DeVore looks to improve student life while president
|New Student Government Association president Steve DeVore said he plans
to assemble a top-notch staff that will help him improve student life.
"The staff I am going to assemble must represent the students but also must act professionally," DeVore said.
The staff will work this summer to research several topics, including shared governance and the new debit system, said DeVore, a junior journalism major of Beebe.
He said he talked Tuesday with Dr. Mary Lynn Williamson, vice president for student affairs, about changes that might improve campus life for students.
Starting in the fall, students can opt for the flex meal plan, which allows them to buy meals and debit cash in combination, he said.
"For example, you will have 100 meals plus $200," DeVore said. "You can use those 100 meals however you want."
As part of the new plan, students also can use debit cash in Food for Thought, the convenience store in Twin Towers, DeVore said.
He said students still can opt for the current meal plan system.
DeVore also said the SGA would help research a debit card system for students.
"Right now, the time table I'm hearing is about two years," he said.
In the system students could use debit cards for on-campus purchases, including long-distance telephone calls.
DeVore and Williamson also talked about improving safety by providing escorts for female residents who walk across campus late at night, he said.
"Their (the escorts') responsibility would be taking the girls from the residence hall to the library and bringing them back," DeVore said.
The SGA also will research changing faculty evaluations, he said.
"What we want to do is have a responsible evaluation system that is going to help the students out in the areas they need help in."
DeVore also said the SGA will try to change its budget to place more money in the action fund, which the SGA allots to campus groups each semester.
"We've looked into salary cuts and cuts as far as office supplies," he said.
He said he hopes students will accept the changes he wants to bring to campus.
"They're things that are going to make student life that much better," he said.
"All these things are progress, and I don't know who would be against progress," DeVore said.
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