February 8, 2012

Feb. 2 meeting

– Senior Senator Kenton Tilford is now one of three senators absent for the term. Tilford has nominated junior Dan Moriarty as his interim senator, pending the approval of the general assembly. Moriarty was absent at the Feb. 2 meeting, so his confirmation was tabled until the Feb. 9 meeting.

– President senior Gordon Barratt did an informal poll to gauge senators’ interest in discussing the diversity credit issue and proposing a resolution at the Feb. 9 meeting. There was overwhelming support.

Senate committees

– Finance — As part of the consent agenda, the Finance Committee approved $230 for Chinese Club’s Hot Pot event. The committee denied a $760 request from Circle K to pay for dues and a convention, as that money will come from the club’s winter term budget, and they denied a new club request from Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan due to an inadequate application. Senate approved this consent agenda.

– Special Meeting on the Use of the Restricted Fund (SMURF) II — SMURF went to Walmart to purchase video games for the Taylor Student Lounge, but the games were more expensive than Senate had appropriated for. The games will instead be purchased through Amazon.com.

– Sustainability — Chair sophomore Max Potthoff said that drying racks are being installed in three buildings in the Quads. Also, he announced that the committee will work this term to investigate the possibility of a bike-sharing program based in the Taylor Student Lounge.

– Dining Services — Chair junior Kaitlyn Duling said the committee is trying to increase awareness about recyclability of certain items, like Grab-N-Go bags. Also, the committee is looking into locally-made jelly and new hot sauces for Dining Services to purchase.

– Residential Quality of Life — Chair senior Ellen Jackson said the committee picked up the ongoing conversation in the Student Life Committee concerning modifying student rooms. Jackson said it would be easier to first talk about modification to suites before considering individual rooms.

– Safety and Services — Chair sophomore Paul Brar said the committee is looking into campus-wide STD testing.

Faculty committees

– Admission, Retention and Placement — Sophomore Senator Shelly Bhanot said the committee discussed how this year’s freshman class is “academically weak,” and they considered ways to get more support for those students.

– Academic Standing Committee — Senior Senator Greg Noth said ASC received a report from the Honor Code Review Committee (HCRC), which is still compiling the results of an Honor Code survey sent out to students and gave a similar survey to the faculty during their Feb. 6 meeting.

“‘The committee is still gathering information, but much of what we’ve gathered thus far seems to be pointing in the same direction,’” Noth read from an email from HCRC chair and Professor of Mathematics Mary Armon, “‘that work needs to be done to help academic integrity be woven more tightly into the fabric of Knox culture, and that frankly, our current code is in some aspects out of step with what happens at other institutions, and it may need to be revised.’”

– Executive Committee — Freshman Senator Liz Lerum said ExComm discussed class scheduling and the finals schedule.

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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