April 13, 2011

Senate appropriates Dan Savage funds

The Student Senate tackled an extensive consent agenda during its second meeting of the term last Thursday, approving budgets for new clubs and over $7,000 to help the Student Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) bring speaker Dan Savage back to campus.

SHAG has made much progress in fundraising for the event, according to Senate Treasurer junior Gordon Barratt, as the group has received donations from other clubs and the Office of the President, bringing down the price from $15,000 to $7,090.

“We rarely give the whole amount to events that are this big,” Barratt said. “But with the work that SHAG has put into this request, we felt like it would just be silly and pointless for us to knock anything off of it.” Senate decided to fund the remaining cost of $7,090.

Senate also awarded club status to Songwriters Guild, Psychology Club and Improv Club, along with spring term budgets for those clubs. Poetry Club’s request was tabled until that club holds a meeting.

Two resolutions were passed, the first of which was proposed by Senator senior Maxwell Galloway-Carson urging extended counseling center hours for more schedule flexibility. The second was proposed by Barratt and the Finance Committee and urges the Athletic Committee to adjust its policy so that requests for club sport equipment are not directed to the Senate Finance Committee, and rather, those expenses should come out of their regular budgets.

Senate President senior Sam Claypool brought up the new Illinois conceal and carry legislation, but the Senate did not take any action on the matter. Claypool also pointed out that four seats on the Senate are now vacant, but there was no support for an election to fill those seats or to charge the Senate Executive Committee to appoint students.

As elections for next year’s executive positions draws near, Senate Vice President senior David Barton said that there will be debates this weekend in the Taylor Student Lounge in conjunction with the “Politicians and Pizza” event. The election will be held Monday through Thursday next week.

Claypool also announced that a vote may take place in the next two weeks on the constitutional changes proposed by the Senate Special Committee on Rules (SCOR).

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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