STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY
Now that the Senate elections are over, many of the 2015-16 Senate members attended the meeting the week before Drake Relays to familiarize themselves with how the weekly meetings run.
President Joey Gale took the time to go through and explain the processes that are now familiar with the current Senate.
With that, Gale reiterated how important transitions are for the next year.
“Transitions are more or less what make you go from zero to 60,” Gale said. “It’s really what makes you effective.”
Gale also explained his semester reports and meetings with the Board of Trustees.
“In this report, I reached out to Demand a Better Drake and had them write a report and submit it to make sure the Board knows what’s going on with the student body,” Gale said. “It’s not just flowers and daisies.”
Representatives from the Center for International Programs and Services updated the Senate on their international strategic plan, entitled “Drake Vision 2020.”
Student assistants Salwa Janjua and Emily Enquist who work the Drake University International Center spoke and discussed the need for Drake’s campus to become more global.
“We talk about globalization a lot, but it’s local. It’s on Drake’s campus, too,” Enquist said.
The Senate then formed groups and filled out a survey that asked about Drake’s leadership, research and internationalization.
When Enquist asked for comments about the survey, Gale mentioned that he could not think of anyone doing research in the fields that he put down. He realized that was an issue, and Enquist agreed.
The survey will go directly to Christa Olson, director of the Center for International Programs and Services.
A survey for the entire student body may be emailed in the future, but as of right now, the Center for International Programs and Services wanted to get a quick look at the student body and thought the Senate would be a good way to do so.
The Senate also passed the motion to allocate the funds needed for the annual budget for the 2015-2016 school year.
This motion will allow the Board of Student Communications to receive more fitting funds, Gale said.