Student Government Association will host a bystander intervention training in collaboration with the Counseling Center, Ball State Greek Life and Step in. Speak Up. from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 23 in L.A. Pittenger Student Center 310. 

“Sexual assault is a big issue across campus. [SGA is] trying to help students with that,” said Lizzie Ford, SGA secretary. “This could help prevent it by helping students be a good, active bystander and a good friend.” 

The panel, lead by doctoral students from the Counseling Center, will train students in small groups. 

If students are interested in attending the bystander intervention training, they should RSVP with Belinda McNeill at blmcneill@bsu.edu.

Ford said IFC members can attend the training and fulfill requirements of the social "pause." The "pause" is in effect until Jan. 31, and IFC members have to attend one training before then.

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In addition, SGA discussed upcoming slate elections.

SGA president Greg Carbó said he hopes to increase campus involvement in the elections. Carbó plans to visit various student organizations across campus to help increase campus involvement. 

Abigail Gibbs, SGA elections board chair, said election forms should be up Friday.

Also during Wednesday's meeting: 

  • The community and environmental affairs committee will look into reducing waste from straws on campus. Chair Kaleb Chowning said he should meet with Ball State Dining soon.
  • Collegiate caucus chair Emily Neuhauser said the caucus may write legislation regarding salt laid on sidewalks sometime this semester.

Contact Liz Rieth with comments at ejrieth@bsu.edu or on Twitter at @liz_rieth.