Campus / News / Student Senate / April 15, 2010

Housing resolved

The issue of Special Interest Housing for 2010-2011 was concluded last Thursday at the weekly senate meeting. After re-considering housing applications in response to last week’s request, Residential and Quality of Life Chair sophomore Andrew Kunsak’s committee recommended that Early Bird Special and Queer and Ally House receive houses.

Group status was recommended for Reel House, Post-Apocalypse and Top House. The committee recommended denying Special Interest Housing for Football Flat and Light House. After fifteen minutes of debate, all committee recommendations passed.

Several committees contained vacancies and senators were nominated to fill the slots. Freshman Katie Wrenn was elected to the Student Life Committee, senior Kate Tanquary was elected to the Curriculum Committee, junior Max Galloway-Carson was elected to the Admissions, Retention and Placement Committee and sophomore Kelly Grant was elected to the Diversity Committee. Student Senate Vice President senior Trevor Sorenson informed the chamber that Wallace Lounge is currently undergoing minor renovations sufficient to make the space usable. Major renovations will be hopefully completed sometime within the coming year. Committees also presented reports of their various activities. Technology Chair junior Chris Bugajski expected to have numbers on his television research available for presentation next week. His committee then took suggestions on using SurveyMonkey to most successfully gather data.

The Dining Services Committee addressed previous issues Senate had charged them with. The Sustainability Committee described possible efforts to collaborate with the Environmental Studies department to make tents and sleeping bags available for loan to students, while the Composting Ad Hoc Committee described its efforts to find a source of funding.

The Curriculum Committee, in addition to hearing student petitions, met with Professor of History Penny Gold, who recommended changing RELS 271/371 to a course that covered a wide variety of topics to address a diverse range of student interests. The Student Life Committee had meetings with Tau Kappa Epsilon and Beta Theta Pi to go over their risk management policies.

The Finance Committee announced it might begin to require poster-mockups to be submitted along with fund requests when clubs request money for any event that will be advertised.

After giving out funds last week, $28,523 is available in the Senate Discretionary Fund. This week, three fund requests were passed by senate: $1,000 to Anime Club for a conference, $1,350 to Ultimate Frisbee to attend tournaments and $1,200 to Asian Student Association (ASA) to host a movie and bring a speaker to campus.

Katy Sutcliffe

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