Senate Briefings

Caroline Christ announced the letter to the editor about an article some students felt was offensive made it to the print edition this week after some technical difficulties in the production of the previous semester’s last Foghorn issue.

Referendum to Increase the Student Activity Fee Underway
A campaign to raise the undergraduate student activity fee is under preliminary discussion. Senate discussed several plans to implement the fee raise, which helps sponsor university funded accounts among other projects.
Senate used the implementation of MUNI passes, a measure initiated by a previous senate, the establishment of the atrium as a study space, and CAB activities as arguments for further raising the fee. Senate will run a campaign to have undergraduate students authorize a 3% increase during each of the upcoming three years, or a $15 increase for the first year and a 3% increase thereafter.
The last referendum to raise the student activity fee, which was presented at the end of the spring 2011 semester, failed to pass by a single-digit margin.

Spring Involvement Fair Announced.

The Spring involvement fair, which took place on Thursday, February 3, was discussed by Senate for a short period. The fair took place on each of the University Center’s five floors, as was planned.
Senators were encouraged to reach out to pre-assigned student organizations to increase communication and visibility between Senate and clubs.

Student Advantage Focus Group
Senate conducted a brief discussion encouraging a number of senators to join a group that will review the incorporation of Student Advantage into individual student plans.
The program, which is meant to provide discounts for students at local markets, may be incorporated into each undergraduate’s OneCard.

Representative Inducted.

Sascha Rosemond took the Senate Oath to begin her service as the Student of Color Representative.
Senators discussed the possibility of raising a committee to relate student concerns and suggestions regarding food services on campus to Bon Appetit, USF’s food supplier. The timeline for the organization of a committee was discussed.

Executive Reports:
Lex Wochner; President of Senate: The Governor of California is proposing slashing Cal Grant Funding, a measure which will affect many students who receive financial aid at USF. A response letter is being drawn up with the help of Student Life.
Shashi Aryal; VP of Public Relations: Invitations to speakers for Fall Summit, a dinner event promoting Senate-club communication will be sent out shortly.
Caroline Christ; VP of Mission: Progress was made on the planning for Valentine’s Day week. The week will incorporate events promoting sexual assault awareness at USF, which will include the sales of “I Heart Consent” T-shirts.
Kelly Cook; VP of Internal Affairs: The Senate sustainability subcommittee has been tabling on the 2nd floor; arrangements for senate pair meetings, executive pair meetings, committee meetings, and individuals office hours are being arranged.
Amanda Lorenzen, VP of Business Administration: Members, especially from funded accounts, are being solicited to join the finance committee, which decides how to allocate money received from the Student Activity Fund; interested and prospective members are encouraged to contact Amanda Lorenzen or Kelly Cook.

Senate’s office is located on the fourth floor of the University Center (UC) Building. All students are welcome to attend Senate meetings Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the UC Building.

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