Senate holds unofficial meeting without quorum

Zoe Donovan, Staff Reporter

Speaker of the Senate nominations were postponed at the weekly Student Senate meeting on Wednesday night.

The meeting was considered unofficial because it did not have quorum, so the Senate was unable to conduct any official business.

Only 11 of the 14 required senators to meet quorum were present.

The minutes and agenda were not approved, and the scheduled Senate Resolution 19-20-01 could not be voted the on.

The resolution would have extended recognition and appreciation of the psychology department for bringing back their study abroad program to Vienna, Austria.

Steven Scher, a psychology professor at Eastern, was able to address the Senate during the Academic Affairs Committee reports to talk about the program when Senator Seth Yeakel yielded the floor to him.

During the rest of the Academic Affairs Committee reports, Yeakel addressed the upcoming “De-stress before the test” event that Student Senate will be hosting on Dec. 3 in the Bridge Lounge of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Yeakel said that the committee requested $90 for event supplies but estimated it will only take around $50.

The event will see participants playing board games, doing puzzles, coloring pages and several craft options, including snowflakes and macaroni art.

Snacks will be provided at the event and it is free and open to all Eastern students.

“(It is) just something so that the students can just be kids again,” Yeakel said.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Noor-ul-Haash Khamisani announced in her report the finalized plans for the “Thank a Professor” campaign.

The campaign will be a series of four tabling events, over the course of next week, from Nov. 18 to Nov. 22.

The tabling events will be manned by student senators and will give students the opportunity to write or sign cards addressed to professors they would like to thank,  Khamisani said.

The tables will be set up outside of the food court on Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and on Nov. 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tables in the stairway of Coleman will be available on Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Nov. 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The cards that are filled out at these events will be passed out to professors on Nov. 22 by student senators.

“It’s just a way to say thank you before Thanksgiving,”  Khamisani said.

The Student Senate also heard reports from the following committees: Alumni Relations, Business Affairs, Diversity Affairs, External Relations, Internal Affairs, Student Affairs and University Enhancement.

Former Senator David Hagler submitted his letter of resignation to Senate Speaker Michael Perri on Wednesday. Hagler’s resignation will not be official until the Senate’s Internal Affairs committee can review the resignation on Friday.

Hagler was arrested on Saturday on theft over $500 charge.

Zoë Donovan can be reached at 581–2812 or at [email protected]