April 25, 2012

Senate discusses course scheduling

Course scheduling guidelines for faculty and changes to senate committees were discussed during Student Senate’s weekly meeting April 19.

Several key guidelines aim to improve the course distribution within disciplines, making more courses available to students. If the guidelines pass as they currently stand, departments must offer courses during the one or six blocks before they can add a second course in the two through five blocks.

Courses with evening or extended meeting times would have to be approved by the curriculum committee and maintain valid scholastic reasoning. In addition, exams and class meetings that do not fit within the regular class meetings for a course would require approval by the Dean of the College.

The guidelines for course scheduling were approved by an up or down vote within senate and currently have to be discussed and voted upon by the faculty.

Several changes were also made to senate committees.

An amendment changing the name of the Residential Quality of Life committee to the Campus Life committee was passed. A belief that the new name more properly reflects the duties of the committee was the reasoning behind the change. The same belief fueled the approval of an amendment changing the name of the Green Fee to the Student Sustainability Fund.

Committee reports

Finance ­— The Equestrian Club was approved as a new budgeted club, sophomore Honor Beeler introduced the club to senate as a resource for students of varying abilities interested in horseback riding. A joint request for $3,500 made by SASS and SHAG was approved. The funds will go toward an event entitled “Taking Back the Night” featuring guest speaker Jessica Valenti. The Ultimate Frisbee Club team advanced to regionals, and they were given $1,000 to pay for transportation, lodging, and tournament fees. The Bike Club was given $376 for locks and a truing stand, as the club hopes to reduce waste by fixing bent wheels instead of replacing them. Beta Theta Pi’s request for $500 to host Beta Theta Pi-looza was also approved. The Math Club received $45 for the SMC Olympics and the Pre-health Club was given $75 for supplies needed for their boat regatta.

Due to budget constraints, Senate will no longer approve fund requests for food.

Sustainability ­— Funding worth $3,344.03 for the bike-sharing program was approved. The funds will go toward several integral aspects of the program, including a shed in which the bikes will be housed. Students will be able to rent bikes by giving their ID to an attendant at the Taylor Student Lounge.

Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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