This Tuesday (4/19/16), the senate began the meeting with an update from Greta Fure, who outlined details for the Senior Grad Fest and Commencement activities. For Commencement, one cool activity will be a progressive dinner throughout Buntrock Commons, which each serving station themed on a different decade! Next, the senate heard from Mary Ellen Couture, a representative from USA Today. She discussed features of the Collegiate Readership program, emphasizing its eco-friendly and pay on consumption model. She noted that St. Olaf students have taken the following numbers of newspapers this year:

Star Tribune: 10,865 (85 per day)

New York Times: 10,540 (83 per day)

USA Today: 5,835 (46 per day)

…Next, the senate passed an exciting Bylaws Amendment that will move forward in establishing the new position of Gender and Sexuality Senator! While the senate passed this unanimously, the amendment will be voted on by students as well before being passed through. After this, the senate discussed a letter written to faculty members by members of the Greater Than campaign. The letter will urge faculty members to receive mental health training, so as to better support students living with mental illness. Finally, the senate discussed many bylaws, including one that would mandate senators to help serve on SGA Initiatives (Greater Than and It’s On Us), one that would make SOC more flexible in funding individuals attending conferences, and one that would spend Capital Improvements funds on equipment for StoGrow and on the Office of Student Activities renovation.

If you’ve got something you’d like Senate to talk about, let us know!

The meeting’s minutes can be found here.