Student Senate

Special allocation passed and new legislation introduced


The Student Senate meeting commenced at 6:02 p.m. on Monday.

Student Body President Jaden Mikoulinskii said she has been working on wrapping up commissions projects with directors and preparing for the transition to the 66th session.

Director Elizabeth Tenbarge said the academic affairs commission is finalizing changes to the Responsibility Outcome 1 Rubric with the university liberal education committee.

TenBarge also said the commission will be holding open forums to discuss students’ academic concerns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Davies Student Center and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Hilltop Recreation Center.

Yoshi Gaitan, communications commission director, said directorship and internship positions for the commission will soon be posted on Handshake.

Equity in Student Matters commission Director Mengcha Moua said the Tunnel of Awareness, an interactive learning experience about implicit bias, will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Dakota Ballroom.

Moua also said the commission will be interviewing applicants for ESM student director during their meeting on Thursday.

Director Bailey Carruthers said the intergovernmental affairs commission is in the process of planning the Spring Dash and Bash, a new event to replace the spring block party.

Carruthers said the commission discussed the postponed Student Perceptions of Their First Amendment Free Speech Rights, Viewpoint Diversity and Self-Censorship survey during their meeting.

“Although the IGA commission was in consensus that surveys like this are important and we should encourage political discourse,” Carruthers said, “many were concerned with the vetting, the private funding used to conduct the survey and the lack of student and university input.”

Carruthers also said it was great to see students at the polls for the local election on Tuesday, April 5.

Maddie Loeffler, student office of sustainability director, said she spoke about sustainability during the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, April 7.

Loeffler also said the SOS commission would be hosting Earth Claire, an Earth Day event, on Monday, March 18 in the campus mall.

University Activities commission Director Brett Farmer said there will be cookie decorating while Sad House Guest is performing at 5 p.m. on Friday in The Cabin.

Farmer also said the commission will be cosponsoring “How do we queer sexual health?” with the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Student Health Services and the Eau Claire Health Department at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Bridge.

Finance commission Director Nick Johnson reintroduced bill 65-B-13 to allocate $13,000 to the Music and Theatre Arts Department to purchase musical instruments. The bill passed with a vote of 19-0-2.

Director Brenden Hicks introduced bill 65-B-14 to adopt the 2022-2023 student organization fund allocation and attachment A with the amount of segregated fees allocated to student organizations.

Director Stuart Scamehorn introduced bill 65-B-15 to approve the 2023 information technology commission budget and attachment A with a breakdown of the budget.

Josh Holness, chief of staff, introduced bill 65-B-16 to adopt changes to the senate bylaws and attachment A with the proposed changes.

Holness also said a bylaw bill open forum will be held for students to review the proposed changes at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Bills 65-B-14, 65-B-15 and 65-B-16 will be voted on at the next meeting.

The senate adjourned at 6:32 p.m. and will reconvene at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18 in the Dakota Ballroom.

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