Board of Managers Luncheon, StuCo’s Goals, And More

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Board of Managers Luncheon

Members of Student Council, along with several other students, attended a luncheon with members of the Board of Managers last Friday.

One issue that arose was lack of student members on the ad hoc financial planning committee; Board members explained that this was often a worst-case scenario planning group and thus student involvement would be better focused elsewhere.

Kohlberg Coffee Bar Hours

Of 241 students who voted, about 63% preferred to keep Sunday evening hours, while 32% wanted afternoon hours instead (4.5% voted no preference). Thus, said Vice President Nate Erskine ’10, the Sunday hours will remain the same: 7pm-10pm.

Group Space in Wharton

Erskine raised a point about a space in Wharton basement that is underutilized. The room currently stores old student group possessions and Erskine suggested turning it a meeting space and lockers for groups to use.

Worth Meds Policy Change

President Rachel Bell ’10 said that Worth’s policy on medications was changing, so that students with health insurance will be asked to use that insurance to cover prescription drugs, rather than Worth covering the cost.

StuCo Goals

Campus Life Representative Ambar LaForgia ’11 hopes to work on improving the ML evening shuttle service and publicizing Student Council’s election week in November.

Omari Scott ’12, another Campus Life Representative, wants to improve awareness about Student Council itself, including increasing traffic to its website.

Bell wants to work on flexibility of PE class scheduling for those with disabilities or convoluted class schedules.

Dan Symonds ’11, Financial Policy Representative, noted the issue of rollover money for textbooks in the library; he said that $10,000 wasn’t enough to simply rent textbooks from semester to semester. Instead, the library hopes to purchase inexpensive copies of books for classes with infrequent textbook turnover, and to work with departments to keep using the same texts for more than a couple of semesters.