On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Student Government gathered in EC 145 for their weekly meeting. As usual, the meeting was live streamed through the OWL with students joining in remotely from across the University.
First on the agenda was the approval and swearing in of new Senator Bobby Ludwick, who will replace Conrad Grissett as a Senior Senator. Before his nomination, Student Government President Mehek Agrawal (‘22) spoke of Ludwick’s prior experience in student government, which includes heading the Dining Concerns Committee and sitting on the senate for a year. There were no questions concerning his nomination and the senators unanimously voted in his favor. Two more junior senators, Ryan Strauss and Brianna Perrone, resigned this week, leaving seats to be filled.
Next, Agrawal brought up a concern about the structure of committee placements in the bylaws, which stated that one senator from each class year must sit on each standing committee. After a brief discussion, the Senate passed a motion to remove this line, but still ensured that four senators would sit on each standing committee, but class year was unimportant in their placement.
Student Government also discussed their recent initiatives to reach the student body more effectively, including tabling efforts and their first bi-weekly address sent via email. The email incentivized students to fill out a feedback survey with the possibility of winning train tickets to New York City, an idea proposed by Vice President Danie DiRuggierio (‘22) and Chief Communications Officer Julia Pietro’s (‘22). The survey received over 70 responses within the first hour, and Agrawal asked that senators brainstorm other incentivising prizes for upcoming weeks.
In the poll sent out, Agrawal reported that 75 percent of respondents supported a common hour at Drew, which would be a one or two hour block during weekdays without classes scheduled that would allow students to have club meetings, events or time to eat in between classes. Common hours would not happen every, instead just happening once or twice every week. While it received support in the poll, the scheduling of this would be difficult as it would include the entire campus (specifically professors) and the cabinet is still trying to see if this idea is feasible. This idea was first introduced during the Club Leaders meeting held to discuss event scheduling on Jan. 27.
In order to properly address the issues that are brought up by constituents, an idea was proposed to have department-specific senator liaisons in order to have more efficient communication between organizations and groups as well as to respond to the concerns in a more timely fashion.
The Senate also voted to partially fund the Black Student Union’s Colorful Voices event in honor of Black History Month. The event is meant to be a platform for people to perform art that represents the history of black people, and will be hosted in the Pub on Saturday, February 22.
The next Student Government meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 9p.m. in EC 145. Students can also follow the link posted on Tuesday on Drew Today to join the meeting through Zoom.