May 9, 2012

Senate discusses loss of phone lines

The elimination of individual phone lines in student rooms due to lack of use was discussed during student senate’s weekly meeting on May 3.

Senate Technology Chair junior JC Weinberg relayed the news that phone lines in student rooms will be deactivated due to a severe lack of use. According to Weinberg, fewer than 10 phone lines are currently in use, leading to a waste of the other licenses bought by the school every year.

The voicemail service is equally underutilized, Weinberg reported, and those that have been activated are full or rarely checked. As a result, the voicemail service will be dropped entirely.

Senators and administrators present at the meeting raised several questions about Weinberg’s report, primarily concerning the students who do use the service, as well as potential emergency situations in which hard phone lines are necessary.

Sophomore Sustainability Chair Max Potthoff brought up that the primary users of the phone lines are international students, based on his observations as a resident advisor this year.

Dean of Students Deb Southern asked questions about students with medical concerns who require a phone in their room in the case of an emergency.

Weinberg responded to the concerns by saying that while phone licenses for the most part will not be purchased, several will be renewed for students who request them with legitimate claims. In addition to this, the phones present in suite and floor common areas will remain in use.

Senior Residential Quality of Life Chair Ellen Jackson also brought a proposal to the meeting to change the permanent theme houses into “long-standing” housing.

According to Jackson’s report, the proposal intends to ensure that houses keep themes current with student interests. In order to make sure that long-standing houses maintain their status, they will be subject to review every two years. All current permanent theme houses will be grandfathered into the long-standing housing program.

The proposal was passed with unanimous consent by the senate.

Committee reports

Finance Committee — The Gaming Information Network was given $325 for booster and expansion packs of trading cards that will be drafted during their Cards for a Cause charity event. Quiver received $100 for refreshments to be served during the reception to be held for their newly published literary magazine, The Third Level. The Caxton Club’s request for $140 was approved; the funds will go toward providing refreshments at several upcoming poetry readings hosted by the club.

Harambee received $950 for their upcoming charity soccer tournament; the money is for food and raffle prizes, the proceeds of which will go toward charity. The Asian Student Association received funding for two events: $85 for a spring roll workshop and $120 for their upcoming Asian heritage month barbeque. $200 was given to Alpha Phi Omega for t-shirts to be given out at their Run-a-thon.

Sustainability — A student sustainability fund request for $100 that will go toward compostable utensils was approved. Concerns brought up during the most recent Campus Environmental Committee meeting surrounding the proposed location of bike racks has postponed the implementation of the bike sharing program.

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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