CSG touts success of game day dining plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 11:21pm

Central Student Government convened for their second meeting of the semester to organize several changes they would like to implement on campus this year.

Central Student Government convened for their second meeting of the semester on Tuesday to outline several initiatives for the upcoming year. Dean of Students Laura Blake Jones also addressed the assembly to promote a close working relationship between CSG and her office.

CSG President Cooper Charlton, an LSA senior, also lauded the assembly’s joint initiative with Michigan Dining to open dining halls on last Saturday’s game day up to three hours earlier than normal weekend hours. The effort aimed to curb unsafe drinking by providing students, particularly freshmen, access to food before tailgating activities.

“We were able to, in my opinion, prevent some trips to the hospital because students had food in their stomachs,” Charlton said.

Between the hours of 7:15 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, 1,394 students swiped into South Quad, compared to the 114 that arrived after the traditional opening time. Hill and Bursley dining centers also had an increase of student diners during game day’s early hours.

Though CSG made efforts to increase the frequency of buses to North Campus on Saturday, Charlton said a higher concentration of buses will be required on future game days to meet the demand of large groups heading to central campus.

CSG also addressed the upcoming revision period for the University’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Public Policy sophomore Jacob Pearlman, CSG student general counsel, requested the assembly’s participation in the amendment processes. The document is amended once every three years, and he requested assembly members take advantage of the opportunity and propose amendments.

Jones addressed the assembly about how a close relationship between CSG and the Dean of Students Office may improve the various services and programs they offer.

Jones spoke of initiatives new to campus since her appointment such as the Expect Respect campaign, which aims to promote an inclusive campus environment, and the Beyond the Diag program, which provides an extension of University resources for off-campus students.

“Seven years ago when I arrived on campus, we did not have anything in place to meet the needs of off-campus students in a formal sort of way,” Jones said. “I worked hand-in-hand with the Central Student Government at the time and students on the then-safety commission who conceived of what Beyond the Diag should be.”

Jones said she hopes throughout the next year, her office and CSG can work together to ensure these programs continue to grow and evolve.

Much of the meeting was spent allocating responsibilities and community initiatives to specific committees. Several new members of CSG stressed the importance of keeping their campaign promises, specifically their goal to increase the assembly’s transparency.

Initiatives discussed include plans to increase outreach through social media, as well as implement regular coffee cart conversations where CSG representatives are positioned around campus to interact with students and answer questions.