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Newly elected OneKU coalition student senators take office

By Ashley Hocking

Senators from the OneKU coalition officially transitioned into their positions on Wednesday, April 27 at a joint Student Senate meeting with the 2015-2016 Senate body.

Former student body president Jessie Pringle and former student body vice president Chancellor Adams ceremoniously handed over their positions to Stephonn Alcorn and Gabby Naylor, the 2016-2017 student body president and student body vice president at the University of Kansas.

Alcorn and Naylor defeated Richie Hernandez and John Castellaw of the CARE KU coalition. OneKU won 90.6 percent of the student body’s vote, while CARE KU won 9.39 percent of the vote.

“I think we have a good amount of backing from the student body for our platforms and our initiatives, so I think that puts us in a very good position for the year,” said Victoria Snitsar, a newly elected student Senator for the School of Journalism.

At the joint Student Senate meeting, Isaac Bahney, Sophia Templin, and Adam Steinhibler were elected as holdover Senators. Holdover senators are elected from the previous Senate body to continue serving as senators for next academic year.

“The purpose of the position is to create that smooth flow from one senate to the next one,” Bahney said. “With this position, I want to serve as a mentor. I want to be one of those experienced voices in this body next year.”

Students Danny Summers, Dalton Wiley, Abdoulie Njai, Connor Birzer, Mitch Reinig, Mady Womack, Allyssa Castilleja, Whit Collins and Amy Schumacher also assumed their positions on the 2016-2017 Student Senate Executive Staff.

“I am confident that this is a team of people that will remain effective and committed to this body and to this University,” Alcorn said.

One of the primary functions of Student Senate is to allocate the required campus fees that students pay to the University each semester. The required campus fee for the 2016-2017 academic school year is $455.50 per student.

“Student Senate currently brings in about 24 million dollars in revenue from student fees, which are spent on student programs at the university,” Snitsar said. “I think people should know where their money is being spent.”

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Student Senate also voted unanimously to raise students’ required campus fees for the next school year. The funds will be allocated to the University Daily Kansan (UDK).

The UDK’s portion of the required campus fees was raised from $1.00 to $2.50 for this academic year. For the following two years, the UDK will receive $2 per student. The UDK will no longer request funding from Student Senate after the 2019 Fiscal Year.

Student Senate decided to increase the UDK’s funding for the 2016-2017 year after UDK editors filed a lawsuit on Feb. 5 against top KU officials for approving Student Senate’s $45,000 annual cut to the newspaper’s funding last year.

“I think that Student Senators as a whole didn’t realize that this decision affected a very large group,” Snitsar said. “I want to accurately portray the issues that journalism school students are facing because I think the inaccurate portrayal was one of the reasons the funding for the University Daily Kansan got cut last year.”

Last year, the student organization Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk called for the impeachment of the top three Student Senate officers for allegedly failing to stand in support of black peers during the Black Lives Matter movement. The 2015-2016 Student Senate body ultimately decided to not impeach the top officers.

In light of the events from last year, a Multicultural Student Government was created. Alcorn and Naylor hope to foster a unified and secure relationship with members of the Multicultural Student Government, which was funded by Student Senate in March.

At the Student Senate meeting, Alcorn and Naylor encouraged Student Senators to actively seek out voices of students that are traditionally unheard and marginalized.

“The platforms that we’re going to work on: they on came from students,” Naylor said. “No matter what, we are going to make a change.”

Alcorn and Naylor are determined to demonstrate the viability of Student Senate to the student body as an inclusive and effective student government.

“As student body president, I am committed to making sure every single Jayhawk feels heard and valued,” Alcorn said.

Greek TV // April 1, 2016

I am the Executive Producer and on-air talent for Greek TV, a student-run broadcast television show about Greek life at The University of Kansas. I’m on screen during this episode of the show starting at 0 minutes and 26 seconds, and I am on screen again for another segment starting at 18 minutes and 9 seconds.

I hosted the show with my co-anchor Kara Kahn. We discussed our excitement to be recruitment counselors for Fall Formal Recruitment 2016 at the University of Kansas.

