Hi guys! The beginning of this semester has been hectic for all of us but we are happy to say we have lots of news.
In terms of media, a news article will be printed either this week or next based on the interview we did with Mary Kilpatrick, the crime reporter and writer on the Hullaballo. Cant wait to see how it turns out! Clare also did a phone interview with Jennie Gutierrez of the Loyola Maroon.
Additionally, we had our interview with WTUL this morning. For those of you that tuned in, it was a great conversation between ourselves and members of SOAR, Students Organizing Against Racism. We will be posting the link once it becomes available!
Meetings with the Administration:
Since school has begun, we have met multiple times with USG members Evan Nicoll, Sam Stone, Michael Lewis, and Marianna Brady. We have lent our support to their cause in achieving better lighting in and around campus and helping them pressure the City Council of NOLA to take some action, specifically with our (Uptown residents) councilperson Susan Guidry.
Additionally, the new superintendent of police Jon Barnwell, will have an open forum this Wednesday at 4pm, January 25th, in the Kendall Cram room of the LBC. We are working on setting up a one on one meeting with Superintendent Barnwell as soon as possible.
We have also met informally with Dean Hogg, who seems genuinely invested in helping us. We have been given a seat on the newly formed Student Safety Council, which will be meeting weekly to address different safety issues.
We would like to thank each and everyone one of you who has taken the time to sign our petition, watch our video, and support our cause. Evan Nicoll, USG President, told us that “It’s Not Enough” got the ball rolling on safety concerns within the administration and USG – which means your support directly influenced the university! Personally, we have seen more police offers walking and biking around campus, and we want to thank the university and the officers of TUPD for their efforts. We are very grateful.
Thanks again – we will keep you posted!