May 16, 2012

Senate extends grow dome deadline

The deadline to approve a campus grow dome, a project debated in Student Senate last term, has been extended for another year.

The grow dome resolution passed last Thursday advocates for the allocation of money to the Seed Action Fund, while further coordination with the administration remains necessary for completion of the project.

Sources for the $40,000 fund include the Student Sustainability Fund and senate’s restricted fund, from which $10,000 and $30,000 was drawn, respectively.

The allocation of logistical and financial leadership to the administration, an aspect of the resolution that led to debate during the last senate meeting, was resolved. According to the resolution, “the Student Senate Dome Committee retains the right to hear and review any future project to come from this fund under administrative recommendation.”

As a result of the resolution, the deadline for the project was moved to the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. That deadline can also be extended with a two-thirds vote from senate.

Senate also introduced new finance guidelines and club budget recommendations, both of which passed without contention. Finance Committee Chair Sara Ahmed announced that the club budget appeals process would be moved to the upcoming fall term.

Committee reports

Finance Committee — The Women’s Lacrosse Club received $450 for play day fees and transportation. The Archery Club was approved as a new budgeted club.

Dining Services — Dining Services Director Helmut Mayer presented plans for the expansion of the C-store; the renovations will take place during summer or winter break. Student questions concerning the separation of red meat from other grill items in the Caf were brought up. Mayer responded by saying that there is not enough space on the grill to separate the items.

Residential Quality of Life — Special interest housing contracts have been finalized and distributed to residents.

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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