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.
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.
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.
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.
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!