Senate Round-Up #4

At the fourth ASWC senate meeting, the ASWC Communications Committee introduced itself, three students were appointed to the Sustainability Advisory Committee, and a resolution about race issues on campus was passed after extensive detailed debate.

The Finance Committee allocated $400 to pay for part of the cost of bringing Jackson Katz to campus and $450 for students to travel to the Northwest Model United Nations this weekend in Seattle.

ASWC Ombudsman Kayvon Behroozian reported that an investigation into Composting Club’s worm population collapse over the summer is now complete.

On Mondays in Reid 207, Club Director Nate Higby hosts roundtable lunches to discuss club ideas and concerns.  All current or potential club members are encouraged to come check it out!

ASWC President Tim Reed reported that he will be meeting with representatives from Zipcarsoon to discuss implementing the program at Whitman.

The new ASWC website is progressing smoothly.

Linnaea Weld, Jenni Doering and Eliana Schwartz were appointed to the Sustainability Advisory Committee.

In response to some questions concerning fundraising at ASWC-ratified club events, the Oversight Committee ruled that clubs cannot directly donate their ASWC funds to a charity but can use ASWC funds for supplies/fees for events that benefit charity provided they pay ASWC back.

Most of this senate meeting addressed resolution SRF13.4, a response to events concerning race such as the rally in the last two weeks.  Many constituents attended the meeting, some of whom spoke passionately to the senate about the need for a strong, declarative resolution.  After hours of debating multiple amendments (at times with great specificity in regard to word choice), the resolution passed.  This was the longest senate meeting of the year thus far.

To read the complete minutes, click here.

ASWC and WEB Wednesdays

A brief Q and A with sophomore senator Allison Kelly about one of her initiatives for this year, ASWC and WEB Wednesdays.

1) What exactly is an ASWC/WEB Wednesday?

Allison: ASWC and WEB Wednesdays allow students to connect and respond to ASWC and WEB. Students and other members of the Whitman community wishing to voice their opinions and suggestions about any topic on campus are invited to attend the open forums. Additionally, we are a convenient resource for senate updates and upcoming WEB events.

2) Where can students find you?

Allison: Students can find me and Genevieve, the WEB Chair, on Wednesdays from 12-1pm in the Reid foyer.

3) What type of things can students discuss at ASWC/WEB Wednesdays?

Allison: Students should feel free to discuss whatever’s on their minds! Some examples of great discussion topics include:

– Any personal initiatives that a student wishes to bring to the senate floor

– Recommendations for projects that the student government or WEB should advocate, fund, or promote

– How to become an ASWC recognized club

– How to request funding from ASWC for travel, student development, innovative green technology, or club contingencies

– Suggestions for WEB events that you would love to see on campus

4) Who on ASWC participates?

Allison: I will be in Reid every Wednesday, and sometimes other senators will accompany me to gain student feedback on their own initiatives.

5) What if a student can’t make it to ASWC/WEB Wednesday but wants to talk to a representative?

Allison: Please email me at kellyaa@whitman.edu!  I am always available to answer your questions via email or to meet at any time that might work better for you. Additionally, there is a list of all the ASWC representatives on the ASWC website (goaswc.org); each representative would love to hear from you, and feel free to email them as well!

6) Anything else you would like to add?

Allison: Even if you don’t have anything in particular to say, stop by anyways! We’d love to update you on current initiatives in senate and upcoming events for WEB!

Senate Round-Up #3

On November 3, 2013, the three hours of the third ASWC Senate meeting were packed with the passage of two amendments and the approval of a finance request as well as much impassioned discussion.

ASWC officially purchased a new theme for its website and looks to implement it soon.  The first ASWC newsletter was published; look for the next one on November 27th!

ASWC President Tim Reed reported that the SEC will introduce a comprehensive alumni database available to students by January.

Trap Shooting Club’s request for $840 to cover clay pigeons for 28 people at six events was passed.  Interest in Trap Shooting Club continues to grow; its listserv has more than 100 members.  The club requires event participants to view a safety video prior to attending an event.  While the club can now purchase clay pigeons, shells are not provided.

The Executive Council explained its upcoming presentation to the Board of Trustees, which will address issues with enrollment (improving the website and retention) and ASWC’s support for the Counseling Center’s search to add a staff member who can address issues specifically related to diversity and being a person of color.

The latter engendered an extensive and impassioned debate.  Many senators supported expanding this presentation to include a need for a counselor to address LGBTQ issues, while others did not want to subordinate race in the pursuit of inclusivity.

The senate voted to amend the resolution to be presented to the Board to include race andgender identity.  In the resolution, ASWC calls upon Whitman to pursue adding counselors who can address race, sexual orientation and gender identity.  Overall, the resolution establishes the need for another counseling position.

The senate also passed Bylaw Amendment 13.3, which authorizes the Finance Chair to oversee the lifecycle fund for replacing equipment for campus media organizations.  Previously, a committee of media heads oversaw these allocations.

To read the complete minutes, click here http://www.goaswc.org/senate-minutes/