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Chamber 10/18

Speaker's Podium

Shannon Glenn and Andrew Upton of the Dedman School of Law came to the chamber this Tuesday to tell us about the Board of Advocates (BOA) and all of the great things they do to bring up a new generation of the best people in America through mock trials, arbitration competitions, transactional law competitions and more! Just kidding, lawyers are great, and the BOA is great. They're the largest student-run organization on campus, ranked 5th in the nation for advocacy, and they're obviously very good at what they do. They've won national championships, regional championships, and their Dallas Kid's Project teaches kids from all over the Dallas area how important lawyers are. Bottom line is they do a ton for the community and a ton for SMU.

Reports on the old and the new

Finance 

  • Mustang Fitness requested $525 but Finance didn't fund them because it wasn't a team event. The Cox MBA Rugby Club was given $4025 to help pay for individual vehicles to go to Austin for a tournament. SMU Polo Club got all the money they needed to go and compete in an upcoming tournament, and if they win they get to be featured in Polo Magazine. I'm not sure if it's Ralph Lauren or U.S. Polo Association, but honestly we'll take what we get. The SMU Dance Marathon was granted $3,000 out of $3,000 requested because anything that features the words dance and marathon really deserves the world. And then one other thing was that the Mustang Mavericks got invited to go and perform at the Presidential Inauguration so the wonderful people over at the Finance Committee thought it'd only be fair to give them a little bit of money this time even for such a small event. 

Organizations

  • This week Organizations recommended that MASH, National Association of Black Accountants, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers receive temporary charter because they are all awesome, up and coming groups on campus that have a lot of potential to do a lot for the students involved and the school. The bad news is that Orgs is working on the revocation of these clubs: Graduate Economics, Hip Hop, Persian Student Society, Saudi Students Association, SMU Water Polo, and the Triathlon Club. R.I.P. y'all.

*We then took a recess to go party with the Faculty Senate in the Hughes Trigg Ballroom for an hour. It was crazy, Drake performed, then Ken Bone showed up. It was wild. 

NEW Business

Senator Lucci is currently working to improve the lives of all bikers on campus. As of now, students are not allowed to keep their bikes inside, even during fall, winter and spring break. Mr. Lucci has found that the crime reports regarding the theft of bikes spikes (see what I did there) during January after students have returned from their winter breaks. So, what he's looking into is the logistics of being able to store these bikes in the residential commons while the owners are off having fun in Cabo without their bikes. Senator Lucci is also looking to add new bike racks by the Fondren Science Building because there is a definite need for more bike racks in that area of campus. Another aspect of this legislation is the possible construction of bike lanes along the Boulevard and Airline, areas where a majority of foot and bike traffic occurs. This met some opposition from fellow members of the Senate as it would require some major structural changes to the campus, so stay tuned for our edition next week to find out what happens in the 'Senator Lucci Chronicles: The Story of a Biker's Hero.'

Officer Reports

President Red Rain of the 103 

President Rainey was very happy to have had the reception with the Faculty Senate this week and hopes that it can foster more interaction and cooperation between the two bodies. He also executed his presidential duties by swearing in a new graduate law senator. After an exciting fall break in Washington D.C. at the National Student Government Conference with his fellow members of Exec. he was very proud of the 103rd Student Senate and all that they have been able to accomplish so far. Also be on the look out for a quarterly email this week listing all the initiatives and opportunities happening on campus. 

Vice Prez Fletcher

In Vice President Fletcher's 'Resource Spotlight' this week she highlighted the SMU Dietitian, and how if you have any complications with your diet and the available food here on campus you can always email the Dietary Office at dietitian@smu.edu. Ms. Fletcher is also still working with Not on My Campus to promote awareness against sexual assault as she is looking to get numerous schools and organizations to say, "Not on my _______."

Secretary Will Jones

Secretary Jones is still working diligently to fill both an Athletic and Military-Veteran Senate seat that should be coming to the chamber by the spring semester. 

Speaker of the House Will Stovall

Nothing major going on here this week. 

Chief of Staff Spencer Reppond 

Working to create a recycling collaboration group within senate to expand the recycling bin initiative to other buildings across campus and raising awareness in favor of reusable water bottles. 

GAO Potter

Forming a collaboration to bring snack machines to the Dedman School of Law for those lawyer hopefuls who get the late night munchies. 

Parliamentarian DeVera

The facilities collaboration group is off to a great start as they are focusing on renovations to the South Quad and the acquisition of two ply toilet paper for on campus bathrooms. We gon' get Charmin ultra-soft!!!

