Amanda Betts – News Editor
CLARION, Pa.- The Clarion University Student Senate convened for its final meeting of the 2017 fall semester this past Monday, Dec. 4. President Katie Welsh called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. All members of the Student Senate were present to close out the semester, and discussions revolved around plans for the new year.
According to Senate Treasurer Taylor McCann, the large item capital balance is $178,753.63. The current supplemental contingency reserve and capital fund are $32,114.49 and $270,950.17, respectively. The overall Student Senate budget is $15,658.05.
One of the main discussion points of the final Senate meeting of the semester was the email that went out to the student body from current interim president Peter Fackler regarding the search for a permanent Chancellor of the state system. Students are encouraged to fill out the survey regarding the Chancellor search in order to be as involved as possible in the final decision.
The appropriations committee allocated $503.11 to Clarion’s Cru organization, a student non-denominational group dedicating themselves to bringing students closer in a community of faith. Cru will be heading to a conference in Baltimore, Maryland over the break before the upcoming new semester, and hoped to acquire monetary assistance from the Senate. The motion carried with no abstentions.
The Rules and Regulations committee discussed changes to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) bylaws. The bylaws for this organization had not been updated since 2012, and the committee moved to make changes in hopes of encouraging more participation from the student body. The motion to approve these changes passed with one abstention.
In a report from the Student Facilities committee, The Gemmell Advisory Board meeting was discussed. A poll about the vegetarian options for students will be coming out; students are encouraged to take part in the decision making. Cookie platters are currently being sold at Gemmell and in Eagle Commons for $24.99; they can hold three dozen cookies. They can be bought through catering.
Midnight breakfast will take place this Sunday, Dec. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. in Eagle Commons.
Also at this meeting, members of the Student Council for Exceptional Children reported back from their trip. According to the student representative from the organization, 16 students from Clarion were able to attend.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m. with excitement for the upcoming spring semester and the Clarion University Student Senate’s plans to make it successful.