Intercom members established their organizational purpose Thursday evening and decided on structural changes including the addition of three new council seats, Student Body President Joshua Simpson said.
Intercom is a group of student leaders who come together to discuss ways to improve the student experience.
After council members amended and approved the document, Simpson said they began to discuss their first topic of the semester: drugs and alcohol on campus.
The document passed with only a few minor changes, he said.
Three seats were added to the council–one for transfer student services, one for veterans student services and one for the council of student athletes–according to the document.
The representatives for transfer student services and veterans are important additions for Intercom, Simpson said.
“They’re both groups on campus that have very particular interests that are not represented by the mainstream on campus,” he said.
Most students do not think about the needs of transfer students or veterans on a daily basis, he said.
The new seat for student athletes will represent the 20 percent of students at the university who are athletes, Simpson said.
Other changes to the structure include the addition of the role of convener, who was elected by majority vote Thursday evening.
Paige Wells, representative of Religious and Spiritual Life, was elected as the new convener.
This representative, who can be anyone from Intercom, will schedule meetings and help create the agenda, Wells said.
In the past, the Student Body president has served as the chair of Intercom.
The document also defines Intercom as a place for discussion, not a policy-making organization, Wells said.
“I think it’s important that there’s more clarity for the future,” she said.
The new Intercom document is also important for students, Miles Davison, representative for Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, said.
“If students are kind of confused about what Intercom does, there’s a document to look at,” Davison said.
Intercom members also discussed alcohol and drug usage at the university, he said.
“We just felt like there was something that needed to be discussed,” he said. “A lot of people were concerned about it.”
Intercom members agreed that the drug and alcohol situation on campus needs to improve, Simpson said.
“We’ve asked members to go forth and think more specifically about what they could do to alleviate the drug and alcohol situation on campus,” Simpson said.
Intercom members will discuss this more in the next meeting, which will be private, Simpson said. The meetings will continue to be for members only for the rest of the semester.
“When they are private, you have really candid discussions among student leaders,” Simpson said.