Campus / News / Student Senate / October 17, 2012

Senate discusses dryer payment options for next year

During the Oct. 11 Student Senate meeting, students were elected to sit on the Grievance Panel and payment options for new washers and dryers were discussed.

The Grievance Panel — aimed at addressing claims of sexual harassment and misconduct — is made up of faculty, staff and two students. Six students expressed interest in the positions, which are not limited to Senate members.

Following the Senate vote, junior senators Max Glassner and  Nicole Holtzman filled the positions, with freshman Morgan Tonner serving as an alternate.

Campus Life committee chair junior Paul Brar presented several payment options currently in discussion for the new washers and dryers, which will most likely be installed by the start of next year.

Surveys sent out to residence halls did not yield enough feedback to make an informed decision based on the desires of the student body, so Senate is now tabling to gauge student interest.

The options include maintaining the coin operation, implementing a swipe feature or increasing the student activity fee to encompass laundry costs.

Brar relayed that the new machines will be more expensive to use but that the increased efficiency and capacity will balance the cost. This rationale stems from the consensus that students can wash more while eliminating the need to pay for multiple drying cycles for the same clothes.

The student activity fee option would result in a fee increase included in tuition and would operate similarly to printing pages, without implementing a limit. A difficulty associated with this option is that it would have to be adjusted for off-campus students and students who do their laundry at other locations like fraternity or sorority houses.

The card-swipe option is in consideration because it is a popular installation at other institutions; however, it comes with its own setbacks. The company that provides the washers and dryers will not provide the card readers, which would result in the need to pay Technology Services to install the hardware.

This meeting was also the “bring-a-friend” Senate meeting, which resulted in a number of spectators who observed the deliberations.

“It’s definitely the most full I’ve ever seen the senate room,” sophomore Senator Payton Rose said.

“I think the process was very intriguing because I don’t think people know how many things Senate has a hand in, so it was really great about getting the word out about what committees actually do,” Rose said.

Standing Committee Reports

Campus Life: The possibility of giving each member of the committee responsibility for a themed or long-standing house, in order to more effectively keep track of house activities, was relayed.

Finance: The committee approved the Chess Club and the Umoja Gospel Choir as new clubs. AAINA was given $235 for a Diwali party, and Asian Student Association was approved for a $348 request for showing rights for a documentary.  Finance Committee has spent a grand total of $13,496.40 at this point in the year.

Sustainability: A new proposal sheet for the Student Sustainability Fund requests was presented with the intention of simplifying the process. New newspaper distribution boxes were also proposed.

Technology: Technology Chair junior Nana Opoku announced measures to be taken to address student tech concerns surrounding Internet speed. Opoku announced that more bandwidth had been purchased, and that times were being set up to complete the installation of additional hardware and software.

Dining Services: More lactose and gluten-free food options will be looked into and eventually provided. Student complaints about the inability of the new coffee cups to shield heat were brought to discussion. Vending machines should be refilled soon.

Faculty Committee Reports

Academic Standing: A few additional Honors projects were approved for students who did not meet the minimum 3.3 GPA requirements. The Honor Code review and proposed changes are still in consideration.

Executive committee: Class timing schedules were reviewed. Terms are no longer allowed to be any shorter than 10 weeks.

Curriculum review committee: Roman Imperialism, The Editorial Process, and Experimental Typography have been approved as new courses.

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Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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