Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Senator of the Week: Chris Diehl

Name: Chris Diehl

Hometown: Gustavus, OH

Major: Accounting

Year: Senior

Position: Academic Affairs Commissioner

Favorite Food: Chicken Cacciatore

If you had in a foreign country, which one would you want to live in? Germany

If you could go on a date with any celebrity, who would it be? Jessica Alba

Favorite thing you've done on senate? General Fee Resolution

Plans for next year? Law School somewhere

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Help Keep Athens Beautiful!

Ohio University Student Senate will sponsor the third annual Athens Beautification Day this Saturday, for the first time since the event's short but successful history.

Kick-off for the day will be 10 a.m. at West Portico on College Green, which will feature speeches from OU President Roderick McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Weihl.

"In the past two years, Athens Beautification Day has been a highlighted achievement of our student body that emphasizes the ideal of civic duty," President McDavis said in a press release. "The students have mobilized and organized the volunteer labor, and researched and developed meaningful projects to be performed throughout the city."

OU students and Athens residents alike are invited to participate in the cleansing event, which will provide a positive opportunity for all parties involved to work together toward a common goal: a beautiful place to live.

Project sites include Court Street, Mill Street, the HDL Center, the Athens Bike path, Stimson Avenue, and many more.

Visit the Beautification Day website for more information!

Spring Cleaning Supply Drive

Student Senate will begin a Spring Cleaning Supply Drive tonight, which will benefit local charities like My Sister's Place and Timothy's House.

Senators and Commissioners will be asked to donate cleaning supplies to these local charities, and Senate hopes to distribute these donations by next week.

Anyone who would like to contribute is invited to bring cash donations or cleaning supplies to Baker 305.

Please contact Treasurer Will Wemer at ww303604@ohio.edu for more information.

Student Senate Elections

It is time again for Ohio University students to vote for their next Student Senate representatives. Students might have noticed some campaign materials floating around campus in the last few days, as campaigning began April 15, at midnight.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind during the upcoming months:

Tuesday, April 29: Presidential Debate at 6 p.m. in Bentley 236

Tuesday, May 6: Executive Debate at 6 p.m. in Bentley 236

Thursday, May 15: Election Day

Tuesday, May 20: Finance Reports Due at 5 p.m. in Baker 305

Download the election rules here.

Good luck and happy campaigning to all who have decided to run!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Take Back the Night!

OU's 29th annual Take Back the Night event, a Student Senate initiative, will kick off Monday, April 14. Women across campus and throughout the Athens community are invited to participate in the week-long event, themed "Empowered: Inside and Out."

Take Back the Night is a women’s movement that started in the 1960s to protest the fear and violence they experienced at nighttime. The first march was organized in Athens in 1979 as a community initiative, and eventually became a student initiative over time.

Take a look at what the week's events will be!

Monday, April 14 ~ Basics Day

Sexual Assault 101
Learn about the different types of sexual assault, how to reduce your risk of being assaulted, and the resources available to survivors.
Baker 233
4 p.m.

Self-Defense Workshop with Cheryl Cesta.
Funded through the Sexual Assault Prevention Program of Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling.
Baker 231
2:30-4 p.m.

How to Help a Friend
This program helps individuals understand what a friend may be feeling or experiencing after a sexual assault.
Women’s Center, 4th floor Baker
2-4 p.m.

Consensual Sex or Rape? You decide.
Mock Trial put on by the Sexual Assault Prevention Program of Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling.
Baker 231
6 p.m.

Kick-Off Event
This event will include vegan food and a sign-making workshop in preparation for the March and Rally later in the week. A brief introduction to Take Back the Night and guidance on sign-making will be given by Damon Krane of PeopleMight.
Women’s Center, 4th floor Baker
8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15 ~ Women in the World

Assertive Communication for Women
Communication skills are vital to success as a female leader. In this presentation from well-known speaker, M.J. Clark, you will learn to engage in listening, communicate more effectively, become more assertive and handle difficult people. Sponsored by Association for Women in Communication.
Baker Theatre
5 p.m.

Strengthening our Sisters Part III
Use this space to dispel stereotypes, promote understanding and build cultural awareness. Sponsored by the OU chapter of NAACP.
Women’s Center, 4th floor Baker
7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 ~ Feminism

What is feminism to me?
Panel Discussion Journalism student Lee Robbins will lead a panel of men and women from around campus in a discussion about personal feminism.
Women’s Center, 4th floor Baker
2 p.m.
The Second Rape: how rape myth ideology perpetuates campus violence and harms survivors
OU doctoral student Lindsay Orchowski will lead a discussion on strategies for creating a safer and more supportive campus community.
Baker 237
6 p.m.

Survivor Name Burning
A chance for survivors and supporters to burn the names of sexual assault offenders. The name burning gives individuals a chance to speak or release emotions about past experiences or feelings on sexual assault. A counselor will be present.
West Portico
8 p.m.

Poetry Slam
Enjoy an open space for sharing your poetry and listen to others. Sponsored by Empowered Women of Ohio.
Women’s Center
9:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 ~ F*** the patriarchy

Brown Bag Lunch: The Patriarchy
Women’s Center, 4th floor Baker
12 p.m.

Advanced Self-Defense Workshop with Cheryl Cesta
Sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling Services.
Baker 341
2:30-4 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2008 Rally and March
The highlight of the week, this year’s rally will include several moving speakers and musical performances. The annual Take Back the Night march will follow.
West Portico
7 p.m.

