Northern Iowa Student Government

Events of the Week - 4/2 to 4/8

By: mojohn on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 07:43

Monday, April 2 - CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum
12 PM - Center for Multicultural Education
Kristen McNutt, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Research Paper on gender, will present “We're Taking Slut Back: SlutWalks, the Rape Script and the Linguistic Reclamation of Slut.” McNutt is a graduate student in Women's and Gender Studies. The WGS program sponsors the Current Research on Women forum series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited for informal presentation and discussion.

Tuesday, April 3 - UNI Proud's Annual Drag Ball
8 PM - Maucker Union, Coffeehouse
Come for the most exciting night of the year! See the drag kings and queens, ready to rock your socks off! Be sure to bring your $1 bills to show your appreciation!

Wednesday, April 4 - UNI Proud presents Loren Cameron
Join UNI Proud for two presentations by Loren Cameron, a photographer known for his photos of transsexual people during their gender transition. His presentation is a relaxed and informative way to introduce the topic of transgender. There will be a mini-lecture from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Ballroom, MAU that will focus on gay/bisexual transmen and Cameron's own experiences. His main presentation, focusing on his journey and his models, will be from 7 to 9 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Thursday, April 5 - Observatory Show
9 PM - McCollum Science Hall, Room 137
Visit the UNI Observatory to learn about the objects in the night sky and view the planets through the Earth Science telescope. Free and open to the public. Meet near the polar bear outside of 137 McCollum Science Hall before 9 p.m.  Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Thursday, April 5 - UNI Earth Hour
Participate in UNI's Earth Hour by conserving energy. Make the choice to turn off lights in your dorm, apartment or at work for one hour and make a difference. For more information, check out Earth Hour’s official website. Sponsored by: Northern Iowa Student Government, GreenLife, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Green Project UNI, Northern Iowa Energy Corps, UNI Cycling Club and Student Nature Society.

Friday, Aprll 6 - Spotlight Series: UNI Jazz Band One
7:30 PM - Russell Hall, Bengtson Auditorium
Under the direction of conductor Chris Merz, the UNI Jazz Band One will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series. Repertoire, guests and soloists will be announced at the event. This event is ticketed (free for students)

2012 Regents United Day at the Statehouse Participants

By: Rhonda Greenway on Thu, 03/29/2012 - 01:00

Please note: Teams are chosen based first on hometown representative, then by hometown senator and then by last name. Bolded names indicate the student did not attend Regents United Day on March 29th, 2012.

Rhonda Greenway
Stef McGraw 
Rielly Zlab
Tiffany Koss
Greta Johnson
John Anderson
Orijit Karr
Tyler Campbell
Audrey Cummings
Joel Anderson 

Glee Club Participants
Logan Mundt
Michael McAndrew
Evan O'Leary
Jaime Yowler

Team 1
Chris Apling
Eric Sylvester
Julia Anderson
Francesca Andriolo
Megan Johnson

Team 2
Chris Bowden
EmilyAnn Brueck
Ann Echelmeyer
Victoria Hurst
Heather Mulrooney

Team 3
Elisa Cohen
Paige Leytem
Michael Lunn
Dakotah Reed

Team 4
Theresa Luensmann
Katie Pauk
Beth Sullivan
Eric Boisen
Alicia Jessip

Team 5
Ann Dvorsky
Megan Kingery
Bridget Nulty
Jessica Garraway
Dylan Keller

Team 6
Kelsey Kraus
Spencer Walrath
Anna Werner
Kyle Woollums
KaLeigh White

Team 7
Kristen Meyers
Jordan Bancroft-Smithe
Andrew Sorge
Wynne Johnson
Chase Aunspach

Team 8
Ian Goldsmith
Patrick Gibbs
Megan Kammarmeyer
Leanna (Tuesday) Schreur
Sarah Crim

