Senate funds conference trips

CLARION, Pa.- Clarion University’s Student Senate met Monday night, voting on three monetary appropriations to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) and discussing other developments in campus life and the university community.

Ongoing plans for Clarion University’s 150th anniversary celebration were presented. The biology department has talked of locating a 150-year-old tree on campus, cutting it down and framing a segment of the trunk to show its rings.

Other organizations have talked of mounting a live camera near the nest of a golden eagle and giving students and other university members the opportunity to watch the video feed. There has also been talk of printing decks of 150 cards with facts about the university.

Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Susanne Fenske answered questions about the faculty strike. “Rest assured, the university will still take care of all the students,” she said.

Fenske elaborated that all services provided by the campus will still be available, as well as extra activities for students. A question was posed as to the state of the D2L website during the strike. Fenske said that D2L will remain active. However, if a professor chooses to strike, that faculty member’s particular D2L course sites for the fall semester will be shut down for the course of the strike.

Allies requested appropriations to supplement the cost of attending the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in Bloomsburg from Nov. 4 – 6. Allies Vice President Morgan Woodin has attended this conference previously, and told senate that it is a “great networking opportunity” and leads to change in legislation on campus.

From this conference, students became active in advocating policies that Clarion has now adopted, such as the preferred name policy and the gender neutral restroom in the Gemmell Student Complex. Requested appropriations were granted to Allies.

The Accounting Society of Clarion University was also given funding by the senate to attend the Iron Made Conference in Detroit. This conference will provide accounting students with networking opportunities with other students and professionals, a forensic accounting workshop and a General Motors industry tour.

The final appropriations of the evening were granted to the Clarion University Council for Exceptional Children to attend the Pennsylvania Conference in Harrisburg Nov. 10 -11. Clarion University students make up five of the seven students on the state board of this organization.

Members of the Student Honors Association reported on their trip to Seattle, Washington for the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference. Junior marketing major Andrew Skubisz said that an impact of the conference was the importance of mental health awareness and how this affects college students. This is something from this conference that can be applied to a broader community than just those in the Honors Program, Skubisz said, and requires continued conversation.

The final piece of information presented at the meeting was the upcoming “Donate a Meal” event. On Oct. 24 and 25, students can donate one board from their meal plan or a monetary contribution to this initiative. Organizers will use donations to provide the Clarion County Food Pantry with Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.

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