Here’s what’s happening around the region’s universities. Several student issues are on tap this week, and Temple continues its attempt to breach the campus-neighborhood gap.
Budget cuts are being felt all around, but St. Joe’s students organizations are faring well. Mahmoud Mustafa, vice president of the Student Budget Advisory Board, said the board hasn’t had to cut funding this year for the school’s 80 student organizations. Though many organizations took a hit in march when the $200,000 budget was cut, funding has remained steady this school year.
University of Delaware students will host New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as their winter commencement speaker. The Newark, Del. native and 1984 UDel alumnus will speak at the Jan. 9 ceremony. The debate among students has already taken off in the Review’s comment section.
What is gender neutral housing? It’s the chance for University of Pennsylvania students to live in mixed-gender housing on campus. Unlike most housing processes, which the Daily Pennsylvanian is covering extensively this week, students must choose their own roommates for gender-neutral housing.
Temple‘s conversation on being a good neighbor will soon be an official policy. The “Good Neighbor Policy” will hit campus soon to promote to students concept of being a good neighbor to their fellow non-student off-campus residents. Included in the policy will be notes on alcohol consumption reduction, civic engagement and overall respect. Temple President Ann Weaver Hart estimates 7,000 of the university’s students live off campus.