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April 11, 2024

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    As we enter into the poetics of April, also known as national poetry month, here are four voices from well to lesser known. The Tradition – Jericho Brown Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Brown visited the last American Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP 2024) conference, and I loved his speech and humor. Besides […]
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Hot topics at the Undergraduate Student Government Town Hall

•The plus/minus grading scale might go into effect next school year if it’s approved. As of right now, the potential grading policy is still being discussed, said Andy Alt, assistant vice provost of academic affairs.

•Under the new policy, low As would yield a 3.7 GPA rather than a 4.0, USG President Richie Racette said.

•“This could either really help you or really hurt you,” he added.

•“Health and wellness is trying to accept a grant . . . making tobacco products not allowed in residence halls or on campus,” Racette said.

•In actuality, the University already accepted a grant of $20,000 from the American Cancer Society.

•The majority of USG does not want to support it because tobacco products are legal in the U.S., Racette said.

•The Drug and Alcohol Task Force is a leading force behind a draft for a new University medical amnesty policy, USG Vice President Jauntez Bates said. 

Correction: The president of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Robert Goldsmith, crafted the proposed medical amnesty policy. This was reported in another story. USG Vice President Jauntez Bates did not say the Drug and Alcohol Task Force was behind the proposed medical amnesty policy.

•The policy would allow students to call police if they overdose on drugs or alcohol without breaking the University student code of conduct.

Correction: “If you have overdosed on drugs and call the BG police … you would be exempt from punishment even if you’re underage,” USG President Racette said at the town hall. The proposed policy is actually more nuanced, as it’s mentioned in the actual text of the potential policy.

•“It’s typically used at the University,” Racette said. It is just not a written policy.

•“There’s somewhat of an issue with the landlords and tenants,” Bates said. Health and safety issues with apartments in BG came up at the candidate forum before the Nov. 7 election.

•USG is seeking more involvement with the BG City Council, because council wants to hear more student voices, he added.

•“The lack of things to do in Bowling Green” is a leading problem behind underage alcohol consumption, Bates said. “It’s either you party, or you study.”

•Bar owners in downtown Bowling Green have not been responsive to USG’s attempts for conversation about the problem, Bates said.

Correction: It was not USG attempting to contact bar owners in Bowling Green, but it was the Drug and Alcohol Task Force, according to an email from Bates.

•The SOAB allocates funds to a limited amount of organizations each year.

•Currently, only one undergraduate member serves with the board. USG wants to increase that number to make sure students are being appropriately represented, Racette said.

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