This year’s student government elections at the University of South Florida may mean more for students than ever before.
Now that President Moneer Kheireddine and Vice President Shaquille Kent have secured the victory, they are pushing their platform, “Hear the HERD.”
“It stands for heritage, entertainment, access and representation,” said Kheireddine.
Their mission is to bridge the divide between the student body, student government and USF administration. One way in which they hope to achieve this is via an online petition system, meant to gather physical evidence in support of their agendas. The system would give students a voice to tackle obstacles like limited parking and dining options.
The two also intend to focus a lot of their efforts on mental health.
“We will be advocating to the Florida legislature to increase funding for mental health and also awareness,” Kent said.
They want to provide more resources not only to students, but also to the mental health counselors on campus, who are often fully booked by students. They aim to provide funding in order to increase the current amount of mental health employees USF offers.
Kheireddine understands that while they “won’t be able to accomplish everything on their platform within one year,” they still intend on making a difference.
The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome recently hosted two influential people in the sports world. Tod Leiweke, Chief Operating Officer for the National Football League and Don Garber, the Commissioner of Major League Soccer. The USF Sport & Entertainment Lecture Series is aimed at students studying in USF’S Sport & Entertainment Management program.
Students find it important to have renowned names visiting the university. This is especially true for those in the Sport & Entertainment program.
“First of all, having such important folks that have so much influence in the sports business like Tod Leiweke and Don Garber brings a lot of great attention and educational opportunity to folks in the Tampa area,” said student Payton Phillips. “Our students, our faculty and our athletic staff [benefit] as well, so it’s able to bring industries’ minds and is good to learn from so that we can perform better and learn more.”
The lecture series is a way to show the growing Sport & Entertainment Management program which the university now offers.
“I came here for the basic fact that I wanted to be a Sport Management major, but USF didn’t have that major when I first started,” said Brittany Barber. “I just decided to come to see how I would like it if I wanted to go into it for Grad School because, you know, Grad School is a whole other monster than undergrad. So I just wanted to figure out whether this is something I want to pursue.”
The event took place at USF’s Sun Dome and was presented by Florida Fox Sports and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The lecture series has taken place annually, with this year being the fourth installment.