October 6, 2010

New year, 100th Senate

With the 100th Student Senate now officially in session, the topics discussed were the treasury report for student organizations, which senators would join what committee, a financial regulation of student political organizations and activities and a possible change in the electoral process.

The treasury report was shown revealing the monetary distribution amongst student organizations and plans were made for the new academic year. Senate committees for sustainability, residential quality of life, dining services and safety and services have not yet been formed, but were looking to Senate members to step up and take on these additional responsibilities.

The Student Life Committee (SLC) has met three times as of the Sept. 30 senate meeting. The primary focus appears to be in the old business of monitoring campus safety, specifically sexual assault. Interim Director of Multicultural Student Advisement Tianna Cervantez will be invited in the coming weeks to speak to the Senate about a new program, Assault Survivor Support at Knox (ASSK). This is a Senate-endorsed program and will be explored more thoroughly at a later date.

Director of Counseling Services Dan Larson will also be invited in the coming weeks to present on the counseling services offered on campus.

The executive committee of the faculty is already in full swing. They mentioned they are looking into the Greek system, creating an oversight committee and placing newfound focus on guidelines for political activities on campus. Politicall speakers and political rallies will be closely monitored regarding the propriety of organizations receiving Senate financial backing.

A student lounge committee gave a presentation on renovations to Seymour Union Student Lounge. This will include features such as more pool tables or dartboards and an accessible ramp for patrons in wheelchairs. They are seeking student feedback and express desires to make this a comfortable and accessible place for students to relax in a secure environment.

New voting software is being investigated after multiple constituents expressed dissatisfaction regarding the convenience and efficiency of the election process. Several members share a desire to increase both voting interest and understanding regarding the electoral process.

Student Senate meets at 7 p.m. in the Round Room of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts on Thursdays. All are welcome to attend.

Samantha Paul
Samantha Paul is a senior double majoring in creative writing and Spanish. She previously served as both a news reporter and a copy editor for TKS. During the summer of 2012, Sam served as press chair of a literacy brigade in El Salvador. She has also interned with both Bloom Magazine and The Galesburg Register-Mail. At Knox, Sam is an organizational editor for Catch magazine.

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