May 11, 2011

Senate resolutions making progress

At the regular meeting of the Student Senate last Thursday, Dean of Students Debbie Southern announced that two Senate resolutions passed earlier in the term were being considered elsewhere on campus and, some progress has been made.

The first, proposed by senior Senator Maxwell Galloway-Carson, concerned increasing the availability of counseling services for students. Thus far, five more hours per week have been added according to Southern.

The second, proposed by junior Treasurer Gordon Barratt and the Finance Committee, concerned increasing storage space, mainly for athletic equipment. This is now under consideration by Athletic Director Chad Eisele.

As a community business item, junior Senator Sam Frank proposed another amendment to the new Student Senate constitution, which has been ratified and approved and will come into effect fall term. Frank was a member of the Special Committee on Rules, which drafted the new constitution and bylaws.

The amendment would add language to the new constitution to restrict those serving on Senate to “degree-seeking students,” which would exclude post-baccalaureate (post-bac) students.

Frank added that this would also restrict faculty members who are enrolled in courses from running for Senate.

It was generally agreed that professors should not be allowed to serve on Senate. Most of the debate on the issue concerned the eligibility of post-baccalaureate (post-bac) students.

“I do want to point out that post-bacs have student status,” Senator Galloway-Carson said. “This would create second-class students. I don’t think it makes sense to rule out the wisdom of someone who has been here many years.”

Frank countered that this would “[let] the undergraduates run the undergraduate college.”

Ultimately the amendment was tabled for discussion next week, at which point there will be more information concerning the number of post-bac students and whether they pay the student activity fee.

Senate approved its consent agenda. Barratt announced that Finance Committee had finished the budgeting process, and he then formed an ad hoc Appeals Committee to review any appeals to the club budgets allotted.

According to Barratt, $177,000 in budgets was requested, and Finance Committee cut that down to $99,000, a 42 percent cut, and again down to $96,000 to make room for appeals.

Minutes from the April 28 meeting were not passed, since they do not exist. According to senior Senate President Sam Claypool, there was a technical issue and the document was not saved correctly.

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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