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Officers discuss grass-roots action

| Thursday, February 27, 2014

At this week’s Student Senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia talked about the newest component of Student Government’s “One is Too Many” sexual assault prevention campaign, a series of videos slated for release after spring break.

“[For the first film,] we’re working with a few [sexual assault] survivors who are willing to talk about their experience,” Coccia said.

Coccia said an “institutional support video” will highlight various people at the University who aid victims of sexual assault, and it will also include other resources available to students. Another video will showcase bystander intervention, Coccia said.

Student body vice president Nancy Joyce said she and Coccia do not plan to release the videos through the student government website.

“We would like it to be a more grassroots effort,” she said. “We think it will be more meaningful if it comes from the student body.”

The Senate also approved a new Student Union Board (SUB) executive director and passed two resolutions.

Sophomore Scott Copeland will replace senior Kaitlyn Keelin at the end of her term as executive director of SUB. Keelin said Copeland served as a controller for SUB this year and managed the budget and purchases for different SUB programs.

The first resolution passed expresses the Senate’s support of “the creation and actions of the food services’ student advisory council.” The council chose its 12 student members earlier this month.

The second resolution amends the wording in student government’s constitution concerning the description of the Department of Gender Issues. The amendment adds “sexual violence” to the list of student needs the Department of Gender Issues pledges to address.

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