By Gauri Mangala, Managing Editor
Student Senate commenced its first meeting of the fall semester over Zoom on Monday, Aug. 24 after President Kurtis Grey ‘21 sent out a notice of the meeting earlier that day. There was low attendance for this first meeting, with only 62 Zoom participants on the call and many club representatives missing.
Grey briefly spoke about the executive board’s Big Three Annual Goals: “increase the amount of dialogue that occurs within Student Senate,… make Senate more accessible for all individuals to access and a more diverse representation of the study body,” and have “measurable transparency in decision-making process of the executive board.”
Vice President Katie Troy ‘21 announced that elections of first-year Senators have opened and that there is an estimate of 20 candidates running.
Treasurer Connor Heath ‘23 reported that there is about $91,500 in the new initiatives budget and that clubs must be adhering to the college’s COVID-19 restrictions in order to receive money from the budget.
Parliamentarian Lauren Browning ‘22 ran the attendees through the new voting protocol, as voice voting would be difficult through Zoom. Voting members will now be asked to complete polls through Engage Gettysburg, the college’s new event coordinating website.
Before ending the meeting, Grey announced that an active concern form will be accessible 24/7 for students to submit concerns about whether or not they can attend Senate meetings.
Student Senate will reconvene on Monday, Aug. 31.