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Student Trustee strives for accessibility

Morgan Nelson, 21, junior of Norfolk, talks about her expectations as CSC’s new student trustee. —Photo by T.J. Thomson

Morgan Nelson, 21, junior of Norfolk, talks about her expectations as CSC’s new student trustee. —Photo by T.J. Thomson

She’s just another girl on campus, but now has more-than-average responsibilities. Morgan Nelson, junior of Norfolk, is the new student trustee on campus. This is a new title added onto her already impressive resume. Nelson is a resident adviser in High Rise and the current Student Senate president. Don’t get her wrong, though, she’s just a normal student like anyone else on campus.

“You can find me in High Rise at the front desk, or my residents can always find me in my room,” Nelson said, “I eat at the cafeteria, walk to and from class, and hang out in the Pit with my friends. My favorite color is black because it matches everything.”

Basically, she’s just like any regular student and you can find her on campus anytime, so trying to get a hold of her should not be an issue. This is a big deal when tackling a challenge such as the student trustee. As the student trustee, Nelson will accept an adviser-like role for both CAB and Student Senate, representing the board of trustees and their decisions and positions. In return, she’ll attend monthly meetings with the board as a representative of the Senate, CAB, and the campus as a whole on various policy issues such as regulation of graduation standards being lowered from 125 credits to 120.

Since she represents all students who attend CSC, being accessible and available is important to Nelson. She says she will make these two goals a priority.

When a member of CAB or Senate, or even just the average Joe hoping to input their concerns on campus policy needs to get a hold of her, she’s easy to find. They could just take a stroll to grab a bite at the grill and find her to sit and enjoy their meal and have a discussion. Simply, she’s here for the students.

When asked about what she’ll do to help the members of the board to understand the concerns of the students and get the members to relate to the needs of the campus, she’ll do all she can.

“I’ll vocalize it at the meetings,” Nelson says, “I’ll make clear the facts and context of student opinions to get them known. I’ll write a letter to the board with a full explanation, start a petition if I can, or gather letters of support from faculty.”

Nelson is a leader and has taken that role seriously with this step. From being an RA to Senate president, and now as the student trustee, she’s here to help and represent the students.

“The board appoints this position to represent the students and their needs,” Nelson states, “That is my job.”

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