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Student Government Senate Meeting and Projects Update

From left to right, Joe Fullam, Julia Hack, and Rachael Gallagher 

Brennan Hall, room 500, was the setting for Student Government’s fourth meeting of the semester on Friday, March 22nd, 2019. Starting at 3:15pm, Senate had multiple guests attend the meeting, addressing topics such as camping out in the LSC study rooms and New Initiative Funding requests.

Senate Forum

Each meeting, Student Government invites guests to discuss topics, ideas, and proposals that various departments at the University are working on through a forum discussion. 

No Camping Out Policy for the LSC Study Rooms

Recently, the Academic and Scholastic Affairs Committee has been working to address student concerns regarding personal belongings being left in LSC study rooms for extended periods of time. Senate discussed this issue as well as an acceptable time period for belongings to be left unattended. The suggestion was made to field these concerns into a resolution that would be submitted to Renee Giovagnioli, Biology Laboratory Supervisor and Acting Science Center Building Manager, highlighting the need to create a formal policy on camping out in the study rooms. Senate will, therefore, begin drafting this resolution in the hopes of integrating this project with the installation of LSC study room motion sensors that Director of Technology Jack Prendergast is working on.

Club Sports Advisory Council Running Club Recommendation

Senator Welby, Class of 2021, was recently appointed to the Club Sports Advisory Council and brought the recommendation to Senate for the chartering of an unfunded running club on campus. The club would be open to all members of the University community and would serve as an uncompetitive outlet for runners on campus. Senate discussed the possibility of chartering, addressing questions such as interested membership and potential moderators for the club. These questions will be taken back to the Club Sports Advisory Committee and those interested in the running club for further discussion.

Contingency Funding

The Appropriations and Student Transitions Committee along with Executive Treasurer Nonnenmacher approached Senate with an idea to replace New Initiative Funding with Contingency Funding, which would allow Student Government to allocate funds towards projects, initiatives, and programs in a more fluid fashion. Senate discussed the possible stipulations regarding Contingency Funding as well as the differences that Contingency Funding would offer the University community. Senate will continue these talks over the next weeks to determine the best course of action regarding funding for the upcoming year.

The University of Scranton Smoking Policy

Senate discussed updates to the Smoking Policy that is being proposed to the University community. The policy has been updated to include additional terms and conditions regarding the use of electronic smoking devices. This updated policy will be presented at the University of Scranton Governance Council in the upcoming weeks.

New Business

From left to right, Joe Fullam, Casey Welby, Bobby McGowan, and Michael Pellegrino

Student Government Logo

Senate recently voted to approve the use of a Student Government logo. The logo will serve to promote awareness of Student Government related and funded events on campus. Pending future approvals, Student Government will begin using the logo on merchandise, advertisements, and social media posts. 

New Initiative Funding for Student Government’s Meet & Eat Event

Student Government will be holding a Meet & Eat event on April 4th, 2019 from 9:30am-11:30am. The event will allow senators to meet with fellow students to address concerns and ideas. Student Government requested additional funding for the event that will feature bagels and coffee. Senate unanimously passed the New Initiative Funding Bill pending future approvals.

New Initiative Funding for the Chess Club’s Chai and Chess Event

Senate met with members of the Chess Club to discuss additional funding for their Chai and Chess event. The club is interested in holding this event during Stress Less Week at the University as a productive study break for students. Senate unanimously passed the New Initiative Funding Bill, pending future approvals.

New Initiative Funding for the Chemistry Club

Senate met with members of the Chemistry Club who are interested in taking their members to both The Corning Museum of Glass and Angry Orchard. Senate discussed the trips with the club, and unanimously passed the New Initiative Funding Bill, pending future approvals.

Executive Reports

From left to right, Peter Zabiegala, Destiny Carpitella and Joe Fullam

This week, Executive Reports focused on the upcoming Student Government events and elections. Chief of Staff Barr informed Senate of the Executive Debate that will be held on Tuesday, March 26 in the Moscovitz Theater, featuring the candidates that are running for the 2019-2020 Student Government President and Vice President positions. Executive Treasurer Nonnenmacher also gave Senate an update on the Student Government Meet & Eat Event. In addition, Director of Technology Prendergast updated Senate on the LSC study room motion sensor project as well as future updates to the registration process for students. 

Senate Committee Reports

From left to right, Kim Barr, Paige Nonnenmacher, Jack Prendergast, and Marlene Geerinck

The Academic and Scholastic Affairs Committee informed Senate that the committee recently met with Dr. Gingerich, Academic Provost, to discuss the integration of service learning into the College of Arts and Sciences’ curriculums.

The Appropriations and Student Transitions Committee informed Senate that members have been working with club sports during the Tier System Reporting season, in which club sports are responsible for reporting their account information to Student Government.

