‘All In Mizzou’ aims for transparency at MU

The campaign introduced ideas such as an MSA email database and a new bike share system.

The “All In Mizzou” slate’s platform emphasized the issues of transparency and transportation at MU during the Feb. 21 Missouri Students Association presidential debate.

The campaign — led by presidential candidate Solomon Davis and vice presidential candidate Briana Dinwiddie — is one of two slates vying for the office. They will take part in the second debate, hosted by The Maneater, on Feb. 27.

Transparency within MSA

Throughout the campaign’s early weeks and during the first debate, Davis placed emphasis on improving the connection between MU students and MSA’s operations.

On the slate’s website, the campaign references multiple ways they claim could improve transparency within MU’s student government, including a public email database.

The database would allow for students to access emails sent by MSA executives, according to the slate’s website. At the first debate, Davis said this would increase the organization's accountability.

The campaign’s website also outlines goals to create a “public calendar” where all MSA meetings are posted. The MSA senate currently posts meeting schedules on its OrgSync site.

The slate was pressed on this transparency during the debate by MSA senate speaker Jacob Addington, who referenced the public information’s posting on the senate website.

In response, Dinwiddie said she wants to see the information more easily accessible, as she claimed the OrgSync page could be hard to maneuver through.

Transit at MU

The issue of on- and off-campus transit also played a large role in the “All In Mizzou” campaign’s platform, with Davis suggesting new and updated solutions for transportation.

The campaign hopes to introduce a bike share program from an outside company that they claim could alleviate parking and transportation troubles at MU.

The university currently sponsors a bike-sharing program, which MU’s Sustainability Office directs. However, Davis has said he hopes to bring in an outside company to establish an updated bike share program. The campaign claims on its website that this could create competition for the Bird and Lime scooters that appeared on campus during the fall 2018 semester.

Davis’s plan for a bike share draws from his work as a senator in the MSA senate.

“All In Mizzou” wants to educate students about the Tiger Line system through further outreach campaigns. The program, paid for by student fees, incorporates a fleet of buses that travel throughout MU’s campus on a daily basis, according to MU’s Office of Parking & Transportation.

Davis also voiced support for the electric scooter companies operating throughout Columbia, but said he hoped to see a larger discussion about student safety in relation to the scooters.

Student ID reform

The “All In Mizzou” campaign released plans on their platform to change how the student ID system works at MU.

In what they claim would make ID use more accessible, Davis and Dinwiddie said they want to make the student ID a digital system.

Davis expanded on this idea in a Feb. 25 campaign Twitter video, mentioning that the ID could be integrated into an app for students.

The campaign’s website also mentions that they would want to include certain services, such as a direct link to the National Sexual Assault Hotline, in the ID app.

Edited by Emily Wolf | ewolf@themaneater.com

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