ASG to host open forum with Mary Desler on Thursday

    Associated Student Government will host an open forum with Dean of Student Affairs Mary Desler on Thursday, ASG has announced.

    The forum, which will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Northwestern Room at Norris University Center, will address issues such as SafeRide, Greek life, the shuttle system, alcohol amnesty and Northwestern post-graduation, according to a student government press release released last Friday.

    “After a brief overview from each administrator, students will be able to ask for and receive direct answers to their questions about Northwestern,” ASG said in the press release. “Organizers anticipate that informal and fruitful discussions will follow.”

    The panel discussion will be the first of two events this quarter organized by ASG as part of its first-ever Winter Campaign. The open forums will give the Northwestern community “an unprecedented opportunity to discuss student life with those who shape Northwestern policy,” and will make an “effort to bridge the gap between students and ASG,” according to the press release.

    In addition to Desler, the first panel will feature Sarah Pearson, vice president for alumni relations and development, and Michele Morales, director of health education for health services.

    A second event will take place on March 10, when Lonnie Dunlap, director of university career services; Carolyn Lindley, university director of financial aid; and Michael Mills, associate provost for university enrollment, will discuss topics such as career development, internships, financial aid and university rankings.

    “These two forums give students a chance to talk to administrators, one-on-one, and finally put faces to names they might have heard,” said Weinberg freshman Visraant Iyer, who is coordinating the events, in a statement. “We don’t know enough about the people who run our school, and we don’t know enough about how they make their decisions.”


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