Black Student Union hosts events for Black History Month

HOLLACE VILLARREAL

villa068@rangers.uwp.edu

February is Black History month, and the Black Student Union (BSU) will be having a variety of events to celebrate.

BSU has already had three events as of the printing of this edition, including their Kick-Off celebration, a demonstration of head wraps, the history of unknown Civil Rights heroes; along with two speakers, a member of the Milwaukee Black Panther Party and Ricardo Wynn, who gave a presentation on what it means to be black and LGBT+,

Future events

BSU will be hosting three more events before the end of the month, including the MLK Celebration on the 22nd, which will include musical performances by UW-Parkside students; the Essence Ball, which will include a presentation by keynote speaker Shebaniah Muhammad focusing on black excellence in education; and the Pan African Conference, where BSU will be going to Minnesota State University to develop leadership skills and networking based on the theme “Wakanda Forever”.

Support your campus organizations in these events and be sure to pick up the next edition of The Ranger News, where we will be covering these events in further detail.

PSG election results finalized

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

The election results for Parkside Student Government (PSG) are in! The final votes dropped Monday April 4.

President, VP winners

Jessica Diaz, who assumed the role temporarily after Tim Krieger’s resignation, will continue her position as PSG president into the 2017-2018 academic year. Peter Wierzba ran against Diaz for the position in this semester’s elections. The results labelled a clear winner with Diaz’ 86 votes to Wierzba’s 44.

Corey Hoskins will also be continuing his position as Vice President. Thalia Aleman ran against Hoskins in a closer contestation. Aleman lost with 54 votes to Hoskins 67.

Elected senators

Twelve senator positions have been filled for the upcoming academic year. The following students have been elected: Yoger Aguilar, So., Krish Colon, Jr., Devon Kurtis, Sr., Henry Desmond, So., Kentaurius Johnson, So., Shanarda Wilbourn, So., Luis Torres, Jr., Anmol Patel, Fr., Keough Lemiux, Jr., Kellie Lutz, Jr., Kierra Vann, Fr. and Ashley M. Smith, Jr.

Looking forward to next year

Diaz said, “I would really like to work on PSG involvement, PSG awareness and collaboration with other organizations. I would really like to get out more and get students involved. I also really want to update the bylaws and look at the re-structuring of the SUFAC.”

The senators are sworn in on April 24. The positions for Student Organization Representative, SUFAC member-at-large and Student Life Committee member-at-large will not be decided until the senators are sworn-in.

LGBTQ Resource Center at UW-Parkside

AUSTIN KRIEGER | krieg004@rangers.uwp.edu

LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, and queer. These words describe an individual’s sexuality, or rather, who they may be attracted to, and their gender identity.

These are also not the only forms of sexuality in the human race. Our campus’s very own LGBTQ Resource Center aims to educate and enlighten students about the differences and diversities that are part of our own community, specifically differences about sexuality, gender, and biological sex. The Resource Center is located in Wyllie Hall D171.

Safe spaces

One of the main goals of the Resource Center is to provide a safe space on campus for people who identify or ally with the LGBTQ community. A safe space on campus is defined by the resource center as a place “to provide support, resources, and assistance to all students, faculty, and staff on campus.” The Resource Center is also not the only safe space on campus as professors, faculty, and staff mark their rooms with a sign declaring it a safe space.  

Educate and connect

The Resource Center’s main goal is to educate and connect our campus as a whole, through demonstrations and talks like the one held within the Resource Center last week on the differences between sex, gender, and asexuality.

President Austin Grissom and Vice President Lorren Szewczykowski of the Resource Center plan to hold many other discussions and functions to educate our population on these subjects and grow a sense of community. Austin and Lorren also plan to bring these congregations to other places as well, such as the Racine LGBTQ center, in hopes to diversify and gain more information and collaboration.  

Meetings and discussions

Meetings for the LGBTQ organization are held in the Resource Center on Mondays at 12 p.m. Discussions are held every other week during org meetings. President Austin explains that ” many people are not educated on matters of the LGBTQ community or the adversities people within the community face as minorities.” He believes that “taking part in discussion will help to cultivate a stronger sense of community here on campus.” Vice President Lorren also left us with encouraging words reminding everyone that “the Resource Center is positively for everyone, and it is important to remember that because it is a great place to hang out, make friends, and educate yourself.”

Greek out! Omega Delta Phi

BY DAVID BYRD

byrd0006@rangers.uwp.edu

David Byrd interviewed UW-Parkside alumni and Omega Delta Phi, Abraham Santiago, about Greek life.

DB: Why is greek unity important?

AS: For the Brotherhood of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc unity is one of our founding principles. In order to fulfill our pledge to serving our community we need to ensure that we not only work with our selves but many other organizations.

Greek unity is important so that we can always help and support each other. While we support each other we grow together. In order to be an effective retention tool to the university we need to have united front and help each other be successful graduate each other, support each other and embrace our differences.

DB: What is community service mean to our org? And to UWP Campus?

AS: Community service to my fraternity is finding ways to help all communities by taking on tasks to assist, finding ways to help make changes, advocate for others and help a community remain in tact for the future.

DB: What is community service or work in the community mean to your organization?

