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Senate Beat

  • Senate Beat: Short & Sweet

    The meeting started on a somber note: they first addressed the notable absence of Senator Dan Kauffman. “He’s in Ohio dropping off a dead fish to someone,” Pres AshHatch lamented. Smoking Policy The recently proposed update to the Smoking Policy didn’t garner much response from the student body, to the surprise of the Community Affairs […]

  • Senate Beat: Short and Sweet

    The Elections are Coming Reed’s student senate will have several openings next semester and this is your chance. Well, maybe not your chance, but somebody’s chance. Three senate seats, the positions of president and vice president, as well as the Quest Board are up for election. Petitions are due November 25 at midnight, so batten […]

  • Kroger Makes A Spooky Senate Appearance

    John Kroger, in the SU, with a Wrench   The spirit of Halloween was alive at last week’s Senate meeting (better late than never?). “Spooky Senate” decked out the SU with devilish decorations, including a spooky skeleton hanging from the ceiling, a piñata, and spooky guest John Kroger. Senate’s Annual Spooktacular set off with a […]

  • Review Committee Proposes Smoking Policy Changes

    Smoking Policy Changes The committee reviewing the effectiveness of the Smoking Policy reported their recommendations at last week’s Senate meeting. The original policy states that no smoking can occur within 10 feet of a building’s footprint, which includes overhangs and porches. It completely banned smoking on campus bridges and smoking between 7am–7pm on campus pathways. […]

  • Renn Fayre Czars announced; Senate discusses Lewis & Clark interactions, adding taxidermy to SU

    VP Nick Fiore reached out to Lewis & Clark’s student body government about having a joint forum to discuss the events that transpired at Reed’s West Ball, where a L&C student (Guellord Ndagijimana) allegedly assaulted several Reed students and acted aggressively toward CSOs and police officers. Ndagijimana was arrested and had his student visa revoked; […]

  • Senate Beat: Can you Codify Honor?

    “Sometimes honor doesn’t cut it,” student Molly Kimball said during last week’s Senate meeting. Given the events that transpired at the now infamous West Ball, students questioned the effectiveness of Reed’s Honor Principle and whether its purposeful openness encourages non-Reedies to take advantage. Reed students and staff members turned up in droves to last week’s […]

  • Senate Beat: Hold onto your Butts

    Student Body President Ashlin Hatch was back to kick off the action in last Friday’s Senate Meeting. Vice President Nick Fiore announced Admission is looking to hire hosts to work during special events, “one-off events when we have lots of visitors.” “And you get paid for this,” Fiore said. “It’s not like a ‘volunteer out […]

  • Senate Beat: Aw Skeet Skeet, Mount Bustmore, and Other Totally Real Things

     In a short but sweet Senate meeting, a myriad of reports concerning various committees and subcommittees were presented. The Student Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (SCAPP) had their first meeting last Thursday, covering hot topics including a gender and ethnic studies program in Reed’s curriculum, revamping Hum 110’s curriculum, and reorganizing Reed’s Group C […]

  • Senate Beat: Discussion Continues Following DHSM Faculty Vote-Down

    Following the Reed faculty’s vote to reject the new draft of the Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct (DHSM) policy, the student Senate lead a lengthy discussion concerning the DHSM during their public meeting on April 16. As explained by Student Body President Ashlin Hatch, the faculty’s decision was the result of two votes. One vote […]

  • Senate Raises Student Body Fee, Stagnates on Policy Fronts

    Student Body Fee The Student Senate voted 7-1 in favor of raising the Student Body fee by $40 per year for a new yearly total of $300, during their public meeting on March 12. The vote followed the previous week’s lengthy discussion about the current intersection between the semi-regular Wage Review and the consideration to […]

  • Student Body Position Stipends Could Be Need-Aware

    Students brainstormed ways in which student body position pay could be more need-aware, during last week’s “spooky” Senate meeting. Though Senate has marked out this time for discussion of the planned raise in the Student Body Activities Fee, most comments focused on the issue of increasing student body position wages, a topic that Student Body […]

  • Student Senate Proposes Increase in Student Body Activities Fee

    The Student Senate began discussions of increasing the student body activities fee, during their public meeting on Thursday February 26. The fee, currently $260 for the entire year for each student, funds Top 40 organizations (including Renn Fayre), Finance Committee (which funds SU dances and student projects) and student body position wages. Student Body President […]

