Campus Dialogue Addresses Sexual Misconduct Policy

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Shay Kettner
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Additional Reporting Courtesy of SGA Senate Minutes:
Travis Miyashiro
SGA Secretary

On Wed. Feb. 20, President Sanford Ungar addressed the social media frenzy, acts of vigilante justice and questions raised about Goucher’s sexual misconduct policy. More than 100 community members consisting of faculty, staff, students and senior staff were in attendance in the Hyman Forum at the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meeting.

Goucher Community gathered in the Hyman Forum on Feb. 20 to pose questions to persident Ungar about te Sexual misconduct policy. (Chris Riley)

Goucher Community gathered in the Hyman Forum on Feb. 20 to pose questions to persident Ungar about te Sexual misconduct policy. (Chris Riley)

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SGA: Update

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Each Wednesday afternoon the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meeting is held in Van Meter B10. Different Goucher Community members may come present issues, questions or ideas to the student body as represented in SGA Senate.  Similarly, any student, club, or student organization may attend senate and address issues, questions, or ideas they may have for the student body. The Quindecim will run a regular update of these SGA Senate meetings. The next senate meeting is Wednesday, December 5 at 3:30pm in Van Meter B10.

November 28, 2012:

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SGA Update

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2012:

Election Results:
SGA Secretary-
Travis Miyashiro
VP for Clubs-
Olivia Shestopal
VP for Student Initiatives -
Lenna Blaser

New Business:
– Bill Leimbach, Vice President for Technology and Planning  and Rebecca Dietrich, Director of Public Safety presented a potential new security system for students with Androids or iPhones. The new system would work with the e2campus texting and email alert notifications that are sent in case of a campus emergency.

“We are always looking for things that might be helpful to [students] so the only risks you might encounter are the intellectual ones in the classroom,” said Leimbach.

The app, which is downloaded for free to Androids and iPhones, is an audio/video surveilance distress call. Once activated,  the phone automatically transmits GPS tracking and a live stream of video and audio to Public Safety. Public Safety can then respond by sending an officer, calling the Baltimore County Police, or even texting the student who activated their security app.

After an incident, Public Safety would be able to look back at the archived video information for any further investigation needed. Dietrich stated that the purpose of the system is to keep students safe.

The security app presented to SGA senate as an example was EmergenSee, which also GPS tracks the phone once it is activated and sends the student’s location to Public Safety along with the live transmitted video.

The system works simlar to 9-1-1, but only monitors a particular set location, such as Goucher’s campus or the surrounding Towson area.  Students who use the app will be registered with the system and Public Safety. The EmergenSee security app system is not a silent, anonymous report system.

As Dietrich stated, the app’s main purpose is safety; however, there will be disciplinary applications of it also.

This new security system is not being implemented yet. It was presented to SGA senate as a forum for collecting feed back and will be presented to other student groups and senior staff in the near future.

- A proposed amendment to the constitution was tabled addressing the implementation of housing representation on campus. It will be revisited in two weeks (after Thanksgiving break).

-Stacy Cooper-Patterson, Associate Director for Leadership Development and Alex Crockett are sitting on the committee assembled to search for a replacement for Dean Edmonds. They are searching for a strong group of students who are interested in meeting candidates beginning next week. Email Stacy with interests or suggestions.

The next Senate meeting will be held on November 28th at 3:30pm in Van Meter B10. Any student or member of the Goucher Community is welcome to attend.

Gala to be Held in December, Added Security at The Sheraton

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Programming Board announced three weeks ago that Gala will be held on Sunday Dec. 2. This is the first time the event will be in the Fall semester.
The structural change splits the two largest events offered by Programming Board: Gala and GIG, to both spring and fall semesters. According to an email sent to students from the

Vice President of Programming Board last spring, the events that took place during last year’s Gala would affect various changes that must be made to make Gala possible again.

Gala is on December 2; the first time it’s been in the Fall semester. (Graphic courtesy of Office of Student Engagement).

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SGA Update

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 10, 2012:
New Business:
– Academic Policies Committee presented an idea to change the current add/drop period of two weeks to a two-week drop period, and a one-week add period. The current idea being prepared for proposal would shorten the add period to one week, but no longer require signatures of advisers or professors. The drop period would remain a two-week period. A petition process would be available for students who want to add a class after the one week deadline. The new add/drop period proposal is still in the tentative planning stages.
– Alex Crockett ‘14 presented results from a brainstorming session about revising the SGA representative system within senate. Discussion is taking place whether to switch SGA representation over to housing representatives and move away from club representatives, or not.
 Next Week:
-President Sandy Ungar visits to address questions from the senate.
October 17, 2012:
Board Reports:
– Carly Susman, VP for Programming announced the Gala date of December 2, 2012. More information on Gala will be in the next issue of The Q , which comes out November 2nd.
New Business:
– Goucher College President Sanford Ungar  visited to address questions directly  from the SGA senate representatives. The first question addressed diversity on campus specifically asking what President Ungar thinks about Goucher’s diversity, whether it is lacking, and what is a good effort to make Goucher more diverse.
Ungar responded: “We’re very proud of the increase in the diversity in our student body. We use the term multicultural…all of the old terms don’t fit any more because things are more complicated now; within the freshman class the multicultural population is 33%. I don’t personally have a percentage or a number goal when the college is diverse enough, but I feel very good about the progress we’re making.”
The second question addressed big issues Goucher faces in its future.
Ungar responded: “We have an unacceptable number of transports from alcohol that are almost all first year students,” Emily Perl, Associate Dean for Student Engagement interjected, “All the hospital transports [from alcohol] have been first year students.” Ungar continued, “We obviously can’t and don’t seek to control everything everybody does, but drinking to the point of having to be transported to the hospital is a very serious condition and people die. People die every year at colleges from those conditions and we have had a couple of close calls. I believe students can do a lot to influence each other, but at some point if we can’t get any progress we are going to have to ratchet thing up again.”
– Social Justice Committee has $15,000 to spend on your grant proposals! Look for the application on SGA website.
– Senate created an Ad Hoc Committee that Jack Swallow  ‘13 is chairing to address the issues with SGA senate representation.
– A marketing group presented a petition that was denied by Exec Board for $136 to go towards a class advertising project. The petition was approved from $136 towards renting a popcorn machine, apple cider mix and a helium tank.
The next Senate meeting will be held on October 24 at 3:30pm in Van Meter B10. Any student or member of the Goucher Community is welcome to attend.

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