Student Senate Discusses Resurgence of Mold

The 2018-19 Student Senate executive board. (Photo Mary Frasier/The Gettysburgian)

The 2018-19 Student Senate executive board. (Photo Mary Frasier/The Gettysburgian)

By Joseph Maguschak, Staff Writer

Student Senate’s most recent meeting on Monday, November 12 – the last meeting before the Thanksgiving holiday – was an agenda-following, rather unnuanced gathering that addressed several concerns of the student body.

Secretary Marisa Balanda ’21 began the meeting by stating that several Senators and Affinity Group Leaders have become lax in their attendance of committee meetings. Anyone who has not been attending these meetings regularly will be notified about hearings. Three committee meeting absences result in a hearing.

The Beekeeping Club has been de-recognized from Student Senate due to excessive absences.

Parliamentarian Abby Hauer ’21 presented a proposed constitutional amendment that states that clubs/organizations that do not fill out the form distributed by the Office of Student Affairs and Greek Life (OSAGL) will not be recognized under Student Senate. The proposed amendment also states that organizations that have been de-recognized under Senate may not seek re-recognition until the semester following their respective de-recognitions. The amendment was tabled and will be discussed again at the next Senate meeting following Thanksgiving break.

The following were allotted money towards food and decorations for the College’s annual Burg Burst:

China Club – $500.00.

International Club – $997.51.

During the student concerns section of the meeting, Abby Hauer spoke of a reemergence of mold. Over the summer, the meeting place of Gettysburg’s co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), in the Chapel basement became contaminated with mold. Many pieces of furniture and items collected over the years were destroyed and thrown out. Hauer maintained that the college did not check on the meeting place over the summer and only offered APO a few pieces of furniture to make up for what it had lost. She also stated that facilities’ communication during this process was extremely poor.

Senate Policy Committee’s next meeting, which will convene after Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 26, will involve a discussion on potential changes to the structure of Student Senate.

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