Theatre TCU debuts its performance of play inspired by Botham Jean’s murder + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history What we’re reading: President Biden holds first press conference, Suez Canal blockage continues ReddIt printA campaign to help TCU community members not feel defined by their health diagnoses will host an outreach tabling day Friday. Diagnosed, Not Defined (DND) is a Student Government Association (SGA) initiative that started last year. Class of 2023 Representative Anastasia Helms started the campaign to help make students feel worth beyond their medical chart. “Our goal is to make everyone feel seen, heard, loved and worthy and not defined by what their medical chart says about them,” she said. DND focuses on strengthening unity on campus in relation to health diagnoses, and ensuring that community members have access to the resources they need. SGA Director of Wellness Kendall Drummond said that the initiative helps expand the “safety net” on campus to make sure that needs are getting met in relation to wellness.A look at resources from the DND campaign. Photo courtesy: Ethan MitoDND expands this net through interactions and connections that Drummond thinks can help alleviate the trauma that medical diagnoses can bring. “Strengthening and transparency between the students doesn’t create a culture of division, but a culture of unity,” she said. “We want to create a safe place for everybody. The best way to alleviate these symptoms of trauma (with diagnoses) is connections with other human beings.”The initiative also aims to connect students with the campus resources they need, whether they are struggling with their mental health or looking for a new workout plan that works for their health conditions.“This campaign, along with leadership from the counseling center and Chancellor Boschini, is trying to show that trauma is not a scary word. That trauma happens to all of us, especially after COVID, and that trauma can be dealt with with the resources on campus,” Drummond said.DND will host a tabling event on Friday and will also be promoting the initiative on social media. Separating identity from diagnosis Helms opened up about her own struggles after being diagnosed with epilepsy her senior year of high school. She stressed the importance of a strong support system, and said that her diagnosis inspired her to apply for SGA to create the DND campaign and help TCU students address the fear and isolation that may follow a diagnosis. Helms (right) poses with a DND sign last February. Photo courtesy: Ethan Mito“While we may not physically or emotionally understand exactly what a student is going through, being able to have someone who can be there for them and give them that support will make all the difference,” Helms said.Helms wants the DND campaign to help students separate their identity from their diagnosis. “Our diagnoses don’t define us,” she said. “My name is Anastasia, not epilepsy. I want other people to feel the same way. This is a part of me, but it is not who I am as a person.”During the DND campaign, students will be able to connect with others with the same diagnosis and learn from students that don’t share their diagnoses. DND extends to all forms of diagnoses, not just psychological, even though mental health is at the center of the campaign.“I’m not ‘mental health director’, I’m wellness director. It goes beyond just mental health,” Drummond said. “It goes to epilepsy, broken bones, deafness, blindness, enlarged tonsils and allergies, heart palpitations. We have resources on this campus that can address all aspects of wellness.” The tabling event Friday will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of the Founders Statue. Maizey Edgar Diagnosed not Defined Campaign 2020 (Ethan Mito/Photographer) Maizey Edgarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maizey-edgar/ 2014 TCU alumni reflect on their outdoor graduation as current seniors prepare Maizey Edgarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maizey-edgar/ Lending a hand: how TCU resident assistants helped serve food during February’s winter storm Linkedin Maizey Edgarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maizey-edgar/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Maizey Edgarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maizey-edgar/ Twitter Facebook ReddIt Twitter Facebook Previous articleA host of rookie Horned Frogs find roles in the NFLNext articleHoroscope: February 24, 2021 Maizey Edgar RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
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MICHAEL MASONE, Esq., former Board Member on FinancePATRICK O’DONNELL, former Board Member on FinanceWILLIAM LAWSON, former Board President To the Editor:Recently the paper published a letter from Joseph Broderick, President BBOED, under the caption, “Setting the record straight.” The truth is the letter is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to shift the blame to the former board for the shortcomings of the elected board. The facts are as follows:The prior board set aside monies during the negotiation of the teachers’ contract, which was settled in September of 2014 and ended June 31, 2015. The contract was settled and there was enough money to pay everyone retroactively and through June of 2015. All the vendors and employees got paid.The prior board increased the tax levy for the 2015-2016 budget to pay for the new contract and projected increases in expenditures. We were accurate in our estimates as the State auditors found a surplus for the 2015-2016 fiscal year of over $2 million.What led to the reporting of a shortfall by the internal audit was a failure by the board to understand that the budget is a management tool to guide it. It is a living breathing document which needs to be monitored and adjusted during the year. The failure to make the requisite reconciliation transfers to balance the budgeted expenditures with the actual expenditures at the end of the fiscal year in June 2016 caused a bookkeeping shortfall. Monies that were actually spent were not accounted for as they were still available in various accounts to balance the books. The internal auditors were only reporting what they found. The accounts appeared to be overspent because the board made no adjustments to the encumbered accounts to cover the actual expenditures.There was no overspending of $18 Million by the appointed board. No checks bounced, all the employees were paid. All the budgets were reviewed and audited by the County and the State.The elected Board failed to increase the tax levy for the 2016-2017 budget enough in the spring of 2016 to properly fund the expected expenditures and potential new contract requirements.The panicked austerity measures which were taken by the Board were self inflicted since there was no deficit as indicated by the auditors. The elected board had no idea how much money it would take to run the district. The problem was that the board created a budget for 2016-2017 that it could not and did not want to pay for. Had the board increased the tax levy in its 2016-2017 budget by 5.86 percent, as recommended by central office, to match the expected expenditures, the layoffs would not have been necessary except to pay for the two year contract negotiated by the elected board. The proof is that you ultimately increased the tax levy in your 2017-2018 budget by 5.62 percent on top of the increase of 2.86 percent in your 2016-2017 budget. The elected board spent money to settle a two year contract with money it didn’t have in its budget and it covered with the layoffs.Looking for someone to blame is always counterproductive. The reserves, which were carefully built up over the years, have been depleted. We can only hope that the last increase in the tax levy will be enough to carry us into the future. I remain hopeful that you will be able to explain to 1,000 or so employees why they will not be able to get a raise because 100 or so teachers will be getting $4,500,000 over a three year period. Do the math, it is later than you think.