Perkins: ‘SGA office is a safe space,’ won’t tolerate hate
After attending a meeting on ensuring the safety of students on campus with University of Louisiana at Lafayette president Joseph Savoie, Ph.D., and campus organizations presidents, Student Government Association President Wil Perkins reiterated the organization will not tolerate hate.
“The SGA office is a safe space,” Perkins said. “If anyone needs to talk to anybody about anything, please don’t hesitate to come see myself, Mary, Thomas and Mrs. Joella. We’re all here for you guys. Any concerns that you have, or anybody in the student population, feel free to come talk to us.
“Furthermore, as leaders of this university, and students, we need to make sure that everyone knows, in SGA, we will not stand for any form of hatred or discrimination on this campus. Be that racism, misogyny, homophobia or transphobia, religious discrimination, we’re not going to stand for that,” Perkins continued. “That is not what we, at UL, stand for.”
Perkins also gave details for this semester’s finals week and revealed that aside from the library being open 24/7 for students, the Cypress Lake Dining Hall will also be available that week.
“The dining hall will be open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for studying,” he said. “The Union is providing soft drinks and coffee. In addition, the Louisiane Room, which is right next to the dining hall on the other side of the registers, that’s also going to be open. That’s starting the Sunday of finals week and goes through the Thursday of finals week.”
College of Education senator and office of disability services spokeswoman Chandler Harris reported the office would need volunteers to assist with finals week.
“They need proctors to sit in rooms and make sure that no one is cheating,” she said. “They have different times of the day: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can bring your own study materials. You just sit there and proctor the exam.”
Taylor Kaough, a spokeswoman with the International Student Council, defended the organization’s banquet request of $1,400 to help defer the cost of the International Student Council’s Skate Night event on Nov. 17.
“Thursday is kind of like a fun night to break the barriers between different ethnicities and religions just to give them a way to integrate with each other in a fun and safe environment,” Kaough said.
The event is located at Skate Zone and is free to all students. The building will be rented out from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Concessions will also be available.
Overall costs for the event are about $2,400, according to Kaough.
SGA also approved amendments 45, 49, 52, 54, 60, 61 and 62, which were brought up for discussion in last week’s meeting.