Edward McFadden – Staff Writer
CLARION, Pa. -Members of Clarion’s Student Senate convened Monday Oct. 9 for their weekly meeting. The senators and faculty members gave updated reports on various projects and student affairs, the beginning of the 7th week signaling the midpoint of the 14-week fall semester. The meeting featured talks on the topics of Clarion’s marketing agency, inactive RSO’s and the introduction of a new member to senate.
Max Skidmore was introduced as the newest member of student senate. Skidmore is a special education major at Clarion University.
Student Senate Faculty Advisor Sean Hoke reported being in contact with the Zimmerman Agency, Clarion’s outsourced advertising firm responsible for Clarion’s radio and internet ads, as well as much of the content on their main website. The agency reportedly has plans to construct a mosaic incorporating colored leaves to a scale that would break a world record, presumably on Clarion’s campus. The project is slated for a Nov. 7 start date.
RSOs that missed the deadline to register with the university for the year were officially declared inactive. Whether from lack of student representation or simply a lack of awareness of the approaching deadline, 32 RSOs were indefinitely suspended from their status as active student organization until action is taken to re-register. Without active registration, organizations cannot complete space requests, access their budget, request funds from CSA or host events. Some organizations on the list are expected to remain inactive from lack of membership.
Following the search for an interim president for the university, the board of governors reportedly is in the process of meeting candidates for the position, beginning next week. The search is being carried out on a national level, and is tandem with the discussion to fill the position of provost permanently. Dr. Todd Pfannestiel currently serves as acting president and interim provost.
The Student Facilities Committee announced that the first meeting of the committee centered around plans to obtain students’ perspectives to potentially change the meal plans offered. In addition, a Dine On Campus app is available for students with updates on promotions and special menus.
The community relations committee reminded senate that Saturday is the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement’s (ABLE) Day of Service, a popular event in which students perform volunteer work for the community following a complimentary breakfast at Gemmell. Common courses of action for Day of Service include house and yard work for elderly community members, working with Clarion’s PAWS and YMCA, or trash pickup around town. Students interested are encouraged to sign up on the CU Connect website.
The appropriations committee allocated funds to the Student Council for Exceptional Children to attend a conference on special education topics. Student Senate adjourned with no new business or open forum discussions.