Sing to Stop Sexual Violence
Join women and the men who support them while rockin out to karaoke tunes provided by karaoke Diva Lindsey Daniels of The Sexual Assault Prevention Program. $3 at the door to benefit My Sister’s Place.
Casa Cantina
10 p.m.

Friday, April 18 ~ Women rock.

Closing Concert with Megan Cameron
Megan Cameron is a local artist dedicated to sexual assault prevention. Her unique sound and inspirational lyrics are truly empowering.
Front Room
6 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 ~ Giving back

Athens Beautification Day
As part of this initiative, the Women’s Affairs Commission of Student Senate will make Athens more beautiful by making it safer.

Simple Auto Mechanics for Women
Cost: $8-15 sliding scale. Bring your lunch! To register and get directions, e-mail SusanBAnthony@frognet.net or call 740.448.6424.
Susan B. Anthony Womyn’s Land Trust

Sponsors for Take Back the Night Week 2008: Ohio University Student Senate Women’s Affairs Commission, Ohio University Women’s Center, Sexual Assault Prevention Program of Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling, PeopleMight, Association for Women in Communication, Ohio University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Health Promotions, Empowered Women of Ohio and University Campus Ministries. Countless others have contributed to the success of this week, and to those people who are not listed here, we thank you!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Student Senate in the News

Ohio University Student Senate went back into action for their first meeting of Spring Quarter on Wednesday, April 2. After a presentation concerning pedestrian safety, Senate passed a resolution endorsing the General Fee Advisory Committee's budget recommendations for the fiscal year 2009.

Read about the resolution here.

For more information about the General Fee Advisory Committee and what some Senate members had to say about it, read this!

Also during the meeting, Student Senate passed a resolution which filled a vacant Off-Campus Living Senator position. Justin Henthorn was chosen unanimously to fill the position. Welcome, Justin!

Students with an opinion to voice are encouraged to do so in Walter Hall Rotunda every Wednesday night at 7:15 during Student Speakout!

Looking forward to a fun and warm Spring Quarter!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Senator of the Week: Zach Noble

Senator of the week is back and better than ever!

Name: Zach Noble

Hometown: Stoutsville, OH

Major: International Studies- Asia

Year: Senior

Position on Senate: College of Arts and Sciences Senator

Favorite Food: Chinese food, Cheeseburgers, Salad

You studied abroad in China, do you prefer American Chinese food or Chinese Chinese food? American

If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Natalie Portman

What will you miss most about Senate when you graduate? The people and working for the Student Body

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Student Senate Contact List Updated!

Always feel free to contact your Student Senators via e-mail or by stopping by our office in Baker 305!

President- Tim Vonville tv183004@ohio.edu
Vice President- Amanda Roder ar307004@ohio.edu
Treasurer- Will Wemer ww303604@ohio.edu

Academic Affairs- Chris Diehl cd337104@ohio.edu
Black Affairs- Deonna Whitfield dw174802@ohio.edu
City and County Affairs- Amanda Estok ae163505@ohio.edu
International Affairs- Alex Nickley an466306@ohio.edu
LGBT- Aaron Fancey af130206@ohio.edu
Minority Affairs- Tristan Walker tw249204@ohio.edu
Off Campus Living- Stefanie Skaggs ss612304@ohio.edu
Residence Life- Lee Robbins lr386105@ohio.edu
Student Activities- Sean Morris sm275804@ohio.edu
State and Federal Affairs- Bob Redd rr978404@ohio.edu
University Life- Meghan Hanrahan mh171305@ohio.edu
Women's Affairs- Sally Neidhard sn109505@ohio.edu

Arts and Sciences- Zach Noble zn138604@ohio.edu
At Large- Shannon Ashford sa338705@ohio.edu
At Large- Callie Broomfield cb297004@ohio.edu
At Large- Micah Brown mb144205@ohio.edu
At Large- Robert Leary rl110706@ohio.edu
At Large- Robin Jones rj362006@ohio.edu
Business- Erin Stuckey es343704@ohio.edu
Communications- Jarrell Cunningham jc160105@ohio.edu
East Green- Matt Tokarsky mt171006@ohio.edu
East Green- Emily Shuki es399906@ohio.edu
Education- Michelle Connavino mc332504@ohio.edu
Engineering- Bryan Scheffel bs179205@ohio.edu
Fine Arts- Markee Speyer ss397806@ohio.edu
Health and Human Services- Alison Ungar au372505@ohio.edu
Honors Tutorial- Bailey Miles dm359002@ohio.edu
Off Campus- Justin Henthorn jh166706@ohio.edu
Off Campus- Josh Gargiulo jg149705@ohio.edu
Off Campus- Max Laird ml383804@ohio.edu
Off Campus- Zach Pearlman zp388305@ohio.edu
Off Campus- Meg Sanderson ms244905@ohio.edu
Osteopathic Medicine- Kevin Baxter kb844206@ohio.edu
South Green- Emily Bacha eb178206@ohio.edu
South Green- Chauncey Jackson cj329706@ohio.edu
University College- Emily Kuhn ek332903@ohio.edu
West Green- Travis Swiger ts280204@ohio.edu
West Green- Lauren Vonville lv293806@ohio.edu

Internal Chief of Staff- Sarah Koshtia sk288105@ohio.edu
External Chief of Staff- Drew Goland ag263206@ohio.edu
SDS Director- Mike Tomlinson mt330404@ohio.edu