Senate passed several updates to the election bylaws including adding a new budget line item to provide funds for candidates who need financial assistance in order to campaign. Senate also completed an exercise providing student feedback for SRAP. The setting newspaper limits to the collegiate readership program and shifting that funding to other student orgs was also discussed.
Senate Minutes 3.20.18
This week in Senate Hudlin Wagner, the interim CMIE director, presented on where CMIE is in the search for a new director and some of the discussion being had by the focus groups aiming to restructure CMIE. Senate unanimously approved a statement that will be presented to the administration with feedback regarding the protest policy. We also discussed and tabled updates for the election bylaws and policy manual.
Senate Minutes 3.13.18
This week, Senate held a discussion about St Olaf’s protest policy. A smaller group of senators will be moving forward with some concrete action on this issue. Bylaws for STAR (SGA Task force for Action on Race) were approved. Subcommittee chairs gave their mid-semester reports.
Senate Minutes 3.6.18
This week Senate had a debrief on how to move forward with the discussion from the town hall on mental health last week. The SGA Task Force on Anti-Racism (STAR), which was established last year, presented updated bylaws to reflect that change and the proposal was tabled to be approved next week. Next Tuesday is election day!
Senate Minutes 2.27.18
Athletic Director Ryan Bowles visited Senate this week and fielded questions regarding the new ice arena and the priorities for St. Olaf athletics this year. The Senate passed an updated version of the election policy. Greater Than also presented – next week’s Senate meeting will be a town hall in the Pause hosted with Greater Than regarding mental health on campus.
Senate Minutes 2.13.18
At this week’s senate meeting, senators got the opportunity to hear from Professor David Booth and Susan Smalling about their work on the General Education Task Force, where a number of a professors are discussing the possibility of an overhaul of the current GE curriculum. The Election Policy Update Proposal, made to clarify and update election bylaws and policy manual sections, was passed.
Senate Minutes 1.16.18
At the first Senate meeting of Interim, Senators heard from Chief Marketing Officer Katie Warren and Graphic Designer Fernando Sevilla. Additionally, they spoke to Spencer Whiteley about the work the Gender & Sexuality Office does. Sydney Grossman was appointed to as the Spring Election Commission Chair for the SGA 2018 Spring Elections.
Senate Minutes 1.09.18
At the last meeting of the semester, Senate approved Ranked Choice Voting for the spring (2018) elections.
Senate Minutes 12.12.17 (1)
This week Senators heard from Students for Reproductive Rights about the possibility of having a Plan B vending machine on campus. Changes to the ADC bylaws and policy manual that reflect current practice were approved. Senate also discussed the possibility of tabling outside of the caf during Spring semester in order to collect more student feedback.
Senate Minutes 12.05.17
This week in Senate, several students brought forward concerns regarding the future of Boe House. Advisor Kneser let us know that currently the college is considering turning counseling services over to Allina, but is waiting to hear back from them with more details. There will be no changes made to this system before the end of this school year. The board of leaders of TRIO on campus gave a presentation. Updates to the ADC bylaws and policy manual were discussed and tabled. Senate also talked about how to limit the number of emails sent to the St Olaf students alias.