During Monday’s Senate meeting, Senators revisited past proposed by-law updates and also introduced new by-law proposals.
Senators reviewed by-law proposals that were introduced by ASSP President Lola Sosanya and ASSP Executive Vice President Mara Kramer. Their proposals were tabled for one week of academic consideration during the April 25 Senate meeting.
Sosanya’s proposed updates to the president’s by-laws would remove the inactive Community Relations Committee, would reflect additional encouragement in programming and would clarify the language used for the annual undergraduate Faculty of the Year award. Senate voted unanimously to approve Sosanya’s by-law updates.
Kramer also reintroduced her by-law updates for the Executive Vice President’s office, which would update Robert’s Rules for Senate and change how the Election Task Force would handle election materials.
The Senate body voted unanimously to approve Kramer’s by-law updates.
As part of new business, ASSP Vice President of Finance Nathan Bennett and ASSP Vice President of Ministries Shongi Motsi also introduced by-law updates for their offices.
Bennett announced that the proposed by-law updates would first create an accessibility fund for club events.
“We will allocate a certain amount in Fall Quarter so any club that needs extra funds in order to make their event accessible [will have it]; it will not have to be part of their initial proposal,” Bennett said.
Bennett also added that the updates reflected updated scholarship amounts for student leaders. Senate voted with two abstentions to table the discussion for one week of academic consideration.
Motsi also explained the by-law updates for the Vice President of Ministries’ office. She explained that the by-law will reflect him/her/them language throughout the document. The new updates will also allow for gender nonconforming students to apply to be Student Ministry Coordinators.
Motsi’s updates also removed the GPA requirement for CSMC positions and changed the name of the Public Relations Manager to Communications Manager, a name change that was voted on by Senate earlier in the academic year. These updates were tabled for a week of academic consideration.
In other business:
-ASSP Vice President of Intercultural Affairs Jess Sloan announced that Multicultural Celebration will be held on May 12 at 6 p.m. in Martin Square as part of Culture Week.
-Motsi announced that the Baccalaureate Task Force is looking for seniors to submit artwork for Baccalaureate. Submission forms can be found on OrgSync in the ASSP portal under Forms.
-ASSP Vice President of Campus Activities Bilen Yitbarek announced that STUB is preparing for Shapadooah, which will be held on June 1. Yitbarek also announced that registration for ORP’s Outdoor Climbing Night is still open and Culture Week will be taking place May 7-12. She also reminded Senate that club continuance forms are due May 5.
-College of Arts and Sciences: Humanities Senator Athena Duran announced that the theatre department’s production of “Into the Woods” opens on May 4 and runs through May 13. Tickets are $12 for students.
-School of Psychology, Family and Community Senator Lindsay Kerekes announced that a panel about women in Psychology will be held on May 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall. Kerekes also announced that as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be hosting “In Your Own Voice” on May 4 in Eaton Hall 112 at 11:30 a.m.
-College of Arts and Sciences: Social and Behavioral Sciences Senator Joelle Morris announced that the MODE Fashion Show will be held on May 13. Tickets will be available at the door.
-Senator at Large Maggie Sanchez expressed how she felt racial relations had not progressed on SPU’s campus. In particular, Sanchez spoke of how the SPU Confessions page reflected how marginalized groups are treated on campus. Sanchez also said that there was a “painful dichotomy” at the university, as she felt SPU encourages diversity but if diversity is expressed, students such as herself don’t feel safe. Sanchez encouraged Senate to push for additional changes in this realm.
-College of Arts and Sciences: Science and Engineering Senator Jeanna Ramirez announced that Biology Club is hosting volunteer training on May 4 in Eaton Hall 112 from 7-8 p.m. for its upcoming bone marrow drive.