Thursday, February 5, 2009

Candace Daniels is Leaving

I heard rumors of this a few weeks ago, and it seems that the all student email has confirmed them. Candace Daniels helped a lot with sexual education on campus, as well as other mental health issues as our Wellness Advocate. I'm not really sure what a Wellness Advocate is, but Candace definitely had a large impact in the area of sexual assault.

She came here in 2006 as a Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP) Coordinator, and from there did a lot in regards to spreading information about what sexual assault is, and how to protect yourself from it.

Most importantly, she had lots of shirts to give out. I got three shirts from her, for which I will be forever grateful.

This also raises the issue of how her role will be replaced. As you may or may not know, there is currently a hiring freeze here at SMCM. While we can hire "in-house" (I think this means graduating students), we currently can't hire anyone from the outside. This means that the Health Center staff will have even more responsibilities, with fewer staff members. The Health Center is already pretty understaffed and not really available to meet the needs of the students. I hope that in the future more money will be put towards the Health Center in order to help sick students, both from illness/disease and the mental health issues that can arise from being a college student.

Lastly, Candace was pretty cool and easy to talk to. I will miss her.

Edit: One time she was demonstrating ejaculation with a fake penis, and all the fake Semen shot onto Jesse Lee.

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