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Informing the  Berea and Baldwin Wallace University Communities Since 1913

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Informing the  Berea and Baldwin Wallace University Communities Since 1913

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Student body candidates seek to improve student-admin communication

“Through this presidency, we want to advocate that students are being told the truth, even if it’s scary,” says prospective student body president.
Courtesy of Brenna Holiday
Left to right: Stephanie Neff and Brenna Holliday, candidates for Student Body Vice President and President at Thursday’s town hall.

On Thursday, Dave Muro, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Baldwin Wallace University, led a town hall meeting in the basement of the Union where the unopposed candidates for student body vice president, Stephanie Neff, and student body president, Brenna Holliday, shared their platform of increasing transparency between faculty, students and administration.

The main topics of the meeting were safety on campus and communication between students and administration. In light of the budget deficit, Holliday, a junior music education major, said the students felt in the dark about what was happening and that her goal is to ensure students do not continue to feel that way.

“Obviously, there’s a lot going on in the campus right now, and when there’s not a lot of communication, [there are] a lot of rumors, and students get anxious about things,” Holliday said. “Through this presidency, we want to advocate that students are being told the truth, even if it’s scary.”

Holliday said their plan is to first form a relationship with administrators so they can have honest conversations with them. Then, they plan to meet with the other organizations at BW to hear their concerns and then relay them back to administration.

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Neff, a junior communication studies major, said she wants students to feel comfortable going to the two of them if they have questions.

Regarding safety, Holliday said that students spoke up about how they did not feel safe on campus because they did not know about the resources available to them.

“We don’t know what students don’t know unless they come to us,” Neff said.

When the issue arose, the meeting members discussed solutions to it, including working with safety and security to provide more advertisements for the services they provide and educating students on what they should do when they find themselves in these unsafe situations.

Currently, the pair have a shared Instagram account, and Neff said she hopes to use Jacket Connect, as well as social media, as a means of communication between the Student Government and student body.

“We’re focusing on encouraging open and honest dialogue,” Neff said.

The pair have been working in leadership positions the past two and a half years. They were sophomore class president and vice president as well as junior class president and vice president. Both are also members of the Delta Zeta sorority.

“We work really well together, and we really love BW and we have a passion and a drive for it,” Holliday said. “We really just want to make it a better place.”

Neff said she believes they are unopposed because there is not a huge awareness to run for office and how not many others have the drive to do so. Holliday said the two are excited for the position but also aware of the responsibilities.

“Steph and I, we ran for this position for a reason,” Holliday said. “While it’s unopposed, we’re here for the students and we want to be the voice of the student body.”







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