Student government meeting

 

No university money will be funding the rebuild of the Eastern New Mexico University presidential residence, according to student regent Joseph Gergel, who spoke at the recent student government meeting on April 9. 

 

Instead of utilizing university funds to update the president’s home, $650,000 has been approved through state capital outlay, according to Gergel, who reassured student government members that no money is coming from ENMU students. 

 

The following were other topics discussed at the meeting:

 

In efforts to make campus safer, ENMU has been approved to receive Emergency Blue Lights. This has been an initiative of the student government for many years, according to Student Body President Kaitlyn Bigham. She said when Gergel was a student senator, he worked on creating the capital outlay request for these lights, and the idea was pushed while lobbying in Santa Fe this year. The money to fund the project will be available in July. 

 

Regarding the new minimum wage increases, Gergel confirmed that work study positions will not be affected, but student hire positions may be. Student hire hours will be cut from 20 to 16 hours per week, which will still allow student hires the same amount of money they are used to earning, according to the student government’s advisor Brad Mauldin.

 

An on-going issue with the ENMU Board of Regents is the issue of female to male enrollment ratio not matching up with the female to male ratio in athletics. At ENMU, there are more females than males enrolled, however within athletics, there are more males than females. Ideas are being discussed for making athletics gender ratio correlate with enrollment gender ratio. According to Gergel, adding a female sport is an idea that is believed to assist in abolishing the issue. 

 

Gergel said he relies on the student government to relay messages accurately from the student body to him and back, saying that he feels student concerns are highly important.

 

Representatives from ARISE Sexual Assault Services attended the meeting to inquire about different ways to better service those that have survived sexual assault. They have been reaching out to different branches on campus, inviting everyone to a round table to discuss strategies that will make students more aware of who they are, as well as ways they can help, according to Bigham. 

 

Meeting schedules and agendas regarding student government can be found on the ENMU website. 

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November 6, 2019

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