November 10, 2010

Senate goes green

The weekly meeting of the Student Senate took place last Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Round Room of the Center for Fine Arts, with senior and Senate President Sam Claypool presiding.

At this weeks meeting, the technology committee mentioned intentions to alter the Knox computer system by switching to Windows 7. Technology Chair sophomore J.C. Weinberg was vague regarding how these changes would improve technological glitches, but was adamant that major advances would result from this alteration.

Weinberg had mentioned his intention to update the mailroom earlier in the term. He had hoped to allow the mailroom to shift from paper to e-mail notifications when packages arrive, the rationale being that it would be greener and more efficient. However, this proved to not be feasible. This was attempted two years ago but was dismissed as impractical. The mailroom currently does not have an automated system in place, making an electronic system more work than would be reasonable. The mailroom gets approximately 400 packages a day, so unless major modifications are put in place to create an automated system, this idea has been tabled indefinitely.

A smoothie survey has been finalized and will be distributed by Dining Service workers on Monday. This is intended to gauge student interest in creating a smoothie bar in the cafeteria.

Another topic of conversation was the Green Fee. Chairman of the Sustainability Committee Firas Suqi proposed new guidelines for the application process regarding the Green Fee. These changes include an amendment stating that green funds are allocated only for projects taking place on Knox College properties. Exceptions can be made for research or active participation by a professor, but the fund is intended specifically to enhance the Knox College campus.

Suqi recommended that 25 percent of funding from each year be set aside to roll over to the following year. This is intended to fund more expansive and long-term projects.

It has also been decided that the average student’s Green Fee be doubled from five dollars to 10 dollars per term. This means the Green Fee will escalate a great deal—approximately 1,350 students would be paying $30 per year, yielding $40,500 a year.

Currently, many requests are being made for personal appliances within individual living spaces. The Green Fee hopes to look beyond those smaller claims to find a greater way to serve the Knox community.

This week’s meeting has been cancelled, leaving one remaining meeting in 2010.

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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