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Student concerns purpose of forum

Sept. 23, 2003

By Liz Groh, reporter

The Baylor 2012 Student Development Council and student government have realized the need for students to be informed about the future plans of Baylor's administration. To meet this need, the two organizations are holding a Baylor 2012 Student Question and Answer Forum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in Miller Chapel of the Tidwell Bible Building.

The forum will feature President Robert B. Sloan Jr., Provost Dr. David Jeffrey and Chief Financial Officer David Brooks.

A brief presentation on Baylor 2012 and the direction of the university will be followed by a question-and-answer session open to all who attend.

In the wake of the turmoil and tragedy surrounding Baylor this summer, similarly formatted forums were held across Texas. The Baylor 2012 Student Development Council and student government wanted to organize a question-and-answer forum directed specifically at the student body.

Students can participate in the forum anonymously by submitting questions beforehand between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today at the Student Forum table in the Bill Daniel Student Center or on the Baylor Information Network's (BIN) Web site at bin.baylor.edu.

Students also will have the opportunity to address Sloan, Jeffrey and Brooks personally at the forum itself.

John Hill, president of the Baylor 2012 Student Development Council, said the underlying purpose of the forum is 'two-fold: to make sure students have their voices heard and to ensure that students have an opportunity to get accurate information from the administration.'

Student Body President Jeff Leach said the forum is a 'great opportunity' and 'needed to be done for a long time.'

'We feel like students need to be provided with a chance to voice their opinions,' Leach said. '[The forum is a] big chance for us to take a big step forward.'