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Briefly: Laptops available for student checkout as part of new program, student government groups plan semester events

Students can now borrow laptops for short-term and long-term use, the Student Senate has a full roster and Graduate Student Council senators discussed future events during their meeting Oct. 6. Here’s what’s happening on campus:

Laptops available for daily, long-term use

Students can now check out laptops for daily use at the self-serve kiosks in the Blagg-Huey Library and in the Student Union at Hubbard Hall as part of a new campus program, Student Life announced Oct. 2. Checkouts have a maximum of four hours, and the laptops must be returned 15 minutes before the building closes. Students must use their TWU ID and passwords to access the kiosks, and laptops must be used in the Blagg-Huey Library and the Student Union at Hubbard Hall.

Students who wish to borrow a laptop long term should complete the equipment loan form, and will be required to come to campus to pick up and drop off the laptop. The program provides 60 laptops for short-term use, and 20 laptops are available for long-term use.

Student Senate fills open positions, plans custodian appreciation event

The Texas Woman’s University’s student senate celebrated a full roster, discussed ways to show custodian appreciation and planned for a school-wide pumpkin carving contest in their meeting this Tuesday. 

Each student senate position has now been filled and senate president Aryana Peters said they will be carrying on the school year with a complete team. New senators are to be sworn in by the end of next week.

Residential senator Briana Walker proposed a custodian appreciation event and said she is working on getting in contact with the campus’ custodial operations manager, Josie Ramirez, to get the names of each custodian to create personalized certificates to thank them for their work. Walker said the Residence Hall Association (RHA) would also be interested in planning for the event with the senate.

Walker said she would like to do something for the custodians as they have been working to keep the campus clean amid the COVID pandemic, but Peters mentioned the ongoing concerns with the pandemic and suggested a virtual event while Walker suggested an individual letter and gift hand-out. The senate hopes to host the possible events in mid-November.

Commuter senator Mia Franklin spoke about her plans for a pumpkin carving contest that she is working on with fellow commuter senator Patient Taylu and non-traditional senator Brandy Scott. Franklin said she is currently working with the school’s public relations committee to host the contest.

“Participants will send in a pumpkin to our inbox and then we will maybe post the picture on our social media,” Franklin said. “I do have a meeting with the PR committee after this [meeting] and we will get more information on how to present the contest.” 

The contest will be separated into categories that will have a judge assigned to each—the judges will be Franklin, Scott, CARES director Amy O’Keefe and TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyton. 

The contest is scheduled for Oct. 26-29 and winners will be posted on Oct. 30. Students, staff, faculty and TWU alumni will be invited to participate. 

Graduate Student Council to host fundraiser, discusses campus support groups

The Graduate Student Council will host a fundraiser at Chipotle in Lewisville Oct. 17. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students can order online and type in a code or arrive in person and present a flyer. The minimum amount spent should be $1.50, and GSC receives 33% of the funds.

Senator Rikki Willingham said she felt the Lewisville Chipotle was the best location for everyone, since it is between Denton and Dallas.

GSC also discussed the multiple support groups available to students. The TRIBE organization is available for African-American students and meets Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the month of October. Counseling and Psychological Services also offers multiple support groups for graduate students, first-generation students, and LGBTQIA students.

First-generation students meet Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and LGBTQIA meets Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students interested in the graduate student support group should contact Dr. Kristina Rodriguez for further details.

GSC is also planning the “Love Yourself Seminar,” to be held the week of Valentine’s Day or the week prior, and will also host a trivia night, likely in March of the upcoming spring semester. They will be purchasing a platform called Jackbox Games to use at the event.

Gakenia Njenga can be reached via email at and Laura Pearson can be reached at

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