Student Senate attends business weekend retreat

Clarion, Pa. – Many topics were discussed at the Student Senate Sept. 22 meeting, including the success of the recent weekend retreat. President Marissa Kealey opened the meeting and reported, “It was truly an adventure to have all of you under one roof for a weekend, but it was a great experience and we got a lot accomplished.”

On Friday Sept. 19, the 21 senators and their advisers departed to the YMCA’s Camp Coffman in Venango Pa. At the camp, they held a business meeting with the entire group in a relaxed setting, giving the members a chance to bond and get to know one another. Kealey said, “It was incredibly productive because we were able to set goals for the year. Our advisers gave us tips on how to advertise and the Vice President Tyler Kitzmiller, and I also took the opportunity to tell the senators what we expect out of them.

Kealey said, “We created a sense of family within Senate.” On more of a personal level, some of the senators overcame fears during various activities the group participated in, including climbing a rock tower to reach the zip line area. Individual committees were able to bounce ideas between its small group and the senate as a whole, informing one another of the individual events that they were working on. “A lot of the events we put on campus and around it take months of planning, and the students don’t get to see that. At the retreat we were able to discuss some of the planning processes for these events such as Wingo or Community Service Day,” reported Kealey. “An idea that we had was having two of our committees, Community Relations and Student Relations, as well as senate, help fundraise for a 5K run that our secretary, Emily Swogger, is trying to put together in partnership with other organizations on campus,” said Kealey, “This 5k would raise money to help buy stuffed animals (Chemo Ducks) for Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.”

On a sidenote, Trustee Darren Young reported that the Board of Trustees are looking to hear some feedback regarding the new Clarion University website. Anyone who would like to state his or her opinion regarding the new changes are free to contact him. Young also stated how applications for Board of Trustee positions will be available on the Clarion website as of Tuesday Sept. 23 until Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Any interested candidates can print out an application and return it to the Gemmell info desk.

Senator Todd Garrett noted under his “Faculty and Staff” report how its members were shocked to hear the senate’s notion to ban electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco from the classroom. Garrett confirmed, “It seemed like a majority of the staff did not know that chewing tobacco or the e-cigs were allowed in the classroom and were shocked that they were an issue.”

To conclude the meeting, the board approved the resignation letter of one Senator Collin Myers. Myers decided to resign for personal reasons but has expressed interest to remain on the service committees, but just as a student. Kealey stated, “He was a wonderful and hardworking senator as well as chair of his committee. We are all deeply saddened to see him leave us on senate.” Student Senate meetings are held every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Gemmell room 246. Meetings are open to students, staff and the general public.

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