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New Student Senate leaders hold first press conference

Senators discuss current student issues and upcoming events


Ohio University's Student Senate hosted its first press conference Thursday night to discuss completed and upcoming tasks on campus. The conference is consistent with the current executives' desire to increase Student Senate's visibility, which appeared on their platform during last spring's student government election.

Here is what was discussed:

Baker University Center Lounge and Sports Bar

The Baker University Center Lounge and Sports Bar, located on the first floor, will soon serve as a safe destination and hub for student life and activity. The shell of the lounge has been completed with refurbished carpeting and paint and a newly built stage. Six to eight flat screens and reupholstered furniture will be added to finish
the room. According to Sujit Chemburkar, executive director of Baker University Center, the renovation will be concluded during winter quarter. Latitude 39 will also see changes, including seating and menu modifications.

Spring concert budget approval

Funds have been approved for a spring quarter concert, supported by the 1 percent increase in the general fee. The musical performance was a large component of this year's Student Senate executives' platform during last spring's election campaign.

The Campus Involvement Center is in the process of securing a popular and price-appropriate act for the show. The venue has not yet been confirmed.

Know Noise Task Force law passed

An amendment to Athens's noise ordinance passed in August, lessening the penalties of violation.

Student Senate members convened the Know Noise Task Force last winter to draw up an amendment because they believed the consequences were not consistent. Under the previous law, a first offense is a minor misdemeanor and a second offense within six months is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $250 and up to 30 days in jail. The amended law carries an administrative fee of $100 for first offenses, while the second offense will be a minor misdemeanor. Any subsequent offense is a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

According to Student Senate, the new law is a compromise between the original regulation and the student-penned draft.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

OHIO's fourth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will step off at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1, from Baker University Center. The one-mile walk features men strutting through the streets of Athens in women's shoes as a means of advocating against rape, sexual assault and gender violence. All proceeds will benefit local charity My Sister's
Place.

The march will end at the Rocky Bobcat Student Park behind Peden Stadium with free catered food from area restaurants before the 2 p.m. football match-up against Kent State. The event and its participants will be honored at halftime.

Walk Coordinator Thomas Raabe said he hopes holding the walk during Parents Weekend will increase participation in the event.

Student Senate Safety Campaign

Student Senate plans to address the issue of assault through a student-created safety campaign based on the television show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

The campaign, with its emphasis on "lifelines to safety," will be finalized by Sept. 28 and released prior to the end of the quarter.