RAIV official steps down

Feb 172011
Authors: Andrew Carrera

A coordinator for the newly minted, student government program Rams Against Interpersonal Violence resigned Thursday for what she described as “moral and ethical reasons.”

“I just believe that RAIV could’ve better accomplished its mission through creating a space for people to not only talk about stalking, domestic and sexual violence, but through more education and awareness,” sophomore Rachel Drechsler said.

Drechsler helped plan and execute the organization’s events with fellow RAIV coordinator Allison Watt at a student-fee funded salary of $4,000.

As coordinator in the fall and first four weeks of the spring semester, Drechsler said she will be paid slightly more than $2,000 for her work.

“I enjoyed my time in ASCSU in serving the students of Colorado State University,” she said.
Officials from ASCSU could not discuss the conditions of Drechsler’s resignation due to Colorado employment laws.

ASCSU President Cooper Anderson said he and Vice President Jennifer Babos are considering leaving the position open for the remainder of the year. Anderson said they were “trying to reassess how to structure the department for effectiveness.”

Student government spokeswoman Amy Lamb said RAIV’s biggest event has yet to come. The organization is hosting an interpersonal violence awareness museum for students on March 8, 9 and 10.

RAIV is a new ASCSU program established this year as part of Anderson and Babos’ campaign promise to raise awareness about the issue of interpersonal violence.

During its first semester, RAIV hosted Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Day, during which it helped make students aware of resources like the Sexual Assault Victim’s Assistance Team, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center and Crossroads, a shelter for women who are victims of domestic abuse.

Drechsler said she plans on using her free time to help put on the 20th annual “Take Back the Night” event –– an international movement that serves to educate and raise awareness of sexual assault and foster 
an empowering atmosphere to end it –– hosted by the Campus Feminist Alliance.

“ASCSU wishes Rachel well in all her endeavors,” Lamb said.

Senior Reporter Andrew Carrera can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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