Members back topic on student leadership
By MAUREEN REYNOLDS
The Student Senate unanimously approved "Student Leadership" as the topic for former Student Body President Libby Bishop's May report to the Board of Trustees.
"This report will give an update on hall dances this semester [as requested by the Board], offer an in-depth analysis of the structure and workings of the Student Union and detail the findings of the Leadership taskforce of Campus Life Council," Bishop wrote in her letter to the Senate presenting her topic. She was unable to attend the Senate meeting in person.
Senators also asked what information would be included in the report regarding in-hall dances. Jeremy Lao, student body vice president, said that Bishop would focus on statistical information, such as how many dances were held outside dorms, in other on-campus buildings or off-campus locations.
The report will also include a list of problems residence halls faced this year because of the new dance policy, such as the lack of locations and insufficient funds.
Senators expressed concern about whether or not they would know the contents of the report in advance. Because of this, Lao plans to ask Bishop to attend next week's meeting to answer senators' questions and present the information in her report.
In her letter, Bishop indicated that she chose in-hall dances as the primary topic of her report upon the Board of Trustees' request.
Former Student Body Vice President Trip Foley, former Chief of Staff Henry Scott, Senior Class President Matt Smith, Senior Class Vice President Karen Lysaght and Kat Walsh, division head for the Office of the President, worked on the report with Bishop.
In other Senate news:
u The Senate unanimously approved McGlinn senator Becca Saunders and Farley senator Meghan Hanzlik as the Financial Management Board senate Representatives. The Financial Management Board oversees financial issues such as supervision of club budgets.
u Members elected Sorin senator Ryan Finlen as Senate Representative to the Advisory Council on Academic and Student Life. This council was created to improve intellectual life outside of the classrooms. Through the ACASL, students and administrators work together to improve student life.
u Senators also unanimously approved three new positions on the Student Union Board. Rob Tenniswood was appointed director of publicity, Jimmy Flaherty was named the Ideas and Issues Programmer and Jelani McEwen-Torrence was appointed Multicultural Programmer for 2003-04.
All News Stories for Thursday, April 17, 2003