Student Senate: Budget Request, Club Recognition, and Amendment Approval

By Garrett Adams, Staff Writer

A light agenda led to a fast but productive Senate meeting on Monday night, highlighting an amendment approval and a budget request.

The executive board called for committee leaders to send in a report by the end of the semester detailing what they have accomplished and what they intend to accomplish next semester.

Vice President Jack Lashendock ’20 will be holding office hours on Wednesday nights 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CUB 212. “It’s an opportunity … for you to stop by and share concerns or comments,” he said.

Treasurer Giacomo Coppola ’22 also called for all clubs to fill out money spent forms; these detail event attendance and participation in order for clubs to take stock of their success and spending. Any club that has not turned in their money spent forms by Thanksgiving break will not receive any further funding.

Art Club was then introduced to Senate and fully recognized. The club’s goal is to foster an art community across campus and will use meetings to talk over, critique, and create art.

Following this was the previously tabled amendment regarding the involvement of affinity leaders in committee meetings. The amendment detailed that this was no longer a required task, but they must have open office hours weekly for any of the clubs they represent. This was approved.

The Brown Nipple Collective came forward for Senate funding of two events: a general meeting detailing stress relief and a movie and wine glass making night. The funding for these events was approved in full.

The Academic & Career Affairs Committee hopes to increase the range of curriculum on campus by reporting that they are currently working on opening a Native American Studies minor as well as a Data Science minor.

President Patrick McKenna ’20 further described what he believes Senate can be.

“If there are things that people are passionate about, if there are things you want to see different on campus, I want Senate to be seen as a body that you can come to and we can really start to tackle some of these issues,” he said. “Have Senate be that hub of advocacy across campus.

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