Team 9
Emily Cohen
Jared Parker
Adam Beaves
Mallory Riffel
Liz Mastalio

Team 10
Amy Ahmad
Majda Sarkic
Holly Botzum
Ziyue Liu
Parash Upreti 

26th Regular Senate Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 18:27

I. Call to Order – 7:00 PM
II. Roll Call
III. Identification of the Press
IV. Student Forum and Announcements
V. Call for Changes to the Orders of the Day
VI. Approval of the Consent Agenda
      1. Consideration and Approval of the Minutes
           a. 25th Regular Senate Meeting Minutes
      2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
      3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
IX. Reports of the Executive Officers
      1. President Walrath
      2. Vice President Goldsmith
      3. Director of Administration and Finance Reed
      4. Director of Public Relations Johnson
      5. Director of Diversity and Student Life Mayberry-Mayes
      6. Director of Governmental Relations Greenway
      7. Chief of Staff Brueck
X. Reports of the Standing Committees
      1. Organization & Finance – Givens and Trampel
      2. Government & Legislative Affairs – Parker and Derringer
      3. Public Relations & Programming – Koss and Lunn
      4. Student Affairs – Konrardy and Findley
      5. External Relations –Bancroft-Smithe and Gibbs
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
      1. SSB 2012-54 FY13 Student Organization Budget Request
      2. SSB 2012-56 Funding and Recognition Guidelines Overhaul 2012
      3. SSB 2012-57 NISG’s Panther Bash
      4. SSB 2012-58 MTA and UNI Proud
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
      1. SSB 2012-59 UNI Panther Allied with Local Schools
XIV. Controversial Docket
      1. SSB 2012-60 One Iowa at UNI
      2. SSB 2012-61 UNI Green Life
      3. SSB 2012-62 Student Nature Society
      4. SSB 2012-63 UNI College Republicans and Democrats
      5. SSB 2012-64 Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities
XV. Adjournment

Senate Agenda for the 25th Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 18:14

I. Call to Order – 7:00 PM
II. Roll Call
III. Identification of the Press
IV. Student Forum and Announcements
V. Call for Changes to the Orders of the Day
VI. Approval of the Consent Agenda
     1. Consideration and Approval of the Minutes
          a. 24th Regular Senate Meeting Minutes
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
IX. Reports of the Executive Officers
     1. President Walrath
     2. Vice President Goldsmith
     3. Director of Administration and Finance Reed
     4. Director of Public Relations Johnson
     5. Director of Diversity and Student Life Mayberry-Mayes
     6. Director of Governmental Relations Greenway
     7. Chief of Staff Brueck
X. Reports of the Standing Committees
     1. Organization & Finance – Givens and Trampel
     2. Government & Legislative Affairs – Parker and Derringer
     3. Public Relations & Programming – Koss and Lunn
     4. Student Affairs – Konrardy and Findley
     5. External Relations –Bancroft-Smithe and Gibbs
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
     1. SSB 2012-53 UNI Philosophy Club and Computer Club
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-55 VOTES 2.0
     2. SSR 2012-26 Recognition of Individuals Involved in the Election Process
XIV. Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-54 FY13 Student Organization Budget Request
     2. SSB 2012-56 Funding and Recognition Guidelines Overhaul 2012
     3. SSB 2012-57 NISG's Panther Bash
     4. SSB 2012-58 MTA and UNI Proud
XV. Adjournment

UNITY, with a side of tomatoes.

By: Ian Goldsmith on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 11:07

A Message from the Student Body Vice President

 

Diversity. This is a term we hear over and over and over again. Living in a community of higher education, everyone from our RA to our professors emphasize the “importance of diversity.”

Even our own country focuses a lot of attention on the concept of diversity. We all grew up hearing the analogy that America the Beautiful is a “melting pot,” or perhaps more accurately, a “salad bowl.” The Land of the Free brings in people from a multitude of nationalities, religions, cultures, etc. College, specifically, is a rare opportunity to experience our own version of the “salad bowl” and to appreciate the diverse world we live in.

    But what does it mean to appreciate diversity?

Coming into college, I held a very distorted view of diversity. I grew up near a small town in Eastern Iowa;  a town comprised 99% of white Catholics. While I have pride in my hometown, I never understood until I came to UNI how unrealistic and unrepresentative this is of the world. Based on my subject positioning as a freshman, “participating in diversity” simply meant having a conversation with someone of a different religious or ethnic background than myself.