  • Senate Beat: There And Back Again – The DHSM Story

    The Senate meeting began with a total of five non-senator students in attendance. This was meager turnout even by regular public meeting standards. The student group was largely outnumbered by the Student Services staff regulars who, in their folding chairs and out of the spotlight, marveled at the new rocking chair sofa in the middle […]

  • Senate Beat: Senate Passes Draft of Proposed Changes to DHSM

    Committee Reports Senator Lucas Binion reported that the Student Opportunity Subsidy Committee is continuing to advertise their new summer grant initiative. Vice President Nick Fiore (reluctantly) read the allocations of Top 40. During reading Fiore jokingly confessed “I can’t read anything.” He continued to read out allocations that totalled to $111,000. The most money was […]

  • Senate Beat: Senate Discusses J-Board Code Edits with Staff

    This Senate Beat is brought to you by your former Student Body President because the Quest writer originally assigned to Senate Beat thought that Senate meetings were too boring to write about. In the stench of the Student Union and under the dim glow of the overhead lights, President Ashlin Hatch called the meeting to […]

  • Senate Beat: December 4, 2014

    “Anyone who tells you Voodoo doughnuts are the best is lying.” – Rennie Meyers Chase Doremus, Kathryn Loucks, Rebecca Forman, Tanner Hanson, and Katie Schmitz were appointed to the Judicial board, which now has a full board of 12 members. Applications are still open for Honor Council. The Student Union is expecting to receive a […]

  • Senate Beat: Codes, Codes, Codes

    This week, Senate discussed changes to the honor council and J-Board codes, and the Student Opportunity Subsidies (SOS) program—which the Quest will cover in next week’s “Senate Beat.” This “Senate Beat” covers the minor J-Board and Honor Council Code changes that were discussed at the Senate meeting last week. For an overview of large changes […]

  • Senate Beat: RKSK Initiation Sparks Debate

    Last week, Senate primarily discussed RKSK initiation, and addressed issues relating to honor and expectations of student conduct at both schools. Senate elected to unfreeze money allocated to RKSK for thongs to allow students to cover themselves after RKSK signator Swede Pearson discussed measures to make sure participants in and observers of initiation felt comfortable. […]

  • Senate Discusses New Search for Dean and Addresses Clarkie Encounters

    This week, Senate primarily discussed the problematic presence of Lewis and Clark students at campus events. Announcements: Senate has chosen to give out stipends for summer experiences (e.g. internships) as the first student opportunity subsidy. You can read more about this in “rainingmoney.gif” elsewhere in this issue. Renn Fayre czar appointment applications are now open […]

  • Senate Beat: 3 New Majors, Money, and a Place to Put Your Butts

    This week, Senate released Top 40 results, made a final decision on student space allocations, and deliberated over student opportunity subsidies. In committee reports this week, Student Body President Danielle Jucal ‘15 stated that Senate is working on bringing cigarette butt receptacles back to campus, and relayed the Krogerian announcement of three new academic majors […]

  • Senate Beat: Shoot the Jokes!

    This week, Senate heard grievances related to the prevalence of joke groups in funding poll, passed a firearms policy, and discussed fineries of the forthcoming student opportunity subsidies, or SOSs i.e., Senate could give you money to be on Senate if you need financial support. Da Business: Taylor Lee was appointed as Senate secretary, Barsha […]

  • Senate Will Fund Paradox up to $1000, Suggests S.B. Endowment Uses

    Senate voted to reimburse the Paradox up to $1000 in potential losses this summer and reported developments in deciding how to manage interest that the student body endowment generates. Summer Loss Agreement Senate approved a summer loss agreement with the Paradox that would guarantee reimbursement up to $1000 this summer in the case of losses […]

  • Senate Debates Keeping Paradox Open Through Summer

    Students and senators debated the merits of funding the Paradox to stay open during the summer, and ideas for putting the Endowment for Student Body Autonomy to use during the Senate meeting on Tuesday. Senate proposed providing up to 1000 dollars in funding to the Paradox so that they are able to stay open during the summer. But disagreement among those present at the meeting put this proposal back on the drawing board for Senate to further consider.

  • Senate Beat It, Just Beat It

    Liat Kastner ’16 will be the new Sustainability Coordinator, a position created last year for the purpose of directing sustainability initiatives on campus.