Executive Director Jones

Thursday, October 27th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Office of MultiCultural Student Affairs needs volunteers for an event so if you're multicultural or uni-cultural and love volunteering, stop by and ask how you can help. JJ also reminded us this week to stay in our lane. Is JJ Jones actually Kevin Hart? We don't know. If you don't get that reference then you need to go culture yourself. 

Committee Reports

Communications

Our new senate website is up and running! The URL is www.smustudentsenate.com. We also produced a new video on how to book an appointment with one of our senators (Link below). Make sure to follow us on both Instagram and Twitter @SMUsenate for weekly updates on senate, students and events. 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/187761430

Diversity

Be on the look out for a Senate sponsored Mental Health Day to celebrate all the diversity here at SMU. Chair Cox is also looking to work on the SMU Student Code of Conduct to regulate what kind of behavior is regarded as offensive and racist. 

Endowment 

The Endowment Committee is raising money all next week outside of the Hughes Trigg Student Center. They are looking to raise a minimum of $1,000 for a student scholarship so please stop by and donate #GiveMoney.

Scholarship

Go check out our scholarship event on the SMU Senate Facebook #GetMoney.

Student Concerns 

There's a dining survey that SMU Dining Services is promoting. So, if you want to have any say in what you eat go fill out the survey. Link: http://www.college-survey.com/smu

 

Thank you and have a great week, 

SMU Senate

 

 

 

Chamber 9/27

Speaker's Podium

Ms. Staphany Lopez is the coordinator of OMSA (what’s that? It’s the office of multicultural student affairs!) educate yourself. She came to tell us about Hispanic Heritage Month and the events (insert hyperlink) they will be hosting including having Pulitzer prize-winning author, Sonia Nazario as a guest speaker on October 12. RSVP aqui

Reports on Old/New Biz

Organizations

  • Full chartering* granted to the United Students Association (all about diversity, unity & leadership) Embrey Student Leadership Initiative x Human Rights program and Not On My Campus (about random strangers on campus…yeah, no…not on this campus!). The Computer science club and mustang ski and snowboard club (because theres so much snow in Texas) received temporary chartering. And Senate revoked chartering for AMF, FCA, Phi Sigma Phi National Honor Frat, and Women in Business…don’t ask me why.
*chartering means an approved student organization on campus

Finance (cha-chingg)

  • Law schools going to New Orleans-only funding to send half the team. Texas society of professional engineers not funded because they didn’t comply with Finance’s 15 day rule. Ultimate frisbee - cut down miscellaneous costs. SMU club golf missed budget because of turnover. Indian student association funded in full as it was a cultural event.

Officer Reports

Prez Rainey

  • announces that focus is shifting from internal reconstruction to the student body and that South Quad may be getting some renovations (at least, we hope), and oh! How could I forget- we are also trying to get better quality toilet paper…
  • Not on My Campus is having an event tomorrow at the flagpole!

Vice Prez Fletcher

  • Campus resource spotlight: confidential resources caps in health center (counseling psych service) chaplain upstairs.
  • Working toward increasing awareness of the Heigi Family Career Center
  • Wellness week is happening soon! It raises awareness of resources at smu… Will be focused on mental wellness. Calendar is being made to get students involved and will be launching soon!

Secretary Jones

  • Announces Senate MAY be getting new seats soon.. stay tuned to find them out!

Stovall

  • Rumor has it there are plans to renovate/demolish Florence Hall.

Committee Reports

Diversity

Update on voter drive: we registered over a hundred voters so far. We have one more event in the commons.

Membership

There are two Senate seats open! Cox and Simmons. Apply! (insert hyperlink) You know you want to.

Scholarship

The fall scholarship form is up and the deadline is October 31. Transfers and freshman are ineligible because of gpa requirements.

Random Announcements

Relay for life pooch smooch booth next Wednesday and Thursday at flagpole in support for Relay for Life! Stop by, grab some food and play with puppies! (best combo ever)

Chamber 9/20

This one is short and sweet! :)

Speaker's Podium

  • Erica Zamora is now in the OMSA office, she announces that they have a retreat coming up over Fall Break called Mustang Intersections which is all about diversity and leadership. 
  • Jake Torres introduces himself as the Student Rep. to the Board of Trustess, Mr. Torres was the Student Body President of the 2010-11 academic year. He encourages anyone to reach out to him with any concerns on campus, sjtorres@smu.edu. 

