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Social Affairs Committee (SAC) Co-Chair Josh Hallquist ’14 began the meeting by talking about Genderfuck planning for next weekend. SAC has been encouraging RAs to be more proactive about providing resources before Genderfuck and encouraging students to attend the upcoming bystander intervention workshop on April 24th from 6pm-8pm in Bond Hall and the drag workshop this coming Saturday.
Restructuring Student Government
StuCo has agreed to create a better model for student government in an attempt to figure out how to move from current structure to what will hopefully be more thoughtful and intentional than its current structure. The senators from Student Assembly will combine with the officers of StuCo to form one large council, with a docket of bills proposed by a member or group of members. The agenda will be set based on these bills, which could pass, fail, or be tabled for the following meeting. This system will ideally be most efficient with the larger number of members and also more deliberate, as all the members proposing the bill would be in charge of executing it, if it came to pass. This new structure is intended to be a response to concerns over transparency and accessibility that arose this semester.
The question of how the constitution will be drafted based on these changes was discussed in great depth, and the council came down to three main options for drafting the constitution: 1) the constitution could be written by StuCo this week and be sent out to the student body to be ratified over the next two weeks. 2) StuCo could write a temporary constitution and organize a summer task force to draft a more permanent constitution over the summer. 3) The entire constitution could be written over the summer with no temporary constitution, and the constitution would reflect all of the decisions made over the next few weeks before the end of the semester about the restructuring of student government. StuCo voted on these three options and the second option passed unanimously. This seemed like the best option because it drew a balance between having a hastily drawn up constitution and a constitution that took too long, which could potentially result in Swarthmore not having a concrete student government until six weeks into the coming fall semester. The next step is to write the temporary constitution and form a committee responsible for writing the permanent constitution over the summer.
Allocating LSE money
StuCo will also be putting out a motion for a new funding structure for the Large Scale Event (LSE) to the student body. This year, StuCo received $60,000 from SBC for next year’s LSE and StuCo is proposing to put this money to various uses, breaking down the $60,000 into $10,000 for concerts, $12,000 for SEPTA tickets, $28,000 for LSE, and $10,000 for proposals. StuCo is considering forming a new committee devoted to coming up with and collecting proposals to use the $10,000 allocated for proposals. The student body will receive more details in a forthcoming email.
Image courtesy of Lanie Schlessinger ’15.