    Senator Andrew Watson ’14 said Director of Facilities Operations Townsend Angell reported a campus-wide drop in electricity use in 2013 from 2012 levels. Facilities has been making updates to campus infrastructure since last year.

  • Senate Beat: Animal Policy Passes; Student Body Endowment Reform

    Announcements The topic for the Reed Union to be held this semester will be “Questioning the Curriculum: Gender Studies and Ethnic and Race Studies at Reed.” The union will be chaired by professor Margot Minardi, and will begin with a panel consisting of professor Paul Currie and students Delali Ayivor and Anika Ledlow. As part […]

  • Senate Beat: New Animal Policy

    Senator Adrian Dannis ’14 introduced a new Animal Policy draft at the Senate meeting Tuesday that would allow Community Safety and Facilities to designate off-leash areas for dogs and expand current college policy to encompass non-canine support animals. The policy draft, in part a response to the changes regarding support animals the Justice Department made […]

  • Senate Beat: Weapons Policy & Paradox Price Changes

    Senators and students debated the scope of the proposed weapons policy at the Senate meeting on Friday, November 22. Senators also discussed recommended changes to Reed’s financial aid policy for international students, the defeat of a proposal for a new board plan, and recently funded sustainability projects. The Paradox managers also presented several price changes […]

  • Senate Beat: Weapons Policy, Reed Union on Sustainability

    Senate discussed the newly announced and upcoming Reed Union on sustainability, the approaching discussion about establishing a weapons policy, and a controversy about the allegedly heteronormative wording of advertisements for the Pool Hall Tournament at its meeting last Friday. Upcoming Weapons Policy Discussion Dean of Students Mike Brody said that “in the aftermath of a […]

  • Senate Beat: Revising the Dog Policy and New Appointments Bylaws

    Senate passed new Appointments Committee bylaws at the Senate meeting last Friday, and Director of Community of Safety Gary Granger discussed his work on a revision of the campus Dog Policy.  Dog / Animal Policy Granger said that the current dog policy is outdated and has unrealistic expectations about enforcement. “It’s old. It requires me […]

  • Senate Beat: Gun Policy Discussion Upcoming; Appointments Committee Bylaws Changes Tabled

    Senate discussed and ultimately tabled a proposal to codify operating procedures for Appointments Committee, which appoints students to various campus committees and positions from Student Handbook editor to Student Sustainability Coordinator, in its meeting last Friday, November 1. Student Body President Ari Galper ‘14 closed the meeting with the news that a campus gun or […]

  • Senate Beat: Quest Reform and the Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Senator David Azrael ’13 speaks during the April 12 Senate meeting. Quest Reform For the second time this month, Senate discussed the Quest board’s proposal for a new system in which editors are appointed rather than elected. The Quest board provided an updated draft of the proposed Quest bylaws, in which changes were made to […]

  • Senate Beat: New Murals, Pool Hall Improvement, and Divestment

    Announcements A total of ten applications were received for the position of Student Sustainability Coordinator, from which Dove Henry ’14 was chosen. The position of editor for the senior yearbook, the Griffin, was given to Natasha Lelchuk ’15. Student Body Vice President Paul Messick reported that the SIN code is still in the process of being […]

  • Senate Beat: Quest Reform and Pool Hall Firing

    Announcements The Bookstore Board met on Thursday to discuss finances. Textbook sales have been down since 2007, but an increase in used book sales makes up for this. The board discussed reducing its use of plastic bags by charging 25 cents per bag, and giving customers who bring their own bags 25 cents off per […]

  • Senate Blog: Paideia, Strategic Planning, and Triggering Events

    The committee on triggering events met for the first time today, March 8, to discuss guidelines for student groups to follow before putting on events. According to Senator Nina Liss-Schultz, the goal of the committee is to provide students with information about the content of an event before it happens; rather than to censor content. […]

  • Senate Beat: RD Patrols, Graffiti, and Sustainability

    A new program in which residence directors walk through dorms caused a stir at last week’s Senate meeting. The program, which has had Resident Directors patrolling dorms between the hours of 10 PM and 2 AM on Friday and Saturday nights for the past couple weeks, is intended to help promote integration of RDs into the community. But it also allows RDs to write up students who are using illegal drugs or alcohol and pass the information on to Community Safety—essentially giving them to power to issue AOD violations.

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