STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY
As students scramble for rides home, stress over finals and pack up their things, the 28th session of the Drake University Student Senate wraps up their year as well. With emotions high and spirits low, the Senate passed its final three motions of the 2014-2015 year.
With unanimous votes, Drake’s grading system will include an “A+” starting in the fall of 2016.
“Basically, if you get a lower letter grade, the ‘A+’ will offset it,” Sen. Zachary Lough said.
An ‘A+’ counts as a 4.3 GPA but the highest overall GPA a student can receive will still be a 4.0. Originally, the new plus/minus grading scale did not include an ‘A+’.
“I think this is great,” Vice President Duden said. “It works like extra credit, and it helps out students that may excel more in one area.”
The Senate also voted to change the Board of Student Communications Rules and Regulations to switch the Student Senate Technology Liaison to the Student Senate Organizational Chair. This new position will “promote organizational advancement and development, and shall facilitate cooperation and communication among student organizations.”
“This is basically a housekeeping motion,” Sen. Zachary Blevins said. “There’s not really a need for a tech liaison.”
The final motion passed will allow current Sen. Russell White, future Treas. Trevor Matusik and future Vice President Erin Griffin to represent Drake at the Leadershape Conference in Champaign, Illinois.
This is the tenth year Drake has provided funds for students to go to this conference, and all students who previously attended spoke highly of it.
“Just to echo what everyone else has said, it was one of the best weeks of my life,” Treas. Kevin Maisto said. “I made lifelong friends during that week.”
Gale adjourned his last Senate meeting with the following advice: Don’t take no for an answer and make Drake a better place for at least one person.