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Students speak up at Student Senate’s annual event

Originally published October 22, 2010

Student Senate’s Speak Up! gave students a chance to speak with administrators about anything and everything.

“Student Senate has Speak Up! not only to allow the students to voice their opinions on campus, but provides a forum for the administration to sit down with students and discuss campus issues,” said Student Body President Nick Swiatkowski.

He said the event is an important one because it helps “maintain strong lines of communication between the administration and students.”

The event began with an introduction of the administrators.

University President Joanne Glasser, Vice President for Student Affairs Alan Galsky, Vice President for Business Affairs Gary Anna and Vice President for Advancement Pat Vickerman, were among the administration in attendance.

“The administration gets to hear directly from students,” Glasser said. “One of the best ways for administrators to effectuate changes that students want is to hear directly from them. This institution was created for students and exists today to serve student needs.”

Students asked a wide range of questions. Everything from health and sexual assault, police chiefs and security to why Bradley doesn’t have football team were discussed.

The administration answered them all, assuring students the Health Center will make sure students are more informed about sexual health and they are looking into having more security around campus.
Reasons Bradley does not have a football team were also addressed.

It would cost too much, the university would have to add two to three more women’s programs to balance out football and there is not enough land to make an adequate field and stadium, Athletic Director Mike Cross said.

Overall, students said they were pleased with the event.

“I think Speak Up! was very helpful,” freshman AEP major Valerie Torres said. “Students thoughts and concerns are being answered thoroughly.”

The event was well received by both faculty and students. The several administrators said it is very helpful to hear student’s ideas and questions to continue to make Bradley better.

“It is important for students to know that they can bring their questions, concerns and suggestions to the university administration, and that they will get a sincere and full hearing,” Glasser said.