Student Government President Tyler Liberty opened the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, by announcing Barbara Gitenstein’s 15th year serving as President of the College.
A theme throughout this week’s meeting was revamping social media platforms into new ways for the administration to help students at the College.
Arts and Communications Senator Tom Verga talked about lionsmatter.com, a website he compared to the Twitter account @TCNJPROBLEMS. Instead of just complaining about their problems, students now have a way to get in touch with someone who can help solve them.
“Information posted on the website will be sent to the administration,” Verga said. “It gives administrators more of a way to help the College.”
Michell Lin, a senator of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented a similar idea, but this time replacing a textbook-exchange Facebook group within the College. The new program is called “Textbook Friend.” You can simply type in your information online, whether you are a buyer or a seller, and you will then be matched up with another student looking to exchange books.
“This is a way to better organize and bring everyone together,” Lin said.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the meeting was the announcement of Colleges Against Cancer’s Chipotle fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 24, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Students can order from Chipotle when visiting the Brower Student Center. Then on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the food will be delivered to the student center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CAC will receive 50 percent of all profits.
Near the end of the meeting, Assistant Dean of Students Angela Chong went into detail about the new Student Organization Code of Conduct and received feedback from students.
“We are holding them accountable as a group now,” Chong said.
Junior economics major Grace Moran brought up concerns about an entire organization being punished when only a few of its members violated the code of conduct.
Chong stressed that it will not affect an individual’s discipline record if members of a group violate the code, but the individual was not present at the time of the violation.
“It doesn’t mean that if one individual violates the code, the whole group will be punished,” Chong said. “Consequences will depend entirely on the investigation and the evidence gathered.”