Campus / News / Student Senate / October 5, 2011

Senate debates caf backpacks policy

Debate about a resolution to overturn Dining Services’ new anti-smuggling policy and a straw poll to change the academic schedule to add more Reading Days dominated Student Senate’s meeting last week.

Vice president junior Michael Gasparro presented the first resolution of the year concerning leaving bags in front of the Hard Knox Café and the Oak Room to prevent theft. The main points of the resolution stated that having bags in one place was a fire hazard, it is a liability to put the care of possessions in the hands of checkers and that it does not deter theft of goods in the cafeteria.

After debate of the accuracy of wording in the statement “This policy in no way deters theft of goods in the cafeteria as well as the belongings of students,” the sentence was changed to “This policy has not eliminated theft … ” The resolution was approved and would be brought in front of the administration for consideration of changing the anti-smuggling and bag policy.

Senate took a straw poll on whether the academic schedule should have extra Reading Days and hold commencement on a Sunday. For each term, there would be a reading day for midterms and two reading days for finals. The straw poll concluded with 19 in favor and three opposed to the new academic schedule and seven in favor and 11 opposed to having commencement on Sunday. This version of the academic schedule would be effective two years from now in the 2013-2014 school year.

Finance committee approved $2275 to Folio and $200 to Songwriter’s Guild while saying that ASAP (Allied Student for Sexual Assault Prevention) can apply for funds as an established student organization.

In other committee reports, Sustainability chair sophomore Max Potthoff said he wanted the committee to be more proactive instead of passively receiving Green Fee proposals. He said he would talk to environmental professor Peter Schwartzman about final projects his students proposed.

Dining services is working on a survey on what students want in terms of campus food such as more vegan, low-fat options as well as having a fried-food combo for the Gizmo.

Technology chair Johnathan Ebbers said he is meeting Steve Hall about digit signs, a survey about campus data usage, and advertising the computer center’s hours.

Sheena Leano

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