Hello again everybody,
I hope everyone is doing well as we get into midterms here at UWGB. As of today, November 1st, Act 35 goes into effect in the state of Wisconsin. As most of you are aware, this will allow anyone who seeks permit and is approved, the right to carry a concealed weapon in most public places. System legal, UWGB Administration and your Student Government Association have all passed legislation that will make it the Universities policy to remain a weapons free campus. We feel that our UWGB Police Department is trained to deal with these situations and will do so effectively. Act 35 was signed by Governor Walker on July 8th and came into effect today. To receive more information about Act 35 visit the UWGB Public Safety website, The State Department of Justice, or the UW system website. Now to give you all the brief rundown of what this law means on our campus.
First off, there will be no firearms or weapons allowed in any campus buildings. This includes all of the academic buildings, the University Union, The Kress Events Center, and Residence Life. This policy will allow you to have the weapons in your private vehicles with a permit. Public safety urges you to hide the weapon and remove it from the ammunition if you choose to store them in your vehicles. Guns will also not be allowed at any special events on campus. The only people allowed to have weapons on campus will be Public Safety officers and any outside vendors or workers who have received the chancellor’s approval. Public Safety would like to emphasize to students that this is a zero tolerance policy and will be dealt with accordingly. 5x7 inch signage has been posted on every external doorway across campus, please do not remove them. If you do see a weapon on campus, please do NOT approach or challenge the individual. Proceed to the nearest phone and call public safety at either extension 2300 or 911. Public Safety is trained to deal with these situations and they deal with them very well. According to Police Chief Thomas Kujawa, this is an evolving law and we can expect some change in the near future. UWGB has had limited issues with weapons in the past and we expect that trend to continue so students can continue to live and learn in a safe environment.
Roughly a week and a half ago, Scott Walker and his administration proposed a $1.1 million budget lapse. About 38% of this will be falling on the UW system. This goes to show how education remains to be a declining priority in our state. As we see these cuts continue, we can expect to see a rise in tuition as well…. a cut much larger than the 5.5% increase we seen this year. Chancellor Harden claims that he has received no good explanation for the lapse and he is continuing to gain more information on it. In the meantime, Chancellor Harden would like to emphasize to students and staff that we can handle these cuts and he is doing everything he can to avoid cutting faculty and staff. While the cuts are not final, Harden states that we will continue to do everything possible to protect the students and their educations. As your Student Government Association President, I urge you to engage in recall elections this incoming January. Scott Walker has taken the collective bargaining rights away from our faculty and staff, passed legislation to make voting harder for college students and has constantly been putting large budget cuts on our educational institutions. I am not attempting to sway your vote in a certain way with this blog, I would simply like to urge students to get involved seeing as this election could critically effect your education.
Our next Student Senate meeting will be November 7th at 5:30 in the 1965 Room. As always we welcome all students to sit on on these meetings.
On a brighter note, I hope everyone had a great Halloween and thanks again for taking the time to read the President’s Blog. I will be releasing a childcare open forum date in my next blog along with information on environmental sustainability projects within SGA. Everyone have a great week and good luck on midterms!