What Does The LSU Student Government Do? Glad You Asked

LSU's Student Government Is Slaying The Game

"SG makes it a top priority to be involved in every aspect of student and campus life at Louisiana State University." You wouldn't even believe all the projects that Student Government has been working on behind the scenes.

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LSU's Student Government works tirelessly to make the campus a better environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Their mission statement is...

"... to advocate tirelessly the interests of LSU students by enhancing the student experience, promoting the image of the university and supporting student achievement on the campus and in the community."

This year, LSU's Student Government is run by President Stewart Locket, and Vice President Rachel Campbell. These two seem to have a great working relationship and even personal friendship, which makes it easy to see why their campaign has been so successful this year. It's rewarding to see actual differences being made on campus, and we owe thanks to Stewart, Rachel, and their whole cabinet for making real changes.

Student Government has put in place ~countless~ policies to fix issues and make the campus more functional; a lot of these you may not even know existed. On multiple levels throughout the university, SG has set initiatives to improve conditions; there have been improvements regarding academics, athletics, mental health, resources and campus accessibility, and student safety/transportation.

As far as academic changes, SG has set up many helpful tools on campus for students to utilize, including free scantrons, blue books, and printing in the union's Student Government Executive Office. Some plans also set in place starting in Fall 2017 were: student access to digital versions of the New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal; the restructuring of the PS-22 Policy to allow more flexibility for students for reasonable excuses (job interviews, grad school visits, etc.); expanding the use of electronic textbooks to bolster more affordable access; and revising the rules of the "concentrated study period" (dead week) to eliminate graded assignments during this time.

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In terms of athletics, Student Government partnered with LSU Risk Management to provide water stations all around campus for football season. Also, now students can buy tickets to away football tickets and SG has even sponsored bus trips to attend these games. Playing into the safety and transportation aspect of LSU sporting events, SG has also sponsored post-game shuttles to get students home safely and efficiently after football games.

Some other plans set into place by Student Government include: the implementation of Mental Health Week on LSU's campus, where SG partnered with the Student Health Center and LSU Cares to give students and staff resources and emphasize support for mental health concerns; the running of the annual fall concert Groovin'; and the introduction of a 24-hour "coffee shop style" study zone on the first floor of the union during finals.

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Perhaps the most widely-influential mission set upon by SG was the #GeauxVote initiative, where there was a huge focus on spreading the word about the 2018 midterm election. Student Government set up workshops and pop-up meetings in Free Speech Alley to get people registered to vote. At these pop-ups, students and staff could easily register to vote with help from volunteers, get free pizza and prizes, and download the GeauxVote mobile app for better voting accessibility.

It's safe to say that Student Government has been very successful this year in making meaningful differences in our community. We're very lucky to have had such dedicated representation in our midst. Thanks for all you do, Student Government - you're killing the game.

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Follow LSU Student Government on social media - Twitter: @LSU_SG and Instagram: @lsu_sg, or click here to visit their website.

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10 Reasons Moving To SWFL To Attend FGCU Was The Right Move

I realized that a school that could make such a positive change in the surrounding environment could no doubt make that kind of change in my life, too!

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Florida Gulf Coast University may not have a D1 football team with a National Champ title, but I implore everyone considering this amazing school to not let that minor detail deter them. In fact, if you truly are a sports fanatic, FGCU prides itself in its D1 basketball team which has garnered as much success as any of the D1 football teams in the state of Florida. And that very fact is just one of many that made me choose to move to Southwest Florida and throw my WingsUp in the air with Eagle Pride.

1. The Size

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FGCU is a school that is not too big but not too small, either. It is just large enough to feel like a major university and immerse its students in a diversified environment, but, at the same time, students are able to get a tight-knit classroom experience that a lecture hall filled with three-hundred students probably wouldn't provide.

2. The Dorms

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OK, the dorms at FGCU are BEAUTIFUL! With your own private bedroom, there is plenty of privacy and time for studying while still being able to become besties with your roommate! Not to mention, the dorms are like a resort — the freshmen dorms are home to the SOVI pool while the upperclassman dorms are built on our very own campus beach!

3. The Campus

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FGCU is one of the most beautiful campuses I toured. Detached from the urban scene that houses many of the state's universities, FGCU is able to upkeep a gorgeous campus that quite literally glistens in the bright Florida sunshine!

4. The Honors College

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I think my invitation for membership in FGCU's Honors College sealed the deal for me! The number of opportunities for unique class experiences and travel and community service (and so much more!) made me realize that this was the best choice for my future. I love the direction The Honors College has already taken me in my few short months here, and I cannot wait for all the other opportunities I get to partake in!

5. The Location

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FGCU is truly located in a stunning and efficient area. With Gulf Coast Town Center no more than five minutes away, students are able to find a store for all of their needs in a well-kept, vivacious area. And, even more importantly, it is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in Florida! There really always is something to do around here!