With my various leadership positions and interactions with varied individuals, my outlook on diversity began to grow throughout college. However, I still struggled with the same narrow understanding of what diversity truly means. When I ran for my position as Vice President, I wanted to “improve UNI’s ‘diversity problems.’”  At the time, I thought this could “be solved” by things like recruiting more minority students, hiring more faculty members of color, etc. While these are worthwhile pursuits for the university, I now realize that this isn’t what diversity improvement is truly about.  You can’t simply throw more tomatoes into the salad and expect it to taste better.

My perception of diversity continued to improve through a series of diversity workshops I participated in through UNI’s “diversity fellows.” In addition, this past summer I attended a week-long leadership camp called “Leadershape.” Here, I had the privilege of spending a full week bonding with incredible student leaders from all backgrounds and all corners of the U.S.

Invigorated by Leadershape, I returned with fellow Leadershape alums/NISG Senators Nate Konrardy and Chris Apling with the initial idea for “Unity Week.”  We sought to produce something on campus geared towards setting aside assumptions and eliminating prejudice. In the same way that Homecoming Week brings us together as Panthers, we wanted a week to bring us together as people, appreciating everyone for who they are. We want the UNI student body and community actively setting aside prejudice to foster an inclusive environment. We seek to unite to make UNI, and the world, a better place. A quote by author John Green embodies how I feel we should view each other as people: "There is no Them; there are only facets of us.”

Since this is the first year of UNIty Week, we kept it small and simple. Our hope is that the concept behind UNIty Week will continue to grow in magnitude and impact in future years. While one week of simple programs will not change the world, it is certainly a step towards our vision. The events are only a vessel to promote the greater message. Here is a list of this week’s events:


*Monday - Unity Banner
    This banner exhibits the word “UNITY,” with the quote “Out of many, one.” Throughout the day/week, we will ask many UNI students and employees to sign or decorate the banner. This banner will be put on display and demonstrates that so many of us are unique, while still part of a greater whole.  Stop by our table in the Union or the NISG office to leave your mark!

*Tuesday - Inclusivity Activity

NISG has collaborated with the Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) to host an interactive event. The event will be held Tuesday at 4 PM in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge (behind Chats.) The event is open to all people to participate in the diversity-oriented activities and win prizes!


*Wednesday - Talent Show
    The International Student Association will be hosting a talent show in the Maucker Union Coffee House on Wednesday night at 8. Exchange students from a variety of countries will showcase their talents, as well as anyone else who would like to participate! This will not be a competition, but rather a celebration of uniqueness from around the state, country, and world. If you are interested in celebrating your talent, please contact myself (goldsmii@uni.edu) or Ramya Varadaraju (varadarr@uni.edu).

*Thursday - Unity Demonstration
    The week concludes with a powerful demonstration event. We will symbolically break down our differences and the barriers created by them. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so be sure to make your way to the Maucker Union coffeehouse at 12:30! If you would like to participate in the event, please contact myself (goldsmii@uni.edu) or Darvel Givens (givensd@uni.edu).

I am by no means an expert on diversity. I hope to continue learning from unique and different individuals for the rest of my life.  But I have begun to understand that diversity is not just about our “labels.” Diversity is not just about our background, our nationality, our sexual orientation, our skin color, or our beliefs. Diversity is not just about minorities. Diversity appreciation is not just seeking to end discrimination. Diversity appreciation is not just about strength in numbers or our actions. Everyone is unique, so EVERYONE is diverse. Diversity is all around us; it is the reality and the beauty of the world we live in.

 

Diversity appreciation is a mindset.  When we set aside assumptions and prejudice, and embrace each other for who we are, we can learn and grow as a community. As this mindset spreads, we begin to change the world.

    So, whether you are a tomato or a crouton, I encourage you to spread the word and participate in UNIty Week; but more importantly, continue to reach out to others to strive for a world of diversity appreciation.

Happy UNIty Week, and as always, Go Panthers!