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Humphrey plans to improve safety

By Hannah Simpson
Staff Writer

“Improving Ourselves Today for a Better Tomorrow…Next Stop: Excellence,” is the slogan for Student Government Association running mates Dwight Humphrey and Barry “B.J.” Burch.            

Humphrey, a rising junior criminal justice major, is running for president, while Burch, a rising junior pre-law major, will be running for vice president.

Dwight Humphrey (left) and Barry Burch hope to improve safety, bring students and faculty closer and enhance morale. Humphrey and Burch won against opponents Marvin Jacobs and Mo Mutima by ten votes during the SGA elections on March 28.

Photo by Carol Franch
Dwight Humphrey (left) and Barry Burch hope to improve safety, bring students and faculty closer and enhance morale. Humphrey and Burch won against opponents Marvin Jacobs and Mo Mutima by ten votes during the SGA elections on March 28.

Humphrey said their platform consists of three issues: campus safety, bridging the gap between students and faculty and enhancing campus morale.            
           
Humphrey said that he and Burch have walked around the campus noting changes that would make the campus safer.

           

Humphrey said they would also like to “find an alternative to mace,” referring to two incidents at university dances.            
           
Burch attended several SGA meetings after both incidents where he suggested eye rinses for those hurt by mace. Humphrey said he will urge SGA representatives and the Faculty Senate to attend each meeting.            

“There is not enough involvement between students and faculty,” he said.            
           
Humphrey said he would like to create a stronger communication connection between the Faculty Senate and the SGA.           

“We’re going to stress ourselves for the students,” Humphrey said. “We’re going to persevere.”            
           
“When we say safe, we mean you feel safe regardless of your location on campus.  When we say bridging the gap between students and faculty, we mean having senators visibly available for the questions and concerns of the students for which they represent,” said Burch.            

“When we say enhancement of campus morale, we mean keeping more students on campus, enforcing dance policies, and an increase in the number of student involvement.”            
           
Humphrey, a former senator for the SGA, said that he resigned from the senate to play for the new football team.            

Humphrey said he is eager for the football season to begin because it will entice more students to stay over the weekend and watch the games.            
           
He said he plans on conducting surveys asking what entertainment should be offered over the weekends.

We have a big budget, why not use it,” he said.            
           
Humphrey has also taken part in the Center for Leadership and Service and still volunteers for the Association of Campus Entertainment.            

Burch has been a West Hall resident adviser for three semesters, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, and a 4-H facilitator.            
           
Burch has also tutored at Red Springs Middle School and has worked as a YMCA summer camp counselor.     

Humphrey said that both he and Burch have noticed some much needed changes that need to be addressed on the UNCP campus.
           
"Why not take this opportunity to make a difference on your campus,” Burch said.        

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