Welcome back to another edition of Student Government Monthly. During October, SG will be busy hosting numerous events for both the student body and our surrounding communities.

On Thursday, following the Senate meeting, SG members will walk with administrators and university staff throughout campus at night searching for any unlit areas, problematic features and safety hazards. A compiled report will be presented to administration for necessary changes. This is an annual tradition that SG undertakes to maintain a safe and friendly campus environment.

Moving forward to the next week, Oct. 23 to 30, SG will be holding three big events, starting with the AIDS Walk Kickoff on Oct. 25. The event will be held on the Johnson Center North Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include giveaways, free food, performances and, most importantly, guest speakers who will be presenting educational statistics to help educate George Mason University about the AIDS pandemic. SG hopes this event inspires students to participate and walk with our own Mason team at the AIDS Walk on Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C. For more information regarding the AIDS Walk please visit aidswalkwashington.org.

Two days later, on Oct. 27, SG will be teaming up with Virginia21, a non-partisan, non-profit lobbying organization focused on higher education issues, in a state-wide campaign called “What’s Your Number?” This campaign highlights the problem of student loan debt by educating students about how much debt they are taking out, as well as demanding more funding for financial aid. The event on Oct. 27 will be held on the SUB 1 Quad from noon to 3 p.m. At the event, SG members will be talking to Mason students to hear their personal stories regarding student debt. Additionally, there will be computers set up for students to sign a petition that will be presented in a news release, sent to Governor Bob McDonnell, and brought forth to the Virginia State Assembly by Virginia21 in November. If Mason students want to get a head start, the petition can be signed at virginia21.org/whatsyournumber. Remember to sign it!

Student debt is an integral part of American collegiate life. Please share your story with us, and make your voices heard to our state elected officials up for re-election on Nov. 8.

Finally, to conclude the month of October, SG will be continuing the tradition of Witch Watch. This year, Witch Watch will be held on Oct. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Hampton Roads area near Rappahannock Parking Deck. Witch Watch is an SG initiative that brings together the Mason and Fairfax communities. Parents from the community bring their children to Mason’s Fairfax campus to trick-or-treat and engage in other fun activities at various tables displayed by Mason organizations and offices.

If any student organizations would still like to sign up for a table at “Witch Watch,” or would like to learn any further information about SG, please visit our website at sg.gmu.edu.