November 16, 2011

Senate hears treasurer’s report

Student Senate met this week to discuss the yearly Treasurer’s report, more Macintosh desktops in computer labs and a Green Fee request.

One of the duties of post-baccalaureate Treasurer Maxwell Galloway-Carson, ’11, as Senate Treasurer is a report on the institution’s finances.

Working off of projected reports as the calendar year comes to a close, Galloway-Carson announced that the college holds $130 million in total assets, $83 million in the endowment and $2.6 million in the reserve fund. On the downside, he also announced that there currently is a $2.8 million deficit at a 41 percent institutional discount rate.

Currently, Senate holds $33,858.52 in discretionary funds and spends an average of $1,232 per meeting. At this rate Senate will have spent the entire discretionary budget.

Galloway-Carson also discussed stipends, after a brief recount of their history. The executive board’s pay was increased above the other stipend amounts to $1,200 in 2007.

Galloway-Carson also spoke during community business on the prospect of putting more Macs in the computer lab. Technology Chair junior Johnathan Ebbers followed with an observation that Macs are usually available.

Safety and Services Chair junior Paul Brar brought the Grab-and-Go bag issue to the Sustainability Committee’s attention.

Sustainability Chair sophomore Max Potthoff brought forth a Green Fee request for drying racks in the Quads laundry rooms. For a total of $176.95, the proposal covers the cost of five wall mount hangers, five retractable lines and 300 clothespins. Galloway-Carson asked if the clothespins were sustainable, and Potthoff said they were.

Committee Reports

Sustainability Committee – Potthoff said the committee had a joint meeting with Residential Quality of Life. The meeting concerned methods to increase awareness about the Green Fee. The committee also went to Environmental Science 101 about the opportunity to submit their MAD projects to the Green Fee for funds.

The consent agenda consisted of passing a $556.40 request for locked storage in the Taylor Student Lounge.

Residential Quality of Life – A meeting was held with Facilities Services Director Scott Maust to discuss new washers and dryers, as the leases for the current units are expiring. Another topic discussed was the possibility of a coin-free pay option on the new washers and dryers. They are also considering whether the card pay system will work on a per swipe or yearly fee basis.

The committee announced that a referendum might be brought to Senate concerning the matter. President senior Gordon Barratt explained that a referendum is a student survey conducted by Senate and Senate vows to follow the results.

Sophomore Senator Phil Bennett brought up student questions concerning the absences of paper towel dispensers in the Quads. It was said that the reason is environmentally based.

Safety and Services – Brar reported that condoms for the bathroom dispensers are in his room. Brar said that he needs 28 opaque bags for distribution to the Residence Advisors and proposed sending out an informational safe sex packet electronically to the student body.

Dean of Students Debbie Southern asked for more information concerning the packet, and Barratt and Brar clarified that they received a packet upon picking up the condoms. Southern said that it is important for students to know how to properly use a condom.

Brar followed up on the prospect of a common lost and found on campus. A meeting this week about the Campus Safety satellite office will occur with the intentions of opening a supplementary office near Taylor Lounge in January.

Technology – Ebbers announced the results of a survey concerning the possibility of environmentally friendly electronic signage and their desired locations on campus. Low response levels influenced Ebbers to keep the survey open for another week.

The Technology Department says that the ability to check meal swipe balances is very possible. Junior Senator J.C. Weinberg said that Dining Services Committee would meet to discuss with Dining Services.

Faculty Committees

Diversity Committee and freshman Senator Zoe Marzluff met concerning the desire to reintegrate the diversity component into Freshman Preceptorial (FP) next year.

Weinberg, representing the Curriculum Committee, spoke about the possibility of Freshman Preceptorial professors teaching the same course next year.

Barratt reported on the Faculty Committee, which met concerning the changes that would occur should the campus grow in size. The diversity requirement and legal wording of the Honor Code were also discussed. The meeting ended with short talk on classroom uses and the option of moving first period to 8:30 a.m.

Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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