Student Senate 3/18: Community Impact Project Discussion

By Ella Prieto, Managing Editor 

Roman Jordan addressing the Student Senate. (Photo William Oehler/The Gettysburgian)

Officer Reports

President Andrew Lemon ’24 shared that the election onboarding committee is beginning and asked senators to join. He also urged members to not be on their laptops or phones during a meeting, especially when a guest speaker is presenting. 

Vice President Geoffrey Meadville ’25 encouraged senators to keep up the momentum of the Student Senate as the end of the year draws closer. 

Parliamentarian Michael Woods ’25 announced that applications for Student Senate positions will be released via email. Furthermore, the forum for the Student Senate public positions (President, Vice President and Inclusion Chair) will take place at the next meeting. 

Treasurer Alfredo Roman Jordan provided a budget update, sharing that the Senate has allocated $76,979 and spent $47,818. This leaves $14,572 left in the budget. 

Inclusion Officer Abby Ruggiero stated that the upcoming Inclusion Committee meeting will be a discussion on the College’s lack of accessibility. 

Committee Reports 

The Opinions Committee is continuing its initiative on grading practices by meeting the Faculty Council next Tuesday. Chair Dominic DiLuzio ’26 also handed out a survey to senators and audience members so that the Committee could provide data to the Council. 

Club Reports and Announcements 

Hillel and Artem are hosting Purim Shabbat on Friday in CUB 260 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

College Dems is hosting a Current Events Catch Up on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Glatfelter Hall 102.

The Gettysburg College Pickleball Association is looking for new members. 

Relay for Life’s main event will be taking place on April 6. The club will be tabling in CUB all week for students to donate or register. 

During the next two weeks, College Theme Houses will be having recruitment events, with the application for College Houses closing on April 1. 

Panhellenic Recruitment is open, with individuals able to sign up with this link.

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Department is having its Central Pennsylvania Consortium entitled “Intersectional Perspectives on Gender and Trans Lives” on April 6.. Student panels will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. K. Marshall Green following. A free lunch is provided if individuals register.

Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) is having its second recruitment week of the semester, with events taking place every day this week from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Student Concerns 

Lemon provided an update on the concern about the minimum enrollment for classes. He shared that Provost Jamila Bookwala has assured that classes needed for a major or minor will be offered even if they are below the minimum enrollment number. 

Senator Jack Murphy ’24 asked when the Middle States Report will be released. 

DiLuzio reported concerns about the lights on Stine Lake being turned on too early and that fruit flies are in the Jaeger Center, specifically where Gettysburg Smoothie Company is. Senator Carl Demarco ’25 elaborated on this issue, saying that flies are even in the offices of coaches and staff. 

Budget Requests 

There were no budget requests. 

Old Business 

The Student Senate continued the discussion on impact projects. Roman Jordan shared his worries over the remaining budget, feeling that projects could not be funded. The Senate discussed possible projects, such as joining faculty committees, water bottle filling

Senators discussing the impact projects. (Photo William Oehler/The Gettysburgian)

stations and a welcome-back barbeque at the beginning of each year.

Director of the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life (OSAGL) and the Student Senate Advisor Jon Allen said that OSAGL has $1,500 left over from Family Weekend that they can give to the Senate to host an event.

Following this, the Student Senate unanimously voted to allocate that $1,500 to hold an event this semester. Additionally, they are looking to draft an amendment that will change committee policy for community involvement. 

Author: Ella Prieto

Ella Prieto ’26 serves as the Managing Editor for the Gettysburgian. Previously, she worked as the News Editor, the Assistant News Editor, and as a staff writer for the News and Arts & Entertainment sections. Ella is a double major in Public Policy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a Writing Minor. On campus, Ella volunteers with the Casa Swim program, is an It’s On Us Fellow in the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX, and is the President of the Panhellenic Council. She loves to read and keep up with celebrity drama in her free time.

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