Coming out of its fall break hibernation, the lumbering bear of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) Senate started off its Oct. 29 meeting with a nice round of affirmations. For those of you in the dark, a round of affirmations is when senators compliment each other on things they have done in the past week. This week’s affirmations were as delightful as those from last meeting.
Junior Class President Don Swan PO ’15 presented a PowerPoint regarding his audit on the North Campus parking garages. Swan said that while the lot underneath Sontag Hall is always full, the Information Technology Services (ITS) garage had on average 49 spots open during peak parking hours. The presentation was also supposed to serve as an information session for Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Campus Services Bob Robinson, so that Swan could propose that students from Walker and Clark Halls be allowed to park in the ITS lot. Unfortunately, Robinson did not show up, nor did he respond to texts from Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Smith Campus Center Chris Waugh.
Senators also discussed the idea of adding more seats to the ASPC Senate. South Campus Representative Nico Kass PO ’16 suggested that each year have a Vice President, in order to get more input from the first-year class, among other things. While the idea of having underclassmen Senate interns—”underlings,” as the group called them—was also floated, the group eventually decided to have one additional ad hoc first-year senator and one ad hoc senator from any other year. Vice President for Campus Activities Giselle Fierro PO ’14 is drafting the language of the proposal for next week’s meeting.