CLARION, Pa.- The Clarion University Student Senate held its second session for the fall semester on Monday when President Devon Vallies introduced six new senators: Quentin Claypool, Lakyn Modaffare, Leah Fryer, Katherine McCann, Padraic Manning and Brianna Shepherd.
In other business, Andrew Skubisz of the Clarion University Honors Program requested appropriation for the purpose of attending the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Seattle, Washington from Oct. 12-16.
University students will be presenting their own research projects based on data collected about the Clarion University Honors Program. Projects include an analysis of the effectiveness of its mentor program, spending habits of students, how nursing undergraduates perceive their ability to perform in honors and the growing presence of speech pathology.
Clarion students scheduled to attend the conference, Skubisz, Megan Blashford, Taylor McClay and Eric Zavinski, hope to use the information they gain to better the Honors Program. The senators passed the motion to award nearly $800 to these students.
Researchers will be sharing their findings at the undergraduate research presentations at Clarion University in the spring.
Natalia Naranjo represented the Clarion University V-day Project in asking for funding to take five students to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women’s Consortium Annual Conference.
This conference takes place at Kutztown University Oct. 7 and 8. Naranjo said that the attendees of this conference plan to discuss what they have learned with other university students in order to benefit the campus. The board passed the motion to present the V-day Project with monetary aid.
Senators also discussed the concept of a university common hour. A common hour, i concept many universities implement, is one hour once or twice a week when no classes are scheduled.
This hour is often a time for organized campus activities with the intent of student community and fellowship. Clubs and organizations often meet in this time in order to have most of their members in attendance. Slippery Rock University is one school that has implemented a common hour.
An outside source has proposed the concept of a sushi bar in Gemmell Food Court in the location of the former ice cream stand. Senators are to garner student interest in sushi consumption and whether this would be a worthwhile addition to the food court.
Students who have an opinion on either of these matters should share them with the senate, The Clarion Call or other students on campus.