As Associated Student Government president,is responsible for being the voice of the student body at Texas State. The University Star spoke with McDaniel about the accomplishments of the past semester, and what is in store for next.
HO: What has been your biggest accomplishment this semester?
NM: I think my biggest accomplishment has been to implement a fund for students to go travel for academic research. We’re calling it the Rising S.T.A.R. grant, with S.T.A.R. being an acronym for Scholarly Travel and Academic Research. We’re working with the different colleges to do matching funds. We’re hoping this allows more students to go to more conferences to present their research. We’re really excited about that. We have $25,000 total (to disperse), and we’ve allocated that to each college evenly to start. Then, if we see one college isn’t asking for any funding, we’ll disperse it to the ones that need it.
HO: What has been your biggest challenge?
NM: I don’t know. There are a lot of responsibilities and a lot of things to do, and it’s not like I wasn’t expecting that, but until you’re actually in it, you don’t really realize how much your schedule fills up every week.
HO: What other initiatives isworking on for the coming semester?
NM: One senator, Ian Smith, worked on getting free-range beef implemented on campus next semester. We’re also doing quite a few veterans initiatives—getting a veterans space in LBJ (Student Center), getting veterans to register early and getting veterans their own orientation so they aren’t with a bunch of 18 year olds fresh out of high school. As far as the senate is concerned, Heather Herron wants to add audio cues to elevators for the visually impaired. She works with students who are visually impaired, and there have been a lot of complaints about their dogs being hit by elevators because they are trying to read the braille on the number outside the elevator. She is working to get voice cues for those students. She’s heard stories about visually impaired students being stuck on the elevator because they couldn’t tell what floor they were on, or they would try to ask another student and they would have headphones in or wouldn’t want to answer for whatever reason, and that would leave them stuck on the elevator more or less.