Story by Angela Rodgers
Student Senate welcomed two new members to the table this year, Associate Dean of Students Ann Miller and Senator Jacob VanderVaart.
Miller replaces Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari and Senator VanderVaart replaces former Senator Benjamin Verhasselt who stepped down from his position this summer.
The senate voted on the judicial committee and elected Senator Emily Grimm as chair.
Senator Mike Jennings, Senator Kevin Maisto, Senator Alex Shaner, as well as Treasurer Cole Schwartz will accompany Grimm on the committee.
The Committee Chairman Appointment motion was passed.
Student Senate also amended in the student bylaws that the associate dean of students will serve as the student senate advisor and attend as many meetings as possible.
The Student Senate Advisor may also make recommendations for how judicial action is handled if a member of Student Senate violates disciplinary or academic guildlines.
Senate’s distribution of Drake water bottles in the first week of classes was a success,
Student Senate hopes to increase transparency this year, a topic that surfaced frequently in last year’s elections.
Office hours allow students with concerns, questions or even suggestions to reach a senate member when the office is open. open.
To foster transparency, all senators will hold at least one office hour in the Senate office in Olmsted Center every week.
Senate reminds students of this year’s activities fair, which will be held Sept. 4.
Several members of Senate expressed a desire to hit a record of 1,000 students in attendance, compared to the 850 students who attended last year.
Another thing coming up on Senate’s radar is the apparent need for printers in all residence halls.
Senate will discuss the potential for printer installation by the end of the semester at its Sept. 12 meeting.