John Hewitt served as the Student Body Treasurer during the 1990-1991 academic year and subsequently earned the office of Student Senate President. Although Hewitt was not particularly outspoken on many issues, Hewitt efficiently ran Senate meetings as that body’s presiding officer. On leaving his post, Hewitt wrote that “although all groups do not always agree on everything, Student Government has tried to be open-minded and fair in its efforts on behalf of students.”
Years at State
Student Government Treasurer, 1990-1991
The Student Senate worked throughout the academic year to oppose the introduction of a plus/minus grading system that earned the support of the Faculty Senate. The issue would continue through the next academic year, when Chancellor Monteith would install the policy with several adaptations.
The Student Senate advocated for the installation of reading days to replace or augment “Dead Week,” the week before classes when students are supposed to receive no new assignments or take any tests. “Dead Week” would remain in place, albeit with stronger enforcement due to a resolution from the Faculty Senate.
In February 1992, the Student Senate passed a resolution officially recognizing Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week. The Senate did not, however, endorse a statement of “strong support” of the Gay and Lesbian Student Union (GLSU) or officially recommend “Blue Jeans Day,” GLSU’s annual event to raise awareness of gay and lesbian rights.
Technician (Spring 1990-Spring 1991)
UA 021.502 North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Student Government Records, 1905-2003, Box 17, Folder 3, Student Government Documents, 1991-1992.