Tuesday afternoon, during the final Student Senate meeting of the academic year, legislation was brought before the body to discuss the College of Charleston’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. The first resolution to come before the Senate was Resolution 12, authored by Senators Phil Paradise and Charles Joughin. The resolution called upon different departments of the College of Charleston to come together to re-evaluate the Emergency Preparedness Plan in the event of an emergency. Specifically, it called upon Public Safety, Student Affairs, and Residence Life & Housing to work together with off-campus entites including the City of Charleston Police Department, Fire Department, local area hospitals, and South Carolina Law Enforcement division, so that we may work together to ensure the safety of our students and college employees. After debate on the resolution of how to implement the plan, the Student Senate voted to pass the resolution.
Resolution 13 then came before the Senate, authored by Senator Phil Paradise. The resolution was created to “express solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University following the shootings of April 16, 2007.” The Senate passed this resolution by unanymous consent to express our sympathy and condolences on behalf of the Student Body of the College of Charleston.
The Student Government Association as a whole feels that as students, nothing should come in the way of each student having an equal opportunity to an education and one’s life once you receive that coveted degree. Our hope is that a tragedy like this will never occur again, and we extend our symapthy to those who went to class one morning to further their education and whose lives were tragically stolen. From one Student Body to another, Virginia Tech is in our hearts and prayers.