SGA’s Monday, April 20, meeting saw the unanimous passing of a resolution introduced during last week’s senate meeting, as well as a change in the Code of Laws and a recognition of a faculty member.
Trey Fields, senator for the College of Liberal Arts, discussed a resolution that will bring a campaign to Auburn’s campus which began in September of 2014 with The White House and The Center for American Progress. The resolution, which passed unanimously, will join Auburn’s name with 200 other universities across the United States, six of which are in the SEC, in an effort to educate and stop sexual assault in a campaign called “It’s on us.”
The campaign urges students to take a pledge by signing a petition to prevent sexual assault on their school’s campus. The pledge is a “promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution,” according to the campaign’s website.
Fields said he had been contacted throughout last week by people who were passionate about the campaign.
“I know there are a lot of people who are passionate about this and seeing it come to fruition at Auburn and getting the conversation started here,” Fields said. “I think we, as the student senate, have a great opportunity to be some of the people who are going to blaze this trail.”
Fields said an email was sent to him following last week’s Senate meeting containing an article about a girl who was sexually assaulted on a beach during spring break.
The article caused Fields to question whether people are educated on how to notice when sexual assault is occurring.
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“It happened in front of roughly a hundred bystanders on a beach in the Alabama, Florida area and so I think that was a very pertinent article to go with this just because at that point it kind of raises the question of are we not educating people on how to recognize something like this,” Fields said.
In other SGA news:
* Eagle Eye TV has asked SGA for the approval of a reserve fund request in the amount of $16,995 which will be allocated to purchase a Newtek tricaster. The tricaster serves as somewhat of a control panel for the station, according to Brock Hendon, senator for the Harbert College of Business.
* A commendation for the recognition of Dr. Joseph Kicklighter’s career as a professor of history and his contribution to the Auburn University student body will come across the floor next week.
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