Food, Money & Amendments: Third Senate Summary

Abby Seethoff

On November 2nd, the ASWC Senate convened for the third time this semester to appoint two students to the Bon Appétit Advisory Committee, consider legislation and discuss the college’s budget priorities.

First-years Greg Steigerwald and Rebecca Chinn both expressed enthusiasm about joining the Bon Appétit Advisory Committee prior to the unanimous vote that confirmed their nominations.

Act SAF 14.3 modifies the by-laws so that any ASWC officer (rather than only senators) can work with clubs.  Previously, every ASWC-recognized club or Service Learning Organization (SLO) was paired with a senator. An SLO participates in “thoughtfully organized service” and “fosters visible civic responsibility and engagement,” according to the Finance definition.  An SLO can also access the Service Learning Fund.  SAF 14.3 was written to allow the Club Director to better assist SLOs affiliated with the Student Engagement Center because they already benefit from the SEC’s oversight, and the senator check-in process did not always pertain to the goals and functions of these organizations.

Act SAF 14.4 will allow ASWC-affiliated organizations such as Whitman Teaches the Movement intending to become SLOs to forgo the requirement that every club must have both a president and a budget manager for two years prior to becoming an SLO.

ASWC President Tatiana Kaehler solicited feedback from the Senate about what topics she should address in meetings with the Board of Trustees.

Acts SAF 14.1 and 14.2 codify certain Town Hall customs that senators were already practicing–namely, that senators cannot represent clubs at Town Hall, but non-elected officials can because they cannot speak at senate.