Senate looks at results of campus-wide survey

Meeting in the Round Room of the Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) last Thursday, Student Senate spent roughly half an hour discussing the fate of the problematic “Killer Coke” survey that was taken as part of the required winter term check-in with the Registrar.

Some students reported an inability to select “No” in response to two questions asking if they felt favorable towards removing coke from campus or had participated in “Killer Coke” events in the past. An email was sent out in the following days offering students who encountered this problem to change their vote to “No” for the official recorded count.

Remedy aside, some Senators still wished to disregard the entire endeavor.

“I just don’t think this is flawed, I think this is completely flawed,” Senator and junior Kenton Tilford said.

The discussion was framed around “A Resolution Concerning the Results of the ‘Killer Coke’ Student Referendum,” presented by the Senate Executive Board. The resolution recognized that all 1,255 students present in classes at Knox this term took place in the survey, and that the results indicated 43 percent of students would “support Knox College no longer Selling Coca-Cola or Coca-Cola products on campus,” with 24 percent opposed and 33 percent preferring not to respond.

“Dining services isn’t going to do anything about this. They’re not going to get rid of Coke products,” Dining Services Chair Sam Harrison said.

Despite the problems, some Senators saw the results as fairly typical of all surveys done to poll the student body.

“The student body responds all the time by not giving a sh*t,” Senator and senior Tim Lovett said.

The resolution was eventually called to a vote, and passed 14-8-3.

Senate also heard from the Compost Committee members as they gave a presentation detailing composting options for the Knox College campus.

“Composting would be a big step for the school… Helmut would be willing to change from styrofoam to something that could be composted and more environmentally stable,” Josh Davidoff, ’10, said.

There was no vote on the issue, but Senate was left to consider the options of employing manual production, a labor intensive and time consuming method, a mechanical system called “Earth Tub” or an oven system known as “SoMat.”

Andrew Polk

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