Campus / News / January 16, 2013

Student Senate reconvenes after winter break recess

Student Senate met on Jan. 10 to discuss plans to acquire new, energy-efficient washers and dryers. After some wording changes, a resolution was passed stating:

“We, on behalf of the student body, resolve that in order to acquire and install new Energy-Star rated washing machines and new drying machines for the entire campus; give our support to pay the increased cost per use of the new machines.”

Head of Campus Safety John Schlaf also spoke to Senate about progress on making South Street safer for pedestrians. He discussed initial confusion, now improving, on the part of local drivers about the new signs as well as plans in the future to possibly add other crosswalks, most likely in front of Williston Hall.

Committee Reports

Treasurer’s report — approval was given to AAINA to spend $850 to bring Chai-town, an acapella group from the University of Illinois, to campus, as well as to ABLE, which requested $1,846 for travel and performance costs to bring Kuumba Lynx, a performance group, to campus and for the movie rights to show Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”

Campus life — the procedure for themed housing applications was discussed.

Dining services — complaints about the quality of coffee in the cafeteria since the switch to new machines are being looked into.

The secretary’s report — There will be an open Senate meeting in the Taylor Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The vice president’s report — Concerns were raised about low turnout rate (under ten percent) in the most recent round of elections.

The president’s report-Plans are underway to grant the Cultural Events Committee an additional $3,000 per term, allowing faculty to organize events for the student body. The nature of restrictions that will be placed on this money is still being worked out.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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