6. The Distance

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For me, personally, the distance between my house and FGCU is optimal, which made it a major deciding factor in my choice to attend. It is just far enough away that I am able to really have the chance to discover who I am, but I am close enough that if I ever get a case of homesickness I can hop in the car and visit the fam.

7. The Campus Beach

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As I said, FGCU has a beach. On campus. Seeing that beach made me realize that, wow, FGCU truly is a unique place to be. How many students can say they have a pool and beach on their campus to use at their leisure?? Not many, I would bet. The beach really showed me that FGCU was a school like no other.

8. The Environmental Impact

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FGCU makes a large impact on the environment, and it is a positive one. FGCU works hard to make sure the surrounding nature preserves stay aesthetic and thriving. And even though I wasn't necessarily an environmentalist before attending here, I recognized the change FGCU makes. I realized that a school that could make that kind of positive change in the surrounding environment could no doubt make that kind of change in my life, too!

9. The Basketball Team

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With the lack of a football team, FGCU has instead produced a victorious basketball team that I am more than excited to cheer on and brag about!

10. The Lutgert College of Business

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As a Marketing major, the fact that FGCU has an accredited college of business that is one of the largest colleges on campuses was something I couldn't ignore. It consistently works to provide its students with the utmost opportunities and chances for success. I'm honored to be a part of such a highly-regarded institution, and I cannot wait to see what my future holds within the college of business.

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As you can see, there were multiple factors that led me to choose FGCU as my home away from home. And all of them are equally important to me. I cannot wait to discover more about FGCU in my time here and watch FGCU help me discover more about myself, too!

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The Tea On The 16th Annual OSCARs Award Results

Every year, the University of Washington, Tacoma branch hosts the Outstanding Student Ceremony for Awards and Recognition (OSCARs). This year, the results would cause not only applause, but soft murmurs of questions and irritation.

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On Friday May 17 the University of Washington Tacoma held their 16th annual OSCARs award ceremony at the University YMCA at 7 p.m. and the room was filled with tables, great food and a wonderful stage. The purpose of the OSCARs is to celebrate the hard work of the students, staff and faculty that make up the University of Washington Tacoma campus. There are some categories where students are able to vote for who they think deserves the award, and there are others where the staff and faculty vote for who they think deserves the award. Nominations were accepted until April 12 at 12 p.m. and the students could vote between April 15 and April 30.

Throughout the ceremony there were cheers, laughter, hugs and pictures. But what most didn't notice were the soft murmurs humming between guests at various tables.

A few questions as the evening went on that arised from table to table were as followed;

"How many times have they gone up there?"

"Are there any new names on there? They all look the same."

"Is it just the same people over and over again?"

"Hasn't that person already won, like, three awards already?"

After attending and hearing the celebration, murmurs and noticing the names appearing on the screen becoming more and more familiar due to the repetition of the names presented, a pique of curiosity inspired some digging.

The following list were the categories provided on the OSCARs program.

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A total of 29 categories had awards, recognition or certificates that were given to students only. Within some of these categories, but not all, were multiple sections of the award such as the Husky Volunteers Awards which had the Silver, Purple and Gold awards depending on the number of service hours. Within some of these categories multiple people received awards, certificates or recognition such as the ASUWT President's Award which was given to two different individuals.

In the OSCARs 29 categories there were 21 awards, one certificate and seven recognitions. Within the 29 categories there were 35 sections.

Of the 21 awards, they were given away to four groups and 76 individuals. In the certificate category, it was given to seven individuals and of the seven recognition categories 49 individuals and the graduating class of 2019 were recognized.

In total four groups received awards and 132 individuals received awards, certificates and recognition.

Of the 132 individuals that received awards, certificates and recognition 62 individuals received awards. seven received certificates, and 46 individuals received recognition.

However, the results can be broken down even further.

One individual received four awards and one recognition.

Two individuals received three awards each.

Three individuals received two awards and one recognition each.

Five individuals received two awards each.

Six individuals received one award and one recognition each.

Five people received one award and one certificate each.

One person received one award, one certificate and two recognitions.

One person received one award, one certificate and one recognition.

One person received one award and two recognitions.

Two people received two recognitions.

With that broken down, that means that out of the 132 individuals who received awards, recognition and certificates that only 38 individuals received just one award, nobody received just one certificate, and only 31 people received just one recognition.

To see the difference, 69 out of 132 students received one award or recognition and 27 out of 132 students received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination. Or about 52 percent of the individuals received one award or recognition and about 20 percent received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination.

While the decisions are final and carefully made, the ceremony was beautiful and overall a fun celebration of student and staff success. However, the repetitiveness of the nominees and individuals that had received a combination of multiple awards, recognitions and certificates had some audience members confused, baffled and irritated leaving them with questions rather than a sense of celebratory satisfaction.

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