Student Government held its second open forum meeting this semester on Feb. 23, the meeting encouraged students to bring up issues or ideas they have about USF St. Petersburg.
SG Senator Danny McDonald came up with the idea to hold open forums after hearing from students who felt SG was not adequately representing them.
“It really bothered me to hear that and it inspired me to hold the open forums and then try to motivate students, that if they don’t feel that they can express themselves, or if Student Government is not listening properly, then please show up and let us know,” he said.
McDonald said that since becoming involved in SG he has been interested in getting as much input from students as possible. A leadership course on deliberations and resolving conflict helped him with the idea to hold open forums.
Seven people—all Student Government members—attended the first meeting earlier in the semester. About 15 people came to the Feb. 23 meeting, including people not involved in SG.
“For the next one we hope to advertise a lot more, but we started advertising a month in advance through e-mail, Facebook and announcing in classes,” McDonald said.
Attendees discussed issues like campus safety, parking and food services.
The next meeting has not yet been scheduled, but McDonald said it would tentatively take place during the third week of March in the afternoon.