Campus / News / Student Senate / April 10, 2013

Senate has tunnel vision

An ad-hoc committee was created during the April 4 Student Senate meeting with the goal of proposing projects to Special Meeting on the Use of the Restricted Fund. The high tunnel growing infrastructure will be considered by the committee.

Freshman senator Srichandra Masabathula, Senate Secretary sophomore Nafeeul Araf, sophomore senator Payton Rose and senior senator Kwesi Addo-Yobo volunteered to serve on the committee, which will be chaired by Senate Treasurer junior Shelly Bhanot.

Bhanot said that the high tunnel is a project that will be considered in place of the growing dome that was discussed at the end of the last academic year. A high tunnel serves a similar purpose to a grow dome and would provide student work and educational opportunities while providing fresh produce to dining services by extending the potential growing season.

Sophomore Senator Olaloye Oyedotun volunteered to serve as a Senate representative on the review committee on the academic calendar.

Senate Vice President junior Phil Bennet, said that he was working on organizing the upcoming election process.
President  senior Michael Gasparro announced that he is working with senior Andrei Papancea on creating a new Senate website.

Student Senate met for the first time in its new room, E117 in the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center.Student Senate

Treasurer’s Report:

The Student Health Advocacy Group’s request for $4,000 to bring a guest speaker to campus this spring was approved. The event will feature Sara Benincasa, an author and comic activist. Common Ground was approved for $172.62, a portion of the funds needed to bring Sampson, a comedian, to campus this spring.

Committee Reports:

Campus Life­ — The committee will be filming a new informational safety video to be shown at orientation. Committee chair junior Paul Brar said that he planned to look into whether new furniture would be possible to acquire for some dorms.

Technology — Committee chair Nana Opoku said that he was working with the Information Technology Services department on fixing some issues with the voting software before the spring Senate elections.

Faculty Committees:
Diversity — The committee is creating a survey concerning  underrepresented students on campus.

Curriculum Review — Entrepreneurship and Society was approved as a new business course.

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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