Student Senate to introduce bylaws

Analicia Haynes, Staff Reporter

The Student Senate committees will introduce several potential bylaw revisions and discuss upcoming events at Wednesday’s meeting in the Tuscola/Arcola Room in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

The eight Student Senate committees met Monday evening at the counsel of chairs meeting and discussed the possible revisions to current bylaws.

Ariannah Lambert, the student chairwoman for the university enhancement committee said some changes are needed.

“It is time for a tune up,” Lambert said.

Each committee discussed revisions to the bylaws that list the powers and duties of each individual committee.

The revisions are intended to update current bylaws in order to keep up with the changing senate.

The academic affairs committee plans to strike through bylaw number seven under article two, section two, which states the committee shall establish an “educational technology community” made up of students, faculty and staff.

Its purpose is to “promote mobile learning in education and provide students necessary tools to successfully and meaningfully create powerful experiences, which promote and improve lives and ultimately our world,” according to the bylaw.

The academic affairs committee will also discuss their upcoming plans for their finals week project.

Jose Durbin, the committee chair, and members of the committee are focusing their attention to the finals week project to ensure a better quality event.

Possible ideas include a throwback movie night as well as handing out “Stay Sharp” goodie bags.

The goodie bags are filled with a pencil, a pencil sharpener, flashcards and mints, which will help students prepare for finals.

The ideas are intended to help students manage stress during the week of finals.

The University Enhancement Committee will also speak about possible revisions to the bylaw for the committee on university enhancement.

The committee plans to amend as well as add an addition to article II section B, numbers 9a, 9b, 9f and 9j, which explains who the committee should be composed of as well as who the committee should work with.

The changes were needed because of typing errors and some of the positions mentioned in the bylaw are no longer relevant, Lambert said.

Lambert said the revisions would be beneficial to senators such as the recent revision to the attendance policy voted on last week.

The Student Senate will not vote on any bylaw revisions or discuss them at Wednesday’s meeting.

As part of The External Relations Committee’s “Go Local into the School’s” campaign, high school seniors representing their school’s student council from Charleston and Mattoon school districts will also be attending Wednesday’s meeting.

The campaign promotes the recruitment of local high school students in order to boost enrollment.

Analicia Haynes can be reached at581-2812 or [email protected]