Student senate to gather opinion on priority of higher education

AJ Fournier, Contributing Writer

Student leaders on campus are being looked at by the Young Invincibles, an organization that is from Chicago, to write op-eds or news reports on if they think higher education is a priority to their state and nationally.

The point of it is to get student opinions out on higher education and if college is affordable, said Student Body President Catie Witt.

“They want to know your experience at Eastern and whether or not you think higher education is talked about enough and if your voice is being heard as a student,” Witt said. “It gets the word out so people know what is going on in our state regarding the universities.”

After students write their opinions, it gets distributed out to other universities so the word can get out about Eastern and what issues are affecting the universities and vice versa, so Eastern can get information on what is happening at other state universities.

Luke Young, Student Senate vice president of academic affairs, spoke on the provost search, which is a project he started since the Provost Blair Lord is retiring after this year.

Young said there will be a meeting for students 4 p.m. Thursday in the Arcola/Tuscola Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

“It is an opportunity for students to ask questions and give input about concerns and what they want to see from the campus as a whole,” Young said.


Young also spoke on “Prowl with the Prez,” which involves a series of events where people can come meet and talk to President David Glassman.

Witt said they plan three of these a semester, and it was created two years ago.

The next Prowlin with the Prez event, “Pumpkin with the Prez,” will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Library Quad.

This event is going to be a fall-themed event with haystacks, pumpkins and apple cider as well as different activities for attendees.

Witt said there will be another Prowlin with the Prez event in December.

AJ Fournier can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].