January 18, 2012

Steele leaves Senate position

Junior Justin Steele has stepped down from his position as Student Senate secretary, bringing the rate of executive turnover on Senate to 75 percent from last term.

Senate President senior Gordon Barratt, now the only carryover executive officer from last term, announced during last Thursday’s regular meeting that Steele had relinquished his position due to a conflict with his academic schedule.

“It was just going to be too much of a hassle,” Steele said. He signed up for a Tuesday-Thursday class from 7 to 10 p.m., which conflicts with Senate’s Executive Board (Exec) and General Assembly meetings. “I figured it would just be best to let someone else take on the duty.”

The other two changes from last term were anticipated, though. Senior Sara Ahmed, who was studying off campus fall term, has returned to take her elected position as treasurer. Max Galloway-Carson, ’11 took her place last term.

Additionally, junior J.C. Weinberg is serving this term as interim vice president, filling in for junior Michael Gasparro, who is studying abroad. (Weinberg was confirmed by unanimous consent during the meeting.)

Technology Committee Chair junior Johnathan Ebbers will not be able to attend Exec or General Assembly meetings due to a course conflict, according to Barratt. But Ebbers, instead of stepping down, will send a representative from his committee to Exec, and that representative will report to the General Assembly.

Barratt said the turnover has not been an issue for the cohesion of his “administration,” so to speak, but that may not be the case in the future.

“I think I’ve been really lucky with the people who took over,” Barratt said. “It hasn’t been a difficult transition at all. … But I can see in the future, if there’s so much turnover, it might become a huge issue.”

Barratt added that discussions have started in Exec concerning changing the bylaws to prevent this kind of turnover in the future.

Applications to run for Senate Secretary are due Saturday to the Senate office. The election will be held Monday through Wednesday. Senate elected post-baccalaureate representative Tim Schmeling ’11 as interim secretary.

Senate also approved $300 from the restricted fund for a divider curtain in the Taylor Student Lounge. The curtain, proposed by Assistant Director for Campus Life Jil Gates, is meant to separate the stage area from the video game area during performances. This item was carried over from the last consent agenda of fall term.

Weinberg unveiled the new Senate website (www.senate.knox.edu) Thursday. Senate paid Weinberg to work on the new site during winter break.

Committee reports

Finance – Ahmed reported that $12,450 of Senate’s discretionary fund had been rolled over from last term.

Dining Services – Chair junior Kaitlyn Duling said that the Oak Room’s hot sandwich bar will be replaced and the Dining Services Committee is taking suggestions for replacements.

Residential Quality of Life (ResQual) – ResQual Chair senior Ellen Jackson was not at last week’s meeting, but the committee will soon begin the theme housing process for next year.

Instructional Support (Faculty) – According to freshman Senator Robert Turski, the committee has sent out a survey to faculty concerning the overuse of certain class times (namely, third period) and its contribution to students’ inability to take certain classes.

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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