May 4, 2011

GQ to give up theme house

During the regular Student Senate meeting last Thursday, Residential Quality of Life committee chair sophomore Katie Wrenn announced that Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) will not be living in the theme house for which it applied.

This announcement comes amidst an ongoing conversation in the Student Life Committee (SLC) and Senate about whether Greek affiliates should be allowed to apply for theme housing; though GQ was allowed to apply, its application prompted the discussion in SLC.

According to Wrenn, GQ had applied for a theme house in which ten of its members would live. Last week, however, GQ informed ResQual that only three of its members intended to live in the house.

“We have since asked them to formally step down from special interest housing,” Wrenn said.

After the announcement, Communications Officer senior Chris Bugajski expressed his disappointment that SLC had spent so much time on the issue only for GQ to step down.

Senate also had a conversation, prompted by a charge from SLC about revising the finals schedule to add extra Reading Days and lengthen the finals period, in an effort to reduce student and teacher stress. It was acknowledged that this would necessitate remaining in session for an extra week in the spring, but there was broad support for such a proposal.

Senate Vice President David Barton spoke to the Executive Committee’s calendar proposal to have a midterm Reading Day, one-and-a-half reading days before finals, and three-and-a-half days of finals.

Senate approved an amended consent agenda to deny club status to the Neuroscience Club, as it had not yet held a meeting, and approved a Restricted Fund request to equip the Taylor Student Lounge with an Xbox 360 with Kinect, Mario Party 8 for Wii and Boggle. The consent agenda was amended to remove a budget request from The Knox Student for new computers.

Technology Committee chair junior JC Weinberg proposed an effort to extend the hours during which the Computer Center Help Desk will remain open, a proposal which was overwhelmingly supported by Senate.

Senate President senior Sam Claypool gave a Special Meeting on the Use of the Restricted Fund (SMURF) update. According to Claypool, the new campus seating project will cost under $9,000, while the committee expected to pay around $10,000. Of the “top five” projects, the only one yet to be completed or in progress is fixing the Gizmo fireplace.

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, 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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