Senate approves Young Democrats trip supplement

Clarion, Pa.- The 2014/2015 Student Senate is moving along with ideas and goals accomplishments as noted at the Sept. 15 meeting. Business Manager Shelly Wilson briefed the group of senators about a recent Clarion Students’ Association Board meeting held Sept. 12. “We met to set goals for the upcoming year and discussed new policies, updates and outlined some strategic planning ideas and overall the meeting was successful,” said Wilson.

Vice President of Rules and Regulations Taylor Claypool reminded the group that Recognized Student Organization registration is still open and will close on Sept. 26. Safety, Heath and Environmental Concerns committee representative Senator Cory French remarked how many students on campus are viewing e-cigarettes as a health hazard in the classroom. The committee plans to see how they can limit or even eliminate the use of e-cigarettes in the classroom setting. Under new business, the Clarion Young Democrats, represented by president Nicholas Rhoades, vice-president, Seth Ickes and treasurer Aaron Grebinoski, sought to appeal a funding supplement that had been denied for a recent conference trip.

The Young Democrats participated in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party State Committee Meeting in Philadelphia last weekend, enabling the four representatives who attended to network among other young Democrats and meet with local politicians. Rhoades said, “We had no heads up or warning that this conference was occurring, and it would have been a great opportunity lost if we would not have attended. We gained a lot of knowledge and hope to bring the networking skills that we learned there back to our organization.”

Rhoades also stated how his organization decided to hold a voter’s registration table for Clarion University students on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Eagle Commons. Rhoades added, “At the conference, we learned that many college students are not registered to vote. Most if not all college students are of age and can vote but just don’t know how or when to register. So we are going to help them with that.”

After final considerations and discussion, Student Senate voted in favor to arove the funding supplement for the Clarion Young Democrats.

To conclude the meeting, president of the Western Pennsylvania Bios Chapter of The Society for Conservation Biology, Brianna Henry, talked to the group about a funding supplement that had been granted over the summer that allowed her and another student to attend a conference in Montana. Henry thanked the senate and concluded, “It was unique experience for us. We were able to network and speak with other colleges about their ideas and goals.” “We even incorporated the suggestion of holding our meetings in a more social manner rather than formally. So far it has worked out great and we look forward to pursuing more ideas we got from the trip,” said Henry.

Student Senate meetings are held every Monday in 246 Gemmell at 7:30 pm. Henry thanked the senate and concluded, “It was unique experience for us. We were able to network and speak with other colleges about their ideas and goals. We even incorporated the suggestion of holding our meetings in a more social manner rather than formally. So far it has worked out great and we look forward to pursuing more ideas we got from the trip.” Have to voice a concern or have an idea for students on campus? Attend a Student Senate meeting! Meetings are held every Monday in 246 Gemmell at 7:30 pm.

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