Story by Larissa Wurm
In Thursday’s meeting, Student Senate heard three motions regarding funding allocations and discussed reorganizing the group.
The first was for the Coalition of Black Students (CBS) bringing a speaker to campus. CBS was looking for funds to help bring Ekere Tallie, a poet, to campus to discuss “experiences concerning issues such as silence, sexism and racism.”
The students hope to use this event to create more conversation on diversity. The motion passed, allocating $63.50 to help with costs. This event will be held on Monday.
The second was for Drake Theatre People bringing a popular casting director to campus.
Drake Theatre People was looking to bring Jeremy Rich to put on a two-day master class in January to help students prepare for post-graduation auditions.
Rich was a casting director for “The Book of Mormon” and has previously worked with the Drake Theatre department.
Senate passed the motion, allocating $2,000.
Last was regarding the Quasi-Endowment Fund. Drake Security was allocated $5,500 to expand communication efforts.
Chief of Security Scott Law proposed the Rave system, a “blue light security app,” which will be available in addition to the Bulldog Alert system.
It includes an instant alert system, anonymous tip system, a timer system for walking and GPS location of students with a large range of coverage.
Senate will only be funding this upgrade for the first year. Afterward, funding for the security app will be the job of the university.