February 29, 2012

Senate advocates removing Styrofoam from Dining Services

Student Senate condemned the use of Styrofoam and other polystyrene products on campus. During its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, Senate encouraged the work that Director of Dining Services Helmut Mayer said he has already started.

The Sustainability Committee brought forward a resolution which declared that Senate “strongly discourages further purchases of Styrofoam and/or polystyrene products on behalf of the College for use in Dining Services facilities.” Sustainability Chair sophomore Max Potthoff said this was a long-standing issue for students.

Potthoff said this issue has come up in many students’ Make a Difference (MAD) projects in the Environmental Studies Department, adding that his committee hopes to work with Dining Services on “exploring alternatives.”

“What we’re trying to do is push the conversation forward a little bit,” Potthoff said. “This is by no means the solution … but we’re hoping it’s the first step.”

Mayer said these changes can happen starting in the fall, and he is also looking into reusable soup containers and drink cups for use with the eco-clam shell containers.

Senate also discussed and approved some recommendations from the Special Meeting on the Use of the Restricted Fund II (SMURF II). For more coverage of recent SMURF business, see page one.

Additonally, Senate approved theme housing recommendations from the Residential Quality of Life (ResQual) Committee. The map to the right details those recommendations, which are still subject to approval by the Student Life Committee.

Senate committees

Finance – Treasurer senior Sara Ahmed reported trends in Senate’s discretionary spending, and she noted that after that meeting, Senate would have $23,500 left to spend for winter term.

The committee also approved the following consent agenda items, all of which were approved by Senate: Chemistry Club transfer of $140 to its spring term budget; $163.50 for a Charlie King concert sponsored by Anthropology Club; $150 for Lo Nuestro to bring Andrew Kennedy, a comedian, to campus; $350 for the APO Tri-Sectionals and $442.36 for the Business Club stress reliever event.

Dining Services – Chair junior Kaitlyn Duling said the committee discussed having pita chips in the cafeteria and looking for local jams and jellies, and she announced that there is now vegan cheese for the pizza bar and risotto mix in the C-Store.

Safety and Services – Chair sophomore Paul Brar said the committee is continuing to look into campus-wide STD testing.

Technology – Chair junior JC Weinberg said his committee is getting some quotes on digital signage and still trying to get Linux computers in campus labs.

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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