Valley News Recent Headlines
Student Body President Tito Valdes ’14 Discusses Student Government’s Influence and Direction
10.22.13 |
The 36 student-leaders elected to Student Government (SG) at Lebanon Valley College influence the College community in a variety of ways, such as determining clubs’ budgets or relaying student concerns to the College administration. Tito Valdes ’14 was elected president of the student body last spring, and recently shared what SG has accomplished this semester and has planned for the year.

“Student Government plans a lot of events on campus,” Valdes said. “The sophomore class plans winter formal, the junior class plans homecoming, the senior class plans the senior class gift drive, and as a collective group, we plan Dutchmen Day.”

SG members also meet with different administrators and departments on campus, including public safety, facilities, Greg Krikorian (vice president of student affairs and dean of students), and President Thayne. “I meet with the President on a biweekly basis over lunch, so we have a really good relationship with the administration,” Valdes said.

During the last academic year, SG was instrumental in reforming LVC’s alcohol policy. “There was a lot of contention among the student body regarding the ‘in-the-presence’ clause,” Valdes said.

The consensus among administrators and students was that students that were legal and those under 21 should be allowed to socialize in the presence of alcohol, as long as the law isn’t being broken.

“We met with administration and engaged them in a discussion about what we could do and what other schools do, and now we have this new [breathalyzer] technology so students can prove that they weren’t drinking,” Valdes said.

SG plans to make more changes this year. One of the specific goals that Valdes has is to be more representative of the students.

“In the past, it seemed that at student government meetings, the concerns that were shared were only reflective of the 36 people in the room,” he said.

This year, however, the committees within student government will be chaired by an SG member, but comprised of non-SG students.

“There will be people that will be able to share opinions and people that can go to meetings and serve as a liaison [between the student body and Student Government],” Valdes said.

Another goal that SG has adopted is to make its activities more visible to students, which it hopes to accomplish by posting more of its information on social networks. When Valdes attends his biweekly meeting with President Thayne, he asks students about their concerns via Facebook and Twitter, and welcomes questions to ask President Thayne.

Additionally, SG officers are making it a point to attend more on-campus activities such as recitals and sporting events.

Overall, Valdes plans for SG to improve in its role as the voice of the student body during the upcoming year, but he asks for students’ help, too.

“Student government is open to anyone; our meetings are not closed. Anyone is able to come,” he said. “I’d like to see more students at the meetings and voicing their opinion. No issue is ever taboo, and I encourage the discussion. Find out who your student government officers are, and then reach out to them about what is important to you.”

Student Government meets every Monday evening at 9:40 pm in the Lower Level Meeting Room in the basement of the Mund College Center. Additional seating is available for non-SG members interested in attending the meetings.

For more, view the YouTube video feature here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQMt31zdS78&feature=youtu.be.


03.31.15
New Area Coordinator Joins Residential Life Staff
View Full Story

03.31.15
Writers Week: Inspiring and Showcasing Student Work
View Full Story

03.27.15
“Dorothy Thayne: Presence” Opens April 3 in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
View Full Story

03.26.15
Lebanon Valley College Invites High School Students to Discovery Day on April 18
View Full Story

03.24.15
New Club Promotes International Experience
View Full Story

03.24.15
Lebanon Valley College Partners with Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC
View Full Story

03.24.15
Lebanon Valley College Invites High School Students to Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Major Day on April 11
View Full Story

03.23.15
Colloquium Keynote Highlights “Hardwiring and Soft Science: Rethinking Sex/Gender in the Brain”
View Full Story

03.23.15
Home Concert Concludes Annual Spring Concert Choir Tour March 29
View Full Story

03.23.15
Ronnie Jordan to Perform March 27 for Lebanon Valley College’s Friday Night Comedy Series
View Full Story

03.20.15
LVC’s Small Jazz Ensemble Highlights Local Artists
View Full Story

03.20.15
Cultural Events, 5K Highlight Unity Week Celebration
View Full Story

03.19.15
LVC Class of 2019 Invited to LVC Live
View Full Story

03.19.15
Lebanon Valley College's Chamber Orchestra to Perform March 26
View Full Story

03.19.15
Lebanon Valley College to Host "Bach in 10"
View Full Story

03.18.15
Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir 79th Annual Spring Tour and Home Concert
View Full Story