February 22, 2012

Senate approves proposal for cultural events center

– Senate passed a proposal from the Cultural Events Committee to have a cultural events center located in Alumni Hall. The proposal also entails hiring a cultural events coordinator.

– The Senate General Assembly passed a resolution advocating the installation of digital signage on campus. The resolution was a revised version of the one authored and presented by Vice President junior JC Weinberg last week. The resolution is designed to cut down on campus-wide emails.

Senate committees

– Finance committee approved additional funds requests for Harambee ($2,078.92), SPICE ($92), Quiver ($100) and $2,500 for KARES, which will bring author Paul Greenberg to campus. The committee also denied a $360 request from APO, and all consent agenda items were approved as proposed.

– Sustainability — Chair sophomore Max Potthoff announced that a $2,000 Green Fee request was approved for Greenberg’s visit to campus. This was the first student-initiated Green Fee request of the year, and it was approved by the assembly. Additionally, drying racks have been installed in laundry rooms in the Quads.

– Residential Quality of Life (ResQual) — Chair senior Ellen Jackson gave Senate details on the ongoing theme housing process for next year. She said there are seven applicants for theme houses, three of which are current houses and are reapplying. ResQual has four available houses.

– Technology — Newly elected Chair JC Weinberg, also the Senate Vice President, outlined his goals for the time he will hold this position. Weinberg said he will continue some efforts started by the previous chair, junior Johnathan Ebbers. Among those efforts is getting Linux computers in the Founders Lab.

– Dining Services Chair junior Kaitlyn Duling and Safety and Services Chair sophomore Paul Brar did not attend the meeting, and there were no reports for those committees.

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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