DSG discusses communication, community events at first meeting

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At their first meeting of the year, DePauw Student Government laid the groundwork for the rest of their term.
The leaders of DSG outlined the roles, responsibilities, and positions of Student Government for new assembly members at the meeting Sunday evening. The introduction included valuable information about who to contact in certain situations.
Senior Walker Chance, student body president, also introduced new communication techniques that Student Government is implementing this school year. These new efforts include a DSG Google Calendar and a Google form for student feedback.
The Google Calendar, administered by Student Government secretary junior Colleen McArdle was created in hopes of increasing communication across all clubs regarding when and where events are taking place. Student Government hopes that this will help to prevent event overlap and increase participation in the events planned by student organizations.
Mark Weiss, the head of Allocations Board, spoke about the basics surrounding DePauw's allocations process. He reminded everyone in attendance that Allocations Board meet every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. in Julian 300, during which time organizations can access the board to discuss event-by-event funding.
He also informed all student organizations that budgets for the spring 2014 semester are due on Nov. 17. Weiss concluded by nominating senior Crystal Ramdas to fill the vacant position on the Allocations Board. The assembly unanimously confirmed the nomination.
Chance asked for student support at the Dine on the Square event this Saturday. The event will showcase local restaurants while helping to raise money for United Way.
Chance then informed the body that DePauw and Wabash have a competition between the two schools to see which one can raise the most money by halftime of the Monon Bell Classic. He charged anyone with an idea for a Monon Bell T-shirt to submit it to him for the annual campus-wide T-shirt design competition.
The meeting concluded on a positive note with senior Olivia Flores, vice president of the student body, expressing her desire to make assembly meetings less dreary this year, while simultaneously reform ing some of the issues the executive board sees in Student Government.
"We've already done a lot, we have changes we want to make," Flores said. "We have the power to do it."