Chuck Strawn, the dean of students for community life, brought to the senate a new transition in student leadership. Strawn’s proposal was to give student ministries, including the John Perkins Center, more control of their budget.
The student activity fee pays for multiple unique events on campus, including, but not limited to, intramurals, the Student Union Board, the Student Leadership Core and the John Perkins Center.
Strawn hopes to help student ministries transition into a university ministry mindset. This will enable them to think long term on projects. Strawn believes that this will give students in ministry a greater voice on goals that the ministries want.
Currently, in fall term, student leadership focuses on how to create and run activities and programs. In winter term, Student Leadership selects new students leadership.
Then, in spring term, the new student leadership is trained. This system provides no room to reflect on and change the system. Student leadership only functions on a year to year basis. Strawn believes his proposed budget change will help fix the system, promoting students voices and supporting future student leadership.
In other business:
ASSP Vice President of Campus Activities Garrett Berkey announced he has received the Oct. 15 game tickets for the Sounders that will go on sale Oct. 10 at 7 a.m. at the Uni-Com desk. They will be on sale as long as tickets last.
ASSP President Mary Liu announced that the Core team met up on Oct. 5 to discuss what The State of the Association (SOTA), started by last year’s Core team, will do this year. Liu plans to reserve Demaray 150 to conduct business relating to SOTA.
This meeting will create a public forum for SPU students to voice their concerns and discuss things.
ASSP Executive Vice President Danielle Meier announced that the Student Leadership Development Committee is planning Fall-in-Service which will be on Nov. 2.
The Editors-in-chief of the Falcon, KSPU, Lingua and Cascade met with Meier as the Board of Student Media.
The Board of Student Media is looking for a chair representative in senate, which is open to any student who wants to be involved with media and senate.
ASSP Vice President of Ministry Kathryn Baumheckel announced “In Context,” a conversation based workshop about white privilege and ethnicity. ASSP Vice President of Intercultural Affairs Melissa Del Rio also announced that Catalyst will also be at the “In Context,” event which starts Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. and will be in room 118 in Otto Miller.
Baumheckel announced that a search for a new chaplain to replace Bo Lim will begin sometime during this year, as Lim will be transitioning back into a faculty position.
Senator Amanda Larsen shared that the Puerto Rico committee is discussing plans for a party mid-November.
The Latinos Unidos intends to sponsor the food through ASSP funds. The charge for the event will be $5 per person. All of the revenue created will be donated to World Vision, a organization that serves in nearly hundred countries.
Meier directed the Senate to the constitutions, specifically to Section Three: The Duties of an ASSP Senator from Article II: Student Senate. Meier pointed out the requirements and expectations of an ASSP Senator.