When alumnus Nicholas Rotundo’s friends heard he had been charged for cyber-stalking and intrusion, they were shocked and couldn’t believe the news.
During his time at UTD, Rotundo was involved with several student organizations, including Student Government, Mu Epsilon Kappa and the Student Union Activities Advisory Board.
His friends described him as a computer savvy, moral and an upstanding individual. He was talented enough to land a job at Google after graduating.
Student Government unanimously passed a resolution opposing efforts by the Texas legislature to curb the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and gender, sexual and romantic minorities at the senate meeting April 28.
The resolution supports gay and lesbian marriages, the right of transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with and the rights of LGBT/GSRM people to access institutions, businesses and services without discrimination.
“There hasn’t been these kinds of organized movements against the bills and I think sending the voice of an entire student body to Austin is quite an achievement,” said Adam Richards, president of the Rainbow Guard.
Student apathy toward campus issues is often a direct consequence of passive leadership.
Student bodies across the nation have boasted of widespread activist endeavors in the past, which include fighting for civil rights and protesting against the Vietnam War.
Yet, as arguably the most-informed generation to date slowly trickles into the work force, it leaves behind a legacy of apathy toward activism and awareness on college campuses.
The story isn’t very different at UTD.