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college students

23 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Rita Cheng, Dr. Daniel L. Kain

Tell Northern Arizona University to Recognize Nick Acevedo at NAU Commencement!

On March 4, 2018 the unthinkable happened when Northern Arizona University senior, Nick Acevedo took his own life. Nick was struggling in the aftermath of a terrible incident of violence that impacted him deeply, as well as several NAU students. NAU policy permits Nick to receive a posthumous degree, because he earned his degree. But they have denied the very simple request of his parents, Karen and Steve Acevedo: To have their son's name read aloud at the commencement ceremony. What a simple request! What a wonderful opportunity for NAU to do something kind and unifying, to help bring comfort and healing to Nick's family and the NAU community who loved Nick and are deeply grieving his loss. What a wonderful way of acknowledging Nick's accomplishments. It would take 1.5 seconds to say his name: Nick Acevedo. This is something Nick earned. Had Nick not committed suicide a few weeks ago, he would have walked across the stage when his name was called, and accepted his diploma. But NAU President, Rita Cheng said no. Speaking on behalf of the president, Kimberly Ott, Assistant to the President for Executive Communications and Media Relations, had this to say as the reason why: "NAU does not present posthumous degrees at venues where other students are celebrating their own accomplishments, such as a commencement exercise" What? Mentioning a deceased student's name at the commencement ceremony will in some way detract from other students' celebrating their accomplishments? Instead, the school has offered to have a "private ceremony" for Nick's family—one that will not draw too much attention, or distract from the other students' celebration!  By saying no to the simple request of reading Nick Acevedo's name aloud at the commencement ceremony, NAU is contributing to the stigma of suicide, and causing the Acevedo family and all of Nick's friends at NAU, unnecessary pain and grief.  Read more about NAU's decision here: The Lumberjack: NAU will not posthumously recognize student at commencement Please sign this petition to tell NAU President, Rita Cheng to do the right thing: ***** READ NICK ACEVEDO'S NAME AT COMMENCEMENT ***** Other ways your voice can be heard:  Rita Cheng, president: President@nau.edu Twitter: @NAUPresident Dr. Daniel L. Kain, provost: provost@nau.edu Kimberly Ott, Assistant to the President for Executive Communications and Media Relations: Kimberly.Ott@nau.edu    

Michelle Martin
10,778 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to PrattMWP Residence Life, Shannon Hitchcock Schantz, Donna Moran, Joella Burt

PrattMWP Housing Concern

Recently, current freshmen at PrattMWP were informed that next year, many of the incoming students would get a majority of the housing typically reserved for sophomores. We also learned that the next incoming class will be larger, and as a result, the school will begin putting more students in dorm rooms. We, the class of PrattMWP 2019, ask this:  We would like the number of sophomore rooms in the Plant and Cottage dormitories for this upcoming school year to be around the same number it was this year, not drastically less. We understand that there is a concern with the connection between freshman and sophomore students, but we believe that this change will not help. Many of the few freshmen living in Cottage and Plant do not feel closer to their sophomore students than those living in Hart do. Most friend groups are based upon who we have classes with, not who we're neighbors with. We're open to any other solutions to this concern. President of the programming board, Colette Bernard, is already planning events that will help freshmen and sophomores to get to know each other.  If PrattMWP is going to increase class size and put more students in rooms, we would like the option of living off campus. It is unfair for us to be forced to pay more to live in a smaller, more cramped space than it would be for us to live on our own. Putting more people in rooms will make it harder for us to be productive, and it will make it easier for illnesses to spread. The majority of colleges allow students to live off campus, and we cannot think of a good reason why we should be denied this right.  We also would like to address the fact that many maintenance issues we have reported are frequently ignored and can take up to months to be fixed, such as mold in Plant, broken washer and driers in all dorms, etc. As students who pay tuition, we deserve a safe and healthy environment, and we deserve the utilities covered in our housing fees.  We hope that PrattMWP can acknowledge our concerns and reason a solution with us. Many of us enjoy attending school here and we would hate to lose that enjoyment.   

Kellie Cher
127 supporters