This archived article was written by: Benjamin Waldon
“You write it, we’ll fight it,” a campaign dealing with passion and red ribbons is soon to take action this February.
Started by sophomore Vice President of student life Acacia Davis, this stepping-stone to student individual victory will be publicized and heavily encouraged by student government between February 5 and 9.
The campaign, planned to last a semester, contains two ingredients: a students problems and one red strip of fabric.
During the introductory week students will have the opportunity to meet with a representative of student government at the booth located in the JLSC and explain the issues in which the student may be having.
They will receive two blank strips of red fabric on which to write their concerns. “They will keep one from themselves and they will display it on something that they will often have with them on campus,” Davis states. “The other will be left with student government to display in a particular location.”
The slip that is given to student government will be listed in the agenda under campus issues which will be dealt with during the weekly advisory meetings held on Thursdays. The specific issues will be posted on the ASCEU website every Wednesday before 2 p.m.
When the problem is solved, there will be pieces of blue fabric where the solution is written stapled to the red piece of fabric. The deadline for solutions to campussues is two weeks, says Davis, but will be pursued until solved if the problem cannot be handled within that time frame.
Each student will be asked if he/she wants to present the issue themselves and encouraged to attend advisory meetings that are held from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. every Thursday afternoon to present their problem to student government.
If the student desires to be the presenter, he/she will be required to write their phone number with the issue they want to be resolved.
Even though this idea has one-main focus, there are many other areas of CEU and the Price area that student government wants to hit with this plan.
Student government hopes to start a chain reaction of concern for CEU caused by students wearing these articles of fabric. Davis expects that students will grow more passionate about not only their individual issue, but begin to talk to other students and even the community to push all sorts of issues that can be solved.
Davis believes that this plan will be able to strengthen the voice of the students and also show the students that student government is there to be the student’s voice that will follow out their concerns.
The ribbon idea is from a dialogue and democracy meeting held at the University of Utah that was sponsored by the Utah Campus Compact, an organization that teaches civic engagement throughout the state and deals with student body presidents of all Utah colleges.
This however is not the only reason that sparked Davis interest in helping the school with campus issues. Enrollment being at an all-time low of just over a 1,000 enrolled full-time students, this plan is an attempt to bring CEU back to over 2,000 students.