Student government association takes a stand against domestic violence

SGA pushes for change and passes to have a men’s basketball club on campus and to raise violence awareness around campus

By Cameron Niblock
On January 30, 2015

Student Government Association prepared to make a stand against all forms of violence on campus during the Jan. 26 student senate meeting.

Audrey Wilson, director of Student Services, with Student Affairs, came before SGA to request their support in informing and encouraging their constituents to take a stand against all forms of violence. By using the term violence support is shown for not only taking a stand against domestic violence but other types such as date violence.

On Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multicultural Center students can decorate a shirt that states an anti-violence message or the name of a victim or survivor of an action of violence. The shirts will be put on display for all students and faculty to observe.

“It’s on us to stop the violence,” Wilson said.

Members of SGA stayed after the meeting to help with making the “It’s on us” video which will show students giving their personal statements in support of anti-violence.

April is violence awareness month, but because the basketball season will be over by then, Student Affairs has teamed up with the basketball teams to make the game on Feb. 18 ASU’s stand against violence. They will be wearing teal socks as well as cheerleaders and band members having teal colored accessories.

Not only is there a stand against violence happening on the court, but at the dorms on campus as well.

The documentary “Miss Representation” will be shown on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in Plaza Verde. This documentary brings light to the underrepresentation of women with power and influence in the US by the limitations portrayed by the media.

Plaza Verde will host an open mic night Apr. 14 where a Slam Poet will join and portray a message of anti-violence.

SGA also passed to have a new men’s basketball club be formed on campus. This club will give students a second chance at playing at the college level if they didn’t make the cut for Ram basketball right out of high school.

“We encourage our players to start off at the intramural level,” Jonathan Mckissack, graduate student, said. “That way they can improve their skills.”

For those who are interested the club is looking for players with dedication, good academic standing, trustworthiness, and willingness to learn, Mckissack said.

Whether it is taking a stand against violence or pursuing a long-term dream, everybody has the chance to make a change this semester.

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