Old Business

  • You guys are already aware of S-103-3 from last week's skim. The bill is about communication with the senate and accountability. 

Officer Reports

Vice Pres. Fletcher

  • Calendar site is suppose to be launching soon. 

Committee Reports

Communications

  • The student website is live! Yay! And senate skim is being updated every week! Don't worry we know you can not wait to read about what goes on in the chamber every week so we are sending the skim every week straight to your inbox! 

Diversity

  • The fish fry will be this Friday and voter registration will be held. 
  • Working with Embry Human Rights Program to bring a speaker on for cultural awareness. 
  • Working on the gaps of greeks, non-greeks and multicultural frats and sororities. 

Announcements

  • Work it for Wishes a fashion show that raises $$ for the Make-a-Wish foundation. Last year Chi-O raised $150k and granted 15 wishes. The event will be held on Wednesday October 5th, you can buy tickets from Claire Hemerling or anyone in Chi Omega. 

Chamber 9/13

First of all, congrats to all the newly sworn in senators! Whoo! You’re life has just now begun.

Speaker’s Podium

Dr. Jeane Stevenson-Moessner, President of the Faculty Senate joined us today expressing her concern on campus. The first being safetly, which we are all right there with you Dr. Jeane. I’ve been so freaked out lately with all this gun control, robberies and stupid clown shenanigans. The bill that the faculty senate and risk manangent are proposing is asking administration to review current emergency and security procedures, take the steps necessary to keep pace with the changing concerns, and report back to the senate.

“My goal is to make SMU the safest campus in the nation, so let’s saddle up for safety,” says Dr. Jeane. Yeee-haw! (My words, not hers.)

New Business

  • Rainey, Jones, DeVera, Shipman, and Shirzad on new bill on the Reformation of Office Hours Policy and the Creation of Collaboration Groups. So what does S-103-3 do? It will update senate’s by-laws to reflect the new online appointment system, it amends office hours or gives you the choice to participate in a collaboration group. The bill is very flexible but will hold senators accountable.

Officer Reports

 President Rainey

  • An indoor performance center is being built where Wescott Field currently is, (wtf). 2018-2019 is the proposed construction date and don’t worry about parking, a new lot will be built where Moore Hall is in May. The only path to be closed will be between Ford Stadium and Wescott Field, and the project will be about a year and half. Yay more campus construction (eye roll) – will it ever end? **begin debate in the chamber, everyone sure had a lot to say on this one!**

Vice-Pres. Fletchers

  • Senate and the Big Comfy Couch

    •  So this will be a couch that will be placed where there is high foot traffic on campus and student can approach senate and chat, express any concerns, ask questions, etc. It’ll sort of be like office hours for senators. I love this! OMG. It’ll be a great way to start conversation on campus.

  • BLVD Space prices have gone up from $4000 to $6000-again wtf, do they think were a bunch of rich kids or something?

GAO Potter

  • If youre not a law student please stop parking in the law garage, law students are getting upset and trust me, you probably don’t want to get into it with them..

  • Arrests for alcohol abuse and drug violations are up this year, admin is looking to diminish these numbers…so lets leave all of that craziness for the weekend off campus guys, will ya?

Parliamentarian DeVera

  •  “Keep being awesome and Raise Hell-that’s what we have to do to make change.” Thank you Mr. DeVera.

Executive Director Jones

  • This Friday 9/16 at 11:45 will be the dedication for the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and a 12:30 there will be a celebration with food trucks and live bands.

  • National Night Out and the active shooter stimulation with be October 4th. 

Chamber 4/5/16

Literally not much to cover from yesterday's meeting.

  • Committee applications for Communications, Diversity and Student Concerns are now open until April 13th at 11 p.m. 
  • Update on senate scholarships: interviews were conducted last week and winners will be announced this week! Thanks to all 309 applicants for applying!
  • Senate is meeting with Prez Turner this week to get the ball rolling again for a new Student Center, woo!
  • Campus Lighting should be getting better soon, wait on it!

Thats about it, have a great week Mustangs. Until next week **peace sign emoji**

Chamber 3/29/2016

Speaker's Podium:

Young Americans for Freedom

  • Chairman announces that organizations will be hosting a lecture Tuesday April 12th at 7:30 in the MAC ballroom with Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes magazine. --that's pretty cool!

SMU MilVets

  • 71% of civilians are unaware of challenges that military veterans face transitioning into society. 

  • SMU has employed a military physiologist and is garnering support for military veterans.

