Campus / News / Student Senate / October 23, 2008

Student Senate advocates longer library hours during finals

In the Student Senate session last Thursday, the main discussion of the evening centered on the “Resolution Concerning 24-Hour Seymour Library Hours and the Need For Creation of More 24-Hour Study Spaces for Students.” Sponsored by senior President Elaine Wilson, the resolution seeks to prompt the administration to consider incorporating more study spaces for students. The action clauses of the resolution state:

Therefore Be It Resolved: That the Student Senate on behalf of the student body asks that Seymour Library be 24-hours beginning with the finals period of fall term 2008. If 24-hour access to the library is not feasible then the hours ought to be extended from 8 a.m.- 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.- 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Therefore Be It Further Resolved: Any other 24-hour study space be made available for students (i.e., academic buildings remain open) starting with the fall term 2008 finals period

Therefore Be It Further Resolved: That the College make the completion of Wallace Lounge, with its 24-hour study space a top priority.

The resolution was amended to include the third ‘be it resolved’ clause in an amendment by Senator Tim Lovett.

“I’ve [wanted] to do this for a long time,” Wilson said, “and I know that there are some practical and financial concerns, but I think that there is potential for this to work.”

Senate discussion on the issue ran for approximately 45 minutes, with some senators expressing concern about the effect such a resolution would really have. After down-voting an amendment to the resolution to remove the first ‘be it resolved’ clause, the senate passed the resolution by all but two votes.

Senate also approved the creation of four new clubs on campus: the Art Club, Best Buddies, the Knox Rocketry Club, and Harambee.

After fund approvals this week, the Student Senate Discretionary Fund had $28,950.33 remaining for the year.

Student Senate sessions are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. and are currently held in the Lincoln Room, though that location is subject to change.

Andrew Polk

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