STUDENT SENATE:Senators work to solve residential issues, discuss proposal from Safe Ride program, welcome new members

The Etownian February 13, 2013 0

The past two weeks have brought about much progress from Senate as a collective governing body. Our meeting two weeks ago provided answers to many questions regarding off-campus housing for next year’s senior and junior classes.
Residence Life interim Director Susan Asbury attended last week’s meeting to answer many of the questions students had on their minds regarding the housing situation for next school year. Although many of the answers could not be given definitively, due primarily to the uncertain number of next year’s incoming first-year class, Asbury did her best to put students’ minds at ease and to explain how these release and lottery processes work.
Asbury said that Residence Life does not have any intention of looking to the rising junior class to offer them the opportunity to apply to move off campus. However, this may change based on Admission’s class size and the retention rate of current students who will return to the College in the fall. Students who have any further questions about this process are encouraged to email Susan Asbury at ASBURYS@etown.edu or Residence Life at RESLIFE@etown.edu.
This week we are hearing a proposal from our Safe Ride committee regarding whether or not it would be feasible to implement such a program on Elizabethtown College’s campus. This committee has been doing months worth of research into other institutions and discovering how they provide such a service to their students. The Safe Ride program, if implemented here, would provide a voluntary sober ride for those students who wished to be picked up. The program would be completely student run, and a “no questions asked” policy would be in effect. More information about this program and its feasibility will be presented with the committee’s findings at this afternoon’s meeting.
Senate would like to welcome and congratulate three new senators who have been elected to representative positions within their classes. New to the Class of 2016 are Karley Ice and Colleen Taylor. The Class of 2015 welcomes Maddie Magill as well. Please remember to vote on Blackboard for those candidates who run to represent your class when elections are in progress. These individuals play a vital role in expressing your opinions to College administrators, and you want to be sure you’re voting for the right people to get the job done.
Senate meets at 3:45 p.m. in Hoover 212 every Thursday. Please come to us with any ideas you may have, no suggestion is insignificant. Have a great week, Blue Jays!

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