  • Need students support to make smooth transitions into campus life

  • Email Robert Nelson- rlnelson@smu.edu, Codey Marshall- wmarshall@smu.edu, or Justin Ewing-jaewing@smu.edu for details on how to get involved!

Officer Reports

Parliamentarian McKenzie

  • Applications due April 4th for Caswell Leadership Development Program: $2500 for selected leadership projects. 

New Business

S-102-15: A Resolution Allowing SMU Student Senate Members A Process For Receiving University Curriculum Community Engagement Credit

  • cool! but you have to prove you did some werk!

Senatorial Forum

Take this Heigi Career Center Survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/2NC57TF yay

 

Chamber 3/22/16

Speakers Podium

Rodrigo Ricaud, Lokal app

  • Rodrigo pitched his even calendar app to Senate hoping to make connections and become SMU's official calendar app. Lots of senators had questions and everyone was excited-we've been needing something like this for a while! Looks great so far-Whoo Rodrigo, killing it

Committee Reports

Diversity

  • Diversity and religion event happening 3/23/16 in first floor HT. Free food and screening. 

Membership

  • Elections start at midnight tonight (3/22-3/23)
  • Results will be announced at 5:15 on Thursday 3/24

So go vote and have a fab three day weekend!

Chamber 3/15/16

Speakers Podium:

Randy Jones, Executive Director of the Health Center, speaks on core values and expresses the want and need for the Health Center to be more involved on SMU's campus. He says, "I am committed to making the health center something that is responsive to your needs...I am committed ultimately to the whole idea of higher education and seeing students develop even though I am focused here on health care."

Officer Reports

  • Lael Melville was sworn into the Perkins School of Theology senator seat. Yay
  • Centenniel Promenade to be done by April 1st!
  • Meadows feasibility study coming soon
  • More parking to be added to East Campus

Committee Reports

Membership

  • GAO position is still open
  • SBO debates are next Tuesday in the commons
  • Elections are next Wednesday and Thursday

Diversity

  • Next week is diversity week! (Check us out on FB or our Event Calendar for deets)

Chamber 3/1/16

It's the week before Spring Break!! So I'll keep this one short, you're welcome. 

Speaker's Podium:

  • Heard from Dr. Pamela Anthony--our new Vice President of Student Affairs as of February 1st. Whooo, welcome Pamela!
  • Doug Levy, UPenn grad, spoke about his startup--TapGoods. It's actually pretty awesome; you basically can rent things like hoverboards, games, textbooks I think too? OR you can list them! Click the link to learn more: https://www.tapgoods.com/

Officer Reports & Announcements:

  • There may soon be a designated voting station on campus. 
  • March 21st-24th is Diversity Week! Whoo. Events to follow, stay tuned. 
  • Update on Referendum did not pass. If youre wondering what this is, you received a few emails last week on having the option to vote for a second vice president position in Senate, one for internal and one for external affairs. 
  • Senator applications are still open for next year! Will be closing next Sunday!

Thats all! See yall after Spring Break..make good choices!

 

 

Chamber 2/23/16

Speakers Podium

Fondren Update, Lizabeth Killingsworth

  • Main floor to be closed after spring break-the stairwell is being renovated
  • April 15th-dedicating new Centennial Reading Room
  • July 15th-main floor to be completely finished

Chaplain Rankin and Rabbi Heidi Cortez on Religious Diversity

  • How do we welcome smaller religious minorities to campus??

Old Business

  • S-102-11: A Resolution to Amend the Southern Methodist University Student Body Constitution, the Southern Methodist University Student Senate By-Laws, and the Student Senate Policies and Procedures, For the Creation of Internal and External Vice Presidents
    • Motion to approve: 28 yays, 3 nays-- lets see how this goes!

To be continued...

 

Chamber 2/16/16

Committee Reports

Communications

  • OMG! Yesterday we pitched to Senate about having a 'Senate Skimm' section on the new Senate website and wahh lahh here we are! Whats Senate Skimm? Well youre reading it! Its your one stop shop for the last campus gossip! .... lol. okay its not but kind of. Its where you can find out FIRST what is going on around campus. Ever wonder what exactly Student Senate does and what a chamber session is like? Well, first of all youre more than welcome to sit it on one (every Tuesday at 3:30 in the HT forum) OR you can "skimm" / read about it right here! I'll give you the highlights of the meetings here. If you follow up on Twitter, you know about #ItsSenateTime and THIS, this is a more detailed version of that. So, be sure to check us out every Wednesday at noon, when we go live to learn about what's going on around YOUR campus.