GREEK TV // March 4, 2016

I am the Executive Producer and on-air talent for Greek TV, a student-run broadcast television show about Greek life at The University of Kansas. I’m on screen during this episode of the show starting at 3 minutes and 54 seconds, and I am on screen again for another segment starting at 10 minutes and 39 seconds.

I interviewed Bronwyn Troxel, the Vice President of Chapter Development of Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Kansas. I also lead the trivia segment of the show.

Is the sexual harassment course another thing to complete on your to-do list?

IOA creates online course in light of increasing number of sexual assaults on campus

By Ashley Hocking

It is 11 p.m. on a Thursday night. Sophomore Taylor Brasted has had a very long week of extracurriculars, tests and group projects. Brasted looks over her meticulously handwritten to-do list for the night. At the bottom of the list, she sees there is only one uncrossed task: “complete IOA sexual harassment course.”

The Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (IOA) implemented a mandatory sexual harassment course through Blackboard this semester because of the increasing number of sexual assaults on The University of Kansas’ campus recently.

The sexual harassment training consists of six videos and a quiz: 10 questions for undergraduate students and 16 for graduate students. Students who do not complete the course will not be able to enroll for the fall 2016 semester.

Caelan Golledge, a KU sophomore who completed the sexual harassment training, believes students will view the course as another homework assignment to complete.

“Honestly, most people are just going to click through the course just to get done with it because it’s a requirement before you can enroll,” Golledge said. “People just consider it a hassle.”

Josh Jones, the interim director of IOA, has a different take. Jones considers the course a helpful tool for figuring out the blurred lines of sexual harassment and assault.

“The course helps show some of the kinds of nuisances that people may not themselves think of as sexual harassment or assault that are against our policy,” Jones said. “They need to be aware of our policy because it’s serious and it’s interfering with students’ education. That can’t be accepted.”

Faculty and staff will also be required to complete a separate, mandatory training course regarding sexual harassment and assault.

There’s a lot of specialized sections in the faculty training because faculty and staff have a position of power,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t know what to do, what to say or how to handle it. We help walk them through what they can do.”

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Jones believes that the sexual harassment course provides greater context of what sexual assault and sexual harassment are.

“We’re hoping that this will help provide students with a level of familiarity with the process and what to expect, so that students will feel more comfortable reporting to IOA,” Jones said. “We’d like to get to a point where IOA is preventing sexual assault from happening.”

The goals of implementing the sexual harassment training are to acquaint students with the topic of sexual harassment, teach the importance of bystander education and motivate students to get more involved in changing the rape culture on campus, according to Jones.

“Policies alone will not change a culture; thus, [it] is vital students take an active role in being engaged bystanders and report incidents,” said Jane Tuttle, the associate vice provost for student affairs. “It takes all of us working together to make KU as safe and welcoming as possible.”

IOA makes an effort to reach out, train and give presentations to a variety of student populations including: sororities and fraternities, athletic teams, residence halls and student organizations.

“The reality is that faculty, staff and administrators are not always where students are,” Jones said. “We have to really work with students. We have to be working together: not just the Jayhawk community, but even our Lawrence community.”

Jones said IOA is taking another step towards creating an “overarching and comprehensive prevention plan” each year. This year’s online mandatory course supplemented last year’s sexual harassment training PowerPoint provided to students.

Brasted said the sexual harassment training course is formatted like a chore. When Brasted gets ready to complete the last item on her to-do list, this is her mindset.

Brasted returns to her bedroom, and opens Blackboard on her Mac laptop. She skips over the videos and opens the quiz. After completing 10 multiple choice questions, Brasted gets a perfect score on her first try.

“The examples were pretty far-fetched, so it was pretty easy to be like, ‘I know that’s wrong,’” Brasted said.

The item is crossed off Brasted’s to-do list, and soon forgotten. The format of the sexual harassment training is not the most effective way to address sexual assault and harassment on campus, according to Brasted.

Greek TV // December 5, 2015

I am the Executive Producer and on-air talent for Greek TV, a student-run broadcast television show about Greek life at The University of Kansas. I’m on screen during this episode of the show starting at 29 minutes and 0 seconds.

This episode was a special edition of the show where the cast and crew of Greek TV combined with another show at KU, The Spiel.