Task force to host panel

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The Drug and Alcohol Task Force is hosting an opportunity for the voices of students to enter into the right pair of ears. The Student Forum in Response to Substance Policy will be held on Monday, Sept. 21 in Hamilton Classroom (HCL) 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will consist of a panel of members of the task force, such as Task Force Chair and Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies Katherine Walstrom and Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) Psychological Fellow Duane Khan, along with President Donal O’Shea. Students will be able to directly ask questions and voice concerns about the recommendations in the task force report sent to the community as well as discuss plans for the remaining school year. The panel will also feature CWC therapists Nicole Archer and Eric Rosmith as a resource for students in anticipation for what will be a tense and emotionally charged event.

“I think that the student forum is going to be absolutely imperative to set the direction that students want to see with the recommendations,” New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Co-President and third-year Paige Pellaton said. Pellaton also served as a student representatives on the task force. “Because we only had two students serving on the task force, we didn’t quite bridge enough for me to be satisfied with the progress we made. Something that is really imperative is for students to give their input on the recommendations: which ones they think will work, which ones they think won’t work, which ones they want to see compromised or changed on, which ones to pursue, which ones are absolute garbage, and which ones they think are going to be absolutely successful to stopping serious drug use and abuse on campus.”

Additional information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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