August 30, 2012

Senate discusses SMURF, Barratt passes pres. torch

Updates from the Campus Art Ad-Hoc Committee revealed plans to catalog student art over the summer, facilitated through the purchase of art collection software, during the final Student Senate meeting of the year.

Incoming Senate President junior Michael Gasparro spoke on behalf of the Campus Art Committee, unveiling plans to purchase PastPerfect art cataloging software.

The Special Meeting on the Use of the Restricted Fund request, worth $2,500, will cover the cost of the cataloging system and student labor. Over the summer break, students will work to identify and catalog student art on campus, the majority of which is currently stored in the basement of the Auxiliary Gym.

Gasparro insisted that developing and maintaining a catalog of available art will facilitate its distribution as students and faculty request pieces to decorate locations on campus. The catalog will include pictures of the art, the location of the piece and other pertinent information necessary to consider before requesting the art.

The acquiring of the cataloging system will also allow students to familiarize themselves with the software, which is used by museums to organize exhibits, collections and general inventory.

Due to a miscommunication with the Athletics Department, SMURF will also pay for the year’s Zumba courses.

In closing the outdoor meeting with his last speech as Student Senate president, senior Gordon Barratt left some kind words.

“I would just like to thank everyone on senate for being awesome this year. I had a great time,” Barratt said. “I had a great exec to work with, and for exec next year, you’ll have your hands full, as we always do, but you’ll do a great job.”

Committee reports

Finance — The Writing Dangerously Club was denied budgeted club status due to lack of membership and a recognized overlap between the club’s goals and the resources currently available at the Center of Teaching and Learning. Hackerspace was approved as a non-budgeted club; according to President Cody Sehl,* the club will act as a forum for students interested in computer science and technology. The Knox Student received $1,100 to fund the publishing of its final two issues. For their final West Wing viewing night, the Knox Democrats received $40 for refreshments. Model United Nations received $275 to fund participation in a national MUN conference in Washington, D.C. The Bike Club received $70 for shipping and handling of replacement parts, and the Math Club was given $30 for a finals stress relief event.

Tech — Information Technology Services is searching for new ways to use Founders Computer Lab. The department will work with a collection of students to determine what resources students would like to have available in the space.

Faculty committees

Campus Environment Committee — Bricks have been chosen to replace the wood on the Gizmo patio.

Editors’ Note: Cody Sehl is Co-Web Editor for The Knox Student.

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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