Presidential Perspectives

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It’s hard to believe that the semester is coming to an end. There is much that I would like to report right now, but with space and time constraints, I will attempt to give you as much information as possible in this article. If there is something you would like to know more about, feel free to ask me anytime.

As you can guess, the most important issue I am currently working on is addressing the showing of pornographic films on campus. I have been working diligently with the other branches of student government to plan a forum to discuss this issue. The two main questions we have seen are: Should pornographic films be shown on campus? And what, if any, considerations should be made when advertising for a pornographic event?

After spending time thinking about the most effective discussion on this issue, I realized that it would be best to have the input of other thoughtful and engaged community members. So, I have asked two professors to moderate this forum.

The forum will be held on Sunday, December 11, at 4:30 pm in Rangos 3. I apologize for any inconveniences that this date and time may cause, but it was one of the only dates not during final exams that could accommodate all major organizations and leaders. Please come and voice your opinions on this serious matter, and if you can’t make it, please send an e-mail to concerns@ and your opinion will be voiced at the forum. One final point about the discussion: I would like to stay away from a debate on the morality of pornography, and instead focus on how it affects our campus. I look forward to hearing from you at the forum.

On another note, I am currently sitting on three committees of the utmost importance: President Cohon’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC), the Dining Committee, and the Search Committee for a new Dean of Student Affairs. As for the Search Committee, I am one of three students on the committee, and will do my best to find someone who has the students’ best interests at heart. The Dining Student Advisory Council will have its first meeting on December 13. As a member of the DAC, I sit on the Undergraduate Working Group, which deals with diversity in the undergraduate student body and works toward improving awareness of the diversity we already have on this campus. The groups will continue to meet next semester I will keep you updated on their progress.

I’d like to wish all of you the best of luck on your finals and projects, a happy holiday season, a well-rested break, and a joyous new year!