Perry on May 6 serve on their respective university systems’ governing boards.
“I am very thankful to have been appointed by Governor Perry as the student regent for the Texas State University System,” Russell said. “It is a privilege and honor to have been given this opportunity to represent more than 70,000 students in our system.”
Student regents are appointed by Perry every year to voice the concerns of their peers at their universities.
Students worried about discrimination from roommates because of their sexuality or gender identity may be able to ensure a safer environment after the passage of an Associated Student Government resolution.
passed a resolution April 22 to allow students to indicate whether they are transgender, transsexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer on their housing application. Under the resolution, the application would allow students to note whether they would like their sexuality or gender identity to be taken into consideration when being placed with a roommate. Non-LGBTQ students can indicate if they are LGBTQ-friendly under the resolution.
ASG wants students to be made aware of their “current options in being housed in a safe environment.”
Texas State’s largest graduating class in history is prompting the university to prepare for extra crowds at commencement ceremonies this spring.
This May there will be six commencement ceremonies held at Strahan Coliseum with nearly 4,500 graduation candidates. Administrators are anticipating crowds larger than the capacity at Strahan and are planning for overflow crowds at the ceremonies. Provostsaid Gym 102 in Jowers Center will have a live stream of the ceremony to accommodate additional guests. The gym is located off one of the main entrances of Strahan Coliseum.
Bourgeois said the College of Education ceremony and the combined ceremony of the College of Applied Arts and the College of Health Professions are both expected to draw overflow crowds.
Debbie Thorne, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said although overflow is only expected at the two ceremonies, they will have the extra room prepared for all six.
Sarah Garcia’s life was altered the night her friend was struck and killed instantly by a drunk driver two years ago.
The incident still resonates with Garcia, education freshman.
“I always wonder what would happen if the driver didn’t get drunk or just didn’t drive,” Garcia said. “Why would he drive? Just why?”
Instances of drunk driving such as this one have prompted Vanessa Cortez, Associated Student Government president-elect, to try to revive the Students With Alternative Transportation program. The program, which was canceled by the university in 2009, provided Texas State students with a safe ride home when they were too intoxicated to drive. The university reallocated S.W.A.T.’s funding to the on-campus Alcohol and Drug Compliance Services.
“(Safe-ride programs) are something that many, many universities do and it’s something that we need to bring back for the safety of our students,” Cortez said.
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