The Athletics and Programming Committee noted that they are actively working on our Spring Street Sweep event that will be held on April 13th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Campus Life and Dining Services informed Senate of the feedback that they received from The University of Scranton Dining Services in response to the actions that Dining Services are taking to address student concerns regarding first floor DeNaples, the Mulberry POD, and meal plan options.

As demonstrated by the packed meeting, Student Government is busy with various projects and initiatives. If any questions arise with respect to what Student Government is working on, or if you have any suggestions or interest in the current work of Student Government, please stop by the Student Government office, TDC Forum. As always, follow Student G overnment on Twitter and Instagram @uofssg to receive additional updates!

Radio Spotlight with ‘Handsome Francis’ Coleman ’20

What’s your radio show called?    

My show is called “The Royal Cypher with Handsome Francis.”

What inspired you to host a radio show?        

I’ve been wanting to start a radio show here since freshman year but haven’t had the opportunity to do a show entirely about hip-hop until I took Professor Kilker’s Audio Production class last semester. However, I knew the minute I got behind the microphone to do my first show that this was something I wanted to keep doing throughout the rest of my time at the University.

What kind of music do you feature?          

I mostly play rap music on my show, but it’s not uncommon for me to slip some r&b in there if I think it fits that week’s show. I choose all the music myself and it really comes down to whatever the show’s topic is. So, a couple of weeks ago I did a show about gender equality in hip-hop and featured music from female artists that challenge the industry’s expectations of what a female rapper should sound like, dress like, talk about, etc. I also included music from male artists that either advocated for gender equality or challenged the over-the-top masculinity and other gender stereotypes that male artists typically perpetuate. I try to never play anything without intention.

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#USGrad19: Katelyn Moore

Do you have a favorite Scranton memory?
I don’t think that I have a specific memory that is my favorite. Most of the moments that stand out were during downtime with friends. I’m definitely going to miss getting a slice from Granteeds after spending hours at the library.
What are three words to describe your time at Scranton?
Inspiring, happy and challenging (in a good way).
What advice would you give to your first-year self?
Definitely to be more honest with myself about how many obligations I could realistically handle. I still need to remind myself of this advice sometimes. I’ve definitely become happier and more productive from realizing this, though.

USPB trip to Skyzone

On Friday, March 22, USPB hosted a trip to Skyzone for a group of about 75 students. This was a great opportunity for students to have some fun with their friends off campus.  To attend the trip, students paid only five dollars for about two hours of glow in the dark jump time, transportation and a T-shirt.

The trip to Skyzone was a big hit last year, so Taylor Schwartz and Brigid McMullen, committee co-chairs for the Novelty and Variety committee, decided to run the event again. USPB events are always made known to students well before they are held.

Schwartz said, “USPB events are always posted on RoyalSync and our social media pages such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. We also hang posters around campus and set up whiteboards in the DeNaples center with information about upcoming events.”

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Club Spotlight: Random Acts of Kindness

It only takes one moment to make somebody’s day.  Random Acts of Kindness is a club on campus that strives to put good out into the world in little thoughtful ways.  The valentines pictured here were a project the club put together in February!  Pauline Porucznik is a senior exercise science major, and the vice president of Random Acts of Kindness.  We reached out to her to find out more about the club.

What is Random Acts of Kindness?

Random Acts of Kindness is a selfless act aimed to promote positivity and kindness towards others. No matter how big or small the act may be, whether it be complimenting someone, or buying the next person in line coffee, it can brighten someone’s day or even have the power to change someone’s life for the better.

Why should students get involved in Random Acts of Kindness?

I believe students should get involved in Random Acts of Kindness to encourage a sense of positivity, gratitude, and motivation in the Scranton community and to remind ourselves that there is good and kindness in the world, despite all the negativity. “Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end.” Be the person that makes a huge impact on someone’s life in a positive way.

What is your favorite thing about the club?

My favorite thing about Random Acts of Kindness is getting students together for meetings to plan out different ways we can spread kindness around campus and the community. Last month for International Random Acts of Kindness Day we gave out goodie bags of candy with an encouraging note inside to random people on campus. It’s very pleasing to see people’s smiles and reactions afterward.

How can students learn more about Random Acts of Kindness?

Students can learn more about our club by connecting with us on RoyalSync or following our Instagram page @scranton_raks !



CHEW Fitness Challenge 2019

The Center for Health Education and Wellness strives to encourage every student to put their physical and mental health as a priority. Being busy college students with jam-packed schedules can sometimes make it difficult to put health as a forefront “to-do,” especially when it means making a journey to the fitness center. However, the month before spring break, this trek to the gym is incentivized through the annual Fitness Challenge.

This year, 763 campus members successfully completed the fitness challenge, which takes a holistic approach to fitness. Each week, students had to log in at least 150 minutes of physical activity, while also checking off completed activities that deal with the health of the mind and body. Over the four weeks before spring break, 7,630 hours of exercise were collectively logged.

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