An amendment increasing the number of senators per class was the focus during Student Senate’s weekly meeting on April 4.
The amendment will increase the number of class representatives from five to six during the 2012 – 2013 academic year.
Student Senate Vice President Michael Gasparro presented the amendment and spoke about some of the advantages of increasing the number of senators.
Gasparro’s primary point was that an increase in class senators would help fill committee seats — a recurrent concern within senate, which is composed of students with various interests and scheduling issues.
Another improvement resulting from the increase in senators will be a boost in student representation. More senators present during meetings will result in a broadening of perspectives and an increase in the number of voices present to protect student interests, according to Gasparro.
The amendment was passed with unanimous consent by the senate.
Finance — Lo Nuestro received $1,300 to fund Latino Pride week, events will be aimed at promoting Latino cultural awareness on campus. A request for $190 was approved to fund the annual Classics Club dinner party at the Feinbergs’ home. The Gaming Information Network requested $55 for GiN Con, and the request was subsequently approved.
Sustainability — Partial funding for the Knox-Galesburg Good Food initiative was approved. The initiative will use the allocated funds to hire two students to assist Dining Services Director Helmut Mayer in looking into local renewable food options. The request was for $3,000.
Safety and Services — New sports equipment is now available for student use in the Fieldhouse; the equipment was purchased with SMURF funds.
Executive Committee — ExComm is currently meeting with several academic departments with hopes of scheduling in-demand classes more evenly throughout the academic day. Support for this proposal comes from claims from students that popular courses are often scheduled during the same time blocks, inhibiting their ability to take them.