AS: The brotherhood of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc is always involved in Community Service.

These are some of the events we put together or collaborate in: Omega Delta Phi Thanksgiving for Kenosha, Make a difference day, Mexican Fiesta, Hunger Clean-Up, Anti-Bullying Showcase, Relay for Life, Aids Walk, and ensuring that we communicate with Campus Activites and engagement when service opportunities arise and needs to be completed.

My organization always finds a way to jump on board or collaborate with other organizations to ensure we work together in the community.Omega Delta Phi logo (Featured logo)

 

DB: What’s something that your organization is working on to exemplify themselves on the Parkside campus?

AS: The Brotherhood of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc is working more in-depth with the Kenosha and Racine community to not only help build up there cities. We also want to be a mentor, a guide or an ambassadors to future students of the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

We pride ourselves in our rate of graduation and our academic standing. We continue to push forward and look for academic excellence every semester. A leader leads not only in the community but in his education and career.

DB: What is the benefit of Greek life on campus?

AS: Greek life has a great benefit for students. It provides opportunity of leadership and networking for their next stage after college.

Greek life is a retention tool created to push students and hold each other accountable for academic excellence.

Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. prides itself in graduating our brothers and always pushing for academic excellence. We all came to college for an education and Greek life pushes you to excel as a student and push you harder than other co-curricular actives/groups.

Santiago sent a follow-up message that read as follows:

Our fraternity has grown to represent all types of races; that is the evolutionary vision of our Founders. With this evolution, we welcome the growing opportunities to expand across the United States and beyond. Our Brotherhood has the strongest of desires to positively affect as many lives as possible. With this goal, we intend to both benefit our fraternal members and the many individuals we have crossed paths with through Service. One Culture, Any Race; this paradigm accurately describes Omega Delta Phi’s philosophy of inclusion.

GREEK SPOT LIGHT: GAMMA ALPHA OMEGA

Gamma Alpha Omega Pic

Interview by

David J. Byrd

byrd0006@uwp.edu

1)      Why is Greek Unity important?

a.       To me, Greek Unity is one of the most important factors to keep Greek Life going. All Greek Members join their own organizations and may have different values/pillars, but all Greek Organizations have a main purpose which is to give back to the community and make a difference! It’s not about who the best is, who is the biggest, or who throws the best parties. Greek life is about support, encouragement, and genuine appreciation we all have for each other and making a difference by working together.

2)      What is community service or work in the community mean to your organization?

a.       Community service means many different things. Community service means giving part of me that will live forever. Sacrifice, faith, hope, love, selflessness & generosity. Community service is a rewarding experience. Community service is meeting the needs of those around us when you are able. Community service has no requirement; you don’t need a degree to give back to the community. Community service is a form of paying it forward because down the road, we may need help ourselves.

3)      What’s something that your organization is working on to exemplify themselves on the Parkside campus?

a.      Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. has a lot of events we do annually, to name a few:

i.      We hosted a board game drive & school supply drive for Big Brothers &                     Big Sisters this summer.

ii.      We raised money for Wounded Warriors Project through a flag fundraiser                    on September 11th.

iii.      We are currently raising money for the AIDS Walk of Wisconsin.

iv.     We are participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk this weekend.

v.      We will be participating in bother Hunger Clean Up & Make a Difference                      Day.

vi.      We host our annual Mitten Tree every winter for HALO, where we collect                     winter clothing for families

vii.      We will be adopting a family for the Christmas Holidays through                                  the Boys & Girls Club

viii.      We also mentor youth throughout the Racine & Kenosha                                              Area (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) through our Gamma PALS &                        ROSAS mentoring program: attending their athletic events, tutoring,                            community service & supporting them through school along with their                          families.

4)      Since you are a part of a Greek organization on this campus. What is the benefit of Greek life?

a.       Where do I start? As alum, Greek Life has benefited me in SO many ways ranging from networking, building lifelong friendships, gaining a job, building leadership skills, pushing me to be a better person, pushing me to be a better student academically, being part of something bigger than myself, and most of all being able to make a difference in my community. I have been part of my sorority since 2010. I have served in all roles in the exec board as an undergrad and most recently I was hired to serve on our national board as Regional Director. Being able to be a role model for not only my sorority sisters in undergrad, but other Greek members in general makes me push to be a better person each and every day. One of the main reasons I have the job I do today is because of my leaderships skills that I gained from serving as a student leader and president of my sorority. Being Greek is so much more than just getting to wear letters and partying. Greek Life has a bad stigma due to stereotypes and movies. Real members of Greek Orgs can agree when I say being Greek is the best decision I ever made while in college. It is a lifelong commitment to being the change you wish to see in the world.

     Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. was founded on January 25, 1993, at       Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Our eight founders had a vision to form an organization for Latina women. These courageous women set the stage for a thriving organization that continues to enrich the lives of many during their collegiate years and beyond. Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. distinguishes itself in the fraternity and sorority world by leading the way as the first Latina-based sorority to be founded at Arizona State University. Gamma Alpha Omega will also be the first sorority to partner its philanthropic efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Dedicated to advancing women in the world, our founders’ vision has grown to serve more countless members nationwide.