BOG discusses study day issue
By Shannon Nelligan
Board of Governance is continuing the fight to add a study day to the academic calendar, according to a report from student body vice president Kristen Matha. Matha reported she's been collaborating with Susan Vanek, director of first year studies, and Teresa Marcy, assistant to the vice president of faculty, to try and add an extra study day to the Spring 2002 semester.
The proposal to add a study day to the academic calendar has been a three-year struggle for the Board of Governance, who first initiated the proposal in 1999 under former student body president Nancy Midden. The proposal has gotten resistance from faculty, who have expressed concern about losing a class day in the semester.
The new proposal, however, eliminates that problem, according to Matha.
"This will not interfere with the number of scheduled classes but instead it may situate class registration and the first day of classes together," Matha said.
While hoped to be in effect second semester of this academic year, the change may not be implemented until current two-year calendar expires, according to the board.
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There was also discussion of amending the Governance Manual, to encourage professors to avoid major tests the week before final exams. The BOG will also speak to professors, teaching higher-level courses within the same department, to prevent scheduling tests on the same day or week. "This will increase the communication in each department and limit the amount of stress placed on the students," Matha said.
The board also discussed shifting funding for student groups to a grant system from the current co-sponsorship system. Kim Jenson, executive treasurer, said the grant system includes four categories: service, charity, academic/educational and campus programming. The previous arrangement was reformed to allow for a more fair distribution of funds, and to encourage students and organizations to use other methods of funding, such as class boards.
"We don't want students to miss out but we don't want student abuse of funds either," said Matha.
Resident Hall Association president, Kathleen Nickson, discussed importance of additional programming to raise awareness of sexual harassment and safety on campus. She is attempting to do this in a more personalized manner than the posters and pamphlets have done in the past.
BOG will also begin student government breakfasts every first Wednesday of the month. The first one will be held Oct. 3 from 7-9:30.
"This should increase accessibility and open up further discussion among the boards," said student body president Michelle Nagle.
Continued from last week, the abuse of mass e-mailing was addressed by technology commissioner, Elizabeth Cusick. She proposed to have a black board program on the Internet site where students could post their personals. Boards in Haggar College Center and Dining Hall could also be a place for students to communicate.
All News Stories for Tuesday, September 11, 2001