Student Senate

Legislative Priority Summary passed

Maddie Kasper

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

Brett Farmer, university activities commission director, gave a presentation on the Homecoming activities that will be happening from Oct. 2 to 9.

Farmer said the theme is Gridiron and Glitz: Blugolds Puttin’ On The Ritz, and that window painting, a bonfire, campus games, Varsity Night Live, a parade and more events will occur throughout the week.

There will be no events hosted by the university activities commission this week while they prepare for Homecoming, according to Farmer.

More information about activities happening during Homecoming week can be found on the senate website.

Vice President Nick Johnson said the vacancy committee filled three of the 16 vacant seats, and will be interviewing seven more applicants this week.

According to Johnson, senator applications will remain open until all vacant seats are filled and interested students can apply on Blugold Connect+.

Director Ivan San said the communications commission will be serving hot chocolate, lemonade and granola bars for the first Motivation Monday of the semester at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 by Davies Student Center.

Equity in Student Matters Director Maddie Blong said there will be a roundtable to discuss multicultural student services, campus culture and equity, diversity and inclusion at the next commission meeting. Blong said the meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Centennial 1920.

Hannah Kelly, intergovernmental affairs director, said the commission has been working with the League of Women Voters to provide information about voting and candidates, and get students registered to vote.

The League of Women Voters will be back on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, according to Kelly.

Katherine Myszka, Ben Hurley and Vivian Ong were appointed to at-large senate seats.

Kelly introduced resolution 66-R-1 in support of the Fall 2022 Legislative Priority Summary, which will be available on the senate website soon.

“The Legislative Priority Summary is a nonbinding contract between IGA and the students in the senate of all of our goals for the year,” Kelly said.

According to Kelly, the Legislative Priority Summary was created by intergovernmental affairs commission members, senators and students talking about what they want to be changed on campus, in Eau Claire and at the state and federal levels.

On campus, the commission and senate want to improve equal accessibility, dining, equity, diversity and inclusion, mental health and counseling services, the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex and employment, Kelly said.

In the City of Eau Claire, they aim to improve neighborhood relations and city ordinances, according to Kelly.

Kelly said the senate and commission want to improve student loan refinancing, funding the UW System and state policies.

The resolution passed by a vote of 21-0-3.

Blong said students, faculty and staff should show their solidarity with the Indigenous Community by wearing orange shirts for Orange Shirt Day on Sep. 30.

President Rossellin Gaitan said the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will be hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 on the Campus Mall for National Coming Out Day.

The senate adjourned at 7:06 p.m. and will reconvene at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 in the Dakota Ballroom.

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