Campus / News / Student Senate / January 14, 2009

Spotlight on a Senator: Rachel Cullen

Sophomore Rachel Cullen may not be the most vocal member of Student Senate, but she makes her words heard on the important issues that come up, like the installation of campus security cameras.

“I feel like it’s a security issue,” Cullen said, “and if [the installation of cameras] is going to keep us safe and keep bricks from going through the CFA windows and keep students and their work safe, then it needs to be done.”

With the recent incidents of vandalism at Knox, security and how it affects student life is a key concern of Senator Cullen.

“We don’t need to put cameras on the entire campus,” Cullen said. “The main priority is to make sure that students are safe [in CFA]. And if it becomes a concern in other parts of campus, we’ll tackle that later. But for the concern of CFA right now, it would be wise to install cameras for the safety of students.”

Even though campus safety is a hot button issue, Cullen does not see a reason that it cannot conform to the ideals and values of Knox.

“I think that the time limits [on cameras] are a good idea. [We should] go back after a certain number of years and look at how they have worked during that period,” Cullen said.

As with any issue, there are numerous points to consider. “Motion sensor cameras would be more eco-friendly, as they won’t be on all the time,” Cullen said. “There are plenty of other campuses that have cameras everywhere, and it doesn’t take away. You know it’s for safety reasons, and I’m fine with that. I’d rather be safe and have a camera than be attacked.”

Besides discussing important issues like safety and security, Cullen is on the curriculum faculty committee.

“The curriculum committee deals with new courses and special topics courses which are taught once and if the professor wants it taught again, they have to bring it back to the committee,” Cullen said. “We approve them, and put them into the schedule so students have a wider variety of classes to take. We also deal with self-designed majors, and we approve those or [reject] them, but we work with the students to help them design a major they’re interested in and that they like.”

As a senator from Post Upperclassmen District ten, Cullen works for the interests of her constituents.

“Two issues my constituents are concerned about: one, the trays. We miss our trays,” said Cullen.

The other issue is the eternal struggle between comfort and utility: toilet paper.

“A majority of my constituents have talked to me about it and a lot of my friends who aren’t my constituents have talked to me about how they are unhappy that we have one-ply toilet paper. We want our two-ply paper,” said Cullen.

Andrew Polk

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